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Southampton, Itchen

Southampton, Itchen is a constituency in the city of its name in Hampshire. The seat was created in 1950.

The current member of parliament is the Labour Party’s John Denham who has represented the constituents since 1992.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Southampton Itchen

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Candidates

John Spottiswoode

Background
As a long-term resident of Southampton, with my wife and children, I have worked here, been unemployed and have set up a company to promote energy saving for businesses. Southampton means a great deal to me, as I know it will to local people.

My priorities are:

· Financial. No pay and low pay lead to poverty. Greens will guarantee a minimum income for citizens and implement a living wage. This will banish poverty whilst ensuring that it is worthwhile for everyone to work. Big corporations and big earners must pay their fair share.

· Environmental. The Earth is dying, pollution shortens our lives by years and bad damp housing is unacceptable. We must change all this. Please vote Green before it is too late for us all.

· Health. We need to save the NHS. Helping people to help themselves is the secret to long healthy lives. Prevention reduces pressure on the NHS.

I have been very active in Southampton:

· Leading the highly successful Hampshire Against Fluoridation campaign

· As Chairman of the cross-party Southampton ‘Yes to Fairer Votes’ campaign.

· On Southampton LINK working to improve the NHS

· Running a nutrition website

· As School Governor.

In my spare time I write fiction e-books, including an autobiography (Abuse and Privilege).

More people in Southampton Itchen support Green Party policies than any other Party’s policies (see voteforpolicies.org.uk). We can win if you vote for the policies you believe in.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
Regular meetings with constituents, not just for personal issue ‘surgeries’ but meetings to explain key decisions being made and to be open to constituent questions. Plus good on line accessibility and responsiveness.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
None of the other candidates take the threat to our future seriously due to massive climate change, massive loss of key resources, and a massive increase in pollution that threatens the very future of humanity. I promise to act on these things and to bring fairness to bear, by seeking to abolish poverty in Britain via a Citizens Income and Living wage of £10 ph by 2010. Plus making sure that big companies and big earners do not evade or use loopholes to avoid taxation.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
John Denham was one of the few to oppose the Iraq War and should be recognised for taking a principled (and correct) position.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Austerity penalises the poorest and is very negative in its impacts. The 2008 recession was due to bank failures and NOT government overspending. The rich need to pay their fair share via taxation and austerity measures stopped.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
The effects of immigration must be dealt with so everyone in the UK is guaranteed a minimum income, and immigrants from the EU bring EU funding to pay for more services, such as NHS and schools.
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?
This can be corrected by implementing a living wage as the minimum wage of £10 ph by 2010. Also there needs to be a fundamental shift of wealth from the rich to the poorer sections of society via such things as a wealth tax.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
The NHS needs to be funded properly, kept public and not driven by the profit motive and therefore not privatised.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
More apprenticeships, a lot more investment in renewable technologies such as for energy generation, energy saving and into productive industries that build economic well-being for the common good.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Yes. Y views, for instance, are represented by only one person in Parliament and for years there was no-one. We have a biased democracy that favours old fashioned established political Parties. The system needs to be changed to represent the wide variety of views.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
In favour of staying in the EU as we must have a cross-Europe approach to the big questions such as global warming, human rights, economic fairness and the like. However the EU does need to reform to devolve as much decision-making as possible to the lowest level, so for instance Britain should never join the Euro.

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