Mid Beds Labour Party launched its general election campaign on the afternoon of Sunday 10 November, amid great optimism and excitement, at the Hive Indoor Activity and Play Centre in Shefford.
The venue was very appropriate, given Labour’s commitment to free childcare, enhancing the life chances of disadvantaged children, and increasing the number of Sure Start Centres.
Parliamentary Candidate, Rhiannon Meades addressed party activists and their families, speaking passionately about injustices she has directly witnessed in Mid Bedfordshire:
· The disabled man who is also his wife’s carer, struggling on carers’ allowance, unable to access the local railway platforms, and hit by the bedroom tax
· The woman subjected to racism, exacerbated since the Brexit vote
· The single Mum faced with a revenge eviction when she challenged her private landlord about damp housing
“Nadine Dorries is not here for these people”, said Rhiannon. “She is guilty of absence and neglect. Mid Beds needs a Labour government.”
“We need to make a noise, and not just in Mid Bedfordshire: let’s surround Mid Beds by red in Bedford, Milton Keynes North and South and Stevenage.”