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Manchester Central

Manchester Central is located in Greater Manchester in the north west of England. The seat was created in 1974 and has been held by the Labour Party ever since.

The current member of parliament is the Labour Party’s Lucy Powell who has served since the 2012 by-election.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Manchester Central 2010
2012 By-Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Manchester Central 2012

For more information, click here to visit the Wikipedia article.

Candidates

Kieran Turner-Dave

Background
I studied Philosophy at The University of Manchester. Whilst at Uni I took part in demonstrations against austerity, fracking, the rise in tuition fees and the privatisation of the NHS.

Since completing my degree, I spent two years working in the NHS and Greater Manchester Probation Service. I am also qualified to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and have written for The Independent and The Huffington Post.

I joined the Greens in 2013, and am responsible for Press and Social Media for Manchester Green Party. I am eager to engage groups with previously low voter turnout, especially young minority ethnic voters. I’m also working to represent Mancunians who feel that their concerns are ignored by the four major pro-austerity parties.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I have had the privilege of spending the last 3 years working in Manchester’s public services. I find it easy to motivate myself when I know that I’m working for the community. I am therefore excited that I have the opportunity to represent the 90,000 people of Manchester Central. I would stay ‘in touch’ with the electorate by only claiming expenses for transport costs, and donating half my salary to Manchester charities affected by the cuts. I didn’t get into politics for money or power (I wouldn’t be in the Green Party if I did). I just want to serve the people of Manchester by representing their concerns in Parliament.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I feel I am the best candidate for Manchester as I best represent the needs of the people of Manchester. In a recent M.E.N. poll, readers were asked to vote for the policies they wanted to see from the next government. They overwhelmingly called to stop the cuts and tax the rich. The Greens are the came 2nd in the 2014 local elections in Manchester. We’re the only major party in the city calling for an end to the cuts. We’re also the only major party calling for the closure of all tax loopholes, a wealth tax on the 1% and a Robin Hood Tax on the banks to save our public services.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Looking at Lucy Powell MPs voting record on ‘TheyWorkForYou.com’, there were a few times she voted in line with my views. She supported equal marriage, raising the top rate of income tax and handing more power for local councils; and opposed the bedroom tax and welfare cuts.
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 an absolute failure. This Government said that austerity would cut borrowing – yet they have borrowed more in five years than every Labour government in history combined. This Government said they would pay off the deficit by 2015 – it currently stands at £75billion. This Government said “we’re all in this together” – yet almost a million people are using food banks and the richest 1,000 people have seen their wealth double to over £500billion. Austerity cuts are forcing the poorest and most vulnerable in society to pay for a deficit created by tax-dodging corporations and deregulated and unethical bankers. Tax dodgers and bankers should be paying off the deficit. It’s their debt, not ours.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
My family came to this country from Tanzania in the 1960s. Like the overwhelming majority of immigrants they worked incredibly hard, never claimed benefits, and have raised kids and grandkids that have improved society. On average, immigrants are net contributors. They claim less in benefits and pay more in taxes than those born in the UK. However, politicians and the media are scapegoating immigrants for their failure to tackle tax dodging. The reason the country seems to be “bursting at the seams” isn’t because of immigrants, it’s because our public services are being cut to the bone. It’s no coincidence that the parties who blame immigrants also take donations from tax dodgers and want to continue cutting spending. Immigrants are the solution, not the problem. Immigrants contribute and make this country great. Tax dodgers suck billions out of the economy and are ruining our public services.
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?
The cost of living crisis can be tackled by replacing the minimum wage with a Living Wage of £7.85 an hour. This is the amount people need to earn in order to have a decent standard of living in the UK. The majority of benefits are paid to working families. Taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidising the poverty pay of employers. Also, if workers had more money to spend, there would be a huge growth in trade for local businesses and a clear incentive to work rather than sign on. We’d also gain more tax revenue if all workers were paid a decent salary. The lowest paid 22% would see their pay increase, including half the women in parts of Greater Manchester.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
I would like to see an end to creeping privatisation of our NHS. Successive governments have handed NHS contracts over to private healthcare providers that offer MPs donations and second jobs. I believe that the NHS is the greatest and most efficient healthcare system that humanity has ever created. It stands as an example to the rest of the world. I love our NHS, and will fight for it to always remain free at the point of need and fully funded by taxation. I would also like to see healthcare funding increase by £12billion a year to ease the burden on clinical staff, make prescriptions and dentistry free, and increase funding for preventative and mental healthcare. The sooner we identify and cure illnesses, the less we spend on the NHS.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Youth unemployment can only be tackled by a massive programme of job creation. Rather than forcing young people into unpaid jobs that aren’t wanted or needed, The Green Party wish to follow Roosevelt’s example and introduce a Green New Deal. We want to create 250,000 new jobs in construction, insulation, recycling, renewable energy and flood defences. We would also create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the NHS, education and youth services. I believe that restoring EMA and scrapping tuition fees would also help encourage intelligent young people from low-income backgrounds to pursue further education and increase their employability.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
I believe a lack of diversity in Parliament does equate to a lack of representation. White, male, private school-educated millionaires are far too over-represented in Parliament – and that lack of diversity is reflected in policy decisions. Most politicians don’t seem to have a clue about the problems facing young people, ethnic minorities, the unemployed and immigrants. They don’t reflect us, so we don’t vote for them. It’s a vicious cycle. That’s why I’m running for Parliament, and would encourage other young Black and Asian Mancunians to run too. We can’t be represented if we don’t stand up and challenge the establishment.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
The Green Party support an EU referendum to give UK citizens a choice on whether or not to stay in Europe. I personally would vote to stay in the EU. We need united action to tackle international problems like poverty, climate change and human rights abuse – and I think the EU strengthens our ability to fight these problems. I also welcome the trade, peace and freedoms that EU membership provides the UK as members. That doesn’t mean I think the EU is perfect. We need to cut bureaucracy and MEPs expenditure, as well as fighting tooth and nail against the evil TTIP. However, we have a better chance of changing Europe from within by turning up and voting, rather than removing ourselves altogether from the world’s largest economy.

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