THE LABOUR Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Harlow, Laura McAlpine has welcomed the news that a General Election will take place on Thursday December 12th.
Ms McAlpine said: “I love Harlow. I grew up in the town, attending first Little Parndon Primary school and then Burnt Mill. My parents and their parents also lived in Harlow; I met my husband here, and our baby son Frank was born at Princess Alexandra Hospital. My biggest wish is that Frank can grow up here, in a town which can give him the opportunities Harlow has given me.
“That is why I want to see our schools properly funded, so our children don’t have to learn in overcrowded classrooms or our schools shut early to cut costs.
“I want affordable homes to be available to the second, third and fourth generations of Harlow families. That’s why I will press for thousands of the 500,000 affordable, council and social housing Labour have promised, to be built in Harlow. I want to make a positive impact as our MP, to improve our community..
I want to see our NHS improve and serve us well, and that’s why I will work to ensure it is run for patients and not for profits and ensure we build a brand new state-of-the-art hospital for Harlow and the Villages.
I love this town but for too long past governments have caused so many problems for the people of Harlow. I want to see an end to office block conversions like Terminus House and Templefields, where whole families have been moved in from London to live in overcrowded and cramped conditions. These kinds of developments, made possible by our current Conservative government, are not good for the people in them, and they are not good for our town. And they do nothing for those struggling to get housing in Harlow. In fact, they make our problems worse.
Ms. McAlpine has branded Robert Halfon ‘late to the party’ on the issue of tackling potholes in Harlow.
I also want to see more police on our streets to make our communities stronger and feel safer. I want workers in Harlow to have decent well-paid jobs, and to feel their rights at work are protected. That’s why I will campaign for an end to zero-hours contract and for a living wage of at least £10 an hour.
And I want a Brexit deal which does not weaken our rights as citizens or as workers. I want a Brexit deal which does not lead to reduced environmental standards, we owe that much to future generations. I want to give you a deal you can vote on in a referendum so we can finally move on together as a country.
I believe in the Labour Party as the only party who will truly look after the interests of working people, and I am proud to represent Labour in the coming election. But most of all, I want you to vote for Harlow, and for me, Laura McAlpine.
I want to go to Westminster as MP for Harlow, from Harlow. And if elected, I will stand up for all of us in parliament and press for the changes I believe we all want to see; in the town we share, and the country we love.