Continuing our series on member profiles. Here, Gino tells us why he joined the party and why he's getting involved in the run up to the General Election
Why did you join the Labour party?
I joined the party in the late 1990s, and have been a member ever since. I have always been inspired by the invaluable contributions successive Labour governments have brought about for the benefit of the many and not the few. But a party’s past achievements are not enough in themselves – an evolving vision for the future is what matters most. And I believe that the Labour party is best placed to take this country forward.
The world is changing fast and we need to keep up as a nation. Yet in growing our economy and strengthening our industrial and manufacturing sectors, we need to make sure that large parts of our society are not left behind. The huge current inequalities in our society show that we have a very long way to go, and in Ed Miliband I believe we have a leader who grasps the seriousness of this challenge.
Why is it important that we have a Labour government elected in May 2015?
We desperately need a government that is prepared to equip this nation for the long-term challenges that lie ahead. Since 2010 the Conservative-led Coalition has shown itself to be inward-looking in its vision, divisive in its language and aloof in its tone.
Having long ago run out of ideas, the government looks endlessly for scapegoats to divert attention away from its shortcomings; if it is not the poor, then it is the public sector, the EU or immigrants. This inward-looking mentality will only mean that the same mistakes of the past will reappear and that crucial issues that affect our everyday lives are left unresolved: from inadequate childcare provision and escalating public transport costs, to creeping privatisation of the NHS, and re-inflation of the housing bubble. This country deserves so much better than this.
The past five years have been about missed opportunities. We cannot afford for the next five to result in more of the same.
I am delighted that we have such a driven and engaged Labour candidate in Edward Robinson.