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Richard
(@richard)
Member A-team
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20/07/2019 9:57 pm  

Campaign here for local elections in the South East and the Senate seats in the South East.

Rick the Admin - The Resident Psephologist
Admin for Cabinet, PM's Office, DPM's Office, Defence, Energy, Regions, Environment, Transport, Communities, Elections, and Advisor to Labour and the Lib Dems


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Brown
(@brown)
MP for Clacton
Joined: 2 months ago
Posts: 38
23/07/2019 9:12 pm  

South East England

Day 1: Southampton Main Streeter

In contrast with the more formal “stump” main street tour in Birmingham, Edwin engaged in a more informal meet and greet with constituents and candidates for Senate and local Government in downtime Southampton.

Edwin’s response to a question about how to Conservative candidates can promote economic growth in Southampton:

“The Conservative party recognizes what Labour doesn’t: small businesses are the backbone of our economy. We Conservatives understand that we should be fighting for small businesses, not against them. Southampton is a city of great opportunity, and with more Conservatives in local Government we can expand these opportunities. How? The answer is simple: ease up local ordinances that hamper economic development. Whenever Southampton has experimented with this in the past despite vehement objections from other parties, there have been great successes. Consider the economic benefits that the skyscrapers on the waterfront have brought this city. If other cities follow suit, the benefits to South East England and the United Kingdom as a whole would be immeasurable.

The essential problem with Labour’s failed economic policy is that they view business as the enemy rather than an ally to job creation and social growth. These policies aren’t just reflected in Westminster, but are also reflected in cities like Birmingham and, indeed, through towns all across the UK. By electing Conservatives at every level of Government, we can ensure greater economic prosperity and fix Labour’s mess.”

Edwin’s response to a question about the Conservative party and railways:

“Railways are an essential part of life for many people in the United Kingdom and here in Southampton. Conservatives at every level of Government are committed to maintaining and modernizing our railways throughout the UK. We also recognize the need to increase reliability on the rails by making sure that your trains arrive on time and minimize unexpected technical issues. A major priority of the Conservative party that we laid out in our manifesto is to further electrify rail lines. Electrified rail lines are more reliable, more environmentally friendly, and more cost-effective. Conservatives in local government here in South East England will push to finish the electrification process on the North Downs Line which will help countless commuters throughout South East England.

Conservatives in local government and in the Senate will also encourage greater development of local railways to help commuters reach their work and residences quickly, safely, and affordably. As part of our plan, we’ve committed to freeze commuter rail fares which puts more money in your pocket for your family and helps stimulate the economy.”

Edwin’s response to a question about a proposed cycling network:

“Conservatives are committed to creating safer conditions for cyclists, which is why we fully support the Southampton Cycle Network initiative. Supporting cyclists is a key pledge in our manifesto and is one that a Conservative local government will make a priority. Cycling is an important mode of transportation that helps with personal wellness, is cost effective, and often more efficient than other transportation alternatives. Cycling also helps the community at large by lowering congestion on our roads and lowers our carbon footprint which helps enrich our environment. 

Unfortunately, safety is an ongoing issue for many cyclists. There are still too many deaths and injuries as a result of motorists not sharing the road or unprotected--or even non-existent bicycle lanes. A Conservative local government will do more to protect cyclists and promote cycling to make it a viable transportation alternative for more people here in Southampton and in South East England to help our environment and strengthen our community."

Edwin Brown
Conservative MP for Clacton (2014-Present)
Shadow Minister for Business, Infrastructure, and Transport
Parliamentary Experience: Unknown (16)
Media Experience: Unknown (13)
Policy Experience: Unknown(6)
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Sir Geoffrey Birch
(@sir-geoffrey)
MP for Bexhill & Battle
Joined: 7 months ago
Posts: 98
23/07/2019 11:11 pm  

Prominent Conservative backbencher Sir Geoffrey Birch toured the cities, towns and villages of the South East region with the Conservative Party's Senate candidates for the region, speaking to voters on topics of interest.

