Name: Tom Fox
Candidate for: Battersea
Party: Independent 5
My name is Tom Fox and I have lived and worked in Battersea for five years.
I run a garden services business. I am 35 and married to Vicky. We have a dog named Lincoln.
I have always loved our country and have been inspired by learning about people who rose up when our nation faced a crisis to defeat the enemy within or without. Winston Churchill and William Wilberforce are my own favourites.
At the turn of 21st century, we once again face a real and dangerous crisis. When Winston Churchill rose to lead the defence of our nation and Europe against the horrors of Hitler the enemy was outside our island. Many thought he was mad as he insisted action had to be taken, yet history justified his persistence. Alarmingly, this time the threat is within.
Wilberforce himself lived in Battersea and helped change our country and the world for the better by his and his friends' determination to abolish the slave trade which in turn helped end the great evil of slavery. They met huge resistance as the slave trade had strong supporters in Parliament as it generated great wealth. Until then, greed and cruelty were triumphant over justice and equality. I never for one moment thought that during my lifetime so many of our representatives would look to better their own financial positions at the expense of the people of our country. Yet, as it is becoming increasingly clear, the trust between the people and Parliament is fast disappearing.
If some in the House of Commons and The House of Lords are prepared to accrue wealth at the cost of the taxpayer and seem willing to table amendments to the laws of our land in return for money, then the precipice is closer than we all might think.
Where does the foul play end? Avarice was one of the driving forces behind the slave trade. Its residue of vested interests still lingers in the Paliament of this country.
G.K. Chesterton called Battersea the "most beautiful of human localities". Battersea 4 Britain is a campaign that asks you to stand up and challenge the leaders of our country in a David and Goliath contest.
Help me fight to drive corruption out of Parliament.
Vote for Tom Fox at the next General Election.
This is my priority. To present a Private Members Bill to Parliament forbidding serving and former MPs or Peers from using their position of privilege and responsibility to benefit financially from furthering the interests of the banking and business communities either through the influencing of legislation and regulation or the awarding of contracts.
* To seek to remove the right of former MPs to have a pass enabling them access to the House of Commons. Reputedly there are 200 in existence and 25 of those belong to MPs who now work in the lobby industry.
** To seek to protect taxpayers from underwriting investment banks or the investment departments of retail banks.
To prevent the state from interfering with the doctrine of the Church.
*** To support the removal of the culture of bloated management and obsession with targets that has undermined the invaluable work of the NHS and ensure the provision of a skilled and caring workforce is the primary objective.
**** To support the establishment of state funded, independently run schools as advocated by the Conservative party and a grade system that is not so disillusioning for children and parents and despairing for teachers and universities.
To support the campaign to compensate those injured in Iraq and Afghanistan before April 2005.
To support the removal of quangos that are wasteful and encroach on liberty.
***** To safeguard the care of children and the elderly.
****** To pursue the establishment of an immigration policy that does not punish the vulnerable, protects the rights of the citizens of the UK and ensures those granted permission to stay contribute to rather than take from the exchequer.
* This type of Bill can be presented by a backbench MP and was successfully used by William Wilberforce to abolish the slave trade. Public opinion and support played a huge part in this.
** This legislation is also important as a deterrent to those attempting to enter Parliament for the wrong reasons. Many of the Conservative parliamentary candidates work for lobby firms that seek to influence the party should they come to power.
*** As much as it has been abhorrent to discriminate against gay men and women in the workplace and society and important that legislation has achieved the removal of these prejudices, it is critical that the Church is not forced by the state in its stance on gay marriage and adoption.
**** Targets are a terrible distraction as exemplified by the Mid-Staffordshire hospital who relentlessly pursued Foundation Trust status whilst many of its patients suffered and died through lack of care.This destructive and disempowering bureaucracy also needs to be removed from the police.
***** The National Police Improvement Agency is a misnomer. The police should always be looking to improve. The Safeguarding Authority is or will be soon responsible for scrutinising millions of volunteers who are effectively being asked to prove they are not child molesters. This does untold harm to the already damaged relationship between the state and citizen.
****** As with the police force and the NHS, it is critical that the most vulernable in our society are not denied help due to excessive red tape and sinister box-ticking.
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