Parliamentry Candidate - Boston and Skegness
I am standing as the Labour Party candidate for Boston and Skegness.
I want to tell you about myself. I was born at Pilgrim Hospital and have lived in Boston all my life. I work at ASDA in the middle of Boston. Whilst growing up I spent a lot of time in Skegness and often go there now with my son.
I know what it’s like to be on a low income, to scrape by month after month and I see on a daily basis people struggling to put food on the table for their families. I am a proud trade unionist standing up for workers right and facilitated the set £10now campaign which is now Labour Party policy and a manifesto pledge to ensure all workers receive a minimum of £10 an hour to reduce in work poverty.
For over 50 years we have had a sitting Conservative MP. What do we have to show for it Boston, Skegness and Wainfleet are shadows of their former selves, at the minute they’re being run into the ground.
Brexit has taken the limelight in our constituency, I can understand why the constituency voted to leave the EU. But Brexit has been a smoke screen that has deflected away from the real issues that affect the area such as:
- • A complete lack of investment in infrastructure – housing estates are being built everywhere but no investment has been made in doctors, dentists, schools or roads to support the expanding population. It’s been a race to the bottom.
- • A decrease in public safety and an increase in fly tipping.
- • Real terms cuts to the NHS.
- • The undercutting of local people in jobs.
- • Lack of green public transport and transport links.
- • Cuts to public services.
- • Reduced funding of local government.
- • High rent costs and rogue landlords.
- • Universal Credit
- • A lack of support for children with Special Educational Needs in schools.
- • Reduced funding of schools.
- • Families using food banks in 21st century Britain.
It frightens me that, here and now, this is what is happening in our own constituency. I’ve seen it getting worse and worse in the last nine years. We have to look beyond Brexit for the next five years and focus on bringing back pride into our constituency and dealing with the real issues that affect our towns and communities. I’ve got a track record of getting things done and sticking to my word and f you elect me as your MP I pledge to work to:
- • ensure the constituency has the necessary infrastructure it needs to both sustain itself and grow;
- • make the constituency greener by improving public transport and increasing buses in the area;
- • save our NHS and get both Skegness Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital the resources they need as well as improving mental health services;
- • make sure everyone is paid a fair and decent wage;
- • fight for local government funding so our towns get the maintenance care they deserve;
- • make sure our children’s schools get the funding, teachers and support they deserve;
- • clean up the constituency, making it clean and tidy, ending street drinking, and reducing anti-social behaviour and crime in our towns;
- • providing more youth services within our constituency;
- • improve social care for the elderly; and
- • campaign to reduce the retirement age.
If you want a bright future for the Boston and Skegness vote for Ben Cook, vote for Labour.