Voting in favour of an early General Election in Westminster today, Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central, outlined Labour’s commitment to tackling Britain’s economic inequality, reversing the chronic under-investment in public services, and particularly our NHS, and to transform our country and our city with Labour’s agenda for change.
Rachael Maskell says:
“The Prime Minister has been reckless in distracting her focus away from delivering the best deal over the UK’s future relationship with the EU, having already triggered Article 50. However this also proves that she has been unable to convince even EU negotiators that her hard Brexit, as opposed to a people’s Brexit, is in anyone’s interest. She is not fit for office, and as York Central voted for Labour’s agenda in 2015, now we have an even stronger policy platform, I want to give my constituents a chance to have a Government that will put their interests first.
“In less than two years I have led campaigns in York against cuts to the NHS and further privatisation, for a comprehensive and affordable public transport infrastructure, for the housing that local people need, not luxury apartments, against cuts to schools and for a better environment. With a failed business rates system, I have lobbied the Government hard for changes for small businesses, and the Government are now responding to my demands, and I am resisting job losses across the public and private sector in the city.
“It has been an honour to serve York for the last two years, especially at moments of crisis like with the closure of Bootham Park Hospital, during the floods and achieving more funding for the city, and to help the 1000s of people who have come to see me for personal help over this period. I know it has been a really tough couple of years, and I have done all I can to meet their needs.
“Over the last couple of months, Labour’s new national policy agenda has proved popular, not just amongst Labour voters, but the whole electorate. Fully costed, Labour will take on Britain’s inequality head on through redistributing the nation’s wealth, will reinvest in our NHS and renationalise the railways and will work for a future relationship with Europe which will put our economy and trade, jobs, the environment and national security at the heart of its agenda.”