 

On schools: “Grammar schools are force for great social good. They take the brightest and best young people, regardless of background, and raise them to bring out their fullest potential. This opens doors for disadvantaged young people, providing them with confidence and optimism, and honing their abilities amongst the very best of their peers. A vote for the Conservatives is a vote to allow local areas to decide for themselves once again whether the grammar school approach is a model they want to follow for the children of their community. Away from grammar schools, a Conservative influence through the Senate will encourage schools to transform into academies. This gives schools greater powers to run themselves in the way that best suits their local community. You know best what local people need in your area, and the Conservatives will give you the power to make schools better in your area.”

 

On policing: “Special constables are a vital element of modern policing. Special constables are ordinary people, with ordinary jobs, who do extraordinary work by volunteering with the police force in their community. These are no Labour-style plastic policemen, who have to resort to asking criminals nicely not to run away. No, special constables have full powers of arrest and are properly trained in their duties. The Conservatives will double the number of special constables, getting more police away from their desks and onto the street, where they are needed to deter, investigate and stop crime.

 

On manufacturing: “The south east of England is a hotbed of high-tech industry. No more so than the car industry, represented from Mini in Oxfordshire, through Rolls Royce in Sussex, to the Caterham cars made in Kent. As concern grows over the environment, the focus will turn onto the internal combustion engine, and cars will be increasingly targetted. From this threat, Britain can derive a great opportunity. The Conservatives will make Britain the global leader in electric car production. Britain's speciality in high-tech, high-skill engineering and manufacturing gives Britain to true advantage in this growing industry. By taking action now, Britain can develop well-paid jobs, enhance our global reputation for engineering excellence and innovation and help the environment. And, we can secure the future of the motor car, with its legacy as the means of cheap, convenient transport proving independence, which has driven Britain's economy over the last century.”

Sir Geoffrey Birch | Conservative Party
MP for Bexhill & Battle (2001-present)
Former MP for Northampton South (1983-1997)
Parliamentary experience: Novice (28)
Media experience: Novice (22)
Policy experience: Unknown (12)

Formerly: Deborah Carpenter, Conservative, MP for Hertford & Stortford, Former Chancellor of the Exchequer


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General Goose
(@general-goose)
Member
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23/07/2019 11:28 pm  

Leaflet in lieu of mainstreeting:

The first page of the leaflet is largely taken up by a short letter from Graham Adiputera, though flanked by various pictures of the region’s local and Senate Lib Dem candidates throughout the area’s various communities. 

“Dear Local Resident,

I am writing to you today to urge you to support your Liberal Democrat candidates in upcoming local and Senate elections. We all know that politics is broken - the two-party system has long led to stagnant thinking and millions of voters being taken for granted, and one does not need to look hard to find a recent political story that causes embarrassment. Mary Cambel’s toxic legacy, Calvin Ward’s disastrous premiership, Dylan Macmillan condemning others for things he did himself while in office, William Croft insulting our allies and partners in the War on Terror. 

Throughout this all, though, the Liberal Democrats have been focused on producing sound and ambitious policies. It was our party that pushed for equal marriage, the pension triple lock, the pupil premium, a higher tax-free personal allowance, an anti-tax dodging strategy that saves £15 billion a year, the British Business Bank, billions of pounds of investment in green jobs and innovation, the Homelessness Action Fund, renewed focus on mental health and social care, regulatory relief for small businesses. Even when politics has been at its worst, the Liberal Democrats have been delivering for the British people. We have been fighting, tirelessly, for the rights and opportunities of every man, woman and child. The invaluable and unique contribution the Liberal Democrats make to politics has been proven time and time again. 

We have also been focused on fixing our broken politics. The Liberal Democrats delivered votes at 16, consistently championed replacing the unelected House of Lords with a Senate, are pushing for proportional representation, have been consistent advocates for devolution, have been the architects of a smart and human rights-focused foreign policy, and have rejected toxic politics wherever it arises. We are also the party taking the lead on getting big money out of politics. 

More remains to be done, of course. But with your support, we can continue building on these achievements and adding more to that list, delivering a greener, fairer, freer Britain for all. 

Yours sincerely,

Graham Adiputera

Leader of the Liberal Democrats” 

At the bottom of the first page, there is a box with some handy statistics, accompanied by eye-catching icons, that summarise some of the Liberal Democrat achievements in government: 

  • Standing up for civil liberties
  • An open, tolerant Britain
  • Building more homes
  • Investing in the jobs of tomorrow
  • 20,000 extra police officers
  • Extra money for schools and hospitals
  • Taking climate change seriously

The back side of the leaflet, flanked by pictures of candidates for local government and the Senate meeting with voters, continues to talk about Lib Dem achievements and values. Various text boxes, again accompanied by icons, go into detail about what the Lib Dems have achieved or will go on to achieve. 

