Today we were treated to speeches from Jonathon Ashworth, Dawn Butler and the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn. All three rousing, passionate and appreciated by delegates.
Jonathon Ashworth, shadow health secretary laid out Labour’s plans to bring our National Health Service back into public ownership and to give it the investment it needs to rebuild after the ravages caused by Tory (and Lib Dem) austerity measures. He acknowledged the damage caused to public health budgets for drug and alcohol services, sexual health services and more.
The question for us here in Hemel Hempstead, who desperately need a new hospital, how much more likely are we to succeed with a Labour government willing to invest in our health and well being? I am sure, that after 13 years of a Tory MP and 8 years of Tory government evidence would suggest that we would never succeed under the Tories. Our MP has only recently introduced the issue of the state of Watford hospital in parliament but seems to have confined his criticisms to those who are running the hospital rather than the obvious lack of funds, lack of beds, low morale of staff and reliance on agency staff to keep the wards open.
Dawn Butler spoke of the impact of austerity on those who are more vulnerable in our society, of course they have paid a higher price, the elderly in need of care, the young in need of a good start in life with quality nursery provision. The disabled who have had provision cut and who have seen their financial support become a lottery under PIP. Labour have promised to right these wrongs.
It is important to note that our 2017 manifesto was fully costed and the next manifesto will also be fully costed. The electorate will be able to make up their own minds about who is best at investing in our people and our economy.
Finally, Jeremy Corbyn gave a speech giving Labour’s vision for the future and how Labour will rebuild the country and the values on which these plans are based. They appear radical given all that we have endured in the last 8 years but most unbiased commentators see these plans as common sense, not dissimilar to Scandinavian countries who recognised our 2017 manifesto as pretty mainstream. Investment in secure and skilled work and giving those caught up in the GIG economy rights at work, diplomacy not bombs, dignity for our senior citizens and protection for our young. Investing in our economy for the future and so much more.
Jeremy’s speech gave hope to all those who have suffered over that last 8 years and to our young people for a secure future. If you want to get involved join the Labour Party here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org because we would love to welcome you to the largest political party in Europe!
Sandy Palmer and Vicky Martin
Chair and Secretary
Hemel Hempstead constituency Labour Party