Vote 2017 - The Dorset Candidates

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We've asked candidates from the main parties standing in the South Dorset and West Dorset constituencies to share three reasons that we should vote for them on Thursday 8th June.

 

South Dorset

Richard Drax

Richard Drax

Conservative

For seven years, as MP for South Dorset, I’ve focused on:

• Protecting jobs, promoting more, and prioritising new apprenticeships. I’ve backed our farmers and fishermen, our Armed Forces and veterans. And I’ve worked for better schools and more choice.

• Looking longer term at improvements in rail and road, and working closely with Portland Port as it attracts more cruise ships. Accessibility will encourage much-needed investment in the area.

• Ensuring healthcare is local, keeping Poole A&E, paediatric and maternity services at DCH and community hospital beds.

We are leaving the EU. Only a strong government can negotiate a successful outcome. We’re making great progress. Let us finish the job.

Tashi Warr

Tashi Warr

Labour

I was born and raised in South Dorset but like so many young people from this area I had to move away from my family and friends to find work. That's why I am standing at this election - because I want to make South Dorset a better place to live for everyone.

If I am elected I will: - Work hard to improve our local economy by working with innovative businesses to bring more jobs to South Dorset

- Work with developers to ensure that affordable housing is part of every development and that local first-time buyers get first-dibs on those new homes

- Improve our transport and infrastructure to make getting around our towns and villages easier, and make South Dorset a more attractive to invest

- Fight against devastating Tory cuts that are threatening our NHS services in Dorchester and Poole.

Howard Legg

Howard Legg

Liberal Democrat

Howard Legg is contesting South Dorset for the second time. Educated on Portland, Howard has local family roots on both his Father's side in Weymouth and Mother's side on Portland.

Howard is concerned about the effect Brexit will have on the local tourist trade and the staffing in hospital and care services. They are labour intensive and susceptible to the supply of suitably qualified workers.

Schools must be funded properly with their budgets inflation linked. Liberal Democrats want the NHS and care services to be adequately funded and integrated to provide a seemless service to those needing their facilities.

John Orrell

John Orrell

Green Party

I am a local doctor. The NHS has a crisis of underfunding. Older people threatened by the dementia tax. Portland/Westhaven/Linden Hospitals face closure. Our children and maternity face downgrades. I will fight the cuts.

Animal cruelty will rise under a hard Brexit. Foxes hunted. Badgers shot. Our land fracked for short term profit. We offer a different vision of Britain. One that is compassionate and caring. We can become prosperous leading the world in renewable technology.

As I Christian I believe in caring for the earth and my neighbour; until we have built in England, a Green and pleasant land.

 

West Dorset

Oliver Letwin

Oliver Letwin

Conservative

If re-elected on 8 June, I will support what I hope will be a government led by Theresa May as it seeks to negotiate a fair exit settlement and a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU.

I will promote the construction of more affordable homes, more shared ownership and more community land trusts, so that our young people can obtain homes of their own.

I will work with the County Council and the NHS locally to promote the integration of health and social care in order to improve the quality of care offered to the frail elderly population of our constituency.

Lee Rhodes

Lee Rhodes

Labour

Britain depends on education delivering for everyone and is fit for the modern world.

We must invest in our country to boost our economy, create jobs and deliver a living wage, delivering the security and support people need.

Britain has a housing crisis of supply and of affordability. Labour will build at least 100,000 homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale.

By guaranteeing access to treatment within 18 weeks, we will take one million people off NHS waiting lists.

We will increase funding to GP services and review provision to ensure all patients have access to pharmacy services.

Andy Canning

Andy Canning

Liberal Democrat

1. We must bring an end to Conservative cuts that threaten our NHS, will force schools to make teachers redundant and will make life harder for pensioners;

2. There should be a new referendum when we know the details of the BREXIT deal;

3. Real votes in real elections show that in West Dorset it's a clear choice between myself and the Conservatives - nobody else can win here.

Kelvin Clayton

Kelvin Clayton

Green Party

Environmental policy to take centre stage along side economic policy - that they are to be understood as two sides of the same coin. Our economy and way of life is dependent upon a healthy environment.

The goal of this combined policy to be meeting the needs of everyone whilst living within the means / limits of the planet, not our current goal of endless economic growth which is destroying the environment.

Our representational democracy to become truly representational by representing the views and values of everyone. This will require some form of proportional representation.