“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” A friend sent me this message and I think it perfectly sums up why I have chosen to stand in the upcoming General Election. I want to bring about a change to this constituency. My home. Our home. I want to make a difference.
They say you shouldn’t get angry, you should get even. But I am angry; I’m angry about the Bedroom Tax, the trebling of tuition fees, the removal of the Educational Maintenance Allowance, the reversal of sustainable green policies and how our NHS is being driven into the ground. Here in Suffolk, I’m angry about our crumbling mental health provision, how ‘Raising the Bar’ is a fallacy for our children’s education, how foodbank usage has gone through the roof and how the same people get hit time and time again.
However, I may be angry but I don’t want to dwell on the past. I believe that this Conservative led coalition has promoted and produced a society that is fundamentally flawed; economically, socially and morally. I want us to look forward to the future and not to be afraid of tomorrow. We need something better than another 5 years of pain where people are just getting by, day by day, week by week. ‘We are all in this together’ has to mean exactly that in order to produce a society that can look forward to a collective, positive, progressive change.
I’m aware of the challenge I face in this election. Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has never returned a Labour MP and we performed poorly in the 2010 General Election. I cannot compete with the glossy, blue leaflets that fall through your letter box every month but week after week, I am out on the doorstep talking about the things that matter to you. I urge you to look beyond the PR and look at what I’m offering.
We need to restore faith in politics. An MPs job is to fight hard for their local constituents, to support every single member of the community and to provide a local voice right at the heart of Westminster. I can’t promise I’ll have all the answers. But I can promise you that I will give everything in working for a better future for this constituency. I want to be able to come home, look my family and friends in the eye and know that the decisions I’ve made in Westminster are the right ones for all of us.
We need change. Let’s make a difference. Together.