Neither Theresa May nor the Conservative Party have a mandate for their government so it is right to go to the public, although the timing of her change of heart seems to be politically motivated rather than in the best interests of the country.
After 7 years it is clear the Conservative approach of austerity economics has failed Teesside. We have lost our steelworks, child poverty is rising, unemployment is well above the national average, and we have two and a half times the national rate of youth unemployment. We need a government who will invest and rebuild and the Tories have shown they do not care about our area. They were willing to step in and save the steel industry in Wales but not here. Only Labour will stand up and fight and take Teesside's voice to Westminster.
Our public services are on their knees - the NHS crisis means locally medical centres and walk-ins are closing, school budgets are being slashed, councils have lost millions in social care funding, and hardworking public sector staff are exhausted. We have lost hundreds of local police officers leading to more crime and anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods. The Tories have also cut our armed forces and have put our national security at risk by threatening to withdraw international cooperation on terrorism and cross-border crime.
We need a clear vision for Brexit for this country that has been voted for by the people. The Tories are failing us on the global stage - Britain must emerge stronger from Brexit but Boris Johnson is making us weaker and a laughing stock in the world.
We need a Labour government to deliver for the whole country. For two years I have fought tooth and nail for this area and I will continue to stand up for Redcar and Teesside in the face of the poor deal we get from the Tories. Labour stand for a fairer, stronger and more decent Britain and that is what I will be campaigning for in the run up to June 8th.