can you vote for?
Conservatives, Green Party, Labour, Liberal Democrats &
UKIP are all fielding Candidates for our Seat - Dorset Mid &
North Poole. The Liberal Democrats won the Seat in the 2010
General Election with Annette Brooke gaining a majority of 269.
find past General Election Results for our Constituency from
1371 onwards, click here
find out about the Policies of each Party, click here
are the candidates like?
31st March, we sent a request to the candidates of the 5 Parties
contesting this seat. We asked them to provide us with around
1,000 words about why Bere Regis residents should vote for them
& what they will do for the Village.
You can read their responses below -
am a hardworking local family man, with a plan to help make
our area an even better place to live and work. By voting for
me you will be voting for both a hard working and dedicated
local representative and a strong Government with David Cameron.
If elected in May I will first and foremost be a good constituency
MP, working hard locally representing our local community. This
is the area that I have chosen to bring up my family, and so
I am determined to do all that I can to make it an even better
place in which to live and work.
have lived in Purbeck with my wife Frances since moving to the
area 12 years ago. We have three children and our family dog,
Bella. The two eldest children attend our local school, and
our four year old can't wait to join them. In rare moments of
spare time I like going for walks or cycling in our beautiful
countryside with my family. I also enjoy playing sport and have
been an active member of Poole Hockey Club and Hamworthy Cricket
a practising barrister I regularly appear in Courts across the
county and the South West. My practice includes representing
and advising private individuals, small companies and local
authorities. I also undertake pro-bono work locally. Nationally
I have represented a number of different Government Departments
including the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Transport.
My areas of expertise include housing and property related work,
including social housing and anti-social behaviour injunctions.
Plan' is to:
Support jobs and our local economy. Improvements to parking
will encourage residents and visitors alike to shop locally
and keep our local community thriving.
Improve Dorset's transport network, so that local people, tourists
and businesses are not delayed by traffic trouble spots. Improvements
to our railways and road will keep Dorset moving.
Get a better deal for local schools so that they received their
fair share of government funding. This will ensure our children
get the resources that they need.
Support local people in retirement by protecting pensions and
savings while continuing to invest in vital local services such
as the NHS.
Housing is required for the next generation. However I want
to see brown field sites build on rather than our Green Belt,
with the housing needs of local people given a priority.
Support the police and social services in the fight to keep
crime and antisocial behaviour at record low levels so that
everyone can live peacefully without the fear of crime.
only the Conservatives can deliver.
There are now over 2 million more people in work than in 2010
– that’s more families with the stability and security
of a regular pay packet. This is thanks to the hard work and
the determination of the British people, and the Conservatives'
strong leadership and clear economic plan.
Our manifesto will commit to a minimum real-terms increase in
NHS funding of £8bn in the next 5 years.
To make sure more people can enjoy the security of home ownership,
a Conservative Government will extend the Right to Buy to up
to 1.3 million tenants of housing associations in England and
create a billion pound Brownfield Regeneration Fund to unlock
400,000 new homes on brownfield land.
The next Conservative government will take the family home out
of Inheritance Tax. We will introduce a new transferable 'family
home allowance' of £175,000 per person. For a married
couple, this will effectively increase the Inheritance Tax threshold
to £1 million.
The choice is now clear: if you work hard, save and want to
pass on your family home to your children - vote Conservative.
We can keep going forward with the Conservatives, and build
a country where those who work hard and do the right thing can
enjoy a good life.
people have asked me about my priority. My priority is clear:
to ensure that Dorset remains a special place in which to live
and work; to protect it; and where possible to improve our area
for the benefit of everyone.
you have any questions or queries please do get in touch by
phone 01202 624216 or email here
delighted to have been selected to stand in the area where I
have lived in for over 20 years and where I brought up my children.
also delighted to be standing in a landmark election for the
Green Party. This is the first time ever that voters in Mid
Dorset & North Poole will be able to cast a ‘Green’
vote at a General Election. In fact we have candidates standing
in every constituency in Dorset – a pattern repeated across
much of the country.
gives people a real positive, progressive alternative and the
chance to vote for our core beliefs;
For a public NHS true to its founding principles but modernised
to address todays issues such as an aging population and a desperate
need for better mental health services.
