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Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary faced a grilling from sixth form students on a visit to Carlisle today.
Tristram Hunt was invited to Trinity School by Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Carlisle, Lee Sherriff. Mr Hunt and Ms Sherriff took questions on a wide range of questions from students.

Mr Hunt, a former TV historian, also heard details of the schools war memorial project which marked the lives of the 90 students of Carlisle Grammar School who were killed in World Ward One.

Lee Sherriff, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Carlisle said:

“I was keen to invite Tristram to Carlisle to hear direct from students and teachers and I’m pleased he was able to visit Trinity School today. It’s often said that young people aren’t engaged in politics so the general election campaign gives us a chance to have the important debates and show how politics really can make a difference.

“Carlisle has some great schools, full of committed hard-working teachers and talented pupils. If I’m elected at the city’s MP in May, I’ll support them all I can through the challenges they face. Children in this city deserve the very best education.”

Tristram Hunt, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education said:

“I’m really pleased to have been able to visit Trinity School and face some fairly tough questioning from the students.

“I’m also delighted to support Lee Sherriff who will make a great MP for Carlisle. Lee is passionate about Carlisle’s schools. All three of her children have come through the local school system so she understands the challenges being faced and the concerns of local parents.

“An incoming Labour government will raise teaching standards, ending David Cameron's unqualified teachers policy and ensuring a qualified teacher in every classroom. We’ll appoint a new Director of School Standards to cover Cumbria to ensure standards are raised and that schools are supported to provide the best education for our young people.”

SHADOW EDUCATION SECRETARY VISITS CARLISLE

Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary faced a grilling from sixth form students on a visit to Carlisle today. Tristram Hunt was invited to Trinity School by Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Carlisle,...

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New analysis of ONS figures show 31% of female employees in Carlisle were earning less than the living wage in 2014, higher than the national average of 25%, at the same time as working people have lost £1,600 under this Government. 

The figures were released as Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman MP joined local Labour candidate Lee Sheriff to campaign in Carlisle.

Ms Harman spoke to shoppers in the City Centre before joining representatives from women’s groups and campaigns at Harraby Community Centre to talk about the challenges they face.

The visit was part of Labour’s Woman-to-Woman tour, highlighting the party’s pledges to provide tax breaks to employers who pay the living wage, and to take wider action on low pay by boosting the minimum wage to £8 by the end of the Parliament.

Lee Sherriff, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Carlisle, said:

“Once again Carlisle comes out below the national average for wages with 31% of women earning less than the living wage compared with 25% nationally. And once again women, children and the poorest are paying the price for this so-called recovery.

“As someone who has worked in low-paid jobs I know what it’s like to work hard and feel under-paid and under-valued. And as a single parent of three children I know that this so-called recovery is a recovery only for the few.

“I am really pleased to be able to welcome Harriet Harman and the Woman to Woman tour to Carlisle to talk to voters about how a Labour Government would make life better for us all. We had a great visit from Harriet last year and I am delighted to be able to welcome her back.”

Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said:

“It’s great to be here in Carlisle with our terrific parliamentary candidate Lee Sherriff, and to meet up with women in Carlisle to listen to their concerns and hear what they want from government. “Since this government was elected in 2010 women have been hit particularly hard. We believe that this election will be a watershed for women. Women in Carlisle had been making progress in their lives with the backing of the last Labour Government. But now, with this Tory-led government that progress is stalling and the clock is being turned back on equality.

“We need a Labour government with a better plan to build a recovery that benefits the many, not the just the few at the top.”

 

A third of Carlisle women earning less than the living wage as living standards plummet under David Cameron and Nick Clegg

New analysis of ONS figures show 31% of female employees in Carlisle were earning less than the living wage in 2014, higher than the national average of 25%, at the...

Louise Baldock with local GP Dr Paul Williams

The North East can expect an estimated additional 500 General Practitioners under Labour’s plan to create an NHS with time to care.

