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Cllr Darren Paffey on being selected as our candidate for Romsey & Southampton North

“It’s a real privilege to have been selected as Labour’s candidate in Romsey and Southampton North.  In 2015 we doubled the previous number of votes cast for Labour.  Now I’m ready to once again speak up for a Labour alternative of a fairer, better future for the people of Romsey and Southampton North, instead of the Tories’ privilege for the few and austerity for the rest of us.

I came here to study in 2000, and I’m now a university lecturer in Southampton, where I live with my wife and two young children. My passion for education comes from my own experience as the first person in my family to go to university.

As a local councillor in Southampton, I’ve worked hard to speak up for local people and help to make our communities even better places to live, learn, and work.  I led the creation of the Fairness Commission that recommended actions to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest in our city, and I developed an Apprenticeship Action Plan to create hundreds more training opportunities for local young people. As Cabinet Member for Education, I have recently lobbied government so that they will stop making damaging real-terms cuts to the city’s schools – the first cuts since before the last Labour government was elected in 1997.

The choice on 8th June is clearer than ever: a strong Labour voice for Romsey and Southampton North, or a Tory who will carry on propping up Theresa May’s agenda, driving through vicious welfare cuts to the most vulnerable, privatising the NHS, dismantling our education system, and rewarding a privileged few at the expense of everyone else.

 

It’s time to stop this.

 

Vote Labour for a better, fairer future for all of us.”

 

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