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Gloria’s Chad column: Big choices ahead in General Election

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Here is Gloria’s last Chad column before the General Election of June 8:

I have been honoured that you have put your trust in me for the last seven years and allowed me to serve as the MP of Ashfield and Eastwood.

I have always seen the people I represent as my boss, and it’s been the greatest privilege of my life to be able to work for you.

Now that a General Election has been called, there will be some big choices ahead.

The Labour Party has already set out some of the key policies that it will implement if we are the party in government come June 9.

The focus is to make our society fairer and more equal, so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Policies such as the provision of free school meals for all primary school children and a minimum wage of £10 an hour, would go some way to doing just that.

Offering to free school meals to all children has been proven to improve educational attainment by boosting pupils’ productivity, helping them to advance.

Meanwhile raising the minimum wage to £10 will give 5.6m people on low pay a much needed pay rise, helping them to manage the rising cost of living.

Pensioners would also be given protections to ensure that they can live with dignity and security in retirement.

Labour would protect pensioner incomes by keeping the ‘triple-lock’ on state pensions. This would mean that under Labour, the state pension would continue to rise by whichever figure is higher from average earnings, inflation or 2.5 per cent.

Labour would also compensate the women worst affected by the Tory decision to speed up state pension age without adequate notice, would protect the pensions of UK citizens living overseas and would keep the Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes for pensioners.

I am extremely proud of the fact that I have directly helped around 8,500 constituents with their problems, have given my pay rise to local students to help them fund the cost of going to university and have asked over 130 parliamentary questions in the last year alone.

As of May 3, I will no longer be your MP because Parliament will be formally dissolved. I will be campaigning as a candidate for re-election.

If you need to contact me as your Labour candidate, my email address has changed and is now gloriadepiero@outlook.com.

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