Jeremy Hilton explains his vision for Gloucester and why he is standing for parliament.
I was born in Gloucester and I have lived and worked within ten miles of the Cathedral all my life.
Having served Gloucester for more than 23 years as a local councillor, I believe I can do an excellent job of representing our historic city in Parliament.
If elected, I would be the first MP to represent Gloucester, who was born here.
It would be a great honour to serve as a Member of Parliament for this city, which has been my home for so many years.
I am proud of the achievements of the Liberal Democrats in government. We have worked hard to deliver our manifesto, from the Pupil Premium that is helping disadvantaged children, to the ‘triple lock’ that means pensions rise by at least 2.5% a year. The increase in the income tax threshold means people can now earn £10,600 tax-free.
Vince Cable has led the way on delivering two million new apprenticeships, which equates to more than 1,000 in Gloucester every year.
I remember Labour’s attempt to stamp on our civil liberties with compulsory ID cards. This was scrapped by the Lib Dems in government.
In Gloucester, we must see the regeneration of our city to completion. This will mean the delivery of an upgraded railway station with improved connectivity and a new bus station.
The regeneration of the Kings Quarter and the Blackfriars area around the old prison must be delivered with panache and completed in good time
As the MP for Gloucester, I will want to complete the work I have started on a bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status for our magnificent Cathedral.
Too many Gloucester children leave the city to go to secondary school – this is unfair. I will work to ensure that young people from Gloucester are able to get into good local schools.
Fighting Labour’s plan to nationalise or regionalise the fire service, which would see the end of our county fire brigade, would be on the top of my list as a new MP. I remember successfully fighting Labour over plans to move our fire control to Somerset.
Top Five Priorities for Gloucester
· Better public transport, with new/improved bus and railway stations
· Successful regeneration in the city centre and WHS status for the Cathedral
· More apprenticeships, more jobs and strong local economy
· Quality public services, better NHS and a local fire service
· Good local schools open to all Gloucester children