Jim Fitzpatrick responds to snap General Election
To all constituents – I would like to confirm I will be seeking re-election as your Member of Parliament for Poplar and Limehouse on 8 June. I had previously said I would stand down in 2020 but it’s only 2017. Today I voted against an early general election but the vast majority of MPs voted in favour.
I didn’t foresee an early election and was shocked by the Prime Minister’s announcement, especially given the number of times she said she wouldn’t call one. It is sheer political opportunism at a time of great uncertainty for the country.
The Tories will focus solely on Brexit in the coming weeks but this election is about far, far more than that. Living standards are falling, wages have stagnated, local council budgets are being slashed, child poverty is on the rise, social care is in crisis, school budgets are being cut and our NHS is in deep trouble. Never a day goes by without a constituent raising their concerns.
A vote for Labour on 8 June will mean a chance to address all the above. Constituents in Poplar and Limehouse must unite around these issues and fight hard for a Labour victory. Tower Hamlets cannot afford another five years of the Tories and neither can the country.