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Lib Dem Prospective MP for North Thanet George Cunningham sets out Clear Plan for Herne Bay's Future

May 1, 2015 8:53 AM

George Cunningham at hustingsLib Dem parliamentary candidate, George Cunningham today put forward more details of his vision for Herne Bay's future which he would fight for if elected. He was the only candidate to put forward plans for Herne Bay at the Christ Church hustings held between prospective MPs last Monday.

1. A new secondary school for Herne Bay, particularly given plans for further housing development in the area. George Cunningham would also work towards the introduction of an East Asian language into the curriculum, to give pupils a distinct job advantage in an increasingly inter-connected world.

2. A fair share of NHS funding for Herne Bay's Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital and other NHS services. As MP, George Cunningham would push for a rebalancing of the financial allocation between Herne Bay and Whitstable, particularly given the expected expansion of Herne Bay.

3. The development of tourism, including that of Reculver as the birthplace of English Christianity, which should become a major international tourist spot with a museum based in Herne Bay linked to it, attracting more visitors and spending to the town.

4. More EU funding for Herne Bay. Considerable EU funding was used to develop Herne Bay's seafront in the 1990s. Using George Cunningham's Brussels contacts, more money can be attracted for further development. This would be in stark contrast to Euro-sceptic parliamentary candidates whose aim will be to demonstrate the EU cannot help Herne Bay by ensuring it gets little or no funding.

5. To ensure Herne Bay gets it own mayor and town council, to take more charge of its future.

6. Finally, George Cunningham wants the constituency name 'North Thanet' to incorporate 'Herne Bay' in its title, as almost half of the constituency does not in fact belong to the Isle of Thanet. Instead it should be renamed 'North Thanet and Herne Bay'.

To assist the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate to carry out his plan at District level are Lib Dem councillor candidates Ken Hando, Nigel Oakes and Sam Mahrouche.

George Cunningham said: "I have the international contacts, experience and a set of great local district candidates to step up the momentum to make Herne Bay an even greater place to live"

See the full manifesto for Herne Bay at: George Cunningham's Manifesto for a better Herne Bay - Stronger economy, Fairer Society, Opportunities for all.