General Election 2017

Very pleased to be standing again at GE2017 on June 8th as Prospective MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough constituency.

Of course, Brexit will be the major issue in focus. My stance is for a softer approach to Brexit, one that, in particular, would guarantee UK access to the single market.

But there are wider issues here.

Frankly I don’t think the country can endure another decade of austerity. Under the Conservatives :

  • wages have stagnated, with no real growth since the crash
  • the NHS is being progressively starved of proper funding
  • schools budgets are being cut–nearly all schools in our area will have to cut numbers of teachers by 2019
  • progress towards sustainable energy has stalled and the green agenda seems irrelevant to the Tories

The fact is the Tories like to rule–to be in charge–but have not got a clue about how to govern.

Their reckless approach to a hard Brexit, the NHS, schools and the green agenda is the wrong path for our great country and will bring it to its knees by 2022 if they continue in office.

There is a progressive choice in Harrogate & Knaresborough, if you don’t like the way the Tories are running the country.  Please support us by donating to the campaign now, or signing up to deliver our message.  You can donate here:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HelenFlynnNextMPforHandK

Contact me at helenflynn@me.com, follow me on twitter, @flynnhc, and join the Facebook page: Harrogate & Knaresborough Liberal Democrats.

Hope to see you during the campaign!

Why I oppose fracking: the facts

At the moment, I am out on the doorstep most days talking to people in the Pateley Bridge division area where I am standing for election in the North Yorkshire County Council elections, and fracking comes up a lot.  People are concerned that with the second fracking licence in the UK having been granted in Ryedale, North Yorkshire appears to be “open for business” as far as fracking is concerned.

I have had a few people contact me  via email about fracking.  So I thought I would use this blog to expand on why I oppose fracking:

  • Not a long term solution.  We know that oil and gas are finite resources.  What investment that is available to improve and enlarge our energy supply should go to sustainable, clean technologies, such as solar, offshore wind and tidal, etc (we are an island, after all!)
  • Not clean energy.  UK air pollution is linked to 40,000 early deaths a year*.  The sooner we can wean ourselves off the fossil fuels that are contributing to air pollution, the better.
  • Not a good use of money.  Why continue to invest in an energy source that we know is going to run out, when that investment could be going into clean and sustainable energy sources?!  In these straitened times, we must invest money wisely and not throw it away.

If you don’t believe me, listen to what Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb and many other devices dependent on electricity, said 86 years ago!

 ”I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy.  What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait ’til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

Some 86 years later, this Conservative Government still seems to be stuck in the past, reliant on an old and dirty fuel source that we know at some point will run out. It does not make sense to me.

So, let’s look after our countryside, look to the future and invest in sustainable energy!

 

* According to the Royal College of Physicians. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35629034