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David Cameron’s copy and paste letter from Tory HQ is quite out of touch with the realities of Southampton.

It is not only breath taking that he wants to take credit for investments in the city that are down to the hard work of the council, but he is clearly unaware that the great recovery he is talking about hasn’t reached the kitchen tables of people in Southampton. The truth is that people are £1600 worse off a year in this city than they were in 2010 and that this is the first Parliament since the 1920s where people’s living standards have got worse. He ignores the fact that food bank usage in Southampton has skyrocketed due to the implementation of mean-spirited policies such as benefit sanctions and the bedroom tax; that our NHS services in the city are in crisis because of a lack of investment; and that people in the city are struggling more than an ever to find an affordable place to live.

 

It’s clear that he is now relying on smears about Labour and the SNP to revive his fading hopes of remaining in Number 10; Labour has repeatedly said that there will be no agreement or coalition with the SNP in Government.

 

But there is one thing he is right on: that the choice at the next election couldn’t be clearer. It’s a choice between the Tories’ failing plan and Labour’s plan which is based on a simple truth: that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed. And this is why Labour will offer a better future: for living standards, for the next generation, and for the NHS.

My response to David Cameron's letter to Southampton

David Cameron’s copy and paste letter from Tory HQ is quite out of touch with the realities of Southampton.

Alan Whitehead, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test today welcomed the publication of Labour's Green Plan, which sets out an ambitious strategy for fighting fuel poverty, bringing down energy bills, tackling climate change and creating a million green jobs. 

Nine years to the day since David Cameron hugged a husky, Labour have committed to making energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority; driving forward tough domestic and international action on climate change; making the UK's electricity supply virtually carbon free by 2030; and planting new woodlands.

Speaking on the day of the manifesto launch Alan Whitehead said:

"Since 1997, I have campaigned tirelessly on environmental issues and I hope to continue this important work if I am re-elected on 7th May. I am extremely proud of Labour's record, but also of our ambitious Green Plan which will create new green jobs in our city and make Southampton homes warmer and cheaper to heat. 

 

Labour will develop the green economy, address climate change and help those in fuel poverty, but all the Tories can offer is empty rhetoric and broken promises. People won't forget that David Cameron said he would preside over the 'greenest Government ever' before he rowed back and told ministers to 'cut the green crap'.


I believe that addressing environmental challenges is a matter of fundamental social justice and that building a fairer society means tackling climate change and protecting nature. Labour's ambitious Green Plan will make a real difference to our environment and, together with our manifesto, it provides a blueprint for a more equal society
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ENDS

Notes for editors

1.Labour's Green manifesto can be found here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/labourclp328/pages/339/attachments/original/1429517150/150419_Labour_Green_Plan.pdf?1429517150 

2. Dr Alan Whitehead was one of the architects of the Climate Change Act 2008. He has been on the bill committee for every major piece of energy legislation. He is chair of Parliamentary Renewables and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) and sits on the Environmental Audit and Energy & Climate Change select committees.

3. For more information please contact Rebecca Williams on 02380 231 942 

A Labour government will make thousands of homes in Southampton warmer and cheaper to heat

Alan Whitehead, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test today welcomed the publication of Labour's Green Plan, which sets out an ambitious strategy for fighting fuel poverty, bringing down energy bills,...

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Did you know that women in the UK earn 18.6% less per hour than men? Yesterday was #equalpayday and I wanted to mark the occasion with the women who are helping me with my campaign. 

The stronger, fairer society that we as the Labour Party strive for is one where women get equal pay for equal work. But in the last five years progress to close the gender pay gap has slowed. Instead of taking action the Tories have chosen to hit women harder, with women bearing 85 % of the impact of tax and benefit changes.

Today we're launching our women's manifesto which sets out Labour's better plan for equality for men and women from the shop floor to the boardroom. To learn more about our plans, take a look here: http://www.labour.org.uk/blog/entry/labours-manifesto-for-women

Labour's better plan for equality

Did you know that women in the UK earn 18.6% less per hour than men? Yesterday was #equalpayday and I wanted to mark the occasion with the women who are helping me...


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