Please vote tomorrow

06 May 2015

Tosh McDonald, president of ASLEF's executive committee, is urging members to vote tomorrow.

He said: ‘This is the most important election of my lifetime and we are being bombarded with opinion, propaganda and promises from commentators, all of whom have a vested interest for one party or the other (and the majority support the Tories); from politicians promising the earth; and from comedians, some telling us not to bother voting as ‘they’re all the same.’

‘In recent years politicians – of all parties – have left a lot to be desired and helped create a distrust of mainstream politics. But make no mistake, the section of society hurt most by a low turnout is our class (although we told that class is no longer an issue in Britain).

‘I also have an interest – and I don’t pretend otherwise. I am proud to be an active member of the Labour Party and proud that our great union is affiliated, under rule, and remained so even during the New Labour years when it became very difficult to support some of the things that Progress, and the Millionaire Tendency, introduced. But the Labour Party today is a different animal to what it was the last time it was in.

‘I want to encourage you to get out and vote – make sure you are still registered, check by looking online or ringing your local office – and convince you to vote for our party – Labour.

‘Because a vote, however well intentioned, for any party other than Labour is a vote to keep David Cameron and George Osborne in Downing Street. So please get out and vote – and please think very carefully before you vote.’

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