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Parliamentary candidates set out their policies for general elections

Electors around Bognor Regis will be voting on December 12 to choose the next government.

 

Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm that day to elect the new MP for the Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency.

 

Six hopefuls are standing, including the previous MP, Nick Gibb, to represent the area in the House of Commons for the next five years.

 

They have set out their views on this page and we will find out who has been successful when the result is declared. This is likely to be in the early hours of December 13.

 

The election comes two and a half years after Mr Gibb held on to the seat in the last general election.

 

Conservative Party – Nick Gibb

 

I’ve spent the last few weeks knocking on doors and discussing issues with residents all over Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. It is clear that most people just want Brexit done. After three years of paralysis in Parliament, the general election gives us the opportunity to ensure that the British people’s decision in the referendum to leave the European Union is finally implemented. To do that we need a Conservative government with a working majority to pass the necessary legislation and to end the stalemate.

 

Over the last nine years, Conservative-led governments have restored the economy, following the banking crash of 2008-09 which left the public finances on the verge of bankruptcy. Since 2010, our economy has created 3 million new jobs and we now have both low inflation and the lowest level of unemployment for over 40 years.

 

We must not jeopardise these hard-won achievements. It is only with a strong and growing economy that we can afford properly to fund our NHS, schools and other vital public services.

 

It is way past time to bring an end to political game playing over social care. A Conservative government will seek to reach agreement across the political divide for a system which ensures that no one needing care will have to sell their home to pay for it.

 

We need a government committed to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. The Conservative party will introduce tougher sentences for the most serious offences and recruit 20,000 more police officers over the next three years.

 

Locally, ensuring we can travel easily around West Sussex is a major concern. The Conservatives have committed hundreds of millions of pounds to improving the A27 at Arundel, Worthing and Chichester.

 

On December 12 only a vote for a Conservative government will deliver economic stability and end the uncertainty over Brexit.

 

Green Party – Carol Birch 

 

Living in Bognor Regis, I care about the area and protecting it for the future.

 

Property developers have built for profit with housing numbers imposed from government.

 

I will fight this disaster for our area. Protecting our best agricultural land and real protection for our wildlife.

 

We propose to build 100,000 zero carbon social homes a year, introduce a Renters Rights Bill and increase the insulation and energy efficiency of homes.

 

The climate emergency is the most important issue. By tackling this, we will be addressing our emissions and leading this fight across the world.

 

This will mean making difficult decisions to bring our housing up to standard, improving public transport and cycling, car sharing platforms, reducing flying, restructuring our agricultural industry and increasing our renewable energy.

 

Our country will be more resilient.

 

Introduce a Carbon Tax and make taxation fairer.

 

I will fight for proper school funding for our West Sussex children. We have proposals to end the testing culture and to reconnect to nature.

 

University fees will be ended and there will be a Future Generations Bill to protect future generations.

 

We will propose an NHS Reinstatement Bill to end privatisation and support nurse training through bursaries. We will improve social healthcare.

 

Remain and transform, the Green Party supports a second vote and remaining in the EU whilst working for an improved EU.

 

Improving the sustainability of fishing, developing sea nature reserves and making agriculture more sustainable.

 

Grow Democracy by voting for a new system of government to make your vote matter.

 

All votes should be represented in our Parliament rather than one party taking all with a small percentage of the vote.

 

We are also proposing votes for 16 and 17- year-olds.

 

A vote for me is a vote for a new system.

 

Independent Party – Andrew Elston

 

Key themes are supporting a New Age Love Primary Energy Movement and Spiritual Energy Crisis Solutions.

 

Perhaps we should and could be praying and sending healing energy to the planet as a whole because this might help.

 

I am influenced by such as west east cultural dialogues.

 

That the aim of life could be to ascend to evolutionary beyonds

 

New science concepts that the energy of being includes consciousness.

 

Every time we think, we send a small electronic speed of light pulse.

 

Perhaps more in this age of discovery of the wider energy spectrum, unseen energy, and the far reaches of outer and inner space.

 

To support research and voluntary initiatives in these.

 

Subtle energy sending could be an additional way of helping we can all do.

 

A vote for me can show concern for these themes.

 

I realise I express an evolving cause that there is something more to life.

 

I respect the positive sides of Parliament.

 

I am 55 years old, into art, an ongoing student, studied philosophy, new age thought, research, voluntary work, care in the community and parliamentary freedom.

 

I moved to Bognor Regis and Littlehampton from London in recent years, believing it a pretty and laid back place, unspoiled with many subtle charms.

 

A Parliamentary MP is to relay with constituents and serve constituents as best one can.

