I’m standing for our children
Our children and young people are at the very heart of what I am standing for in this General Election. Growing up in today’s world is difficult, with so many issues and challenges facing families who just want the very best for their kids. The following is by no means an exhaustive list, but does explain where I stand on some key issues that matter a great deal to me.
As a Mum to a young child I was shocked to discover the degree to which young kids are tested in today’s schools. Our government is obsessed with league tables and stats and numbers, rather than children’s potential as individuals. This regime also means much additional paperwork and admin for teachers, leading to many leaving the profession altogether every year. Teachers are spending far too much time preparing children for exams which have no benefit whatsoever for the children themselves, and therefore sport and creativity participation in schools are suffering greatly.
Thanks to the Coalition Government our students are now lumbered with thousands of pound’s worth of debt when they graduate, debt that can hang over them for many years as they attempt to start their post-graduate careers. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly missing out on the opportunity to study at University. Our brightest stars need to be nurtured, encouraged and enabled, so their talents and skills lead them to be the innovators and leaders of the future.
Our society is facing a mental health crisis due to a lack of proper funding and an increase in everyday stress in people’s lives. I am particularly concerned about the ticking time bomb in our children as they face exam stress, cyber bullying, poverty, neglect, abuse. With parents under increased pressure to work longer hours, our children are living a disjointed family life, spending less and less time with their parents, and worrying about their family finances.
Of course, we need much higher levels of funding for mental health services but I strongly believe that with children many of these issues are preventable in the first place.
Too many of our towns and villages are being urbanised by developers enabled by our government to build large luxury housing estates on our beautiful countryside. Yes, we do have a housing shortage but these luxury homes are not meeting that need, merely lining the pockets of shareholders. This has to stop before we all end up merging into one another in a huge urban sprawl.
Sadly this election is clearly focussed on Brexit and I, for one, am fed up with the whole thing. I want to concentrate on other vital issues such as our climate but just in case you want to know where I stand on this:
Finally, if you are concerned about the planet and out children's future, but are thinking of voting tactically, read the article by our Coordinator Rob Wood on why now is the time to vote Green!
If there are other issues that you would like to know my views on please email me.
You can download a copy of my policies here.
...and here is a copy of my election leaflet.