There are just three weeks to go until we get to vote on who will become our MP for the next parliament.
This time around the voters of the Daventry constituency will get to pick between five candidates, representing the main political parties.
The Daventry constituency boundary remains unchanged from the 2010 general election, and consists of the Daventry district plus Milton Malsor, Kislingbury, Gayton, Harpole and Rothersthorpe, Bugbrooke, Nether Heyford and Upper Heyford, which are in South Northamptonshire District, and Sywell and Mears Ashby in the Borough of Wellingborough.
The seat existed from 1918 to 1950 and was recreated in 1974. It is considered one of the safest Tory seats in the region, having always returned a Conservative MP – or a Tory who became the Speaker of The House – since 1918.
In 2010 the Conservative’s Chris Heaton-Harris secured 56.5 per cent of the votes, with the Lib Dems taking second with 19.4 per cent. The general election before that, in 2005, was fought over a constituency with a different boundary, but the Tories polled 51.6 per cent with Labour coming in second with 27.3 per cent.
Abigail Campbell - Labour
I live in Braunston with my husband and young family and I’m proud to be the district councillor for Braunston and Welton.
I am Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Daventry because I worry that locally and nationally those in charge have forgotten about what really makes communities strong.
I am Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Daventry because I’ve seen first-hand what isn’t working and I know I can do a lot to put it right.
Employment is high, but so is demand for the foodbank.
We are a logistics hub, but our bus service is poor.
We build high performance technology and yet can’t manage basic local services like grass cutting.
We create new housing developments without the schools, roads and shops to sustain them.
Like you, I really want to see local schools thriving, better public transport, thriving high streets and more affordable housing.
I want more opportunities and places for people to come together and feel that they belong.
Daventry deserves better; you deserve better.
It’s time for a change: vote Labour for a fairer Daventry – a vote for tax justice, a living wage, secure jobs, homes for your children, respect for the people who care for us, teach us, protect us, and for the places that unite us and make us strong.
This election is an opportunity to make a change and get our voices heard.
Callum Delhoy - Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats came second in Daventry in 2010. With your support, we can come first and I can be your Liberal voice in Government.
Me and the Liberal Democrats have been working hard over the last five years in government and in doing that we have achieved an immense amount, which we hope to continue doing after May 7.
We were able to pass the Same Sex marriage act, something that could never have happened without the Liberal Democrats in government.
We delivered a tax cut worth £825 for 27 million people and raised the poorest three million out of paying tax altogether, something David Cameron said we ‘couldn’t afford’ in the 2010 debates.
We have high sights for the future too. Our pledge to give the NHS an extra £8 billion, responding to the cries of the NHS chief executive Simon Stevens, has been unmatched by any other parties.
Within that pledge is £2 billion for those with mental illnesses, an issue which has been criminally ignored by all parties in the past, and that the Liberal Democrats will bring to the forefront of the NHS debate.
I realise I haven’t been able to go over everything here, but I’m always happy to talk if you tweet me at @callumdelhoy, I’m always happy to go over any issues or policies you’re curious about!
Thank you Daventry Express for this opportunity to present myself to Daventry, and I’m looking forward to your coverage of our campaigns.
Michael Gerard - UKIP
I am a 51 year old solicitor and have been married to Laura for 25 years; we have two daughters aged 16 and 21.
Originally from London, my family and I moved to the East Midlands in 2001, firstly to East Farndon in the Daventry district, and latterly to Market Harborough.
I joined UKIP in 2008 because I had become frustrated by the way our own successive governments were allowing our sovereignty to be eroded and our affairs to be increasingly governed by faceless, unelected Eurocrats in Brussels.
It also sickened me to see the Palace of Westminster being constantly brought into disrepute. The Conservative government of 1990 to 1997 oversaw sleaze and scandal, whilst the New Labour government of 1997 to 2010 watched over ‘sexed-up’ WMD and illegal wars.
And who could forget the shameful expenses scandal of 2009? Even the last Parliament has seen scandal including cash for access.
Some of the things that a UKIP government would do include exiting the EU, tightening border controls, reduce overseas aid, make no cuts to frontline policing, abolish hospital car park charges, invest an additional £3 billion in the NHS whilst clamping down on health tourism, protect our green belt land, abolish the HS2 project, promote a British identity, have more grammar schools and ensure that there are no taxpayer subsidies for wind farms.
Should I be privileged to be elected as your Westminster MP, I pledge to abide by common sense politics and tirelessly represent your interests to the highest expectations of integrity, purpose and truth.
Chris Heaton-Harris - Conservative
In the last five years I’ve helped over 7,000 constituents with various concerns and problems.
Indeed some of the cases I’ve helped with have highlighted issues nationally and led to changes in policy – thanks to the dynamic campaigning of the Davies family locally, the NHS is piloting the “Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy” (SDR) operation allowing those with a certain type of Cerebral Palsy be more mobile and independent.
I was shortlisted for the Dods “Campaigner of the Year” 2014 award for my campaigns improving neo natal care, having been nominated by a constituent.
I’ve also vigorously battled to protect our area from unwanted developments, be they housing or wind farms.
I’ve been pleased to support a government that has helped turn the economic fortune of our great country around.
Five years ago, who would have thought we would now have the fastest growing economy in the
G7, unemployment locally (JSA claimant rate) would be one per cent and we’d have thousands of jobs being created locally?
But there is much more to do.
We need to finish the job on the economy and pay down the debt and deficit Labour created.
We need English Votes
for English Laws and renegotiate our relationship with the EU, giving you the final say in an in/out referendum.
Only the Conservative Party can deliver any of this.
It’s been a huge privilege being your MP for the last five years and I’m keen to have the opportunity to continue to serve you.
Steve Whiffen - Green
I am standing for the Green Party because its values reflect my own.
I believe in putting people and planet before profit and power, and this drives my desire to make a positive change for the people of Daventry and the whole country.
In addition to our environmental strategy, here are our key policies:
A publicly funded, publicly provided health service free at the point of use and an end the creeping privatisation of the NHS.
A FAIR ECONOMY
End austerity and restore the public sector, creating over one million good jobs that pay at least a living wage. Pay for this with a new wealth tax on the top one per cent, a Robin Hood Tax on the banks and the closure of tax loopholes. Increase the minimum wage to reach a living wage of £10 an hour by 2020.
Abolish the cruel and unfair bedroom tax. Build 500,000 social rented homes by 2020 and bring empty homes back into use to ensure everyone has access to an affordable place to live.
Cap rent and introduce longer tenancies to provide greater protection for
Scrap university tuition fees.
Return the railways to public hands to stop profits being put before passengers. Introduce an immediate cut in fares of 10 per cent . Promote walking and cycling to help reduce pollution and improve people’s health.
It’s time for a real change from politics as usual. Vote Green on May 7.