Archive for October, 2011
In her recent Leicester Mercury article, Liz Kendall MP, argues that the government should be doing more to stand up to the “big six” energy companies and reforming the energy market so that pricing is more transparent and properly reflects the costs of energy production and delivery.
Costs have soared for energy use and along with other price increases such as petrol and food, it is going to be a tough winter for many people in Leicester and nationally.
The government is not in touch with the concerns of ordinary people but more concerned with having an EU referendum and attacking their own leader, David Cameron.Continue Reading »
Young people have it tough at the moment. Over the last year, tuition fees have trebled, EMA has been scrapped, university funding has all but stopped and youth unemployment has increased. Young people need a party that stands up for their concerns, they don’t need a party that promised them the world and delivered them nothing. It is my belief that the Labour Party is the only Party with any credibility left with young people. We are after all the only party looking at reforming the party structure to make it easier for people to be involved without being members.
I have already commented on the attacks on futures the Coalition has made but the pain is doubly hard to take when the reality is contrasted with the promise given to young people before the general election in 2010 by the Liberal Democrats. This promise was so popular with young people that they were queuing outside polling booths until they closed in some university seats. How different the reality is, from those pre-election manifesto promises. For many young people in there late teenage years they couldn’t remember life without Labour running the country. This meant that many of my peers did not realize what Labour had done for them, it was almost taken for granted that schools would get better, EMA would be paid and attending university was achievable regardless of background. These are things that can no longer be taken for granted, so the question then becomes what can we, as young people do about this? I believe the best thing young people can do to show disgust for what the coalition is doing, is to join the only progressive force left in British politics. Because the other alternative is to do nothing, and this is no alternative at all.
If anyone needs a clear example of how seriously the Labour party takes the concerns of young people, they should look no further than Leicester. The Labour Party is the only party active on both campuses in the city, this is a record we should be proud of, as well as a damning indictment of the other main parties attitudes towards students and young people. It is the expressed intention of the DMU and Leicester University Labour clubs to aid the setting up of Labour Student groups in colleges around Leicester. In addition to this both Ed Balls and Ed Miliband came to DMU in May, Andy Burnham went to Leicester College and Tessa Jowell headed to STRIDE. As well as this countless visits have been made by Mp’s and councilors to the colleges and universities in the city. The fantastic work that Labour in Leicester is doing to stand up both locally and nationally would be impossible without a strong youth presence.
In truth it has been a long time since Labour has been so relevant to young people. We have a golden opportunity to demonstrate this over the next few months and years. But we won’t demonstrate it by resting on our laurels and saying that because the Liberal Democrats have abandoned the young Labour will automatically pick up that following. We have to demonstrate that we are the party of people, but specifically the party of young people. This comes from a young person friendly manifesto, but more importantly engaging with young people on campus, in college and reinforcing the belief that I think most people are coming around to, that there is an alternative.Continue Reading »
We’d like to welcome and congratulate, Andy Bayford, on becoming the new Leicester Conservative Association Chairman. He’s taking over from Nick Bryars, who had an extremely difficult period which culminated in the Conservative Party’s biggest defeat in Leicester in living memory. They were reduced to a single councillor, Ross Grant in Knighton, after forcing out of their own party, Cllr Nigel Porter who then defected to the Lib Dems. Ironically, Cllr Porter is now the Leicester Lib Dem’s only city councillor as well!
It’s going to a tough task for Andy to take on some of the vested interests in his party but we believe that he has the capabilities to do this. It is not in the interests of the Tory Central Party to put much effort into Leicester and we know this has been a source of much anger and consternation amongst local Tory activists.
The Labour Party in Leicester is having to deal with the savage front loaded cuts that have been heaped on the City Council but the City Mayor and his team are showing real leadership and rising to the challenge of taking difficult decisions whilst trying to protect frontline services. We have an ambitious programme which was laid out in our manifesto, whereas the local Tory Party had no plan and no detailed manifesto.
Nationally, the Tory led Government’s economic policies are failing badly with rising record unemployment, high inflation and zero growth. People are hurting under this Government and Ministers are now blaming external factors and Europe. David Cameron and George Osborne were quite happy to ignore a global recession under Labour caused by a crisis of the banking system. These same bankers are now funding the Tory Party to the tune of millions of pounds. The Tories are actually having to borrow more than Labour was doing when they left government to pay for economic failure.
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has been warning of a failure of George Osborne’s plan since the formation of the coalition. This warning is now becoming a reality and Labour have a 5-point economic plan to stimulate growth again that we all so desperately need.
We urge Andy and his Party to push for a plan-B from George Osborne because the plan-A isn’t working but it sure is hurting!Continue Reading »
Following on from Liz’s appointment to the shadow cabinet by Ed Miliband as shadow minister for care and older people, Liz’s writes in the Leicester Mercury about her new role and Labour’s priorities in providing fair and affordable care.Continue Reading »
Liz Kendall MP, who was previously a shadow health minister, was yesterday promoted by Ed Miliband to be shadow minister for Social Care and Older People with the right to attend the shadow cabinet. It is recognition of Liz’s hard work in holding the Tory led Government to account on it’s disastrous NHS Reforms. She has played a key role in scrutinising the NHS Bill through its committee stages and brings a great depth of knowledge on social and care policy to her new role.
This is a hugely important area and shows Labour is committed to moving this issue up the political agenda.
Liz is part of a new generation of talented and in touch MPs which have been promoted by Ed Miliband and you can see a full list of the shadow cabinet here.
The Leicester Mercury has an article on Liz’s appointment and John McTernan has written an article for the Telegraph entitled “Labour’s reshuffle gives David Cameron even more of a woman problem”, and Martin Bright writing in the Spectator calls it a “A genuinely New Generation”.Continue Reading »