The general election tomorrow is a fight for our schools and our NHS. I believe it is everyone's right to have access to high quality education and healthcare throughout our lives, no matter your income. Yet a decade of Tory cuts has left both at breaking point.
Labour’s vision for a world-class education and brighter future for all
Like many of you, my children go to school in Croydon, but Tory cuts mean many headteachers in Croydon are barely able to keep their schools’ budgets afloat. School cuts are jeopardising our children’s futures.
My Croydon Schools Survey revealed nine out of ten Croydon heads have had to cut staff due to funding pressures. Despite claims from the Conservatives, Croydon’s schools will still suffer an £8.3 million shortfall next year.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Labour’s ambitious plan for a National Education Service means an end to school cuts, more support for parents and the best possible start for our children. They are our future, and we won’t get a second chance to give them the schooling they deserve.
30 hours free childcare to all 2 to 4 year olds
1000 new Sure Start centres
Free school meals to all primary children
Scrap tuition fees
Restore 6th form & university maintenance grants
6 years free study for adults to retrain, end skills shortages and prepare our economy for the future
Our fight for the survival of our NHS
The Tories have starved the NHS of funding for a decade, and now we have proof the NHS is at risk in any Tory-Trump trade deal, with US drugs companies already looking to hike up drug prices.
Under the Tories, Croydon’s NHS is dealing with longest ever A&E wait times, and this will only get worse, with a lack of life-saving drugs for sick Croydon children, and sending hundreds of millions a week to US drug companies.
Labour will save the NHS with a £26 billion NHS Lifeline. For Croydon, this will mean:
£74m boost to Croydon’s NHS
122 extra doctors
235 more nurses
29 extra midwives
111 more support staff
Have your say by voting tomorrow!
Here in Croydon Central the seat often swings between Labour and the Tories. Although I won by 5,000 votes in 2017, the Tories scraped through by just 165 votes in the 2015 election. Without your support, we could all wake up to a Boris Johnson majority government and an austerity supporting, hard Brexit Conservative MP here in Croydon Central who will never stand up to him.
You can find out more about my priorities as your candidate under ‘Campaigns’ on my website: www.sarah-jones.org or by watching my campaign video below.
If you would like to help with my campaign tomorrow, I’d be so grateful. You can sign up here to help: www.sarah-jones.org/volunteer/ or call 0208 191 7064. Every vote counts - and your support could make all the difference.
With very best wishes,
P.S. Many people who are not natural Labour supporters have told me that they are thinking of lending me their vote this time, because they believe I will put Croydon first. If you are like them, I won’t let you down.