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Chris Matheson, Labour – Chester – GE19 candidate



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.

In this article, we speak to Chris Matheson, standing for Labour in Chester.


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1. What is the main reason you’ve decided to stand in this election?

I love Chester, and I want to continue the work that I have been doing over the past four years.

I want to continue my fight for better public services, for our environment, for businesses and for the people in our community.


2. Which local priorities would you take forward as our MP?

There are many issues which I have been working on over the past four years as Chester’s MP, and I would press on with these.

I would continue the fight to bring a second fire engine to Chester, ensuring the highest possible level of safety for residents.

I am proud of my record for bringing local people and organisations together with initiatives such as the Sustainability Forum, and I intend to carry on this work, helping local groups to make a difference in our city.

There are many issues which residents raise with me on a regular basis including housing, benefits, public transport and funding for health and social care, and I would continue to be available to help anyone who is struggling with these.

I would also continue to ensure that residents have plenty of opportunities to speak to me, holding regular surgeries and meetings.


3. Which national priorities would you take forward as our MP?

I have always pledged to be Chester’s voice in parliament, and that is what I will continue to do.

I will work to make the ideas of the local community a reality, for instance pressing for changes to the threshold at which emergency support for rough sleepers takes place when the weather gets cold.

I will continue to prioritise the global climate emergency, oppose fracking and will press on with my Football Bill to give more power to the fans.

My campaign to improve cervical cancer screening for women under 25 is really important to me and I will keep pushing for more action on fox hunting and other wildlife crime.


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?

This is a manifesto which brings core Labour values to the heart of government, with six key pledges to address the biggest issues facing our society.

I am proud that we will provide proper funding for the NHS, implement a real living wage, and start a green revolution.

These are decisions which affect the lives of everyday people, and we will ensure that young people get a great start in life with free school meals and reduced class sizes, while older people keep their free tv licences, winter fuel allowances and bus passes.

I am proud to stand on a manifesto that will improve the lives of everyone in our society, not just a privileged few.


5. Please tell us a little about yourself.

(ie: your background, your experience, your hobbies, your non-political interests)

I live in Hoole with my family, and I am a big supporter of Chester FC.

I love Chester, and I am totally and utterly dedicated to making it the best place for everyone who lives and visits here.


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