One year of Theresa May is as good a proof as any that Britain is held back by the Tories. The failed politics of austerity have led to a crisis in living standards, millions of children living in poverty, and our health services brought to its knees. Theresa May has failed to deliver on her message of equality and fairness, and has let down working families across the country through her chaotic government.
The Tories shambolic U-turn over national insurance contributions has proved that they cannot give Britain the change we need. By breaking a manifesto promise and then backtracking, they have now lost all credibility. You cannot trust a word the Tories say... The Tories' list of broken promises is long, and set to get longer under this failing government. Rather than tackling the challenges we face, all the Tories offer is empty rhetoric and meaningless promises. One can only imagine what the next dishonest pledge and subsequent U-turn will be. With a track record this flaky, who would believe a word they say in the future?
Unable to take the big decisions or offer reassurance on the big issues she has left the country in a state of confusion over Brexit with our currency plummeting in value and our NHS in crisis. Rather than show leadership she threatens to be defined by her weakness - she offers no answers to the issues we face as a country and it is the British people who stand to lose out.
The Oldham West and Royton by-election will be a crucial first real test of the 'Northern Powerhouse' and a major test for the Conservative Party. If they cannot at least maintain their already vapid position in Oldham on 3rd December then the future prospects for a grand Tory revival in the north will be left looking very bleak indeed, something David Cameron and George Osborne can ill afford.
It is hardly surprising that people fear for the future of the NHS under the Tories... That is why Labour is committed to repealing David Cameron's NHS privatisation plans and putting the right values back at the heart of the health service.
The NHS is not broken or clapped out, but nor am I naïve enough to think that it is it perfect everywhere. The real challenge is to drive excellence through the NHS, and that's what Government frankly should be seeking to achieve. Where local NHS services are substandard or failing, that is a betrayal of all the NHS stands for and I know this from my own local experience.
11/07/2013 17:48 BST
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