Sheffield Hallam Brexit Party candidate Terry McHale says he will focus on fixing the country’s “infrastructure meltdown” if elected.
McHale is fifth in our series of Hallam constituency candidate interviews ahead of the 2019 General Election.
“I think over and above that what this country is suffering with at the moment is an infrastructure meltdown. Access to dentists, doctors, A&E, potholes in the road – everything you look at is badly maintained,” he told the Fulwood Post.
“I think the Brexit party would want to focus on building that better infrastructure.
“They would do that by slashing HS2, halving foreign aid, and they would look at the money not being paid to Europe, when we come out of Europe and that’s an easy formula that people have calculated, and costed out, that can work”.
On Brexit, Mr McHale expressed his anger at delays and his preference for a no-deal exit.
“After the referendum in 2016, I expected some sort of exit from the EU.
“Within 12 months I was frustrated, after 2 years I was getting a little bit resentful, and 3 years I got to the point of anger. Democracy wasn’t being done.
“I was always an advocate of a clean break, right from day one in 2016 when I voted. So I decided I would put my efforts into trying to achieve that goal and leave the EU.
“I think what the constituency needs are options, because currently what it has is probably three options to remain, one half baked option to leave which is the Boris Johnson rehash of a poor deal”.
This election represents Mr McHale’s first venture into politics, but he believes he can provide better representation for Hallam than the previous incumbent Jared O’Mara.
“I would be more stable, more hardworking, definitely more vocal in parliament, basically everything that the previous incumbent wasn’t.
“I think the constituency has benefited in the past by very good, vocal politicians such as Nick Clegg but unfortunately we have been let down”.
Mr McHale believes the Brexit Party can help the Conservative party to reach a majority by potentially getting between 10 and 15 MP’s elected into parliament.
“As we’ve seen with the most recent government the Conservatives and the DUP, you only need about 10 [MP’s] to have that lynchpin.
“We’re not going to get a clean break [from the EU] because we won’t get sufficient MPs, but we are the only party that can hold the Conservatives to account”.
McHale studied applied social studies, and obtained a Masters degree in computing, at Sheffield Hallam University and believes he would be an asset to the students of the constituency.
“I’d like to think that the party could go further in the future and have some involvement in decreasing student loans. I’m one of those people in the city who benefited from free access to university when I was younger and I’m very much an advocate of university education.
“I think it ought to be free at the point of entry, but that might be a bridge too far.
“[Students] can expect support with climate– Nigel Farage is switched on to the environment and climate control”.
Regarding immigration, Mr McHale believes the country needs to look at how many people it can support, and introduce a points-based.
“People are afraid to have that difficult conversation around net migration. We need to ensure that people living in our country have satisfactory access to our infrastructure.
“If numbers of the population in our country keep rising at the rates that they’re rising, waiting lists are going to get longer, the infrastructure is going to crumble further, and the NHS will fall flat on its face.
“I’m very much in tune with the Brexit Party’s position of putting a cap on net migration. But people misunderstand that, it’s not about preventing people from coming in, it’s about what the country can support. You just can’t have the population rise that we’ve had”.
The country goes to the polls on 12 December; Mr McHale is one of seven candidates for Sheffield Hallam.
Read our other candidate interviews, below.