Mick Lerry
” I’m proud of our area and I know what it’s capable of achieving, given the chance” Cllr Mick Lerry

The cost-of-living crisis has been going on for too long with working people now £1,600 per year worse off on average.

Cllr Mick Lerry said: “Although the Government claim that everything is fixed you and I know that parts of Bridgwater and West Somerset are struggling and are yet to see any upturn at all. Local people have told me, and I agree with them, that our area has the strength and will to grow economically if only it was given the means and the opportunity. Having worked in the Constituency since 1976 I’m proud of our area and I know what it’s capable of achieving, given the chance”.

The Tory-led government is incapable of dealing with the long-term economic challenges we face because it’s committed to a race to the bottom built on low pay, low skills, low prospects and low productivity. Working people on zero- hours contracts and others unable to increase their working hours, which just increases uncertainty for the future.

The way to make a real difference in people’s lives is to make sure the economy works for working people. So the next Labour government will build a highly skilled, higher wage economy. This will mean more apprenticeships and higher skilled jobs in sectors like construction trades, health and caring professions and the technology sector” says Cllr Mick Lerry.

Real Change needs Local People to make the difference

But this can’t just be imposed from Westminster – real change needs local people to make the difference and create the jobs we need. That’s why Ed Miliband has announced that Labour will back city and county regions to become engines of growth so we can develop our own economic strategies, clearly focused on the creation of well-paid, highly-skilled jobs for people in our area.

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By unleashing the potential of our regions they can be the drivers of economic growth.

As part of this, Labour will give county regions the power to keep any additional business rates income they can generate and use it to invest locally in measures to boost growth, such as new social housing and infrastructure, and to give local workers the skills and training they need to succeed.

Cllr Mick Lerry said “Labour will expand high-quality apprenticeships for school-leavers in science, technology, engineering and maths so that our young people will be equipped for the high-quality jobs of the future. We want young people who will drive these big changes to be fully involved so we will also give local businesses a direct say in how to grow the local economy and what the priorities should be”.

The cost of living crisis is far from over. Too many hardworking people on lower and middle incomes are still locked out of the economic recovery and are unlikely to feel the benefits under this Tory-led government.

By unleashing the potential of our regions so they can be the drivers of economic growth, we can tackle the cost of living crisis and ensure we all benefit from our future economic prosperity.

Cllr Mick Lerry-Leader of the Labour Group on Sedgemoor District Council

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset

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