Stoke-on-Trent Central By-Election: The Candidates

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Thursday 23rd February is the official voting date for the Stoke-on-Trent Central By-Election, which will see ten candidates compete for your votes for the constituency seat.

Although media talk has largely focused on Labour and UKIP in recent weeks, there's more to it than that. To help you have a better overview of the field, we've compiled a few policies from each candidate/party, which you can see below. It's important that you make as informed a decision as you can.

DISCLAIMER: These are just a few representative points chosen directly from the candidate/party's manifesto, website or a recent interview. Please try to look at all their other policies as they could well affect you.

Mohammed Yaqub Akram - Independent

‘We should protect our NHS from privatisation and fund it properly, especially in the areas of mental health and elderly care.'

'We need new council houses for people who can’t afford private landlords…the disadvantaged and marginalised.' 

'I would try to get the best deal for us in Brexit; negotiations to exit will be an opportunity to stand against the rhetoric that says “immigration is always bad for Britain”.’  

SOURCE: The Sentinel:

Zulfiqar Ali - Liberal Democrats

‘The British people voted for departure, but not for a destination, which is why we are calling for the government to give the British people a vote on the final deal that they negotiate with Europe.'

'Create a fairer corporate tax code, where giant multinationals pay their fair share.'

'Strongly oppose the Government’s plans to open divisive new grammar schools which will disproportionately benefit children from wealthier backgrounds.’ 

SOURCE: Lib Dems policy pages

Jack Brereton - Conservative

'Secure investment and more local jobs.'

'Make sure local police patrol town centres properly to crack down on street drinking and anti-social behaviour.'

'Back the Prime Minister’s plan for Brexit, "making things fairer for ordinary working people in Stoke-on-Trent by getting control over the number of people coming here from the EU".'

SOURCE: His website

Adam Colclough - Green Party

'Scrap university tuition fees and bring Academies and Free Schools into the Local Authority system.'

'End the creeping privatisation of the NHS and repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012.'

'Phase out fossil-fuel based energy generation and nuclear power.'

SOURCE: Policies webpage

David Furness - British National Party (BNP)

“Reversing Islamisation”, refusing permission for any further mosques and banning the hijab and burqa.

Stop immigration by introducing a National Security Moratorium, stopping all further immigration into Britain “until we can sort out the politicians’ Immigration shambles and deport the two million+ here illegally".

Replace the “100,000” bureaucrats in the NHS with doctors, nurses and dentists.

SOURCE: Policies webpage

Godfrey Davis - Christian People's Alliance

Encourage wealth to be distributed "more fairly". 

Offer grants to newlyweds who attend at least three sessions of marital awareness training.

Step-by-step repeal OF the 1967 Abortion Act, challenging "the culture of death by seeking legislation which confers the full protection of the law on all human life, from conception until natural death."

SOURCE: Latest manifesto

Barbara Fielding - Independent 

"Abolish Magna Carta, Reinstate Monarchy."

Repatriate all immigrants and give their jobs to UK Nationals.

Upgrade our Police force and give them better pay.

SOURCE: Her website

The Incredible Flying Brick - Monster Raving Loony Party

Abolish gravity with immediate effect.

Ensure that all European trains will be fuelled by gravy.

Have a good breakfast of oatcakes and a delicious lunch of lobby.

SOURCE: His webpage

Paul Nuttall - UK Independence Party (UKIP)

'Local people and veterans are prioritised first for social housing.' 

'Reduce the pressure on housing by ending open door immigration and stop preferential treatment to groups such as travellers – rules should apply to us all.'

'Improve access to quality local education and create more grammar schools and technical colleges.'

SOURCE: UKIP's local election manifesto 2016

Gareth Snell - Labour 

A special Brexit deal for the ceramics industry.

Attract quality jobs to the city to ensure a pay rise.

Increase the number of homes being built and ensure that plenty of these are affordable for first-time buyers.

SOURCE: His website manifesto


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