This week, every person in the United Kingdom will have the chance to vote in one way or another. Whether it is in Local Council elections, the London Mayoral race, the Greater London Assembly, Police and Crime Commissioner Elections or in one of the devolved legislatures, most voters will be able to have a say in their democratic process for the first time since last year’s General Election.
Elections are about choosing sides, and Labour is on the side of hard working people and is standing up for them, not just standing by. In the last year we have seen how the Tories have taken a pick-axe to public services, rolling back vital services across the country and taking much needed funding from those areas that need it the most, whilst piling money into rich areas.
It is not just public services that the Tories have targeted. They have also gone after the pounds in your pocket. Labour warned that there would be raids on hard working families and nowhere was this more blatant than the attempts to cut tax credits for those trying to make ends meet. George Osborne’s bid to take money out of hard working people’s pockets betray a man who has never had to struggle to put food on the table.
Local elections are all about making choices, and it is the choices that the Labour Party has made that matters. It was Labour who stood up, not stood by as it fought the Tories over the tax credit cuts. It was Labour who stood up, not stood by opposing cuts to Personal Independence Payments.
Whilst Labour is not in power in national government, we are still in power across a number of local councils and in Wales. Where Labour is in power, it is putting words into action by fighting to protect public services and standing up for local people. Labour understands the importance that local services have in communities up and down the country.
We will stand up against the unfair Tory cuts to protect the vital public services we all rely on. We will protect neighbourhood policing and oppose the vicious Tory cuts to the Police. And we will invest in the NHS to rescue it from Tory neglect, joining up services from home to hospital so it’s fit for the future.
We know how important it is to feel safe in your community. Tory cuts have meant fewer Bobbies on the beat and in Hull this has meant reported crime has sky rocketed under a Tory Government and the Tory Police and Crime Commissioner.
Labour will stand up for safer communities. Labour Councils and Police and Crime Commissioners will oppose deep Tory cuts to front-line officers to keep Bobbies on the beat. We will prioritise neighbourhood policing and bear down on crime and its causes.
The Tories’ cuts to the Police are putting the safety of our communities at risk. Over 18,000 officers and 5,000 Community Support Officers have already been lost. Further real terms cuts in funding risk making it harder to keep our streets safe just as violent crime is on the rise.
Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate in Humberside, Keith Hunter, has over 30 years’ experience as a police officer knows what it takes to police at the highest level. Keith will show why it is important to elect a professional, not a politician, to protect the people who are policed by Humberside Police.
In Hull, the Labour Council led by Steve Brady has battled Tory Austerity and set a course to prosperity, attracting investment from world leading companies such as Siemens, brought the City of Culture to the city in 2017 as well as making sure that the City is prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.
When going to the polling station on Thursday, keep all of this in mind and vote for a party that has made standing up for hard working people its ambition.
Vote Labour this May: we will stand up for you.