Labour promise to stop hospital closures
Wednesday’s announcement by Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, to immediately halt the Conservatives’ programme of A&E and hospital bed closures, is excellent news, especially for us in Hammersmith & Fulham.
For five years Charing Cross has been under threat of demolition. These plans, which have been delayed but have not changed, would mean the loss of over 300 beds, the A&E and all consultant emergency services from the site.
This is the number one issue for residents -; and for me. I am delighted to have confirmation that a Labour Government will on day one cancel these insane plans. If however, the Conservatives are re-elected, the battle to save Charing Cross will continue.
And Hammersmith will need an independent-minded, campaigning MP -; not another Tory who puts their Party and career before our interests.
It is a straightforward choice between the Conservatives and me this time -; no other Party got more than 5% of the vote in Hammersmith in 2015.
Schools will be protected
In another pre-manifesto announcement, Labour has pledged to reverse the cuts in schools budgets. This is particularly important in H&F where we are facing the fourth largest cuts in the country.
Every one of the 47 schools in the borough is facing a cut of at least 10% and in some cases up to 25%. These are the first cuts to mainstream education for a generation, and show the true face of the Tories in government.
Don’t mention Heathrow
More duplicity on the Third Runway from the Conservatives. Theresa May once pledged to ‘fight the Third Runway’ and David Cameron told us ‘no ifs, no buts’ no Third Runway. Now -; while pressing ahead with building it -; they have removed any mention of the project from their manifesto, in the hope of not upsetting west London voters.
Well, I haven’t changed my mind about the pollution, congestion and noise that Heathrow expansion means, when Gatwick and regional airports could expand at a fraction of the cost. I will continue to work across Parties to stop the Third Runway.
A fair deal for private tenants
The real solution to our housing crisis is to build more genuinely affordable housing, which is why Labour would build a million new homes in the next Parliament, half of them council houses.
But in the meantime millions of people have been forced into poor quality and unsafe private sector properties. This week we announced new licensing schemes to police the private rented sector, improve bad housing and prosecute rogue landlords.
It’s the issue that bubbles under every conversation on the doorstep. Even Leave voters are worried the current government is taking us off a cliff edge with a Hard Brexit that wrecks our economy.
It was the people who voted for Brexit -; albeit on the promise of money for the NHS that never existed -; and it should be the people who have the final say on the terms the UK negotiates, with the option of rejecting the whole deal if it is not in our national interest.
There is so much at stake in this election -; please remember to register and to vote on Thursday 8th June!
The Metropolitan Police announced on Wednesday that ‘in line with the Mayor of London’s Policing Strategy all wards within the Borough will have had an uplift of its Neighbourhood Policing teams with a second Dedicated Ward Officer (DWO). All 16 teams within the Borough will now consist of two constables and a PCSO supported by Sergeants’.
In other words, thanks to Mayor Sadiq Khan, neighbourhood policing, destroyed under the Conservatives, is back.