Mr Corbyn’s words are published here in support of This Writer’s article attacking the scurrilous ‘Vote Leave’ attempt to discredit the Labour leader.
The article also puts to rest a few of the main myths being spread by some particularly dishonest characters:
- The myth that strain on public services is caused by immigrants when in fact it is due to unhealthy budget cuts.
- The myth that immigrants are moving into housing that should be available for UK citizens, when in fact Conservatives have ensured that house building is at its lowest level since the 1920s.
(And can readers who persist in claiming that Labour cut house building to its lowest level now please shut up? Whatever New Labour’s faults, the current Conservative government is far, far worse.)
And Mr Corbyn also suggests that the next general election may not be as far away as we’ve all been led to believe, with his rallying call to “vote Labour whenever the next election is called”.
Does he know something about the Tory expenses scandal that we don’t?
I have seen first-hand the jobs, investment, workers’ rights and environmental protection that being part of the EU helps secure for working people.
That’s why, despite its faults, I believe it’s best we vote to stay and work with our friends to make the changes Europe needs.
One issue many people have raised with me during the campaign is about EU migration. Living in one of the most diverse areas of the country I know both the benefits and the difficulties immigration can cause.
Parties like UKIP want to whip up division and turn this into a referendum on immigration.
But our hospitals, schools and housing aren’t in crisis because of migration. It’s not Polish plumbers or Spanish nurses who created record waiting times at A&E departments, or made cancer treatment waiting times longer.
It was cuts forced through by David Cameron, Boris Johnson and the Tory party that did that. Instead of training enough doctors and nurses, we now rely on over 50,000 medical staff from the EU to keep our NHS going.
If you or your family are struggling to get an affordable home, it’s not migrants who are to blame. It’s politicians who have failed to build enough homes.
Under David Cameron’s Government new house builds have fallen to their lowest level since the 1920s.
It’s this Government that has undermined services and living standards.
That’s why I believe it’s in our best interests to vote to remain and reform, protecting rights and jobs, on June 23 – and to vote Labour whenever the next election is called.
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