Martin Costello – South Swindon’s UKIP candidate

Swindon UKIP Chairman Lincoln Williams has welcomed the news of an early election.

Given the cuts and austerity imposed on Local Authorities by the Conservative government, we now have an opportunity to expose and resist the government agenda.

We shall be fighting extremely hard to support the NHS and we want to force a referendum on the Council Tax rises that were placed on the electorate with a flawed consultation process, and demand that this immoral decision that allows Council Tax to be totally uncapped should be reversed.

Currently we have not found anybody in office willing to speak on behalf of the town. We would like to challenge the government on key decisions and ensure that Swindon is not neglected as it so often has been in the past.

We have two very strong candidates including our ‘Farage disciple’ Martin Costello who is extremely passionate about Swindon and is keen to hold those in power to account with the questions many people are thinking but are not asking. Our town is in desperate need of better representation in parliament. As a committed Swindonian and someone who has experienced life outside the ‘Westminster Bubble’ he is anxious to ensuring that our crumbling heritage such as the Mechanics Institute, Carriage Works and Locarno are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Costello is committed to equality for all and he vows to protect the most vulnerable in our society who have been neglected or discriminated against by giving the ‘ordinary people’ back their voice.

It is a tragedy that in 2017 we are seeing homeless people on our streets in the town and hardworking family’s falling into poverty and becoming dependent on food banks. We want to see all of our constituents receiving a good service from the Local Authority and proper support for all those who genuinely need it.

The aim of UKIP is to be a voice of opposition and keep the governments feet to the fire on key issues that will ensure a fair deal for all and not give those in power a blank cheque to push their own centerist agenda.

This is a unique opportunity for Swindon voters to genuinely turn the fortunes of the town and help her inhabitants including those of all faiths and cultures.

Sarah Church – South Swindon’s Labour and Cooperative candidate

As a former Army officer, parent, campaigner and community volunteer, Sarah is now standing for Parliament as South Swindon’s Labour and Cooperative candidate. Sarah is a life-long feminist and is passionate about equal rights for women and men. She is the wife, daughter and grand-daughter of feminists. Sarah’s inspiration to be a woman of action and ideas in the world is her mother Caroline, an NHS doctor for 40 years and mother of five. Caroline showed Sarah that trails can and should be blazed. It seems apt that Sarah has three daughters who she hopes will grow up in a world where they can realise their dreams.

Sarah’s pledges for South Swindon are:

  • Protect jobs in Swindon as we enter Brexit negotiations
  • Fight to increase per pupil funding in real terms for Swindon’s schools
  • Intervene to prevent creeping privatisation of our local health services
  • Promote integration of health and social care services
  • Protect affordable housing as your right

You can contact Sarah in these ways:

Twitter: @Sarah_C_Church