This election is nothing more than a sham...
After repeatedly stating for 9 months that there would be no early general election, Theresa May has gone back on her word in a naked powergrab and has decreed that the country go to the polls again on the 8th of June. Parliament, the machinery of government and even our article 50 negotiations- on which the clock is ticking- have ground to a halt for 8 weeks. Not only is this election not needed, not only has it wasted precious time and thus damaged the national interest, but it has also revealed how, as usual, the Tories say one thing and do another.
This election is nothing other than a cynical ploy by which the Conservatives are seeking a blank cheque for a disastrous Brexit. All whilst attempting to deflect from their atrocious record on funding for the NHS, funding for our overcrowded schools and their abysmal record on housing in London. Yet the true barometer by which we can measure the narcissism which has driven this election is by remembering the fact that is now ordinary individuals who are suffering.
During my time as the MP for Ealing Central and Acton I have handled over 17,500 individual pieces of casework. Yet now I, and many of my other Labour Party colleagues are left powerless as candidates. We cannot make representations on our constituent’s behalf, we cannot fight their corner to get them the access to the housing, benefits and support they need and deserve.
I’ve spoken over 400 times in Parliament, challenging both David Cameron and Theresa May on issues including Ealing Hospital, Brexit, the uncertain status for EU nationals and rising post-Brexit hate crime. Having me as an independently minded MP to challenge hard Brexit, which 72% of Ealing Central and Acton residents voted against is at gravely risk. Provision at Ealing Hospital (already decimated) and the world beating Charing Cross are next, as your former MP I’ve been privy to the plans. We need an MP who stands up and does not roll over.
Labour will protect the triple lock for pensioners, end tuition fees and ban fracking. Meanwhile the Tories have slashed local school budgets as well as the NHS and now plan to bring back the cruel and inhumane practice of foxhunting. It’s little wonder that the Greens, who I am aligned with on Heathrow Expansion, have withdrawn from the election for me. It’s also little wonder that Sir Vince Cable, one of the nation’s senior Lib Dems, has declared that there’s no point voting for the Liberal Democrats in a seat where they are a poor third in the most marginal seat in London. I won by just 274 votes last time in a two horse race.
No matter how much the Tories try to scare people with Westminster scenarios I’m fighting this election on my local record and 45 years in Ealing and Acton. I hope voters will put their faith in me again.