THE BFAWU STRONGLY URGES ALL ITS MEMBERS TO VOTE LABOUR THIS THURSDAY

This election is about the country we want to live in. One in which currently people use foodbanks; our NHS is forced to sell off land to fund vital services; and our ex-servicemen are allowed to live on the streets.

Theresa May has claimed she will be the only one to get a good deal in Brexit talks. She couldn’t debate Jeremy Corbyn or even write a manifesto ready for the election that she called, so how can we trust her to be ready. Corbyn has been rightly applauded for putting together a costed and well thought out manifesto that has changed the whole debate in the election. On Brexit, which we campaigned for as a Union, she was a strong supporter of remain and is now claiming to be a Brexiteer in a remarkable transformation to a EU leave advocate: you simply cannot believe a word she says. Her threats to withdraw co-operation from the EU on counter terrorism and the ridiculous suggestion of declaring war on Spain, are not the signs that she can negotiate any deal with the EU; in fact, she has marginalised us in her short time as Prime Minister as pictures showed when she was ignored by the other EU members.

Worried that they may have to start paying tax, the media barons have launched a disgusting tirade of lies and smears attacking Jeremy Corbyn, whilst choosing to ignore the fact that the Tories have a real IRA terrorist in their Party (who is a sitting councillor in Croydon) and a Peer who claimed to have laundered IRA cash. This tactic is being used to distract attention from the reality that, as the Home Secretary, it was Theresa May who was responsible for cutting 20,000 Police Officers which the Police Federation had said would put citizens at risk. It was May who allowed IS Libyan fighters into the country. It was May that cut the detention period from 28 to 14 days, but now wants to put back to 28. Far from having a strong record of improving safety of people in the UK, she has proved to be insincere, weak and wobbly: just like her crumbling election campaign.

This election is about how we want our society to be, and the type of community we want to live and work in.  With Labour, the abolition of zero hours contracts, the right to a contract of employment, and a £10 minimum wage,  would be life changing for 5.6 million of our fellow citizens that will mean them being lifted out of poverty. The ending of tuition fees means that our children would have a real choice of deciding to go into higher education, or entering the workplace, and it will also mean they won’t be burdened from the beginning of their lives with a mountain of debt. Our pensioners won’t be left to die this winter because they will have to choose between heating and eating: a reality of the Tories policy to remove the winter fuel allowance. Labour has committed to the triple lock protecting our pensioners pay, and the right to retire remaining at 66, not rising to 70, which is the suggestion of the Tory party. Homes will not just for those that can afford £250,000, but council housing will be built to ensure that once again our children will be able to find a decent home. Voting Labour means your Nan won’t lose her home through the death tax.

Voting Labour this Thursday is a vote for our children and a better future. Voting Labour means that our work places and our rights will be strengthened. Voting Labour on Thursday will build a more secure stable community. Voting for Labour on Thursday will mean we all win.

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