Britain Can Be Better…

Hertsmere Can Be Better…


This week saw Labour launch our manifesto.  This is the point at which detailed policies start to come under scrutiny and when we, as candidates need to explain the difference these will make to people’s lives.


Labour’s manifesto is an exciting document with radical ideas.  However it also contains a robust commitment to fiscal responsibility.  At its core is a set of pledges to protect the nation’s finances by improving family finances.  Labour will raise the minimum wage to over £8 by October 2019.  I have campaigned on the commitment to raise the minimum wage for some time – but this timeframe is much faster than many had expected.


Transport is a big issue in Hertsmere.  I know that local voters will be pleased with our pledge to help train passengers and commuters with a fully-funded fare freeze.


In fact, Labour is proposing a series of price freezes to help hard-working families to make ends meet. These pledges include new commitments not to raise the basic or higher rate of income tax, in additional to our existing policies to freeze National Insurance and VAT.


Another difference between ourselves and the Tories is our pledge to protect tax credits in the next parliament, to support working families.  We oppose the Tory policy of cutting the welfare budget.


Talking to local people this week I know our manifesto has created a sense of excitement about how a vote for Labour can make Britain, and Hertsmere better…


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