12th April 2010
Southampton’s Labour MPs have welcomed today’s launch of Labour’s General Election Manifesto.
Alan Whitehead, Labour MP and parliamentary candidate for Southampton Test, said:
“Labour’s manifesto is good news for everyone in Southampton. We are committed to securing the economic recovery and access to excellent public services for all. Those are the right priorities for Southampton and for Britain.
"We will back business to create one million more skilled jobs across the UK and grow our economy through advanced technology, exports and business investment.
“We want to modernise Britain’s infrastructure with High Speed Rail, a Green Investment Bank and broadband access for all.”
John Denham, Labour MP and parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen, said:
“The manifesto we launched today sets out our plan to ensure that excellence is spread across all our public services – with a thousand schools becoming part of high standard accredited schools groups and every hospital a Foundation Trust.
“On the other hand, Cameron’s Tories are far from committed to the public services that ordinary families depend on. The cuts they want to make to the Sure Start budget could see as many as one in five Sure Start centres close, denying families across Southampton access to this essential service. These same families would also be hit by the cuts the Tories intend making to the Child Trust Fund and Child Tax Credits.”
Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minster and Leader of the Labour Party, said at the launch of Labour's 2010 General Election Manifesto today:
“The forward policies we set out today are rooted in the day-to-day concerns of the British people. And today I lay before you a radical and realistic plan for Britain that starts with securing the recovery, and renews Britain as a fairer, greener, more accountable, and more prosperous country.
“For the road to recovery we’re travelling on is also the road to a better and fairer future for all.
“Leave it to our opponents to try to build the present in the image of the past – our manifesto is written not in the past tense, but in the future tense.
“Because even in the darkest days of the crisis we have never stopped thinking of and preparing for tomorrow.
“A few years ago, someone once asked where does New Labour stand – what business are we in: past or future?
“Our answer is as clear as the question was then.
“We are in the future business.
“And under my leadership we always will be in the future business … building a future fair for all.”
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