“When I was growing up my parents told me how lucky we were that Labour had got into government in 1945. We now had the NHS, working conditions for ordinary people were better, we benefited from the profits made by Gas, Electricity, Coal and a range of companies like Thomas Cook which the people then owned. Most of all they valued a decent education for me and the chance for me to go to University – the first person in my family to do so.
They felt well off compared to the pre-war years and my grandparents felt comfortably off and well looked after as pensioners – all due to a Labour Government led by a quiet unassuming Prime Minister who the Tories and the media tried to suggest was not up to the job.
Since then I’ve lived through three periods of Tory government which damaged our NHS and education system, gave away some of our assets cheaply and led to a much more divided nation. We now have the biggest gap between rich and poor in this country that we have ever had.
I’m with Labour because the Party is the only one with a credible plan and the possibility to ensure that all of us in The Cotswolds can look forward to a better future, not just the most wealthy of us.”
Andy, trade union official and former teacher, Tetbury