Janice Spalding wants to be Basingstoke's next MP

Liberal Democrat Janice Spalding, left, and South East Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder meet Buckskin flooding victim Charles Butt

Liberal Democrat Janice Spalding, left, and South East Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder meet Buckskin flooding victim Charles Butt

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SHE has been a member of the local Liberal Democrat party for nine years – and now Janice Spalding has set her sights on becoming Basingstoke’s next MP.

Janice Spalding has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate to challenge incumbent Conservative Basingstoke MP Maria Miller at the 2015 General Election.

Miss Spalding is currently an IT project manager at computer manufacturer, HP, and has previously worked in the defence, utilities and oil and gas industries. She has also been a member of the Basingstoke Hockey Club since 1999.

The prospective parliamentary candidate moved to Basingstoke from Newcastle 14 years ago, and currently lives in Bramley.

The 52-year-old, who is delighted to have been chosen to contest the Basingstoke seat, said: “I think the people of Basingstoke are the best people.

“I would represent them because I would live here – I don’t believe in having a second home. I know the area and I will work with the people of Basingstoke to improve their lives, providing homes, and making it a better area.”

The parliamentary candidate is passionate about investing in education and training for young people, especially in industries such as engineering, adding: “I want a big emphasis on training and apprenticeships and making it more consistently run.”

As part of her campaign, Miss Spalding is aiming to propose increased investment in green energy including solar and hydro-electric and energy from waste and wind power.

She added: “I want to see investment in cleaner energy because I have done a lot of work in that industry. The lights are going to go off if we don’t invest in power generation and we can do things from green energy and in particular solar energy.”

John Shaw, chair of the Basingstoke Liberal Democrats group, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have Janice as our prospective parliamentary candidate.

“Janice’s background in business and technology and real world experience make her the perfect person to be our next MP.”

Mr Shaw came second to Mrs Miller in the 2010 General Election, polling 10,141 votes. Mrs Miller, who quit as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport this month, retained the Basingstoke seat she has held since 2005 at the last election, winning 50.5 per cent of the vote with a majority of 13,176.

Dr Paul Harvey, who is a borough councillor and former leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, has already been selected to contest the Basingstoke seat for Labour, and local businessman Alan Stone has been selected as the candidate for the UK Independence Party.

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7:26pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Dr Elsayed Omar Selim says...

Why did Miss Spalding shy from calling an immediate BY ELECTION if she is that serious about competition?
Is it because she has to toe the LibDum Party line by not disturbing their Tory Chums? Even if they were disgraced?
Or, maybe she does not see anything wrong with FIDDLING EXPENSES like George Young ?
Why did Miss Spalding shy from calling an immediate BY ELECTION if she is that serious about competition? Is it because she has to toe the LibDum Party line by not disturbing their Tory Chums? Even if they were disgraced? Or, maybe she does not see anything wrong with FIDDLING EXPENSES like George Young ? Dr Elsayed Omar Selim
  • Score: -1

7:37pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Dr Elsayed Omar Selim says...

Very strange that 88% of the Basingstoke people surveyed by the Gazette didn't want Maria Miller as there MP yet, because of a CORRUPT PARLIAMENT and GOVERNMENT, they will have to pay her salary and expenses for ANOTHER YEAR- VERY DEMOCRATIC BRITAIN in ACTION!

What's even stranger is that Miss Spalding does not share the views of the 88% of those surveyed by the Gazette that Maria Miller should stand down as their MP as soon as possible!
3 hours ago ·
Very strange that 88% of the Basingstoke people surveyed by the Gazette didn't want Maria Miller as there MP yet, because of a CORRUPT PARLIAMENT and GOVERNMENT, they will have to pay her salary and expenses for ANOTHER YEAR- VERY DEMOCRATIC BRITAIN in ACTION! What's even stranger is that Miss Spalding does not share the views of the 88% of those surveyed by the Gazette that Maria Miller should stand down as their MP as soon as possible! 3 hours ago · Dr Elsayed Omar Selim
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8:37am Sun 27 Apr 14

OvercrowdedCountry says...

The only way a by-election will take place is if the existing MP resigns her seat. In our "democracy" there is no way that we can force her to do that.
If the opportunity arises, the Lib Dems will discard their principles and collaborate with one of the two main parties; so what's the point in voting for them?
The only way a by-election will take place is if the existing MP resigns her seat. In our "democracy" there is no way that we can force her to do that. If the opportunity arises, the Lib Dems will discard their principles and collaborate with one of the two main parties; so what's the point in voting for them? OvercrowdedCountry
  • Score: -1

11:20pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Johns54 says...

I haven't voted for years. I learned a long time ago they were all corrupt.
I haven't voted for years. I learned a long time ago they were all corrupt. Johns54
  • Score: -1

12:24pm Thu 1 May 14

ChinehamIan says...

Not a chance when there's a UKIP candidate standing next year. UKIP all the way, will never vote for the main 3 again and I've voted Tory all my voting life.
Not a chance when there's a UKIP candidate standing next year. UKIP all the way, will never vote for the main 3 again and I've voted Tory all my voting life. ChinehamIan
  • Score: -4

7:40pm Thu 1 May 14

Dr Elsayed Omar Selim says...

ChinehamIan wrote:
Not a chance when there's a UKIP candidate standing next year. UKIP all the way, will never vote for the main 3 again and I've voted Tory all my voting life.
Why UKIP? FREE INDEPENDENT PEOPLE in Basingstoke said they won't vote for ANY PARTY- they will vote for me, the ONLY TRUE INDEPENDENT candidate REPRESENTING the PEOPLE. Have a look at my website:
www.independentviews
.webs.com
[quote][p][bold]ChinehamIan[/bold] wrote: Not a chance when there's a UKIP candidate standing next year. UKIP all the way, will never vote for the main 3 again and I've voted Tory all my voting life.[/p][/quote]Why UKIP? FREE INDEPENDENT PEOPLE in Basingstoke said they won't vote for ANY PARTY- they will vote for me, the ONLY TRUE INDEPENDENT candidate REPRESENTING the PEOPLE. Have a look at my website: www.independentviews .webs.com Dr Elsayed Omar Selim
  • Score: -6

10:14am Fri 2 May 14

Upontheroof says...

Lib Dems haven't got a chance to win in Basingstoke. There leader has proved to have no back bone and reverses promises.
Lib Dems haven't got a chance to win in Basingstoke. There leader has proved to have no back bone and reverses promises. Upontheroof
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