It’s been a privilege to have been Southampton Test’s MP for the last eighteen years. I have always used my time in Parliament to get the best for our city, and to make sure Southampton people benefit from the national decisions that are made.
But now so many people are telling me that they’re not feeling the effects of economic recovery in their own lives and that Government plans might be helping some people but not them. That’s why I’m supporting doing things differently by balancing the national books in a fairer way and investing in a future for everyone in our city.
Labour will build 200,000 new houses each year by 2020 and get fair and secure leases for people in Southampton renting homes. We will ensure that our NHS has the resources and the time to care for all. We will help young people in the city get a good start in life through quality apprenticeships and fairer university fees. We will create green jobs to support the local economy. That’s the kind of future for Southampton I want to fight for and I hope I can count on your support to do so.
Labour’s election pledges
- A strong economic foundation: Balance the books and cut the deficit every year while securing the future of the NHS. None of our manifesto commitments require additional borrowing.
- Higher living standards for working families: Freeze energy bills until 2017 and give the regulator the power to cut bills this winter, ban exploitative zero-hours contracts, raise the minimum wage to £8 and provide 25 hours free childcare a week.
- An NHS with the time to care: 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs. We will join up services from home to hospital, guaranteeing GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.
- Controls on immigration: People who come here won’t be able to claim benefits for at least two years and we will introduce fair rules making it illegal for employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers.
- A country where the next generation can do better than the last: Tuition fees reduced to £6,000, an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades, and smaller class sizes for 5, 6 & 7 year-olds.
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