My name is Jack, I am a socialist and a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn. I grew up in Hetton Downs a former mining community near Sunderland, that like many other communities has suffered since the pits were closed. I joined the Labour Party at the age of 14 because they are the only party that stands up for communities like mine.
This led me to stand for my local town council last year and for my local city council this year. At the elections in May, I successfully won a seat from the last Independent on Sunderland City Council, with the support of the communities of Copt Hill.
I care deeply about my local community and as a community activist, I can see the damage 8 years of Tory Government has done to our communities. I have witnessed the hardship families have faced, seen businesses struggling and closing, seen schools underfunded, and our infrastructure struggling and needing investment. Our families, communities, and businesses need support and investment in infrastructure needs to be made in our villages, towns, and cities.
And as a young person, I have also witnessed my friends either struggle to find work or being trapped in poorly paid apprenticeships and jobs where conditions are poor and they are struggling to make ends meet. Work and apprenticeships should pay, they should pay ten pound an hour and employment contracts should not be zero or minimum hours. Young people deserve support when they go to college or sixth form, their courses should be funded properly and they should receive grants to support their education and training.
Only socialist policies under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn have the chance of truly supporting and transforming our communities and overcoming the almost decade of austerity we have suffered. I want to be part of the process that ensures our party develops and promotes a socialist policy agenda placing people and communities first over the financial markets and wealthy donors.
I believe only a Labour government can truly help our communities and regenerate the coalfields and former industrial areas. It has to be a government for the many not the few. Elect me to ensure socialist policies are at the forefront of our party’s policy.