This week the Labour Party gathers for its annual conference in Manchester – the last Conference before the May 2015 election.
The Conference certainly won’t see the launch of Labour’s manifesto.
But it will emphasize those areas where the policy of a future Labour government is already clear.
The choice at the general election will be between the Coalition’s’ plan, which is working just for a few, or Labour’s plan – which is designed to work for ALL of us.
We’ve had almost five years of the LibDem/Tory Coalition’s so-called plan, and it’s failed for most of us with a recovery that works just for a few.
This conference will see Labour setting out a new plan for Britain’s future, a plan that works for ordinary people and families, rewarding the hard work they do and saving the NHS they rely on.
People want change. It’s no wonder people from Lanark to Leeds want that. Too many are treading water, working harder and harder just to stay afloat, and worried that the next generation are finding it harder to get on than the last.
Under this Coalition the vast majority of us have made big sacrifices, but in this recovery we’re not seeing the improvements in living standards we have every right to expect…
• Working people are an average of £1,600 a year worse off under this Government
…and the next generation are finding it harder to get on than the last
• The average age of first time buyers has now reached 33.
Under the LibDem/Tory Coalition’s failing plan the recovery is benefiting a privileged few far more than most families…
• David Cameron has cut tax for people on over £150,000 a year while raising it for everyone else.
• Energy companies have been allowed to hike bills by more than £300 whilst making record profits.
… and our NHS is going backwards.
• For example, it’s harder to see your family doctor. 60 per cent of patients say they waited at least two days to see a GP.
• Waiting lists for treatment are at their highest level for six years.
The last few months have been about keeping our country together…
• Labour led the argument for the United Kingdom with Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown.
• One Nation Labour is the only party represented across Britain – the only party that can bring us back together.
…now we need to change our country together. This conference will see Labour setting out a new plan, not just to clear the deficit…
• In tougher times, we will make tougher choices on spending. We will scrap winter-fuel payments for the wealthiest pensioners.
• Our plans for day-to-day spending do not involve any additional borrowing.
… but to reward work, strengthen the recovery, make sure that any recovery benefits all our people, not just the privileged few, which is why we plan to …
• Freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reform the energy market.
• Make work pay by raising the minimum wage.
• Ban exploitative zero hour contracts.
• Get 200,000 homes built a year by 2020 and end letting fee rip-offs.
• Help working parents with 25 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year-olds.
… and to save the NHS, giving staff the time to care for patients
• Ensuring better access, guaranteeing GP appointments in 48 hours.
• Cutting the waste the LibDem/Tory Coalition has introduced through privatisation and competition.
And for a start – repealing the Coalition’s disastrous legislation, which has placed the market at the heart of the NHS
So the choice is clear. It’s between the Coalition’s failing plan…
where the vast majority of us have made big sacrifices day in and day out, but where the recovery is benefitting a privileged few far more than the majority, where our NHS is going backwards.
…or Labour’s new plan for Britain’s future
We’ve kept the UK together – now we need to change it together – very part of it, not just Scotland. This conference will see Labour setting out a new plan for Britain’s future. A new plan not just to clear the deficit but to build a better future for ordinary families, to save our NHS and to turn decisively away from a LibDem/Tory government run for the few.
Britain Will Be Better Under Labour
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