Things can only get better
Twenty years ago today I cast my first vote ever. On 1st May 1997 I was proud to vote Labour. I went to the polling station with dad and we both knew how we were voting. We were pleased to be part of electing Labour with a thumping majority.
Our votes helped secure:
- a National Minimum Wage
- a Human Rights Act
- thousands of Sure Start centres
- 1.6 million pensioners and children lifted out of poverty
- peace in Northern Ireland
- the future of the NHS, with thousands more doctors and nurses
- more police and a fall in crime
- a doubling of funding for every school pupil in England and thousands more teachers and teaching assistants
- an axing of third world debt and a doubling of the international aid budget
- free entry to museums and galleries
As we approach the 8th June general election, that record stands out after seven years of Tory and Lib Dem/Conservative Coalition Governments who have:
- doubled homelessness
- increased poverty and destitution
- allowed reliance on foodbanks to rockets, including for working people
- squeezed public services which contributed to the referendum result and the potential costs and consequences of Brexit
- axed police officers leaving our community less safe.
A lot is at stake as we face the election. I am proud to be a Labour candidate again having kept my promises to local voters: I'll never support anything in Parliament that will damage our community or country.