ENDING AUSTERITY…

Under the Liberal Democrats, the “pupil premium” to support disadvantaged students has more than doubled; the worst austerity cuts are being reversed and then some; NHS and school spending is growing in real terms; and we are investing more in infrastructure and housing. 

...WHILE SUPPORTING BUSINESS AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Under the Liberal Democrats, access to capital and advisory services for small and medium businesses has expanded, through the British Business Bank, and billions more is being invested in research and innovation to keep our economy on the cutting edge. We have championed a regulatory relief act, helping businesses deal with red tape, and a new strategy to support local enterprise hubs and businesses scale up. We are bringing the deficit down, faster than the Tories would, through fiscal discipline and an aggressive fight against tax dodging. 

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

The Liberal Democrats are the leaders on protecting our environment. We have fought for more money for environmental protection, have cut subsidies for fossil fuels, and have invested billions in green jobs and decarbonising our economy. We are currently leading the way on a bill to green our transport sector and implement a National Air Quality Plan. With your support, we will champion a new Nature Act to preserve our natural beauty, continue British leadership in new climate change legislation, and continue moving towards a zero-waste economy. 

TACKLING BURNING INJUSTICES

The Liberal Democrats have taken action on some of the most burning injustices in our society - making up for underinvestment in mental health, supporting those with disabilities in getting the skills and opportunities they need, fighting homelessness and period poverty, repealing the bedroom tax, standing up for the rights of refugees, fighting the gender and race pay gaps. There is more to do - the Liberal Democrats are committed to an equalities agenda, supporting LGBT+ equality, banning upskirting and female genital mutilation, promoting civil liberties by repealing draconian laws.

FIXING OUR BROKEN POLITICS

The Liberal Democrats are the champions of political reform - votes at 16; proportional representation; replacing the House of Lords with the Senate; supporting devolution and localism to empower communities and give power to the people. 

At the bottom of the page there is both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV assistance, or to offer support.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Deputy Prime Minister
Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 36
Media - 53
Policy - 48


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Caroline Blakesley
(@caroline-blakesley)
Prime Minister & MP for Hammersmith
Joined: 3 months ago
Posts: 158
23/07/2019 11:59 pm  

Leaflet in lieu of mainstreeting:

Caroline Blakesley
Prime Minister
MP for Hammersmith

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Richard
(@richard)
Member A-team
Joined: 5 months ago
Posts: 159
24/07/2019 12:03 am  

End of Day 1 marker.

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Admin for Cabinet, PM's Office, DPM's Office, Defence, Energy, Regions, Environment, Transport, Communities, Elections, and Advisor to Labour and the Lib Dems


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Samantha Ryan
(@junkyardcat)
Green
Joined: 7 months ago
Posts: 79
24/07/2019 1:30 pm  

Samantha Ryan, leader of the Green party and MP for Brighton Pavillion, hit the streets of the South East with Senate candidate Caroline Lucas and a number of Green volunteers, talking to voters about the upcoming elections.

She opened dialogues by asking voters about their top election priorities. A variety of responses are provided below.

To those that mentioned the environment, she said;

