Neville Watson, Reform UK candidate for Edmonton and Winchmore Hill

Neville Watson is the Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Edmonton and Winchmore Hill. We spoke with Neville about his decision to stand.

“POLITICS MUST REGAIN ITS MORAL MISSION AND INTEGRITY”

What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?

A BELIEF THAT POLITICS MUST REGAIN ITS MORAL MISSION AND INTEGRITY and Reform embodies all those values.

You’re the Spokesman for Edmonton and Winchmore Hill what’s made you decide to represent this area?

I represent two completely different wards, one Edmonton with crime, unemployment and housing being an issue and Winchmore Hill is how to reinvigorate local trade, rubbish collection and noise pollution. I have the innovative thinking to improve the lives of both my wards.

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

As above, but my key theme is to improve youth provision across the constituency, that has the positive knock-on effect on crime.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

You can contact me at [email protected] and on 07796 169206.  You can also find me at www.nevillewatson.co.uk.

“I represent two completely different wards, one Edmonton with crime, unemployment and housing being an issue and Winchmore Hill is how to reinvigorate local trade”

Michael McGetrick, SDP Candidate for South West Hertfordshire

Michael McGetrick is the SDP prospective candidate for South West Hertfordshire.  We spoke with Michael about his decision to stand.

“I found out through social media that the SDP was still alive. I read The New Declaration and my enthusiasm for the party was immediately re-ignited”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born and raised twenty miles north of London, in Hertfordshire, where I received my primary and secondary education. During this time I came to love both the Hertfordshire countryside and it’s close proximity to London. I continued my studies at London University where I studied physics and obtained my doctorate. My research was carried out at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell.

I was an academic for ten years in South Africa, working with the disenfranchised communities, before moving into the corporate sector. I have worked in a range of industries in various countries (South Africa, United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden) providing solutions to various clients in the military, government and corporate world. My working career in such a variety of geographical settings has provided me with direct experience, and deep understanding of, the vast wealth inequalities that exist between various nations worldwide. As a social democrat, it is my wish to see extreme poverty tackled at both a national and international level.

“more social housing needs to be provided. The reduction of net inward migration to sustainable levels will relieve the pressure on services”

What made you decide to stand for the SDP?

I was very excited about the formation of the SDP when it was launched in 1981. Later, when I moved to South Africa, I shared an office with a fellow physics lecturer (also from the UK) at the university. He was a member of the Electoral Reform Society (which promotes proportional representation). One day in our office, in the middle of the African bush, he shared his experiences of campaigning for Roy Jenkins (one of SDP Gang of Four) in the Glasgow Hillhead by-election the year before! We had many discussions on PR and the SDP (when we were not talking physics!). We were both of the opinion that the SDP was the only way forward for Britain.

In the years that passed, hearing nothing of the party after the merger with the Liberal Party, I assumed that the SDP was officially no more.

Fast forward to 2019. I found out through social media that the SDP was still alive. I read The New Declaration and my enthusiasm for the party was immediately re-ignited. I soon became involved with former SDP MEP for East of England Patrick 0’ Flynn’s campaign in the Peterborough by-election, and finally stood as PPC for Watford in the General Election later that year. 

You’re the Spokesman for South West Hertfordshire what’s made you decide to represent this area?

I stood for the constituency of Watford during the 2019 General Election. It is a town I have a familiarity with having been raised in a town not too far way in the county. Due to the recent boundary changes, some areas have been absorbed into South West Hertfordshire. 

“ULEZ policies must be revised or scrapped to ensure people can go about their business”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

Cost of Living, Housing, Crime and ULEZ.

Local authority budgets are becoming increasingly squeezed due to rising costs and increased demand for services. For instance, more social housing needs to be provided. The reduction of net inward migration to sustainable levels will relieve the pressure on services.

SDP policy on housing would provide for 100,000 new social homes per annum. This would increase the overall housing stock, thus reducing housing costs in both the social and private sectors.

Many in the constituency depend on their living by travelling into London. ULEZ costs can make this prohibitively expensive. ULEZ policies must be revised or scrapped to ensure people can go about their business.

SDP policy on re-industrialisation will, in the longer term, provide more well-paying jobs that will significantly alleviate cost of living problems.

