Updated: Thursday, 19th April 2018 @ 7:17am

General Election 2017: Corbyn's 'nonsensical ideas' would impact Brexit, says Bolton West Tory candidate

General Election 2017: Corbyn's 'nonsensical ideas' would impact Brexit, says Bolton West Tory candidate

| By Francesca Marshall

One of the biggest issues nationally going into this General Election is the challenge facing the next government navigating through Brexit negotiations.

Bolton West voted to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum and incumbent Conservative MP, Chris Green, believes he has the right attitude to get the right deal for his constituents.

He said: “Bolton and Wigan voted definitely to leave the EU and I have made no secret that it was something which I campaigned for.  I hear from local people that they believe Theresa May will get us the best deal in the negotiations.

“By far the biggest issue, and what has been coming up time and time again on the doorstep, is who the British people want to lead the country – Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. 

“Bolton West sits on a knife edge, so if Labour win here that could mean Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister.  I am worried that his nonsensical and dangerous ideas could have a damaging impact on our society, our economy and our Brexit negotiations.”

On a local level, the Tory MP also hit out at Labour’s plans to develop on green fields in the constituency.

He explained that building on this land would not only be detrimental to surrounding areas, but it also moves crucial resources away from the town which could be spent in alternative ways.

Speaking to MM he said: “Locally, people are also concerned about Labour's plans to bulldoze over our remaining green fields here in Bolton West.

“I am also concerned that a Labour candidate winning here would see them prop up the decisions of the Labour run Wigan and Bolton Councils, giving the green light for our green fields to be built upon and more money directed away from our towns and into other parts of the boroughs.

“The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, approved by Bolton Labour Leader Cliff Morris, earmarked acres of land right around our area for new houses, despite massive opposition from local people.”

Mr Green concluded that it had been “an honour and a privilege” to serve as the Member of Parliament for Bolton West.

He said: “In that time, I have made it my aim to be as accessible as possible to my constituents, meeting with over a thousand people at my advice surgeries and public ‘Meet Your MP’ events, and helping local people through more than 6,000 pieces of casework. 

“If I am fortunate enough to be re-elected, I will continue to fight for our local community, both locally and nationally.”