Gareth Davies – Conservative Party

Gareth DAVIES

Conservative Party

Born and bred in Leeds, Gareth attended school in the constituency. He then went on to the University of Nottingham and has a Masters degree from Harvard University. A passionate Yorkshireman and proud Leeds boy, he is honoured to be running in his hometown. As MP, Gareth will prioritise working to improve our transport system in Leeds, work with police to get tough on crime and in Parliament he will be a strong supporter of Theresa May in negotiations as we leave the EU after the Brexit vote.

 

1.  As a registered nurse since 1995 and having left the NHS in 2006 due to burnout because of exhaustion from long-term short staffing, I am now happily working in the private nursing sector – what will you be doing to improve the NHS in order to a) make me consider voting for you, and b) tempt me back to the NHS as a much needed registered nurse?

We have protected and increased the NHS budget and got thousands more staff in hospitals. Patient satisfaction is now the highest it has been in all but three of the last twenty years. We have protected and increased health funding so that people get the care they need. We are giving the NHS an extra £10 billion in funding and to affirm our commitment to improve services. We have improved patient care and in fact an independent NHS report says ‘outcomes of care for most major conditions are dramatically better than three or five or ten years ago’.

 

2.  In a rapidly growing city, how would you ensure the city is more proactive rather than reactive when it comes to developments and the infrastructure around them. Leeds City Council seems to give the green light to many developments of housing or retail parks without any or minimal thought to local infrastructure such as roads, schools and health care.

At a national level we are investing the most in our railways since the Victorians – helping people get places faster. In 2014 we set out a five-year plan to invest a record £38 billion in Britain’s railways – with investment in improvements 12 per cent higher than the level set by Labour in 2009. On the roads we are investing £15bn on road schemes to cut congestion and speed up journeys. I will be a very vocal champion of Leeds in Parliament to ensure we are proactively seeking new infrastructure developments to boost employment and provide vital services for the future.

 

3.  How do you intend to stop the burglaries, unsociable behaviour etc that’s occurring in the Beeston area now? This is affecting people of all ages, race and religion!

Overall we are proud that crime is down by more than one third nationally since 2010. We have made the police more efficient, and given them just one target: to cut crime, so they can focus on keeping us safe. We have made the police more accountable to the communities they serve and while setting resource allocation for Beeston community policing is now the responsibility of the Labour-elected West Yorkshire Crime Commissioner, as the MP I will work with police to encourage preventative measures to avoid burglaries and encourage tougher action on anti-social behavior.

 

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