We are happy to announce that Tasha Osben has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Clacton constituency to stand in this June’s general election.
Tasha has been a resident in Clacton for 28 years, and is passionate about the impact Tory cuts have had on local public services; she is determined to reverse the cuts that have affected this area under a Conservative government and Tory-led council.
Tasha was heavily involved in our recent campaign to save the Minor Injury Units in Clacton and Harwich, and spoke out at many of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)’s consultation meetings as well as being present at many of our petition stalls that were held in the Clacton town centre, and gathered thousands of signatures from residents to present to the CCG in opposition to the proposed closures.
Tasha is particularly passionate about the impact of cuts on local schools and health services, and is currently fundraising for Mind, the mental health charity in an effort to support a vital service that bridges the gap that has been widened by Tory cuts between NHS provided support, and services which now rely on charities to be fulfilled.
Tasha is very concerned about the impact that recent changes in tax credits and Universal Credits will have on hard-working families and is determined to work toward getting a Labour government elected in June 2017 in order to protect working families from being forced into poverty and reduce the dependency on food banks to make ends meet.
Speaking after the selection, Tasha said:
“The Clacton constituency is my home; I grew up in St Osyth and now I live in Weeley and have three children who all go to school in the area. I am very proud to represent Labour in this general election.
"I have watched with shock and dismay as the cuts brought in by this Conservative government have had a direct and catastrophic impact on our local health and social care services and our emergency services, which are now drastically underfunded and understaffed. These cuts are unsafe and place our residents at risk. Today Labour pledged to put 10,000 more police officers on the streets, which will be funded by a reversal of the capital gains tax cuts. I am proud to stand for a party, which is serious about putting public services first and reversing the damaging budget cuts that have been overseen in recent years by our Tory-led council and Conservative government.
"Conservative budget cuts are also having a direct impact on our schools, and this is not sustainable. Our children deserve a quality education that will ensure good access to opportunities and prospects for their futures.
"I am proud to be standing as Labour’s parliamentary candidate so that I can make this pledge to you: If I am elected as your MP for Clacton, as part of a Labour government, I will ensure that our schools are properly funded and that no children are left behind.
"Currently our children are having their futures stolen by a government who have cut the funding needed to ensure that schools meet our expectations for standards and are adequately staffed so that students can fulfil their potential. Labour must, and will, put a stop to this shameful policy of taking from the next generation to fix the current problems with our economy brought about by increasing privatisation and cuts that this Conservative government have brought in that has seen our National Debt triple to levels that far exceed any amount of borrowing or debt that this country has ever seen under any Labour Government.
"The Conservatives promised to fix our economy, to protect our NHS and to look after hard working members of society. They have failed on all fronts, having tripled national debt, brought our NHS to its knees and forced hundreds of thousands of working families into poverty, and millions of people to the food banks. This is a shameful mark on our recent history. Now we have an opportunity to hold the Tory government to account for this failure and call them out on their lies and broken promises. I therefore urge you to vote for me to be your MP in June, and cast your vote for the benefit of all, not just for the privileged few."
Watch Tasha speak at the Walton MIU Consultation Meeting here or by clicking the image below:
George Taylor, Chair of the Clacton Constituency Labour Party said:
“I am delighted that Natasha Osben has been selected as our Parliamentary Candidate for Clacton. Natasha is a hard-working member of the party who is determined to put the people of Clacton first. Natasha is a compassionate member who cares deeply about the suffering people have been subjected to by Conservative policies since 2010, and I know that if elected as our MP, she will do everything she can to reverse the damaging cuts that have affected our public services in recent years. I wish her the best of luck in her campaign and I know that our members will be delighted with the decision and rallying to support her in her election campaign.”
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