St Austell and Newquay Labour Party
Felicity Owen the Labour Party Candidate for St Austell and Newquay challenges Steve Double to stick to facts in his campaigning and in his campaign literature.
Steve Double, the Conservative candidate, has stated in his campaign literature that the proposed link road for St Austell is only safe in his hands and that people who want the link road must vote for him and that Labour will not take it forward.
Felicity challenged him on this at the BBC Radio hustings saying that Labour would support the link road and that Steve was misleading the voters. Labour would support the link road, to reduce air pollution in St Austell, to take heavy goods traffic away from the town and residential areas, for public transport, to promote safety and because local people want it. During the radio hustings Felicity was curtly told by Steve to look into her party policy on this and that Labour would not support the road and that she was wrong.
Felicity was not given a chance to make a rebuttal at the hustings but has released a video of her with the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Rayner talking about the manifesto and the link road and all three agree it fits with Labour’s policies for the future.
Felicity is demanding a retraction and apology from Steve Double and is very clear she will not be letting him mislead local people. Felicity said “I want a different sort of politics. One that is not about shouting down your opponents but behaving with courtesy and common decency. We may hold very different political views. Steve and I totally disagree on most Conservative policies especially their austerity policies during which the rich have got richer and the poor poorer. The number of children in St Austell and Newquay living in poverty has shamefully increased under this Conservative Government which is an abomination but I see it serves no one’s purpose to be discourteous. I want a future of politics where the public can trust politicians to tell the truth. I’d very much like that in the national media too’.
The Conservative party is failing future generations. Britain is at a crossroads with uncertainty over its political and economic future. As the generation that will have to live with and manage the outcomes of Brexit going forward, young peoples’ voices need to be listened to and acted upon.
Brexit will have an impact on all age groups in our society, but in particular on young people who are currently in education or beginning their journey in the world of employment. This is because they will inherit the post-Brexit world.
Growing up as a young person in today’s society is not easy. The odds are often stacked with the tripling of tuition fees, an unaffordable housing market, lack of proper jobs, the numbers of jobs with zero hours contracts and the rising cost of living.
I am keenly aware of what these challenges are and the solutions that can help to make the post-Brexit Britain a positive place for young people. So one of the main things that I am campaigning for is to give young people a voice on Brexit.
Young people feel their views aren’t being listened to and many of them feel that this government won’t be able to deliver a Brexit that will work for future generations. What I often hear on the doorstep is that my vote won’t count so I am not going to bother. Labour policies offer hope for all and for young people in particular.
One of the key issues for me now is how we dispel this anxiety that many young people have about the post-Brexit period and what this means for their life opportunities.
I believe that the Labour Party is taking the right decisions on Brexit, stopping a No Deal Brexit which would have disastrous consequences for everyone but especially for young people. We must build a society where young people can help to change the political landscape and get involved in a way that will deliver results for them.
Young people have suffered disproportionately under the Conservative and Conservative and Liberal Democratic Coalition governments of the last ten years. With for example a 73% cut in youth services, multi-million pound cuts to schools’ budgets and tripling in the cost of University tuition fees.
A Labour Government will transform the lives of young people, tackle the climate crisis and introduce socialist policies. Labour pledges to make things better for young people under the banner ‘Only Young Once’
Labour has 200 policies that will improve life for the many and put people before privilege. The following policies are just some of those that will make a difference for young people giving them hope for the future.
Votes at 16
Ending zero hours contracts and unpaid trial shifts
A £10 an hour minimum wage for all workers from age 16
A network of youth clubs and services for young people
Rent caps, security for renters and new council homes built
Our radical green industrial revolution to tackle the climate crisis
Restoring schools funding and EMA for students staying on past 16
Developing a national education service
Scrapping Uni tuition fess and reintroducing maintenance grants
Free bus travel for under 25’s
Developing a people’s access to food fund
Ending child poverty
Scrapping Universal credit
Protecting the NHS and developing mental health services in particular child and adult mental health services that are so lacking.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that the Conservatives continually try to hoodwink the public with their spins and lies to get a deal through parliament which, although it will have the greatestnegative impact on us for generations to come, they do not want it scrutinised. If it is such a fantastic deal then why not have it scrutinised in the proper manner? I think the reasons are obvious. They do not want the public to see that they have removed the level playing field as I mentioned last week. How can any government change worker’s rights from legally binding to non-legally binding? Johnson cannot be trusted.
