CAMPAIGNING Conservative Weaver Vale candidate Graham Evans says becoming MP for the constituency will be the culmination of three years hard work.
Sales and marketing manager Mr Evans, 45, of Macclesfield, a former Cheshire policeman, has laid the foundations for a successful election, visiting homeowners and campaigning against post office closures, incinerators and improving the local health service.
“I have the same concerns, keeping jobs, paying the mortgage and having a decent pension,” said Graham, who is married to Cheryl and has three children Sophie, three, Tom, seven, and George, 13.
“I am a family man and I like to spend as much time as I can with the children.
“They were all born in local NHS maternity services and educated in state schools.”
Despite working full-time Mr Evans has given his support to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, joined Cheshire Constabulary on the beat in Frodsham and even ran the Helsby Half Marathon and much more around region.
“As a candidate I have done all the things you would expect an MP to do and more,” he said.
“I have done an awful lot without being full time, just on evenings and weekends so If selected I would be doing those things and even more.
“People think all the candidates only arrive each election time but I have been knocking on doors for the last two and a half years, introducing myself and asking for support.
“I think I have a good chance. I have done as much as I can to give the election a real chance.”
Mr Evans, who stood in for MP in Salford in 2005, was named as Weaver Vale constituency candidate in July 2007 and has built strong, influential, links within the Conservative party.
“I intend to use my national contacts to help with local issues, with the NHS for example, and handing decision making powers on projects like incinerators back to the local authority as opposed to the Secretary of State.
“It’s not the best way for the disposal of rubbish.”
He added: “I want more delegated powers to the people, the taxpayers should have far greater say and put a lot more authority and responsibility to your local elected officials, which can only be a good thing.
“Mike Hall has been a well know constituency MP, visiting schools, and doing things on the ground, but he could have done better getting to know the private sector.
“The infrastructure needs inward investment. As an MP I can help restore the bonds and put a public and private sector partnership together.
“My background is in sales and marketing so I am very comfortable working with people and selling the ideas, that's what I would do as MP.”
Asked about Peel Energy’s wind farm proposal, Mr Evans said: “How much green energy will it produce for the loss of Green Belt?
“There are lots of subsidies to build these things but how much electricity, as we know it, will it make? What impact will that have? What contribution will that make?
“Frodsham is not the windiest place and I don’t believe it would make the contribution we’re being told it would.”
Mr Evans believes he will need a 6.35% swing to take the Weaver Vale seat from Labour, who have represented the region in Westminster for 13 years.