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Congleton

Congleton is located in Cheshire in the north of England. The seat was created in 1983 and has been held by the Conservative party ever since.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative Party’s Fiona Bruce who has served since 2010.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Congleton

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Candidates

Peter Hirst

Background
I invite the residents of Congleton West ward to support my candidature for Cheshire East Council in the May 7th elections.

I stood and have been active in the ward and town since the last local elections in 2011.

I have seen the incompetence, waste and bureaucracy of Cheshire East over the last four years and believe I can improve the situation by challenging the ruling administration or by working with others to enhance the town and borough.

I believe in making Congleton a sustainable and lively place to live, reducing the need to travel outside the town for work, leisure and play.

I will fight to ensure Congleton receives its fair share of resources within Cheshire East.

I support free public transport and improved cycling and pedestrian facilities within the town.

I will encourage refusing unsustainable and undesired planning applications and push for more resources in the planning department so that our Local Plan and 5 year housing supply is achieved as soon as possible.

I will if elected, vote for more transparency, accountability and sustainability in all the decisions made by Cheshire East, and by working with other parties ensure timely, effective and genuine consultation takes place.

I will fight for the local residents affected by decisions to be given real clout and a veto over specific applications.

I will seek to ensure that there is sufficient suitable work and housing for all residents so that commuting is reduced and access to the town centre is easy by foot and other non-car means.

I will strive for Congleton to be a fair trade and carbon free town with a neutral carbon footprint by encouraging renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate friendly life styles.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
A yearly review with periodic updates as time and resources allow.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
Offer something new with plenty of experience, maturity and knowledge.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Kept the electorate interested in herself and politics generally by attending events and supporting local issues (mostly Conservative leaning ones).
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
I don’t understand the word “austerity”. Cuts of expenditure and tax increases were both necessary to reduce the deficit. This needs to continue. We are now experiencing relatively high growth, employment and low inflation though much still needs to be done.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Immigration vital though also need accompanying infrastructure and some constraint on migrants looking for work. Also need better monitoring of exit and entry so know how many are in and why.
6. Many people are concerned about the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
Real wages are increasing though some way to go. As the economy picks up, we will be able to afford better benefits etc.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Pretty good at present though not used it recently. Restore public ethos so staff are motivated to work productively. Less management interference in clinical matters.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Even more apprentices, skills training and soft skills e.g. body language, listening, English, discipline, reading, writing, computer and IT, languages and pride in achievements.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Yes
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
To remain in Europe because in the modern world otherwise we will rapidly become a third world country on the fringes of world affairs.

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