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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 Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Ray’s eve of the election statement…

Paul Ray
“This has been a long election campaign with so many messages and numbers banded around. So I want to set out very briefly what we stand for in this election:
  • Stronger Economy – Ensuring we balance the budget fairly and invest in a high skill economy.
  • Fairer taxes – Cutting income tax further by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500 by 2020.
  • Quality healthcare – The NHS will have the extra £8bn per year it needs and we will make sure mental health is treated on an equal footing with physical health.
  • Opportunity for every child – Protecting the education budget from cradle to college.
  • Our environment protected – Five new Green Laws to make transport green, commit to a Zero Carbon Britain by 2050, making buildings much more energy efficient.
We are facing a coalition again and the Lib Dems guarantee balance and fairness. The deficit reduction should NOT mainly come from cuts – which is the Tory policy. We say 20% should come from tax on highest earners and an additional bank levy. And we must not let Labour borrow the £70bn extra in their spending commitments. The Liberal Democrats will borrow less than Labour and cut less than the Conservatives. I urge you to vote Lib Dem. I would really appreciate your vote.” The candidates standing in the Lichfield constituency in May are:
  • Andy Bennetts – Class War
  • Michael Fabricant – Conservatives
  • Robert Pass – Green Party
  • John Rackham – UKIP
  • Paul Ray – Lib Dem
  • Chris Worsey – Labour

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

2 replies on “Eve of the election statement: Paul Ray (Liberal Democrats)”

  1. Why the Lib Dems lost my vote.

    I voted for the Lib Dems in the last General Election, however I’ve felt despondency with the two party system long before that and the Lib Dems were a breath of fresh.

    Were is the right word.

    Nick Clegg has stated time and time again that it was right to remain in coalition with the Tories and provide balance, sadly the reality appears to be everything but. The Lib Dems have simply crumbled under Tory pressure and consequently have looked weak at every controversial decision.

    As such, rather than the balance that Nick Clegg wants to promote, they look power hungry. Choosing to remain in power, rather than dissolve the government. I can imagine the pressure from the Tories must have been immense, but I would have had far more respect if Nick had stuck to Lib Dem values and walked away.

    Politicians have a tough enough time, at the best of times, convincing us they are honest and worth voting for, I wonder when Nick will be able to convince us again?

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