General Election 2010
I graduated from Bolton University with a BA (Hons) in Business Administration. My career ranges from 10 years in local government to holding the post of business links diversity policy manager for Greater Manchester. I am currently manager of a very successful community cohesion project in Bury.
It is an honour to stand for the Conservative party in Rochdale. Here in Rochdale we have been let down successively by the Liberal Democrats and by Labour; it is only through the Conservative party that we can deliver the positive changes Rochdale needs.
We simply can’t go on with the same irresponsible economic policies locally and nationally. The Lib Dems have shamelessly mismanaged the council through careless overspending. It is now inevitable that cuts of £100m will have to be made in the town hall over the next four years. This means a drastic cut in services to the people of Rochdale.
Nationally this government has mishandled our economy by carelessly borrowing a record amount of money on our behalf and have give us the biggest boom and bust. It is now threatening future jobs with more debts, more instability, higher taxes and higher mortgages. History proves Labour governments always run out of money. Lib Dems and Labour are not in touch.
The Conservative Party have promised never to change the idea at the heart of our NHS – that healthcare in this country is free at the point of use and available to everyone based on need, not ability to pay. Labour promised to save the NHS but today, despite the massive increase in spending, the gap in health outcomes between the UK and the rest of Europe has actually widened.
A decade of top-down, bureaucratic mismanagement has consistently undermined the professionalism and motivation of NHS staff and skewed NHS priorities away from patient care, creating a culture where ticking boxes is more important than giving patients the treatment they need. We can’t go on with an NHS that puts targets before patients any cuts or watering down in front line services here in Rochdale are just simply unacceptable.
Our successful campaign against the congestion charge shows that the Conservatives understand the needs of local people. The fact that the Conservatives finished top in last year’s European parliament elections in Rochdale ensures nobody can rule us out of being given the opportunity to deliver positive change in Rochdale.
Conservatives are committed to listening to and working tirelessly for the people of Rochdale. I am thoroughly looking forward to debating the real issues that are crucial to Rochdale.
Let’s make this a year for change – a year when the positive defeats the negative. It is only the voter that has the power to bring about this change, so for Rochdale and for Britain this year vote Conservative.