Boris Johnson speaking at Conservative Party Conference
Boris Johnson speaking at Conservative Party Conference

Cllr Jack Hopkins is the Leader of Lambeth Council and a councillor in Oval ward.

Labour’s manifesto for the general election, ‘It’s time for real change’, sets out an ambitious and transformative vision for our country – with clear plans for tackling the crises we face with our climate, in housing, in social care and in the NHS. It presents a vision for a better Britain, where we invest properly in our public services and shape society so that it puts people before privilege, and genuinely serves the many, not just the few.

The Tory manifesto on the other hand lacks vision and detail. It is immediately clear Boris Johnson’s Tories have no plan for investing in the future of our country: There is no appetite to deal with the climate crisis that we are facing, or to put an end to poverty and homelessness. There is however a very clear commitment from the Tories that if they win a majority, they will lead the UK crashing out of Europe with a disastrous deal that will hurt the most vulnerable in our society.

Their manifesto is worryingly policy-light, presumably in an attempt to play it safe after the dementia-tax disaster they produced in 2017. But playing it safe means they aren’t committing to tackling some the biggest challenges facing the UK right now. There is no commitment to solving the funding crisis in social care provision. There is no specific commitment on council house building. Where there are commitments, they are vague or misleading – such as the pledge for 50,000 new nurses, 19,000 of which are already working within the NHS today.

It is vital that on 13th December we stop Boris Johnson from winning a majority, and return the Labour government our country so desperately needs. A Labour government that will prioritise investing in our public services, house-building, funding our NHS, tackling the climate crisis, and finally putting an end to this Brexit nightmare.

We have three fantastic candidates in Lambeth that will help us achieve the Labour majority we need, and will be fantastic representatives for our borough – they are: Helen Hayes in Dulwich and West Norwood; Florence Eshalomi in Vauxhall; and Bell Ribeiro-Addy in Streatham. With just under two weeks left until the country goes to the polls, it is absolutely vital that we are all getting as stuck in to the campaign as we possibly can – whether that be leafleting, phone canvassing, doorknocking, or even just talking to our friends and family about voting Labour.

We’ve got just under two weeks left until polling day. Let’s get out there and win it for Labour.

Cllr Jack Hopkins

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