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Milton Keynes North

Milton Keynes North is located in Buckinghamshire towards the south of England. The seat was created in 2010.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative Party’s Mark Lancaster who has served since 2010 (North East Milton Keynes 2005-2010).

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Milton Keynes North

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Candidates

Katie Simpson

Background
I was born in Milton Keynes and have lived here most of my life. I am a psychology graduate, live-in carer and a member of GMB union. I am a community activist and a socialist and have been a member of The Socialist Party of England and Wales since the summer of 2009. I ran for council last year under TUSC and had a very enthusiastic response from the local constituents tired of the mainstream parties making no effort to protect local services from cuts and closures. Having been either unemployed or low paid since graduating I have felt the negative impact of both Labour and Condem cuts on a personal level. I believe TUSC are the only electoral option representing the needs of the vast majority of UK citizens and I have chosen to stand as a TUSC candidate because I believe constituents of my town deserve a real alternative to austerity.
1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I would only take a workers wage i.e no more than the average wage for workers in Milton Keynes where I live. I will donate the difference to good causes including campaigns against government and local council austerity measures. I would only claim essential expenses which would be completely transparent and open to scrutiny by my constituents. I will not allow myself to become divorced from the people I represent by making money at their expense as they pay my wages. I will hold regular meetings locally and make myself available to hear the concerns of my constituents.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I have lived, studied and worked in Milton Keynes for the best part of 26 years. I am a socialist, an active trade unionist and a community campaigner. I have worked with some of the most vulnerable residents of my constituency and have a genuine passion to protect the services most important to people who’s voices aren’t heard and speaking out against cuts and closures on their behalf. Milton Keynes has seen a dramatic increase in homelessness and decrease in affordable homes. I have already offered what I can on a personal level to those who are without a home but would love the opportunity to fight for affordable homes and rent caps for every Milton Keynes citizen from a parliamentary position. Most importantly I stand with fighting socialist’s and trade unionists across the country as a member of TUSC an organisation dedicated to ordinary working class people.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Mark Lancaster has successfully maintained a second job while doing little other than pass on Westminster cuts. As a Tory with Tory ideals he has been very successful. However; he has improved nothing for his constituents.
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 some people – the rich, the bankers and other sections of the elite. It clearly isn’t working for the rest of us! Students, unemployed, pensioners, the disabled, working people and families are all paying for the mistakes of the bankers. The government has made £80 billion in cuts, and in the same years, bankers and finance bonuses have added up to £80 billion… It doesn’t take a genius to see who benefits from this rotten system. That sums it up: pain for us, protection for the wealthiest. Austerity is wrecking many economies and a prolonged (depressionary) era faces us. But it needn’t be that way. We can take FULL public ownership of the banks and finance houses that have made billions out of poverty and despair. We call for all the main necessary services to be publicly owned and controlled by ordinary people.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
I’m tired of tabloids and UKIP pointing the finger of blame at migrant workers when it’s clear that the blame lies in an economy propped up by a corrupt financial system run by greedy self-serving bankers. The big business employers need to STOP exploiting immigrants for cheap labour which pushes all our wages down. We’ll build homes and pay decent wages to all workers. The establishment want cheap labour but they don’t want the bill to provide decent homes and jobs for all.

I oppose racist immigration controls but think it is crucial all workers are paid the rate for the job, to stop the wages race to the bottom. Migrants are often super-exploited and pay more into the economy than they take out. But it’s also true that government cuts means there’s insufficient public services, schools and homes in many, often poorer, communities and that must stop now.

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?
A £10 an hour minimum wage is needed now, not £8 in 2020 planned by Labour. We call for a rent cap to stop landlords from exploiting the housing crisis for profit.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
The NHS used to be the pride of Britain until Tory and Labour governments began chipping away at funding and selling off parts to the highest bidders. Stop and reverse privatisation within the NHS. End PFI, Kick out private companies leeching off the NHS. We need more hospitals built with public funding! End prescription charges and dental charges. Train and recruit more doctors and nurses. For huge investment in social care to alleviate the pressure on beds due to patients not being able to leave hospital due to no support in the community or at home. We deserve the service we have been paying for.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
It makes absolutely no sense for those in work to be struggling to do the work for 2+ people due to understaffing when there are so many people still out of work. We call for the workload to be lightened for those in work to give decent jobs to those who are unemployed. We call for the creation of jobs that benefit society. Young people are the future of this country and yet they have had so many doors closed in their faces. We call for an end to tuition fees and for ALL education to be free with students funded to complete their courses. We call for wages to be equal for all ages and apprenticeships to pay at least the minimum wage to encourage our disillusioned youth to take up training and employment. We are the cogs that turn to run the economy, we are the wealth creators and we need to be healthy and happy. TUSC call for a shorter working week for all workers to allow people to work and live a little.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
There aren’t enough socialists in parliament and working class women and men are not sufficiently represented. Parliament and the government should reflect the communities represented, but the electoral system we have doesn’t do this and we think that we need to look at how the system can be changed so that it can more fairly reflect different politics and types of people that make up the population.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I’d encourage constituents to vote to leave the EU because the EU is a bosses club and lacks democracy. We reject the narrow nationalism of Tory and UKIP opposition to the EU. The establishment parties are only arguing over how best for the wealthy to rule, in or out of Europe. That’s not how a democratic union works! We’re for uniting Europe, but on an equal and socialist basis, the existing system is impoverishing many and breaking up Europe. As such we oppose the EU and its’ Lisbon treaties.

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