Leader of the True & Fair Party, Gina Miller dropped in to Marlborough’s Town Hall earlier today to give support to the local East Wiltshire parliamentary candidate, Pete Force-Jones and address those present about what the True & Fair party will look to deliver after the election.
Gina’s role is national. She gained widespread recognition during the Brexit deliberations when she took on the Government (with some success) in the Supreme Court. Gina is now the leader of the new ‘True & Fair’ party and Pete Force-Jones, who is very local to this area having been bought up, educated (St John’s) and now working here in a local school.
Both Gina and Pete were adamant about key issues that affect this area – and much of the country as well. Agriculture, looking after the farming community, enabling us to have access to (plentiful) locally grown produce rather than suffer some empty shelves when everyday foods can’t be bought in from other areas of the world.
‘46% of our food is imported’ stated Gina, adding that the food we consume should be provided by local – or British farms anyway, and that nearly half is freighted in on lorries, in boats or by plane. Local produce more expensive? Not necessarily, but local food, grown and created here that will help all of us, not just in health but also as an aid to the economy.
Pete stressed the importance of a good local public transport network, how important buses are, especially around here with the many outlying villages and the difficulties that people have when trying to get a train. Bedwyn or Pewsey to Swindon? Maybe, but get to either Bedwyn or Pewsey first.
Gina and Pete touched on many other issues and Gina was (unsurprisingly) quizzed by the audience in regard to Brexit and her role in opposing the separation of the UK from the rest of Europe. Rejoin? Yes, she said, eventually, but work steadily towards that, focusing on many of the areas of the relationship the lack of which has already resulted in a likely 5% deficit in economic growth that is hitting us all, in the pocket, when the cost of living increase is creating real problems for so many. Asked how and when – sooner the better – but she agreed that we were all now sadly missing what (ironically) Margaret Thatcher strove successfully to secure for the UK, in Europe, several decades ago.
We – marlborough.news will never support any one candidate in any election in preference to any other. But we will report what they say, believe and promise when asking for your vote. This morning’s meeting in the Town Hall was exactly that – a local candidate (Pete Force-Jones) reaching out to the Marlborough part of the East Wiltshire constituency, saying why he believed that he deserved our votes.