Tomorrow is election day and this is just to remind you:
a) You don’t need a polling card! If you have it, fine - but it is not essential.
b) If you are not sure where your polling station is, you can search here.
Six weeks ago I wrote to say what I thought this election was going to be about.
Called by the Prime Minister three years earlier than necessary, it was supposed to be all about giving Theresa May backing for her Brexit strategy.
The election hasn’t turned out the way anyone expected.
Despite the central importance of Brexit to our national story, and the huge damage a ‘hard Brexit’ will inflict on jobs and the economy, there has been too little time devoted to this topic.
Much of the early part of the campaign was dominated by the Conservative proposal for a ‘dementia tax’.
Then, inevitably and rightly, the horrors of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London have meant grief, outrage and a recognition of the need to look again at how we tackle violent extremism. It has been extraordinary to see the unity expressed across communities in both cities - exemplified in the leadership given here by Mayor Sadiq Khan - in the face of these attacks, rejecting extremism and intolerance. Action will need to follow, but specific policy responses are not best forged in the heat of the last hours of an election campaign.
One thing is clear - our politics may be far from perfect but we have a democracy worth cherishing. We have the right to choose who represents us, and to question and challenge our leaders. And it is absolutely right that there should be robust debate about the issues that matter to us.
I want to see a change of direction in our country.
I am strongly opposed to a ‘hard Brexit’ and believe our partnership with Europe is a force for good for this country.
I don’t want cuts to our school budgets or our youth service.
I do want to see genuinely affordable homes for sale and rent, not just more and more luxury flats.
I want a properly funded NHS, and social care which doesn’t involve only those unlucky enough to be affected by particular health conditions, like dementia, having to fund with their homes.
I want to support our police, security and intelligence services with the resources they need, and don’t accept that this means abandoning human rights laws that are central to our British values.
And even though I would love you to vote for me (obviously!), I hope you will take part tomorrow whoever you choose to support.
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Westminster North
Promoted by Andy Whitley on behalf of Karen Buck, both at 4G Shirland Mews, London, W9 3DY.