NTU Election Special approached all candidates for Rushcliffe to offer them the chance to speak with us about their campaign.
Cheryl Pidgeon, Labour Party
Cheryl has been a Labour party member for over 20 years and has pledged to be the voice of Rushcliffe in Parliament should she win the upcoming election on the 12th of December.
She has worked with the community has included campaigns to “Save Lutterell Hall” and “The TA’s at James Peacock school in Ruddington”.
She also believes that the NHS is one of the biggest concerns of the constituency, who she said: “Worry that it’s going to be sold off to the USA.”
Cheryl also said: “It’s not just a Brexit election, it’s a climate election, it’s a living standards election, it’s a poverty election, it’s an education election, it’s a fairness election, but above all it’s a change election. That’s change for the good, for the many and not the few.”
Matthew Faithfull, UKIP
Matthew Faithfull is the UKIP candidate for Rushcliffe. He has represented UKIP at four previous General Elections, spanning back to 2005.
His key policy commitments include: reducing levels of mass immigration; extending planning powers to local authorities; lowering levels of taxation and re-balancing the economy towards greater manufacturing.
He has a background in software engineering and a degree in Artificial Intelligence and in his spare time, he likes to relax by playing computer games and reading books.
Jason Billin, Liberal Democrats
Jason Billin is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Rushcliffe.
He represented the Liberal Democrats in the 2017 Nottinghamshire County Council election and the 2018 Police and Crime Commissioner election.
His key policy commitments include: banning the use of all oil-based plastic packaging; promoting the use of modular eco-build housing schemes; improving care for the elderly; expanding public transport access to NHS care for rural communities and introducing a Universal Basic Income.
He owns a local design and publishing company and in his spare time he serves as a school governor and District Explorer Scout Commissioner.
Ruth Edwards, Conservative Party
Ruth Edwards is the Conservative candidate for Rushcliffe. She leads strategy and public policy for BT’s cyber security business, and works with the government to improve cyber security.
Her key policy commitments include: implementing the result of the EU referendum; increasing the number of police officers in Rushcliffe; boosting funding for local schools and supporting the development of a green tech park on the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and looking after her alpacas, chickens, bees and tortoise.
John Kirby, Independent
John Kirby is an independent candidate for Rushcliffe. He is an electrical engineer.
His policy approach is to judge each idea based not on who is promoting it but what it means to the country, and he supports the implementation of Brexit.
He enjoys spending his spare time with his partner and four children.