Mark Chivers – Green Party Candidate for Member of Parliament for Mid Dorset and North Poole
I’m delighted to have been selected to stand in Mid Dorset and North Poole where I have lived for over 20 years and where I brought up my children.
I’m also delighted to be standing in a landmark election for the Green Party. This is the first time ever that voters in Mid Dorset & North Poole will be able to cast a ‘Green’ vote at a General Election. In fact we have candidates standing in every constituency in Dorset – a pattern repeated across much of the country.
This gives people a real positive, progressive alternative and the chance to vote for our core beliefs;
- For a public NHS true to its founding principles but modernised to address today’s issues such as an ageing population and a desperate need for better mental health services.
- For a fair economy where those who can afford to pay a fair share of tax do so and where everyone is appropriately rewarded for their work
- For a safe climate, seriously tackling the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced
- For free education, including abolishing tuition fees
- For decent homes, building 500,000 social homes
- For better public transport, including returning the rail network back into public hands
On the surface it can seem like this is a relatively prosperous area, but many people are struggling because of the Coalition Government’s austerity agenda, an agenda we are fundamentally opposed to. Many have seen no real increase in income for five years and recent drops in inflation have done little to balance the increases in household bills experienced over this time. Even those unaffected by benefits cuts and the bedroom tax recognise the need for investment in the NHS, cheaper and more efficient public transport and affordable housing.
In fact, according to figures released by Shelter there are 170 families homeless across Dorset County and Poole Borough, 125 of which have children. Rent can take up to 40% of people’s income and if you’re on an average income here it could take 17 years to save to buy a house. Those of us fortunate enough to have been able to buy our own homes are now bringing up ‘generation rent’ those who may never own their own home – and this is a major crisis looming in the future. What pensioner could afford to rent a home? We need to bring empty homes back into use and provide 1,000s more good quality social homes.
The National Debt Line service report that over 300 people in this constituency have contacted them over the past three years, a figure that suggests, based on their research on the proportion of those who don’t seek help, that over 1,700 people have serious debt problems in this area alone.
My career in Financial Services has made it clear to me that what most concerns people is their future economic security. We need to build a system that provides this for all, fairly and sustainably.
This election is going to be very different; people are fed up with politics as usual and are looking for real change. I joined the Green Party because of its commitment to fairness, putting people before profit and its genuine plans to tackle climate change.
You can find out more about my views and our policies on my web page www.mark4mdnp.net or by following my campaign on Facebook. On this you can see some of the pledges I’ve made from animal welfare, through nuclear disarmament, supporting cycling and local pubs (the last two should not always be combined of course!) and more are being added every week.
Please don’t believe the hype that only the Tories or Lib Dems can win here (they used to say something similar about Brighton!). Nearly as many people didn’t vote at the last election as voted for the winner. We’ve never stood her before and our membership has quadrupled in a year! Of course it would be a major surprise but a Green victory is not statistically impossible!
Whatever way it goes, this election we won’t just be selecting a new MP. Through voting we can express what matters to us. It is no good voting just to keep someone else out. This time we need to send a clear message to Westminster.
Vote for what you believe in. Vote Green Party.
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Dorset and North Poole
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