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Kingswood

Kingswood is located in Avon in the south west of England. The seat was created in 1974.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative party’s Chris Skidmore, who has served since 2010.

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

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Candidates

Richard Worth

Background
My name is Richard Worth and as a member of the Socialist Party I will be standing in Kingswood Constituency for the ‘Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition’ (TUSC). My wife and I settled in Kingswood constituency over 16 years ago and it is a place that means a lot to me. Sadly I am now a widower and at the age of 54 it is my aim to reverse the decline I have witnessed in the National Health Service. We need a fully funded NHS, free at the point of use, with free prescriptions for all and an end to privatisation. Kingswood needs a Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital now and the Private Finance Initiative deals that are bankrupting the NHS, used at Cossham, Southmead and elsewhere, should be ended immediately without compensation.Working as a trainer I have helped people to understand pensions to provide for their retirement but employers have attacked work pensions and the Tory/Lib Dem and Labour Governments have reduced state provision, increasing retirement ages for women and men up to age 68. We would immediately increase pensions by 50% and lower the retirement age to 55 for those wanting to retire. This would enable us to share out the work, giving 1 million unemployed young people a job and an immediate minimum wage of £10 an hour.

No to the austerity of all the mainstream parties! We shouldn’t pay for the Bankers crisis! End cuts to jobs, pay, benefits, disability and public services. Fully fund and democratically run services, making them accountable to service workers and users.

In Kingswood and Bristol there is a total lack of decent, affordable housing. We will set rent controls to stop private landlord exploitation and undertake a massive building of environmentally sustainable publicly owned quality housing with low rents.

Working with teachers, parents and pupils/students, we would ensure free, publicly run, quality education, with a living grant for all and no university tuition fees.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
The political and economic system panders to the wealthiest, most powerful 0.1% of society with unrepresentative politicians benefiting from the expenses gravy train.From the 8th May 2015 an MP’s basic salary is set to be an astonishing £74,000 per annum! This is totally unrepresentative of the people they are supposed to represent. We need MPs who understand what it is like to live on a workers wage that will stand up for working people not the establishment. All Socialist Party candidates standing for the ‘Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition’ (TUSC) will only take an average workers wage if elected. In this way our lives will be the same as the people we represent and our policies will affect us in the same way.

The Bristol Post on 6th October 2014 reported that a survey found the average annual salary in Bristol was £24,900 and £26,200 in South Gloucestershire. Therefore if elected, I will take £24,000 p.a. and donate the remaining £50,000 to workers in struggle, disabled and community organisations, campaigning to improve the lives of the 99%.

I will keep public accounts and hold regular public meetings where I can be questioned, held accountable and be subject to recall.

2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
Having lived in the constituency for over 16 years, I understand the local issues faced by people, like the need for a Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital. As a community campaigner, a socialist and a member of Unite the Union, I have a great deal of political experience of working with people to fight cuts to services made by all the other mainstream parties.Unlike the other candidates I am able to offer exciting and ambitious policies which can unite all working people and help mobilise a mass movement to provide:
• Quality jobs with an immediate minimum wage of £10 an hour for workers and apprentices of all ages
• The right to an affordable, quality home. Rent caps to prevent private landlord exploitation. To build a million publically owned environmentally sustainable council homes with low rents, giving jobs to young people in the building and construction industry.
• Needed public services and a fully funded, publically owned NHS, giving a decent future to all.

3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Just some local petitions and photo opportunities for himself!When serving as a member of the Westminster Health Select Committee, Tory MP Chris Skidmore had links to private healthcare interests. He supported the ‘Health and Social Care Act’ which built upon the privatisation of the NHS begun under the previous Labour Government and opened up the NHS to private health care providers. This was done without any public mandate. The reorganisation has cost us and the NHS money. Private health care providers are now providing services for shareholder profit rather than need, driving down the pay and conditions of health workers and reducing patient services.

Research by Unite, reported in the Bristol Post, showed how Mr Skidmore is linked to firms which benefit from increased NHS privatisation. It is claimed he received £3,500 for giving 4 hours of speeches to a pharmaceutical product consultancy. His office also received £5,000 in 2010 from Caroline Nash, wife of Care UK chairman John Nash. In 2013, NHS contracts to Care UK amounted to 96% of their business, worth a total of £400million.

In contrast, on Mr Skidmore’s watch working people are worse off in all respects today than they were 5 years ago.

