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Liverpool Riverside

Liverpool Riverside is located on the west coast of England. It was created in 1983 and has been held by Labour ever since.

The current member of parliament is Labour’s Louise Ellman who has served since 1997.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Liverpool Riverside

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Candidates

Martin Dobson

Background
I came to live in Liverpool Riverside 28 years ago. Originally I came to work for OXFAM as their full time Area Campaigns Organiser. Since then I have brought up my family here while managing a voluntary rights organisation for people with learning disabilities. Currently I run my own business developing easy web applications for people who are unable to read or write.Recently I have become more prominent after setting up the campaign to Save Sefton Park Meadows.

I joined the Green Party in 2003 after leaving the Labour Party because of what I saw as their illegal invasion of Iraq and alignment with neo-liberal economic policies which seemed to be giving our public services over to private companies.

The biggest challenge for our civilisation over the next generation is to mitigate the effects of man made climate change. We need to change every policy so that everything we do in some way prevents the worst devastation that climate change may bring.

I believe that we can create a sustainable pleasant environment for the future which does not pollute or destroy our planet through giving power and a voice to local communities, and promoting strong efficient public services which give an equal quality service to everyone.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I have been active in the constituency for the last few years campaigning on single issues and supporting Green Party Council Candidates. I plan to continue communicating with the electorate through…
– Canvassing – speaking to as many people as possible on their doorstep. It’s old fashioned – but this is the best way to have a real conversation with a wide range of people.
– Online – I will continue to be active on Twitter, Facebook
– networking – I am meeting with as many organisations and community groups in the constituency as I can
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
Liverpool Riverside is just about the most deprived constituency in England according to government deprivation statistics. And Liverpool is the City which has suffered the 2nd largest cuts in council funding per person. Liverpool has suffered cuts equal to £252.45 per person compared to the UK average of £60.94. Children’s Centres have closed. Adult Care centres are going. The Council is in the process of closing libraries and sports centres. it seems as though the poorest are made to suffer the most.The other main parties.. Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem all promise more of the same. They all promise to continue with the Austerity programme and cut funding for Local services.

Only they Green Party is saying Yes to local services. At the 2010 election we published a fully costed manifesto which showed that the deficit could be tackled without cutting services. The Green Party is the only party that would tackle the countries economic problems without cutting services to the poorest.

I am the only candidate in Liverpool Riverside standing up for the poorest and most disadvantaged.

3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
The current MP Louise Ellman is a loyal Labour Party employee. She always votes with the party and never speaks against the Labour Leadership. She does what she is told.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Austerity has been disastrous for the majority of people in the UK and has led to a widening gap between rich and poor. The rich have got richer and the poor have got poorer. Constituencies like Liverpool Riverside have been hit the hardest. While the services for the poorest have been cut, many richer people have had big pay rises. I’ll give just one example. The job of Chief Executive – a publicly funded job changed hands in january this year. The previous Chief Executive, Alison Munro earned the salary of £115,000 for the work but the new appointee, Simon Kirby – who was recruited from within the existing management team – was given the massive salary of, wait for it £750,000 – a 6 fold increase.The claim that the cuts were needed to deal with the deficit is a distraction. In reality the government has not cut it’s debt, it has borrowed more, cut taxes for the rich, taxed the poor more, cut the services on which the poor depend, sold off or given away public assets to big business.

5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
The Green party would replace existing British Immigration law with an Immigration law which does not discriminate directly on the grounds of race, colour, religion, political belief, disability, sex or sexual orientation. This law will be based on the principle of fair and prompt treatment of applicants rather than on excluding dishonest applicants whatever the cost to the honest ones. It will not aim to allow increased net migration to Britain other than for humanitarian reasons or as a result of other Green Party policies. We will consult widely with affected groups to ensure that features of the current law which are of concern to them are addressed.We will allow the partners, prospective partners, immediate families and prospective families of British residents to join them without excessive delays or unreasonable requirements for proof of relationship. This will be independent of the financial status of the resident and will not be dependent on her/him providing accommodation (We recognise that this must be implemented in association with a housing policy).

A person’s right to stay will not be linked to that of partners or families but will be independent. Families will not be divided by deportation unless the deportee poses a serious danger to public safety.

We will abolish the ‘primary purpose’ rule under which partners are refused entry if it is thought that the primary purpose of relationship is for them to gain entry to the UK.

We will allow the victims of past errors in immigration decisions to come to the UK where these decisions have resulted in continuing serious deprivation.

Migrants illegally in the UK for over five years will be allowed to remain unless they pose a serious danger to public safety.

