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PremierLeague-News.Com - With the by-election just six days away now, we take a look at the nine candidates standing
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! With the City of Chester by-election just days away now, we take a look at the nine candidates who are standing. The main political parties are represented in the by-election, along with smaller parties including Rejoin EU and UKIP. While the historic porthole at Huxley's cafe by Eastgate Clock gives amazing views across the city centre and beyond, we thought we'd look through our own virtual by-election porthole at what the candidates have to offer. It's a busy time for the prospective MPs as they campaign ahead of the people of Chester going to the polls on Thursday, December 1 CheshireLive has invited all nine candidates to take part in our own hustings event, which will be broadcast via Facebook live next Wednesday lunchtime. We will be asking them questions on the key issues that matter to you so please do get in touch via the email at the end of this article. READ MORE: City of Chester by-election: One week until voters go to the polls This by-election was triggered due to the dramatic resignation of Chris Matheson over 'serious sexual misconduct' allegations in October. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards upheld two allegations of sexual misconduct against Chris Matheson by a former member of his staff. Chris Matheson resigned following a probe which recommended he be suspended from the Commons for four weeks for “serious sexual misconduct”. Mr Matheson said he was 'dismayed' to have been found guilty and tendered his resignation as MP for Chester. The city of Chester has been a battleground on many occasions during its 2,000-year history and it's now a battleground of a different sort as nine different political parties hope to win in this swing seat. A cursory glance across social media in the city shows there are a number of key issues which really matter to the people of Chester, which are also reflected in the stories covered by CheshireLive, such as: Concern over the cost of living crisis Support for small and medium-sized businesses struggling, closing or temporarily closing in a challenging economic climate access to public transport, with some routes cut, leaving residents stranded concerns over waiting times in A&E at the Countess of Chester Hospital concern over sewage being dumped into the River Dee concern over parking costs compared to other parts of Cheshire west poll loading Which one of these issues do you think should be a top priority? 0+ VOTES SO FAR The cost of living crisis Sewage in the River Dee Empty shops in city centre Lack of support for small businesses in Chester Struggling health services and waiting times at Countess of Chester Hospital Rising cost of housing around Chester Improve broadband connection Need for better transport connections such as direct services to London Cost and quality of parking in the city centre Homelessness in the city Protecting the city's heritage such as the city walls and Rows Tackling the climate crisis Policing issues such as knife crime, drug dealing and spikings The nine candidates vying to become the new MP for the City of Chester are: Samantha Dixon MBE - Labour Elizabeth Wardlaw - Conservative Rob Herd - Lib Dem Paul Bowers - Green Richard Hewison - Rejoin EU Jeanie Barton - Reform UK Cain Griffiths - UKIP Chris Quartermaine - Freedom Alliance Alan Hope - Monster Raving Loony Party If you haven't yet decided who will get your vote then here's our round-up of what we know so far about the candidates. poll loading Who will you be voting for to become Chester's new Member of Parliament? 0+ VOTES SO FAR Alan Hope - Monster Raving Loony Party Cain Griffiths - UKIP Chris Quartermaine - Freedom Alliance Elizabeth Wardlaw - Conservative Jeanie Barton - Reform UK Paul Bowers - Green Party Richard Hewison - Rejoin EU Rob Herd - Liberal Democrats Samantha Dixon MBE - Labour Samantha Dixon - Labour Samantha Dixon MBE was joined by a number of supporters including Labour's Shadow Levelling-up Secretary Lisa Nandy, Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury and Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami at the by-election campaign launch on Chester's historic Rows (Image: Labour) Samantha Dixon is a councillor for Cheshire West and Chester Council, representing the Garden Quarter ward of the city. She was the first woman to be leader of the council. She has pledged to get World Heritage status for the city's famous Rows, along with wanting Chester to become a top retail and tourism destination. Samantha Dixon has also pledged to tackle sewage being dumped in the River Dee, which is commonly used by people rowing and boating and even paddle boarding or open water swimming there. She has also pledged to support Chester residents through the cost of living crisis, to put more bobbies on the beat to tackle anti-social behaviour on the city's streets and to bring public transport back under public control. Elizabeth Wardlaw - Conservatives Conservative candidate for Chester by-election, Elizabeth Wardlaw Tory candidate Elizabeth Wardlaw is a nurse and Cheshire East councillor who lives in Congleton, Cheshire. She has said that if she gets the backing from voters then she would be best placed to work with the Government to ensure the city doesn’t miss out on funding opportunities and incentives from the Government’s Levelling up agenda. She added across the county issues such as housing, employment, education, renewable energy, food security and the rural economy all mattered to people, but she was keen to hear what other issues residents have in Chester. Rob Herd - Lib Dem Chester by-election Lib Dem candidate