Meet our candidates: Ian Caruana, Tendring Rural West

Ian Caruana, Workers Party candidate for Tendring Rural West

“I was born and brought up in Essex, with my father working at Dagenham dock and my mother at the local authority. 

The reason I joined the Workers Party and why I have chosen to stand as a local candidate in this election is quite simple. All three of the main political parties have been taking us in the wrong direction for too long. These local elections for me represent the first step in building an alternative; a real choice regarding the future direction of travel.

There is so much I could talk about here, but I am going to select the one that is the most important to me, the NHS. My wife has worked for the NHS virtually all of her life, and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for our public healthcare system.  We need to fight to save our NHS from total privatisation and stop it being replaced with a US style insurance system, but clapping to show support for NHS workers isn’t enough.

Did you know that in the 1980s the NHS had 240,000 beds, and is now down to just 120,000?

You have to wonder what it is about the Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir Simon Stevens that qualifies him for the job; previously he was the CEO for United Health Care, an American, billion dollar private health company!

Talking of being qualified to do a job, I believe my foremost qualification for this councillor position is that I am a normal working guy, went to work at the age of 16 and have faced the same struggles and stresses that most working people have to contend with on a daily basis. Being able to empathise and relate to someone’s problems goes a long way to being able to help them. Having lived and brought my family up in Tendring over the past 16 years comes a close second.

Let’s change direction, vote for something different, vote Workers Party of Britain on May 6th.

Better still, come and join us.”