26th Jun, 2017

General Election 2017: meet the candidates - Leslie Kaye

Sarah Mason 18th May, 2017

HS2 will be a social and environmental disaster for Meriden.

Many of us depend on the A452 Kenilworth Road for our daily commute or shopping trips.

This will be badly affected north of Balsall Common by the proposed construction compound at Park Lane, then northwards as it is intersected by HS2.

The A452 north of the A45 and the A45 itself will be disrupted by continual road-works with the construction of the Interchange Station and associated “Garden City” of high density housing.

After construction, the A452 will become the main route from Warwick and Leamington to the Interchange Station, adding further misery, delay, noise and pollution for commuters and the residents of Balsall Common.

Estimates for the cost HS2 are now topping £75 billion (£3,000 per household). Some say £200 billion.

I will do my utmost to stop HS2, spend the money on mending potholes and improving existing infrastructure.

My wife and I have been resident in the constituency, in rolling countryside near Meriden village for 21 years.

I am resolute in the need to protect our precious Greenbelt from the pressure of London overflow population.

The rural and historic character of our villages is being altered beyond recognition by the Council’s five year plan to build 4,526 houses in the Borough. Assuming that these and the 2,000 houses in the Garden City have just one car each then at one metre spacing they will add over 22 miles of traffic jams to our local roads.

In comparable developed countries such as Germany and Japan, population has been decreasing. Since 2004 the UK population has been increasing at the rate of half a million a year as a direct result of net migration and the baby-boom that they have brought with them. To put that in perspective it is equivalent to the entire urban population of Birmingham, Coventry and the West Midlands since David Cameron came to power in 2010.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently said that immigration is an “absolute positive” for the UK. I say that control of the labour supply is essential to create wealth.

Workers are a market like any other and when there is too much supply then prices go down. Wages have flat-lined since 2004 and people’s income is on average £8,000 per year lower in real terms than the previous generation.

In the period 2010 to 2015 there were officially a million EU migrants yet in the same period 2.4 million National Insurance numbers were issued to them.

In most of the EU, health care is paid for or you have insurance. Not only does a NI number give the ability for migrants to abuse our in-work benefits system (remember David Cameron’s “emergency brake”?) but it gives entitlement to an EHIC card enabling an EU national to obtain free medical care anywhere in the EU at the British taxpayers’ expense.

It is hardly surprising that public borrowing has risen from £350 billion in 2004 to £1,767 billion now (excluding the bank “assets” from the bank crisis). That is £60,000 debt for every household in the UK.

Only UKIP can be trusted to control our borders with our zero net migration policy. We will cut health tourism and the abuse of our social security and healthcare systems by foreign nationals.

When elected, I will hold frequent surgeries and work hard to represent your views and interests in Westminster. In contrast to our current MP who is only interested imposing unwanted Westminster policy on Meriden.