“I am absolutely with you in terms of concern for the environment. I’m sure you’ll know, for example, about the enormous health risks posed by the poisonous air that’s being breathed in across the region. We are now similarly experiencing rocketing temperatures, in what is expected to be on the hottest Summers in human history. And both of those are because of the damage that we, as a nation and a species, are inflicting on a planet that just can’t fight back. But I think the environment, particularly in local towns and cities, is a two factor issue. There is real and legitimate concern about how we help to stave off climate change - and I think we need to be doing a lot more to tackle it - but there is also concern for the social environment that those of us from the South exist in. I’m increasingly aware that it’s not just about air pollution here, it’s also about how it feels to live on a main road, how it feels to be without sizeable green spaces in more residential areas of our cities. I think the elections that are coming up here for the Senate, can begin to provide the answers to some of these issues. I’m out here with Caroline Lucas, who’s the ex-MP for Brighton Pavillion, and a Senate candidate for the South East. She’s just over there and i’ll bring her over so you can chat to her in a minute if you’d like. I believe we have a real opportunity to break into the Senate, allowing us that chance to deliver what this region greatly needs in terms of environmental action. I’ve been really pleased that Labour, the Conservatives, and the Lib Dems have all started to get their heads together on this issue - in Parliament, for example, I proposed an amendment to a good Conservative motion on hydro energy generation, and had that tweaked by the Labour minister responsible for the sector. It’s that kind of cooperation that can help bring about action in this area. And whilst all three are now highlighting the environment as a key issue, I'm not content to sit on my laurels and just hope that they keep it going. We’ve yet to see admissions about the real threat environmental damage poses to life on our planet, nor a truly realistic approach to climate change - so voting Green means that the pressure stays on them. The more votes we get, the harder they have to work on the environment to get them next time. The major parties have always been preoccupied with ‘winning’ votes. Make it harder for them to do so - and get action. It’s as simple as that.”

To those that mentioned poverty, she said;

“Poverty is undoubtedly one of the key issues that befalls our nation, particularly here in the South East, which suffers from some of the worst adult and child poverty, rates anywhere in the United Kingdom. It is not acceptable that in modern Britain, parents are forced to go hungry for the simple sake of feeding their kids during school holidays. It is despicable that single mothers are have to resort to sex work to suplement benefits. And yet our nation and our governments have allowed for these occurrences to develop into widespread injustices. For the Senate elections, the Greens are projected to hold enough seats to play a significant role in affecting and enacting policy to defeat poverty once and for all. I do not think, for one moment, that any other party disagrees with my assessment of poverty, but they’ve had enough time to deal with it, and haven’t got far enough. I champion Labour’s record in its last government for focusing hard on bringing child and pensioner poverty down significantly, but the job needs to be finished, not pushed down the national order paper of importance. Green Senators will aid in that process, and put defeating poverty on the agenda as one of our top priorities.”

To those that mentioned the state of politics, she said;

“I think we have reached a point with our politics that can no longer go on. It has become an endless cycle of infighting amongst politicians, which is drawing vital attention away from the issues that this country rapidly needs to tackle. That’s not the fault of any one politicians, or any one political party - it’s part of the culture that has developed and engulfed Westminster. I believe that this needs to end. I want to replace political brinkmanship, with love. It’s an odd statement for someone in my job to make - but isn't it wrong that politics causes us to despise one another? We’re calling for a radical rethink of how politics exists, and who it works for. At its core, politics should be about delivering on the needs of voters. In our failure to do so, we are disregarding our very purpose. We are not going to form the next government - we know that. But we can begin to change the toxic climate that is tearing Britain apart for the sake of political games. That begins - I firmly believe - with a no tolerance approach to party politics. It serves no purpose to wildly and blindly attack anyone that does things differently, even if you disagree with them. We must all, as politicians, commend each other when we do things right. I am not a Tory, but I commend them for picking up tidal energy as a cause for progress. I am not a Labour member, but I commend them for the resilience they have shown in turbulent times for their party. I am not a Liberal Democrat, but I commend them for getting political reform through the Houses of Parliament. But I am one MP, we need 649 more - and a Senate full - to follow this same path.”

To those she spoke to, and any passersby, she handed this leaflet. The details are changed to fit the constituency. The three circles on the second page are peelable stickers that can be worn.

MP for Brighton Pavilion (2014-Present)


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General Goose
(@general-goose)
Member
Joined: 7 months ago
Posts: 362
24/07/2019 3:48 pm  

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN - SENATE BILLBOARD 1

White text against a black background, framed by Dylan Macmillan and William Croft looking shifty and suspect. The text reads “Double Standards. Nasty Politics. Insulting our Allies. Cuts to Schools and Public Health.” 

At the bottom of the billboard, it reads “TWO PARTY POLITICS IS BROKEN AND THE CONSERVATIVES DON’T DESERVE YOUR VOTE. VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT TO FIX THINGS”, the latter sentence being in amber. 

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN - SENATE BILLBOARD 2

Next to a picture of local natural beauty, the words “PROTECTING OUR PLANET”. 

