Statement to voters
It’s time that our area had a fresh start, and got the attention that it deserved, rather than being taken for granted by those in power. I don’t come from a political background, but as a local resident can see that we’re not getting the best deal. By voting for me you will be getting a voice that will be listened to be the next government. I want to:
- End the economic neglect of Durham City and its surrounding areas. The constituency clearly isn’t performing as well as it should be due to decades of poor planning. We need to bring jobs to the area and improve training for young people.
- Protect University Hospital of North Durham and our NHS Services, and ensure that specialist services aren’t moved elsewhere in the North-East. We must guarantee that our mental health services receive the support that they truly need.
- Provide proper scrutiny of the proposed building development in the constituency. Growth and development are key to Durham’s economy, but any changes must provide affordable housing and be sustainable, with local authorities engaged in full open consultation with the local community.
- Argue for improved transport infrastructure. I would fight for the de-mothballing of the Leamside Line to the east of Durham City as a commuter route, to help alleviate congestion but also as a stimulus for economic growth.
- Support the development of Durham’s Education system. We need to see our schools and university working together in new ways to provide the best opportunities for young people here.
Labour take Durham for granted, and this election can change that. I’m asking you to vote for me for your MP to fight for the interests of the local community, and give Durham a chance to be heard at Westminster.
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Conservative and Unionist Party (GB)
Richard Lawrie's local party is the Conservative and Unionist Party (GB).
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You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Richard Lawrie may be appearing.
(Past event) Friday 17 May 2019 17:30–20:30: North East Euro Election Hustings, Newcastle University NE1 7RY.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The County Durham local election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for the Esh and Witton Gilbert
- 2017: The 2017 General Election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for the City of Durham
- 2017: The 2017 Durham County Council local election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for the Durham South
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