UKIP’s candidate for the upcoming by-election in Corby and East Northamptonshire has described the qualities which she hopes will help her win local votes.
Mother-of-two Margot Parker has lived in the constituency for many years, latterly in Weldon. Her father originally came down from Scotland to look for work, and remained here with his family of seven.
She said: “My dad worked hard to give us a good start in life.
“I’ve been a successful businesswoman, working in the community and building a future for my own kids. But what are we doing for the next generation? We have to fight for our children’s future, before it’s too late.”
She says her key aims are to create jobs for our youngsters, support the rebuilding of manufacturing industries, end open-border immigration, stop taxing workers on minimum wage, stop sending £53m a day to “prop up failed EU economies”, and train children to “succeed and win”.
Margot has worked and run businesses in from telecoms to fashion, she was a fashion buyer for South American retailers. She has spent 15 years as European advisor and spokesman for the promotional products industry working in a voluntary capacity with the trade associations advising mainly SMEs. In recognition of her services to industry Margot was made a fellow of the British Promotional Merchandise Association and was awarded its Sword of Honour in 2007.
Among other campaigns she was involved in fighting the use of child labour in the garment industry.
Margot says she got involved in politics in 2009 after becoming frustrated by what she perceived as the way growth was being hampered by a “raft of anti-business regulation from Brussels”, and the way in which “people’s lives were being increasingly undermined by the government’s need to micro-manage every aspect”.
In Corby she feels that the biggest problem is unemployment, specifically youth unemployment. She says she worked with the staff of Aquascutum when it closed, fighting to secure earned staff bonuses and redundancy payments unpaid.
She is also critical of Corby Council over the Cube building which over spent by a full 25 per cent or £12m.