Next to a picture of homes being built, the words “FIXING THE HOUSING SHORTAGE”. 

Next to a picture of a local business with employees hard at work, “INVESTMENT, NOT AUSTERITY”. 

Next to a picture of smiling nurses, “MORE MONEY FOR THE NHS AND SOCIAL CARE”. 

Next to a picture of a class of students, “MORE MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOLS”. 

Next to a picture of Graham Adiputera and Meredith Hansen-Charles meeting local residents, the words “FIXING OUR BROKEN POLITICS”. 

At the bottom of the billboard, “THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS ARE LEADING ON EVERY ISSUE”.

Legal text, and information on volunteering and donating, at the bottom - only legible to those on foot, however.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Deputy Prime Minister
Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 36
Media - 53
Policy - 48


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General Goose
(@general-goose)
Member
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24/07/2019 9:24 pm  

MAINSTREETING - SOUTH EAST - DAY 2

On businesses:

“Thanks to the influence of the Liberal Democrats - a party that has always supported free trade, competitive markets, and the creation of a stable environment for small and medium businesses to thrive - we have seen several successful pro-business policies enacted. Tax reforms have been enacted that reduce the loopholes and advantages given to larger corporations, helping shape a leveller playing field and removing backdoor subsidies from our tax system. 

A British Business Bank has been established, helping provide businesses with accurate and impartial advisory services and access to financial products, such as patient capital and investment in local economies, that the market on its own was struggling to provide. The funding for research, innovation and technology has gone up across the board, and we have made critical down payments in diversifying local economies that will struggle as the 21st century goes on. Finally, the Liberal Democrats’ Regulatory Reform Act created a more flexible, accountable regulatory climate for businesses, trialling important initiatives such as Regulatory Legal Aid, automatic repeal of ineffective regulation, and One Stop Shops.” 

On the environment:

“In 2014, the Liberal Democrats made the boldest and most comprehensive environmental plan of all the parties, and we have already started delivering on it. With your support in the upcoming elections, we can get that agenda complete and guarantee a far cleaner and more sustainable world for future generations to inherit. 

In addition to increasing the resources for environmental preservation, shifting tax support and subsidy from fossil fuels to renewables, and a green stimulus package that prioritises green jobs, green communities and green supply chains, the Liberal Democrats are committed to Five Green Laws: a Nature Act, that will see new national parks commissioned, animal welfare promoted, and habitats preserved; a Green Transport Act, delivering a National Air Quality Strategy and rail electrification; a Green Buildings Act, promoting energy efficiency; a Zero Waste Britain Act, promoting recycling and reuse; and a Climate Change Act. These proposals are all in the pipeline and one has already been introduced to Parliament. With your support, we can get it done.”

On fiscal responsibility:

“The Liberal Democrats have been by far the greatest force for fiscal responsibility in this Parliament. While the Conservatives equate fiscal responsibility with austerity, the truth is is that some of the cuts they propose - such as to education, public health and prevention, and investment in business and infrastructure - actually damage our longer-term fiscal situation. It was in large part the Conservative ideological obsession for penny-wise pound-foolish economics that made coalition with Macmillan’s Conservatives impossible. 

Instead, the Liberal Democrats have been generating the ideas and the insights that help give us fiscal discipline. We’ve created a tax dodging strategy that will save approximately £15 billion a year, closing loopholes, increasing enforcement powers, and getting rid of strange and archaic rules that no longer serve their purpose. While resisting tax hikes that are too stark or too extreme, we have shifted the tax burden away from innovation and onto pollution, away from ordinary working Britons and onto those who can afford it. We’ve cut billions in waste, by cutting administrative costs, making the most of efficiency savings, and reforming how the government spends your money on contracting and procurement.” 

Accompanying Leaflet

The front of the leaflet is a list that reads “12 reasons to vote Liberal Democrat”, flanked by pictures of local candidates and topped off with the Lib Dem logo. The list reads as follows:

  1. Political Reform and Ending Broken Two-Party Politics
  2. Devolution Settlements that Give Power to the People
  3. Committed Community Champions
  4. Equal Rights and Civil Liberties
  5. Tackling Burning Injustices
  6. Better Funded Public Services
  7. Higher Police Numbers
  8. Smart and Ethical Foreign Policy
  9. Investment, Not Austerity
  10. An Entrepreneurial and Inclusive Economy
  11. Fiscal Responsibility
  12. Getting Things Done Even When Politics is at its worst

The back page of the leaflet is divided into two halves: the first half, with Lib Dem colours, chronicles some of the Lib Dem achievements in government, with handy icons denoting the subject (such as wedding bells for equal marriage), while the other half, in dark and foreboding blues, covers the recent Conservative record. 

