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GENERAL ELECTION: Meet your candidates for Hemel Hempstead 

 Published on: 8th November 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

On December 12, voters in Hemel Hempstead will elect a new MP.

HemelNews asked each candidate four questions to help you make up your mind

Sir Mike Penning, Conservative Party

Why should people in Hemel vote for you?

Nationally, only the Conservatives can be trusted on the economy and we need a strong economy to improve our public services and do all the other things people want government to do. Locally, people know that I work hard for the town and am always ready to help.

What’s the first thing you will do if elected?

We are at a crucial time in the hospital campaign. The Prime Minister has promised money for West Herts and we need to make sure that the Trust spends it on a new hospital on a new site and does not throw good money after bad by trying to patch up Watford. That will be my No.1 local priority.

If you win, where will Hemel be in four years time?

Hemel is thriving at the moment and Maylands is booming. This is good for jobs and good for people trying to provide for their families. More businesses locating here means more opportunities.

Where do you stand on Brexit?

I voted to Leave the EU as did 55.5 per cent of my constituents. We need to honour the referendum result and voting Conservative is the only way to do that and ‘Get Brexit Done’.

Nabila Ahmed, Labour Party

Why should people in Hemel vote for you?

People here in Hemel need a representative that will put them first.  I will fight to properly fund our schools, invest in our NHS, tackle the climate crisis with a Green New Deal and build affordable homes for all.

What’s the first thing you will do if elected?

I will press the government and Dacorum Borough Council to improve the quality of housing, social and private, so people have pride in their constituency and the best start in life.

If you win, where will Hemel be in four years time?

If I am elected, I will focus on improving hospital services, social care, the environment and public transport, to give people a right to a healthy life and a healthy planet. 

Where do you stand on Brexit?

Labour will negotiate a credible deal that will protect people’s jobs, their rights and the economy within three months. We will then give people the final say in a public vote.

Sammy Barry, Liberal Democrat Party

Why should people in Hemel vote for you?

I’m a Hemel girl, born and bred. Like others I can see all the potential our town has, but as a community worker I also see all its problems. I believe in digging where you stand and I am committed to making Hemel a great town.

What’s the first thing you will do if elected?

At home, I would arrange to move my offices out of the Bury and move the registry office back in. In Westminster, I would immediately push an active campaign around mental health care and the services provided for those struggling with their mental health. 

If you win, where will Hemel be in four years time?

I would like to see a vibrant and safe town centre, with a market and an expanded arts venue. I would push for more youth services where young people can be nurtured and inspired.

Where do you stand on Brexit?

As someone who is a member of the largest pro-remain party, I am remain through and through. I support revoking article 50 in the case of a Lib Dem majority, and actively supporting a people’s vote if this is not the case.

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