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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. 

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