The police will be encouraged to do their job professionally on issues such as knife crime and anti-social behaviour independently of politically correct pressures. Maximum assistance will be given to the police in tackling ‘county lines’ gang-related activity which is becoming more prevalent and sourced from nearby London bases.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

If you wish to help, please contact me by email at [email protected]

Any help with leafleting and spreading the word would be greatly appreciated.

You can also follow me on X (Twitter) at @DrMJMcGetrick

More details of our policies may be found at https://sdp.org.uk/policies/

Mark Patten, SDP Candidate for Harpenden and Berkhamsted

Mark Patten is the SDP prospective candidate for Harpenden and Berkhamsted.  We spoke with Mark about his decision to stand.

“my despair at the main parties has made me step up to stand as a candidate”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

I am an NHS consultant anaesthetist who has worked for the NHS all my life. I have been relatively apolitical but my despair at the main parties has made me step up to stand as a candidate.

What made you decide to stand for the SDP?

Only party that is promoting a true alternative to the mainstream political parties

You’re the Spokesman for Harpenden and Berkhamsted what’s made you decide to represent this area?

I have lived in the constituency for 26 years. It is a new constituency that has no incumbent and should be open to a new alternative party.

“Affordable housing for young people. My own three children have no prospect of living independently locally”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

Affordable housing for young people. My own three children have no prospect of living independently locally. Social care for the elderly the poor provision has massive impacts on the NHS.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

Come along to the local Hustings and get involved that way.  You can also contact me at [email protected].

Martin Evison, SDP Candidate for Newcastle upon Tyne North

Martin Evison is the SDP prospective candidate for Newcastle upon Tyne North.  We spoke with Martin about his decision to stand.

“feel very at home in the SDP. I am overjoyed at the growth in the Party in such a short time – fielding 122 candidates in the 2024 General Election”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m a Shropshire Lad who first came to Newcastle as a student in 1979. I worked in IT in the 80s boom, and then returned to the academic world in the life, archaeological and forensic sciences, retiring in 2020. 

What made you decide to stand for the SDP?

I was a wavering Brexit voter inflamed by the disgraceful attempt to overturn the result. This would not have happened if it had gone the other way and was profoundly anti-democratic.

For this reason, I supported the Brexit Party until 2019 and stood for Reform UK in my ward in Newcastle in 2021 strongly advocating for an end to the insane and injurious lockdown policies. My attempts to influence Reform to take a stronger stance at national level fell on deaf ears and, still frustrated, I took a look at the SDP. Their policies are sensible, overlapping in places with those of Reform. Most importantly, however, the SDP seemed properly democratic and consultative of its members with an approachable leadership – and definitely not a vanity project. I have since found all this to be the case and feel very at home in the SDP. I am overjoyed at the growth in the Party in such a short time – fielding 122 candidates in the 2024 General Election.

“My MP was Nick Brown who was suspended by the Labour Party in 2022 for why-we-know-not, depriving the voters of their chosen representation”

You’re the Spokesman for Newcastle upon Tyne North what’s made you decide to represent this area?

I live in Newcastle North, but only 100m from the adjoining Newcastle East and Wallsend, both constituencies having been redrawn for 2024. I know and have lived in both areas, but presently live in and am more familiar with Newcastle North. My MP was Nick Brown who was suspended by the Labour Party in 2022 for why-we-know-not, depriving the voters of their chosen representation ever since. Keir Starmer’s cynical burying of this issue is itself scandalous.

“As well as reshoring industry, we hope to provide more support for small businesses and the self-employed, recognising these form a significant and important part of the economy”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

Newcastle North has large swathes of rental properties that are often poorly maintained despite spiralling rents, and I anticipate SDP housing policies will be attractive to voters. Everyone will be concerned about the cost of living, and our energy policies should ensure more affordable domestic bills and cheaper costs for industry, which should again bring prices down.

As well as reshoring industry, we hope to provide more support for small businesses and the self-employed, recognising these form a significant and important part of the economy.

There is a substantial care sector in the constituency and the SDP plans for a combined national care service will improve conditions for care staff and residents.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

To learn more about the SDP please visit sdp.org.uk.

