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Finchley & Golders Green

Finchley & Golders Green is located in Greater London. The seat was created in in 1997 and has been a bellwether ever since.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative party’s Mike Freer who has served since 2010.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Finchley & Golders Green

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Candidates

Sarah Sackman

Background
1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I am a lawyer who came into politics as a result of supporting a local campaign to Save Friern Barnet Library. So I’m not a political hack, but an activist who gets things done. I plan to maintain strong links with the wide range and diverse range of people, community groups, campaigns and local concerns in the constituency through:
* Getting out and meeting voters on their doorsteps.
* Holding a number of outreach events including rolling surgeries to listen to and assist constituents.
* Engaging with community groups and supporting campaigns
* Participating in and valuing the diversity of communities in this constituency. I have celebrated just about every festival and championed inter communal work.
* Interacting with and listening to people’s concerns, as I have done throughout the campaign so far.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I was born and brought up in this constituency, and I care passionately about this diverse and vibrant part of north London.
I have campaigned on a whole range of local issues including fighting for disabled children and the families of Mapledown and Oakleigh Schools; campaigning for public transport access to Finchley Memorial Hospital; securing the restoration of routine breast screening services to Finchley Memorial Hospital; resisting the demolition of social housing; fighting oppressive landlords; and setting up a toy recycling group to help parents who are struggling to provide equipment for their young children.
I work with a wide range of community groups, and faith groups and am particularly inspired by inter communal activity and the ability to bring people together.
My record shows that by working and campaigning together we can make a real difference for our community.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
I’d prefer to talk about my track record than that of my opponent. I don’t think I am best placed to comment on the current Member’s record except to note with regret that he has consistently supported the government in its efforts to dismantle the NHS, to penalise the most vulnerable in our community through the bedroom tax and supported the totality of this government’s austerity programme.
Before his election to Parliament, as a local Tory councillor, unfortunately he was also deeply involved in developing the chaos of “One Barnet” which continues to undermine public services in our borough.
I would however commend his personal stance on same sex marriage when he spoke in Parliament in support of the Bill to legalise this.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Tory austerity is not working. While Labour is against unsustainable levels of debt and excessive deficits, the difference is how deficits are reduced and the fairness or otherwise of policies and choices.
The Conservative/Lib Dem Government has been cutting vital social services while still allowing massive bonuses in banks bailed out by the taxpayer; cutting tax rates on high incomes while imposing extra burdens on the poor; reducing public investment but subsidising private companies with links to their party. All this mismanagement and unfairness is down to the Tory led government.
Labour will make very different choices about priorities while still aiming to keep deficits low and debts under control. A fairer society needs a stronger economy, with more higher-skilled, better paid, secure jobs. At the same time building a fairer society involves encouraging business in the service of creating wealth for the many rather than just the few.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
My family came to this country as immigrants. I believe that immigration is vital for Britain’s future, providing it is properly controlled and managed.
Labour’s approach will incorporate stronger border controls: we will make it easier to deport foreign criminals; check people in and out of the country; do more to stop illegal immigration, using a smarter system of controls, so we get the top talent and investment we need whilst controlling low skilled migration; fair rules at work; a new law to prevent employers undercutting wages by exploiting immigration; banning agencies from recruiting only from abroad; earned entitlements so people coming here won’t be able to claim benefits for at least two years; people working in public services in public facing roles will be required to speak English.
We believe in integration rather than divided communities.
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?
If we are elected to govern then Labour are committed to implementing a cost of living contract.
This includes a freeze on gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reform of the energy market. We also plan to stop families in rented accommodation being ripped off and help them plan for the future with new long term predictable tenancies; cut income tax for hard-working people through a lower 10p starting tax rate; and introduc a 50p top rate of tax as we pay off the deficit in a fair way.
We will also make work pay by strengthening the Minimum Wage and providing tax breaks to firms that boost pay through the Living Wage. And finally we will help working parents with 25 hours of free childcare for three- and four-year-olds.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Labour will restore the right values to the NHS, undoing the chaos created by the Tory Government, by making investments in more doctors, nurses, care-workers, and delivering reforms that will improve services and save billions of pounds.
Our plan includes integrating care, placing a new emphasis on prevention, and ensuring better access to services – so that patients do not end up in hospital unless they need it.
Labour have a 10 year plan for the NHS which will include
Integrating services from home to hospital.
Creating a new arm of the NHS: 5,000 homecare workers within the NHS to help those with the greatest needs be at home
Ensuring all vulnerable older people would be offered a safety check to identify risks to their health, so that problems can be tackled and they avoid unnecessary hospital visits.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Long-term youth unemployment has soared under the current government. Labour will do things differently, with a compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get young people into work. This means that if Labour wins the next election every young person out of work for more than 12 months will be given a paid starter job which they will have to take up or lose benefits. The Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will also apply to adults aged 25 or over claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for two years or more. We will promote apprenticeships as support for young people to access proper training and job opportunities

Labour’s Better Plan for Britain’s Prosperity would ban exploitative zero-hours contracts and give employees who consistently work regular hours the right to a fixed-hours contract

9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
The lack of diversity in Parliament contributes to the disengagement many people feel from politics, So the Labour Party is committed to increasing the representation of women and underrepresented groups in Parliament and at every level of politics. We are proud to have more women and BAME MPs than all of the other political parties put together, and proud of our action to tackle the under-representation of women in Parliament, including changing the law to allow political parties to use All-Women Shortlists to select parliamentary candidates.
We also need more diversity among MPs in relation to a wide range of other factors and experience including sexual orientation and disability. There is more to do to make Parliament accurately reflect the society it serves, and we will ensure that we are doing everything we can towards this.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I support the EU and I believe we are better off in the EU.
The best approach for Britain is to argue for reform in Europe and work with others to achieve it, rather than threatening to leave and putting jobs and trade at risk. As a barrister in my legal practice I am specifically proud of and grateful for the European Convention on Human Rights. Human Rights are one of our finest post war exports, often successfully championing the rights of individuals and minorities that can so easily be ignored or trampled on by governments or other powerful majorities.

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