WHY VOTE LABOUR ON 6 MAY AND NOT ANY OTHER ANTI-TORY PARTY?
Our message is clear. We are the only party at a national and local level that can deliver a strong message on jobs, the NHS and crime. Labour will:
- Secure the economy by supporting investment to rebuild our communities, protect our high streets and create the jobs of the future.
- Challenge the growing gap between rich and poor and work towards eradicating child poverty.
- Protect our NHS by properly rewarding our healthcare workers and increasing staffing levels, so that we can cut waiting lists and improve cancer care. The Labour Party founded the NHS and is its leading defender.
- Rebuild the country by making our neighbourhoods safe. We will get police out from behind desks and back on the beat, tackling the scourge of anti-social behaviour, and introducing tougher sentences for violent offenders.
- Prioritise the significant issues around the environment and climate change.
The choice has become clearer as the campaign unfolds. Tory cronyism and sleaze is now coming up more and more on the doorstep. We cannot afford to allow them off the hook over this, because every dodgy contract is an affront to the right of every taxpayer to know that their money is being spent wisely on companies with proven expertise offering value for money. Instead we have had millions wasted on substandard PPE and billions spent on a Test and Trace system that hasn’t worked.
Meanwhile eleven years of the Tories and their funding cuts has led to unforgivable reductions in police numbers, record violent crime, and steadily shrinking budgets for education and health, including a real term pay cut for NHS staff.
Massive reductions in local authority funding means that councils have had to impose a hike in council tax charges on hard-pressed families, at the same time removing the power of local people to decide what is built in their area by handing that power to Westminster-appointed developers.
As we go into the final week of the campaign the clear choice is becoming starker. We have to re-double our efforts. Only a vote for Labour is a vote for working people and their communities.
If you consider yourself a progressive, vote for the Labour Party. It stands for your values and has a record of leading change locally and nationally for the last one hundred years.
Labour councillors in Cheltenham would make a huge difference, providing the vigorous but constructive opposition to the Liberal Democrats that so many people in the Borough demand.
Professor Robert Arnott
Cheltenham Labour Party