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By David Maclean Political Correspondent

A generation of people will end up worse off than their parents as a result of coalition policies, Labour’s by-election candidate says.

Jon Ashworth is hoping to become the MP for Leicester South after Sir Peter Soulsby, who held the seat for Labour, stood down to run for city mayor.

He said that the trend of each generation becoming more affluent and successful than the one before could be ended.

"People in Leicester, who’ve seen rising living standards for decades, now face an uncertain future," Mr Ashworth said.

"Under the coalition it is more expensive to go to university than ever before and we have one of the toughest employment markets for a long time due to a stagnant economy.

"This by-election is a referendum on the coalition and what it has done so far."

Read the full article in the Leicester Mercury.

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With the working-class council estates of Eyres Monsell and Saffron Lane, diverse communities closer to the city centre, traditionally Tory wards on the outskirts and liberal-leaning voters in the areas around the university, Leicester South really is a microcosm of Britain.

Its politics have mirrored the country’s, too. The seat has changed hands no fewer than five times since the seventies. It’s been represented by MPs from all three major parties over the last twenty years with the Lib Dems winning the 2004 by-election.

And when it goes to the polls in the by-election on 5 May it will have the opportunity to speak for Britain again.

Read more of Jon Ashworth’s article on Labour Uncut.

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Your Voice – Part 2 from Labour on Vimeo.

Labour will :

  • Get the deficit down through strong growth and sensible cuts
  • Stand up for young people
  • Support jobs with money raised from repeating the bank bonus tax
  • Protect police numbers
  • Protect your frontline local services

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The Leicester Labour Party has set out a positive vision, in our 2011 Election Manifesto, to take the city though the challenges it faces today and will face in the future. We are entering into a radical change for the way Leicester is governed with a directly elected mayor. This change brings with it a chance to have strong leadership to make Leicester more successful, more prosperous and an even greater place to live & work than it is now for all the diverse people and communities of the city.




The key themes of the manifesto are:

  • A working city
  • A low carbon city
  • A proud & self-confident city

You can read Labour’s mayoral candidate, Peter Soulsby’s message to the people of Leicester as Your Strong Voice for our City.

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Labour’s Mayoral Candidate, Sir Peter Soulsby, has given his first interview outlining his vision for the City and how he plans to have an open and accountable administration. You can read his interview in today’s Leicester Mercury.

One of the highlights is Sir Peter’s commitment to campaign for a living wage for the people of Leicester.

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