6. Many people are concerned with 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?
The Green party would introduce a Citizen’s Income sufficient to cover an individual’s basic needs. This will replace tax-free allowances and most social security benefits. A Citizen’s Income is an unconditional, non-withdrawable income payable to each individual as a right of citizenship. It will not be subject to means testing and there will be no requirement to be either working or actively seeking work.
The Citizens’ Income will eliminate the unemployment and poverty traps, as well as acting as a safety net to enable people to choose their own types and patterns of work. The Citizens’ Income scheme will thus enable the welfare state to develop towards a welfare community, engaging people in personally satisfying and socially useful work.When the Citizens’ Income is introduced it is intended that nobody will be in a position that they will receive less through the scheme than they were entitled to under the previous benefits system. Children will be entitled to a reduced amount which will be payable to a parent or legal guardian. People with disabilities or special needs, and single parents will receive a supplement.

Initially, the housing benefit system will remain in place alongside the Citizens’ Income and will be extended to cover contributions towards mortgage repayments. This will subsequently be reviewed to establish how housing benefit could be incorporated into the Citizen’s Income, taking into account the differences in housing costs between different parts of the country and different types of housing.

7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
The Green Party would develop a new public health consciousness, which, through individual and collective action, will challenge vested interests and promote the personal, social and political changes needed to achieve improved states of health.
We would develop health services which place as much emphasis on illness prevention, health promotion and the development of individual and community self-reliance as on the treatment and cure of disease. Such services will of necessity be empowering, participatory and democratic and their development will be guided by users’ own perceptions of their health needs.We will ensure that health care services are delivered with compassion, taking into consideration patients full range of needs, health care will be delivered in an environment that promotes healing and care. This includes single sex wards in hospitals, ensuring that maternity care is of the highest quality, ensuring that care reflects people’s needs and that care promotes the dignity of all patients.

The Green Party supports the continued development of national minimum standards of care across the entire range of health services. Local people should decide what and how services are provided and should have complete flexibility to meet local needs as long as services meet minimum standards.

All healthcare whether intended to promote wellbeing or treat illness will be provided equally to all people to all regardless of economic, social or cultural status. Organisations providing health services will be expected to monitor and improve any inequality in delivery of services. This will apply to levels of income as well as other equality and diversity strands including gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or cultural background, faith, disability including learning difficulties, trans people or age.

8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
A great deal of economic activity worldwide is unaccounted for (and is largely performed by women), e.g. work in the home and community voluntary work. This work is essential to the survival of the wider economy, yet is unacknowledged by conventional economic theory and practice. Individual consumer choice can be exercised positively, in favour of environmentally and ethically sound products, and investment, including promotion of low-interest loans; negatively, as in consumer boycotts; or actively in favour of ethical investment and reduced overall consumption.We want to shift the balance of economic power in favour of individuals and households, and away from large scale, remote private companies and central government. It will make full-time paid employment less necessary, and will encourage home-based and part-time employment, and work in the ‘third sector’. People will be able to choose their own working lifestyles. We will enable people to meet their needs at the level most personal to them (the household sector being the smallest unit in any community) and to contribute more effectively through the informal economy to the wider community. A strong household sector, both informal and formal, will be resilient to fluctuations in the wider economy.

9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
The problem is that far too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few people in Parliament.The Green say that all decision-making and action throughout all levels of government, including international government, shall be governed by the principle of subsidiarity: namely that nothing should be done centrally if it can be done equally well, or better, locally.
Coupled with the principle of subsidiarity, this establishes the need for a structure that responds positively to demands for decentralisation from below, and that ensures that this proceeds smoothly and does not disempower other communities.

The highest form of democracy is direct participation. This is best achieved through the decentralisation of society, so that decisions can be made through face to face discussion. All the major political decisions which affect our lives should ideally be made with our active participation, which requires open and informed debate rather than simply voting without discussion. This requires that all economic and social activity should be carried out on a human scale; that is, in a way that allows individuals and groups access to, and influence over, such decisions. Direct democracy will encourage cross-party cooperation and weaken the hold of ideologies and factions.

