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Major employers

NATS, Office for National Statistics, Flagship Training, BAE, Ministry of Defence


  1. What will you do to increase investment and skill levels in the strategic industries, infrastructure and public services on which the UK’s security and prosperity depend?
  2. How will you ensure that key, cross-border industries – including energy, telecoms, broadcasting, nuclear, science and aviation – can prosper outside the single market?
  3. Will you ensure our air traffic services have the skilled staff and up-to-date technology they need to guarantee safety and improve efficiency?
  4. 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?

Candidates’ responses

Caroline Dinenage (Conservative candidate)

Response awaited

Alan Durrant (Labour candidate)

Response awaited

Bruce Tennent (Lib Dem candidate)

 As you may understand, Prospective Parliamentary Candidates who have not previously been elected are disadvantaged by not knowing the extent to the capabilities of a serving member of Parliament.  However, what I can say is that having spent a career in engineering and remain a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, I will do my utmost to support all fields of engineering. 

The core answer to question 1 relates to education, both academic and vocational. I served an excellent MOD apprenticeship with the Dockyard and went on to study an honours sandwich degree at Portsmouth Polytechnic.  Although apprenticeships and sandwich course degrees are being talked about; if elected, I will do as much as I can to bring back the focus onto engineering.
At this moment, it is difficult to know how cross-border industries can prosper to the same extent outside the single market as they did with it, but your members can rest assured that the Liberal Democrat team will do our best ensure that they can prosper outside the single market if it comes to that.
Air traffic services are one of the UK’s core areas and although the skills part of the question is the same as question 1 and therefore relates to education, we also need to ensure that we can recruit from abroad if necessary.  Both cases I will be fighting for if elected.
I would support an independent pay review regarding public sector staff affected by the 1% pay cap.  In my view, this period of austerity has been too deep and lasted far too long.  The Liberal Democrats have already pledged to end the pay freeze for NHS workers, which is a move in the right direction.
I have written more about my track record and views on www.brucetennent.org