These are my personal pledges to you:
- To preserve and protect our Forest, permanently. Our Forest is not for sale.
- To save our NHS – high quality local care for local people, when they need it.
- To revitalise the Forest economy by cutting business rates, boosting apprenticeships and creating green jobs.
- To reduce the Severn Bridge tolls and improve local public transport.
- To fight for a Birthing Unit, for the safe delivery of the next generation of Foresters.
I will also vote to support a Labour government. A Labour government will build a Britain that rewards hard work, not just privilege, and ensures the next generation does better than the last. These are Labour’s pledges for government:
We will tackle the cost-of-living crisis
End rip-off prices on energy bills.
We will make life more affordable for millions of people. We’ll freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reform the broken energy market to stop the cost of energy bills soaring.
Help people get on the housing ladder.
Labour will build the homes Britain needs by getting 200,000 homes built a year by 2020. We will get a fair deal for renters with longer, more predictable tenancies and a ban on rip-off letting fees.
Support working parents with the cost of childcare.
Parents shouldn’t face the prospect of taking a job that ends up costing them more than they’ll earn. We will give working parents 25 hours of free childcare for three and four-year-olds per week.
We will save our NHS
Tackle NHS waiting times and put patients first.
The Tories have created a crisis in A&E, and thousands of people can’t get a GP appointment when they need one. We will guarantee that you will be able to see a GP within 48 hours, which will help to tackle A&E waiting times.
Provide fairer access to mental health services.
We will make mental health the priority it deserves to be. We will ensure that people have access to the treatment and services they need. We will make sure all professional NHS staff receive mental health training.
Create a 21st Century NHS for complex needs.
We will make patient services fit for the future by bringing together physical health, mental health and social care into a single system of whole-person care. A single service built around patients.
Tough and fair immigration rules
Stronger border controls
We will make it easier to deport foreign criminals, check people in and out of the country, and do more to stop illegal immigration.
A smarter system of controls
So we get the top talent and investment we need, whilst controlling low skilled migration.
Fair rules at work
A new law to prevent employers undercutting wages by exploiting immigration, and banning agencies from recruiting only from abroad.
People coming here won’t be able to claim benefits for at least two years.
Integration, not divided communities
People working in public services in public facing roles will be required to speak English.
We will build an economy for the many, not just the few
Make sure everyone who works can afford to live.
We will raise the minimum wage and give tax breaks to companies that sign up to pay a living wage. We will cut income tax for 24 million people by bringing back the 10p income tax rate. Making sure all work pays a decent wage will make our economy stronger.
Back our entrepreneurs and small businesses.
We will make it easier to start and grow businesses. We’ll create a British investment bank that will lend money to new and growing businesses. We’ll support small businesses by cutting business rates for 1.5 million small firms and freezing their energy bills.
Balance the books, doing it in a fairer way.
We will reverse David Cameron’s tax cut for millionaires and cut spending where it is sensible to do so. We will cap welfare spending, tackling the root causes of social security spending, including by getting more people into work, making work pay and getting more homes built.
We will create opportunities for all young people
Raise school standards across Britain.
Every child deserves a great education. The Tories have allowed unqualified teachers into our classrooms. We will make sure every permanent teacher is fully qualified.
Transform vocational education.
The 50% of young people who don’t go to university will get the training they need for skilled jobs, via apprenticeships, technical qualifications at age 18, and new technical degrees.
Get young people back to work.
Young people should be in work, not on benefits. We will guarantee a job for every young person who has been out of work for more than a year and access to training to develop the skills they need.
We will undo the damage the Tories have done
Protect the most vulnerable.
David Cameron’s hated Bedroom Tax is hitting more than 400,000 disabled people. It’s cruel, it’s unfair, and it doesn’t work. Labour will scrap it and pay for it by closing tax-dodging loopholes.
Stop the creeping privatisation of the NHS.
We will scrap the Health and Social Care Act and make sure the NHS is driven by patients’ needs, not profit. Hospitals shouldn’t be spending money on competition lawyers instead of nurses.
Ensure fairness in our tax system.
Under the Conservatives, people at the top haven’t made the same sacrifices as everyone else. We will reverse David Cameron’s tax cut for millionaires and cut taxes for millions instead.