- Labour Party and Business: A Difficult Relationship?
- Chameleon Conservative Cameron Shows True Colours
- An Election Reflection for a Majority Minority
- Mhairi Black: Giving Politics a Makeover
- Galloway Threatens Legal Action Over Election Result
- Voter Turnout: What The Numbers Tell Us About The 2015 General Election
- Looking At The Reaction to the Election Explains its Result
- The Polls Were Wrong Because People Lied, it’s That Simple!
- Russell Brand “Resigns” from Politics following General Election Result
- It’s Not The Cold War Anymore, We Don’t Need a Nuclear Deterrent
- The Future of Labour: Who Will Be The Next Leader?
- The Future of the Liberal Democrats: Who Will Be the Next Leader?
- The Future of UKIP: Who Will Be the Next Leader?
- A Tale of Three Ends
- The Tory Legacy
- If the Party Leaders were characters from Friends…who would you vote for?
- The Ten (Well, Six) Commitments: Is Stone Legally Binding?
- Tuition Fees: A Hollow Attempt to Pander to the Student Vote?
- 6,417 Ed Milligrams – What Do You Actually Vote For?
- Boris Johnson to become Gangster Rapper
- Political Engagement: The Calm After the Storm
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Green Party’s John Spottiswoode.
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: TUSC’s Sue Atkins
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, Independent Candidate Chris Daviss
- “I don’t think the Liberal Democrats should be in government just for the sake of it” – An Interview With Nick Clegg
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, TUSC’s Nick Chaffey
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Conservative’s Jeremy Moulton.
- Should Young People Be Made To Vote?
- The Nationalist Parties
- No Votes for Women?
- None of the Political Candidates Ticking Your Box? There is Another Option.
- The Other Parties
- Liberal Democrats Party Profile
- The Green Party
- Labour Party Profile
- In Defence of the Coalition
- Why Labour Should Win the Election But Won’t
- The Protest Vote: The Weapon of the Disenfranchised.
- Why Young People Must Use Their Vote
- An Interview With Natalie Bennett
- What Will a Multi-Party System Mean for Britain?
- Tuition Fees: Must Try Harder Ed
- Science and Policy
- This Election is Far Bigger Than Party Politics
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: Ian Callaghan, Green Party
- Parliamentary Candidate Interviews: Lib Dem’s Adrian Ford
- Paliamentary Candidate Interview – Labour’s Darren Paffey
- Parliamentary Candidates Interviews: Lib Dem’s Eleanor Bell
- TV Debates: The Crucifixion of David Cameron
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview – Labour’s Rowenna Davis
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview, the Green Party’s Angela Mawle
- Can We Trust Politicians Who Act Like Schoolchildren?
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview – UKIP’s Sandra James
- Manifesto Focus: Labour
- Why Nuclear Weapons Are Imperative For The UK’s Security
- Southampton’s Role in the General Election Should Not Be Overshadowed by a Sausage Roll
- Just When You Thought UKIP Couldn’t Do Anything Right…
- What the Hell Do You Want?
- Which Political Leader Are You?
- The EU: To Be or Not To Be
- Your 2015 General Election Candidates
- What a Silly Sausage: Southampton UKIP Candidate Accused of Bribery
- UKIP Party Profile
- Conservative Party Profile
- The Leaders Debate: The Insurgents, The Pretender & The Incumbent
- SUPA’s Short and Sweet Guide to Voting on 7th May
- TV Debate: Clash of the Titans
- Leaders Debate Brings Hope For Progressive Politics
- TV Debates: David Cameron and Ed Miliband Versus Britain
- 14,000 Voters Missing From Electoral Role in Southampton – Register to Vote Now!
- Men’s Rights Party Set To Contest in General Elections
- A Royal Coup? – Queen Guitarist Brian May Considering Standing for Election
- Debating Over Debates
- Galloway Demands Inclusion in TV Debates
- The General Election 2015 – A Disunited Kingdom?
- 99 Days To Go: The Most Unpredictable Election Yet!
- Poll Indicates Demand for Green Party to be Included in Election Debates
- Have You Registered To Vote?
- Is Sol Campbell running for Parliament?
- Salmond to Stand as MP
- Students May Hold the Key!
