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Eve of the election statement: Michael Fabricant (Conservatives)

With 12 hours to go until the polls open, Lichfield and Burntwood’s candidates have been invited to make one final plea to voters in their own words.

Below is Conservative candidate Michael Fabricant’s eve of the election statement…

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

“One Lichfield candidate in this election has argued it is pointless to vote. I disagree. This is your opportunity to choose whom you want to represent you in Parliament.

Now, provided you use your vote, you can be the judge. I believe that over the years I have proven myself to be a strong constituency MP representing the interests of local people in Parliament. I take up issues with Government departments and agencies, and with local councils and housing authorities on behalf of constituents. My staff and I deal with up to 400 letters, emails, and phone calls a week – and I have a good track record in getting things done for local people.

If I am re-elected, I hope you will continue to give me the opportunity of assisting you should you ever need my help.

I am very active in the Chamber of the House of Commons frequently taking part in debates and asking questions. However, I believe an MP’s work has to be an effective balance between providing an excellent constituency service while playing an active part in the legislation of our nation. And that even means occasionally disagreeing with my Party when I think they have got something wrong as I believe they did in the case of HS2. And in order to vote against my own Party as well as the Labour and Liberal-Democrat parties, I resigned – as a matter of honour – from the Government in order to do so.

Other candidates have raised certain issues about the Coalition:

  1. On food banks, you should be aware that when civil servants asked Labour Government Ministers permission to refer welfare beneficiaries to food banks, they refused believing it would be bad politics. It was the Coalition who agreed to refer recipients of welfare payments to food banks. We thought it was the right thing to do.
  2. And yes, Labour decided – rightly in my view – that making large welfare payments to people renting private homes with more bedrooms than they needed was wrong and was blocking those homes from being used by larger families. The Coalition extended the same rules to housing association homes too. It was only then that Labour dubbed it a “bedroom tax”.
  3. And while 1 in 50 jobs are on zero hour contracts (98% are on fixed contracts), just over half of people on zero hour contracts welcome the flexibility it gives them. And despite the Conservatives inheriting a bankrupt economy from Labour, some two million new jobs have been created since 2010 with more inward investment than the rest of Europe combined.
  4. As far as the “weaponisation” of the NHS by Labour and all their talk of privatisation, on 6% is privatised – 4% under Labour. That includes local people being sent to private hospitals for MRIs and other procedures all for free under the NHS. Where there is spare capacity, we should use it. And withdrawing that flexibility from the NHS would cause treatment delays and be dangerous.

So under the circumstances, I don’t think we have done a bad job.

Before becoming an MP, I was a director of a company which I founded and which supplied broadcasting systems and programming to radio stations in the UK and overseas. Before that, I was a radio broadcaster. I was educated at my local state school and then went on to study law and econometrics at university though I later became a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.

I always remember that it is to YOU, my constituents – and no-one else – to whom I am responsible! So if you think I have done a decent job representing you and promoting this area in Parliament, I hope you will re-elect me to the House of Commons.”

The candidates standing in the Lichfield constituency are:

  • Andy Bennetts – Class War
  • Michael Fabricant – Conservatives
  • Robert Pass – Green Party
  • John Rackham – UKIP
  • Paul Ray – Lib Dem
  • Chris Worsey – Labour

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3 Comments

  1. Colin

    6th May, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    So, repeating distortions of the truth is supposed to make them true, then? Interesting that there is no mention here of the elusive Joseph Rowntree report saying that inequality was reducing! And we get yet another repititon of the claim that only 2% of jobs are on zero hours contracts – even William Hague has admitted that it is 1 in 5! As for inheriting a bankrupt economy from Labour, there had been 4 consecutive quarters of growth until September 2010, when the Tory/LibDem Government cuts stalled it and it has taken years to recover and not yet for ordinary working people! Vince Cable now accepts the early capital spending cuts were a mistake.

  2. Councillor Steve Norman

    6th May, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Strong constituency MP?
    £67,000 a year and no regular surgeries. No local office. No action on Burntwood’s lack of Health Centre – until my Freedom of Action request. Only criticised the Labour County Council but silent on the Conservative County Council’s closure of Burntwood’s Sure Start Centres,Youth Centre and Bracken House Dementia Care Home. I could go on. I was agent and worked for a good constituency Member of Parliament. I’m afraid Mr Fab couldn’t hold a candle to him.

  3. The Speaker

    7th May, 2015 at 6:36 am

    The statement that proves the truth that far from being a Tory maverick, a social media man of the people who tells it like it is, Mr Fabricant remains what he’s always been – an old school Conservative who toes the party line to the bitter end.
    His shameful pronouncement on food banks at the Cathedral hustings was pretty much word for word the same, hollow defence that his good friend David (the PM to you and me) gave during one of the TV “debates”. That says it all.
    Equally, whereas the majority of Lichfield’s candidates have sought to engage with voters the Old School Clown has voiced his distaste of having to stoop so low as answer to the people who elect him.
    Mr Fabricant, you may have thought the questions at the Cathedral hustings were a bit samey and boring, but you seem to have missed the main point – it was the questions the voters were asking and wanted answering. His criticism of the leaders Question Time debate (“not a format I enjoy”) also proved the point that he is a typical career politician – he doesn’t like being put on the spot by members of the public who aren’t prepared to be fobbed off by spin and non-answers.
    Maybe that was why the Speakers Corner hustings clashed with his campaign diary and saw him make a rare visit to Burntwood instead, surrounded by his faithful party workers rather than the rabble who turned up to question the candidates?
    The Old School Clown enjoys the luxury of a safe seat.
    He doesn’t deserve it.
    The constituency should demand more and better than he represents.