Candidate: Sarah Williams (centre of photo with rosette and grey scarf)
The Penrith & The Border Labour Party launched their election campaign on Monday evening with their candidate Sarah Williams speaking to a large audience of enthusiastic supporters.
Sarah will be the candidate for the Labour Party and Cooperative Party: the Cooperative Party has been affiliated to the Labour Party since 1927. Candidates are often fielded in the name of both parties who work together as a partnership to achieve the same objectives. In the last Government there were 32 Labour & Co-operative Party MP’s. However, this is the first time that a candidate has stood under this shared banner in Penrith & the Border.
Sarah, who was educated in Wigton, told her audience, “There are a whole range of important issues to discuss within this election campaign as a result of the Tory government woefully neglecting and running-down so many of the services that our constituents value and need.”
“We’ve seen real, genuine food and fuel poverty in Cumbria with the Tories savagely cutting investment in local services and social care. They’ve betrayed the electorate and presided over a system that means that hard working people have the indignity of having to go to the local food bank, like the one in my home town of Wigton, because of zero hours contracts and wage poverty.”
Sarah said that, “Johnson and Farage have obediently followed the instructions of Donald Trump to work together and I fear that the NHS is now in real danger of being forced to accept fund-sucking contracts with American drug companies”. She went on, “For a decade I have seen how Tory austerity cuts have demoralised and damaged our local health service in North Cumbria, slashing services and starving rural practices of GPs”.
Speaking eloquently about Cumbrian farming and the local environment Sarah said, “I believe a disastrous Tory brexit will devastate our local farming industry driving down animal welfare and food standards and destroying the quality of farming products so hard won by our dedicated farmers. We will tackle environmental issues in partnership with farmers – the true custodians of our countryside – to bring jobs and investment in green energy, tree planting to help prevent flooding and sustainable farming practices.”
Sarah gave a wide-ranging speech that had the over-arching message that it is now time for change through transforming the economy with a radical set of policies that will benefit the many and not just the well-off.