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George Cunningham's Manifesto for a better Herne Bay - Stronger economy, Fairer Society, Opportunities for all

April 15, 2015 1:16 PM
By George Cunningham

Let's get Herne Bay moving! The same MP has held Herne Bay for over 30 years and the economy has not kept up with the rest of the UK. You can't trust UKIP because they will isolate the whole area from the world's richest market. You can't trust Labour locally because they're simply not economically credible. The only sensible choice is Lib Dem. It's time for someone with energy, the right experience, the right skills and the right values to come out fighting for you. I will be your champion. I will fight to get you a better deal.

More money in your pocket

• The Tories didn't want to do it, but the Lib Dems insisted on raising the personal tax allowance. That will be worth £825 to every taxpayer in 2015. And if we're in government again, we'll slash the starting rate of tax again by another £400.

• The Lib Dems have led the way in pension reform and a better deal for pensioners.

Free school meals for Reception and year 1 and 2 children in schools across England.

Up to £12,000 to working parents to help with the cost of child care.

• And we've been at the heart of rebuilding the economy.

Our policies and efforts have already put money into the local economy. But there's far more we have to do and I pledge to do better for our region. Here's my manifesto for local success:

Jobs and growth

Herne Bay should stop losing out to Canterbury and Whitstable, and become a place where there is self-esteem and which attracts businesses and services to it.

• Don't believe anyone who tells you that Herne Bay can't be as affluent as other parts of the South East.

• Staying as we are is a recipe for unemployment, lower skills, diminishing opportunities for our young people with resulting hopelessness.

• That's not what you want and not what I want.

• So, what can be done? What do you think we need to do?

Let's make sure that Herne Bay gets its fair share of investment and support that it needs

• We live in a global economy.

• Succeeding means working harder to give business what it needs.

• Working harder to attract new private and public sector investment.

• Working harder to bring better jobs and higher skills, particularly for young people and school leavers.

• Working harder to win more of the huge benefits that membership of the EU brings us.

Tourism - Aviation - Conferences - Alternative Energy - Manufacturing - Retail Development - Herne Bay open to the world

I will work tirelessly to help the area succeed, including:

• Making the strongest possible case and attracting investment for Manston to re-open as a viable airport for all types of aviation, aerospace and business activity, thus encouraging associated local supply and support employment opportunities to develop in surrounding areas such as Herne Bay.

• I will fight for more initiatives and support local voluntary groups such as the Herne Bay Museum Trust and the Pier Trust to help them develop in order to grow tourism numbers and visitors to the town.

• Faster journey times and lower fares on the railways, with a transparent bidding process for the Southeastern franchise. It's our railway and must be our economic asset.

Winning new European funding for Herne Bay and support for business start-ups and growth.

Attract inward investment, funding and expertise from across the EU to help stimulate our town and village centres.

• Expanding the apprenticeship programme. Already the Lib Dems have helped created over 2 million apprenticeships in the country.

Unlock the potential of our young people

A better educated society is a richer society. Education and opportunity go together hand and glove. But we have a shocking number of young people leaving school without the skills and abilities they need to build a secure future. That's bad for us all and must be fixed.

• I want better trained teachers with better resources and real support from politicians. Good teachers are vital to our future prosperity. There are few more valuable people than dedicated and hard-working teachers whose value to society should be properly recognised.

• I want to free head-teachers from bureaucracy to give them more time to teach and develop the talents, skills and ideas of their staff.

• I want less regulation from London, more local accountability and more local influence.

• I will fight to have under performing schools get the best teachers and the best resources. It is time to end forever the scandal of young people leaving school unable to read, write and count. The Conservative leadership in Kent should be ashamed that this area has one of the worst records in England.

• I will investigate and pursue the possibilities of building a new Grammar School in Herne Bay.

Everyone should have the chance to learn foreign languages. I will fight for every secondary school in Thanet and Herne Bay area to offer a leading Asian language, so that our young people have more opportunities and Britain is more competitive.

A healthier, cleaner, safer and better Herne Bay.

The Tories have failed the health service and can't be trusted with it.

Mine is the only party promising to find the money - £8 billion - to sort out the NHS and keep it fit for now and the future.

• These funds will be invested in GP services, mental health and and ensuring that the highly valued local Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital remains open to deliver world class health care, free at the point of use.

• We need greater local input to managing the health service locally and less of the dead hand of Whitehall constantly interfering and putting targets before patient care.

We need to be louder in our praise and support for the outstanding people who run the NHS and to support people who expose poor care and bad practice.

And I will fight to:

Harness our wind, tidal and solar opportunities and encouraging new environmental businesses.

Protect our beaches, shaming polluters and making them invest to stop pollution happening.

Ensure decent, humane and safe animal welfare policies at local harbours.

• Stop any new housing developments which will badly affect existing schools, health facilities and green spaces. These developments must have the necessary infrastructure built to support them. We must create real communities that meet human needs.

I will hold surgeries across the constituency and in areas ignored by the existing MP. I will make it easy for you to reach me, meet me and seek my help. I will be your servant and your champion.

VOTE George Cunningham X

Published and promoted by Mr. Seth Proctor, 65 Beacon Road, Broadstairs,Kent CT10 3DF. Printed by Orbital Mailing Limited, Staplehurst Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 2NH.