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Vote Labour on 7 May 2015

06/05/2015
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There are many reasons to vote Labour in the elections on 7 May 2015.  What’s in store for us all if Labour doesn’t win is very frightening.  The Tories will be coming for everyone whether young or old, healthy or sick, working or not.  Just for starters we can expect further attacks on our welfare state, declining schools as the Tories push the failed Swedish “free” schools model, attacks on trade union rights, and the privatisation of the NHS.

The NHS is at the heart of Britain. Don't let the Tories tear it out

The NHS is at the heart of Britain. Don’t let the Tories tear it out

We join Owen Jones in encouraging everyone to vote.  We also say, vote Labour! – and try to persuade all on the left to do the same.  Labour’s policies are not the same as the Tories, as has been recognised by bodies as diverse as The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory.   The explosion in the use of foodbanks since 2010 and the Tories’ attitude toward them is indicative of this.

The number of people using all foodbanks 2005/6 - 2013/14

The number of people using all foodbanks 2005/6 – 2013/14

Undeniably the lives of millions of working class people in Britain will be better under a Miliband-led government than under another Cameron Coalition.  For those of us fighting cuts and opposed to austerity, it will be easier to pursue these aims under Labour.  We urge those on the left thinking about voting for TUSC, the Greens or any other alternative party, and those who may decide not to vote, to first consider these reasons working class radicals should vote Labour.

LRC Chair John McDonnell begs disaffected Labour voters to come home

LRC Chair John McDonnell begs disaffected Labour voters to come home

LRC Chair John McDonnell has made this eve of election appeal: “I never thought I would see shanties being erected or families staying in sheds and garages just to put a roof over their children’s heads. I didn’t think that people would be going hungry or would have to rely on charity to eat, but so many in my town now do. And how wrong I was when I believed the days of landlords evicting families to increase the rent or for simply complaining about the damp were over.

I fear for our people if Cameron gets back in, especially in alliance with UKIP. Nothing and nobody but the rich will be safe. There is nothing they won’t sell, nothing they won’t cut, and nobody they won’t scapegoat, no matter what harm they cause to even the most vulnerable in our society. As a minimum safeguard we have to ensure Labour is at least the largest party.

From the socialist left in Labour I beg disaffected Labour voters to come home to Labour. Others, especially new young voters, I urge to stand with us in protecting a new generation against the barbarity of a Conservative/UKIP future.”

We say vote Labour on 7 May 2015.

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