For a fair economy where those who can afford to pay a fair
share of tax do so and where everyone is appropriately rewarded
for their work
For a safe climate, seriously tackling the greatest threat that
humanity has ever faced
For free education , including abolishing tuition fees
For decent homes , building 500,000 social homes
For better public transport, including returning the rail network
back into public hands
the surface it can seem like this is a relatively prosperous
area, but many people are struggling because of the Coalition
Government’s austerity agenda, an agenda we are fundamentally
opposed to. Many have seen no real increase in income for five
years and recent drops in inflation have done little to balance
the increases in household bills experienced over this time.
Even those unaffected by benefits cuts and the bedroom tax recognise
the need for investment in the NHS, cheaper and more efficient
public transport and affordable housing.
fact, according to figures released by Shelter there are 170
families homeless across Dorset County and Poole Borough, 125
of which have children. Rent can take up to 40% of people’s
income and if you’re on an average income here it could
take 17 years to save to buy a house. Those of us fortunate
enough to have been able to buy our own homes are now bringing
up ‘generation rent’ those who may never own their
own home - and this is a major crisis looming in the future.
What pensioner could afford to rent a home? We need to bring
empty homes back into use and provide 1,000s more good quality
National Debt Line service report that over 300 people in this
constituency have contacted them over the past three years,
a figure that suggests, based on their research on the proportion
of those who don’t seek help, that over 1,700 people have
serious debt problems in this area alone.
career in Financial Services has made it clear to me that what
most concerns people is their future economic security. We need
to build a system that provides this for all, fairly and sustainably.
election is going to be very different; people are fed up with
politics as usual and are looking for real change. I joined
the Green Party because of its commitment to fairness, putting
people before profit and its genuine plans to tackle climate
can find out more about my views and our policies, by following
my campaign on Facebook. On this you can see some of the pledges
I’ve made from animal welfare, through nuclear disarmament,
supporting cycling and local pubs (the last two should not always
be combined of course!) and more are being added every week.
don’t believe the hype that only the Tories or Lib Dems
can win here (they used to say something similar about Brighton!).
Nearly as many people didn’t vote at the last election
as voted for the winner. We’ve never stood her before
and our membership has quadrupled in a year! Of course it would
be a major surprise but a Green victory is not statistically
way it goes, this election we won’t just be selecting
a new MP. Through voting we can express what matters to us.
It is no good voting just to keep someone else out. This time
we need to send a clear message to Westminster.
time please vote for what you believe in. Vote Green Party.
Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole
Bere Regis, as elsewhere, the choice at this election is between
the failing plan of the current Government which prioritises
a privileged few and Labour’s better plan for ordinary
is my view that Britain succeeds when working families succeed.
That’s why Labour’s plan offers a better future
for Mid Dorset and North Poole; for living standards, for the
next generation, and for the NHS.
people are on average £1,600 a year worse off under the
Tories and their policies have meant that 3,300 working families
in Mid Dorset & North Poole have seen their tax credits
cut in real terms.
plan to increase the National Minimum Wage to £8 before
2020 will boost pay for 113,600 low paid jobs in the South West
where 22.60% of jobs pay less than the living wage. Labour will
promote this with tax rebates for businesses who sign up as
Living Wage employers in the first year of a Labour Government.
show that 73,000 people in the South West are working on a zero-hours
contract. The number of people working on such contracts in
our region has increased by 23% in the last year. Labour will
ban exploitative zero hour contracts so that if you work regular
hours you get a regular contract.
the NHS there is a crisis in A&E. In the last 12 months,
over a million people have waited more than four hours which
means more people having long waits on trolleys before being
admitted to a hospital bed; and more people are having to wait
in ambulance queues outside hospital because A&E is full.
the Tories waiting lists for treatment are growing – they’re
at their highest level for six years. There are now more than
3,000 extra people on NHS waiting lists at The Royal Bournemouth
and Christchurch Hospitals and more than 2,500 extra people
on NHS waiting lists in Poole Hospital compared to May 2010.
social care cuts to elderly care are making it harder for older
people to get the care they need at home, meaning more end up
in A&E. In England 300,000 fewer people over the age of
65 are receiving state funded social care services compared
to 2009/10.More than one million hospital bed days were lost
because hospitals were unable to discharge patients.
