Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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My response to David Cameron's letter to Southampton

David Cameron’s copy and paste letter from Tory HQ is quite out of touch with the realities of Southampton.

It is not only breath taking that he wants to take credit for investments in the city that are down to the hard work of the council, but he is clearly unaware that the great recovery he is talking about hasn’t reached the kitchen tables of people in Southampton. The truth is that people are £1600 worse off a year in this city than they were in 2010 and that this is the first Parliament since the 1920s where people’s living standards have got worse. He ignores the fact that food bank usage in Southampton has skyrocketed due to the implementation of mean-spirited policies such as benefit sanctions and the bedroom tax; that our NHS services in the city are in crisis because of a lack of investment; and that people in the city are struggling more than an ever to find an affordable place to live.


It’s clear that he is now relying on smears about Labour and the SNP to revive his fading hopes of remaining in Number 10; Labour has repeatedly said that there will be no agreement or coalition with the SNP in Government.


But there is one thing he is right on: that the choice at the next election couldn’t be clearer. It’s a choice between the Tories’ failing plan and Labour’s plan which is based on a simple truth: that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed. And this is why Labour will offer a better future: for living standards, for the next generation, and for the NHS.

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