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Prospective MP Brian Mathew unveils the key battleground issues

May 12, 2017 9:48 AM
Where Dr Brian Mathew stands on key issues.
Brian has campaigned for:
- Give people the power to decide our future relationship with the EU

The North Wiltshire area count for the EU Referendum declared victory for Britain remaining in the EU. The rest of the County followed the national trend by voting "leave".
‎Dr Brian Mathew campaigned hard for "Remain" but recognises the vote result was to leave.
He is deeply concern that the Conservatives are heading for a "hard Brexit" deal that will drive up prices and threaten jobs, our security and children's futures.
Dr Mathew believes you should decide whether to take this "hard Brexit deal" or stay in the EU on our current terms.
James Gray led the local campaign for "Brexit"‎ sharing public platforms with UKIP
- Funding our NHS and social care properly by a "ring fenced" 1p rise in income tax
Local hospitals are struggling, waiting lists are growing, vulnerable elderly‎, young and disabled people and children cannot get the help they need.
Dr Brian Mathew backs the Lib Dem plan to increase income tax by 1p and "ring fencing" this extra cash to spend ONLY on the NHS and social care.
James Gray does not support this policy
- Fair funding for our local schools
A good education is vital for every child. Wiltshire schools are already the seventh lowest funded‎ in Britain.
Now the Conservatives are imposing another budget cut on local schools. This threatens our childrens' futures by axing teachers jobs and increasing class sizes.
Dr Brian ‎Mathew supports increasing substantially funding to local schools and colleges.
This will be paid for nationally by reversing the Conservative cut in Corporation Tax and their introduction of a tax allowance for married couples.
Both of these tax cuts were backed by James Gray
- Stopping over development by building new sustainable garden villages.
These developments would be built on appropriate former Ministry of Defence sites that have good road and rail links.
They would have a high proportion of affordable homes for local people.
They would take the pressure off our market towns of Calne, Cricklade, Malmesbury, Purton and Royal Wootton Bassett
James Gray does not support this approach
- Oppose the return of "blood sports"
Dr Brian‎ is totally opposed to Conservative plans to bring back fox and stag hunting.
James Gray is an enthusiastic supported of "blood sports"