There are lots of opportunities to help with campaigning in Newcastle North and other North East constituencies. In the North East, please make contact by email with [email protected]

For Newcastle North, please use the following contacts:
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: drmartin_evison

Ian Grattidge, SDP Candidate for Tonbridge

Ian Grattidge is the SDP prospective candidate for Tonbridge.  We spoke with Ian about his decision to stand.

“The New Declaration was something of a revelation. It was the first time I read a party ‘prospectus’ with which I almost entirely agreed”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

I grew up in Southeast London moving to West Kent over 40 years ago. I am married with four children and three grandchildren. After a career spent mainly in the Civil Service, and latterly operating at senior management level, I ‘reinvented’ myself as a consultant and interim manager specialising in financial, reporting and governance turnrounds. I also have had a number of Governor and Trustee roles, latterly as Board Chair for a Housing Association.

What made you decide to stand for the SDP?

For many years I drifted between different parties, not much enthused by the offerings of any. The New Declaration was something of a revelation. It was the first time I read a party ‘prospectus’ with which I almost entirely agreed. At a time when so much division is evident in the UK – division that is being exacerbated by identity politics – I feel that with the SDP  there is a genuine offer of something for all. The family has been neglected by successive governments and over the past few years public services have become both unreliable and seemingly unaccountable to the people they serve.  The prospects, too, for young people getting on the housing ladder seem to be getting increasingly bleak. I don’t believe any of the mainstream parties have engaged with these challenges sufficiently well to give me confidence that they have good solutions.

“At a time when people might like to take the opportunity to express their dissatisfaction with the Tory Government there needs to be a credible alternative, one based on support for families”

You’re the Spokesman for Tonbridge what’s made you decide to represent this area?

I have lived in West Kent for over 40 years. Constituencies have remained steadfastly Conservative during this time. At a time when people might like to take the opportunity to express their dissatisfaction with the Tory Government there needs to be a credible alternative, one based on support for families, affordable housing and reliable public services. I believe the SDP offers voters the opportunity to support these key priorities. The voters of Tonbridge deserve to have this option made available to them.

“Maintaining good quality services – both in Tonbridge but also the many villages in the constituency – are particular issues from my perspective”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

Housing is a big issue and the pressure for provision of sufficient affordable housing, particularly for young people who would like to work and live in the area, will remain a challenge. The Council plan, specialising as it does on development of brownfield sites, needs to deliver. Similarly plans to redevelop Tonbridge town centre, to revive it as a thriving High Street are key. Maintaining good quality services – both in Tonbridge but also the many villages in the constituency – are particular issues from my perspective.  Community based services are a better alternative to centralised provision, especially where public transport is not extensively available.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

There is a new Facebook page – SDP West Kent – aimed at bringing together SDP supporters in the area (Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks) and which will carry updates on local campaigns. We do not have a large army of volunteers so any help with getting the message out there will be really welcome. I can be contacted on [email protected] and found on Twitter @GrattidgeIan.

Gary Stevens, Reform UK candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood

Gary Stevens is the Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood. We spoke with Gary about his decision to stand.

“I became actively involved in 2017 and in 2018 I was elected as a local Councillor in Bromley. It was an incredibly rewarding time to be able to help out in the community”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

I was born and raised on a sheep and cattle farm in Southland, New Zealand, and have since lived and worked in several major cities, including Sydney, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and London. Currently, I reside in Bromley with my wife and our two sons. I have had a long career in IT and Finance, first starting in Investment Banking in the early 90’s in London. I am currently a Director with an Investment Bank, working on high-profile projects as a Program Manager. This is a role which I enjoy immensely and is indeed a dream come true for me to be living and working in IT and finance in London.

The first time I voted it was for a Labour government, as at the time, they were more credible, organised and had a clear plan of delivery, rather than just empty promises. I would, however, first and foremost describe myself as a modern conservative – believing in your freedoms and liberties, low taxes, and small government. Over the last 4 years it is also clear to me that I am also a libertarian. I believe we should be able to live freely and enjoy our lives as much as possible, free from authoritarian government over-reach. I also consider myself to be an old-school liberal and old-school progressive, but with a strong conservative base, and a key part of this is the family unit and the closely connected, interdependent members of our communities and country. As a society, country and indeed human race, we must progress in an open-minded manner, delivering policy in a conservative structured way.

