Wishing everyone a relaxing, peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year.
Many thanks to everybody who volunteered with Labour’s election campaigns this year. Wherever you were working for our Party, whatever you were doing, it was all appreciated. And, most particularly, thank you to all Labour voters.
People in Brighton Pavilion and across Brighton & Hove deserve the best quality of life, as every person does nationwide. Whether you’re a roofer in Hollingdean, a nurse in Preston Park, a waitress in Regency, a care worker in Elm Grove, a teacher in Withdean, a pensioner in Patcham, or a student in the North Laine, everyone in our city is working towards a comfortable life for themselves and those they love.
Sadly, over the last nine years, Tory austerity cuts to the council, our NHS, our schools, police and fire services have meant that quality of life has fallen for all of us. In response to this, Brighton & Hove has followed its own path with a resilience and independence, demonstrating a fighting spirit and great concern for those the Tory government would have left behind.
Many local groups have come together to pick people up as we see our neighbours struggle where society’s safety net has been allowed to grow threadbare or been cut away altogether. Pavilion Labour thanks everyone involved in what have become essential community support services, just as we thank all the emergency, NHS, transport and leisure industry workers who will be keeping the rest of us safe, well, mobile, fed and entertained over the festive break.
We can choose to reject despair and go into the holidays with hope in our hearts for the coming year – but we must also find the grit and determination which will be required to rebuild and develop our campaign for socialism, locally and nationally.
Over the next few days we hope that you can cuddle up to loved ones, relax on the sofa and have a lovely Christmas break. But in case you or others you know need them, remember that you can always contact:
- Childline: 0800 1111
- Samaritans: 116 123
- Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247
- Mind: 0300 123 3393
- Age UK: 0800 169 6565