If you are still undecided about how to vote on Thursday in the Twickenham constituency, here are five reasons to vote for Labour candidate Nick Grant.
1. A Labour government will put the NHS back on the road to recovery. The Tories have created a crisis in A&E and thousands of people can't get a GP appointment when they need one. A Labour government will guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours. In February, Nick met current and former NHS staff to hear their accounts of the impact of the coalition government's health reforms. Labour investment in the NHS led to the introduction of the much valued walk-in centre in Teddington and Labour will continue to invest in vital services.
2. A Labour government will take action to tackle Britain's housing shortage. Too many Twickenham residents are struggling with the rising cost of renting. Nick has warned that action must be taken to prevent Twickenham from becoming a luxury dormitory by the Thames. A Labour government will support renters with longer-term tenancies and will ban rip-off letting fees.
3. Improving education for all. As a local school governor, Nick is committed to ensuring that all young people receive the best possible education. Labour will prioritise new school places in areas where there are shortages, ensure that all teachers have or are working towards qualified teacher status and will revive vital Sure Start services. Nick has been contacted by many families complaining about the chaos in school places planning in Twickenham. As Twickenham’s MP, Nick would tackle head on the crisis in school places planning, using his position and influence to coordinate a fresh start, mediating between national and local government to create a proper plan with the right schools in the right places.
4. A Labour government will build a fairer economy. A Labour government will make sure everyone who works can afford to live. Labour will cut income tax for 24 million people by bringing back the 10p tax rate, while reversing David Cameron's tax cut for millionaires. Nick says that people on the doorstep tell him they want to know that their government and their local MP will be pursuing policies that are fair to everyone in society, regardless of background.
5. A Labour government would back entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Tory-led coalition government has failed small businesses, chiefly in relation to their failure to require the major banks to back small firms with flexible, long-term finance. A Labour government would be committed to helping small business by setting up an American-style Small Business Administration to champion their cause across Whitehall, cutting then freezing business rates for small businesses and improving their access to finance by setting up a British Investment Bank with regional lending priorities.