My name is Laura McAlpine, and I am standing to be your next MP. I live and grew up in Harlow, where I enjoyed a brilliant childhood and a great education, first at Little Parndon and later Burnt Mill schools. I was also lucky enough to benefit from the excellent youth services that once existed in the town, such as the play-schemes, Connexions and the Square.
My roots in Harlow run deep; my Granny, Jean McAlpine, served as a Harlow Labour Councillor for 20 years. My Grandad, a plumber, helped to build Harlow in the years after the war. Both my parents lived and worked in Harlow … the town is my home, and I care deeply about it.
As I have grown up I have personally experienced many of the issues currently affecting Harlow. It’s unjust that young people are priced out of the area they grew up in; that families are scared to shop in certain areas due to a rise in crime, or that the elderly and disabled are isolated and their bus routes cut because they aren’t deemed profitable enough.
Under this Tory government, we have seen services axed, police numbers dwindle, and school resources decimated. House prices and private rents have soared, and council budgets have been slashed. I will be a MP for Harlow & the Villages and fight with all my might for policies which prioritise Education, Housing, and Jobs. You and I, and our families, deserve better.
I have a deep passion for improving the lives of everyone who lives here. Often people say that ‘all politicians are the same …’ But having grown up in Harlow and struggled myself, I can promise you, the only thing I am ‘the same as,’ is the people I want to represent. When the time comes, I’m hoping your vote can help me achieve that ambition.