Thursday, 23 April 2015

My Parliamentary Hustings

It has been asked many times if I will organise what is called a Hustings. This is a chance to come and listen to myself why I am standing and what I am standing and fighting for. Then there will be a chance to ask question too.

The event will be held at Standish Community Centre on Friday 1 May 2015 at 7.30pm. The centre has a large room but it may be as well as well to email me and confirm your attendance so I can get a feel for numbers and also you secure you space.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Although the event is in Standish everyone that lives in the Wigan Constituency can attend.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Foreign interventions and issues.

When it comes to Foreign Issues, if elected, one thing that you will be able to rely on me to do is not vote to go into a War just for Oil. I would support any action to protect the shores of this Land. Also should that vote be asked, then I would want to see an exit strategy too. These are important.
As many will have seen on the news over the weekend,thousands of migrants are trying to cross from Libya to Italy to come to Europe. Hundreds are dying in trying. These people will be made up of both migrants, that want to come here to work or claim benefits, another issue for another day, the other people will be Asylum Seekers, who are fleeing war torn countries.
If we look at Libya, Colonel Gaddafi, was not a nice guy and had many crimes against him. However, he was coming in from the cold and being less of a threat. The change for me was to move them in a progressive, word of the moment if you listen to all the rhetoric from the main stream parties, way. But we went in with France guns ho and brought him down. Did that make the people of Libya better off? Have we seen things move forward for the region? No not at all, we went in with a purpose of getting rid of him but yet we had no plan once we had done the job. This was the same for Iraq. In we went with Bush’s lot and got rid of him. Is the region safer? Are people’s lives better? Again no! Turmoil and chaos is what we have brought to the people in those countries. Afghanistan was one area where we did need to go into. Whilst not pretty there was some kind of plan to try and move the Country back to some kind of stability.
Now we have EU leaders falling out how to tackle the issue of 0000’s of people in boats coming from Libya to Italy. All what I have heard is just trying to react to the symptoms and not driving at the cause, which are the traffickers back in Libya. With no stable Government in either the East or West then these people are free to exploit them. And all this is possible because we went in with no exit plan.
It needs tough measures on the people that are exploiting the situation and these people and then also when we see boats in the sea coming to Italy they should do what they do down under, which I accept is controversial, and turn the boats back. If people know this, they may think twice. If they think that the coast guard will pick them up and take them to Italy then we all know what will happen, more will come because it just got safer for them.

Labour Lisa Nandy wants to talk to the SNP. Why this is wrong!

Labour Candidate for the General Election for has said on 5 Live that they will need to talk to the SNP. The SNP has said unless Labour scrap Trident they will mess with the army's budget and block things. Our defence's are too important to be messed about with.

See my latest clip on the subject.


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Shevington Parish Council

Not many people know or realise that should you live in Shevington Moor, Appley Bridge or Shevington that you have a Parish Council. Not many will know that you pay extra. And never have you been asked if you want either or both.

The Parish Council is split into 3 Wards which are North Ward, which is Shevington Moor and down to just past the first Mini Roundabout on Old Lane. Then after that it is the South Ward. The third Ward is West Ward which is Appley Bridge.

People are finding out that they pay extra and don't know what for. The feel angry that they are not consulted on things and issues.

The Shevington Independents are fielding 8 candidates for the 9 places on the Parish Council. Each ward has 3 PC Cllrs. Should they get 5 Parish Councillors, or more, then they promise to hold a referendum on whether people want a parish council or not. They will also get a say in issues that concern them, like the land at Orica, which the Parish Council bought. One thing that the other candidates and their supporters say that should the Shevington independents win they will sell the land. That will not happen, guaranteed. We aim to, should the people want too, keep it like it is for the residents to enjoy. Should they want to turn it into a sports complex and they can draw a plan up where by they run it and it doesn't cost the people any money and residents are happy with that, that will be another option for them. The key to this is the Shevington Independents will return the power back to the people.

The other candidates in Shevington are refusing to allow people the choice on whether they keep this. Even the Labour Leader on Wigan Council, which is normally unheard off, agreed with myself saying that Parish councils are bureaucratic and shouldn't be in place.

It's time for the people of Shevington to take the control back and their decide their future.

When you vote for the Parish Councillors it is important that you know that you have 3 votes on that ballot paper
For the North Ward our candidates are Angie Bland, Joe Whitter and Ken Shaw. Please vote for all three.
For the South Ward we have just 2 candidates, Roy Bridge and Joe Calderbank. Please vote for these two only.
Finally for the West Ward you have Jean Fletcher, Debbie Fairhurst and myself. Please vote for all three on your ballot paper.

If you want to ask a question on the issue please either email me at garethfairhurst@gmail.com or leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Pledge to support the arts.......(Can he play the trumpet he's holding I hear you say?)

Today I pledge my support to the arts. I believe the arts are invaluable to people's lives. They make a big different to the obvious to also helping with mental issues, which is a growing concern.

Have a listen to today's clip and see what you think. I know what most people will think. Can he play that damn trumpet he's holding? Let's see :-)


Friday, 17 April 2015

Jobs have reduced...what do you think???

Earlier today the unemployment figures were released and for the last quarter the figures show a reduction. However, do you feel more confident that there are more jobs? Are you more secure in your jobs?

Listen to another reason why I am standing for MP.






Thursday, 16 April 2015

New Hustings arranged

After the farce that happened tonight, a new hustings has been arranged.  Tonight there should have been a hustings, were candidates are asked questions by the public, in Pemberton but as a previous post on here confirmed Labour ducked out of it and forced to get the event cancelled. People in Pemberton were outraged that Labour hold them in so little disregard.

Tonight the UKIP Parliamentary candidate has booked the Newtown Workings Men Club. this will be for next Tuesday 21 April at 7.30pm. Myself, the UKIP candidate and the Green candidate were all outraged that Labour can cancel an event, hence agreeing to put out differences to one side for the purpose of democracy agree to hold our own event.

All candidates will be invited to attend and should any one chicken out they will be empty chaired.


Update
The format has now been agreed. The candidates will have a set number of minutes to have their say. I think that it will work out to be about 8 mins each, depending on the number of candidates that agree to attend. Then the second part will be were the chair will table written questions to the candidates. Why written questions? This will be so that the same question is not repeated to allow a more range of questions, issues and topics to be asked about.

People will be able to write their questions either before they attend or at the start of the meeting.