costs the NHS over £290 million, money which could have
paid for a year of home visits for over 41,000 elderly people,
or nearly 7,000 extra nurses.
has a better plan for the NHS. We will join up services from
home to hospital, with a single point of contact for all who
need it. A £2.5 billion Time to Care Fund to recruit 20,000
more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 new home care workers and
3,000 more midwives, funded by a mansion tax on properties worth
over £2 million, cracking down on tax avoidance and a
levy on tobacco companies. Labour will also guarantee that you
can get a GP appointment within 48 hours – and on the
same day for those who need it.
many villages Bere Regis faces a dilemma over housing. Not enough
affordable homes and pressure on the Green Belt from developers.
Home ownership is now at its lowest point for 30 years and first-time
buyers are simply priced out of the market.
1.3 million families with children are now part of “Generation
Rent”, with little security and the risk of being forced
to move at short notice. Labour will get a fairer deal for private
renters by making longer-term tenancies with predictable rents
as the norm, and banning rip-off letting fees on tenants.
own view is that local residents should be given a much greater
say over planning decisions in their area. Most people see the
need for more houses but worry about the number, design, location
and the infrastructure that goes with them. This is especially
true in places like Bere Regis which want to maintain the historic
nature of their village whilst ensuring that young families
can afford to but their own home.
energy market just isn't working for families and businesses
in Britain. Energy bills have risen by almost £300 since
David Cameron became Prime Minister, and businesses say energy
is the biggest cost they face. When wholesale energy prices
go up, bills go up fast, but when they fall, bills stay high.
Since 2010, energy bills in Britain have risen twice as fast
as inflation, four times faster than wages and faster than in
almost any other country in the developed world. Families and
businesses can't afford another five years of this.
Labour will freeze your energy bills up to January 2017, saving
a typical household £120 and an average business £1,800.
An incoming Labour government will legislate immediately to
make this happen.
will abolish Ofgem which has failed to stand up for consumers
and replace it with a tough new energy watchdog which has the
power and remit to force energy companies to cut their prices
and to revoke their licences when they harm the interests of
the last General Election no one voted for a coalition government.
We said then that a vote for the Liberal Democrats would mean
a Tory government and that is precisely what we got. If you
want another Tory government then vote for it. If, like me,
you think this would be bad for Britain then Vote Labour.
the restriction on space means I have not had not been able
to mention a range of other issues such as Europe, education,
childcare, jobs for young people, Policing, or the importance
of protecting our environment and tackling climate change. If
you want more details of Labour’s policies can look at
our website on www.labour.org.uk and my email contact is here.
Party Candidate Mid Dorset & North Poole
moved to Dorset in 1999 to take up a promotion and it's the
best move my husband and I could have made. Settling in Broadstone
we started out family and our business and I became involved
with local Lib Dems politics as part of Annette Brooke's volunteer
team, stopping just days before the general election to give
birth to my daughter Molly - after whom our cafe is named.
believe that the Liberal Democrats offer a balanced approach
to politics - solid economic policies and a progressive approach
to taxation, whilst striving to build a fair society where everyone
has the opportunity to get on whatever their background.
am passionate about people and communities and Bere Regis is
a wonderful example of this - a village with a good range of
community groups, a thriving school and church pulling together
to create a sense of belonging. I first got to know Bere Regis
about 10yrs ago when Cyril Wood Court was extended and I catered
for the opening party. I was struck by the welcome the community
gave to residents and the wonderful eclectic mix of artists
and musicians living here. I have visited the lovely church
many times and supported the campaign for the new bells, and
love to tell friends from other places about the links with
Tess of the D'urbervilles - one of my favourite books!
a councillor in Poole and I hope as your next MP I have been
striving to protect and improve our bus networks. I was appalled
when the village was left cut off from Poole - and similarly
Lytchett cut off from Dorchester - and will do all I can to
get funding for new community transport options and regular
bus services. I believe wholeheartedly in the Concessionary
Bus Pass for older people, and the new Lib Dem plans for a discounted
pass for young adults, but these are pointless without the buses
to use them on!
