Anna Soubry is a popular Conservative figure in the area of Broxtowe. She has been a politician for 7 years. For all of those 7 years, she has been standing up for Conservatives and Broxtowe. So we thought that it was only fitting, that we interview her. This is what she had to say:
Q1. What is your policy on fox hunting and why do you uphold it?
I believe the current law which bans the hunting of foxes with dogs, should not be changed. I don't think this is a big issue in Broxtowe as I believe most people in the constituency agree that the current law is working and should not be changed and I agree with them.
Q2. Your main opponent was born, raised and lives in Beeston so surely he should have the districts vote, what do you think about this?
I think you should vote for the person who would best represent your views and work hard for you. If we follow your logic someone born in France or Somalia would not be able to become a Member of Parliament. I think it's interesting to know where someone is from but I'm more interested in where they are going and what they believe in. I was born in a hospital in Lincoln where my mum worked; we were living in Dunham on Trent in North Notts. When I was 8 we moved to Clumber Park just outside Worksop and I lived there until I went to University (Birmingham). I then lived in Scotland for about four years until returning to Nottingham where I lived for over 25 years. It's quite unusual for someone to live in one place all their lives. Jeremy Corbyn was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire but that doesn't stop him being the MP for Islington. I consider myself a Nottinghamshire person (like my mother, grandmother and generations before them both) through and through and I am very proud of my roots in our County.
Q3. What are your views on Trump and Kim Jong-un?
Kim Jong-un is a despot who keeps his people in servitude and poverty through repression and fear. I am struggling to think if there is anything redeeming about Donald Trump. I find his views on women and Muslims in particular deeply offensive and plain wrong. It saddens me he beat Hillary Clinton in last year's elections. I hope he goes, though I'm not convinced his Vice President (Pence) has better views or policies and unlike our Prime Minister, if Trump was impeached his deputy would replace him.
Q4. You have been MP under two conservative prime ministers which of them do you favour the most and why?
I was proud to be in the same party as David Cameron when he was our leader and then Prime Minister. Cameron was socially liberal (same sex - equal marriage was one of our best achievements) and economically responsible. In 2010, we inherited an economy from Labour which was on the verge of going bust. We had to take some tough decisions but we have done much to repair the damage and make us economically stronger. With the benefit of hindsight, we should not have held the EU Referendum and I am very sad we are going to leave the European Union. I don't know Theresa May but I do know what she said on the steps of Downing Street after she became Prime Minister. I agree with her views on social justice, fairness and creating a strong economy. I was disappointed in her approach to Brexit and believe she badly lost her way on that issue and some other important matters.
Q5. If you were in charge of the Brexit negotiations what would you do differently?
I would immediately set up a cross party committee to determine what we want by way of a transitional agreement and final economic deal. At the moment we get a lot of nonsense about "no deal is better than a bad deal" and I think we should have a proper debate in our country and in Parliament about what sort of Brexit we want and need. I'm pleased the Conservative Government and Labour Party are coming round to many of the arguments I've been advancing for the last 18 months. I made it clear to voters in Broxtowe in June that if I was re- elected I would continue to support the Single Market, Customs Union and make the positive case for immigration. There is a third option to " deal or no deal" and it's a Norway type agreement. Let's get it - stop the arguing, support business and get on with the big domestic issues we face.
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Greg Marshall is a popular labour figure in the area of Broxtowe. He has been a politician for 6 years. And for all of those 6 years, he has been standing up for Labour and Broxtowe. So we thought that it was only fitting, that we interview him. This is what he had to say:
Q1: You were born, raised and you lives in Beeston. Do you think that gives you the edge over your opponents?
Being local isn't the only thing that matters in an election but it helps. If it is assumed that you can have strong principles and policy positions on a range of issues and the issues of the day, then being local ads that little bit extra. It says to people that the issues that matter to them also matter to you - e.g. I have a vested interest in campaigning and representing the people of Broxtowe because I'm from here, lived here all my life and have chosen to make my home here with my family - what matters to you . . . automatically matters to me.
Q2: Your main opponent has strong views on fox hunting. What do you think on this issue?
I'm absolutely opposed to fox hunting. It is barbaric and has no place in a modern civilised society.
Q3: What is your main strategy to become and MP, next election?
If I'm selected by the Labour Party to represent Broxtowe at the next election, my strategy will focus on two main things;
a) Creating an inclusive, outward facing and engaging campaign which demonstrates to the electorate that I am ready to meet and listen to all across the constituency on the issues that matter to them. I also want any campaign to involve campaign actions on key issues around housing, education, job security, the environment and the economy. b) The second strand will be to expose the voting record of Anna Soubry and how her actions (despite her words) let down the people of Broxtowe.
Q4: What are your views on Trump and Kim Jong-un?
Trump in my view has been a significant problem in creating a polarisation of politics in the USA and indeed exported to other parts of world which has allowed a dangerous rise of far right politics and rhetoric. This protectionist and isolationist approach is counter to my internationalist principles. Kim Jong-un of course is an oppressive dictator and there are significant problems with the regime. He is though standing up to imperial aggression. My view is that they are both treading a dangerous path - any conflict would have massive regional and geo-political connotations and should be avoided at all costs.
Q5: If you were an MP and you were in charge of Brexit, what would you do differently?
I would never have allowed such a complex issue to be decided by a binary YES/NO or IN/OUT decision as we are seeing, the issues are far more complex than that. My view is that we should be securing a Brexit that protects our economy, gives rights to foreign citizens and allows for free movement, protects workers’ rights and enshrines environmental standards into UK law. This differs to the lowest common denominator, zero hour, non-unionised, tax haven Brexit that the Tories want.
Q6: If you had to describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?
Principled, Honest, Loyal
Q7: If I were a Conservative supporter, what would you say to me to change my views?
I'd say you've had nearly 8 years to make things better and you've failed. The economy, debt and borrowing are at their highest levels ever and the housing crisis, jobs market and standard of living is getting worse. Only Labour can offer the hope this country needs by delivering a brilliantly received manifesto that invests and values our young people, treats our elderly with dignity, is creating solutions to grow business and the economy and wants to work with our neighbours and international friends to create a safer and fairer world.