We are providing all 39 parliamentary candidates across Cheshire the opportunity to tell our readers what their priorities are, and to tell us a little more about themselves.
We’ve asked the same five questions of each candidate, for the simplest comparison, and we have invited candidates to supply social media and website links if they choose to.
- Andrea Allen is the only UKIP candidate in Cheshire.
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1. What is the main reason you’ve decided to stand in this election?
Eddisbury voted to leave.
Its previous MP, elected on a manifesto claiming to honour the result, did everything possible to obstruct that.
The other candidates have all either campaigned and/or voted to remain or represent a party that wishes to remain.
I want to leave; I both campaigned and voted to leave and felt that Eddisbury should have someone to vote for who actually represented the result of the referendum.
2. Which local priorities would you take forward as our MP?
Eddisbury has a mixture of urban and rural communities, with different problems, but crime and policing are common to both.
Tackling antisocial behaviour, including speeding, would be a priority.
3. Which national priorities would you take forward as our MP?
In order to tackle domestic matters, the first thing we need to do is to leave the EU with a clean break; no longer being subject to the European Court of Justice, no longer still paying large sums of money to Brussels, not having to remain closely aligned to EU rules and regulations and thus unable to take full advantage of making our own trade deals, not being unable to regain control of our fishing grounds to preserve fish stocks and resurrect our fishing industry, not having our armed forced entangled in the nascent EU army, but free and independent as the majority of people voted to be when we were asked if we wanted to remain or leave.
Otherwise, democracy is dead. For nearly four years, domestic policy has been on hold while Parliament has tried to block the result.
We need to get out and move on to make the UK prosperous.
4. What is it about your party and/or its manifesto that makes you proud to represent your party? Are there any manifesto pledges or commitments you’d like to see changed?
I am pleased that my party puts the interests of Britain and the British people before the interests of the EU.
We need to have a sustainable immigration policy, based on limited numbers of those people who have the skills we need while we are training up our own workforce.
This will ease pressure on housing and help preserve the environment, as well as reducing the downward pressure on wages.
I also support changing the licence fee for the BBC to a voluntary subscription as it is an out-dated, regressive tax.
Similarly we will scrap HS2, thus helping to preserve sensitive environmental areas. We stand for free speech, free markets and financial responsibility.
5. Please tell us a little about yourself.
(ie: your background, your experience, your hobbies, your non-political interests)
I taught modern foreign languages (French, German and Russian) for 25 years.
Before that I worked as a secretary and receptionist so that I had a proper job in the real world rather than going from school-university-training college-back into the classroom.
I did not get interested in politics until 1997 and did not join any political party until 2011 when I decided UKIP was the only one committed to taking us out of the EU.
I am chairman of my local parish council to serve the community and chairman of my local town twinning association to promote my town abroad and foster good international relationships (we have celebrated over 40 years of twinning).
I enjoy horse racing, equitation, reading, gardening and art.