I’ve been a Labour Party member since 2015. I joined after volunteering with a local homelessness charity. Talking to people who had become homeless showed me firsthand the reality of austerity: spending cuts and benefit sanctions have been a big factor in the rise of homelessness and poverty since 2010. Labour has an alternative: instead of making the poorest pay for an economic crisis through cuts, have a fairer tax system and properly fund public services for the benefit of everyone.
It’s an alternative that I think is worth campaigning for. That’s why I’m standing as a candidate for the local elections and working with other Labour candidates as their electoral agent. The most satisfying response I get on the doorstep is: “I haven’t heard from any other parties, but good on you for taking the time.” People are generally glad to be listened to and for anyone new to campaigning it can be very rewarding.
We need a Labour government but having a Labour council can help people now. Despite Conservative imposed budget cuts hitting them the hardest, Labour councils make a difference by building more affordable homes, investing in the local economy and supporting health and social care.