10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
We support the European Community and I would encourage my constiuents to vote for staying in.In our Green vision for Europe we seek to replace the unsustainable economics of free trade and unrestricted growth with the ecological alternative of local self reliance and resource conservation, within a context of wider diversity. We want to foster co-operation on issues of common interest, not establish international institutions for their own sake. We want social justice and economic democracy to bring fairer and more resilient societies to Europe.
We recognise the value of the original goal of the founders of the European Communities, who sought to remove the threat of another war between European states. This has been distorted by vested political and economic interests into a union dominated by economic interests, which lacks democratic control, and promotes the goals of multinational corporations which are interested in profit not people, and which runs counter to the professed core values of the Union. We believe that the ecological challenges and stark inequalities the world faces present a potential new role for the EU as part of wider global co-operation.

Adam Ford

Background
I’m a thirty-three year old who is sometimes a jobseeker, a carer, a writer, a heavy metal musician, but is always a class struggle activist. The only experience I have which would qualify me for being the MP for Liverpool Riverside is that I have probably spent far more time debating in political meetings than any MP in the Commons! I’m running for Class War because it’s the only way I’m going to be able to put up with the election campaign, and because I want to give working class people an extra chance to see that they are the alternative they’ve been waiting for.
1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I’m not going to win the election. My Labour opponent will. If by some miracle I did win, I’d take a wage equal to the average income in the constituency (donating the rest to working class solidarity causes), and refuse to take any expenses, and continue to live in the constituency. Perhaps more importantly, I’d continue to take part in local working class activism.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I’m probably not the best candidate for this constituency. There are possibly hundreds or thousands of people living here who might do better. But I’m certainly the best candidate who will be on the ballot paper. Why? Because I’ve not ever had an easy life, and it’s getting harder and harder during this unrelenting class war of the rich. Because I therefore believe that working class people need to fight back, in their workplaces and in their streets. Because I would never vote for a single cut to working class living standards, and I would use the Westminster soapbox to promote the one solution – revolution.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
I see from Louise Ellman’s profile on theyworkforyou.com that she has voted strongly for equal marriage and a hunting ban. I certainly don’t oppose those things. That’s about it though.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
What the media and politcians call ‘austerity’ is the legalised, government-organised robbery of working class people on behalf of the rich scum who triggered the big recession of several years ago in the first place. The richest 1,000 people had their wealth increased by 15% in 2013, as our living standards continue to plunge, and our futures are sold off. So yes, what people call ‘austerity’ is certainly working for the richest people – who all the parties represent in one way or another.It is utter ruin for the rest of us.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
There should be no limitations on migration from anywhere to anywhere. Many migrants come to the UK as a direct result of wars waged by our government, or because of economic policies which benefit the UK rich. But even if that weren’t the case, it makes no more sense restricting migration from say Afghanistan to the UK than it does from England to Wales. Borders are completely artificial, and people should be able to move wherever they think they will be the most happy. Basically, the problem is the rich and their system, not the even-poorer-than-you.
6. Many people are concerned with 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?
Nothing that the other parties propose could correct this, even if they wanted to…and they don’t. Wages failing to rise in line with prices means bigger profits for the rich, and much more desparation and deprivation for the rest of us. This is capitalism working well for those at the top. The solution to this is working class people uniting in workplaces, and struggling together to win a better living standard for us all. Eventually, we should reorganise things so that we cut out the capitalists entirely, and live our lives in our own interests.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
The best way of improving the NHS would be removing the profit motive from it entirely, giving it massively more funding, hugely increasing the pay of those who work in it, and let them make their own decisions about how it is run.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Unemployment should be abolished. It exists entirely because the rich want to squeeze as much profit as they can out of everyone. And the JSA sanctions regime worsened by successive governments exists to frighten and discipline those in paid work. If the wealth of the super-rich scum was confiscated, everyone who is able to work could be given well-paying, fulfilling work. Eventually, ‘work’ as we know it today could easily be abolished, with all the nasty jobs done by robots and computers!
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
The short answer is yes! Women don’t even account for a quarter of MPs, and people of colour are less than one in twenty in the Commons, compared to more than one in ten of the population. There are extremely few out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer MPs. This represents how these demographics are underrepresented in this country’s ruling class.I can’t find what the average worth of an MP is, but once the high wage and the expenses are added to an almost always wealthy background, we can see that the average MP is white, male, straight and filthy rich. Can the ‘average person’ ever be represented by these people, or will they run things in their own interests? Everyone knows the answer to that question.

10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
The EU is a club run by and for the richest Europeans. In recent years especially, the bankers have used it to devastate working class lives across the continent. Having said that, the UKIP/Tory eurosceptic rich want to leave because it does – at least in theory – give working class people some protections, and places some tiny restrictions on the City of London. I don’t think it’s possible to have a decent society under this capitalist European Union, but things won’t change for the better unless we replace it with a European Soviet Union!

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