After years of following politics, I became actively involved in 2017 and in 2018 I was elected as a local Councillor in Bromley. It was an incredibly rewarding time to be able to help out in the community, and during my tenure, I worked diligently at both the ward and council levels, addressing issues such as housing, planning, traffic, and community projects.

Some extra info:

  • PADI qualified scuba diver.
  • International Rugby Board (IRB) qualified Rugby Coach.
  • First job out of university was for a bungy jump company in Queenstown NZ, driving a jetboat in Skippers Canyon, and I have done over 100 bungy jumps.
  • I have had two exhibitions of my own art.
  • Alongside my career in IT and finance I have worked as an actor appearing in numerous TV series, commercials and films.
  • I have backpacked around The Middle East (Syria, Jordan, The Sinai, Israel and Egypt), India, Nepal (Annapurna Base Camp) & Thailand.

“Labour called for harder lockdowns, sooner and far more extreme than they already were. It was an appalling state of affairs as the British people were used as playthings for politicians”

What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?

The old UK parties have failed us all. I am an ex-Conservative Councillor, but the Conservatives no longer stand for anything remotely C/conservative. Conservative members and indeed all British people have been ignored. Labour has become an elitist London centric club and no longer stands for the working class or indeed the ordinary British people, and the Liberal Democrats are largely irrelevant. It is time for change, it is time for Reform UK.

Whilst it is important to have unity at times of crisis, during Covid it was clear that we have one party in the UK, the “UniParty”. Labour may as well have crossed the floor and joined the Tories over the last few years. Elitist Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour (who values the WEF and Davos, over Westminster and the British people) provided no opposition or scrutiny whatsoever to the extremist legislation and policies forced on the British people. Indeed, Labour called for harder lockdowns, sooner and far more extreme than they already were. It was an appalling state of affairs as the British people were used as playthings for politicians across Wales, Scotland, NI, England, and internationally, to see who could out do the other in terms of how hard line they could be. This must never happen again.

I am not a career politician and I bring with me a large amount of real-world experience. I would take a more professional approach to the role as MP, and engage with and listen to people in Dulwich and West Norwood (DAWN), and indeed take their guidance.

You’re the Spokesman for Dulwich and West Norwood what’s made you decide to represent this area?

I have strong links to DAWN, having lived in various locations across the constituency since the early 90s. My first job in the UK was pulling pints at the Crown & Greyhound in Dulwich Village and I have been actively involved with a local Rugby Club in Dulwich for 9 years. I love this area and indeed I consider it my UK home.

Whilst there are a number of international events that have gained much needed attention and scrutiny, my primary focus will be the people of DAWN. I will work tirelessly to address local issues and support community organisations, particularly those relying on volunteers. My experience in sports club management will be instrumental in engaging with and supporting local clubs and organisations. These clubs and organisations are an under acknowledged part of our community and must be supported and encouraged.

“I stand firmly against Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which have proven to be detrimental to social cohesion and disproportionately affect the poorest in our communities”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

Kids are getting mugged on their way to and from school in DAWN. Street-level crime and crime in general across London has rocketed under a Labour Mayor of London and without a doubt drugs and drug use are a major part of this, as well as being a major social issue. There is no one policy that can resolve this all-invasive issue. Stop and Search, reform of the justice system, Policing levels and funding, zero tolerance, stronger leadership, and community engagement are just part of a much larger set of policies that make up the overall approach on crime. I would work with the MET Police and local community groups to provide the level of safety that residents deserve.

I stand firmly against Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which have proven to be detrimental to social cohesion and disproportionately affect the poorest in our communities. These measures must be removed, and I fully support Reform’s policy to legislate their removal across DAWN and the UK.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

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John Gager, Reform UK candidate for Tunbridge Wells

John Gager is the Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Tunbridge Wells. We spoke with John about his decision to stand.

