General election: Sleaford and North Hykeham candidates tell you why they deserve your vote

Voters will head to the polls to cast their votes tomorrow (Thursday).
Voters will head to the polls to cast their votes tomorrow (Thursday).

Voters will go to the polls tomorrow (Thursday) to decide who will represent their consituency in Parliament.

A high turnout is expected to vote in this general election, with Brexit, health and social care, education and national security prominent issues in candidates’ campaign trails.

Sally Chadd, UKIP

Sally Chadd, UKIP

Here, in alphabetical order, candidates standing in the Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency tell readers why they deserve their vote and what they will do for them.

** SALLY CHADD – UKIP

Sally Chadd has a Cambridge degree and a Masters in economics from London.

Born into a Nottinghamshire farming family, with many relatives across Lincolnshire, her dad flew from Coningsby with Bomber Command.

Sleaford and North Hykeham candidate Paul Coyne, Independent

Sleaford and North Hykeham candidate Paul Coyne, Independent

She has worked at the London Stock Exchange and also in universities, was head of continuing education at London University and a public relations specialist who taught at the University of Lincoln.

Sally said: “UKIP won Brexit for Britain. We still have a lot to do. Now it’s your call – will you vote for globalism and all the rest, or for Britain and UKIP?

“Globalism means our industries have been ransacked, our power supply is owned abroad, foreign robber barons have been allowed to plunder company pension funds. Social housing schemes are sold abroad by councils. Cadbury’s, Land Rover, Dyson, M&S and many more – all made abroad. Deutsche Boerse now owns 54.4 per cent of the London Stock Exchange. 39 per cent of British patents have been sold off. UKIP will stop the rot, rescue British industries and promote small business.

What will be lost if we leave the EU? Their control of over UK law and EU dictats that restrict our industry. For every job in the UK from an EU source, three jobs in the EU depend on us. Nearly 1m UK jobs a year are advertised in the EU (not in the UK).

Sleaford and North Hykeham candidate Jim Clarke, Labour

Sleaford and North Hykeham candidate Jim Clarke, Labour

EU membership under Tory rule since 2010 has cost us £50 billion. We are net contributors (with Germany) to all the rest.

“The Tories have also borrowed an extra £100 billion whilst causing homelessness, poverty and humiliation to the vulnerable and elderly through Osborne’s austerity. UKIP wants social justice. We will scrap bedroom tax, income tax on the minimum wage and zero-hour contracts which are just modern slavery.

“UKIP is the law and order party. Violent crime is up but the Tories have taken 20,000 police off the streets. UKIP will put them back on the beat: an extra 20,000 police and 20,000 servicemen for the armed services under UKIP. We will re-establish UK customs and border controls.

“Mass immigration under the EU Schengen Agreement threatens to ruin us all, as the NHS and schools face financial collapse. Under the Tories, the gap between the mega-rich and everyone else is now like the Grand Canyon.

Caroline Johnson, Conservative

Caroline Johnson, Conservative

If Tory cuts have made your life a misery, vote for Britain and Vote UKIP – I would love to hear from you!”

** JIM CLARKE - Labour Party

On June 8 we decide who governs us and what policies will take us forward into the next decade.

The stakes couldn’t be higher for everyone in our country, with the next government left to sort out our post Brexit future.

You have a choice between the Labour Party who stand for the many and a Conservative Party which looks after the privileged few.

Britain needs a government which looks after the many not the few. You can’t trust the Tories who have consistently looked after their friends in the city and forgotten everyone else.

Sleaford and North Hykeham candidate Fiona McKenna, Green

Sleaford and North Hykeham candidate Fiona McKenna, Green

With nothing but cuts and attacks on NHS, social care, young and now the old!

It’s time for change and the Labour Party believes it’s time to invest and build a Britain for the many, so we can all share in our created prosperity.

** PAUL COYNE – Independent

At this general election we all have to decide whether to vote for the person we believe will best represent our interests and those of Sleaford and North Hykeham, or simply to vote for a party.

As your only Independent candidate in this election, I am the only person who does not have their loyalties divided between the people and a party.

As an Independent MP I will work in the best interests of all constituents without being hampered by party policies, but still give our government my support on issues of national interest.

That is exactly how it should be, people before party, country before party.

As your MP I will press for the best possible Brexit deal for the UK, I will fight against waste in health and education budgets, I will fight for the infrastucture investment this constituency desperately needs and I will oppose fracking in Lincolnshire and the rest of the UK.

I will also continue my call for a complete overhaul of our tax system to enable UK business and commerce to compete most effectively in a Post-Brexit world, and to make it simpler, fairer and easier for all individual taxpayers to understand.

We have a Conservative county council which will accept however little funding the government chooses to give it. There is no logical reason for another Conservative MP to press for anything more, so vote for your Independent candidate who will.

