So we’ve reached the end of our General Election campaign 2010 here in Manchester Withington.
It’s been an exciting and eventful few weeks, packed full of visits to local schools and businesses and chats on the doorstep – we’ve been working tirelessly to get our message out to all constituents. We’ve also seen excellent performances from Nick Clegg in the leaders’ debates, which have served to motivate us even further in our pledge to get the Lib Dem message across here in Manchester Withington.
Now we reach Polling Day, and it’s over to you!
Nationally, it’s all about the three parties. But here in Manchester Withington, it’s a two-horse race – between the Liberal Democrats and Labour.
As your Liberal Democrat MP, I have worked hard over the past five years to get the best deal possible for Manchester Withington.
In South Manchester, under the Labour Council, we have seen a decision to close Ewing School and the Burnage Walk-in centre. Labour talk about saving local services, but here, they are either responsible for closing them, or they have done nothing to save them.
I am committed to protecting local services here in Manchester Withington, and over the last five years I’ve done everything I can to fight for our area.
Here are a few of things I am committed to:
1. Protecting local services against cuts, it is vital our valuable local services are maintained and protected.
2. Fighting to get Manchester’s £82 million back , that should have been invested in the police to get us more bobbies on the beat
3. Fairness Agenda, four key themes:
As Nick Clegg has pointed out again and again, neither he, nor me, nor any other candidate are the kingmakers – it is up to you, the people, to decide who you think is worthy of your vote.
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you that you can and will make a difference at the ballot box.
Whatever else you do today, please make time to go out and vote – it is your democratic right, and I hope you believe and continue to believe in its power and influence.