For too long, we’ve felt the negative effects of Government policy all around us – our schools crying out for resources, our doctors’ surgeries full to bursting, our hospital threatened with closures and our massive rise in homelessness and food banks. Enough is enough.
We live in a fantastic part of the country, from the spectacular coastline of Broadstairs, Cliftonville and Ramsgate to the historic town of Sandwich and the beautiful surrounding villages. We have the potential to be a major success story. I want to put our area on the map as a great place to live, work, visit and retire and a centre of creativity and innovation.
I am fighting for:
I’m working closely with the community-led campaign group Save Our NHS in Kent to make sure we have three excellent hospitals in East Kent. I’ll keep doing all I can to stop the cuts and closures at Thanet’s only hospital – Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
I’m working to ensure that any houses built in South Thanet are genuinely affordable and able to generate their own heat. In 2019, the Labour Party across Thanet will be asking you about the type of housing you need and can afford.
I’m hosting a series of public events called Building a Thriving Thanet, looking at how we can grow our local economy. We’re drawing up a blueprint for a better future and talking about how South Thanet can benefit from a Labour Government. Please join the conversation.
Schools in South Thanet are losing up to £433 per pupil per year, which has an impact on the learning of our children. I want to make sure that we all have free access to education and training throughout our lives.
South Thanet has close ties to Europe, from the language schools of Broadstairs and Ramsgate to the festivals of Sandwich and the fishing rights of our coastal towns. The next Labour Government will negotiate the best possible deal with the European Union and let you have the final say about whether we accept it or not.
I believe that being creative improves our health and wellbeing. I’m working towards a South Thanet in which creative and cultural activity is part of our daily lives.
Rebecca has a deep knowledge of both health and cultural policy. She has an acute and subtle understanding of socialism and a passionate commitment to socialist values: she really wants to work through the Labour Party to create a generous, just and decent society. Aside from her intellectual quality, she is very hard working and very well organised. Where she commits herself, she commits herself unstintingly. She is also kind and funny. Rebecca already knows Parliament well and I believe she will be a first-rate MP" – Lord Howarth of Newport, Labour Peer, Labour MP for Newport East 1997–2005