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Laura Smith, Labour – Crewe and Nantwich – GE19 candidate

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We are providing all 39 parliamentary candidates across Cheshire the opportunity to tell our readers what their priorities are, and to tell us a little more about themselves.

We’ve asked the same five questions of each candidate, for the simplest comparison, and we have invited candidates to supply social media and website links if they choose to.

In this article, we speak to Laura Smith, standing for Labour in Crewe and Nantwich.

 



 

1. What is the main reason you’ve decided to stand in this election?

Crewe and Nantwich is my home. I went to school, college and university here before Crewe campus closed.

I’ve worked here, everything from pulling pints in the local pubs to teaching primary school children.

Everything I am has been shaped by this place and the people in it and I am eternally grateful; I owe this place.

Being local gives me the advantage of really understanding the needs of our communities. And it gives me the burning passion when I take our fights to Westminster – when I’m standing up in the chamber, I’m rooting for the place I call home.

We need more people in parliament from my type of background-it must become more representative of our communities.

 

2. Which local priorities would you take forward as our MP?

One of the most important things an MP can do is to listen. That’s why I decided to make myself the most accessible MP Crewe and Nantwich has ever had.

I’ve held over 50 community street stalls and more than 100 local surgeries – not just in my office but in our supermarkets and libraries, during weekends as well as during the week.

And I don’t just knock on doors during election campaigns. An MP should be in touch with the people they represent all year round.

But what Crewe and Nantwich needs right now is real change, not more of the same.

A vote for me on 12th December is a vote for serious investment in our communities and for building a better future for the next generation.

If I am re-elected, I will fight to rebuild our economy and our public services, so that our children get a quality education and can look forward to well-paid, secure jobs in a vibrant local economy.

This general election is our last chance to tackle the climate emergency with a Green Industrial Revolution at the heart of our plans to transform Britain.

 

3. Which national priorities would you take forward as our MP?

One of the things that’s shocked me most over the last two and a half years is the total lack of support for those in this constituency who rely on adult social care.

It’s utterly heart-breaking to me that families in Crewe and Nantwich aren’t receiving the adequate financial, emotional and physical support when a loved one has care needs.

Being able to give citizens in this country dignity and care should not be down to who has enough money in the bank.

Too many people work their whole lives and see their property and life savings disappear on the care system.

The system is in crisis and we will all feel the repercussions if we don’t do something now.

I am proud to represent a Party that has proposed a National Social Care Service in their manifesto.

This is a whole new approach, one that doesn’t put profit before health and well being. At any point any one of us could have to become carers.

We need a social care system that is fit for purpose and can support people, whatever their circumstances. 

 

4. What is it about your party and/or its manifesto that makes you proud to represent your party? Are there any manifesto pledges or commitments you’d like to see changed?

I’m incredibly proud to stand on a manifesto offering real change to how things have been for the last 9 years. Under this government, we’re all paying more and getting less.

It simply does not have to be this way. We have put forward a fully costed plan that means everyone will have more money in their back pocket and the cost of living will be pushed down. 

We are offering a serious alternative to the inequality and austerity that has plunged our public services into crisis.

Our manifesto offers free life long learning and justice for the Waspi women, a £10 minimum wage and a National Care Service.

We will save and protect our NHS and make sure towns like Crewe get the investment they deserve.

Labour understands that investing in our public services will inevitably mean a more prosperous economy.

We are offering real change that will benefit everyone-not just the top 5%. Things can be different and they should be different.

 

5. Please tell us a little about yourself.

(ie: your background, your experience, your hobbies, your non-political interests)

I have a 3-year-old who loves gymnastics and a football mad 8-year-old, so my spare time is spent with them mainly doing what they love.

We do lots of baking and swimming and muck about on our bikes.

My life outside is mainly spent watching football, either my son or Nantwich Town or Liverpool when we can.

I love walking but sadly my 16-year-old Springer died this year so I’ve not done as much as I’d like.

Apart from that I have a close circle of friends and family and it’s great to catch up with them. I also have a box set addiction.

 

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