union for life

Fareham

Fareham

Major employers

NATS, Office for National Statistics, Flagship Training

Questions

  1. How will you ensure that key, cross-border industries – including energy, telecoms, broadcasting, nuclear, science and aviation – can prosper outside the single market?
  2. Will you ensure our air traffic services have the skilled staff and up-to-date technology they need to guarantee safety and improve efficiency?
  3. Will you commit to retaining the government’s 49% stake in National Air Traffic Services?
  4. Will you develop a plan to maximise the potential of regional airports in supporting connectivity and balanced regional development?
  5. Will you lift the arbitrary and unsustainable cap on public sector pay and commission an independent review of pay in the civil service and wider public sector?
  6. Will you maintain defence expenditure at no less than the annual limits set out in the 2015 spending review, and at levels of at least 2% of GDP for the rest of the parliament?

Candidates’ responses

Suella Fernandes (Conservative)

Response awaited

Matthew Randall (Labour)

How will you ensure that key, cross-border industries – including energy, telecoms, broadcasting, nuclear, science and aviation – can prosper outside the single market?

If elected as MP for Fareham on 8th June I will happily support the manifesto  of replacing the Conservatives’ Brexit White Paper with a fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union.  This will allow us to put jobs and the economy first, making sure that the terms of Brexit reflect the international image of industries that work from within the UK.

Will you ensure our air traffic services have the skilled staff and up-to-date technology they need to guarantee safety and improve efficiency?

I hope that our manifesto commitment to build an education system that opens access to all ages in life, will help to build a strong basis for employment, providing both well train staff, but also the opportunity for employees to keep up to date with advances within their areas of employment.

We have seen and felt recently the effects of poorly maintained technology in the NHS. Whilst keeping up to date may have a financial cost, I would always support updates to technology in order to safe guard the lives of citizens. I believe people, and their safety, should never be reduced to figures on a spread sheet.   
 
Do you support the Government retaining its 49% stake in National Air Traffic Services?

I support the Government retaining its 49% stake in the National Air Traffic services. It highlights the successes of government ownership in a high profile industry.
 
Would you support an independent pay review for public sector staff affected by the 1% pay cap?

If elected to parliament, outside of a Labour Government, I would support and independent pay review for public sector staff. The effects of the 1% pay cap have widely been heralded as disastrous, costing the UK money. I would push, in line with manifesto commitments, to end the Public Sector Pay Cap , and happily support likeminded colleagues in doing so because public sector workers deserve a pay rise after years of falling wages.

Do you support maintaining defence expenditure at no less than the annual limits set out in the 2015 spending review, and at levels of at least 2% of GDP?

I think it is important that we retain our commitment to our NATO allies of dedicating 2% of our GDP to defence spending.  However, I would be hesitant to commit myself to maintaining the defence expenditure at no less than the annual limits set out in the 2015 spending review. I think we need to really consider the threats that we are currently exposed to, and in what ways we can reduce such threats. The security of the UK is important, but we should be open to questioning both the financial and humanitarian cost of the impact of our defence strategy.  

Matthew Winnington (Lib Dem)

 Response awaited.