General Election 2017: Statement from South Cambs Labour candidate Dan Greef
PUBLISHED: 16:22 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:24 15 May 2017
I am proud and humbled to have been reselected to be Labour's candidate in South Cambridgeshire. I will work tirelessly between now and the election to earn the trust and support of voters in the constituency.
This is the most important election within living memory. By going ahead with a hard Brexit the Tories have put an ideological immigration policy above the interests of our economy. The British people did not vote to leave the single market, and if the decision to leave the EU makes our country poorer then I will argue that article 50 needs to be reversed.
More than 60 per cent of voters in South Cambridgeshire voted to Remain in the EU in the referendum, along with nearly half the rest of the country. But yet we are hurtling towards a situation that will make future generations poorer, will harm our environment and isolate us from our nearest neighbours and allies.
However, this election is also about many different issues affecting our country. NHS cuts have left our local hospitals on the brink of failing to provide the most basic care we deserve. Only a year ago our despairing junior doctors were protesting against Jeremy Hunt, as he changed their contracts at the cost of patient safety. How long can the NHS survive under continued Tory rule? It’s heading towards breaking point already, as the many hundreds of people in this area who work at Addenbrooke’s know only too well.
As a teacher I have seen firsthand how forcing schools to become academies has been a method to save money at the cost of our children’s education. I will campaign against proposals to introduce grammar schools, which are a direct attack on social mobility, and to properly fund our schools so they no longer have to send begging letters to parents for vital funds. We must support our overworked and overstressed teaching workforce much better – they are there to inspire and excite future generations, but many of them feel demoralised and undervalued.
I want to stand up for South Cambridgeshire as an MP, and campaign for our schools, our health service, and a fair outcome from the Brexit negotiations. To help protect the rights of EU nationals, so that our local economy and society thrive.
There is an alternative to the Tories in our area. With the help of many loyal supporters who believe in that alternative I came second two years ago – this year I want to do even better.