|It’s shameful that one in three children in my community in Ipswich live in poverty. I cannot just stand by and watch these things happen in a place I love, knowing that as we battle with a cost-of-living crisis, this will only get worse.
That’s why at the next general election, I’ll be standing to be the next Labour and Co-operative MP for Ipswich.
As a Labour and Co-operative Councillor on Suffolk County Council, I fought hard to tackle food poverty. I was proud to take part in the co-operative movement’s campaign to promote the uptake of NHS Healthy Start scheme, which gives families with babies and young children up to £8.50 a week in food and formula vouchers. We saw uptake rates rise from 47% to 69% in the East of England – helping get more food and formula directly to those who need it most.
However, with the prices increasing day by day, £8.50 now won’t even buy a single tin of most infant formula brands. That’s why at the Co-operative Party, our members are campaigning for food justice: tackling food poverty locally like I did, but also calling for a more strategic approach nationally – like raising the value of the Healthy Start scheme in line with inflation.
I know that in Government, we can do so much more for families that are struggling to feed their children. Until then, we need to keep up our work in the community while also holding this Government to account. But to do all those things, we need more members. Will you join us today, and help us win the fight against food poverty?