The new figure, announced today, is part of Labour’s plan to recruit 8,000 more GPs across the country by 2020 to ensure better access and help surgeries offer more convenient opening times.

This will be in addition to the 1,300 extra nurses for the region announced earlier this month.

Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:

"GP services have gone into freefall under this Government. David Cameron promised to put GPs at the heart of the NHS but instead caused a new GP recruitment crisis. Under his Government, it is getting harder and harder to get GP appointment as result. This cannot carry on. Labour will recruit hundreds more GPs in every region of England, including 500 in North East.

“If the Tories get back in, the queues outside GP surgeries will get even worse. Their extreme plans for spending cuts will mean they won't be able to protect the NHS. They will cut the GP budget in the next Parliament just as they have in this.

"Labour has a better plan for the NHS and GP services. We will invest £2.5 billion extra each year from a mansion tax to recruit 8,000 more GPs and guarantee appointments within 48 hours. This will help build an NHS with time to care, that starts in people’s homes and helps keep them out of hospital.”

Welcoming the announcement, Louise Baldock, Labour’s candidate for Stockton South said:

“This is great news. Five hundred extra GPs for the region will make a real impact. I’ve spoken to many local residents in Stockton South who have told me how difficult it is to get an appointment to see their local doctors. The Conservative-led government have broken their promises to patients and it’s not good enough.

“These extra GPs will help deliver our better plan to ensure that people get appointments within 48 hours if they need it.”

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Ian_Wright_Blog.jpgLabour today has launched its business manifesto, laying out the plans we have to make sure that our economy works for the many, across the regions, not just the few at the top concentrated in one part of our nation. 

Britain is currently emerging from the slowest economic recovery in over 100 years, but as the economy recovers working people across the North East are no longer confident that if they work hard, they will be rewarded. Real wages in the North East have fallen an average of £1,160 a year since 2010.
Labour’s Better Plan for Business is based on a simple idea: that Britain and British business succeed when working people succeed. It is a plan for a more productive, more sustainable economy that builds on the talents of all working people, supported by a government that balances the books, invests in infrastructure, improves skills and opens up more competitive markets.
It includes measures to:

  • Build a strong economic foundation by balancing the books and cutting the deficit every year, with a surplus on the current budget and national debt falling as soon as possible in the next Parliament.
  • Support access to international markets by returning Britain to a leadership role in a reformed European Union.
  • Tackle rising business costs, by maintaining the most competitive Corporation Tax rate in the G7 and cutting and then freezing business rates for more than 1.5 million small business properties.
  • Set up an independent National Infrastructure Commission to plan for Britain’s long term infrastructure needs, including a world-class transport system and investment in low carbon technology and jobs.
  • Reform the banking system so that businesses can get the finance they need to invest and grow; and
  • Tackle skills shortages by ensuring all young people study English and Maths to 18 and introducing a gold standard vocational route, including a plan to create thousands of new apprenticeships.

The North East is home to around 150,000 small businesses which contribute £25billion to the economy every year. Labour’s plan, commits to lowering taxes for small businesses, recognising that cash flow can be a much bigger issue for them than for larger firms. Business rates would be cut and then frozen on 71,000 small business properties in the North East. A British Investment Bank would ensure that small and medium sized businesses in the North can get the investment they need to grow.

Exporters across the North East have been at the forefront of the drive towards economic recovery, with exports rising faster from the region than from any other part of the UK. Labour would ensure that exporters have the certainty to invest by staying in a reformed EU and supporting long term infrastructure development that would support business of all shapes and sizes.

Iain Wright is Labour’s Shadow Business Minister and Labour candidate for Hartlepool

An economy that works for the many, across the regions.

Labour today has launched its business manifesto, laying out the plans we have to make sure that our economy works for the many, across the regions, not just the few...

