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Photo of Emily Brothers Speaking at Economy Hustings 

Photo – Emily Brothers Speaking at Economy Hustings

At last night’s Hustings organised by The Sutton Guardian, held at Christ Church with ST Philip in Worcester Park, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers set out her party’s economic plan:
“We will build a strong economic foundation and balance the books. Labour is determined to cut the deficit. Securing the future of our NHS is central to Labour’s programme for government.
“Having failed on the deficit in this Parliament, the Tories have now indicated cuts that go much further than balancing the books, taking Britain back to 1930’s spending levels. This will see a further £55BN in cuts.
“We have a tough and balanced approach to dealing with the deficit and bringing down debt. Only Labour recognises that Britain will be able to deal with the deficit by tackling the cost-of-living crisis. That’s why we are committed to protecting everyday working people by ensuring those with the broadest shoulders bear the greatest burden.
“The Tory and Lib Dem Coalition have borrowed over £200 billion more than they planned in this parliament and the next Labour government will inherit a deficit of £75 billion. That’s why we’ll need to work differently, by for example integrating health and social care and invest in jobs with major infrastructure projects and build a million new homes in the next Parliament.
“The Coalition of broken promises claim the economy is fixed, but there is no recovery for hardworking families in Sutton. Real wages for all employees have fallen by more than £1,600 a year since 2010. Full-time workers have fared even worse, with real wages down by more than £2,000 over the same period. This is making it harder to get the deficit down because tax receipts are lower.
“Labour will take immediate steps to tackle the cost of living crisis by taxing bank bonuses to fund a job guarantee for all long-term unemployed young people, confronting the scandal of low pay by raising the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour and banning exploitative zero hours contracts.
“Labour will also take steps to strengthen our economy by reforming the banks and a real British Investment Bank so that small business can have the access to credit they need to grow and act as the engine for our economy; transform vocational education in our schools and colleges, ensure more parents have the choice about whether to go back to work with 25 hours free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, paid for by increasing the bank levy.
“Local people tell me that the tax system is unfair. They are angry about tax dodging by the privileged few. That’s why Labour will plug loopholes that are being exploited, as we are on the side of hard working families in Sutton.”

Photo – Panel of Candidates at Hustings on the Economy
Photo – Panel of Candidates at Hustings on the Economy

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