Meet the general election candidates for the Harborough seat: Neil O'Brien (Conservative)

We asked all the general election candidates standing for the Harborough seat to submit 300 words on why you should vote for them.

By Philip Hibble
Thursday, 28th November 2019, 11:26 am
Neil O'Brien
Neil O'Brien

This is the pitch from Neil O'Brien, representing the Conservative Party (all the other candidates can be found on our website):

Harborough is a place I and my family are proud to call home, and it’s been an honour to represent you in Parliament since 2017. Here’s what I stand for. I’ve successfully campaigned for more police. Leicestershire police are recruiting 100 more officers this year, and numbers will keep growing as we recruit 20,000 more nationally. I’m working to make sure we get our fair share of extra officers here, not just in Leicester.

I’ve been making the case for tougher prison sentences, and the Prime Minister quoted my research when he announced we’ll be building new prisons and ending automatic early release.

We’re improving discipline in schools, ending endless appeals against expulsions. We all rely on public services, as we recently did when my wife gave birth at Leicester General. I’ve been campaigning for extra investment in our local NHS, so was delighted we’ve secured £450 million to massively upgrade local hospitals in Leicester and Kettering. The PM has also pledged more money for GPs. Reforming the broken planning system is a priority of mine. I’ve led debates on this in Parliament, brought government officials here, wrote an 80-page report, and pressed Ministers for reform. We need to change the rules to protect our countryside, and develop brownfield land in run-down cities instead. We’ve got good schools here, but previous governments unfairly skewed school funding to places like London. I successfully campaigned for the new Fair Funding Formula. It means local schools will see funding increasing per pupil, growing almost twice as fast as the national average.

Finally, we must get Brexit done. Harborough constituency voted to leave. We need to honour that decision. The PM has a good deal which delivers Brexit, and also keeps trade flowing freely. If re-elected, I will vote for this deal so we can move forward.