Johnson has failed to deliver Brexit by October 31st as he promised to do.
The Labour Party are standing up for truth and honesty and we want the best outcomes for the many not the few, but especially for young people, the future.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is fighting
‘For working people
For the poor
For economic mobility
For our planet
We fight for a green new deal’
Just as Alexandria is in the US so Labour is fighting for these same things in the UK. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to contact me.
In a major speech in Northampton on Thursday last week, Jeremy Corbyn, condemned Boris Johnson’s “cynical stunt” Queen’s Speech and laid out Labour’s alternative for “real change” across the country.
Jeremy Corbyn called Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech “a farce” as no programme can be delivered with “a majority of minus 45”. The Labour leader called out Mr Johnson for “using the Queen to deliver a pre-election party political broadcast for the Conservative Party”.
Jeremy used his Northampton speech to lay out “a preview” of Labour’s “most radical, hopeful, people-focused programme in modern times: a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild and transform our country”.
• A £10/hour minimum wage for all regardless of age
• Banning fracking
• Free personal care for the over sixty fives and free prescriptions
• Scrapping tuition fees
• An end to rough sleeping
On the farce of Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech, Jeremy Corbyn said:
“On Monday, we will be treated to the farce of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government, amid full pomp and ceremony, setting out an agenda to parliament that it has no intention or means of delivering.
“This government isn’t going to put any legislation before parliament. It has a majority of minus 45, a 100 per cent record of defeat in the Commons and is seeking a general election which will end the parliamentary session the Queen is about to open.’ The state opening of Parliament will cost us, the tax payers £220,000. Given that Boris Johnson cannot put any of his ideas into action because he does not have a majority in the House it is an expensive, complete and utter waste of time.
On wanting an election, Jeremy Corbyn said:
“It wasn’t long ago that Johnson was pretending not to want an election. Now he is pretending that it’s Labour that doesn’t want one.
“So let me address this directly: Prime Minister, we can’t trust you not to break the law because you’ve got form. We can’t trust you not to use the period of an election campaign to drive our country off a No Deal cliff edge that will crash our economy destroy our jobs and industries cause shortages of medicine and food and endanger peace in Northern Ireland.
“So it’s simple: obey the law, take No Deal off the table and then let’s have the election. We’re ready. There’s only one reason it hasn’t happened yet – we can’t trust you.”
On Labour’s “real change”, Jeremy Corbyn said:
“We might be just weeks away from the first Queen’s Speech of a Labour government. And in that Queen’s Speech, Labour will put forward the most radical, hopeful, people-focused programme in modern times: a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild and transform our country.
The first thing Labour will do is to get Brexit sorted, get a deal that protects rights, protects peace in Ireland, protects industry and jobs. Have a referendum with this new deal and remain on the ballot and give people a choice which will be adhered to.
Grotesque inequality is not a given and has been hoisted on us by the Conservatives. Labour will end austerity, protect our services like the NHS, and enable everyone to reach their full potential with a right to education throughout life.
This is why I am a Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate. Labour policies can unite and transform the country in a way that has not been done since Clement Atlee introduced similar radical policies (like forming the NHS) in 1945. Labour won then, and we can do so again if people want a fairer country.
Labour – #PeoplebeforePrivilege
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This article was first published in the St Austell Voice on 11th September 2019
Johnson (and Cummings) have made their move, Parliament is to be prorogued, a highly controversial plan which basically (despite what the Tories will try to argue) shortens the timetable for MPs who want to scrutinise a no-deal Brexit, which we know will be harmful to people and businesses in the UK.
