James Osben, PPC for Newton Abbot Constituency

James on the knocker
My name is James Osben. I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse working in the NHS and I am standing in the general election on 8th June because I care and 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. This has a direct impact on all of us. 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. With a Labour government, we can change this.
I will work to ensure that no person finds themselves in a situation where they are living on the streets. There are solutions to homelessness and not enough is being done. I will take the action that others have not and work to implement projects that reduce and prevent homelessness.
Vote for me on 8th June and lets elect a Labour Government to protect our public services and create a society that is fair for all.

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