The thing about knocking on doors, is that the ones that you think about over and over again when you walk away down the path, aren’t the doors where people say ‘no, thank you’, or the ones where a curtain twitches, but no-one answers, or the ones that shout (doesn’t happen often, don’t worry!) or even the ones where someone tells you they are voting (Labour) for the first time…the ones you think about for days are when you see people really, really struggling. Over the past few days I’ve knocked on a few of those: one lady told me she has £24 a month left to feed herself and for personal purchases after her benefits have paid in and out and the bills are paid. Another younger woman, expecting her 2nd baby, had very little (and I mean almost no furniture) in her house behind the door that opened. A few toys lay on the floor, but it was dark (she kept the lights off she said to keep bills down).
I know a Labour government is needed by so many in this area of the country, I mean, I see the need for the changes Labour will make every single day. Sometimes though, you see things that show these changes can’t happen soon enough. Of course, I know groups and agencies locally (the wonderful Lions, Baby Basics in Dover, Church groups, certain local pockets of benevolent funds etc.) that can and will help people in the short term and in both of the aforementioned cases, I have signposted others, because sometimes you have to; It shouldn’t be like that though.
There’s been a lot of door-knocking over the past few days. I’ve been in Deal (Thursday – today) and St. Radigund’s in Dover (Yesterday). Look at this fab picture of the rolling hills and classic Dover street view from the St. Rad’s area we were in:
And someone even tried to hitch a lift as we went along the street:
Deal was bitter weather, with the wind whipping off the sea down the roads running West and straight into us. I clearly need to bring out the gloves, as my fingers and lips went a bit blue! You can see how chilly the team was here:
It was nice to head back to warm up after the Deal stint and watch the Labour manifesto launch (some of our campaign team brought me round some soup, because some people are still that lovely). I’m very proud of our manifesto – I really am. For those that follow me on social media, I’ve posted with my absolutely favourite bits, but if you don’t ‘do’ Facebook or Twitter, then here they are for your enjoyment!
🏡 100,000 council homes built a year.
🦷 Free dental check ups & x-rays.
🚂 Nationally-owned trains, Postal service & water.
👩🏻🦳 Freeze pension age @ 66
👩⚕️ Higher starting public sector wages.
🏠 capping rents and properly regulating rogue landlords.
💵 £10 p/h minimum wage for EVERYONE in work.
🌳 A Green New Deal, championing the infrastructure needed to combat climate change.
🙋🏽♀️Giving people the final say on Brexit: putting any deal up to be scrutinised & voted on.
🏥 A migration system based on filling real skills & labour shortages such as in our hospitals, agriculture & social care sectors.
💁🏻♂️Scrap Universal Credit. Bring in a new system based on dignity & respect.
🏥 4.3% boost a year to our health service.
🥼 End prescription charges.
End hospital parking charges.
🛏 End mixed sex hospital wards.
👩⚕️ Training bursaries back for nurses & midwives.
👨🎓 Scrap tuition fees.
💊 Start a national pharmaceutical company to secure access to generic medicines.
🙋🏽♀️Increase the Carer’s Allowance.
🤱🏼Extend paid maternity leave to 12 months.
🧒 All 2,3 & 4 year olds to get 30 hours of free childcare.
👮♂️ Recruit 2000 more frontline police than the Conservatives are promising.
To read Labour’s manifesto in full, click here:
Now, if you are going to ask how are Labour going to afford it. Here you go:
💵 Those earning under £80,000 DON’T pay extra tax to afford all the above. If you earn £145,000 (a) You are in the top 5% of earners in the whole country and (b) you’ll pay an extra £5k a year, but think of what a wonderful country you’ll be helping to build! Check out what you’d pay in income tax under Labour here
We’d also roll back Corporation tax to what is was before the Conservatives began their breaks for businesses in recent years and tax our fossil fuel burning companies that aren’t properly offsetting their environmental impact.
Anyway, I have leaflets to bundle and deliver, other material to write, social media posts to post, the news to watch, my parents to go and have a cup of tea with, children to see, husband to moan at (kidding – my fantastic husband is helping with the digital side of this campaign, if I moan at him, he’ll troll me!)