The third message in our short series comes from Alan Woodhead, who is standing for Labour.
“This election is about the kind of country we want Britain to be.
The choice is between Labour’s plan to transform Britain into a country that works for the many and a Conservative Party that has delivered only for the few.
Under the Tories, public services have been starved of the funding they need. The NHS and social care have been pushed into a state of emergency, with soaring waiting lists and hospitals in financial crisis. Schools face cuts and class sizes are rising. Students are burdened with debt and young families cannot afford a home of their own. Our safety has been compromised with more than 20,000 police officers cut since 2010. And all these measures were backed by the Conservative MP who has represented this constituency for the past seven years.
Labour’s manifesto offers a fully-costed programme for a fairer Britain. A Labour government will tackle the social care crisis, give the NHS the money it needs and build a National Education Service. Pensioners will be protected and our National Investment Bank and regional investment banks will finance growth by funding infrastructure projects and supporting new industries. Labour will give equal rights to all workers from day one and introduce a living wage of at least £10 an hour by 2020. We will take back control of rail, water and the Royal Mail. Personally, I can assure you I will be a strong voice for the people of Skipton and Ripon in Parliament, speaking out on local issues when necessary and backing Labour’s programme to transform the country.”