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PONTEFRACT HOSPITAL - WHERE ARE THE BEDS? It is now clear the replacement for Pontefract infirmary will be a much smaller facility with many fewer beds. The number of wards has been cut from fifteen to seven and the new hospital will have just 120 beds. More patients will have to be rushed to Wakefield or Dewsbury for treatment, while nobody can say what level of care will be maintained in the long-term. Frontline staff like doctors and nurses are forced to pay the same extortionate parking charges as anyone visiting loved ones. Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Pontefract, Nick Pickles, said: “I was born in Pontefract hospital and am very worried about the loss of beds and how it will impact on people being

Local Conservative candidate Nick Pickles visiting Pontefract Hospital. cared for close to their home. “Under Labour the number of managers and non-clinical staff has rocketed. We need beds, not bureaucrats. “David Cameron has said the NHS would be his top priority as Prime Minister and as your MP it would be mine too.”

YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATE At the next general election, you will have the chance to vote for change. Nick Pickles, who was born and brought up in the constituency, is your local Conservative candidate.

NO WINDFARM FOR PONTEFRACT

In a few weeks the Secretary of State will announce whether the proposed wind farm in Darrington can be built. Local Conservatives have joined with residents, political groups and campaigners to oppose these plans and continue to do so. Conservative Parliamentary candidate Nick Pickles said: “I fully agree with local Conservative councillors - this development should not go ahead and nor should any which would harm the local environment in such a way.”

CONTROLLING IMMIGRATION Immigration to the UK has gone up threefold under Labour, placing extra pressure on public services such as housing, health and schools. Conservatives believe that Britain benefits from talented people coming to our country, but not from uncontrolled immigration. Unlike Labour we will control immigration properly by: • putting an annual limit on nonEU immigration for work; • promoting integration through an English language test for marriage visas;

Nick believes in ending the nanny state culture, empowering people to make decisions locally and rewarding hard work. He currently works for a small IT company and runs his own photography business.

01977 733975 nick@nickpickles.co.uk www.nickpickles.co.uk 11 Market Place, Pontefract, WF8 1AG

• tackling illegal immigration with a national border police force. LOCAL CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE NICK PICKLES WITH WILLIAM HAGUE

We would also impose transitional controls to limit the numbers coming from any new countries joining the EU.

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Promoted by Simon Wilson, on behalf of Nick Pickles, both of 11 Market Place, Pontefract, WF8 1AG. Printed by Carter and Jackson, North Baileygate, Pontefract, WF8 1ES.

A MESSAGE FROM GEOFF WALSH Since my election as a councillor in 2006, I have worked hard to be worthy of your trust.

There are many individuals and groups across Pontefract working to improve your quality of life and I will continue to support them and work on your behalf. Over the past four years I have campaigned to protect Went Edge and voted to establish the alcohol exclusion zone making the town centre safer.

I worked to keep Hardwick Road Post office open, helping win a major community victory. Your support on May 6th will enable me to continue working on the issues that matter.

You can keep up to date with Geoff and the issues he is working on at his blog: http://geoffwalsh.blogspot.com/

LABOUR’s TRANSPORT SHAME The Labour administration in Wakefield has also allowed a 10 year backlog of maintenance work needed on our roads to build up. In the recently approved council budget, no new investment was made into our roads in 2011/12 and beyond. During the recent bad weather, 75 miles less of the district’s roads were gritted and cleared than in 2008. The Conservatives have pledged to invest £600k more every year

CAMPAIGNING FOR ACTION ON TOWN END JUNCTION Geoff has worked to keep Town End on the agenda, to find ways to cut congestion, pollution, rat runs and to improve quality of life for residents. After initially rejecting any changes, lobbying from your local Conservative councillors has succeeded in new alternatives being developed. Wakefield MDC is now developing options which will be put forward to residents at public meetings through the summer.

Supporting the community A Governor at Carleton Community High School, Geoff continues to push for first class new school facilities as part of the rebuilding team.

He has helped organise community grants for organisations across Pontefract.

over the next three years to fix potholes and repair drains, paid for by efficiency and ending council luxuries like the leader’s personal car and driver.

These have included the Live at Home Scheme, Darrington Thursday Club, Pontefract ATC , Scouts, the St Giles project and Carleton Grange Community Centre and their member organisations.

Promoted by Simon Wilson, on behalf of Nick Pickles, both of 11 Market Place, Pontefract, WF8 1AG. Printed by Carter and Jackson, North Baileygate, Pontefract, WF8 1ES.


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