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General Election 2019

Peter Lamb – Labour Parliamentary Candidate

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Crawley is my home. It’s where I was born, where I went to school and where I’ve served the community as a councillor for almost a decade, for over half of which as Council Leader.

We all know that nine years of Conservative austerity has resulted in unprecedented budget cutsacross the public sector, including here in Crawley where the Government cut our entire grant. In spite of this, as Council Leader, I am proud to say I have delivered new council housing on a scale not seen for decades, balanced budgets annually without making frontline cuts, and kicked off a wave of investment in the town’s facilities and infrastructure.

I want the best for our town, that’s why I’ve worked hard for Crawley, it’s also why I’m so passionate about reversing the damage caused to our home by austerity. Under the Conservatives, our local NHS has been plunged into financial ‘special measures’, our headteachers were forced to march on Downing Street to demand the funding they need, and the reduction in police officers has seen a wave of drugs and violence spilling out into our neighbourhoods and town centre. We’ve even reached the point where one in three local children is now living in actual poverty.

I don’t believe that’s what most of us really want for Crawley. Another future is possible if we choose to fight for it. If elected on the 12th December, I will:

  • always put the interests of our town first at Westminster
  • support our public services by ending the cuts which have been taken them to the brink of collapse
  • work to combat climate change and generate growth through Labour’s Green New Deal
  • seek to create a fairer society through a truly affordable and ambitious house building program and better paying employment
  • trust the people on Brexit by letting the public choose between remain and a final deal

My track-record over five and a half years as Crawley Council Leader shows that when I make a promise, I keep it.

I believe that Crawley could have a great future ahead of it, one where every resident has decent living conditions, the chance to succeed, and some of the best public services in the world. Alternatively, we can continue along the same path the Conservatives have led us for the last nine years, a path involving greater hardship, fewer opportunities and declining public services. On 12th December, that choice is up to you.

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General Election 2019

Iain Dickson – Green Party Parliamentary Candidate

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I am standing as the Green Party candidate in Crawley, in the 2019 General Election.

So, why should you vote for me?

I joined the Green Party about 30 years ago because I wanted to make a difference and that difference was to put the environment and people before money making and profit as the main priority in everything we do. The Green Party offered that opportunity to me to try and bring that difference about.

Even when I joined the Greens, scientists for many years had been telling and informing UK governments amongst others around the world that a Climate Crisis is coming if we do not make serious changes. We needed to cut carbon emissions, stop using fossil fuels and replace them with renewable sources, use electric transport, change our agricultural and industrial practices and methods, think about how we dispose of the waste and pollution we create – plastic being just one example amongst many other things.

I am also appalled by the inequalities and injustices in our society and economy. In the 5th richest country in the world, why do we have 14 million people in poverty, homelessness, food banks, low wages, a huge gap between rich and poor?

Why is it we can’t afford money for the NHS, schools, social housing, police, decent wages but we can afford tax cuts for the rich and big business, wasteful projects like HS2, Trident, Hinkley Point nuclear power station and other such things.

We need to change this by ending austerity, paying people a living wage, ending zero hour contracts, properly fund vital services like the NHS, schools, social housing, etc.

A vote for me, is a vote to change this, a vote to massively alter our political system and to make you and the future generations the heart of our decision making.

Tens and hundreds of thousands in the UK and maybe millions of young people and others, around the world in groups such as Extinction Rebellion, are already becoming very aware that changes have to be made.

Businesses are now falling over themselves to announce how environmentally friendly they are – supermarkets are saying they are getting rid of plastic packaging, car manufacturers switching to electric car manufacture and so on.

It is within our reach, to make changes. We have the resources, technology and money. All we lack is the political will to bring this about. Capitalism and consumerism are not set in stone, they can be un-invented or better still adapted, so that it actually puts the needs of people and the environment first, before profits.

As your Green MP, I’ll add political will alongside other Green MPs to bring about these changes. I will ensure that we push for a green revolution where all new policies have the environment at the heart of their conception and implementation.

A vote for the Green Party is a vote for our future generations and those that cannot vote.

Vote Green 2019.

Iain Dickson
Crawley Green Party

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