Labour’s Suzy Stride speaks to St Stephen’s Over-Sixties

Politics / Thu 2nd Apr 2015 at 09:50am

Suzy StephensSUZY Stride, Labour’s candidate to be the MP for Harlow visited St Stephens Over Sixties Hub this week to hear the priorities of Harlow’#s pensioners with better buses and a fully-funded NHS topping the list.

Clients at the Lunch Club run by St Stephens Church in Tye Green highlighted the importance of regular bus services to avoid longer waiting times and the need for better information on bus timings and services. The NHS was another hot-topic with concern over NHS cuts and privatisation.

Suzy Stride has already launched a survey to gather information from local residents about the bus services in Harlow and how they can be improved, spearheading the Better Buses Campaign at the end of last year; while last week she was championing Labour’s NHS plans with Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, and Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary.

Suzy Stride, Labour’s candidate for MP, said: “It’s great to come to this fantastic and valued project and I thank the organisers for all the work they put in to such a worthwhile project.

“I’m really pleased to be able to come to meet the clients who use the hub to hear what their prirotieis are for the forthcoming election. Many highlighted busses Essex County Council still needs to improve the reliability of bus information and services and I will continue to press the council and make the case for change.

“The NHS was also a cause for concern with waiting lists in Harlow up by three weeks and government cuts and reorganisations threatening the future of the NHS. It was great to discuss Labour’s plans for the NHS, which include 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and cancer tests guaranteed within one week. And we’ll pay for it by closing tax loopholes and a mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million.

“On a personal level, it was inspiring to hear from residents who recalled when Labour first introduced the NHS and indeed some who were moved here when the New Town was first built”

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