Statement to voters
John lives in Whitley Bay, and has lived in the North-East for over thirty years. He is the Head of Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University, responsible for balancing teaching and research, and the interests of over 1000 students and staff, and he is a popular teacher of maths to engineers and an excellent communicator. He has been a councillor for a disadvantaged area of Newcastle, school governor, trustee of several charities, union branch president, and is on regional and national church committees. His interests include reading, hill-walking and folk music.
Politically he is a pragmatist, aiming to balance well-being and concern for the vulnerable with the need to run things efficiently in everybody’s interests. He always aims to find ‘constructive consensus’ – ways to move forward that everyone can buy into. Overall, his priorities are the environment, and increasing cooperation within the UK, with Europe, and the wider world through dialogue, education and trade. As a professional in Higher Education he sees the value of our international students (who should not be regarded as migrants!), and the fact that one in seven world leaders are UK-educated – a far more effective form of influence than increasing weaponry!
Right now, we need to get the best deal with Europe in everyone’s interests, and we can’t just trust one person to know best about everything. There should be a proper debate, with a final decision taken by all MPs and, ideally, by the British people. A bad deal with Europe will leave everyone worse off, and with worse prospects for human and animal welfare, nuclear safety and the environment.
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This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The Mayor of North of Tyne Combined Authority election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the North of Tyne Combined Authority
- 2018: The North Tyneside Council, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Whitley Bay
- 2017: The 2017 General Election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Tynemouth
- 2017: The 2017 North Tyneside Council local election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the North Tyneside Council
- 2015: The 2015 General Election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Member of Parliament for North Tyneside
- 2010: The 2010 General Election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Member of Parliament for Tynemouth
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