General Election 2019

Stephen Rice is standing as Labour’s candidate for the Harwich and North Essex constituency in the next general election.

Stephen was born in London and has lived in West Mersea for nearly thirty years, he has two grown-up children.

He has had a varied career in industry, commerce and the arts and has a strong Trade Union background. He has a strong community focus and has worked with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, The Diocese of Chelmsford and served on the RNLI Inshore lifeboat for fourteen years.

Every year, Stephen volunteers with ‘Festival Friends’, a voluntary organisation that enables adults with learning disabilities to enjoy holidays with their friends.

Speaking after his selection, Stephen said:

“I am honoured to be standing as Labour’s candidate for the Harwich and North Essex constituency. I love this beautiful part of Essex. Walking around the towns and villages, I am often blown away by the beauty and rich history surrounding us. However, when I speak to people, they show me what is beneath the surface and it saddens me to see and hear the stories that are ripping the fabric of our communities and society apart. 

Our social policies, which were implemented by a Labour government after the devastation of the second world war in 1945, rebuilt this country with a revolutionary vision to keep our people safe, healthy and educated from cradle to grave. I love this country and I am so proud that we have the best healthcare in the world, which is our national treasure, the NHS. I want to ensure that we stop privatisation of this public service that was built by the people for the people. It belongs to us and there should be no place for corporations or private companies taking on contracts and running the service for their own profit rather than as a public service.

In the last nine years, many of our public services have been plundered, being run to fill the pockets of rich shareholders rather than for the good of the people that need those services. Royal Mail was sold at a loss to mates of the Conservatives and whilst shareholders profits increase, worker’s rights, pay and the cost of the service increase. The same story for our public transport, council services and water. Labour will renationalise these services making sure that they are run as public services and profits will be put back to improve those services rather than in the pockets of billionaires. 

I want to see a revolution of kindness and goodness sweep this country like it did in 1945, we deserve better and this Labour government is ready to give back control to the people. We don’t want power, we want you to have power. That is why I am standing as candidate because I want the people of Harwich and North Essex to be able to take back control of their lives, to have jobs that pay the real living wage, to have properly funded health care and the very best education for their children, to not only save libraries from cuts but to improve them and to make sure that people have safe and secure homes. I see so much potential in our towns and villages and together we can unlock that potential and make Harwich and North Essex the best it can be.

A vote for me is a vote for you, believe in yourselves and let’s make real change happen.”

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Why I’m backing Stephen Rice

“I’ve known Stephen since our school days together. His compassion for others shines through in everything he does. If anyone can be trusted to work hard to make life better for the people of North Essex, it’s my friend Stephen Rice.”

BILLY BRAGG

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