Today the demands are for even higher standards in the quality of care for greater flexibility and convenience in treatment times and for more prevention through screening and health checks.
These are tough times and under this Tory-led government many people in Manchester are suffering and getting left behind. If elected I will use all my energy skills experience and knowledge to stand up for our communities and get things done for the better.
There’s a loss of faith in the banking system that for so long has been the backbone of prosperity and growth.
The Tories and the Lib Dems talk about social mobility but short of winning the lottery the only way to guarantee young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to do better and to raise aspirations is through education.
Team GB’s success at the Beijing Olympics can in part be said to have been made in Manchester. For example all the cycling medal winners trained at Manchester’s velodrome the National Cycling Centre.
Some argue that now isn’t the time to push the green agenda – that all efforts should be on preventing a serious recession. That is a false choice. It fails to recognise that climate change and our carbon reliance is part of problem – high fuel prices and food shortages due to poor crop yields compound today’s financial difficulties.
In the industrial revolution Britain led the world in advances that enabled mass production: trade exchanges transportation factory technology and new skills needed for the new industrialised world.
Funding for sports (and the arts) are often the first things facing the chop in difficult times.
For us political activists and candidates the morning after any election is a mix of emotions – the personal and the immediate the culmination of your own recent campaigning efforts and the fortunes of your party and the success or otherwise of what you stand for and believe in.
At its most basic the democratic contract is a simple one: the right to vote comes with a responsibility to society through tax payments and citizenship.