Paula Sherriff puts the case why she should be re-elected as the MP for Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirburton
‘Like the rest of the country I was very surprised at the Prime Minister's decision to seek a snap general election after she had promised so many times that she had no intention of doing so. As the complex Brexit negotiation process is now under way, it is clear that the Conservatives are putting Party before Country.
I am incredibly proud of my record of standing up for the people of Dewsbury, Mirfield, Kirkburton and Denby Dale. I will go to the polls on 8 June to ask for their continued support in fighting this Government's cuts to local schools, hospitals and public services, demanding better access to broadband, NHS dentistry in this area and improved transport facilities, and to continue to be a vocal champion in Parliament for my constituents.
Above all, I’ve remained faithful to the causes that inspired me to become a voice for others. My Dad is a cancer survivor, so campaigning for our NHS is a labour of love. I am proud that when cuts were proposed to the level of beds at Dewsbury Hospital, I helped ensure that the current numbers be maintained. There are more fights yet to be won – and I’m continuing to work alongside local campaigners to protect services under threat at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
You will remember before 2015 Dewsbury had a part-time Tory MP who never spoke up for you. Not anymore. I am proud to be one of the most active, campaigning MPs in parliament, and proud of the impact I’ve had.
In me you have an MP who took on the government over NHS dentists and on the tampon tax and got results.
In me you have an MP who took on big businesses like WH Smith for their outrageous practice of charging more for items in their hospital shops than on the High Street, and forced them to bring hospital prices in line with their other shops.
I’m building a strong record working tirelessly for local people and helping them with their problems. Since 2015, I’ve helped thousands of constituents, held surgeries around the constituency and made sure I’m accessible to residents that need help.
On education – I’m working with local schools to oppose the cuts that threaten to see every single school in our area lose funding over the next three years.
The Tory government have made it clear in their £115m cuts to council funding over the past five years, and in their failure to deliver on a promised ‘Enterprise Zone’, that they have little time for Dewsbury or Kirklees. I’ve made it my duty to hold the government to account on every false promise and misleading statement they’ve made about our area.
I’ve been speaking out for our area, whether that has been in defence of our hospitals, in support of better dental services, better broadband for our rural communities, or demanding improved facilities at Mirfield train station.
There is a clear choice at this election; a Tory MP who will have no option but to back Jeremy Hunt's plans to close essential services at Dewsbury and Huddersfield hospitals, who will rubber stamp huge funding cuts to every school in the constituency, or the proven commitment of a hardworking Labour MP who will continue to stand up for our local communities at every opportunity.
Please make sure your voice is heard by using your vote.’
Originally published in the Dewsbury Reporter 27 April 2017