There’s been quite a lot of mud-slinging, negative campaigning, in the lead up to May 7th, from all political parties I must add, but polling day has finally arrived so it’s decision day for you and I will positively lay out the case for voting Labour referring to two key policy areas.
The first decision you need to make is whether to go out and vote or not. For me it’s simple, we have a moral duty to vote and it is one of the few opportunities for you to have your say on the direction of travel for your country. Politics matters and it is election outcomes that led to the creation of the NHS and the introduction of a national minimum wage.
All political parties lay out a manifesto and Labour’s sets out a clear vision to take the whole of society with us and support the next generation to succeed and deliver a NHS that is fit for the 21st Century.
You have between 7am and 10pm to vote.
Supporting the next generation and the NHS and caring for our elderly is a key issue raised on the doorstep by residents so I have picked out key promises from the Labour manifesto on these areas.
invest £2.5 billion more than the Conservatives to recruit 8,000 more GPs, 20,000 more nurses and 3,000 more midwives
guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week join up services from home to hospital, with a single point of contact for all
who need it give mental health the same priority as physical health, with a new right to access talking therapies repeal the Government’s privatisation plans, cap profits and put the right values back at the heart of the NHS end time-limited 15 minute social care visits and recruit 5,000 new home-care workers to support people in their home
introduce a new gold-standard Technical Baccalaureate for 16 to-18-year olds protect the entire education budget from early years through to post-16 education guarantee all teachers in state schools will be qualified appoint Directors of School Standards to drive up standards in every area
cap class sizes for five, six and seven-year-olds ensure all young people study English and Maths to age 18
Extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for working parents of three and four-year-olds, and ensure all primary schools guarantee access to wraparound childcare from 8am to 6pm
Double paternity leave from two to four weeks and increase paternity pay by more than £100 a week
The full manifesto is here