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Patrick Hall reflects on the campaign

For months I have spoken with local residents and listened to their views. The election is upon us, and it is clear that many who intend to vote remain undecided.

Nonetheless, people are clear about a number of issues. They want a secure future for Bedford Hospital and are concerned about the Tory drive to privatise health services.Too many struggle with the cost of living and want action on low wages and high fuel and energy bills.

Others cannot cannot understand why the government has refused to help foodbanks whilst cutting tax for the rich. Our schools are forced to compete with each other instead of cooperating. Rail fares shoot up and the cost of housing is beyond what most young people can afford.

Many residents are not comfortable with the Tories' negative attitude to Europe and divisive approach to Scotland, which risks breaking up the UK. I want to help unite our country and will support policies that benefit the many, not only the few.

If elected I will again be a full-time MP and will put Bedford Kempston first. I will never accept extra paid directorships and consultancies. I will work with the mayor, the council, local businesses, and residents to provide the leadership and vision we need.

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