All the Tunbridge Wells General Election candidates after your vote in 2024

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Tunbridge Wells is guaranteed a new MP after the July 4 General Election. But of which political colour?

Polls have returned contrasting results - with either the Conservatives holding on to the seat they have held for all of its 50 years, or the Lib Dems snatching it from them.

Voters will have four other options, too with the Green Party, Labour and Reform UK all fielding candidates as well as an independent option. We asked the candidates to sum up their priorities in 150 words.

READ MORE: Kent General Election Candidates 2024: Everyone standing across the county

John Gager - Reform UK

I have lived in the Paddock Wood area for 12 years. A career in IT approaching 20 years, in technical roles and management, both in an employed and self-employed basis.

I am not a politician, activist or campaigner. I’m just a regular British citizen who has had enough of successive Governments destroying our economy, national identity and culture.

Reform UK is the only party offering policies that will genuinely turn our country around. We will:

  • Halt mass immigration

  • End bankruptcy-inducing Net Zero targets

  • Make sensible tax cuts that benefit the poorest, making work pay and promote small business

  • Clear NHS waiting lists within two years.

  • Remove woke gender ideologies from schools

  • Provide opportunities for young people and help with student debts.

And much more.

I will represent Tunbridge Wells with honesty and integrity... stand up with me, let’s save our country!

John Hurst, Green Party

I’m a retired engineering manager, with a keen interest in energy issues.

My wife and I live in Tunbridge Wells, where I have often challenged poor planning in the borough. I spoke at the inspection of the Local Plan, bringing to light that 50% of new houses would be in the green belt, and objecting to houses being built in Paddock Wood’s flood plains – contributing to the plan being sent back for rework.

Britain is a wonderful country – but only if you ignore the politics and the inequalities.

If elected, I would work to reduce inequalities, and introduce a fairer tax system whereby the top 1% (the billionaires and multi-millionaires) contribute their fair share, raising £50 billion for the NHS, warmer homes and cleaner rivers.

I would fight climate change, press for a ceasefire in Gaza, and re-establish links with our European neighbours, leading to Britain rejoining the EU.

Hassan Kassem, Independent

I’m standing in a bid to restore our democracy and for a more honest politics that works for you. This starts by being honest about the desperate need for investment and long-term planning across the board.

My priorities for Tunbridge Wells:

  • Give people the power to shape the change that affects them locally through Citizens’ Assemblies

  • Build truly affordable council housing, offering rent at 50% of market rates

  • Save our NHS and improve the maternity hospital service at Pembury

  • Fund provisions in full for children with special educations needs and disability

  • Grow the UK economy while protecting our environment by investing in green industry and jobs

  • Reverse cruel cuts to benefits for families struggling to afford the basics

  • Invest in affordable and accessible public transport and local infrastructure

  • Back independent British farming, business and shops

  • Support community hubs, mental health charities and local food banks, which are in record demand

Neil Mahapatra, Conservative Party

I am a modern, dynamic Conservative that offers a brighter future.

Politics needs people with deep experience of the real world. I have founded seven businesses that support hundreds of jobs, have started a school, and for 10 years chaired a global charity building hospitals.

I am a former president of the Oxford Union and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard.

Most importantly, I am Kent born and bred. My father was a GP, my mother an anaesthetist at Pembury and Maidstone.

I will:

  • Ensure infrastructure develops alongside housing.

  • Attract investment for revitalisation and jobs (I know how).

  • Use my decades-developed Kent medical network to improve GP access.

  • Make our streets safer for women.

  • Apply my school experience to ensure ours have capacity.

  • Stop the council’s war on drivers and reduce rural crime and antisocial behaviour.

I will fight for Tunbridge Wells.

Mike Martin, Liberal Democrats

If elected, I want to help lead our community to achieve three things:

  • To improve the town centre of Tunbridge Wells so it is fit for the 21st century.

  • To build more affordable housing here and, crucially, to make sure that there is sufficient infrastructure provision for the houses that we already have.

  • To fight for more GP surgeries and appointments, for more dentists, and for more social care places.

I love my home – here in the heart of Tunbridge Wells – and I want to use my skills and experience to make it a better place and give it a fresh start.

At a national and international level, I have significant expertise in geopolitics and conflict. The world is not getting any safer and I expect that, if elected, my focus at a national level will be on helping guide the UK through the turbulent years we face.

Hugo Pound, Labour Party

I am currently a three-times elected borough councillor, past cabinet member for housing and planning, a school governor for 16 years, a local charity volunteer. I love Tunbridge Wells and have lived here for 32 years.

Labour’s local priorities are founded on conversations across the constituency.

  • more affordable, sustainable housing to help young people get onto the property ladder.

  • a new college to provide trade skills and new technologies training.

  • school-based nursery facilities so parents can work and children get the best start.

  • more police officers to crack down on anti-social behaviour and to ensure that women and girls feel safer on our streets and transport systems.

  • bring back NHS dentistry across the constituency and offer mobile dentistry to all our rural towns and villages.

  • put failing water companies under tough special measures to provide uninterrupted clean water and clean up their toxic mess.

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