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Stop Brexit, Build a Brighter Future

November 2, 2019 4:19 PM
By Ryan Bate

Ryan Bate ()

Voters in Warrington South have a real choice in the General Election: they can go for the same old parties of the past or they can vote Liberal Democrat to Stop Brexit and Build a Brighter Future.

Speaking about the pending poll on 12th December, the Liberal Democrats' candidate for Warrington South Cllr Ryan Bate commented: 'I cannot remember a more important election in my lifetime. The very future of our country will be decided by the government formed after the election. For too many people things aren't working as they should be and the people I speak to in Warrington South are fed up with the Conservatives and Labour, failing time and time again to deliver a better future. In Warrington South, people have an alternative: they can vote Ryan Bate and the Liberal Democrats.'

Ryan has been a borough councillor in Grappenhall, the village he grew up in, since 2016. He has been involved in local politics and community activities for most of his life.

'Coming from Warrington, I understand the issues of the town,' explains Ryan, 'I also understand that successive Labour and Tory MPs have left many constituents without a voice who they feel speaks for them. There is no chance of me becoming a Westminster native! I am not a 'career poltician' and if I am given the privilege of representing my home town, I will always put the people of Warrington South first.'

Ryan has been instrumental in the fight against the Local Plan and the major developments threatening the communities and green spaces of south Warrington. He has gained a reputation for speaking his mind and sticking up for his constituents.

'I remember being taken up to places like Appleton Thorn or out to the Ferry Tavern in Penketh as a kid. For many years, I've enjoyed cycling around Lymm, Appleton and Stretton, or walking the miles of wonderful footpaths criss-crossing the borough. It makes me deeply upset that all these places, which are dear to my heart, are now threatened by development which the public have very little say over. I am not anti-development, but I am pro public participation. The planning system is broken, not just in Warrington. Sorting out our planning and infrastructure mess will be one of my top priorities if elected.'

Born and raised in Warrington, Ryan moved to Grappenhall as a child and he studied at Lymm High School, the school where he later started his teaching career. Ryan has now taught in Warrington schools for nearly a decade.

'I was actually born in Warrington Hospital. My mum worked there before I was born. Apparently I was quite the celebrity when I arrived, with all of her colleagues coming to see me! I then visited the hospital all too frequently along with my mother as she was treated for her arthritis and, sadly, I saw my mum pass away in the hospital back in 2014. It is very disappointing that the hospital has been struggling on its current site for most of my lifetime and we are still waiting for a new site to be chosen. I have a fundamental appreciation for the NHS and making sure our doctors and nurses have the resources and facilities to do their work to the best of their ability is an absolute must. That is why the Liberal Democrats will place an extra penny in the pound on income tax to raise around £6 billion extra per year for health and social care.'

'As a teacher who has worked in state schools throughout my teaching career, I know that amazing teachers often succeed in spite of the system rather than because of it. Education has been an underfunded political football for far too long. Schools, early years providers and further education colleages need properly funding. So the Liberal Democrats will make an emergency investment of an additional £2.5 billion per year into schools, over and above the government's commitments. We will also close the gap between school and college funding. It's also vital to recognise the importance of lifelong learning and I am delighted the Liberal Democrats will give everybody the funding they need to access education throughout their lives through Personal Education & Skills Allowances.'

'The Liberal Democrat's have an ambitious plan for the future of our country, where every person, every community and our planet can thrive. A Liberal Democrat government will stop Brexit and build a brighter future.'