So who is Paul Coyne? I’m a former local government officer with over 20 years service in housing and finance, mainly as a fraud investigator. I live in Sleaford with my partner of more than 15 years and since May 2015 I have been a Sleaford town councillor. I stood in the 2016 Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election and recently stood for Sleaford division in the Lincolnshire County Council elections.

I don’t complain about the issues and challenges which this area faces, I stand up and do what I can to deal with them.

Instead of the extensive manifestos of the parties, I have sent you my flyer giving “five-points” worth voting for, showing where I stand on some very important issues.

I believe that the people of Sleaford and North Hykeham deserve a genuine alternative to party politicians who serve their parties first.

I am that alternative, so please vote for the person, not the party.

** CAROLINE JOHNSON – Conservative Party

Dr Caroline Johnson lives in the constituency with husband Nik, a farmer, and their three children. Prior to the by-election Caroline worked full time as a consultant paediatrician in a local hospital.

Caroline was elected as the MP in December 2016 and has spent her short time in Westminster campaigning for improvements to local NHS services, the rollout of superfast broadband for everyone and better local road infrastructure.

As a farmer’s wife Caroline understands the importance of agriculture to the local economy and welcomes the Conservative manifesto commitments to maintain support for this sector of the economy until 2022.

Caroline said: “Good public services require a strong economy to fund them. Brexit offers great opportunities for businesses to grow and export but it is crucial that we get the best possible deal. A strong mandate for Theresa May will enable us to make the most of the opportunities Brexit will bring.”

** FIONA MCKENNA – Green Party

I am from Lincolnshire and love my county. I want to see our beautiful countryside and amazing wildlife protected for future generations to enjoy.

As your Green Party candidate I pledge to stand up for what matters in Lincolnshire, the rural voice as well as the urban; no one should be left behind in our society.

I will fight for our NHS to stay in public hands and for it to be properly funded and staffed. I will also fight to see genuinely affordable and accessible housing provided locally to stop young people and local families from being priced out of rural areas. I want to see an end to homelessness and the need for foodbanks. We can do better than this.

I will support investment in renewable energy technology so that we can increase home-grown industry, create jobs and tackle climate change.

Fracking for shale gas must be banned as it puts our precious environment and our communities at risk and, as a fossil fuel, it undermines our commitments to tackling climate change under the Paris agreement.

I am passionate about improving communication and involving people in politics; we all have a voice and should be listened to. Since standing as a candidate, I have received many emails from people living in the constituency and have signed up to manifestos from brilliant charities doing amazing work for the elderly, searching for cures to devastating conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, or working to increase sentencing for animal cruelty crimes, ensure that farm animals are treated ethically, and to keep the fox hunting ban.

Future generations will need a healthy environment and a fair society in order to thrive – the Green Party is the only party working to build a strong foundation for the future by tackling the greatest issues facing us today. The environment must be at the heart of everything we do; it is the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and a healthy environment is vital to our economy.

If we get this right now, then we will not only be securing our own future but that of our children. What can be more important than that?

It’s time to do things differently; it’s time to vote Green.

** ROSS PEPPER – Liberal Democrat

The decision that residents will have on June 8 is not just about who leads the country but who represents them at Westminster. For far too long, Lincolnshire as a whole has been let down by its representatives and not received the investment it so desperately needs to ensure our NHS, education system, transport network and other infrastructure is fit for purpose and can see us into the future.

I have lived in Lincolnshire all my life and I am proud to call the county my home. I am currently working for a marketing consultancy as an administrator in Lincoln after spending many years in retail. I joined the Lib Dems whilst at university, shortly after the Iraq invasion, and have been an active member since.

I have always believed that our political system should work for all, and far too many people here feel there vote is often wasted as the Conservatives get in with such a high majority – I can ensure you that every vote in this election is important and would urge you to have your say on the future of our nation, not only in terms of our relationship with Europe, but our NHS, our education system, our transport network – everything we rely on in our daily lives will be effected by the result on June 8. Only the Liberal Democrats are prepared to stand up for our local services and our local areas.

This area needs an MP who is prepared to stand up with local residents and not just vote with their party if it is to the detriment to the local area.

If you were to elect me as your MP, I would be a positive voice for Sleaford and North Hykeham. I would be visible in the communities across the constituency and not just at Westminster. I will make sure that I am open and contactable, and will response to your concerns and issues. I would also consult you on the important issues affecting the communities across Sleaford and North Hykeham.

Thank you and I hope that you will vote for me on June 8 and help change Britain’s future.

* We will be covering the general election count and results in the early hours of Friday morning. The results and reaction will be published on our website as they are announced.

General election candidate Ross Pepper, Liberal Democrat

General election candidate Ross Pepper, Liberal Democrat