I am outraged by this action and I think that we can all see it for what it is, a deliberate restriction of democratic engagement.
Jacob Rees-Mogg calmly explaining “move along folks, nothing to see here…” gives me cause for concern. Johnson claims that the decision to suspend parliament is not linked to his Brexit strategy, and is instead needed because this session of parliament is late being prorogued. Our very own MP has tweeted that the overall loss is “only 4 days” so why should we worry. Unsurprisingly this was quoted by all Conservative MPs indicating that this was the “mantra” of the day to be used by all.
The government has announced that it would suspend (or 'prorogue') parliament from a day between the 9 and 12 September to 14 October. The period includes the traditional recess of around three weeks for party conferences. However, the insult to parliamentary power is clear. Parliament gives its assent to the conference recess each time. Had MPs wanted more time to debate Brexit, they could have decided not to support the recess this year (and there are indications that this was being considered). The five-week prorogation will be the longest in history; if it was just about bringing a new Queen’s Speech it could have been much shorter.
Large numbers of people have taken to the streets to protest about the proroguing of Parliament and I know that many people are very angry about this move, as am I. We took to the streets in a cross-party peaceful demonstration in St Austell this Tuesday and I am sure there will be many other protests. If this was a Labour government that had taken this action, does anybody imagine that Rees-Mogg would be saying “this is all perfectly above board”. Of course he wouldn’t, he would be outraged.
Recently cabinet members Sajid Javed, Amber Rudd and Matt Hancock were on record as being against proroguing and now they face criticism (rightly) for backing the plan. Hypocrites, being made to bend to the will of Cummings. Sajid Javid’s aide Sonia Hussain was suspected of leaking information and summoned to the office of Dominic Cummings for interrogation. He then sacked her with no evidence of wrongdoing and had her escorted away by the police. Only later, was Javid informed and he wasn’t happy apparently, because he confronted Johnson. So this is what the Tory government has come to in the midst of handling what has become a national crisis. Truly shocking.
More than 50 cross-party MPs have vowed to sit in an alternative House of Commons if Johnson carries out his suspension. They have said that the suspension is an unconstitutional coup and that parliamentarians must not allow the government to avoid scrutiny at this time of emergency.
So this is about seizing power from the people’s representatives and handing it to a non-elected Prime Minister. The government seems to have learnt from President Trump; nothing is about principle, but focusing, not on the ethics of what you are doing, but simply how you can win. The latest announcement from Johnson/Cummings is that they are going to bar any Tory MP who doesn’t go along with their plot to force a “No Deal” Brexit; they will not be allowed to stand as Tory candidates at the next election. In taking this decision Johnson/Cummings have shown a complete disregard for the most fundamental of our democratic traditions.
Proroguing parliament goes against the spirit of democracy.
We must ALL fight this downward slide into something that resembles dictatorship.
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Two years ago the United Nations released the findings of an inquiry into state-level violations of the human rights of disabled people in Britain. Its conclusion was that a “human catastrophe” was under way. In employment, education, housing and social security, disabled people are hugely disadvantaged. In Britain we still have huge problems in how we perceive disability. The Tories over the last nine years have systematically destroyed many of the rights, independence, dignity and mental health of many of Britain’s disabled people.Disabled people have been demonised as not really disabled. Meanwhile, the welfare state has become an instrument of punishment.
The Centre for Welfare Reform calculated in 2013 that disabled people have endured nine times the average burden of austerity cuts. The figure rises to 19 times for the most severely disabled. In 2017 figures show that 4 million disabled people were living below the breadline.
The gains in the 1990s, such as the Disability benefits, which provided more help for more people with care and mobility needs, have all been affected by severe cuts, and then we have the introduction of the bedroom tax, universal credit and the notorious “fit for work” tests. Sanctions against disabled people and the chronically ill rose 580%. Last year 70% of disabled people judged fit for work successfully overturned that decision on appeal.
