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LabourRaushan Ara

Why should people vote for me?
I have lived in Ramsgate and have run a local business for the last thirty years. During this time I have been involved with many local charities, helping the homeless and many others through community groups. Thanet is one of the most deprived areas in the country with high unemployment, low wages and many on insecure zero hours contracts.

Through my business and community work, I have become aware of the many issues that affect people's lives locally. I have two children, one of whom has specific needs, and so understand the challenges faced in raising a family. I will fight for the people of South Thanet to get a better deal on housing, health and social care, education, job creation and fair wages for all.

I am friendly, approachable and committed to building a fairer future for the people of South Thanet.

Raushan Ara

ConservativeCraig Mackinlay

Why should people vote for me?
It is a privilege to have served as the MP for South Thanet since 2015. This election is about national stability and getting Britain ready for a global future, post-Brexit. We have been steadily reducing the annual deficit whilst spending more on things that matter – the NHS, education, defence and pensions. This is not the time to upset progress that has been hard won over many years.

Locally I have been pursuing regeneration across the constituency and getting on with dealing with the variety of problems facing constituents. At times, I have felt like the official opposition to the local UKIP council’s more madcap ideas – parking charge hikes, land sell-offs and their about turn on Manston airport. Still lots more to do.

Fun Fact:
I had the role of ‘Alfie’ (played by Michael Caine in the 1966 film) at Medway Little Theatre. Apparently the most lines for a male role in any British play after Hamlet!

Craig MaCKINLAY

UK Independence partyRev Stuart Piper

Our society is more fragmented than at any time in our history and successive governments have been responsible for this sense of alienation in our communities. We all have values and things we hold dear to our lives including an inbuilt sense of right and wrong. We know how tough our daily lives can be. We deserve better. Politicians should speak truthfully and honour their promises. I have served in the Military, The Church and in Acute Health Care environments, including Mental Health, Hospice and NHS. I understand what it is to need help and to give help’

My hobbies include motorcycling and playing the saxophone in bands or as a solo performer. I have wide ranging life and work experience and am a local resident. I believe I am ideally suited to serve as MP for South Thanet.

Rev Stuart Piper

Green partyTrevor Roper

I was born and brought up in Somerset and lived and worked for many years in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. I am married and we have two grown up children.

I moved to Thanet in 1993, when I took up the post of Head of Design & Technology at Clarendon House School. I retired in 2010, but have kept close ties with the school.

Retirement also affords me the opportunity to indulge my interest in classic motorcycles, exploit my woodworking skills, and spend time on DIY and gardening.

The subject I taught inspired a keen awareness of environmental issues and their implication for transport, construction and renewable energy. These concerns, along with the huge potential for more high quality local jobs and training offered by Stone Hill Park’s alternative vision, have made me an opponent to the reinstatement of Manston airport.

I voted to remain in the EU, and believe that a soft Brexit is vital for our successful future at both national and regional level. I also believe that another referendum should be held on the Brexit proposals.

Trevor Roper

Liberal DemocratJordan Williams

Why should people vote for me?
Jordan Williams was born and bred in Thanet. A pupil of Chatham House Grammar School, he went on to work in retail management. He has recently taken up a position with an international airline.

I am very concerned about the effect of local government cutbacks on the people of Thanet. It’s time that the Conservative government realised the devastating effects of austerity in my local area both on public services and individuals.

I believe it’s important for the young people of the UK to continue to enjoy the benefits which EU membership has brought to my generation, such as studying, living and working in Europe.

The critical state of the NHS and the future direction and underfunding of education, are also issues of concern. “While everyone talks about our relationship with Europe, too little attention is being given to these vital areas.

Above all, we must not hand Prime Minister Theresa May a blank cheque to do as she likes at home and abroad, risking all our futures.

Jordan Williams
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