It has been an honour to represent Manchester Central in Parliament, and I am delighted to be restanding for election in June.
This is a completely unnecessary election and Theresa May has called it to get a big majority in order to do what she likes, unchecked by opposition. She wants an increased mandate for more cuts, Brexit on her terms and to cut school funding. We cannot let that happen. It will be a tough fight but if we all work together we can stop her.
I remember the effect of Tory government on our city in the 80s and I have seen the impact of Tory Lib Dem cuts again- social care drastically cut, the NHS in crisis, roads maintenance budgets slashed and the most vulnerable in society under attack and relying on foodbanks.
Since becoming an MP I have fought against savage Tory cuts to our city, I successfully fought the forced academisation of all schools and now I’m fighting the devastating cuts the Tories plan to inflict on our schools.
One of the aspects of the job I enjoy most is helping constituents and over the last four and half years I've helped thousands of residents with a range of problems, from housing and homelessness, to hospital waiting lists and unfair benefit sanctions.
This election could help decide the future of our country and our city and now is our opportunity to send a strong message to Theresa May: the people of Manchester Central have had enough of harsh Tory cuts.
If I’m reelected in June, I promise to stand up for you and your family and be a strong voice for our community.