My name is James Osben. I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse working in the NHS and I am Chair of Newton Abbot Labour Party. It's a privilege for me to hold this role.
I am a member of the Labour Party because I want to make a difference. I believe we need a Labour government that will listen to the many and not just the few.
For too long now we have seen the Conservatives cut funding to our public services; the NHS, Social Care and Education. I see and experience the pressure on NHS services; the strain on staff, and the stress, delay and uncertainty caused to patients and relatives daily.
There are not enough people taking up nurse training since the Bursary was scrapped in place of student loans. A nurse’s salary today is difficult to live on when pay has been frozen and the cost of living has gone up. There are nurses in our community who struggle to get by and must access food banks to feed their families. It is outrageous that this is happening in the UK today.
The government has penalised severely disabled people and people with long term health problems by making them go through horrendous bureaucratic applications and assessments. People have had their personal independence payments reduced and even stopped when they should not have been. This puts people through unnecessary stress and hardship. This needs to stop.
I care about having a properly funded education system. Schools are facing a significant cut in funding thanks to the Conservatives.
As Newton Abbot Labour Party Chair I will put pressure on our Conservative MP to ensure that all our Housing Association and private rental homes are safe and secure. We cannot afford to be complacent on this issue. There is so much more that could be being done.
Come and join me and lets ensure that at the next election Newton Abbot elects a Labour MP and a Labour Government to protect our public services and create a society that is fair for all.