4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Austerity is working for the super-rich, bankers and the elite, but as wages have fallen and vital services cut it clearly isn’t working for us, the 99%!We’ve had libraries, fire stations etc., for centuries but now we’re told that we can’t afford them. The housing crisis has seen young people unable to buy and with no council houses they are forced to rent substandard, expensive accommodation from rip-off private landlords. With the Tories “new” jobs being precarious zero-hour contracts and part-time, people have turned to foodbanks to survive. Students have taken on massive debts and then struggle to find jobs.

If you listen to politicians you’d think the crisis was caused by too many lollipop patrols and firefighters rather than the financial system collapsing. They’re making us pay for their capitalist crisis. The government has made £80 billion in cuts and guess what? In the same period bankers finance bonuses have added up to…yes £80 billion! That sums it up: pain for us, riches for the elite. Austerity is wrecking many economies and times are set to be tuff for workers, the under- and unemployed, students, disabled and vulnerable people. Whichever mainstream party wins the election, the next 5 years are planned to be the same. But it needn’t be that way…. With TUSC’s socialist programme we can reverse the cuts and build a brighter future.

5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
It’s wrong to blame migrants for the British crisis – a crisis created by the capitalist system and the bankers at the top.To the bosses I say ‘we’ll stop you seeking ever cheaper, easy to exploit labour as a way of pushing down all our wages’.

Big business and government want cheap labour but they don’t want to pay for decent homes and jobs for all. We’ll build homes and pay decent wages to all workers.

I oppose racist immigration controls but think it’s crucial that all workers are paid the ‘rate for the job’ to stop a lowering of wages in a ‘race to the bottom’. Migrants are often super-exploited and pay more into the economy than they take out. But government cuts also means there’s insufficient public services, schools and homes in many, often poorer, communities. We need to invest in services and our 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?
Wages can be indexed to prices, through legislation but really it is only by workers being organised in Trade Unions that are willing to fight that can give fair pay. Some workers haven’t had pay rise in 10 years while the cost of living has soared. The cost of energy can be brought under control by renationalising the energy companies (without compensation), introducing price controls and investing in cleaner, greener and more efficient electricity generation methods. Rent controls are an urgent necessity with private landlords taking advantage of the lack of supply and ripping off tenants and the housing benefit system.We will reverse the fall in people’s income and instigate an immediate minimum wage of £10 an hour for all workers regardless of age or whether so called “apprentices” (unlike Labour who only promise £8 by 2020!).

7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
• No cuts, axe the Act: Abolish the Health and Social Care Act which opened up the NHS to further privatisation, causing increased fragmentation of health services and inequalities in health between rich and poor.
• End big business profiteering from the NHS: Scrap Private Finance Initiative contracts bleeding the NHS dry. Information in 2012 from the Treasury revealed that 118 NHS PFI projects had a capital value of £11.6 billion but the total cost of the repayments to private contractors is £79.1 million! That is a huge waste of £67½ billion going to private companies’ profits and it will be even worse because a further 39 PFI projects have been added since with a capital value of £5.36 billion. These buildings should be taken back into public ownership without any compensation for this illegitimate debt.
• End private medical practice and hospitals which cherry pick low risk, predictable procedures leaving the NHS to do the high risk costly work.
• Nationalise the pharmaceutical industry that makes huge profits out of the NHS.
• For a well-funded NHS, free at the point of use with free prescriptions, eye tests, dental care, etc., for everyone.
• End NHS job losses and low pay giving health workers an above inflation pay increase and a 35 hour week.
• Invest in training and jobs to expand the number of doctors, nurses and health workers in the NHS to reduce the current stress and pressures faced by staff. This will massively increase our access to treatment and help improve the quality of health care received by patients.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
We would:
• Create more jobs by reducing the working week without loss of pay and share out the work.
• Take the banks into public ownership and make cheap loans available for small businesses to expand.
• Invest in a massive eco-friendly house building programme, tackling the housing shortage and creating jobs.
• Ban zero-hour contracts and offer a triple guarantee: education, an apprenticeship or a job.
• Increase pensions by 50% and lower the retirement age to 55 for those wanting to retire. This would enable us to share out the work, giving 1 million unemployed young people a job and an immediate minimum wage of £10 an hour.In the world’s 6th richest economy we should be able to organise society so that people’s needs are taken care of. This would be paid for by introducing a levy on the £800bn lying idle in the vaults of British big business which they are refusing to invest. We would also crack down on the estimated £130bn tax avoided/evaded by the wealthy elite each year.

