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 Labour’s Local Election Campaign 2014

Introduction

Labour in Sutton offers an ambitious programme to stimulate economic growth and fairness for local people. Our vision charts an inclusive Sutton that enables local people, creates shared success and delivers change. Labour will:

• Secure fairness by tackling inequalities and the cost of living crisis by establishing a Fairness Commission
• Build a stronger local economy by attracting inward investment, promoting social enterprise and establishing a Co-operative Development Agency
• Protect and improve our environment by undertaking a review of the incinerator, recycling and waste management – driven by a new Sustainable Sutton Task Force
• Proactively defend St Helier Hospital from closures by scrutinising any decommissioning of its services. Defend and strengthen public services by working in partnership, reforming local health services and intervening proactively in support of St Helier Hospital
• Meet local housing needs by building 400 affordable homes, controlling private rent and reforming the Council Repairs Service
• Support hard working families by improving child care provision and building a new secondary school
• Foster community cohesion by enhancing local facilities and neighbourhood policing.
The Coalition’s dismissal of the cost of living crisis demonstrates how out of touch it is with the reality facing people in Sutton. The government can’t deal with the long-term challenges we face because it’s committed to a race to the bottom - grounded in low pay, low skills, low prospects and low productivity. The way to make a real difference in people’s lives is to make sure the economy works for working people. That begins by creating decent, secure, well-paid jobs, so we can all benefit from the recovery. Economic prosperity with Labour will enable better delivery of integrated services, foster environmentally-friendly communities and secure a fairer Sutton.

The Tory-led government, supported by Liberal Democrat MPs Burstow and Brake, has imposed austerity, instead of promoting growth. They have failed to regulate key markets such as energy and so created food bank poverty. Labour will reverse this trend by working strategically to achieve fundamental change, facilitating economic investment and raising standards.

Lib Dem backing for the Tory-led Coalition nationally is reciprocated locally by the Tories working in alliance with the Lib Dem administration. This has included support for service-cutting budgets that have a serious impact on the daily lives of hard working families, older, and disabled people.

It is no wonder that local people tell us that the established parties are the same. Lib Dems may have been in office since 1986, but their incompetent use of power has lacked strategic direction, proven to be ineffectual in delivering service improvement and they’ve fractured our communities.

Local Tories have encouraged service cuts in the name of austerity. They have failed to challenge Lib Dem inaction to develop local schools for local children and allowed the dismantling of Sutton’s reputation as a green borough.

The mix of incompetence and impotence has resulted in a toxic alliance.

In the last 10 years, Sutton has dropped 200 places in the 390 councils’ recycling league table. Attempting to compensate for this, in the run up to local elections, the Lib-Dems have indulged in the costly publicity gimmick of dumping 11 tons of rubbish in the High Street. At the same time, the council have refused to show visible support for the Save St Helier Hospital Campaign by not allowing slogans on the side of council vehicles. The Council is prepared to fight a judicial review in order to secure an incinerator in the borough, yet it is not fighting for the return of £219 million promised investment for St Helier Hospital. The Lib Dem run Council is in disarray; it lacks a sense of strategic direction and it doesn’t have the courage to make a positive difference to the lives of people living and working in Sutton.

Do not assume UKIP shares your values. The truth is they are even more likely to look out for the privileged few than the Tories. They want to introduce a flat tax rate – a tax cut for the richest, a tax rise for everyone else and would scrap a series of employment protections. Moreover, UKIP are in disarray and their policy is incoherent, as demonstrated here by this Sutton activist.
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Labour provides the only credible progressive agenda that will deliver change for Sutton, which we set out in this borough manifesto. We will continue to engage with local people to find sustainable solutions, to act in the interests of our community and put confidence back into public services. Labour are with you and for you in these tough times.

 

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