Ask the families – thoughts on Election Day question

Natasha, Macie and Grayson Bowater
Natasha, Macie and Grayson Bowater
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Your letter box is most probably brimming with red, green, blue, purple and yellow electioneering leaflets and you can’t turn the telly on without coming across a political debate.

South Holland and the Deepings has an excellent record of voters, with 50,188 residents heading for the polls in the 2010 General Election – a turnout of 65.8 per cent.

Martin and Claire Murphy with Harrison, Joshua and Tommy outside their rented 300-year-old house. ANL-150422-141605001

Martin and Claire Murphy with Harrison, Joshua and Tommy outside their rented 300-year-old house. ANL-150422-141605001

But with just 13 days to the General Election, are you champing at the bit to get to make your mark or are you throwing the leaflets into the recycling bags and switching channels?

We asked for families to talk to us about what life is like in South Holland and what they think of the election campaign so far.

Father of three sons under 11 Martin Murphy said he was on the phone to the Labour parliamentary candidate Matthew Mahabadi as soon as his electioneering leaflet dropped through the letter box.

Mr Murphy, of Long Sutton, said: “There was nothing about the man or his involvement in the area. That’s what I needed to know. But I’m a supporter and I’m happy now I’ve spoken to him.

I’ll be voting because I’m passionate about change and I don’t think there will be a chance of that unless there is a new party in government

Long Sutton voter Martin Murphy

“I’ll be voting because I’m passionate about change and I don’t think there will be a chance of that unless there is a new party in government.

“I was born in Spalding and moved back to the area because it is a nice place. Yes, it has its problems but there are good transport links on trains and buses and you can get to most places from here.

“Unfortunately I lost my businesses because of the extortionate business rates and I’m now a carer.

“I want to vote for a party that will help small businesses and do something about the minimum wage. Carers do not get enough credit for what they do and deserve more.

Stoner Couple, Peter and Doreen ANL-150422-141506001

Stoner Couple, Peter and Doreen ANL-150422-141506001

“There is also a drugs problem in Spalding. I contacted the police when I had a shop and some youths came in waving cannabis about.

“No-one turned up and when I asked the police why they said they had something more important to go to. Something needs to be done to strengthen policing in the area.”

We met mum of two Natasha Bowater in Spalding with her children during the busy market day on Tuesday.

Natasha (32), of Moulton, said she had already decided she would be voting Tory, but said that had not always been so.

She and her husband Graham have lived in Moulton Chapel for six years and believe it is a great place to bring up their children – Grayson, aged four, and Macie, who will be two on Sunday.

Boston born Natasha said: “We are making a nice life there. If we lived in a city there would be a higher crime rate – we like living there.

“I worked in business development for Infotel Solutions in Gosberton until I had the children. My husband is a self-employed wealth manager. We’ve never had a problem getting work here.

“Now I am a mum, education is very important to me. We were delighted to get our first choice of school for Grayson – he starts in September.

“But I don’t think the secondary education here is as good as at our primary schools. It was fine when I went to the Gleed School, but I do worry about the future. That’s why I think it’s important to vote.”

A couple who retired to Spalding 13 years ago are UKIP supporters Peter and Doreen Stoner.

Formerly both on the pharmaceutical register, they said they found the town friendly when they first arrived and immediately got involved in a number of community projects.

However, the sad death of their own daughter, Diana, who had Downs Syndrome, at the age of 32 and extended waiting times to see a doctor at their previous surgery has raised their concerns about health care in the area.

Mr Stoner believes tighter controls should be made on immigration and its impact on health and other public services.

He said: “We used to be able to get an appointment the next day but then it became a month or even two months. Triage nurses are no substitute for seeing a real doctor.

“And if you go to the hospital one-in-three names on any board are foreign – we need more British doctors, but that won’t happen while the tuition fees are so high.

“We should be encouraging more young people to become doctors not driving them away.

“We need to get control of our country again. China doesn’t think it’s necessary to be in Europe or America. Wages haven’t risen in Germany for years.

“My wife and I will both be voting UKIP because the elections are not about getting rid of potholes.

“People need to vote because the things that affect us are the things that are imposed on us.

“It’s the last chance to save this country.”