9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
There is a total lack of representation in Parliament. The government should reflect all the multi-cultural communities that make up the population. There needs to be working class women and men MPs instead of a rich elite. It is reported that only 0.7% of the population are millionaires yet 78.0% of all British MPs are millionaires! So who does representative democracy represent?! This can to be changed by working class people standing for election as TUSC candidates and by ditching the first passed the post unrepresentative system by proportional representation.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I say out of the bosses’ EU and for a united confederation of European socialist states. We reject the narrow nationalism of Tory and UKIP opposition to the EU. The establishment parties are only arguing over how the wealthy can best rule, in or out of Europe.The EU is the free market gone mad and it’s messing up the European economy because it’s designed for big companies, not the working peoples of Europe. That’s why it’s undemocratic. As shown by Greece, if the people of a country vote to reject an EU policy they’re ignored and told to vote again until they get the ‘right’ answer!

Eric Mutch

Background
My name is Eric Mutch and I am the Monster Raving Loony Party Candidate in Bristol East constituency.

I am 49 years old. I work in a cafe. I am married to Sam and we have two children.

I have lived in Bristol for 29 years.

In the 2010 General Election I changed my name by deed poll to “zero none of the above” stood in the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency and promised to resign immediately if I won the seat. Creating history by turning myself into the first official genuine “none of the above” option on a UK ballot paper.

This time I want to offer something positive.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I will cut MP’s pay in half and abolish MP’s expenses.

This will put MP’s more in touch with the everyday working person.

I will also give my electorate income security and freedom.

I will make sure work always pays by paying every citizen £11,375 a year in unconditional basic income.

2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I’ve got the best manifesto.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Chris and his Conservative Party have successfully set up the universal credit.

I shall use the universal credit IT system to pay every UK adult citizen an unconditional basic income of £11,375 every year instead.

I shall rename it the IDS system.

4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Austerity is a lie.

If all the money in the world disappeared overnight, we would still live.

If all the resourses disappeared overnight, we’re dead.

Money is simply a man made means of distributing those resourses.

Most importantly, there are enough actual resources to meet everyone’s basic needs.

To not do so, is insanity.

Afterall

We already produce enough food to eradicate world hunger. Too bad there isn’t enough money to pay for it all.

5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Immigration is vital for the UK

Imigrants demand stuff. Yes or No?

Demanding stuff creates work. Yes or No?

Work creates jobs. Yes or No?

Jobs create wages. Yes or No?

Wages create tax revenue. Yes or No?

Immigrants creates Wealth. Yes or No?

Immigrants create Jobs. Yes or No?

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?
Best way to create a living wage is empower workers with the freedom to withdraw their labour at any time, without losing the ability to support themselves financially.

Then let true free market forces do the rest

I will Pay every UK adult citizen aged 16 and over, whether earning in other paid work, non earning or retired, £11,375 a year in Tax Free Unconditional Basic Income. No Strings Attached

Every UK child citizen aged 0-15 years, will be paid £2650 a year. No strings Attached.

I will raise £631 billion to pay for it by

Abolishing Welfare & Pensions, Abolishing the personal tax allowance and raising income tax to 50%.

Under this policy.

Any individual currently earning less than £29,000 a year will be financially better off.

Any couple earning less than £59,000 a year will be financially better off.

As a society we will thrive.

7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
The NHS is a huge success. We should be proud of our NHS and the “British Values” that mean we have a completely free health care service for all our citizens.

The sole purpose and aim of the UK Government is to make sure every UK citizen has their basic needs for food, shelter and healthcare met.

Doing so will ensure our country will thrive.

8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
I will give every UK citizen an unconditional basic income of £11,375 a year. No Strings Attached.

We invested millions in Team GB at the 2012 Olympics and recieved a record gold medal haul.

Imagine what rewards we would reap, as a country, if we invested in every UK citizen.

Unconditional Basic Income will incentivise work, because it abolishes the benefits trap.

Anyone doing any form of paid work will always be better off than someone subsisting on their Tax Free Unconditional Basic Income.

It also frees the entrepreneurial spirit in every citizen.

Everyone has passions, talents and skills.

Unconditional Basic Income frees everyone to follow their passions.

Finally, Work is doing something. Everyone does something.

The question is not whether people are doing something, its whether they are doing something of value to society.

Therefore Unconditional Basic Income creates full employment overnight.

9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Yes, of course it equates to a lack of representation.

The demographic of Parliament needs to directly reflect the demographic of the UK.

I will address this by introducing full proportional representation.

If, for example, a Party gets 30% of the national vote, that Party will only win control of 30% of the seats in parliament.

I will also cut MP’s pay in half and abolish all MP’s expenses.

This will put MP’s back in touch with the ordinary working man.

How on earth can a millionaire know what its like to live with an income of £26,000 (average wage) or less?

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