James Osben – Labour PPC Teignmouth Hustings, Friday 22nd Nov 2019

At the hustings in Teignmouth yesterday (Friday 22nd November) I spoke of the consequences of almost 10 years of cuts and austerity. Austerity voted in by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats while in coalition 2010 to 2015. I have seen some of the pain and despair caused to vulnerable and unwell people in our constituency while working as a Mental Health Nurse in the NHS.

This election is probably the most important in our lifetime. The climate change crisis is very real and very urgent. The action we take must be radical and it must be immediate. The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn will see our country regenerated with a radical and innovative green industrial revolution:


I am not standing to become an MP for myself. It has not been my lifetime ambition to become a politician. I have worked in the NHS for 15 years and I am a nurse but I have to take a stand. Things have got to change. This election isn’t about an individual. It’s about the 14 million people plunged into poverty because of political choices made by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. It’s about 17000 people who have died before receiving the benefits they need. It’s about disabled people losing vital financial support while forcing them to pay bedroom tax. It’s about the fact that infant mortality rates have increased year on year, with the highest rates being in the most deprived areas. This election is about the increasing numbers of homeless people. It is about the 1 million people accessing foodbanks.


This election is about the Nurses, Doctors, Radiographers, Occupational Therapists, Porters, Facilities Staff, Administrators and all NHS staff who work under immense pressure and who have suffered a ten year pay freeze. It’s about the police and firefighters who have been underpaid and deprived of resources.

This election is about the Teachers who have been under paid and overworked. It is about schools being deprived of funding and parents, teachers and students who have had to buy school equipment out of their own pockets.

Teignmouth Community School Exeter Road will have a shortfall of £456,627 A cut of (£483) per pupil. Mill Lane School works out at a cut of (£531) per pupil. https://schoolcuts.org.uk

I am standing in this election for you and for your families. For your children. Things can only really change when we have empathy and compassion in society and when the people who represent us care as much about others as they do about their own friends and family. I want every child in this constituency to have the best opportunities in life. I am standing for each and every person negatively affected by austerity. I stand with the Windrush generation where British citizens were wrongly deported because of a hostile immigration policy. I stand for the elderly, the sick, the vulnerable, the families trapped in poverty accessing foodbanks and working multiple jobs.

I stand for the future of our country and the future of our planet and I pledge to do all that I can to tackle the climate emergency.

This is my pledge to you as a fellow human being, as a son, as a brother, as a grandson, as a husband, as a father, as a friend and as a neighbour.

This election is a choice between Labour or Conservatives. Labour are second in Newton Abbot. With your vote we can win here.

Labour have a fully costed manifesto of hope. Let’s make it happen.

Read Labour’s Manifesto For Real Change