In the Lib Dem side of the page: 

  • EQUAL MARRIAGE
  • VOTES AT 16
  • A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT
  • MORE HOMES
  • THE PUPIL PREMIUM
  • TAX-FREE PERSONAL ALLOWANCE
  • SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
  • PENSION TRIPLE LOCK
  • REDUCING THE DEFICIT
  • MORE MONEY FOR THE NHS
  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

On the Conservative side of the page: 

  • CUTTING PUBLIC HEALTH
  • FLIP FLOPPING ON RAIL FARES
  • FLIP FLOPPING ON FOREIGN POLICY
  • OPPOSING POLITICAL REFORM
  • NASTY POLITICS
  • BACKROOM DEALS AND HORSE TRADING
  • DOUBLE STANDARDS
  • WEAK MANIFESTO 
  • NO PLANS ON KEY ISSUES

Beneath this, a by-line, yellow text against a black strip, reads “WHEN POLITICS IS AT ITS WORST, THE LIB DEMS GET STUFF DONE.” 

At the bottom of the page there is both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV assistance, or to offer support.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Deputy Prime Minister
Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 36
Media - 53
Policy - 48


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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
Joined: 7 months ago
Posts: 560
24/07/2019 11:53 pm  

Leaflet in lieu of campaigning

Front:

Back:

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire
Leader of the Opposition (2014-16)

Prime Minister (2014)

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Caroline Blakesley
(@caroline-blakesley)
Prime Minister & MP for Hammersmith
Joined: 3 months ago
Posts: 158
25/07/2019 12:01 am  

The Prime Minister campaigned in the South East in support of the Labour candidates for Senate and local councils.

 

On the topic of supporting small enterprises:

Small businesses are the cornerstone of success in modern Britain. Shopkeepers built this nation. And now innovators fuel its future growth. Labour recognises this, which is why we worked to cut the rate of corporate tax paid by small business. However, there is much more that needs to be done. If they are to compete against big companies, we must give British small businesses a hand up by passing a robust competition law, one that doesn’t allow them to be eaten up by bigger companies. We must invest in innovation by increasing the research and development tax credit. And we absolutely must establish dedicated funds within the British Business Bank to provide financing for new, innovative companies that spring up around our nation – like those in the Oxford cluster right here in the South East of England. Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy and only Labour will give them the investment they deserve.

 

On the topic of green energy:

The South East is one of the most developed regions in our nation and, as such, has some of the greatest energy needs. And if we’re to meet those needs and combat climate change, we must do so with green energy. Labour has fought against the Tories to provide real investment in green energy for the past two years – and while we’re glad to see them hop on board, we’re ready to keep leading the way. We’re proposing new initiatives that will fuel the green energy economy, from spurring investment in renewable energy development right here in the South East, to creating incentives for you to get clean energy, low emission vehicles that are going to be crucial to combating the climate catastrophe that was face. Only Labour is leading the way in developing clean energy for a growing economy. And for that reason we need, absolutely need, Labour leadership in the Senate.

 

On the topic of housing:

Here in the South East you know better than most the stresses that are placed on the housing system. Housing has become unaffordable for none but the wealthiest. And that is unacceptable. Labour is fighting to encourage more home construction, fighting to ensure that more people can achieve their dream of becoming home owners. That’s why we’ve reversed Tory austerity to give local authorities the tools that they need to keep building homes. However, we must look to do more. We must pass laws, like a speculation tax, that work to end the practice of developers buying up homes just to jack up the price and make a pretty profit off them. We must promote homeownership by giving new incentives for first time homeowners, such that more people can enter the housing ladder. Labour is leading the way in fighting for better homes for Britain, and we will keep doing so in the Senate.

Caroline Blakesley
Prime Minister
MP for Hammersmith

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