I never thought I would be sharing on here any political views, but recently, I’ve felt so passionate about this election that I thought it was about time I had my say.
I grew up in a middle-class family, in a wealthy ‘Conservative-heavy’ suburb, went to a grammar school, private college, and a red-brick university. To the outside out, it might look obvious who I would vote for.
The first time I could vote was back in 2010. As a confused 19-year old, I voted the same as my parents; Conservative. I had no interest in politics and not much changed when the 2015 election came around.
Fast-forward 2 years and I have now bought a house in a very pro-Labour area, I have read up on the manifesto, the other parties, some of my closest friends are activists, and I feel very strongly about protecting the NHS, schools and the police.
Although much of the Labour manifesto doesn’t directly affect me (I’m not paid minimum wage, at University, have children or work for the NHS) I still believe that electing this government will be better for the country in the long run and for my future generations. I’ve worked hard to buy a house, go on little city breaks and enjoy nights out with my friends, but I am not driven by money, and I wouldn’t want to live in a society that is.
So why am I voting Labour?
Well, firstly, because I believe that Jeremy Corbyn is the best person to run the country: He genuinely cares about the people, schools, universities, women, wages, the NHS, making amends where the Tories haven’t. He is also the lowest claiming MP when it comes to expenses, takes the bus and has been campaigning for a fairer economy for years.
Secondly, I agree with most points in his manifesto (which you can find here). Not only is he passionate about policing our streets, investing in schools, and providing free childcare, but he wants to ensure that mental health services are given the same priority as physical health, hospital care remains free and the nurse’s bursary is reinstated after the Tories scrapped it.
And surely I can’t be the only one who would rather drive than get the train because the prices are through the roof? Well, if you vote Labour, Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to cap fares, so we don’t pay more than other European countries.
During this whole election, one thing that has annoyed me throughout is the papers. If you go into a newsagent, you’re met with headlines about Jeremy Corbyn not being able to protect us, how he’s linked to Islamic extremists, how he’s an alcoholic, not fit to run the country etc. etc. But these papers are owned by millionaire tax avoiders, that will do anything in their power to dodge paying more money; and the thing that gets me is, the new tax on the country’s highest earners won’t even touch the side, and I guarantee none of them would miss it.
I’m honestly not telling you who to vote for, I’m just highlighting some of the reasons why I will be voting Labour. People fought and died for us to have the right to vote, so please use it tomorrow.