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General election Ashford & Tenterden: Candidates interviewed

By Aidan Barlow

Candidates standing in Ashford have made their last pitches to voters ahead of the general election on Thursday.

Sally Gathern (Labour), Adrian Gee-Turner (Liberal Democrat), Gerald O’Brien (Ukip), and Mandy Rossi (Green) are challenging Conservative Party candidate Damian Green, who has represented the constituency since 1997.

Ahead of the poll, Kentish Express reporter Aidan Barlow interviewed them all about their policies, their party, and about themselves, so voters can then make up their mind about who they would like to vote for.

Sally Gathern said Labour will prioritise people’s jobs and consumer rights to prevent a “catastrophic” Tory Brexit deal and has put investment in education and the NHS at the heart of her campaign.

Video: Labour Party candidate Sally Gathern 

Liberal Democrat Adrian Gee-Turner says it is a chance for voters to stop a “hard Brexit” and has appealed to former remain voters to back his party. He said the Conservatives are “crossing their fingers and praying” they get a Brexit deal they can live with.

Video: Liberal Democrats candidate Adrian Gee-Turner

Damian Green said the forthcoming election is about deciding which party can get the best Brexit deal for the country, and accused Labour of having “chaotic” plans for “mass renationalisation”, “huge tax increases” and “huge increases in borrowing”.

Video: Conservative Party candidate Damian Green

Gerald O’Brien says that as Ukip’s candidate he will “back Theresa May to the hilt” in Brexit negotiations and said all the other candidates are half-hearted about leaving the European Union.

Video: Ukip candidate Gerald O'Brien

The Green Party’s Mandy Rossi said that the environment will always be at the top of the agenda for her party, and said the Greens are offering voters a second referendum on the final Brexit deal.

Video: Green Party candidate Mandy Rossi

In depth interviews with the five can be seen in this week’s edition of the Kentish Express on pages six and seven.

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