This month, I joined the Labour Party. It’s been a big month for memberships with over 60,000 people joining the political party.
I am in no way an expert in politics, and I don’t pretend to be. But I know what I think, what I believe in. I feel that now is the time more than ever to start making a stand for the things I believe in.
The general election result was gutting. I couldn’t, and still can’t understand why people voted Conservative. I voted Labour, however I also felt uneasy at Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Labour Party. I felt he had nothing new to give, didn’t appear to have much passion, and did not seem a strong opponent, so why would people want to rock the boat and take a chance on him – I can understand why people may have felt this way. I also felt after the election that I need to get more involved in politics, hold my MP to account and stand up for what I believed in. I have been doing this quietly and steadfastly, signing petitions, and emailing my MP. But still I felt the need to do more. To get involved. To bring politics into the everyday.
The more I hear of the conservatives not sticking to their election manifesto, reducing benefits for those less fortunate and increasing benefits for big businesses, the more dismayed I became. Even things that I thought would benefit me, such as 30 free hours per week childcare, which was discussed again and again at the election, won’t even be implemented until 2017. This Government promised a lot but has not delievered anything that I can see truly benefits the people who really need it in this country.
I have dithered and debated joining the Labour Party for a long time. I decided to join when Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader. It felt like a new wave, a fresh start. Time to move forwards and remember and hold onto the core values and beliefs of Labour. I feel refreshed and energised by the things that are currently being discussed and brought forward by Labour. This is the kind of politics I understand, that I can get passionate about.
I joined the Labour Party because I feel the party echoes my core values and beliefs regarding a more equal society, and equality for all.
Jeremy Corbyn has set the cat amongst the pigeons in political terms. He is a completely different sort of politician to David Cameron. You can see through their terrible propaganda, such as calling Corbyn a ‘threat to national security’, that they are concerned about his influence in society. That because he speaks geuinely and honestly, that they don’t know how to react to him. The first Prime Ministers Questions was a great example of seeing how they react to any form of change.
I like the fact that Jeremy doesn’t rise to their childishness, rising above it and focussing on what matters – the issues. He genuinely cares about the issues he talks about, and he listens to what people are telling him. He is breaking the politicial mold of recent years.
I feel the Labour Party need to get on board and work together now, here is the moment to really make some changes and progress. Compromise is essential. I was disappointed that women such as Liz Kendall chose the backbenches instead of working together with Corbyn to move the party forwards. I don’t agree with everything Corbyn says, beleieve me, but I truly believe he is a great catalyst for change. I for one feel that women in the party do need to be more present in senior roles, and I have joined the Labour Women’s Network to support their efforts. He isn’t perfect, he isn’t trying to be, but what he is doing is wiping the slate clean and moving forwards, which can only be a good thing.
This is an exciting time in politics, and I feel motivated to stand up and have my voice heard. I am very interested to see what happens.
Whatever your political beliefs, I hope you do the same.