Candidate for Bletchley West Ward

Lauren Townsend - Candidate for Bletchley West Ward
Contact Lauren Townsend
  • Labour Hall, 112 Newport Road, New Bradwell, Milton Keynes MK13 0AA
  • 01908 314974
  • lauren@bletchleylabour.org.uk

I was born and raised in Milton Keynes, where I attended Sir Frank Markham Community School and Walton High sixth form. I have family and friends across the city and truly believe it is one of the best places to work and live.

Growing up in MK I had the benefit of subsidised buses, local youth clubs, EMA and youth services both in and out of school. It saddens me to see the effects of Tory austerity on our local communities. While the Labour-led council have done a good job minimising the impact of Tory cuts, Bletchley faces many challenges. I decided to get involved and stand up for Bletchley because I believe Labour must deliver on the major issues that we all face: housing, our NHS, schools, roads and local services. It is unacceptable that a decent affordable home is out of reach for so many young people across our community. We have to tackle the housing crisis.

I’ve recently been accepted onto a teacher training course and have seen first hand the devastating effects when school budgets are slashed, the number of teaching assistants are reduced and creative subjects are cut. We must fight to protect every child’s education and ensure every young person in MK gets the best start in life.

I waitress at a restaurant by Stadium MK and have felt the effects of low pay and insecure work, and seen my colleagues struggle as the minimum wage fails to match the ever increasing cost of living. I also work for Unite the Union, campaigning on issues like low pay. Over the next few months I will knock on the door of every resident in Bletchley West, an area I’ve grown up with and where my mum lives on the Rivers. I want to meet with as many people as possible, to get a real feel for what matters to you and how I can be your voice on the issues that matter.

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