There are plenty of people around who want you to feel cynical about politics, who will tell you “they’re all the same” and “it’s not worth voting for any of them”.
In fact, that’s the biggest lie of them all. Politics, one way or another, makes a difference. The government we elect on Thursday will change people’s lives, either in a good way or a bad way.
And to those who claim that the last Labour government didn’t change anything, I would say: look at the facts. How many people realise, for example, that the last Labour government TREBLED spending on the NHS. That’s right - because a Labour government was elected in 1997, spending on health increased by TWO HUNDRED per cent. And those aren’t just numbers - they resulted in lives being saved, in lives being transformed.
That’s how politics can change things for the better. It’s the same with the National Minimum Wage, with tax credits, with the Winter Heating Allowance and free bus travel for pensioners.
These were life- changing policies. And they were so successful that even this Toryled government wouldn’t dare scrap them.
That’s why I can confidently say that the next Labour government will change lives for the better, just like its predecessor did.
We’ll tax the wealthy where we need to and we’ll give tax breaks for the less well off.
We’ll scrap the tyranny of Zero Hours contracts and we’ll give first- time home buyers a tax break by scrapping Stamp Duty for them. We’ll boost the National Minimum Wage and promote the Living Wage.
Only Labour has the track record of helping working people and making it easier for them to nurture their families.
And only Labour can beat the Conservatives Kyle Thornton
At this election, we face a choice between two futures. We can choose chaos with Labour and the SNP or stability with the Conservatives. Your vote will decide.
Over the last five years, the stability offered by a Conservativeled Government has helped businesses create 1.9 million more jobs and given ordinary men and women the economic security needed to create 750,000 more businesses. We’ve supported the economy by reducing the deficit by half, created a tax system which has taken millions of the lowest paid workers out of income tax and we’re reforming the welfare system to ensure work always pays. We’ve also ensured that those who have worked hard all their lives are rewarded. The State Pension will now rise by 2.5 per cent, inflation or earnings – whichever is highest.
However, we need your support to finish the job of economic recovery. Labour and the SNP are promising more borrowing, higher taxes and less security. We can’t afford to let them put our future at risk. The Scottish Conservative plan for the next five years is simple: eliminate the deficit, create more jobs, take more of the lowest paid out of income tax and begin to pay back our debts.
There’s also one more incredibly important reason I’m asking you to vote for me: our Union. We can’t let Labour gamble our union by getting into backroom deals with the SNP. I won’t do a deal with the SNP. I will put Glasgow South and our country first – always.
So if you want David Cameron to be Prime Minister, if you think Ruth Davidson is a fantastic spokesperson for Scotland and if you want to secure our economy and secure our union, I’m asking you to vote Scottish Conservative on May 7. A vote for anyone else risks our economy and risks our Union.
Labour Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, visits Labour’s Glasgow South candidate Tom Harris (from left) with his mother-inlaw May Moffat, son Jack (11), Jamie (8), wife Carolyn and Tom