 

If you like these themes you can show your interest voting for me.

 

Maybe we can help the evolution of something good and help world conditions.

 

Labour Party – Alan Butcher

 

We need an MP that will stand with local campaigns, organisations and people, not just relay letters.

 

I led the very successful Labour town council in my home town and have been involved for 20 years in campaigns defending local amenities like the theatre, post office and local health services and have served as a school governor.

 

At the last general election, my vote doubled and Labour is again the clear challenger to the Conservatives.

 

I came second with 12,782 votes, while the Liberal Democrat was a distant third with 3,352 votes.

 

These are actual votes cast, not estimates spun into a misleading graph.

 

Labour will get Brexit sorted by negotiating the best possible deal and put it to a public vote, alongside remain.

 

A clear path that respects everyone, ready to proceed as soon as the people have the final say.

 

Getting this sorted can not be allowed to delay the transformation of the economy. We must make it work for everyone.

 

Conservative and Lib Dem austerity cuts over the last decade have led to rising inequality and poverty while leaving the public services like the NHS, schools and social care at breaking point.

 

Our Green New Deal also simply cannot wait any longer. Austerity failed us all, holding back the economy and letting national debt triple. By investing in good jobs with better workers’ rights and a real living wage, a proactive government can grow our economy so it improves all lives and not just those at the top.

 

Only Labour is offering real change: a fairer and more prosperous society that works for everyone, a major shift in politics to serve all of us with sensible, fully costed policies.

 

I have always stood with our local community: give me the chance to do more.

 

Liberal Democrats – Francis Oppler

 

Francis, is married and has lived in Bognor Regis since he was two.

 

He went to local schools, and has worked in the constituency.

 

Francis has been active in local politics for 30 years, being first elected in 1989.

 

Since then, Francis has had many roles as a councillor, having served twice as Mayor of Bognor Regis, spent six years as leader of the opposition at Arun District Council.

 

Following the local elections earlier in May, he became deputy leader of the council.

 

For the first time in the district council’s 45-year history, the Liberal Democrats took minority control of the council in May. The Lib Dems got more votes than the Conservatives in the wards that make up the Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency. Labour trailed a poor third.

 

For many people, Brexit is the main issue in this election. Liberal Democrats believe that we should remain a member of the EU.

 

In our area, EU citizens make a huge contribution to our schools, NHS and care services.

 

The Liberal Democrats demand better for our children’s futures. We will give schools the resources teachers need to teach and pupils need to learn.

 

Protect the education budget in real terms from early years to age 19.

 

Provide free school meals for all primary school children and for all children whose families receive universal credit.

 

Protecting pensions, Liberal Democrats would:

 

Maintain the triple lock of increasing the state pension each year by the highest of earnings growth, prices growth or 2.5% for the next Parliament.

 

Tackling the climate emergency:

 

Generate 80% of electricity from renewables by 2030

 

Ban fracking

 

Ensure that all new cars and small vans bought in 2030 are electric

 

Demand Better for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Vote Liberal Democrat!

 

UKIP – David Kurten

UKIP is the only party standing in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton which is committed to a full clean-Break Brexit where we leave the EU and all of its institutions with no more delays. UKIP opposes Boris’s Brexit-In-Name-Only treaty.

 

If it is ratified in Westminster, we will wake up on February 1 having left the EU Commission and Parliament but still locked in the Single Market, Customs Union, Common Fisheries Policy, European Court of Justice and numerous other EU institutions.

 

We must take back full and immediate control of our sovereignty, laws, money, borders, trade and fishing waters on January 31 without signing a new treaty with the EU.

 

Only then will the UK be free to negotiate free trade agreements without our hands tied behind our back by the political declaration.

 

UKIP also has a vital domestic agenda. We will create a Migration Control Department to end rapid, mass, immigration and reduce it to balanced, sustainable levels.

 

We will protect the countryside from rampant housing development, take action to stop gender confusion in schools, and focus education on making the UK self-sufficient in skills so we do not need mass immigration.

 

UKIP supports freedom of speech. Innocent people should not be dragged through the courts for having the wrong opinions, while serious crimes like burglary, assault, criminal damage and theft are often not even investigated.

 

UKIP will abolish inheritance tax and increase funding for the NHS, schools, police and social care.

 

We will increase police numbers by at least 20,000 to reverse the cuts made under Cameron and May.

 

This will be more than paid for by leaving the EU immediately with no treaty obligation to pay them £39 billion, scrapping HS2 and saving £100 billion, and abolishing the international development budget, saving £14 billion per year.

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