General Election 2017: Penistone and Stocksbridge candidate profiles

General Election 2017: Penistone and Stocksbridge candidates
General Election 2017: Penistone and Stocksbridge candidates
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Have your say

In the fifth of our General Election candidate profiles, we ask those running to be the Penistone and Stocksbridge MP why they should get your vote.

Each candidate standing in the constituency this year was asked to send up to 200 words on their policies and why people should choose them when they go to the polls on June 8.

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Tomorrow: Sheffield South East

Penny Baker, Liberal Democrat

I have lived in the north of Sheffield for most of my life and I am currently a Sheffield city councillor, along with my husband David. I have a long record of campaigning with my Lib Dem colleagues on the things that matter, like school places and the protection of our natural environment against overdevelopment and fracking.

Before retirement I worked in the NHS for 28 years. Our health care system was once the envy of the world but this Conservative Government has left it struggling under serious pressure.

That’s why the Lib Dems are campaigning for the NHS to be properly funded by raising income tax one penny in the pound. Only the Liberal Democrats are being open with the public on this issue.

We would also lift the Tory’s one per cent cap on public sector pay rises, giving our nurses, teachers and police the pay boost they deserve.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party are weak and divided. If you want a strong opposition to the Conservative Government who will fight for our NHS, our schools, decent homes and for an open, tolerant and united Britain, this is your chance.

John Booker, UK Independence Party

In May 2014 I was elected Sheffield’s first UKIP councillor. As a life long resident of Sheffield, I have worked tirelessly to help local people. Now I want to take the fight to Westminster.

You have been ignored for too long with the Tories and Labour coming and going without anything changing for the better.

If elected I would put in place a regional constituency organiser whose job would be to:

1 - Bring more funding into the area.

2 - Help the development of community groups.

3 - Promote social well-being.

4 - Citizens Advice assistance.

5 - Computer (IT) training groups.

6 - Sport and youth club development.

On a national level, I would:

1 - Fight for the Brexit you voted for which includes full control of our borders and our laws, removing all control of the European Commission and the Court of Justice.

2 - Introduce a fair and controlled immigration system.

3 - Protect our free NHS and use the money from the bloated Foreign Aid Budget to help with improvements.

4 - Support our service men and women.

5 - Fight for a modern and fair democracy including proportional representation.

History tells us the Tories do not support northern industries, northern mining or northern workers.

Angela Smith, Labour

Voters in Penistone and Stocksbridge deserves the best. We all know that and we are as proud of our area as we are of our country.

It is that belief in South Yorkshire and in Britain that underpins the work I have done as one of the area’s MPs. I believe our values and our democracy makes us strong and that voters expect their elected representatives to defend Britain and what it stands for.

I will always do that.

I am an independent-minded person who lives locally and who knows that it’s important to fight for the communities she represents. That means fighting for adequate funding for our police, our NHS and our schools.

It also means working hard for new jobs in South Yorkshire. I have always done that and would continue to make it a top priority if re-elected.

Our area means a great deal to me and I hope local people will vote to give me another opportunity to represent Penistone and Stocksbridge in Parliament.

Nicola Wilson, Conservative

Nicola and her husband run their own business in Sheffield and Nicola decided to get involved in politics in 2015 as she believed we need more people involved who have real life experience especially in business.

Having started her career on the factory floor for a Marks and Spencer supplier in Rotherham she has worked for various M&S suppliers across Yorkshire for over 15 years prior to setting up a family business.

Nicola’s primary focus for Stocksbridge and Penistone is for the funding and performance of schools in the constituency. Due to previously poor Ofsted reports in many schools she will challenge and address what can be done to improve them and enhance the children’s education experience.

She will fight for a fairer deal for Stocksbridge and Penistone in all national funding formulae.

Nicola will work with the local police authorities to ensure that we are properly protected from recent increased incidents of theft and attempted burglaries in the area.

Nicola continues to work with local businesses to ensure they are given increased opportunities, such as the introduction of free wifi in Penistone Market Barn allowing traders to accept card payments.

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