We hear a lot of talk from the Tories about economic recovery but people in Ashton-under-Lyne don't see much evidence.
Instead, people are worried about their jobs, their wages and their children’s futures. I’ve lost count of the number of young people who’ve told me that they cant get a job, or a place of their own.
Others ask me why they are on zero hours contracts while those at the top get away with paying zero tax.
It’s time to end that zero-zero economy which has created a deeply unequal, unfair, unjust country that says ‘as long as those at the top are doing ok, our country is doing ok too’.
The Tories’ believe low pay is the only way we can compete in the world and that insecurity is the way you make working people work harder. They believe that markets always get the right outcome, even if that means powerful interests like energy companies and banks have all the power.
And UKIP think that working mothers aren’t worth as much as men, that life was easier when there wasn’t equality for gay and lesbian people and that the NHS would be better off privatised.
But you can’t build a fair future if you don’t believe in equal rights. You can’t succeed as a country if you close yourself off from the world. And you can’t make a healthier country if you destroy our National Health Service.
These are failed ideas from the past. The Tories don’t have any answers because they don’t understand the problem. The next Labour government will change our economy so it works for everyday people, and not just a privileged few at the top.
I believe we can make a real difference to local people’s lives. Labour will create an £8 minimum wage, ban exploitive zero hours contracts, freeze energy bills until 2017, cut business rates, create extra apprenticeships and build thousands more new homes every year.
Labour’s vision is where everyone who works hard is rewarded and where broken markets are reformed so that vested interests serve the public - not the other way round!
The next generation must do better than the last.
Only Labour will build that better society.