Labour and Cooperative launched their manifesto for the local elections this evening, (March 3) at Donetello’s restaurant in Brighton.
SPECIAL guest speaker, the former Secretary of State for Health and member for West Hull and Hessle, Alan Johnson MP was delayed on the train from London so Cllr Warren Morgan, the Labour group leader took the opportunity to thank all volunteers and councillors present for their hard work getting ready for the election and informed them that earlier in the afternoon, for the third year running, the Labour budget proposal for 2015-16 had been adopted. The manifesto was launched and everyone sat down for dinner awaiting the arrival of Mr Johnson.
Cllr Warren Morgan, said: “Our city is crying out for change. We need a city council that works, with clear purpose and strong leadership to make sure that basic services residents rely on are delivered.
“We need a council that works for you and your neighbourhood, that works for you and your family, that works for you and your business. We need a council that works with the public, private and voluntary sectors to build a better Brighton and Hove together.
“We need a council that delivers secure and well paid jobs, new and excellent schools, and many more truly affordable homes.
“We need a council that works for every resident in every part of the city, from Portslade to Patcham, Hangleton to Saltdean, Westbourne to Moulsecoomb, not just the city centre.
“The Greens have let the city down, and have proven they are not up to the job. No other party is offering the credible and sensible plan that we are setting out in our manifesto today.
“Even in these challenging financial times for local councils, there is so much we can do if given the chance, and Labour has a team ready to get to work for the city. Vote us in on May 7th and Labour will deliver a council that works for you.”
Labour’s key manifesto pledges include:
• Ensuring cleaner streets, better recycling and a reliable refuse collection service.
• Ending youth unemployment.
• Building 500 new council homes.
• Suspending and reviewing the traffic schemes started by the Greens, and returning to a more sensible and better managed approach to transport planning.
• Delivering new rights for tenants and proper regulation of landlords.
• Tackling poverty and inequality through a Fairness Commission.