Over the coming days we will see an avalanche of manifestos being launched and pledges being made by all candidates and parties in Broxtowe including me.
Before they are published I thought it would be useful to look at the general picture with manifestos.
A personal manifesto is an excellent idea if you are standing as an independent candidate as if elected you will be able to vote in line with your manifesto without any difficulty.
The main parties are though we know heavily whipped to vote in line with the party leadership. The exception to this is the Green Party where we are not whipped to vote in any way.
When we look at Nick Palmer and Anna Soubry we see they rarely vote against the whip and so any personal manifesto is a little meaningless.
There are in fairness some notable exceptions Nick voted against the whip on climate change motions and Anna on same sex marriage protections for those not wishing to participate in conducting ceremonies.
It is clear though that in the vast majority of cases MP’s from traditional parties will remain loyal (particularly if they are ambitious!).
My Manifesto for Broxtowe is simple and if I ever needed to vote against the Green party view if I felt it were in the benefit of Broxtowe I would be allowed to do so by my party.
My top 6 Priorities:
- An end to NHS Privatisation started by Labour and continued by the coalition, repeal of the heath and social care act and investment in health and those who provide the care we receive. Invest in community health focused on prevention as well as treatment.
- Protection of our Green Spaces particularly here in Broxtowe where they are so at risk. That would include the Oxylane Leisure Project proposed for green belt in the north of the borough and which would likely result in closure of current local authority leisure centres, and the devastating plans for Toton.
- Rejection of HS2 (saving £60 billon) in favour of investment in existing rail infrastructure to benefit the many not the few who could afford HS2.
- Create a fairer education system by abolishing tuition fees, and bringing academies and free schools into the local authority system.
- Ensure everyone has access across Broxtowe to affordable and high standard housing by producing new homes on brownfield sites to cater to all demands in the area.
- Be accountable and democratic, ensure I listen and act on all views in the area and not just those I agree with and take an interest in the workings of all levels of government in the borough to ensure they do the same. I have made clear my intention to fund an additional constituency worker from my salary to both improve the service my team is able to give and bring me more in line with the average income of Broxtowe.
The Green party manifesto will be published shortly and I will of course make sure it is publicised on this site and the various other compunction channels we have.
On May 7th we have a clear choice in Broxtowe to follow the line the traditional parties would want and vote for the same old thing when if you do you will get the same old thing or make a change and vote for a real alternative and a real change in politics.
Don’t be scared into voting the same old way by parties who say if you vote X you will get Y, the only wasted vote is one where you vote for the party you least dislike.
Cast a positive vote for a party you believe in.
Many people have used policy sites to gauge which party they most align to if you want to check these out a quick one is http://election2015.votematch.org/share-constituency/Broxtowe a more in depth option would be https://voteforpolicies.org.uk
Green Party Candidate