Letter to Editor: Lib Dem candidate: We need change after 14 years of Conservative failures

Elections / Wed 3rd Jul 2024 at 06:11am

Dear Editor,

WE need change after 14 years of Conservative failures – a broken NHS, a crashed economy, crumbling schools, more food banks and raw sewage in our waters. This is their legacy, and they must be held to account. However, if the polls are correct, we are heading towards a Labour government. In that scenario, do we need a Labour MP who will blindly vote with them, not question anything and preside over more years of disappointment?

I am offering the voters in Harlow and the Villages an opportunity to vote for a strong, independently minded, voice to stand up for residents against the oncoming Labour onslaught. Liberal Democrats are proposing to give everyone in Harlow and the Villages the right to see a GP within seven days, guaranteeing 100% of cancer patients will start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral, provide free personal care for the elderly and disabled, restore community policing with visible and trusted officers, and end the scandal of raw sewage being dumped into our rivers and streams.

I recognise the Liberal Democrats are a small party here in Harlow, and the two big parties will tell you that a vote for us is a wasted vote, that we can’t win, that we are an irrelevance. But that would be a disservice to the thousands of voters who are angry at the Conservatives yet can’t see any real change or hope offered by the Labour candidate.

I am convinced that many traditional Conservative voters cannot believe what their party has become but cannot bring themselves to vote Labour either – and I would ask them to lend me their vote this time. I also recognise that there are many Labour voters who are fed up with the trajectory of their party but cannot bring themselves to vote Conservative – and I would ask them to lend me their vote too.

I am offering you a third option on the ballot paper. An opportunity to stand up for Harlow and be counted, not blinded by political loyalty, but loyalty to the town and villages. I will be a strong, independent voice for the people of Harlow and delivering on their priorities. I am standing up for fairness, justice and equality – and I hope you will join me.


Riad Mannan

Liberal Democrat Candidate

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14 Comments for Letter to Editor: Lib Dem candidate: We need change after 14 years of Conservative failures:

2024-07-03 08:28:17

This is not directed solely towards Lib Dem, but all of you are forcing green policies on us all and preach all the time about the environment so why is it that in the last 3 weeks my household aloan has received over 30 letters and leaflets that to be honest are just binned. Does any of you know about this new thing called the Internet and social media. Seriously how much more rubbish than absolutely necessary have you caused

2024-07-03 09:32:46

Polling has shown that the Conservatives are neck and neck in Harlow with Reform, the Lib Dems and the Greens trailing well behind. Riad Mannan is right, we need change, but in Harlow that change can only come by voting for Chris Vince and Labour. Voting for any of the other smaller parties just makes it less likely that Harlow can have a change from 14 years of a Conservative MP.

James Gamble
2024-07-03 09:34:52

Tell me will your leader ever take this election seriously? He has partied his way around the country playing games and doing stupid stunts. The country is broken and in died need of repair, it does not need a fun guy, we had that with BoJo the clown who showed his true commitment during the Olympics and followed it up by partying during Covid.

2024-07-03 10:44:21

James, I disagree, nearly all of his antics have come with a message. Like the other day with the bungee jump, shouted out 'try something new, vote Lib Dems'. Or paddle boarding in our sewage filled waters. I like this way of campaigning and it's worked too, given more air time and column inches than he would've had otherwise. It's also far better than the reform racism based campaigning and the tories just labour bashing, compared to them he's is a breath of fresh air.

James Gamble
2024-07-03 11:18:35

Trace would you want your prime minister acting the fool or working for the country?

2024-07-03 12:06:51

I don't suppose he would act the fool once in power, he's no Boris. But as a campaign, he has done well to get attention - that's the name of the game isn't it?

David Forman
2024-07-03 12:16:49

I don't want a Prime Minister who abandoned every single pledge he made to become leader of his party. I don't want a Prime Minister who says he has a friend to get party members' votes and then denied he was ever a friend after he becomes leader. I also don't want a leader who stabs the first black female MP in the back. I am talking about the guy with very little grip on the truth: Sir Keir Starmer.

2024-07-03 12:32:12

David Forman, the only man in the world with a working crystal ball... or not and no, he's not abandoned every single pledge, why lie? I don't want a party who has a 14 year long history of destroying the UK through greed, ineptness, more greed and lies. That's why I am voting labour, because there is no way labour can be as bad as the tories are right now.

2024-07-03 18:06:48

It is very true that change is needed. Sadly, in Harlow, that change will not come via the Greens or Lib Dems. Perhaps those Greens and Lib Dem voters who can't bring themselves to vote Labour would consider a 'Vote Swap'. The tactic, spearheaded by the grassroots organisation Swap My Vote, gives more people a chance to vote tactically to boot out the Conservatives - while also allowing their first-choice party to receive a vote. For example, a Labour voter in a Lib Dem possible seat could offer to vote Lib Dem, in exchange for a Lib Dem supporter voting for the Labour party in a Labour-Conservative swing seat voting. In both cases it avoids the Conservatives “slipping in” through the cracks in the constituency where there’s a tight race. I like the idea that a Lib Dem voter in Harlow is contributing to getting rid of the likes of Jacob Rees Mogg. So, would Lib Dem voters prefer to waste their vote and help to keep the Tories in power, or Swap their Vote to make the Lib Dems the Offical Opposition?

2024-07-03 22:19:48

Hi Riad Mannan,just to say i found your campaign outstanding.You write,speak and explain everything so clearly in an easy to understand way and also have great charisma.I am voting labour to get the tories out but will consider voting liberal or green next time.Could do with more positive proactive politicians like you.

David Forman
2024-07-04 10:28:56

For Trace's benefit Starmer has gone back on all 10 pledges he made when standing for Labour leader. Here is some evidence from the Big Issue magazine, so no crystal ball needed: https://www.bigissue.com/news/politics/keir-starmer-broken-promises-tuition-fees-nationalisation-u-turn/

David Forman
2024-07-04 10:45:50

For Trace's benefit a slightly older article from February this year on Starmer's broken pledges: https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/key-starmer-u-turns-university-green-pledge-2896464

2024-07-04 10:46:39

Pledges made how many years ago???? I still would rather a leader who realised any mistakes or moves on as the country changes or the country's needs change and what can afford to sort out the mess. 5 odd years has been a long time under the tory mishandling of our funds, giving it away to friends under bogus PPE contracts. But David dorsn't look at the bigger picture (lol) and is totally blinkered to the many and real bad things the tories have actually done, and instead focusses on the only thing he can think of, that's bashing Starmer from 5-6 years ago on words said then. I feel sorry for David, esp if the polls are correct and Starmer is in power tomorrow.

2024-07-04 13:33:46

For David's benefit, even using his same source. All the broken pledges by the tories, you know, just to balance your 'selective' google searches! https://www.bigissue.com/news/politics/tories-conservatives-broken-promises-levelling-up-nhs-housing/

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