A personal message from Rachael Maskell

On 7 May – you will have your pencil poised above your ballot paper and the power to choose who you want as your next MP. In York Central, polls are showing that there is a straight Labour – Tory fight, and The Press report that it is a very tight race.


  • repealing the Health and Social Care Act
  • scrapping the ‘Bedroom Tax’
  • ridding our city the need for foodbanks
  • creating 1 million new green jobs
  • enabling the public sector to run our rail again
  • ending the cost of living crisis

… and many more things,

are important to you, don’t let the Tories in by voting for another Party.


York Central is not a safe seat this time as 7.5m voters are not registered to vote and this has had a real impact on the electorate in York, meaning that the Tories could sneak in.


Principles are important in politics, and that is why I am asking you to vote for me for some very positive reasons:

  • I have stood for Parliament because I believe politics has to change. I would be a strong constituency MP as well as a strong voice in Parliament – standing up for the things that matter to you.
  • I have represented 100,000 NHS workers, and prior to that other workers as a senior trade union official for over 12 years, and ensured that they have a real voice in what is happening. I have great plans for York to enable more people to get involved in the things that impact your life here.
  • I have a legacy of fighting for those I represent and leading many successful campaigns – I will champions issues to rebuild York’s future
  • I have real life experience of working in the NHS for 20 years, and will continue as a very rooted and grounded politician
  • I will be a politician who is about setting the agenda with you, not just following others – never afraid to speak up for what is right – like against Trident and TTIP, for nationalisation of our services and in fighting for the future of transport, homes and jobs in our city.

But above all, as we have the luxury to vote, I want you to think about someone who probably won’t be voting at this election that I spoke to at the end of last week. He needs a Labour government to help him turn his life around, to franchise him in the future. With mental health services and benefits cut to him, he has lost the securities of a job and a home. Tears rolled down his face as he said he needed Labour to give him a chance. He needs a Labour MP and Labour government to provide the support to turn his life around. He is not alone, I have met so many people all over our city over the last few weeks who have told me their stories.

Please don’t use your vote as a ‘protest’ vote at this election. An election is not a time to protest, but a time to build a better society, and in particular give the most marginalised some hope.

I don’t want York to wake up to a Tory MP this Friday, when you are in the cubicle with your pencil poised, you have the chance to give this person some real hope by voting Labour in York.


Rachael Maskell

Labour's York Central candidate

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