I will be voting Labour because I believe that every family in this country should have a fair chance to live a happy and fulfilled life. The last Labour government built Surestart and children’s centres, launched new services to support victims of domestic abuse and invested in the NHS. This investment in our communities did not cause the global economic crisis, bankers did; but ordinary people have had to pay the price.
Under a Tory government these services have been closed or cut beyond sustainability, to say nothing of severe cuts to social services, police, libraries, schools and other services right across the public sector. Austerity is a political choice, not a necessity, there is no excuse not to ensure that everyone has access to decent services and the same life chances no matter where they live or who their parents are.
George Osborne and David Cameron used to say “We’re all in this together”; I didn’t believe them then and sadly I’ve been proved right – only Labour will act in the best interests of ordinary people.