GE19: Letter of thanks from Labour candidate, Laura McAlpine

Dear Editor,

I want to say a huge thank you to the people of Harlow who put their trust in me in the ballot box on Thursday. This time it was not enough to bring the change we need, and I feel deeply sad about that.

I put myself forward to be Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Harlow and the Villages, because I felt heartbroken that we have lost so much in our town due to the cuts to our vital services and communities under the Tories, and I want to make a difference. I want to fight for Play schemes, youth services, more police, bus services, the fire service, schools, and the NHS. I want to challenge unsuitable housing developments, address our housing crisis, and the decline of our town centre. I believe the people of Harlow deserve better.

I was selected to represent the Labour Party in Harlow in April 2018. I worked on many Iocal projects for over eighteen months, until the time came to campaign in earnest, when the recent election was called. During that short period of campaigning I knocked on thousands of doors – but I was not alone. Every single day I was joined by NHS staff, nurses, doctors, surgeons, by firefighters, teachers, solicitors, pensioners, shop workers, students and factory workers – other people just like me. People who live and work in Harlow, many NHS workers, and teachers, who came out in the cold and rain with me because they felt a desperate need to tell their neighbours that the services they deliver for the people of Harlow are in crisis, and need real change. These problems are repeated all over the country. We saw that all too clearly in the image of the sick little boy on the floor on the front pages of our newspapers recently.

But while our hospitals are at breaking point, while we are unable to get a GP appointment, while 30% of children in Harlow continue to live in poverty, while our schools are seriously underfunded, while across the UK one million people need the services of foodbanks, and while our living standards continue to be pushed down – I will not give up.

This may have been seen as a Brexit election, but the next one will not be. This time I gave Harlow and the Villages everything I had, but sadly it was not enough. I hope that I will be given the opportunity to do it all again. My ambition is not to be ‘an MP’, it is to be the MP for Harlow, and to serve its people.

I will continue to campaign with those in the town and villages who will be let down by the Tories cruel benefit cuts, bedroom tax, low wages, highest train fares, depleted bus service, and library closures. I will fight for the 1950s women who were robbed of the pension they expected with almost no notice. I will fight for an end to developments like Terminus House, against the privatisation of our NHS, and I will fight for a better Harlow for my son, trying to ensure that he and others just like him can enjoy growing up in a town he comes to love, just as much as I Love Harlow.

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4 Responses to "GE19: Letter of thanks from Labour candidate, Laura McAlpine"

  1. MickyB77   December 18, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    More like a political statement from Momentum, rather than a thank you.

  2. Clark   December 18, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    It is very easy to forget that, under the United Kingdom’s constitution, we do not vote for parties. Indeed, political parties technically do not exist, they are groupings of individual people who identify themselves as Members of a particular party to state their particular views, and that they share them with others of similar outlook. It was only in relatively recent times that a Candidate’s party was stated on the ballot paper.
    When we vote, we are voting for the person whom we would like to represent us at Westminster.
    I am very proud to say that I voted for Laura McAlpine. Not simply because she was my Labour Candidate, but because I know her personally and have heard her speak publicly on the issues that matter to her. Laura is precisely the kind of person whom I would want to represent me and my family at Westminster. A woman from Harlow, of Harlow, who loves Harlow and as she herself said, want not to ‘be an MP’, but to ‘be an MP for Harlow’.
    A woman of integrity, principle and dogged determination to stand for the rights of all people to be treated equally and fairly, and to find happiness and fulfilment in their lives. Laura is quite simply, one of the finest Candidates for political office I have ever met; and I believe her day will come.
    Let me conclude by saying that my comments in no way impugn the character of the other Candidates, whom I am sure are decent people who hold their views with sincerity; and I congratulate Robert Halfon upon his re-election as Member of Parliament for this Constituency.

  3. MickyB77   December 19, 2019 at 6:33 am

    To get what you wish for Clark, find a Socialist constituency and move to it.
    Because, you’re going to have a long wait.

  4. jhumphreys84   December 19, 2019 at 9:40 am

    While Yes Laura is from Harlow and comes across as a nice enough person, the letter shows exactly why Halfon increased his majority here. Even in defeat all i read in this is the Tories have done this and the Tories have done that. Not once did anything positive come out of the campaign. Not once did we hear exactly what Laura would do to improve things, all it was, was an attack on Conservative policy like some cult like mantra, just keep repeating it and people will believe it style. The launch in Harlow was an absolute disaster, bringing Starmer a pro EU MP to a very anti EU town was backward and then bringing Laura Pidcock, from Durham was just odd. She has nothing to do with the area and famously said i’ll never be friends with a Tory. yeah way to go to get things done in Parliament if you can’t even work with the opposition. And she lost her seat too so that was a master stroke.

    The final line i will continue to campaign for those let down by the Tories. Why not start campaigning for those let down by Labour. Win back those Labour voters who didn’t vote Labour this time. Those in the centre who’ve lost their party because they don’t think nationalisation of everything is economically viable, attacking companies who invest millions in the UK with false stats because you just don’t like them, marginalisation of Jewish communities etc etc. As YourHarlow pointed out, people just want to make things better for themselves and the old working class has changed into a working class now which has much more freedom and financial ability so stop treating them as some under privileged bunch who need more services thrown at them while taking more money off them. It’s not what people want. Have a long hard look at yourself and the direction of Harlow Labour before just blaming Tory policy. We know it’s not great, but you know what, most people here voted for it, so maybe it’s something else that needs addressing first. In politics you need to work with all sides, not stamp and scream at people who don’t agree with you and tell them they are evil and wrong, some people need to grow up fast.

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