Austerity has been a Tory political choice since 2010. Social security benefits will have been cut by £35 billion a year by the early 2020s. Tax cuts will cost the Treasury £47 billion per year by 2021-2. This is great, if you are wealthy.
Cuts to social care have pushed back disabled people's ability to live independently, cuts to benefits have pushed back gains in lifting disabled people out of poverty.
Social care is often portrayed as the basics – going to the toilet and getting dressed; that's obviously key, but cuts to care provision mean that there are many people who are having to pay extra costs and choosing between buying food or things like incontinence pads.
But it's more than that, it's your ability to live the sort of life that a non-disabled person takes for granted; going to the pub with friends, to a job interview, going on a trip to see a relative in a different city. You take social care away and disabled people are treated in a way that just isn’t acceptable. You have to tackle the attitudes that make those cuts easy as much as the cuts themselves. Ministers have worked with the right-wing press to spread the myth that disabled people are a drain on the public purse – Iain Duncan Smith backing the Sun's campaign to track down so-called benefits cheats, Esther McVey telling the Mail she's going after the bogus disabled, Philip Hammond blaming the economy stalling on the increase of disabled workers. That's very scary indeed.
So what can be done to effect change? Well representation is really important. More disabled people need to be involved in leading the conversation, for example disability charities led by disabled people. A future Labour Government will review this whole issue and invite disabled-led organisations to the table. There need to be more disabled people involved in the decision-making, and nothing decided without the disabled. This should be the standard rights stance, and is quoted as a key approach in Labour’s disability manifesto.
Labour’s manifesto will undertake many changes – for example, ending the use of private companies to do benefits assessments. It proposes to provide holistic assessments which would help disabled people overcome barriers put in their way; things like that would have a huge impact on improving disabled people's lives. It should be well within our capability to make the changes that would make life better for disabled people.
Please note that Debbie George has been elected as the Disabilities Officer for St. Austell and Newquay Constituency Labour Party so please contact her if you have any issues, and she will do her best to help.
Vote Labour. FOR THE MANY NOT THE FEW.
This is the second time I have written about the climate but with last week’s announcement from the IPCC and activity in Cornwall from Extinction Rebellion highlighting the threat of rising sea levels and the extinction of marine life, I make no excuses for taking up column inches on the greatest risk we currently face.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have released a new report written by some of the most knowledgeable scientists on the planet which reports that the climate crisis is damaging the ability of the land to sustain human life and will worsen as temperatures rise.
The report says global heating is increasing droughts, soil erosion and wildfires while diminishing crops in the tropics and thawing permafrost.
The report is clear that we face a stark choice. We can continue to destroy forests and keep on with our current intensive farming practices which will in turn intensify the climate crisis. Or we can act now and allow soils and forests to recover and store carbon and cut meat consumption and food waste.
It is time to address the climate crisis whilst we can. We have a limited number of years to stop global warming and Cornwall is ideally placed. We are creating a lot of renewable energy and at times our wind turbines need to be turned off as we've reached a maximum download to the grid. We could become self-sufficient for energy but all this government is doing is continuing to focus on fossil fuels that we desperately need to move away from to reduce CO2 emissions. They've increased VAT on renewables and allowed fracking, a hazardous procedure and one which contaminates vast amounts of water. The United Kingdom is now on course to miss carbon reduction targets and a legally binding 15 percent renewable target by 2020. The government are not taking the climate crisis seriously and heading in the opposite direction creating further damage.
The temperature of the planet has already increased by nearly one degree and we are approaching a point of no return. Many biologists believe we are living through the sixth major mass extinction where more than 75% of species will become extinct.
Whilst the planet burns, our new Prime Minister is spending money like there is a bottomless pit on a possible no deal, having increased money allocated to this to £6 billion. I’m sure the final bill will be much higher. Money that should be spent on addressing the climate crisis, creating a public transport system to help us move away from our reliance on cars, and helping the increasing numbers of people who are living in fuel poverty.
