I live in Woking with my partner and two children and I am running to become Woking Constituency’s next Member of Parliament because I care passionately about our community and our country, and I know that a better government is possible.
Having worked and volunteered in local schools, and at Woking’s advice centre for the Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership before it was shut down, I have seen the toll austerity and cuts have taken on Woking’s residents.
The country is getting richer, but that wealth is concentrated in the hands of the few. Local families can’t afford to feed themselves, using food banks to survive. We all worry about cuts to the NHS and our emergency public services. We see the underfunding in our children's schools and know people that no longer leave their homes because of cuts imposed on disability support.
These are some of the devastating impacts of government policies on the people of Woking since 2010. The economy is not delivering rising standards for the majority of people.
My background is in social research and I have worked at the London School of Economics, for local government and in both Houses of Parliament. As a social policy researcher, I know there is a better alternative - building a new economy that works for the many.
Labour will introduce a green industrial New Deal to transform our economy, bring an end to austerity, introduce a genuine living wage, build more council homes and ensure more security for those in the rented sector. We will properly fund our public services and bring utilities and transport into public ownership, so that people are no longer ripped off by their energy bills and transport costs. These policies will work. And they will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of Woking’s residents.
While there is scaremongering in the media, the tax system will not change for a majority of people in this country. The proposed changes to income tax will only affect the top 5% of the country’s earners – anyone who earns less than £80,000 will not be affected.
I understand that people in Woking are worried about Brexit. If you want to avoid a hard Brexit, the only party to vote for is the Labour Party. We will get a deal done that protects jobs, workers’ rights and the Environment then put it back to you for the final say.
A vote for me is a vote for change and a vote for a real voice for Woking.
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