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WATCH: CambsNews at St John’s Church, Peterborough, searches – Peterborough & Cambridgeshire News

WATCH: CambsNews at St John’s Church, Peterborough, searches – Peterborough & Cambridgeshire News
WATCH: CambsNews at St John’s Church, Peterborough, searches – Peterborough & Cambridgeshire News

If you’re unsure which candidate to support this Fourth of July in Peterborough, five of the voters on the ballot spoke at a rally at St. John’s Church this week. CambsNews filmed the entire debate and it is available on our YouTube channel (link is below).

The line up:

Paul Bristow has been a Conservative Party MP for the past four and a half years.

Andrew Pakes represents the Labour and Co-operative Party.

Nick Sandford on behalf of the Liberal Democrats.

Nicola Day represents the Green Party.

Sue Morris represents Reform UK.

This is how each candidate introduced themselves:

Paul Bristow.

My parents moved to Peterborough in 1985 to work as nurses in our local NHS. And I have been your Member of Parliament since 2019.

Paul Bristow (Conservative) St Johns Church, Peterborough Wednesday 26 June 2024. Photo by Terry Harris.

I am incredibly proud to be an approachable, highly visible and activist MP. It is something I am incredibly proud of.

We’ve had two Labour MPs recently, one sent to prison, and another sent for anti-racism training. Neither did much for Peterborough. But I myself have £125 million for our city, to build a brand new NHS community diagnostic centre in our city centre. We have 50 extra police officers.

We are building a brand new £48 million station quarter on the other side of our city centre. And this morning we were at our university, built up by leveling up. This is a record that I am incredibly proud of.

And I stand before you again tonight and want to be your MP for a new term. And I promise you that I will give you that record of a very prominent, approachable, visible MP. And I will continue to get things done for Peterborough.

Andreas Pakes.

I am the Labour and Co-operative parliamentary candidate in this election. I live near Central Park in the city centre. I love the diversity of our city. I love the potential of our city.

Hustings in the St. John’s Church. Andrew Pakes (Labour) St Johns Church, Peterborough Wednesday 26 June 2024.
Photo by Terry Harris.

I’m here because I believe we can do better. Like most people in this room, I’m fed up. I’m tired of having to wait from 8am to get a doctor’s appointment.

I’m tired of there being no more NHS dentists in this city taking NHS patients. I’m fed up that we have record waiting lists for the NHS, that mortgages have risen, that crime has increased, that shops have left the city center and that we have now become something that makes life more difficult.

I stand because I believe in change. I stand here because I believe we can do better.

The words you will hear from me in the future in this campaign are we, together, we. You will never hear me say this is about my city or about me.

We make places better by working together. I want to be a community candidate and an MP for the whole city. In a few days, power will be in your hands. We have the chance to turn a page on 14 years of Tory chaos and we have a chance for a fresh start in Peterborough and the rest of the country.

Nick Sandford

I am running as a Liberal Democrat candidate. I have lived in Peterborough since 1984. In so many ways, things are broken in our country. The economy, the National Health Service, the climate, the housing market. All awards after 14 years of Conservatives.

Nick Sandford (Liberal Democrats), St Johns Church, Peterborough Wednesday 26th June 2024. Photo by Terry Harris.

The Conservatives have destroyed our relationship with our close trading partners.

Our political system is simply not fit for purpose.

So today, as a Liberal Democrat, we want to put forward a fair deal for Peterborough and a fair deal for the country. We want a fair deal for public services.

We have put health first in our manifesto. We want to approve 8,000 new GPs and give everyone free personal care. A fair deal for the economy. Everyone should pay taxes according to their ability to pay.

We need to invest in renewable energy and insulation so that people can continue to live in their own homes.

A fair deal for the environment, where we punish large water companies for discharging sewage and polluting our waterways.

If you support a fair deal for Peterborough and a fair deal for the country, please support us.

Nicola Day

I have lived in Peterborough most of my life, since I was four months old when my father started work here electrifying the railways.

Nicola Day (Green Party) St Johns Church, Peterborough Wednesday 26 June 2024. Photo by Terry Harris.

I live in Millfield and have brought up my son in the area and teach in local schools. I have served Peterborough as a councillor and in the Green Party group.

I have experience in implementing changes and responding to new policies.

I will be a strong voice for Peterborough at Westminster because I will not be told what to do and say by party bosses. I will have mentors, but I will not be dictated to.

The Green Party promised to tackle the housing crisis by building 150,000 social homes a year. We would end the right to purchase this housing stock so that these homes can remain in communities forever.

We would introduce a wealth tax on multi-millionaires and billionaires. We would invest £70 billion in the NHS, which is now in decline and needs to meet standards.

We would invest in training, retaining and improving staff and pay staff fairly. We would also clean up our rivers and seas, sewage would be dumped into our own river Nene and numerous points.

The Green Party would bring the water companies back into public ownership, so that profits could be put back into infrastructure.

I know that people in Peterborough share a vision of a future where we leverage our country’s wealth, where we invest in better public resources, where we tackle the climate crisis, where we strive for more productive and fulfilling employment and a restored nature with clean rivers.

For real hope and real change, vote Green on July 4.

Sue Morris

My name is Sue Morris and I am proud to represent Reform UK. I joined them about three years ago. And what I am very proud of is that the party started to formulate its principles.

Sue Morris (Reform) St Johns Church, Peterborough Wednesday 26th June 2024. Photo by Terry Harris.

They announced them at a conference a few years ago. All of the party’s policies are developed as a matter of principle by groups of people who volunteered and know enough to actually create something very special and common sense, who volunteered and know enough to actually create something very special and common sense .

They also have a contract drawn up with the people, which you can find on the website and download, and it contains a lot of information about certain things.

I have been a partner in a small business with my husband for 25 years. So I know what it’s like to build something with little money. Moreover, our company is a small printing company, so we have to support many people from very different backgrounds. That has led to a lot of appreciation for the kind of people who go out, earn an income and start a family.

The chairman was local announcer Kev Lawrence