Maldon - Parliamentary Candidate
Pollution and transport in Maldon
Whether it's poor air quality on Market Hill in Maldon, or real action to confront the climate emergency (the biggest issue facing the planet) local Conservatives aren't doing enough on the environment. LibDems have already and will continue to invest in green energy, and will invest in public transport; including new low emission buses and rail improvements.
The lack of decent, affordable public transport is a huge issue in Maldon and Colin would work tirelessly to improve provision for local residents. He says, "The climate emergency really affects somewhere like Maldon. If we don't act now, whole areas of the Maldon District will be under water by the middle of the century. It is not too late to stop this but we must do it NOW."
We can take advantages of free movement
Colin's career as a professional musician has been based on the ability to move and work freely around Europe. The creative industries are the second largest sector of the UK economy. Colin says, "The removal of Freedom of Movement not only threatens the country's pre-eminent position in this industry in the world but also prevents the younger generation, and generations to come, from accessing these benefits."
End Brexit chaos
Colin believes that putting it back to the people to decide the Brexit outcome is the only way out of the mess created by the Conservatives. That should be with a People's Vote on the deal but, if a General Election comes first and the LibDems win a majority, they would take that as a mandate to revoke article 50.
The party would then immediately begin to tackle the problems that led to the Brexit vote, as well as beginning the process of healing. Both Leavers and Remainers need to be listened to and brought together again. Only then can the real problems of inequality, our creaking health service, lack of investment in education and all the myriad other problems foisted on us by the Conservative government be tackled.
Colin has lived in Maldon since 2007. He is a professional musician and has performed and taught all around the world. Colin founded the Maldon Festival in 2008 and started the St Mary's Choir the same year. The festival has become one of the major cultural events in Essex and the choir is generally regarded as one of the best in the area. Colin was also involved in setting up the Friends of the Moot Hall in Maldon and successfully campaigned for the creation of a new residents' parking scheme in the town.
Maldon constituency covers Maldon town, Southminster, Burnham, South Woodham Ferrers, Danbury, Little Baddow, Bicknacre, the Hanningfields, Stock and Margaretting. Maldon Lib Dems work closely with Chelmsford Lib Dems.