“They trounced over our rights, tried to criminalise us for peacefully protesting, used behavioural psychology against the people to manipulate and scare them.  They tried to mandate vaccinations on people – unforgiveable”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is John Gager. I am 44 years old. I have lived in the Paddock Wood / Capel area near Tunbridge Wells for 12 years now.  I am divorced, have a daughter just finishing Year 7 of school and two stepdaughters who are now adults – one at university and the other working full-time in the NHS care sector.

I currently work as an IT support tech for a small IT service provider based near Tonbridge, supporting local businesses and charities.  I have worked in the IT industry for around 20 years, both in an employed and self-employed capacity.

Away from work I love sport and am a regular gym goer – one of my proudest personal achievements is losing nearly 6 stone in weight over the past 6 years through just sheer willpower and self-motivation.  I also confess to being a bit of a geek (hence the career choice) so enjoy tinkering with tech at home.

“these politicians need to be replaced by people who love our country, customs and freedoms”

What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?

I am not a politician, activist or campaigner. Those things have never really interested me.  Until the Brexit Referendum I did not pay too much attention to current affairs, however I was becoming more aware of mass migration affecting access to public services and jobs and how much control the EU seemed to have over our government.

I was really surprised how biased and visceral the mainstream media and most politicians were towards leaving the EU, despite it being to me the obvious choice to protect the sovereignty of our country and stop uncontrolled immigration. Then following the referendum result, my surprise turned to disgust as “the establishment” did everything in their power to thwart the decision of a democratic vote our country had made.

The theme of “the establishment” (government, all the major political parties, the mainstream media) seeking to act against the best interests of our country and people has continued since then. 

Lockdowns were the final straw for me – the first one I can probably accept albeit being too long, but every other lockdown and non-sensical diktat enforced on us by Government since that point has been an absolute disgrace. They trounced over our rights, tried to criminalise us for peacefully protesting, used behavioural psychology against the people to manipulate and scare them.  They tried to mandate vaccinations on people – unforgiveable, especially given recent history. 

No one should ever forget that it wasn’t just the Tory Government doing this, all the other parties in parliament and the mainstream media wanted more of this – sooner, harder and longer.  

I can never forget that and how it impacted my daughter.  This is why I am standing; these politicians need to be replaced by people who love our country, customs and freedoms.

“Tunbridge Wells has been a Conservative seat for nearly 20 years, but in this coming election they are completely unelectable”

You’re the Spokesman for Tunbridge Wells what’s made you decide to represent this area?

Tunbridge Wells is the area I live in, and over the years it has really grown on me.  This part of the country is beautiful – lovely countryside, quaint villages and Tunbridge Wells itself has great potential to be a thriving, attractive town that people can be very proud of. 

Tunbridge Wells has been a Conservative seat for nearly 20 years, but in this coming election they are completely unelectable. The people here need a candidate and party to vote for with true small “c” conservative values, wanting to put Britain first.

“the majority held Lib Dem council will want to implement LTNs and other anti-car measures”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

We have several looming issues that challenge Tunbridge Wells. 

Demand for living accommodation is increasing forcing house prices to become unaffordable. There has been a housebuilding frenzy in the villages surrounding Tunbridge Wells with nowhere near enough infrastructure being put in place to support it, which the local plan is meant to secure during planning applications before approval.

Population increase is also beginning to clog up major roads into Tunbridge Wells, while the majority held Lib Dem council will want to implement LTNs and other anti-car measures.

Crime and anti-social behaviour appear to be on the rise.  We love our police force and need to do more to help them be more effective and present on our streets.

The expensive and illogical madness that are Climate Change policies are here too.  Inefficient and environmentally questionable solar farms are appearing across the constituency, and the council are pushing ahead with converting public buildings to “carbon neutral”.

I will endeavour to highlight these issues and apply pressure on the relevant parties so that more sensible decisions are made that will benefit our constituents and not continue to harm them.  I also pledge to conduct myself with honesty and integrity, no more of the spin we are all sick of hearing.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign? 

For those wishing to contact me, you can email me at [email protected]. Please also follow and share my social media channels, including Facebook, X/Twitter and other which can be found here https://linktr.ee/reformuk.twells.

Robert Bayley, SDP Candidate for Ely & East Cambridgeshire

Robert Bayley is the SDP prospective candidate for Ely & East Cambridgeshire.  We spoke with Robert about his decision to stand.

