I am a firm believer in the power of passion, you must truly believe in something to make a difference.
For me politics is all about passion. It isn’t about spin, PR or negative campaigning. It is all about passion – passion for something that you believe in so much that you are willing to put your head and shoulders above the parapet and shout for it. It isn’t about a career, it isn’t about climbing the political ladder, it isn’t about power, it is about wanting to make a real and lasting difference for the whole of society, from top to bottom.
Labour gave us the minimum wage, they gave us the NHS, two cornerstones of what I believe makes the UK the best country in the world to live in. These two things took real drive and passion to make happen and are two areas that truly benefit society. No matter what job you are in, you are guaranteed a living wage and no matter who you are, you are guaranteed world beating health care.
It takes guts and determination to do this. It take real passion to stand up and make change happen. We, collectively, must stand up for a fair society, one where no matter who you are, you have options and opportunities – a society that helps everyone create wealth and not increase wealth for the privilege few. We will all benefit if we grow together.
If we have another 5 years of a Tory-led government we will see increased spending cuts that go far deeper than anything we have seen so far. Yes, we need to be frugal in the money we spend, but I personally feel the impact on the country and society would be disastrous if we see the levels of austerity we have already seen going forward. The wealth divide would increase and the poorest in society would have to shoulder the biggest cuts. It would create a society that has a ‘them and us’ mentality.
Labour have created a strong economic plan, one that ensures continued growth for the UK economy, one that supports business growth and will help startups flourish. Labour have also committed to creating a society of equal opportunity and a country where we can grow as a whole, where no-one is left behind.
Just some of the areas that Labour has committed to in their manifesto include increasing local policing to extending free childcare for working parents; guaranteed personalised one-to-one care from a midwife to addressing discrimination against women; creating a comprehensive race equality strategy to protecting the entire education budget. Areas that, in my view, are key to ensure a strong, stable and inclusive society.
Labour has focused on the areas that I am passionate about and that is why I am proud member of the party and why I will be voting for them on Thursday.
When you vote, vote for what you are truly passionate about. Vote for what you feel will make the UK a truly great country, a country of opportunity for everyone regardless of upbringing, background, age, sex, colour or creed.