Apr 14 2010 Harrow Observer
With just three weeks until polling day, the general election campaign is in full swing.
Voters in Harrow will be going to the polls to elect the next government and a candidate to represent them at Westminster for the next five years. With the economy still finely balanced between recession and recovery and the prospect of swingeing cuts being felt at a local level during the next Parliament, the stakes are higher than at any other time in living memory. Candidates from the main parties in Harrow West, Harrow East and the new constituency of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, outline the policies they hope will lead them to success on May 6
RACHEL JOYCE - CONSERVATIVE
"MY KEY promises are to keep in touch with residents' concerns and representing their best interests.
Specifically, this means addressing the overdevelopment of Harrow and unfair council funding.
"I will also look to protect local services including hospitals, schools and GP surgeries.
"Voters in Harrow will have a choice whether they want to continue with Labour's mismanagement of the economy, unfair treatment of Harrow, threats to local services such as the closure of A&E departments and GP surgeries and more post offices, or to vote Conservative for a fairer deal for Harrow people.
"Only the Conservatives offer a real alternative and we need every single vote in Harrow West to rid us of this government and an MP who doesn't stand up for Harrow's interests."
HERBERT CROSSMAN - UK INDEPENDENCE
"IT IS time for people to look past the three stooges in Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems who all promise the world but deliver nothing. We need to rejuvenate opportunities for local businesses, deliver safer streets and bring about a more cohesive community in Harrow. We are lucky to have a very ethnically diverse culture in Harrow but we need to listen to all communities to ensure there is unity in the borough.
"Providing local businesses with a greater chance to succeed will rebuild the economy which has clearly been mismanaged for a long time.
"I will also look at how we can inter-act with the youth of Harrow a bit better as well and provide children with a wider range of things to do here."
GARETH THOMAS - LABOUR
"I HAVE five key things I am very committed to.
"Firstly, I want to ensure that there is faster and better care at Northwick Park Hospital, I will fight hard against cuts to police numbers in Harrow and continue to campaign for a new police station.
"I want to help implement a clear plan for the town centre to encourage sensible investment for infrastructure and leisure facilities but with clear guidelines in what is and isn't acceptable for our borough.
"Already we have seen great advances in our schools.
"I want to continue to champion the modernisation of all schools in the borough.
"Finally, I pledge to help keep Harrow green.
"I want to continue to defend our open spaces and stop, like I have already been working to, developments such as the Dandara site.
"I want to ensure that there is redevelopment of neglected areas like Grange Farm Estate and ensure that people in Harrow can take pride in our open spaces."
CHRIS NOYCE - LIBERAL DEMOCRAT
"I THINK the major concern is the state of the economy, which desperately needs to be tackled because it affects everyone.
"But as a party we will look to do what we can to address that problem without giving false promises.
"People have lost trust in the economy and the political system in Labour's 13-year tenure and we want to change that.
"On a national level, this means examples like an entirely elected House of Lords and, on a local level, it means not making promises like a brand new hospital, made by the Labour Party, if we can't implement it.
"It is about keeping promises and building trust with the electorate again."
ROWAN LANGLEY - GREEN
"WE OPPOSE cutting services like the children's centres, which were only started recently.
"These are attacks on people with no voice, and that is not fair and fair is worth fighting for.
"We can afford a decent pension for all and we can make education a lifelong process.
"Our transport policies would deliver cuts which benefit, cuts in rail fares for example rather than service.
"We would run our public services as a service, not a business opportunity for our mates, and we would end the creeping rundown and sell-off of the NHS, the BBC and the Post Office. Our party's commitment to conservation and renewable energy gives the best long-term prospects for the UK to be self-reliant"
NAHID BOETHE - LIBERAL DEMOCRAT
"THERE are a number of very important issues to me, one of the main ones being fairer taxes to benefit low earners and those on pensions. Everyone can see that the gap between the rich and the poor has widened under Labour rule and this can be addressed with the Lib Dems tax relief scheme.
"On a local level, I have been pushing to get a lift at Stanmore Tube station, which will help not only those in Harrow but the many people who travel into Stanmore to go to the hospital.
"Ultimately, we want fair and transparent politics which gives the people the opportunity to voice their concerns, and not a system that relies on a handful of people making all the decisions behind closed doors."
