Q&A: The Echo poses the questions

Peter Philip Smith answers some key questions put to him by the Echo newspaper today.

Peter, the proposed health shake-up in Essex, namely the NHS Success Regime, has caused quite a stir, how will you fight to safeguard services and improve residents’ care should you become MP?

The beautifully named ‘success regime’ is in reality a mask for emergency measures brought in as a response to the near financial meltdown of the NHS in South Essex. Brutal cuts to the NHS by this Conservative government are putting people at risk. Rather than spending so much money on foreign aid, we would prioritise the NHS.

What’s your view on the state of education in south Essex, how will you help raise standards within our schools if you’re elected.

Education in South Essex is in crisis. In some cases, parents are finding it difficult to even secure a place for their child.  There are too many incidents of siblings being sent to schools several miles away from each other.  More investment, rather than tax cuts for millionaires, and controlling immigration to more manageable numbers would reduce the pressure on our beloved services.

South Essex has always been a hive of entrepreneurs and go-getters, how will business (large and small) benefit should you become MP?

As a previous business owner, I understand fully the impact of red tape, particularly from the EU on business both small and large. Our business community in South Essex needs to have the burden of unnecessary legislation removed.  The Conservatives are not the friends of small business, they have helped create a system rigged in favour of big business.  UKIP believe in a fair playing field where every budding entrepreneur has a chance to better themselves.

Social Care is clearly not up to scratch in south Essex. If you are elected MP what would you do to get our older residents a better deal?

Social care in South Essex is in crisis, driven again by the irresponsible cuts from our reckless Conservative Government. It is UKIP policy to merge health and social care to create a coherent and efficient service capable of creating the social care places needed to unblock vital beds in our hospitals.

Why should people vote for you?

As a Councillor, I support residents every day. I plan to open a constituency office opening 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday to be accessible to the residents of Rayleigh and Wickford.  I will employ a caseworker with years of citizens advice experience to provide expert legal advice and representation to residents.  My focus will be on fighting for residents and representing their wishes.  With a UKIP MP, you will no longer be represented by Tory lap dog Tory MP forced to tow the Conservative Party line.

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