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The general election is a battle to decide who our country works for

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We are now just four months away from the most significant general election in a generation. 

On May 7 people in Runnymede and Weybridge and across the country will have the opportunity to make a choice, and it could be one of the most important choices they make.

It will be a choice between a positive Labour vision that puts working people first, protects our NHS and puts compassion and equality on the nation's agenda - or a Tory and Lib Dem plan where only a few at the top succeed and public spending is taken back to 1930s levels, when the NHS didn't exist.

Fundamentally, it comes down to who we want our country to work for – everyday working people and their families or a privileged few at the top. 

The Tory-led government's experiment has failed and their record - on living standards, prospects for our children, protecting our public services and dealing with our nation’s debts - is not one to be proud of.

The Liberal Democrats are now trying to run away from their record in government but the Tories would not have been able to get away with their worst excesses if it wasn't for the Lib Dems supporting them all the way.

The fund managers, city financiers and the global super rich backing the Tories have deep pockets and more than enough to pay for the expensive billboard posters that will be seen across the country. UKIP are also well cashed up and will throw incredible amounts of money at the campaign locally.

The Tories and UKIP have far more money than Labour does locally and will try to buy the election.

But what Labour has in Runnymede and Weybridge is a growing group of committed volunteers with the courage of their convictions and the right values of fairness, equality and justice - values that no amount of money can buy.

I’ve spent the last year speaking to people in Runnymede and Weybridge about what they want for our area and for our country because their decision could make a real difference to our community and the people living here. Now, over the next four months I’m going to renew my efforts as I hope to speak to as many local people as possible about Labour’s plans. 

These plans include balancing the books as soon and fairly as possible, rewarding hard work through an £8 minimum wage and an end to exploitive zero-hours contracts, providing more opportunities for young people, protecting our NHS through a guaranteed GP appointment within 48 hours and a £2.5 billion Time to Care fund for thousands more health staff.

I’m passionate about these issues and making sure that local people know what Labour’s priorities are and about the social justice for which we stand. But this is going to be a tough fight which is why I’m asking you to help. 

If you’re interested in kicking out our local Conservative MP - one of the architects of the coalition government and one of its most ardent supporters - then please contact my office and join me in fighting for victory on the streets and doorsteps of our area by speaking to local people about Labour’s offer of hope for the future. 

Labour’s plan is not simply about creating a fairer, more equal society; it is about creating a more prosperous one too. In May everyone faces a choice. Only Labour will use the talents of all to ensure we can succeed together.

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