General Election 2017: Statement from North East Hertfordshire Labour candidate Doug Swanney

PUBLISHED: 13:21 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:16 11 May 2017

Doug Swanney has been announced as Labour's candidate in North East Hertfordshire. Picture: Letchworth & Baldock Labour

Doug Swanney has been announced as Labour's candidate in North East Hertfordshire. Picture: Letchworth & Baldock Labour

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Let’s build a North East Hertfordshire which works for the many, not the few.

North East Herts Labour candidate Doug Swanney's campaign is launched, with MEP Alex Mayer, green coat. Picture: Letchworth & Baldock LabourNorth East Herts Labour candidate Doug Swanney's campaign is launched, with MEP Alex Mayer, green coat. Picture: Letchworth & Baldock Labour

On June 8, North East Hertfordshire can choose between a Labour government that stands up for them, or the Conservatives who only look after the privileged few.

With never-ending demands made on our wages, even people in full-time work find it hard to get ahead.

Families are being held back – struggling to pay bills, save for a rainy day or simply take a well-earned holiday.

Our schools face funding cuts, our NHS is buckling and social care is at breaking point.

What’s been broken, Labour can repair – by using the taxes you already pay and by ensuring big companies pay what they owe on their profits we’ll make Britain work for all of us again.

My pledges to you –

· Give all children a chance to achieve

I’ll end destructive cuts to our local schools and make class sizes smaller. We’ll provide free school meals for primary-aged children – by adding VAT to public school fees, we’ll make sure children aren’t hungry.

· Protect living standards and create jobs

By introducing a real living wage of £10 per hour and by investing in skills and new technology, we’ll create a Britain where local businesses can grow, where you can work hard and reap the rewards. Once ordinary families can save for a rainy day or have a little left to spend, our economy will work for all of us again.

· Defend our NHS and tackle the care crisis

What more important use is there for our tax money than properly funding the NHS? When the money goes where it’s really needed you’ll get to see a GP when you need to, nurses won’t have to use foodbanks and our elderly can be properly cared for. Ending privatisation of our NHS will put care before profit – as it should be.

· Build to fix Britain’s housing crisis

Labour councils build more homes – with me as your MP we’ll build on suitable sites with proper infrastructure, and scrap letting fees for private renters.

The Tories want this election to be about a destructive Brexit, with burnt bridges and division at its heart. The people voted for Brexit, but not for the destruction Theresa May wants to accompany it.

We’ve the chance to build a better future – to create a Britain for the many, not the few.

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