A no deal Brexit will affect people who have the least most. Businesses are already suffering, and the pound has hit its lowest level for many years. We are predicted to be nine months away from a recession.
There is a will to make change happen and address our climate crisis, many of us are trying to stop flying, reduce car use, change to green energy suppliers, eat locally sourced food, consume less meat and dairy, use seasonal produce and reduce food waste. We can do many things ourselves, but it needs government to respond and at present they only seem to be interested in making a horrid mess of Brexit, and the economy.
Governments are best placed to introduce legislation to enable us all to cut down our reliance on fossil fuels and to embed net zero carbon policy at all levels and departments of government. As well as working internationally with other governments to make progress on taking action across the world.
Labour have plans for a Green Industrial Revolution that takes the climate crisis seriously which will be good for the planet, people and business. Labour is committed to taking action on the scale that is required to address our climate crisis. We need a Labour government and we need it now.
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The Liberal Democrats have won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, leaving new PM Boris Johnson with a working majority in Parliament, of one. With many of the current Conservative MPs not prepared to back a no deal Mr Johnson faces more challenges than even Mrs May.
Theresa May cut the police force by 20,000 officers which Mr Johnson obviously realises was a mistake, which he is now reversing. These are not “new” or “extra” police officers, they are being recruited because the Conservatives made a mistake.
One of the most stand out comments from a politician this week was when the Home Secretary Priti Patel announced “Quite frankly, with more police officers out there and greater police presence, I want (criminals) to literally feel terror at the thought of committing offences.”
The Home Secretary isn't actually planning anything new. Her call for "zero-tolerance policing" is rather an unsubtle message to police officers that they can step up the use of stop and search powers with impunity.
After what I would imagine were jaw dropping moments with her advisors Mrs Patel is now trying to distance herself from her wish to bring back capital punishment. Her appointment and her comments really do give reason for us to be scared of Boris Johnson’s premiership. It is a fact that tough words will not bring an end to soaring crime rates but a public health approach preventing crime arising will.
Under the Conservatives, students are being priced out of a university education and they have cut the adult skills budget to the bone. The Conservatives have trebled tuition fees to £9,250 and students in this country will graduate with some of the highest debts in the world. This means the poorest students leave university with up to £57,000 worth of debt.
They scrapped the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) which supported disadvantaged young people to stay in college, and Education Maintenance Grants, which helped thousands of students with the cost of living.
They have cut the funding for further education, with per student spending now at a similar level in real terms to that 30 years previously. The Conservatives have slashed the adult skills budget by 40 per cent since 2010. There has been near 40 per cent fall in learners studying for a level three and four qualification since 2013. Which is not surprising.
Through our National Education Service, Labour will invest to ensure that education works for the many, not the few. Labour will:
We will shift the tax burden from low and middle income earners onto the super-rich and large corporations to fund opportunities for all. We will end VAT exemption for private school fees which will pay for free school meals for every primary school child.
The £11 billion is an estimate of the actual revenues currently being paid to universities through fees, and this money will all go directly back into universities so they will not lose out. Education is a right not a privilege. Join Labour to fight for a fairer future. www.labour.org.uk
Boris Johnson as new Leader of the Conservatives and therefore Prime Minister (only because of the support of the DUP, which has cost us 1.5 billion pounds, so far) is bad news for Britain. It signals our move into populist politics where empty words replace reality and honesty. Mr Johnson is promising what he knows he cannot deliver as though he is still performing in the Eton debating society.
Mr Johnson has chosen his cabinet. An extremely right-wing cabinet, which is very disappointing but not totally unexpected.
Mr Johnson gave his initial speech to parliament which was all bluff and bluster, but given the choice of people for his cabinet it is easy to see that he only cares about one thing; a NO Deal Brexit which would be disastrous for the UK.
Jeremy Corbyn asked him ten questions but he didn’t attempt to answer any of them (which appears to be a Conservative trait). Mr Johnson speaks, promises whatever you want but is always, always short on detail.
