CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

The General Election: Cheltenham

PUBLISHED: 12:11 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:52 01 May 2015

Alex Chalk and Martin Horwood exchange words at the Federation of Small Businesses pre-election debate / Photo: Green Party

Alex Chalk and Martin Horwood exchange words at the Federation of Small Businesses pre-election debate / Photo: Green Party


The candidates running for the Cheltenham constituency in the May 7 2015 General Election

Martin Horwood, Liberal DemocratsMartin Horwood, Liberal Democrats

Martin Horwood

Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheltenham & current MP

“Martin Horwood was born and brought up in Cheltenham and lives in the town today with his wife Shona and their two children. Since becoming MP for Cheltenham, Martin has:

• Backed the LibDem pupil premium policy to support our least-well off kids as well as more free school meals and early years childcare. Pittville School alone now gets £250,000 a year in pupil premium and St.Thomas More and Springbank Primaries over £60,000 each.

• Voted for the LibDem tax break for Cheltenham’s lowest paid and the ‘triple lock’ to protect pensions

• Successfully campaigned to protect local NHS services like St.Paul’s maternity unit at Cheltenham General.

• Helped successful local bids for £5m for better cycle and bus lanes, electric charging points and extra pedestrianisation, and £45m for better rail connections to Swindon, Reading and London.

• Campaigned for a greener Cheltenham: promoting green jobs, working to save green spaces, backing the LibDem borough council’s record push for recycling and opposing the Gloucestershire badger cull and Conservative incinerator plans.

• Strongly backed a new deal for householders seeking flood insurance

Alex Chalk, ConservativesAlex Chalk, Conservatives

Alex Chalk

Conservative candidate for Cheltenham

“Cheltenham is my home town and I’ll do all I can to be the MP local residents deserve. I was raised locally and live here with my wife and young daughter.

I promise to be a champion for hardworking families in Cheltenham.

I’m passionate about encouraging businesses to invest in our area and create opportunities for our young people. My priorities include:

• Promoting transport regeneration, including the A417 loop road

• Improving rail infrastructure so that Cheltenham can maximise the benefit from its world-famous festivals and improve its connectivity to London and the South-East

• Championing high-quality hospital facilities in Cheltenham”

Christina Simmonds, UKIP / Photo: Anthony von RoretzChristina Simmonds, UKIP / Photo: Anthony von Roretz

Christina Simmonds

UK Independence Party

“We are building an active branch dedicated to helping local communities and promoting UKIP in our area. We would be delighted if you could join us too.

Our membership is drawn from across all the wards of the town. Many members used to belong to the LibDems, Labour or Conservative parties. What unites us is a desire to bring common sense and decency back into politics and public life at a local, national or, indeed, international level.” Priorities include:

• Getting Britain out of the European Union

• Getting control of immigration with an Australian-style, points-based immigration system

• Promoting a British identity, as opposed to failed multiculturalism

• Leaving the Common Agricultural Policy

Adam Van Coevorden, Green PartyAdam Van Coevorden, Green Party

Adam Van Coevorden

Green Party candidate for Cheltenham

“I was born in Cheltenham 30 years ago, attending Pate’s Grammar School before moving on to study politics at the University of York. I spent six years working for Ecotricity, the renewable energy company based in Stroud, and I now work at the Higher Education Statistics Agency in Cheltenham. I live in Hatherley with my wife Jessica and our baby son Alex.

I grew up in Hester’s Way, so I know that affluence and privilege is only one side of Cheltenham.

In 2014 there are people depending on food banks to feed their families and our blinkered government believes the solution is more cuts and austerity.

I joined the Green Party at University, realising the major parties had nothing of value to say about social justice or the environment. I’m very proud to stand for parliament for the only party that opposes selling off our public services, that believes free education and healthcare is a right, climate change should be tackled and poverty should be a thing of the past.

Polling neck and neck with the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party has grown into a major contender. A Green vote in 2015 will not just be an act of protest, but a real chance to bring in a new kind of politics.”

Paul Gilbert, LabourPaul Gilbert, Labour

Paul Gilbert

Labour candidate for Cheltenham

“I have been a member of the Labour party for most of my adult life and I am delighted to be the official Labour Party Candidate for Cheltenham.

I choose to live in Cheltenham because I love the place and I chose to represent Labour in Cheltenham, because it is part of what makes me the person I am in the place I love to live.”


• Wants a debate about whether the A417 Loop scheme is the best way to spend £255m

• Thinks the train station is badly in need of refurbishment

• Thinks Cheltenham badly needs a fully functional A&E department

• Would prefer an NHS with zero privatisation

• Is enthusiastic about the UK remaining a member of the EU

• Believes immigration has been amazing for the UK, but that we need a better system in place to count the number of migrants moving in and out of the country.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & about

Fri, 12:03

The Cotswolds are abundant with picture perfect locations ideal for a ramble. Gather loved ones, wrap up warm and blow away the cobwebs with one of these winter walks in the region

Read more
Mon, 13:15

Tracy Spiers takes an impressive, if hypothetical, budget on a shopping spree in Cheltenham’s independent stores

Read more
Mon, 12:23

Get out and enjoy seasonal celebrations with a Cotswold twist

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds this month, we have gathered plenty of events for you to pop in your diary

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK are saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket, including a number of venues in the Cotswolds

Read more
Monday, December 3, 2018

“We’re looking forward to lots of festive fun this Christmas festival and hope to welcome lots of people to our town.”

Read more
Monday, November 26, 2018

“Faringdon upholds old-fashioned values through its traditional shops, personal service and shop owners who go the extra mile to make their customers feel at home.”

Read more
Friday, November 23, 2018

Home to some of the country’s most breathtaking architecture and picturesque gardens, the Cotswolds boasts plenty of beautiful stately homes you need to visit. We pick eight special locations that are made even more magical during Christmas time

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Taking the classroom outdoors is fun, inspires fresh ideas, broadens horizons – and encourages a new generation to enjoy and care for the Cotswolds

Read more
Monday, November 19, 2018

Chipping Campden – once the meeting place for a council of Saxon kings – now offers the warmest of welcomes to all its visitors, from the humble shopper to the seasonal shin-kicker

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

As well as three days of action-packed racing and tradition, there’s plenty to do away from the course at this year’s November Meeting. Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster, shares his 14 suggestions on how to make the most of your time at Cheltenham Racecourse

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Warwickshire town of Alcester is considered one of the best understood Roman settlements in the country. Tracy Spiers digs below the surface to discover its hidden jewels

Read more

Thanks to the impact of ground-breaking comedy This Country, the quiet market town of Northleach has become one of the Cotswolds’ hottest film locations. Katie Jarvis is sent to investigate

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Stephen Roberts walks in the footsteps of the Oxford scholar who enjoyed attending parties dressed as a polar bear, and once chased a neighbour while dressed as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search