Labour’s manifesto starts from the idea that Britain only succeeds when working people succeed.
Bridgwater and West Somerset Labour candidate Cllr Mick Lerry said: “Labour’s Manifesto 2015 it is different from manifestos that Labour has published in the past. Instead of a list of new spending commitments, the very first page of this Manifesto sets out our plan to secure the nation’s finances – with a Budget Responsibility Lock guaranteeing that every manifesto policy is paid for without a single penny of extra borrowing”.
It shows how, by securing the nation’s finances, we are able to improve the family finances of the working people of Britain, by:
• Raising the minimum wage to more than £8 by October 2019.
• Protecting tax credits in the next parliament, to back working families.
• Introducing guaranteed wrap-around childcare through primary schools,
underpinned by a new National Primary Childcare Service.
• Supporting the squeezed middle by pledging not to raise income tax,
National Insurance or VAT.
• Freezing rail fares in the first year of a Labour Government while we
reform the railways.
This builds on wider polices to:
• Reward hard work – banning exploitative zero hour contracts, freezing
energy bills and backing small businesses.
• Share prosperity – by guaranteeing apprenticeships, cutting tuition fees,
getting homes built, and devolving powers to every part of Britain.
• Build a better Britain – ensuring the NHS has time to care, opening up our
politics, and being a confident outward looking nation once again.
“People want change, a better future, but they want to know we can make progress while securing the nation’s finances. This Manifesto answers that question with a plan for big reform, not big spending. This Manifesto and this election campaign show that Labour is not only the party of change, but the party of responsibility too”, said Mick.
If you wish to read Labour’s Manifesto 2015 please click on the link:
Cllr Mick Lerry-Leader of the Labour Group on Sedgemoor District Council
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset