ELECTION 2015: Chichester - Dr Mark Farwell (Labour)

I was born in Winchester, lived on Leigh Park until the age of nine and and then moved to Cowplain when my parents bought their first home.

I was born in Winchester, lived on Leigh Park until the age of nine and and then moved to Cowplain when my parents bought their first home.

I am the second eldest of six children (two girls and four boys) and a father of one son.

I have lived in the Chichester constituency since 1983, other than brief periods teaching

in Germany and the United States.

I was educated at Riders Lane School, Cowplain Secondary Modern School and South Downs College; and started my working life as a mechanical engineer in Portsmouth.

After training, I decided to read for a BA (Hons) Government & Sociology at the University of Essex; and subsequently gained a PhD (reform of the NHS) from Nottingham Trent University.

I have taught public policy to housing and social work diploma students, as well as social care professionals, among others at Southampton Solent University since 1993; and am currently a visiting professor of public policy at the University of Hof, Germany.

I am chairman of the Chichester City branch of the Labour Party and chairman of the Southampton Solent University branch of University and College Union.

More recently, I was appointed secretary of Portsmouth Supporters Trust (major shareholder in Portsmouth Football Club.)

I am also a member of Amnesty International, Fabian Society, Higher Education Academy (Fellow), Liberty and the United Nations (UNV – Online).

As an academic and trade union activist, I have spent my entire career researching the political economies of post-war Britain and the politics of poverty and social polarisation – especially inequalities in spatial and social mobility (social justice agenda) subsequent to austerity and the rise in European mobility opportunities (migration); which appear to have exacerbated existing inequalities and given rise to political polarisation.

Hence, the reason why I have campaigned so vigorously for a merit-based higher education system.

Key issues facing Chichester constituents and the nation:

As an MP I will support;

:: Economy: pushing back the tide of expansionary fiscal austerity that has produced an unjust society; reduce the deficit in a humane way; and help build an economy on strong and secure foundations.

:: Environment: a Labour government that re-establishes Britain as a global leader on climate change.

:: European Union and the global economy: meaningful dialogue and action regarding the free movement of capital and labour.

:: Fair Society: encourage fairness at work and bring to an end unpaid internships and zero hours contracts; and re-open the avenues to social mobility.

:: NHS: an NHS that is fully funded and free at the point of delivery; as well as integration of health and social care.

:: Public Services: restoring public services; and as a public good.

:: Young People: policies that build a strong future for all young people, including: apprenticeships and access to affordable housing and higher education.