“The definition is – social conservatism with centre-left economy. In other words, a politics that prioritises the financial security and the societal health of the nation”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Robert Bayley. I moved into Witchford in 2011. I have worked as a reliability engineer in a start-up, as a boardmarker in the betting industry, as a screenwriter in LA, in pop promos, I have worked in IT, and more recently I have worked in the care sector. I write novels. My latest is a murder thriller set in Cornwall entitled Rache (pronounced Rakke). I love the arts and often despair of politics.

What made you decide to stand for the SDP?

The beautiful thing about the SDP is that it combines left and right in the same package. The definition is – social conservatism with centre-left economy. In other words, a politics that prioritises the financial security and the societal health of the nation. I have been in the Labour party; I have been in the Conservative party; I have drifted politically because I am not a died in the wool ideologue, I simply want politics to work for the people. Left and right curiously have suffered similar declines and falls in recent years. Blair was a revelation who destroyed his own success by going too far. Johnson contrived a brilliant opportunity only to squander it. Fourteen years of undelivered promises have steered the Tories towards a political abyss. I do not crow at that. I do not take the prospect of a Labour landslide majority with its odd fringe elements lightly. I read the SDP manifesto, it ticked the boxes, so I joined. I joined just before the announcement of the snap election and stood shortly after. My immediate priority is to get the SDP on the ballot paper and back into the public arena and get the manifesto read. It is well worth it.

“There’s a lot of history in the constituency: the guerilla warfare of Hereward the Wake and those treacherous Ely monks, the home of Cromwell, the pamphleteers, the strife of the Corn Laws”

You’re the Spokesman for Ely & East Cambridgeshire what’s made you decide to represent this area?

The simple answer is, I live here. I’m not going to say I love it, too many politicians lie. I like hills, unfortunately, this area lacks them. But if you live in a village for a while and you get to know the people, that makes up for any shortfall in topographic aesthetics. There’s a lot of history in the constituency: the guerilla warfare of Hereward the Wake and those treacherous Ely monks, the home of Cromwell, the pamphleteers, the strife of the Corn Laws, industrialisation, Thomas Paine, and the draining of the Fens. It’s an interesting place to stand.

“With respect to housing, I have been to Hamburg. I love those three or four storey high streets with shops beneath. All those studio flats and apartments ideal for professionals and students”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

I think the introduction of a National Care Service would have a huge impact on care delivery across the constituency. I think private companies operating in the sector fragment the service. I believe there would be more accountability and more efficiency were the services combined into one organisation. A re-introduction of convalescent homes might be considered to help prevent (awful phrase) bed blocking.

With respect to housing, I have been to Hamburg. I love those three or four storey high streets with shops beneath. All those studio flats and apartments ideal for professionals and students and essential workers. Building modestly higher in established conurbations would be my preference going forward rather than developmental sprawl.

A re-nationalised rail service would be brilliant. Open some of those closed stations. We should have a clean, punctual, efficient service, with clear and affordable pricing and manned stations. Rather like national rail services found on the Continent.

Anglia Water is doing a good job I believe, but I cannot agree with siphoning off monies for dividends. I am pro the re-nationalisation of natural monopolies.

The perennial pothole problem needs to be addressed urgently. Covid decimated many high streets, they must be regenerated with a range of quality retailers, reducing rates if necessary. Centralise disabled parking and have more of it.

Access to medical care should be eased by training homegrown nurses and doctors rather than relying so much on imported trained staff, as welcome as they are. And there should be a loyalty clause aimed at retaining people. Dentistry needs to be overhauled on a national scale. 

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?  (if available please include Facebook, Twitter, emails etc)

I will be handing leaflets out on various days around the constituency (weather permitting)

I can be contacted at:
X (Twitter) @rob_sdp
Email [email protected]

Alex Culley, Reform UK candidate for Southampton Itchen

Alex Culley is the Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Southampton Itchen. We spoke with Alex about his decision to stand.

“the seemingly constant attacks on our heritage and culture from radical elements which are either indulged or promoted by the legacy parties”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Alex Culley. I live in Eastleigh (next door to Southampton Itchen) and am an owner of a small consulting business based in Southampton. The business helps firms active in the financial services industry understand the raft of regulations they are subject to.