the mother of 4 children, you won't be surprised to hear that
education, training and jobs are central to my campaign. I have
promised Annette to continue to fight for the F40 funding formula
that will see us get a fairer share of money for our schools
and I am thrilled that Bere Regis is now well on the way to
getting its new primary school. But we need to go further.
the Liberal Democrats have promised to maintain the funding
for education from nursery to college, extending pupil premium
to nursery age children and allowing all 2yr olds access to
free nursery care. I want to see every child taught by a qualified
teacher and make sure that the workload on teachers is restricted
so they have time to teach. My youngest daughter has found school
much more tricky than her siblings and I want our teachers to
be inspired to use their skills to bring out the best in children,
use the fantastic natural environment around the village to
expand their minds and their horizons.
mentored young people at secondary schools around Poole and
Dorset for 7yrs and when I knocked on the door of one of the
students from Bere Regis earlier this year he told me that he
had found an apprenticeship...another of the Lib Dem flagship
policies. I have employed a number of young people so they can
Learn and Earn at the same time and I want to see the opportunities
grow for young people - and older people too who choose or are
forced into a carer change. We need to improve our infrastructure
so that small businesses can set up in and around our villages
and make sure rural broadband allows companies to grow in the
countryside and not force everyone onto the roads into Poole,
Bournemouth and beyond.
environment is precious and we need to keep it that way. I have
campaigned to prevent gravel extraction at Philiols Farm and
Gore Heath and Annette has worked to protect the countryside
over many years. I am thrilled that Brian May has invested in
creating the new woodland and we need to ensure that as the
village grows it does so sensitively and in the way the community
want it to using the Parish Council but also other community
rights that Liberal Democrats have brought in.
brings me on to the sensitive issue of housing. It is a really
delicate balance to weigh up the needs for young adults to stay
in the village and bring up their own families, with the need
to keep the village distinct. We cannot stand still, but new
housing for Bere Regis and other villages in Dorset must be
sensitive to the environment, in scale with the village and
with the infrastructure to make sure that the existing residents
are not disadvantaged and that new ones have decent facilities
too. There should be a presumption of brownfield sites wherever
possible and we should ensure that sufficient levels of housing
are affordable - for rent and for low cost purchase for local
dont want to take you through the whole Liberal Democrat manifesto,
I am sure that the newspapers and TV coverage, along with the
literature coming through your doors will give you all that
you need. However, I do want to touch on the NHS and a small
number of issues of health about which I am particularly passionate.
I volunteered with Annette back in 2000/1 when she first stood
for Parliament. I gave birth to my daughter Molly just days
before the election and at Annette's celebration party Annette
told me that by the time I had my next child the new maternity
hospital would be underway! She is now nearly 14 and we have
had a refurbished unit but nothing new yet. I was delighted
to be at the opening of the unit and confirmed that I would
work hard for the new unit that we all want to see.
Health is the biggest cause of health related benefits in this
country and I am really pleased that the Liberal Democrats are
the party that are leading the way on this. In Dorset we have
an acute shortage of Psychiatric Intensive care beds and currently
this means that women are having to be placed many miles from
home - some as far as Yorkshire! We also have a crisis in our
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and I am
committed to ensuring that both of these see real investment
so that we can deliver on our promises of short waiting times
for mental health conditions.
with an ageing population, I want to see mush more done for
the lonely in our communities and to ensure that we have Dementia
Friendly Communities throughout our area. I want to make sure
that care can be given as close to home as possible by motivated
caring staff and that families have as much support as possible,
especially at the end of life.
hope this gives you a flavour of why I believe that you should
vote for me as your next MP to follow from my great friend Annette
Brooke. I believe that I have a record of delivering for local
communities, a passion for the area we all call home and the
energy to get things done. I believe that being an MP is a full
time job and hope that you will choose me to represent you on
May 7th. If you would like to raise specific issues with me
please feel free to get in touch via email, facebook, twitter
or drop me a line. If you would like to know more about the
Liberal Democrats you can find a link to our manifesto here.
Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole
UK Independence Party
name is Richard Turner and I have the privilege of being UKIP's
parliamentary candidate for Mid Dorset & North Poole.
moved to Dorset from NW London 10 years ago to join the family
business and develop our marine company in Christchurch which
is a Marina on the River Stour and the boat hire business on
Christchurch Quay so I have a keen interest in two key areas
of our local economy, marine and leisure. Having spent so long
living and working in London, I know how lucky I am to live
in such a wonderful place.
for me, living in Dorset is a privilege and I believe that with
privilege comes responsibility. I feel a responsibility to protect
and preserve the wonderful natural and cultural heritage in
Dorset and to be a determined and effective representative for
every single constituent in Mid Dorset & North Poole.
to reassure you, I am not a carpet bagging politician. I did
not go up and down the country looking for people who might
vote for me, nor did I study the form and try to get a target
seat. I would not be a candidate anywhere other than Dorset.
Had I not been selected here I would not be a candidate anywhere
became a parliamentary candidate because I want to change things.
Because I believe that there are some serious issues in our
country today and not only are they not being dealt with by
the political classes, they are being caused by the political
classes. We didn't get to were we are today by accident, there
are issues that are a result of deliberate decisions taken by
politicians who have no idea what life is like in the real world
and quite frankly don't seem to care. I am standing as a UKIP
candidate because I believe that UKIP not only has the people
who passionately believe in Britain and the British people but
have the common sense policies that this country needs.
example the NHS.
will ensure that the NHS remains free at the point of need and
in funded through general taxation.
health policy is very different from the others though for a
very important reason. We will ensure that the NHS is a national
health service and not an international health service. We will
make having NHS approved health insurance a condition of entry
into the UK for migrants and visitors, ending health tourism
that costs around 2bn per year. Some of that 2bn will be used
to end hospital car parking charges in England. Something that
has already happened in other parts of the UK.
will scrap the EU directives forcing us to build these monstrous
wind farms destroying our precious coastline and blighting our
green and pleasant land. Windfarms have proven themselves to
be utterly useless. How can it be that we are spending billions
and billions on energy production that relies on the weather!
If I had to guess it would be that these windfarms are huge
monuments to political ego's. Wind is completely unpredictable
and uncontrollable. If we cannot control when we generate power
and how much we generate then what use is it? That is why, as
MP, I will do absolutely everything in my power to stop the
navitus bay wind farm that threatens our wonderful world heritage
coastline. There are some renewables that I support. Tidal generators,
particularly tidal lagoons are things that I have long argued
in favour of. The tide comes in and out twice a day, we know
when, we know the speed and strength. We know the tides for
the next 100 years so we can predict how much energy will be
produced and when. We need to keep the lights on and keep British
companies working and that needs common sense policies. All
of these issues come from the department for energy and climate
change who's policies have put thousands of our countries pensioners
into fuel poverty. That is why UKIP will scrap the whole department.
then of course there is the EU.
is the only party in Great Britain committed to leaving the
are, amazingly, the only party who genuinely believe in true
parliamentary democracy. We are the only party who have as a
clear policy, a total commitment that the people who make the
decisions that affect every one of us in our daily lives must
be directly accountable to the British people through the ballot
other party in Britain is committed to remaining in the EU where
the decisions are made not by MEP's but by commissioners in
a central committee who make the laws in secret. Behind closed
doors. That's where 70% of our laws come from. And we must remember
that the remaining 30% that are decided in Westminster must
be EU compliant. These 28 commissioners are unelected and therefore
unaccountable and unsackable. Disgraceful. It is simply a matter
of democracy. The cavalier manner in which our right to self
determination was handed over to a collection of unelected Eurocrates
is, in my opinion, nothing short of treachery. The politicians
of establishment parties gave away our sovereignty and we will
take it back.
we go to the polling stations, we must consider the future of
the country as that is what we will be deciding.
can vote for a party that rejects the status quo. That does
not have a vested interest in trying to defend the mistakes
of the past or an ideology long since debunked . A party that
believes that Britain will be a fairer, more democratic and
more prosperous society outside of the EU. We have that opportunity
on the 7th May.
fact is whether we are talking about Europe, immigration, taxation,
energy, education, human rights, the choice is binary. It is
the establishment consensus or UKIP common sense and I believe
it really is time for common sense policies delivered by people
who truly believe in Britain.
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