You will all know by now, hopefully, that the General Election 2015 falls on Thursday 7 May. Harlow has been classed by UK Polling Report as a “semi-marginal seat” – currently represented by Conservative MP Robert Halfon.
Here are a list of the SEVEN candidates for Harlow in the General Election next month, in alphabetical order…
Dave Brown: Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Dave says: I am 54 and was born and raised in Harlow but now live in Epping. I have always worked in youth and community services, have also been a gardener and am currently working with adults with autism.
TUSC has been in existence since 2010, we are a coalition of workers, anti cuts campaigners, trade union members and Socialists who stand candidates in County council and Parliamentary elections.
I believe that it is time that ordinary people are listened to and that our needs take priority over rampant greed. Our coalition stands for: Nationalise the railway, public services and utilities – Scrap the bedroom tax – £10 hour living wage now – Public ownership of banks – NHS not for profit – Protect our environment – Protect the welfare state – No to Trident – Build council housing – Free education from nursery to university.
– Can’t fault those policies
– Born and raised in the area
– Where’s all that money going to come from? Eddy Butler: English Democrats
Eddy Says: I work as a researcher and have lived in Loughton for about ten years.
The main difference about the EDs is that we support the creation of an English Parliament. Otherwise quite similar to UKIP.
I would oppose moves to build more houses and make Harlow bigger – as I oppose building on the Green belt and making conditions overcrowded with too much pressure on infrastructure. I support innovation and extra emphasis placed on research and development.
As MP I would speak out on these issues – and warn of the creeping danger of Islamic extremism.
I would start by speaking our without fear of party whips and be an independent voice for Harlow. If elected everyone would hear about Harlow the next day.
– Seems to be fearless when it comes to whips
– Not afraid to say to what he thinks
– Says they are similar to UKIP
– Was also a member of BNP and National Front
– Likes to blame things on immigrants
Murray Sackwild: Green Party
Murray Says: I’m 55 and have lived nearby in Ware and Hertford for for 14 years.
I worked at Mark Hall for 13 years and am currently Supply Teaching, mostly at Passmores Academy. I’ve also been General Secretary of Harlow and Epping Forest NUT for 8 years.
The issues Harlow faces are: Real jobs, real pay, support for PAH, local accountability of local schools, pressured small businesses, cost of local transport and protecting Harlow’s green spaces.
Green policies are an alternative policy to other parties who promote the same neoliberal pro-austerity agenda.
I would vote according to the wishes/needs of the people of Harlow – rather than being made to vote according to party whips and start with the promotion of Harlow. Build on Robert Halfon’s work here – but without all the nasty Tory stuff.
– Seems to have genuine good intentions for Harlow
– Works with NUT
– Doesn’t live in Harlow
Geoff Seeff: Liberal Democrats
Geoff Says: I’m 67, live in Woodford, and work as a chartered accountant and management accountant. I have stood in several elections since 1982.
I think the Lib Dems are expected to do much better than the recent polls would indicate and I would like to see a renewal of the coalition government. I don’t think the Lib Dems will take power by themselves.
Harlow citizens deserve a choice and my colleagues in the local party feel that my experience offers something better.
Clearly the A&E department at the Princess Alexandra Hospital is facing problems but I would be pressing for the use of additional NHS funding to be directed towards preventative programmes that keep people out of hospital.
I know 9, mostly primary, schools in Harlow have access to a counselling service but I would like every school to have access to an in house counselling team.
To start with as MP I would get to know the organisations active in the constituency better.
-Clearly been involved in politics for decades
– His connection to Harlow is: “All Essex and East of England Liberal Democrats share information”
– Doesn’t believe his own party is capable of winning the election independently
Robert Halfon: Conservatives
Rob Says: Over the last five years I have run a number of high-profile campaigns, including Petrol Promise, which called on Government to lower fuel duty and cut petrol and diesel costs.
I work hard within the community, supporting local charities and businesses, and have held regular MP Advice Surgeries to help residents.
Whenever we have faced problems in our town, whether it be illegal encampments or the possible closure of our respite centres, I have stood up against the authorities.
– Lives in Harlow
– Lowered fuel duty
– Has an appalling voting record, including voting against equal marriage and raising the min. wage
– Openly opposes euthanasia
Sam Stopplecamp: UKIP
Sam says: I am 42 and have lived in Harlow for 6 years and run a local community transport scheme.
I have been a member of UKIP for 3 years and we are different from other parties because we have common sense. I am standing to give the people of Harlow a true choice.
Harlow faces issues like: growth, good jobs and cost of the government.
As MP for Harlow I would bring stability and security for the future and start with an EU referendum.
– Lives in Harlow
– Not much to say for himself
– Missed out a few prominent issues that Harlow faces
Suzy Stride: Labour
Suzy says: I’m 33 and like most of the candidates I wasn’t born here, I grew up in the East End and now live in Old Harlow.
I work for a charity that works with unemployed young people, upskilling them and helping them find work.
I campaigned for Labour in the 1997 elections, I was 15 at that point, I formally joined the party in my late teens.
Labour is the only party that can deliver social justice and build a better country for working people.
If elected as MP I’d put all my energy into fighting for a better deal for Harlow. I’d push forward the projects we really need for the future; regeneration of the town centre, investment in the NHS and schools, an extra junction for the M11 and improvements to the local bus system. I’d bring something different to the role.
One of my first acts would be to vote through measures to increase the numbers of doctors and nurses in our local NHS, I’d also scrap the bedroom tax and increase access to GPs in Harlow. I would start in earnest to provide more facilities for young people and I’d work with Harlow Council on plans to regenerate the town.
– Lives locally in Old Harlow
– Works with young people
– Identifies and prioritises genuine local concerns
– Has a really stroppy Labour party councillor from St Albans replying to her emails
– Seems to be quite hard to get hold of
To watch the hustings in Harlow with all seven candidates, see the YourHarlow footage here.