The Labour4Wycombe rEd army was canvassing in Totteridge and Disraeli this weekend with other teams out in Micklefield and Sands. The returns are encouraging. Many former Conservatives thoroughly disillusioned with the unfairness of ConDem policies over the last 5 years and many turning to Labour. Sadly many are also turning to UKIP - their disillusionment with the traditional parties is complete.
We are campaigning on our 5 national pledges and our local angles
- 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. Putting our case for boosting productivity and the economy, fair sharing of the burdens of austerity and rejecting the Conservative lies about Labour's record on debt and deficit, their misrepresentations on jobs and pointing out their broken promises.
- 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. Ending the need for Food banks in Wycombe.
- 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.Fighting for the return of A & E to Wycombe and preventing further privatisation.
- 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.Working to create an inclusive and tolerant community where we all work together for Wycombe.
- 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 & 7year-olds.Building more housing so young people can get their own home. Spending the receipts of the Red Kite council house sale on housing not prestige commercial developments.