Your Lib Dem candidate for Crawley
As the Liberal Democrat candidate for Crawley, I’m campaigning for change. I’m campaigning for better.I know people are fed up of Brexit chaos. It’s a national embarrassment. The Conservative Government’s own analysis says that in a Brexit deal like Boris Johnson’s, each person will be up to £2,250 a year poorer. It’s one of many reasons why I want to Stop Brexit.
I met with the Heads of GP’s Local Medical Committee, the Surrey and Sussex British Medical Association and Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust. In Crawley, patient experiences of getting a GP appointment fall below the National Average. The NHS and social care services are in a state of crisis. That is not because of any failings by the outstanding health workers who serve us tirelessly; it’s because the system has tied one hand behind their backs.
Headteachers and Teachers in Crawley tell me that funding cuts mean less Teachers, less Teaching Assistants, less money and more students. They are stretched to breaking point. One teacher told me that she buys energy bars from her own money for her pupils because they are hungry and school supplies, including pens because they have none.
In discussions with a Senior Sussex Police Officer, I was told that Sussex Police have seen hundreds of police officers cut in recent years forcing them into uncomfortable policing decisions. Since 2015, Conservative cuts have taken 7,500 frontline officers and 2,800 community support officers off the streets. In Crawley Town Centre, in the last year, 75% of offences resulted in no further action being taken. Police officers joined the Police to serve our country. It has been made far too difficult for them to do what they desperately want to do.
Charities in Crawley are struggling to deal with complex long-term and hidden homelessness. Partly, that’s because of an absence of single point accountability and no implementation of the ‘Housing First’ model. During one homeless feeding session, I saw some 45 desperate people in one night being fed by the charity, Giving Back Crawley.
If the Liberal Democrats are elected, we will stop the chaos of Brexit. That will grow our economy and give us £50billion more over the next five years to invest in schools, the Health Service and tackling inequality. Our police are overstretched, and I know you want more visible police officers. If elected, I will make sure that we recruit at least two extra police officers per ward in Crawley. For our environment, we will seek investment in more plastic recycling programmes and electric vehicle charging stations in Crawley. And to address homelessness, we will implement the successful ‘Housing First’ model.
This is the most important election of our time. It will define our future for generations. The Labour and the Conservatives have swapped control of Crawley since 1983. It is time for change. It is time for you to demand better. It is time for the LIBERAL DEMOCRATS.
Vote YOUSUF on 12 December.