Let’s have a look at the people appointed to the high offices of state in his new Cabinet, many of whom had to resign previous positions because of being caught out in lies or mismanagement.
His leadership campaign went on the back foot once his voting record was examined together with past statements such as “People using foodbanks are just people with a cash flow problem”. He is famous for not knowing how important trade with France is for the UK and hadn’t read the Good Friday Agreement when he was Secretary of State for exiting the EU. Another member of the Conservatives who is very light on knowledge and fact. He believes “The government should shelve gender pay audits” and doesn’t back equal pay for women.
Sadly, it looks as if Sajid Javid isn’t a fan of the Human Rights Act either, as he voted to scrap it in 2016.
He’s consistently voted against raising welfare benefits, including the controversial bedroom tax policy which was taken all the way to the Supreme Court over fears it was breaching the human rights of disabled people.
Mr Javid has also regularly voted for mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities, something which can affect our lives and rights in all kinds of ways. Similarly, he’s voted for stricter regulation of trade unions, again something which is protected as part of our human rights. He’s also voted for a stricter asylum system.
She has said and I quote “Once they are in the workplace the British are the worst idlers in the world. Leaving the EU would be an opportunity to cut EU and Social protections” This is our new Home Secretary!
And she wants to bring back the death penalty.
Right wing MP Esther McVey has been given the role of Housing Minister, and this after making such a disaster of Universal Credit. Spreading it out to other areas even knowing it had already caused harm in the pilot areas. The Conservative’s needless austerity programme has caused over 120,000 deaths.
Right wing MP Nadine Dorries has been appointed a Junior Health minister. She is known for her gaffes and claimed the Irish border did not exist and has made many racist comments during in her time in office,
Then let’s have a look at the new Liberal Democrat leader:
Jo Swinson has been elected as leader of the Liberal Democrats and she probably doesn’t want you to be reminded that she was a minister in David Cameron’s Government.
She backed the Tories in;
Voting for the bedroom tax, starving Councils of funding, cutting payments for people with illness and disability, voting for a paycap on public sector workers, trebling University tuition fees after pledging never to do that and raising VAT while cutting billions in taxes for big business.
Same old Tories in disguise with the same broken promises.
Our current MP Steve Double has now decided to back Mr Johnson having previously backed Mark Harper who went out of the leadership race straight away. Mr Double has a record of voting for tax cuts for the wealthy, backing the austerity policies, cutting the nursing bursary and banning free school meals for some children from low income families. The Conservative policies have killed people, are unkind and unnecessary and have wreaked havoc on public services. During their time in power the rich have got richer and the poor poorer.
Meanwhile on the side of fairness and helping people the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has voted for creating jobs for young people, voted against a reduction in spending on welfare benefits, voted for measures to reduce tax avoidance and evasion, voted against privatising the NHS, voted against University tuition fees, and voted for measures to prevent climate change. This is what I want to see a government in power do.
Labour will build a better and fairer Britain.
Brexit has been divisive in our communities and has cost our economy an estimated £600 million a week, making the total cost in excess of £90 billion, which is far in excess of what we pay to the EU. A No Deal Brexit would cause severe damage to UK businesses and some have already suffered losses. The NHS has lost many workers who have not felt their future is secure. One in ten clinical posts in the NHS is currently vacant and loss of EU workers has contributed to this as well as the strength of the euro against the pound. Farmers are struggling to find workers that have traditionally come from Eastern Europe.
Labour accepted the result of the 2016 referendum. In our 2017 manifesto however, Labour committed to oppose a No Deal Brexit and the Conservatives Brexit plans – which threatened jobs, living standards, and the open multicultural society that we value so much.
When I have been out canvassing in St Austell and Newquay people who voted leave have said if Remain had won then there would not have been any suggestion of a second referendum and we would have remained. I think this may be a true observation, but it is also worth pointing out that leaving with No Deal was not on the ballot paper.
