Charles DODMAN - UKIP
Personal: Lives in Chester.
Education: Attended Grove Park School Wrexham and Yale College Wrexham before graduating from Manchester University with a degree in management science.
Local government history: Lifelong member of Chester Conservative Association until last month with exemplary attendance record of party conferences and AGMs.
He said: "I look forward to serving the people of Eddisbury with honesty and straight talking, putting their views first, I think career politicians have brought our parliament to the bring of disaster and it is time for a clear out."
His UKIP manifesto reads: "End the scandal of dirty hospitals causing thousands to die of hospital acquired infections every year. Make hospitals MRSA free zones by the reintroduction of the old style matrons to wards. Hospitals did not use to have this problem. Clean up Westminster. Stop paying the European union £45 million a day (just think we could build a major hospital or several new schools a day if we left the EU. Take back control of Britains borders no more immigration from other E.U countries for a period of 5 years. Bring back power to make U.K. laws back to Westminster (currently about 80% of our laws come from Europe proposed by unelected bureaucrats. What happened to democracy? Any one on the minimum wage should not be paying tax and ni the personal allowance should be raised to £11500 and a flat tax rate after that. Abolish inheritance tax."
Charles is a chartered accountant with Renlut Ltd. He is also deputy president of Chester Debating Society and a member of Cheshire Polo Club, near Tarporley.
Pat MERRICK - Labour
Born: 12/01/56 in Bebington, Wirral
Personal: Lives in Hapsford near Helsby with husband Will and has eight children and five grandchildren.
Education: Holy Family Convent High School in Rockferry; Wirral Met; West Cheshire College; Chester College.
Local government employment: Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Councillor 1998-2006; Cheshire County Councillor 2001-2008; Chair of Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee & Spokesperson 2004-2008.
Main areas of interest are Social Inclusion, Children and Young Peoples’ issues, Education, Public Health and Cultural Development
Elected member of Cheshire West and Chester Council in 2008 where I am currently Deputy Leader of the Labour Group and Chair of Corporate Scrutiny Select Panel, as well as being Labour's spokesperson for Children , Young People and Equality and Diversity. She was a founder member of the Rossmore Youth Project - one of the most deprived estates in Ellesmere Port, a part-time youth worker, a member of Chimera (arts and crafts), and a non-executive director of Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Care Trust.
She said: "As a mother of children varying in age from 29 to eleven, and now as a grandmother, I believe in family friendly policies, improving the life chances of the most deprived members of our society and raising peoples’ life expectations through education, health promotion and cultural engagement. Also, in furthering the representational role of those least represented; women, ethnic minorities, the young, the disabled and the economically disadvantaged.
Labour values are my values and I hope that they are yours too. I do not believe that all Tories are bad, I just think that they are misguided. If you believe in a strong Britain, not a broken Britain and if you believe in a good life for the many not just the few who can afford it, then please make sure that you use your vote for me and I will make you three promises; I will not misuse my expenses or claim anything that is not absolutely vital in order to carry out my duties; I will have a permanent office staffed by local people in Winsford as well as holding regular surgeries in our rural villages and I will work hard with all people in Eddisbury who want to work with me to make their communities strong and safe for all. You have never had a Labour MP so give me a chance to show you what you have been missing."
Stephen O'BRIEN - Conservative
Political career and employment: Stephen was elected the Conservative MP for Eddisbury at the by-election in 1999, and re-elected in 2001 and 2005 with increasing majorities. Stephen is currently a Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care. In 2005, he served as the Shadow Minister for Skills. From November 2003 and 2005 he was Shadow Secretary of State for Industry. Previously, he has been Shadow Treasury Minister, an Opposition Whip in September 2001 and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chairman of the Conservative Party. Stephen has also been a member of the Select Committee on Education and Employment. Stephen has twice introduced a Private Member's Bill for honesty in Food Labelling.
Before becoming the Member of Parliament for Eddisbury, between 1988 and 1998, Stephen was a manufacturing industrialist as International Director and Group Company Secretary with Redland PLC, the FTSE-100 global building materials producer (acquired by Lafarge SA in early 1998). In 1998, he established his own international business consultancy specialising in corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. Stephen is also a Solicitor and practiced at Freshfields (City of London) between 1981-1988.
Education: Born in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) and returning to live in Chester with his early education at Handbridge, and later at Sedbergh School in Cumbria, Stephen gained his M.A. in Law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, completing his professional studies at the College of Law at Christleton in Chester.
Extras: Stephen is an accomplished musician – a pianist at concert standard, a cellist and organist as well as a conductor, and co-founder of an orchestra and choir. He enjoys fell-walking and trying to keep the garden under control.
Family: Stephen is married (1986) to Gemma, a nurse. They have three children, James, Angus and Clara.
Location of residence: Stephen lives near Bunbury in the constituency.
The issues that are important to you: Living locally my family and I share the same services and interests as my constituents, be they health, education, roads or our rural economy. I have fought to save local post offices, support our Community First Responders schemes, to prevent the closure of our primary schools and to stand up as a strong voice and to get things done for our local communities.
Robert THOMPSON - Liberal Democrats
Personal: Lives in Hoole, Chester, with partner Rose. Has two children James and Emma
Education: King's School Chester before graduating with a degree in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University.
Local government employment: Elected to Upton-by Chester & District Parish Council in the early 1990's and have represented the Bache ward ever since. Elected to Chester City Council as member for Hoole All Saints Ward in 2002. Elected to Cheshrie West and Chester Council in 2008. Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the council.Chairman of Chester & District Housing Trust. Director of CLASP (charity for the homeless). Chair of Hoole Area Residents Association. Governor of Hoole C of E Primary School.
He said: " Education is of paramount importance and I am very supportive of my party's commitment to smaller class sizes, I believe this is fundamental to our future. Smaller class sizes mean more personal teaching and a better opportunity to develop learning skills and new skills for the future. Vince Cable is a dream! His considered; inciteful and anticipatory thoughts on the UK economy stand the Lib Dems head and shoulders above the rest. A Fair taxation sysytem is a must. Fair votes too. And let's stop leaping into wars with other countries without a mandate and without international cooperation. I have not claimed a penny of expenses as a councillor (city or borough) be it train fares, mileage, hotel whatever - not one penny. I have campaigned to save Lightfoot Lodge Respite Care Home, Hoole Library, a safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists across Hoole railway Bridge; to remove the offensive speed bumps on Lightfoot Street; for a safer pavement on Ermine Road; for the betterment of the Faulkner Street Shopping Area; Against the purchase of the HQ office site; and for the green development of the economic betterment of West Cheshire.
Bob is also a keen supporter of Chester FC, enjoys local history, bridge and golf.
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