I joined the Labour Party at the age of 15 after hearing Ed Miliband’s 2013 speech to conference. In that speech Ed prioritised early intervention for young people with mental illnesses, a policy that has also been prioritised by Jeremy Corbyn and Marvin Rees. Labour to me is a party that will engage with, care for and respect all people. As a child who has grown up with a single mum on benefits, I wanted to join a party that was willing not to be complacent on inequality, but instead to realise that we can only come together as a nation or as a city if we all feel that we are a part of it.
I’m now 18 and the upcoming mayoral election will be my first chance to vote. I’m voting for Marvin Rees because his priority is that no-one should be left behind in this city. Bristol thrives on diversity and it’s now more important than ever that we tackle inequality in Bristol so that not only the rich benefit from Bristol’s success.