Rob Herd and Helen Morgan MP with Liberal Democrat campaigners in the city centre (Image: Liberal Democrat Party) Teacher Rob Herd lives in Chester and has spoken about his vision for the city being summed up by the phrase 'clean, green and connect'. Rob, who is head of modern languages and has taught at schools both in Chester and St Helens, has pledged to help small and medium businesses if he is elected. Prior to becoming a teacher, Rob Herd was manager of The Living Room bar and restaurant in the city centre. He said the city deserved a local champion to fight for action on the cost of living emergency and local health service crisis, also flagging up sewage being dumped in the River Dee and pressures on the Countess of Chester Hospital as issues he would tackle. Paul Bowers - Green Green councillor Paul Bowers has been announced as the Green Party candidate for the upcoming City of Chester by-election (Image: Cheshire West and Chester Green Party) Green Party candidate Paul Bowers is a Cheshire West and Chester councillor representing the ward of Helsby. He has said a "braver, fairer and cleaner vision for the city" was needed. Paul was elected as the first ever Green councillor in Cheshire back in 2019, and since then he has campaigned for active travel in Chester and has served as the deputy chair of the climate taskforce. The painter and decorator has also said he would be fighting for the environment, for jobs and families and for the city. Richard Hewison - Rejoin EU Rejoin EU candidate Richard Hewison deposits his nomination papers at Chester Town Hall ahead of the City of Chester by-election (Image: Rejoin EU) Richard Hewison said he wanted to challenge "Labour's implausible 'make Brexit work' policy".
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. He said: "The Rejoin EU Party wants to send a strong message to Labour in Chester. Every single person in the constituency who votes for us will help strengthen that message. "Labour thinks it’s got the next election in the bag, but unless it starts speaking for the millions suffering from Brexit bureaucracy, it risks alienating a significant chunk of its voters. We hope concerned Chester voters who might usually support Labour will take this chance to show Labour where their priorities lie." Jeanie Barton - Reform UK CheshireLive has been trying to contact the Reform party and, at the time of publishing, we have not had any official word about their candidate for the City of Chester. Cain Griffiths - UKIP CheshireLive has not yet been sent anything on behalf of Cain Griffiths but, according to the UKIP website, he is a student who works part-time in hospitality in the city. A statement on the UKIP website reads: "Cain is a student and works part time in the hospitality industry. He is passionate about freedom of speech and the necessity of being able to express freely legitimate points of view." Chris Quartermaine - Freedom Alliance
Chris Quartermaine is standing in the City of Chester by-election on behalf of the Freedom Alliance (Image: Chris Quartermaine) Chris, who lives in Broughton, Flintshire, just over the Welsh border, says he is a strong advocate for small businesses, having run health food shops in Chester city centre for 40 years. He said he was standing "to be a voice for the politically homeless, for those who are unable to vote for any of the main parties, and don’t trust the political system". He has also said: "There is no difference between the Conservatives and Labour on any of the political issues that have had and continue to have such a devastating impact on people’s lives and livelihoods: the totally disproportionate Covid measures; the lockdowns, business closures, and removal of civil liberties; the vast sums spent on the war in Ukraine. "These projects all funded by reckless money printing and government borrowing, leading to rampant inflation; the fixation on Net Zero, causing energy and fuel prices to skyrocket, and plunging people into poverty. Our political leaders no longer serve the people. I am standing in the Chester by-election because I want that to change." Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope - Monster Raving Loony Party
Alan "Howling Laud" Hope (Image: Aldershot Titles) Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope is the leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party. He said the Monster Raving Loony Party was "the party that’s on everyone’s side, no matter what their political persuasion may be". He said: "Yes just like you, we have seen it all before, heard it all before, and still don’t believe it. We want you to vote for us, just to make the others sit up and think, 'where are we going wrong'. Just to save our deposit, let alone win, would achieve this. "Remember, the only wasted vote is one that is not used. So if you don’t usually vote, then vote unusually, vote for me. Voting for the Lab Lib Con trick, you're only voting for the very same people who need shaking up. Between us we can make Chester very proud, the wonderful town that changed the face of modern day politics. You’ve got nothing to lose." To submit questions ahead of our City of Chester by-election hustings next week please email email@example.com. NEWSLETTER: Sign up for CheshireLive email direct to your inbox here READ NEXT: Chester by-election candidate promises to help small businesses struggling with energy costs Conservative candidate announced for Chester by-election after Labour MP's resignation Cheshire's first ever Green Party councillor announced as candidate for Chester by-election Samantha Dixon announced as Labour candidate for Chester by-election after MP resigns Chester by-election Labour candidate pledges to get World Heritage status for the Rows
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