I want to be a Member of Parliament, allowing me to vote on issues of national policy, including things like healthcare, education, policing, judicial and care funding. I believe that we are a wealthy enough nation that these can be fully funded with a review of the tax system to incorporate wealth at a very similar level to income at present. This can be best achieved by reviewing both capital gains tax and inheritance tax, both of which are currently enabling the ultra-wealthy to pay a much lower tax rate than an equivalent worker.
I am disabled, though still able to get around. As such, I have a real passion for helping those who have need to access the current benefits system, and I can speak with some experience on the subject of applying for Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Blue Badges. I firmly believe that the way such people are treated is appalling at present, and anecdotally I have heard several people stating that they dread their periodic review with the Department of Work and Pensions, an organisation that should be there to help.
Finally, I am concerned at the unequal distribution of land in the UK. At present, land owned by homeowners in England represents some 5% of the size of the country, with up to 50% still owned by the aristocracy. In my view, this is anachronistic and unfair, and I would want as a long-term goal to move more towards land by default being owned by the country as a whole for the use of the country as a whole, whether in the form of agriculture, residences or energy generation.
Ian, thank you once again for your support. It means a lot.
Thank you so much for [creating this petition] and so amazingly quickly!!!
You did a brilliant job on both the blog and petition. Some of the NHS staff were even impressed with the speed at which you addressed this, and I have had varying positive comments from friends who have read your post.
Hazeena A – Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner Resident
Having worked with Ian I can say that I found him incredibly transparent and honest which I think would be rare and much needed in today political arena. He is also very clever, direct and a great communicator.
Sheena Y, former co-worker
Ian is a very smart individual, but more importantly is honest and truly cares about people.
He is an unselfish individual and would absolutely have the public’s best interests at heart.
Andy H, brother
I met Ian a few months ago for the first time and straight away I felt confortable with him and I thought: ” Ok I would trust that guy”.
Luca M, fellow speakers’ club member
Throughout the 12 years I have known Ian, he has always demonstrated to be very bright, kind and upright. I’ve seen all of these attributes in his personal life, for instance, in our sport association he volunteered as treasurer where he improved the overall system and costs as well as championing charitable giving & generous donations. He’ll definitely make a difference in a bigger role in politics.
Francisco V, fellow jū jūtsu instructor and friend
You have the moral integrity and high standards in all aspects of the requirements of your potential constituents. You will stand up to injustice and defend those deemed to have had injustice against them. You are committed to environmental change and to look after the less well off in society.
Irene H, mother
First and foremost, your personal ethos of kindness and care for others is your top qualification. That you are also highly driven with a need to be productive, and understand very complex matters such as financial systems, makes you stand out.
Graham C, fellow jū jūtsu instructor and friend
You are one of the most principled people that I know. You are committed to making changes that support the most vulnerable in our society and you don’t give up when you know you’re fighting for what’s right.
Unlike the rest of us who are disillusioned with the lack of honesty, morals, and the unfair and outdated ‘public schoolboy network’ displayed by this government, you have decided to stand up and make a difference.
Your constituents couldn’t have a better candidate.
Helen C, Aunt
Having known Ian for a number of years during which we worked closely as Financial Advisers, I am confident that he would make an excellent MP. Ian is an intelligent man who has the ability to absorb, understand and manage complex information quickly; I have, on many occasions, witnessed him do this whilst retaining the ability to explain it, in a manner which is easy to understand.
I have seen Ian display the courage of his convictions on a professional level, where he has put the clients needs before that of the company and have no doubt he would carry this attitude into public life.
Ian and I have disagreed on politics in the past, but he has always listened carefully to any position and taken time to offer a thoughtful response. If he became an MP I am sure his constituents would benefit from an effective and hard working representative.
Miles H, former co-worker