TONY MCNULTY - LABOUR
"OBVIOUSLY one of the key issues I will hopefully be working on alongside a Labour government is the continuation of doing all we can for the economy.
"We want to do this without deep, biting cuts to public services because the deep cuts that have been suggested by the Tories are, quite frankly, scary.
"I want to continue to work hard on the personal issues affecting my constituents as I have done with thousands of people in Harrow for the past 13 years, and have thoroughly enjoyed.
"Hopefully, I can work alongside a Labour council to address the problems created by the Tories in the past four years.
"I want to be here to see out the work I have started on sixth forms and children's centres, and to be part of the investment going into the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, which I have always been pushing for and have worked tirelessly on since I was a councillor."
ABHIJIT PANDYA - UK INDEPENDENCE
"MY NUMBER one priority is to enable small businesses the opportunity to flourish.
"This can be done by liaising with banks to reduce lending costs so that we can start to rebuild the economy, particularly in Harrow.
"My other major concern for the borough is the sense of segregation among various ethnic and religious groups, this needs to be sorted out to ensure the community in Harrow is truly cohesive.
"We will look at using revenue for more policing and ensuring that the force in Harrow are looking to tackle local issues like burglary rather than focussing on national targets and concerns."
MADELEINE ATKINS - GREEN
"EVERYONE - young and old - deserves a fair society, with a clean environment and proper public services.
"The Green Party, uniquely is funded not by big business and large unions but by ordinary individuals, who view our public services as a source of pride, not a business opportunity, and view the earth as borrowed from our children, not inherited from our parents."
Mrs Atkins succeeds Sarah Kersey, who has stood down as prospective parliamentary candidate to concentrate on her professional life.
BOB BLACKMAN - CONSERVATIVE
"I AM campaigning avidly on key local issues such as the campaign against the closure of post offices locally which has been forced by the Labour government.
"I am vigorously opposing the high-density multi-storey developments being foisted upon Harrow as a result of Labour government diktat and I am trying to ensure that Harrow residents do not shoulder an unfair burden on the funding of the London Olympics in 2012.
"I am in favour of more police on the streets, as experienced police are transferred to central London and have highlighted the need to improve the response time to fires from Harrow Fire Station.
"I was instrumental in ensuring that station ticket offices were kept open after Mayor Livingstone had threatened to close them and I am pressing Mayor Boris Johnson to provide more car parking and a lift at Stanmore Station."
RUISLIP, NORTHWOOD AND PINNER
GRAHAM LEE - GREEN
"I AM standing for economic and environmental fairness.
"Key areas are resisting cuts in public spending, which are harming the economy and destroying jobs both directly and indirectly. You can't cut your way out of a recession, and cuts in public services will impact most heavily on the poorer people who most rely on them. Green Party policies will create jobs.
"I want to bring public transport back into full public ownership and properly fund it, to make if fully accessible to all.
"I wish to protect the NHS against wasteful and expensive privatisation."
THOMAS PAPWORTH - LIBERAL DEMOCRAT
"A CYCLE of red-blue, blue-red government has got us into the current economic crisis and political malaise.
"It is time to try something new. If you want better, choose different, choose the Liberal Democrats.
"Only the Liberal Democrats can provide Britain with the fresh start it needs. We will create a fair society and a different and better sort of politics.
"We will reform our economy so that everyone gets a fair deal and fix our rotten political system so that the right decisions are taken.
"We will deliver change that works for you."
NICK HURD - CONSERVATIVE
"I AM in politics for one reason only - to help improve the lives of others.
"As the MP for Ruislip-Northwood, it was my privilege to help more than 5,000 individual constituents and fight successful campaigns to protect things we value, such as the Cancer Centre at Mount Vernon.
"Now I want to throw all that energy and experience into serving the new constituency of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.
"The national choice is clear: five more years of Gordon Brown or Vote for Change with the Conservatives.
"I know that we have the energy and ideas to get the country moving again."
ANITA MACDONALD - LABOUR
"I'VE been inspired by the determination of people in our area.
"When the global financial crisis struck, we fought back and didn't let the recession take its course.
"I supported Labour action: job-boosting measures and extra help for families, businesses and home owners. Today the economy is still recovering and we must maintain support for people in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.
"When growth is secured, we will halve the deficit over four years in a fair way.
"My priorities will be securing the economic recovery; protecting front-line services; a future fair for families; standing up for the many; new industries and future jobs."