The choice in May is a choice between a party working for the needs of the many, as opposed to one working for the few

I was asked to write a few words on why I am standing. What follows is an imperfect attempt at this :-

The choice in May is about what sort of Government voters in Southend West want.

I want a fairer and more equal society. I want a society where everyone is valued, where everyone can contribute. I want ingenuity, ambition, and hard work rewarded; but I also want recognition that the weakest and most vulnerable need our support, not our contempt.

We must cherish our public services, especially the NHS. I am disappointed that Southend West’s Conservative MP refuses to back our local hospital. We need more visible policing, and we need assurance that the Fire Service is being properly supported too. As a local councillor I have also seen what the cuts are doing to local services. Libraries, care homes, and children’s centres are all under threat – and the promise of deeper cuts under a Cameron-led Government are really quite worrying. Southend West is largely a commuter town and something has to be done about rail fares and the road infrastructure.

It is also clear that whilst the economy is on the mend, the recovery has not been felt by many. Southend needs a boost, as does the whole country. Our homes are all but unaffordable for first-time buyers, and Labour’s house building plans are most welcome. We also need to tackle the greed of the energy companies, and do something about the shame of a rich country that has food banks used by a million of its citizens.

The choice in May is a choice between a party working for the needs of the many, as opposed to one working for the few.

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