I am a father to two boys. In my limited spare time I enjoy reading, learning new things, travelling and watching a variety of sports.

What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?

I decided to stand for Reform UK simply because I have had enough of the:

  • dysfunctional political system. It is no accident that Parliament meanders from one crisis to another. The First Past the Post electoral system gives rise to “safe seats” which are attractive to careerists who appear to stand for nothing other than election. Nepotism is a designed in feature of the system of political appointments to the House of Lords;  
  • the seemingly constant attacks on our heritage and culture from radical elements which are either indulged or promoted by the legacy parties; and
  • liberal elite’s total contempt for public concerns about the impact mass immigration is having on our country.

Reform UK has an excellent set of policies to tackle these issues. For example, we would:

  • shake up our political system by replacing the House of Lords with a smaller second chamber and introducing proportional voting for the House of Commons;
  • legislate to stop left-wing bias and ‘woke’ ideology; and
  • freeze all non-essential immigration.  

“I can regularly be found at St Mary’s on a matchday. Furthermore, being based in next door Eastleigh, I am a frequent visitor to the city’s bars, restaurants, shops”

You’re the Spokesman for Southampton Itchen what’s made you decide to represent this area?

I have a strong emotional connection to the area.

My father hails from Southampton Itchen (Thornhill). He left when he joined the Royal Air Force during the Cold War. However, as a child I would spend many happy weekends and holidays in the constituency visiting my relatives. Naturally, I caught the Southampton FC bug too! I can regularly be found at St Mary’s on a matchday. Furthermore, being based in next door Eastleigh, I am a frequent visitor to the city’s bars, restaurants, shops and leisure facilities and want to see them thrive.

“Council tax, rents, parking charges and fees on the Itchen Bridge have all risen to help cover the shortfall. Many are anxious to ensure that a Birmingham style financial collapse does not occur in Southampton”

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

In my view, the biggest concern which is specific to the constituency is the financial situation at Southampton City Council. Threatened with bankruptcy, the Council was forced to seek emergency government assistance earlier this year. Council tax, rents, parking charges and fees on the Itchen Bridge have all risen to help cover the shortfall. Many are anxious to ensure that a Birmingham style financial collapse does not occur in Southampton. 

Other significant concerns include the public health risks currently posed by the high levels of e. Coli in the River Itchen, the availability and quality of social housing and improving Southampton’s transport infrastructure, particularly to maximise the benefits of the Solent Freeport.

I especially hope to champion:

  • the preservation, and balanced presentation of, British history, culture and traditions;
  • the promotion of free speech; and
  • prudent financial management, both locally and nationally.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?

Being a snap election, the campaign will largely be comprised of the following activities:

  • leafleting;
  • displaying boards;
  • participating in hustings; and
  • possibly, also operating some street stalls or “round town” style events. 

Any offers of assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to get involved.

You can also find me on X/Twitter at https://twitter.com/CulleyC58841.

Marian Newton, Reform UK candidate for Lewisham West and East Dulwich

Marian Newton is the Reform UK Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewisham West and East Dulwich. We spoke with Marian about her decision to stand.

“I believe this country needs drastically reforming, and I just want to help with this as much as I can”

Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?

Born, and grew up in North Derbyshire, I went to art school  and a college of technology. I eventually moved to London, and then abroad, to work on the airlines.

I joined the Brexit Party in 2018 and then I became a member of ‘Reform UK’.

“I’d like to give the people the chance to vote for a new common sense, and honest party”

What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?

I believe this country needs drastically reforming, and I just want to help with this as much as I can.

I was asked to ‘stand’ in West Lewisham & Dulwich East. I’d like to give the people the chance to vote for a new common sense, and honest party.

What do you see as the big concerns for the constituency and what issues do you hope to champion?

Some of the things that I would look into are the following:-

Lewisham is the 3rd most dangerous borough in London. With violence and sexual offences, homelessness, premature deaths of 75 year olds and education of 19 year-olds without a level 3 qualification etc.

For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign? 

You can start to get involved by contacting Reform UK at https://www.reformparty.uk/.