Rebecca Long-Bailey Labour MP for Salford and Eccles writes Tuesday;
"Today Theresa May announced her decision to call a general election on June 8th.
Salford and Eccles like many other communities in Britain has suffered immeasurable damage at the hands of this Government.
Over the last 2 years I have heard first hand in my constituency office, the horrific stories of hardship and injustice people and businesses in Salford have faced.
Our public services are on their knees, our NHS is on the brink of collapse, social care is teetering on a cliff edge, our education and skills sector is facing cuts on a scale never seen before and most people are worse off financially than they were before the financial crash in 2008.
Lest we forget that we were told that this austerity was necessary in order to rebuild the economy, that we were 'all in it together'....
Nothing could have been further from the truth. Instead the Government has presided over a rigged economy that has turned a blind eye to tax avoidance and seen tax cuts for a wealthy elite whilst at the same time imposing savage cuts to the support of the most vulnerable.
When the Government should have been providing business and industry with the tools they need to succeed and to deliver the high paid high skilled jobs of the future that would have ensured more money for our public services through increased tax recepits, they failed.
They failed to adequately invest in infrastructure, research, development, and skills. They failed to provide access to finance and they failed to adequately address even the most basic issues affecting businesses such as the recent hike in business rates.
Britain’s record on investment is already poor relative to our EU counterparts. In 2015, as a proportion of GDP, we invested about 17.6% compared to 19.2% in Germany, 20.3% in the US and 22.3% in France.
Even in the sphere of Brexit, where it is critical that we forge a new industrial agenda that fiercely promotes and supports British manufacturing, the Government is failing again to provide businesses with the assurances and stability they need. For example, reshoring supply chains, investing in skills and infrastructure, dedication to securing single market access. Simple assurances that would demonstrate that Britain is a good place to do business.
Instead they seem to be offering certain businesses bespoke Brexit deals on an adhoc basis and leaving the rest to sink or swim.
These are not the actions of a Government that wants to make sure we are a world economic leader nor are they the actions of a Government that seeks to ensure that through economic and political will, they deliver the best possible quality of life for all.
Now we have the opportunity to elect a Prime Minister who will really put our communities first.
A Leader who will deliver a vision of hope for the future where British businesses are supported with an industrial strategy that ensures that business has the skills and infrastructure it needs to thrive.
An economy that leads the world in new technological and scientific advances and uses political and economic decision making to promote and champion home grown businesses and supply chains.
An economy where it is patriotic to ensure that workers in Britain are the best paid, best supported, most secure workers in the world.
An economy that delivers wealth to every corner of every community. Where we demand nothing less than world leading living standards for the people of Britain, building high quality homes for all and delivering the best education system and NHS in the world.
A society that respects and supports our retired people after having put so much into our country.
An economy that says 'thank you' to our armed forces veterans and gives them the support they deserve when they return home.
An economy that makes sure that places like Salford truly do become a economic force to be reckoned with where we are leaders in a 'real' Northern Powerhouse that gives us the investment we need to thrive and prosper.
We have the talent, we have the drive and we have the passion to succeed, we just need a Government who helps us to realise our potential.
On June 8th we have a chance to elect a Leader who will deliver this vision and more.
His name is Jeremy Corbyn."
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