I'm thirty years old, I've been involved in campaigning for Labour since 2017, I believe in a Labour party that supports working people and the most vulnerable. I had cancer when I was seventeen and so I know the value of the NHS personally. I was the first in my family to go to university, and whilst completing my masters at Oxford I fought a campaign to repeal "The Vagrancy Act" (from 1824!) that allows the police to prosecute homeless people. I've worked as a teaching assistant, surf instructor and currently in care.
Speaking to a few of you recently has been really inspiring. You know this area well and have been really informative on the problems we face. Please get in touch with your thoughts and concerns, help me campaign and we won't let the Tories have their seat without a fight. Ten years of austerity is enough!
They've pushed covid patients back into care homes (leading to our seniors being 13 times more likely to die from coronavirus than in Germany). They've sold out our local fishing industry. They've now frozen key workers wages and the tax free allowance for the lowest earners. The tragedies of the last 12 months have been years in the making. It now falls on us to stand against them whenever we can. Show them your anger. Vote Labour. Calum MacMillan Prospective Labour Candidate for St Columb Minor & Colan
Investing in the Care Sector
This year Cornwall has double the number of Universal credit applicants and benefit recipients than last year, and over 35,000 people on furlough. At the same time just down the road elderly residents have been going to bed cold in privatised Ocean Housing in Rialton Heights. Adult social care is struggling, and we also have an ageing population. I would love to see part of the recovery plan in Cornwall put this unutilised labour to use, by improving working conditions in the Care Sector making it a more desirable occupation, and thus providing a viable year round opportunity for people out of work.
Fair rent and affordable housing
Not just as an afterthought but as a priority. We need less luxury development. Zenith Apartments sit empty today while young families struggle to pay for both rent and food and Cornwall has some of the biggest food banks in Europe. Prioritising fair rent and affordable housing will be key to addressing child poverty and the growing divide we are seeing between rich and poor children in school attainment.
Green jobs for Cornwall
We also have less than 9 years to reach net zero emissions to meet our ambitious 2030 target and we should take it seriously. I would fight for new jobs focusing on forest planting with "Forests for Cornwall", funding and support for regenerative agriculture projects that fix CO2 in the soil and the development of ambitious bicycle infrastructure projects. Taking Green planning seriously doesn't mean less but more economic activity and opportunity. If a Space Port will bring jobs and investment to Cornwall then great, but we should also make sure we are offsetting its carbon impact locally. And for those who think our future is in space, you may if you wish leave for the red dead desert of Mars with Musk and Besos. But for the sake of the rest of us back down here on Earth, please don't leave too much mess to clean up, alright?
Promoted on behalf of Calum MacMillan of 4 Bakers Court, Grosvenor Road, Newquay, TR7 1BS