Richmond (Yorks)

Richmond is a constituency in North Yorkshire. The seat was created in 1885.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative Party’s William Hague who has represented the constituents since 1989.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Richmond (Yorks)

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Robin Scott

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I’m in favour of direct democracy. In fact, I am on record and signed up to the following pledges, via an initiative called “MyMP”:

1. Hearing the People
Using e-polls to pro-actively listen to my constituents’ opinions on
parliamentary votes.

2. Respecting the People
Providing 100% transparency on all resources (financial or other) received and spent.

3. Trusting the People
Poll constituents on key parliamentary decisions – and vote accordingly. [When called for by a minimum of % (to be agreed for each constituency, max 5%) of constituents.]”


2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I’m the only candidate who was born here. The only one who was educated here. But, more importantly, I’m qualified lawyer who understands how to make law – and to make law work better to protect the things we need.

As your MP, I would protect the things we need: our NHS; our Armed Forces; our Grade A Emergency Services; and our Schools which provide us with the best start in life.

3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
William Hague was a very good constituency MP. I hope to be an even better one.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
The economy has not improved for some time. In many respects, this is a reflection of our parliamentary democracy: it hasn’t changed; we still see Labour Vs Conservative in almost any debate, rather than a sensible discussion of the pertinent points.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
We should tighten up immigration from outside the EU. We should decide, as a nation, whether we wish to continue to be a part of the European Union. Once we’ve done those things, immigration will be something the British people can endorse as a necessary enhancement to our workforce.
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?
I’d look to increase the minimum tax threshold so that it is close to – or at – the Living Wage. We shouldn’t be paying people poverty wages, and taxing them at the same time, only to give it back in the form of a benefit, this is just inefficient.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
The NHS is one of the biggest success stories of Britain. Other countries look on with envy over our free-at-the-point-of-service healthcare. We should protect what we have by looking to generate efficiencies in other places. Our NHS is too important to chop and change. Let medics be medics; not bean counters.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
We should look to improve apprenticeships so that young people receive the training they need to do the jobs where this country currently has skills shortages.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
No. It reflects the lack of options voters have. We should seriously consider whether or not our parliamentary democracy is fit for purpose in the modern world. We should elect the best people to be our MP regardless of age, race, gender, or any other irrelevant consideration. Assuming that this is achieved, we would not need to measure diversity at all. We’d just have the best MPs, working together, to achieve a better Britain.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I would encourage my constituents to vote how they see it. My personal view is that we should stay in the EU but with a reduction in the amount of powers we hand over to Brussels, and with some significant reforms in place. But I don’t think I would wish to enforce this viewpoint on my constituents very strenuously. I would encourage them to vote. Which way they vote is ultimately their choice.

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