- The Green Party Should Not Be Included in the 2015 General Election Debates
- Parliamentary Candidate Interview: Alan Whitehead MP
- What’s at Stake for Students in the General Election?
- It’s Time For Politicians To Get Down With The Kids
- The Debates Debate
- Who Will Run The Country in 2015?
- New Year, New Government? New Politics?
- Newly Elected Itchen MP Accused of Helping UKIP Secure Labour Votes
In the run up to the 2015 General Election, Wessex Scene are interviewing the candidates running in all three Southampton Constituencies. Here, I interview Conservative’s candidate for Southampton Test, Jeremy Moulton.
Jeremy Moulton: I feel that it is my responsibility to simply be a really good constituency MP. Southampton is my hometown; I grew up here, was educated here and still live here. It’s really important that an MP should stick by his constituents and do a generally good job at representing them at Westminster.
JN: What can you offer to students?
JM: As a Conservative, I think that it’s really important to keep up the good work of the last five years. Since the Conservative Party took office, the number of University places has gone up and because of this there is generally more money in higher education to provide services to Students. Really, for Students what I can offer is a continuation of the good employment prospects created under a Conservative Government (we’ve created 2 million more jobs), and on the whole better chances for getting ahead and into employment in graduate life.
JN: You’ve had involvement in academies in Southampton, given this, what is your stance on fee paying education; both school and higher?
JM: Well, on fee paying schools I think that it’s important that people should be able to exercise their democratic right to freedom and choice. There’s also the fact that if private school children all required a place in a state school the system would not be able to handle it, it would add millions to the education budget and ultimately probably result in higher taxes. If a family is able to send their child to a fee paying school I see no reason why anyone should resent them for it – we live in a free society after all.
On University fees it’s undeniable that the Government were faced with tough decisions. But I feel that on the whole University fees as they stand are fair and serve to encourage students to take responsibility for their education should they wish. Apart from the difficulty of charging overseas students, tuition fees at present are for all intents and purposes a graduate tax, just due in a slightly different manner. The Conservative Party takes the stance that a focus on early years investment is important, so funds must be raised somewhere!
JN: Given the concerns expressed by business leaders on the Labour Party’s competence with the economy, and Southampton being a relatively safe Labour area, how would you go about encouraging the growth of business big and small in Southampton?
JM: First and foremost, on a local level we need to stop taxing the night-time economy in Southampton with excessive evening parking charges. They have a real negative affect on the Pub and Restaurant trade and really deter people from making the most of what our City has to offer.
On a slightly larger scale, Southampton has real potential to be a top regional economic hub; the prospects for business are very good, we just need to ensure that infrastructure can keep up with business development – just take a look at the lorries queuing on the M271 and you’ll see what I mean. Also, Southampton is a City with many social challenges – there’s a lot of poverty in the City, business investment and job creation can only serve to improve this. It would be terrible if Southampton were to lose out on investment just because its infrastructure cannot keep up with demand. Talking of infrastructure, Southampton is only an hour and a half away from central London, if you’ve tried get a commuter train into London from Southampton during rush hour you’ll know how difficult it is – it’s like sardines in a can! The Conservative party have got plans for real capital investment, and I want to ensure that Southampton gets a slice of that pie.
JN: The Conservative Party has vowed to run a budget surplus by 2018, how feasible do you feel this is?
JM: In short, totally feasible and sensible. Granted this Parliament hasn’t met all of its economic aims fully, but there are lots of variables that are simply out of Government control – the affect of the crisis in Europe for example has had an unprecedented affect on the UK’s economy. No household would be able to spend more than they earn for a particularly long time, people aim to run a personal surplus, so why should the state be expected to behave any differently?
JN: David Cameron has pledged an in/out EU referendum for the next Parliament, do you feel it’s wise to trust a potentially apathetic electorate with such a complex economic decision?
JM: Absolutely yes. The last time the public were consulted on Europe was in the ‘70’s, when much of our population wasn’t even alive, let alone voting. It’s our democratic right to have a say no matter what the outcome. If the Scottish can hold a referendum on independence and get such a high turnout I see no reason why the electorate cannot be informed of the importance of an EU referendum and have their say – no matter what the result it’s good for democracy in this country.
A full list of all the candidates running in Southampton and Winchester can be found here.