I came to Manchester to study in the late 90s and it’s felt like home ever since; I’m proud to have called Gorton constituency my home for the last decade. I want to be the Lib Dem MP for Manchester Gorton because Manchester is a liberal city full of liberal people – open-minded and diverse. The Lib Dems stand for equality, for freedom of speech, and for freedom from conformity. Labour has taken Manchester for granted for years, but we’ve seen how hard John Leech MP has worked for Withington as a Liberal Democrat, and I’ll aim to match his high standards.
The Liberal Democrats have delivered for Manchester Gorton despite having to work with the Tories. We’ve delivered our income tax cut for low and middle earners, which the Tories said was unaffordable. We’ve delivered the Pupil Premium, which is already helping kids from poorer backgrounds avoid falling behind their equally-smart peers from richer families. And yes, while we couldn’t deliver free University tuition as part of a Coalition, we’ve still delivered a graduate tax which is fairer and cheaper than either Labour or the Tories would have imposed, with record numbers of new student from lower-income families.
I want to go further for the people of Gorton. If I am returned as your MP, I will push for further cuts to income tax and national insurance for low earners, for fairer elections and more powers to the Council to give local people more of a say, and fight to help people suffering from the terrible burden of mental illness to get the same support as somebody with physical health problems. I want to see everybody in Gorton living in a stronger economy and a fairer society, where everyone can get on in life.