Malik Rofidi gave this address to the audience st s packed hustings event in Selby last night.

“When you cast your vote on 12th December, there are two things to particularly consider.

“First, your candidates. As you can probably tell, I am not the usual polished politician type. But as I understand it, from what I have heard from constituents, that is not what you want. You want a representative in parliament who cares, and values you. Who genuinely wants to change our society for the good of all.

“Your MP for the last 9 years has not worked to better the lives of all in his constituency, he has looked after the interests of a wealthy few, while the rest of us have experienced cuts to our public services, damaging affects of a stagnant economy, and very little in the way of hope for the future.

“If you vote me into Parliament, I pledge to do my very best to ensure I represent the interests of as many of you as possible.

“Another thing to consider is what kind of country do we want to live in? One where poverty affects millions, where healthcare and social care does not deliver for those who need it, one where the climate crisis is not tackled quickly enough, with the effectiveness of public accountability.

“A country with a government that its people cannot trust, and that does not care for all under its governance, as we have had under the Conservative and Lib Dem governments of the last 9 years.

“Or do you want a government that will tackle inequality, transform our society so that it is built on an economy that works for all, not just a wealthy elite. A society based on fairness and compassion, where we are not expected to walk on the other side when people are in need. A society that gives our young the best start in life, our senior citizens dignity and respect in retirement and a government thatwill regenerate our public services and, of course, our NHS.

“If you want this fair society, you need to vote Labour. So please, on 12th December, lend your vote to me, Malik Rofidi, and let’s have the real change we all deserve.”

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