Ed ABRAMS - English Democrats
PATRIOT Ed Abrams want to be the next MP for Chester to promote the idea of an English parliament for the English.
Ed, of Toll Bar Road, Boughton, a candidate for the English Democrats, says opinion polls show the idea of an English Parliament has the support of the people.
Taxi driver and history student Ed, who stood at the last general election, told The Chronicle: "For me, it’s part of my national identity. More or less every country in the world has its own parliament and it’s about expressing our culture and identity.
"Secondly, it’s about the people within England deciding their own destiny. People from England representing the people of England."
Ed, 39, who is married to Sarah and has three children, says the upsurge in English nationalism is because people are fed up subsidising Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to the tune of £30 billion a year while receiving superior services.
Ed, whose family is originally from Eastern Europe, said ‘being patriotic doesn’t mean you are a racist’.
He has previously called for St George’s Day – April 23 – to be declared a bank holiday to restore pride in the nation and halt the erosion of people’s sense of national identity.
Dr Tom BARKER - Green Party
CHESTER Green Party’s parliamentary candidate is Dr Tom Barker who wants to promote "a sustainable and fair future for all".
Tom, who stood in the 1992 general election, is a research ecologist with the University of Liverpool.
The scientist, who worked at The Centre for Alternative Technology in mid Wales for five years, said: "One of the things we are trying to do is push for green jobs as part of a low carbon economy. There is a potential for 1m new jobs in low carbon."
For example, he said the government was committed to ensuring homes are carbon neutral by 2016 and commercial buildings by 2020 yet builders, electricians, planners and architects were needed with the requisite skills.
Tom, 54, from Upton, who is married with a one-year-old daughter, said eco-homes cost more to build but running costs were "a lot lower".
He was part of a group nominated for an award for compiling a vision of Cheshire West in 2050 with the aim of reducing our carbon footprint.
He is co-editor of The Wetlands Handbook and associate editor of the political journal Fourth World Review.
Lizzie JEWKES - Liberal Democrat
CHESTER’S Lib Dem parliamentary hopeful Lizzie Jewkes is proud to have influenced her party’s tax policies.
She suggested to treasury spokesman Vince Cable that workers should not have to pay tax until they have earned £10,000 rather than the current £7,500, to help the low paid.
To her delight, he and party leader Nick Clegg took on the board her views and incorporated it into national policy.
She said: "It’s about allowing the lowest paid to keep their hard earned money."
As a former magistrate, Lizzie also takes a keen interest in criminal justice and – perhaps surprisingly for a Liberal – takes a hard-line on law-breakers.
She told the Chronicle: ‘People read in the paper that somebody got four years for that, but they will only serve two. People would like to see criminals serving the sentence they were sentenced to and I think they would like to see us being a bit tougher on crime and a bit more considerate of victims."
Grandmother and mother-of-four, Lizzie, 52, who works for United Utilities at Ewloe, lives with husband Kurt in Whitby, Ellesmere Port.
She is a keen environmentalist and ran her own award-winning ecological business for 10 years making washable nappies.
Stephen MOSLEY - Conservative
Conservative parliamentary candidate Stephen Mosley was deputy leader of Chester City Council until it was replaced by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
A city resident for 15 years, Stephen, 37, from Westminster Park, was selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate in September 2007.
Married to former councillor Caroline, the couple have children Abraham and Minty.
He once said of sitting Labour MP Christine Russell: "She’s been the Labour Party’s representative in Chester rather than Chester’s representative in parliament. I will be different."
He says he is perceived as being on the right of his party in terms of his ‘zero tolerance’ stance on crime but on the left with regards to supporting developing countries like Malawi in central Africa where his family runs a business.
A graduate of Nottingham University, Stephen worked for IBM for four years before setting up his own IT consultancy in 1997. Since then his business has diversified into property management and now has commercial and residential property interests in North Wales.
Stephen has longstanding family and business relationships in Malawi. He has been the personal guest of the Minister of Agriculture during a visit to Malawi and has hosted visits by Malawian politicians to the UK.
Christine RUSSELL - Labour
SITTING Labour MP Christine Russell hopes to make it fourth time lucky when she seeks re-election but admits it "won’t be easy" with a majority of just 915 compared with 10,553 in 1997.
The daughter of a Lincolnshire farmer, she once recalled: ‘I think I had a very privileged upbringing, not in the sense that there was a lot of money, because times were hard still in the ’50s, but I had this extended family and I was taught. I could read and write before I went to school."
Politics did not feature significantly in her household but for the record her parents voted Conservative.
She gained an interest in issues of social justice from her teacher Mrs Boddy and recalls being something of a rebel when she later attended an all-girls grammar school.
After A-levels, Christine, 65, travelled the world working as a dish-washer at the Hilton hotel in Istanbul, she took part in an archaeological dig in Crete, picked tomatoes in Sarajevo and cleaned American officers’ bathrooms at a Munich army camp.
After returning from her gap years, she studied librarianship and modern history at the Polytechnic of North West London where her socialist ideas were cemented by the campaign against apartheid and the Vietnam war.
She married Dr James Russell in 1971 in Hampstead. They have a son and daughter and divorced in 1991.
Allan WEDDELL - UKIP
UK Independence Party’s parliamentary candidate Allan Weddell is standing for the third time in Chester.
Allan, 63, from Queens Park, Chester, believes he took enough votes from the Conservatives last time to stop Tory candidate Paul Offer being elected.
Allan, who left the Conservative Party after more than 30 years, says in the two main parties the voters have a limited choice of "Blue Labour or New Labour".
He said: "I decided to leave when they were essentially doing nothing about the European Union and not offering us a referendum."
Allan, married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren, is a managing director of a property company.
He said: "I predict that the combined vote for the Labour, Lib.Dems and Conservatives will struggle to pass 50% of the electorate as their policies fail to excite the expectations of today’s voters."
Allan wants the UK to stop paying the EU £45m every day, take back control of Britain’s borders and bring the power to make UK laws back to Westminster
If elected, he would encourage the growth of small and medium sized companies. He would support the introduction of referenda both at local and national levels run along the lines of the Swiss model.
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