Brexit, Education, Health, the Environment and more. There's lots of issues people care about in this election, find out below what Dan has to say on the issues that matter to you.
By going ahead with a ‘Hard Brexit’ the Tories have put an ideological immigration policy above the interests of our economy. The British people did not vote to leave the single market, and if the decision to leave the EU makes our country poorer then I will argue that article 50 needs to be reversed. More than 60% of voters in South Cambridgeshire voted to Remain in the EU in the referendum, along with nearly half the rest of the country. But yet we are hurtling towards a situation that will make future generations poorer, will harm our environment and isolate us from our nearest neighbours and allies.
I was against the referendum in principle. The Conservative Party gambled with our future and lost and we will all pay the price. However the result of that vote did not decide the path that we will take out of the EU. I have argued, and always will, that if it turns out that Brexit will damage our country then we must have the courage to stop it and explain to the country why. Parliament has the right to reject the Brexit deal and reopen negotiations.
This is a symptom of the Tory Party’s disregard for the NHS and its patients as a whole. Years of underfunding and bad planning have left healthcare services around the country on the brink. The Labour Manifesto promises to plough an extra £6billion a year into the NHS by raising taxes on some of the nation’s highest earners. It also outlines how the £22billion Tory hospital cuts programme will be immediately halted and reviewed and a million people taken off waiting lists.
As a teacher I have seen how the Government’s policy of forcing schools to become academies has damaged our children’s education. Now they want to bring back Grammar schools. I will campaign against these proposals which are a direct attack on social mobility, and instead seek to properly fund our schools so they no longer have to send begging letters to parents for vital funds.
Education has always been let down in Cambridgeshire and I will fight to right this wrong. The ‘Fair funding’ formula has been proven to let our students down and means that we receive some of the lowest funds per student in the whole country. On top of this our schools are facing massive cuts so teachers are losing their jobs. I’m proud of my time as a teacher and am also proud that Labour will reinvest in our young people so that education is once again a right and not a privilege.
Hunting foxes with dogs is a cruel and unacceptable pastime - the idea that there are those who gain pleasure from seeing a helpless animal ripped apart fills me with horror.When the Labour Party banned fox hunting in 2004 I was proud to be part of a movement which had the resolve to stand up to this kind of blatant animal abuse and if elected I will fight to keep the ban on the statute books. I believe the new Labour manifesto sets out a bold vision for animal welfare including increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty, end the badger cull, promote cruelty-free animal husbandry, prohibit the third-party sale of puppies and support the ban on wild animals in circuses.