THIS election offers voters a clear choice between the Tories’ failed plan for Britain - and a better Labour plan that offers hope for you, your family and our country.
Running through our plan is a single, simple idea: that Britain only succeeds when working people succeed.
The Tories offer more of the same old ideology that says they only need to look after a few at the top and everyone else will get dragged along behind.
They say that what’s good for the richest and most powerful is always good for the whole country.
Their problem is that last five years have proven them wrong.
They boast about an economic recovery but, while it may have brought the banker bonuses back to the City of London, it has not reached the front door of families in Portsmouth and across the country.
Average wages are down £1,600 since David Cameron entered Downing Street, energy bills have risen by a £300 a year, millions are stuck in low-paid insecure jobs, and home ownership has fallen to its lowest level for 30 years.
The Tory-Lib Dem Bedroom Tax has affected 1,400 people in Portsmouth South alone.
There is an urgent need for 1,200 further school places, but the city’s education budget is £4m in deficit.
This Tory-Lib Dem government has let down your children.
And the cuts mean care for the elderly and others in Portsmouth have been so severe even the Conservative-led council has warned of a collapse of social care in the city.
That is why it is so important that you vote for Labour candidates Sue Castillon in Portsmouth South and John Ferrett in Portsmouth North.
Sue has years of experience in personal, social and health education (PSHE) and she has campaigned tirelessly to increase the teaching of it in schools.
In Parliament, Sue will help a Labour government turn the lights back on in hundreds of Sure Start centres, which have suffered so badly under the coalition.
John was born and raised in Portsmouth.
Now leader of the Labour group on the council, he has spent years fighting for local causes and jobs, as well as training numerous youth football teams.
You can only trust a Labour government with MPs like Sue and John to truly support working families.
Labour will reward hard work by raising the minimum wage to more than £8 by October 2019. Labour will freeze energy bills, so they can fall but not rise, until 2017, and extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for working parents of three and four-year-olds.
Labour will restore the dream of home ownership by building at least 200,000 new homes a year with priority for local first time buyers.
Our manifesto isn’t full of unfunded, unfair and unbelievable promises like that of the Tories, who really haven’t got a clue where the money comes from to pay for vital services like the NHS and schools.
We will balance the books and have the national debt falling.
We will ask those with the broadest shoulders – particularly the super-rich avoiding their taxes – to carry more of the burden.
Labour will cut taxes for small businesses, reverse David Cameron’s millionaire’s tax cut, close the loopholes that favour off-shore hedge funds, and ask the owners of properties worth more than £2 million to help pay for vital investment in our NHS.
Only Labour has a plan to cap class sizes, reduce tuition fees and guarantee an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the grades.
I am ready to fight for working people every single day.
If you elect a Labour government on May 7, I am ready to fight for you.