How we use Cookies

'I'd like Boris Johnson as PM'

Last week, the Advertiser asked voters what they felt would sway their decision come the general election.

Last week, the Advertiser asked voters what they felt would sway their decision come the general election. With one week to go, POLLY MANSER spoke to three more voters, all with very different concerns

ISOBEL Vincent-Smith, 19, a student, will vote for the first time next Thursday. The daughter of a lawyer and a full-time mother, she is studying journalism at City University. She is living in a hall of residence this year, but plans to live at home with her parents in Gerrards Cross next year to save money.

Miss Vincent-Smith says the cost of university education and the worry about whether she will find a job once she has her degree are big issues to her.

Although she is supported financially by her parents, and has not yet had to get a job, most of her peers are not so fortunate. She says: "The halls cost about £3,000 per year and many people are already unable to pay the rent and worrying about debts mounting up.

"Everybody is spending a lot of time sending off CVs and trying to get jobs. Everybody is worrying about debts mounting up and hoping that their parents will help them."

Miss Vincent-Smith's biggest concern is the environment, and she feels that none of the major three parties have policies to protect it that are radical enough. She is not very tempted to vote Green. "That would be a wasted vote." How will she vote?

Probably Conservative. She says: "My family is traditionally Conservative, and my grandma (Deirdre Holloway) is a Conservative councillor on South Bucks District Council. I've meet Dominic Grieve and heard him give speeches. He's always sounded very good."

RICHARD Allen, 46, a consultant to the music industry, lives in Chalfont St Peter with his wife, Julie, a secretary, and their children who attend independent schools.

Mr Allen has been fighting a battle with treasury officials over a tax loophole which he says gives an unfair advantage to big businesses like Amazon and Boots and which has led to smaller businesses going to the wall.

His CD mail order business went under in 2007, because prices were undercut by companies with an operation in the Channel Islands, which meant they were not required to pay VAT on orders under £18 under Low Value Consignment Relief.

He blames the Labour government for this, because the birth and growth of the internet happened under its watch, and it should have got the rules changed. He has lodged a complaint with the EU taxation directorate.

As chairman of Chalfont St Peter parish council, Mr Allen is also active in trying to ensure 2,900 new homes the government is requiring Chiltern District Council to give planning permission for before 2026, are put in the best places. His fear is that houses will be packed too densely when it might be better sometimes to build on the Green Belt to provide a better quality of life.

How will he vote?

Mr Allen has always voted Conservative and will do so again. "They are making a lot of promises about local democracy; they are letting people choose their headteachers and their police chiefs, and I support that completely."

However, he adds: "The question is, is David Cameron just a shiny suit? He's a bit too perfect. I have more respect for people who lose it now and again. I'd like Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister."

SARA Sabine, 64, is retired, having worked in an office at Rushymead Day Hospice in Coleshill.

Married, she has two grown-up children and lives in a cottage on Gold Hill Common, Chalfont St Peter.

For 20 years, Mrs Sabine has acted as the eyes and ears of the public over local healthcare in her capacity as chairman of the Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross Hospital League of Friends.

The hospital's inpatients ward was moved to Amersham Hospital in September 2008, to the shock of the community, after it was found not to meet health and safety regulations.

Mrs Sabine says there is too much red tape and changing of regulations in the health service, interfering with the ability of medical staff to do their jobs.

"There is a lot of administration; when we have our (quarterly) meetings we sit and laugh at the changes. Everybody swaps around, everybody seems to have a new line manager every time we meet, and the titles keep changing, so that it's very difficult to know what people do.

"They keep reducing staff. Somebody leaves and they're not replaced. There's more and more pressure. It does worry me - the health service, locally, really does need more money."

However she is 'very positive' the Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross Hospital will stay in Chalfont St Peter in the long term, adding health chiefs have given fairly strong indications they are considering rebuilding it on the site of the National Centre for Epilepsy. She believes this would be a better site than its current location and a good solution for the village.

How will she vote?

Mrs Sabine is undecided. She voted Labour last time but is worried about the party's plans to keep the frail elderly in their homes under a national care service, rather than move them into residential care.

"How are they going to find enough suitably trained people of the right calibre? We are talking about a vast number of people, if they are only going to admit the most ill.

"People's homes are not always suitable and they'll have to be visited at least three times a day."

Follow us on Facebook

 
comments powered by Disqus

Journalists

Mort Smith
Community Editor
Jack Abell
Reporter (Gerrards Cross, Denham and Iver)
Camilla Goodman
Reporter (Chesham and surrounding villages)
Laura Mowat
Reporter (Amersham, Little Chalfont)
Lorcan Lovett
Reporter (Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Great Missenden and Prestwood)
Jo-Anne Rowney
Reporter (Beaconsfield, Stoke Poges, Seer Green and Jordans, Hedgerley, Fulmer and Farnham Common)
Full newsroom contact details
Get in touch if you want to tell us about something happening in your area