General Election 2017: Meet the candidates Andrew Garcarz - The Solihull Observer

General Election 2017: Meet the candidates Andrew Garcarz

Solihull Editorial 25th May, 2017   0

Name: Andrew Garcarz

Age: 60

Political Party: UK Independence Party

In 50 words why should the people of Solihull vote for you?

If you choose me I will:

Be your voice in Westminster

Fight for referenda on local issues

Fight to improve Solihull Hospital

Be your voice on local developments

Fight for free hospital car parking

Oppose HS2

Cut foreign aid budgets

And spend more on Adult Social Care and the NHS

In 50 words what do you believe is the key issue in the borough you will fight for?

My number one priority will be to campaign tirelessly to stop the cuts and seek improvements in services provided at Solihull Hospital.

Solihull is a growing town but our healthcare services are not keeping pace; I will fight for improvements in Healthcare and Adult Social Care provision in the area.

How would you do that and how would you find the money?

I will sit down with the Board and Executives of HEFT and make the case for increased healthcare provision in Solihull. I will look at how additional funding can be channelled into the service through the introduction of efficiency savings, getting best value for procurements and using money released from our EU contributions and reduction in overseas aid, to provide additional NHS services and frontline support

Brexit negotiations are a key issue for many voters – in 100 words, give us your views on it:

Brexit is the opportunity for the UK to regain its place as a major world force. For forty years we have been shackled to a failing economic and political union. A protectionist Union that prevents free-trade with the rest of the world and is designed to protect French and Spanish farmers and German manufacturers.

Free from EU restrictions we can set up deals with emerging and expanding markets in South Africa, South America, the Far East and the Oceanic region. Countries that share a common language and legal system are queuing up to put trade deals in place with us.

What are your views on the state of the healthcare in the borough and what would you do to change it if you believe it needs changing?

Solihull Hospital has suffered because of the centralisation, specialisation and rationalisation of services introduced by HEFT in a bid to save money and reduce massive debts caused by weak and ineffective management.

Solihull Hospital should be able to offer a full range of services from essential Accident & Emergency, Maternity, Pre-and Post Natal, Cardio-Vascular and orthopaedic services on a 24 hour 7 days a week basis.

What is your favourite hobby/interest?

I am a musician and an artist and enjoy visiting the countryside to paint and compose music.

What would be your ideal way to spend a day?

Watching cricket, having a pint or two and listening to music, when I’m not working for my constituents

Favourite holiday destination?

The Highlands of Scotland

Favourite memory in life?

Surviving a car crash in The Republic of Ireland – and every day since

Favourite film?

All of me – with Steve Martin and Lilly Tomlin – brilliant comedy

Favourite television show?

The West Wing/Madam Secretary

Favourite band/album?

Wishbone Ash – Argus

Favourite book?

Jack Reacher books by Lee Childs

What is your greatest strength or weakness?

Openness and honesty

Top five dinner guests – alive or dead – and not including the leader of your political party!?

Michael Portillo, Boris Johnson, Tony Benn, Andrew Neil and Elon Musk

Who is the person/s you most admire in life – not including the leader of your political party!?

My Father

What is the most embarrassing moment in your life?

Being hypnotised and Ballet Dancing on Stage at the Night Out Theatre Restaurant in the 1980’s in front of 2000 people

How would you like to be remembered?

As a nice guy who made a difference

For a million pounds would you join one of your rival political parties?


How about for ten million?

You already had me at a 1 million – of course I’d leave again as soon as I cashed the cheque!

What was the last lie you told?

The answer to the last two questions


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