Faversham & Mid Kent

Faversham & Mid Kent is located in Kent in the south east of England. The seat was created in 1997 and has been held by the Conservative Party ever since.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative Party’s Hugh Robertson who has served since 2001.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
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Michael Desmond

Councillor, London Borough of Hackney 1990-98; 2001- present
Speaker (Civic Mayor): 2013/14 – raising almost £29,000 for St Mungo’s and the Princes’ Trust


Ensuring excellence in public services, keeping the NHS as a free-to-use, properly-funded, world-class service, regulating rail fares to ensure operators are not making unreasonable profits at the expense of commuters, creating an aspirational, highly educated workforce, helping small businesses, taking firm action against unscrupulous bailiffs and those that use them, capping student fees to a maximum of £6,000 pa and encouraging young people to participate in campaigns and political activity.

We should be proud of our democratic rights, freedoms and heritage – and make sure we take full advantage of them.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
As I now do as a councillor, I will hold regular constituency surgeries, live in the area and be available to deal with urgent issues – including some of the serious planning concerns relating to Junction 8 of the M20 – immediately. I will also visit schools, community and faith groups on a regular basis.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I have almost 25 years experience in local government, helping to transform an inner-city borough into one of that is enjoys amongst the highest level of economic growth in Europe. Kent is frequently ignored, rarely receives regional aid or support and needs inward investment. I would also help funding of local schools which are, in some instances, having to make redundancies at the moment, which is preposterous.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
The current MP did a good job on the Olympic Games – I was on the Olympic Planning Committee (providing planning permission for the Stadium, etc, not planning the Games)
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
The Government perpetuated austerity by cutting the school building program, has failed to cut the deficit or invest in adequate infrastructure programs. It has also failed to properly fund the NHS, its’ cynical bedroom tax and social policies have led to food banks.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
We need to count people in and out, check on criminal records and allow fair movement within the EU, not necessarily free movement. But we must not leave the EU, any changes must be made from within.
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?
Labour is insisting energy bills are contained, the Coalition has been soft with suppliers. We also intend to tackle the train companies, most of whom are charging excessive fares.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
We need to fight privatisation and TTIP, ultimately we need the Service to be better funded and more responsive to users.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Labour will guarantee any young person who has been unemployed for at least a year, temporary employment to help them find their feet.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
The Houses of Parliament should be diverse and reflect the diversity of society, we also need far more women, younger people – and some older people, experienced in life! Not just “professional” politicians who all sound the same.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I am proud of the EU, demonstrated in Kiev for Ukraine to shed itself of its’ corrupt Government and become closer to joining. It needs changing and efficiency; but as the world shrinks, we cannot shrink into Little Englanders, placing a wall around the English Channel. We are part of Europe and we need to stay part of Europe!

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