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Monmouth

Monmouth is located in south Wales. The seat was created in 1918 and is the home of the creators of this site.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative Party’s David Davies who has served since 2005.

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

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Candidates

Christopher Were

Background
Christopher Were has enjoyed living in Monmouth for most of his life. He works as a freelancer design and online video consultant, working with individuals and businesses from around the world.
1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
We’re increasingly seeing the importance of online communication as a way to hold MPs and candidates to account. All constituents are more than welcome to get in touch via email christopherwere@walesgreenparty.com or if it suits, twitter @ChristopherWere. We also have a postal address at: Christopher Were, Wales Green Party, The Gate, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF25 5TR.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
It’s not really up to me to decide whether or not I’m the best person to represent Monmouth, that’s up to the voters. I’m here to provide an honest, competent, hard-working, socially progressive option to voters
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
As much as I disagree ideologically with many of David’s decisions in parliament, I can’t deny that he has been a present and hard-working MP.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Austerity is clearly not working for the vast majority of people. As a freelancer who has worked with many businesses, I can say that businesses that intend to last don’t start selling off assets and downsizing in a similar way that our government has been doing to public services.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Immigration is vital to many of our institutions namely the NHS, where we have trouble as a country recruiting the required number of health professionals. Our current net migration figures are manageable under the current system. That being said, we need to be careful that we’re not exploiting the educational services of other countries who provide their citizens with an education only for said citizens to emigrate, leaving their home country worse off.
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?
Getting rid of zero-hour-contracts and raising the minimum wage to £10 an hour would be two things Greens would do to help remedy this. In the long terms we’d like to see a universal citizens income brought in which will make sure that everyone is better off regardless of work status, age, gender disability, race etc…
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Better funding, reverse all privatisation and for it to stop becoming a political football for politicians to win and lose elections on, and let’s put healthcare professionals in charge of running it. The NHS is just too important for non-experts to be tampering with it.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Investing in public services like public transport and renewable energy generation can provide hundreds of thousands of jobs off the bat. A universal citizens income will also allow people the flexibility to retrain to allow them to move into areas where work is easier to find.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
In short yes. Young people and women are particularly under-represented. A shift towards a proportional system of representation in addition to the option of MP job-sharing will allow more people from different backgrounds to become MPs. We’d also like to see less of the chauvinist chest-pounding that’s become all to prevalent in Westminster politics, which undoubtedly drives a lot of under-represented groups away.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I’d encourage Monmouth constituents to vote yes to Europe. Wales does get more out of the EU that what we put in, dispite what people say. Remaining as EU members also gives us financial help for development projects that would not come from Westminster should we withdrawn from the EU.

David Davies

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
Hold regular surgeries and public meetings, send out an e newsletter, read every email and letter which gets sent to me.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
Over the last 16 years as AM and MP for Monmouth I have taken up thousands of cases for individuals at a local level and at a national level I have fought hard for a strong economy.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
With hindsight I think the Climate Change Act has caused energy prices for homeowners and businesses to go up.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
The government have been absolutely right to reduce dependence on borrowing. We are now borrowing around half of what we were when Labour left office. Confidence has returned to the economy. We have some of the strongest growth rates in the developed world and 1.8million more people are now in work.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
It is important that manageable numbers of skilled people can come to the UK. It is also important for the UK to control the numbers and ensure that all those who respect the British way of life.
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 have begun to outstrip inflation.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
The NHS has been run by Labour for 16 years. We now have the worst ambulance response times in the UK, longer waits in A&E than England, Longer waits for operations than England, no access to a cancer drugs fund and an 8% cut in funding unlike England. We need to adopt the policies that have worked so well in England.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Unemployment is down by 500,000 on the last election, 1.8million more people are now working. We need more of the same.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
We need the best people in Parliament regardless of their race religion or sex.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I support the government in trying to get powers back from the EU and holding a referendum. My vote will depend on the amount of powers we have won back.

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