The shadow Brexit team held the Government to account during the process. This helped secure a meaningful vote on their deal, which was then defeated three times, including inflicting the largest ever defeat on any Government. And following their refusal to publish their legal advice, this Government became the first to be held in contempt of Parliament.
Labour set out a compromise plan to try to bring the country together based around a customs union, a strong single market relationship and protection of environmental regulations and rights at work. This is a sensible alternative that could bring the country together.
But the Prime Minister refused to compromise and was unable to deliver, so we ended cross-party talks.
Now the new Prime Minister is threatening a No Deal Brexit, or at best a race to the bottom and a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump: that runs down industry, opens up our NHS and other public services to yet more privatisation, and shreds environmental protections, rights at work and consumer standards.
I do not think anyone in this country wants to accept the US food standards with its chlorinated chicken, its higher antibiotic use in animals, its use of growth hormones in animal feed, and GM foods sold without labelling. Our farmers pride themselves on fresh healthy produce and good animal husbandry.
A No Deal would bring an estimated £20 billion increase in custom costs. These increased costs will lead to UK goods becoming uncompetitive.
The consequences of a No Deal Brexit will have a devastatingly detrimental effect on Ireland and will require a trade border to be established. This is seen as a route to a return of the Troubles in Ireland and not to be countenanced after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 which has achieved peace after decades of violence and turmoil.
The new Prime Minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or No Deal, back to the people in a public vote.
In those circumstances, Labour would campaign for Remain against either No Deal or a Conservative deal that does not protect the economy and jobs.
Labour has a crucial, historic duty to safeguard jobs, rights and living standards. But no Brexit outcome alone can do that.
We need a general election. After nine years of austerity, too many people in this country cannot find decent secure well-paid work, and have to rely on public services that have been severely cut back.
Our country is ravaged by inequality and rising poverty, huge regional imbalances of investment, and the government is failing to tackle the climate emergency facing us all.
That is why we need a Labour government to end austerity and rebuild our country for the many not the few.
This week I want to write about a subject that is becoming ever more critical for us all each day that passes. Action needs to be taken urgently on the environment and climate change.
Energy bills have increased, important energy projects have stalled and we are on course to miss important climate change targets thanks to this government. Labour will stand up for the many by reforming the energy market to keep bills down. We will build a fairer Britain by investing in the infrastructure to safeguard our future energy needs and to provide the jobs of the future.
Instead of investing in renewables the Tories have instead decided to press ahead with fracking, even allowing it under National Parks. The United Kingdom is now on course to miss carbon reduction targets and a legally binding 15 percent renewable target by 2020. Labour will stand up for the many by keeping bills down and investing in the energy solutions of the future. I know that Labour will cap average dual-fuel household energy bills at £1,000 a year to protect consumers and to limit price increases.
Labour will take energy back into public ownership to make our energy work for consumers, including supporting the creation of publicly owned, locally accountable energy companies and co-operatives to rival existing private energy suppliers, with at least one in every region. The Labour Party backs new nuclear and an expansion of renewable and low-carbon technologies to safeguard our energy security and meet our climate change targets.
Labour would introduce a commitment to get 60 per cent of our energy from low carbon or renewable sources by 2030.
Air quality improved under the last Labour Government but the Tories have failed to keep this improvement going and have been sued and lost three times in the courts, wasting taxpayers’ money in the process.
I want us to see the introduction of a new Clean Air Act for a common set of air standards across the country.
Over four million UK households (more than one in ten) were recorded as being in fuel poverty in 2014 and the Government is on course to miss its 2030 fuel poverty target. I welcome the recent action taken by Cornwall Council in declaring a climate change emergency and its subsequent actions to help spread the climate change emergency message to communities and to discuss ways to help.
Doing nothing is not an option. We need to act now.
In a recent Environment Agency report it was noted that “whole areas of England may have to be abandoned due to the threat of flooding caused by climate change. Communities near the coast or rivers could be forced to move as the country prepares to counter average global temperature rises of up to 4C”.
Each of our communities needs to be informed and educated about what we can all do to help.
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