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With 40 campaigning days of the election to go, here's just 40 of the policies which offer a better future for working people. They are:

1.     £2.5bn Time to Care fund for the NHS

2.     20,000 more nurses

3.     8,000 more doctors

4.     Smaller class sizes

5.     Paid starter jobs for unemployed young people

6.     10p starting rate of tax

7.     Freeze gas and electricity bills

8.     Give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote

9.     More affordable homes

10.    Ban exploitative zero-hour contracts

11.    Balance the books fairly

12.    Ban rip-off letting agent fees

13.    Cancer tests and results within a week

14.    Give football fans a say in how their club is run

15.    More and better apprenticeships

16.    Tackle the gender pay gap

17.    Control immigration with fair rules

18.    Cut tuition fees to £6,000

19.    A GP appointment within 48 hours

20.    Double paid paternity leave

21.    Fix the broken energy market

22.    Scrap the bedroom tax

23.    One million new high-tech green jobs

24.    Cap rail fare increases

25.    Cut business rates for small business properties

26.    Get 200,000 homes built a year

27.    Support first time buyers

28.    All teachers qualified

29.    Scrap the millionaires’ tax break

30.    Childcare from 8am to 6pm

31.    5,000 more homecare workers

32.    25 hours free childcare a week for three- and four-year olds

33.    New challenger banks

34.    A British Investment Bank to help small businesses

35.    Insulate five million homes

36.    50,000 more Sure Start places

37.    3,000 more midwives

38.    English and maths to 18 for young people

39.    More security for renters

40.    Raise the Minimum Wage to £8

....and we’ll do it all without additional borrowing – all our manifesto commitments are fully funded.

40 days and 40 ways to change Britain

With 40 campaigning days of the election to go, here's just 40 of the policies which offer a better future for working people. They are: 1.     £2.5bn Time...

Campaign notebook puts our key seat candidates in the hot-seat, first up Anna Turley, our candidate in Redcar answers the questions...

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Why do you want to be the MP for Redcar?

I want to be the Member of Parliament for Redcar because people here deserve so much better and I want to stand up and fight for the town I live in. Redcar has been hit so badly by this coalition, with youth unemployment, brutal cuts to local public services, and is seeing a growing reliance on foodbanks for families to survive. Our current Lib Dem MP has voted for everything the Tories have asked of him and people here are suffering. Redcar needs a Labour MP to fight for our area and put people first. Using my background and experience in tackling child poverty and social exclusion under the last Labour government, I am determined to do that.

What do you like about Redcar constituency?

The Redcar constituency is a really lovely and diverse place. From the golden sands and coastal views from the village of Marske, to the fishing boats at the South Gare in the shadow of the steelworks. From the industrial areas of Eston nestled beneath the hills and overlooking the Teesport to the spectacular early evening lights of the Wilton chemical works, our area is full of history and character. We have a proud industrial heritage, with steel forged in Redcar helped build the modern world from Canary Wharf to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Redcar is a great seaside town with a lovely beach, a lively town centre, and plenty of good walks along the coast or the nearby North Yorkshire Moors. 

What is the number one issue on the doorstep?

The lack of jobs is the number one issue for me on the doorstep. In particular long term youth unemployment. People worry about how their kids will ever find work or be able to stay in the area. High levels of unemployment have meant the consequences of the coalition's welfare cuts have been brutal for people who simply cannot find work, or can only find insecure work on zero hours contracts. This has driven up dependence on foodbanks. We need investment in good jobs, training and apprenticeships to ensure every young person in Redcar has the chance to fulfil their potential.

What is the key to a successful campaign?

Hard work! And it has to be all year round. Losing Redcar in 2010 proved that no seat should ever be seen as 'safe' and no vote should ever be taken for granted. We owe it to people to serve them all year round regardless of electoral cycles, and to work day in day out to stand up for their interests and show we are the only party that is on their side.

Anna_And_Mo.jpgWho is your political hero?

Of course it has to be Mo Mowlam! She was an inspiration to any woman interested in making a difference through politics, but for me it was the way she played an amazing role in one of Labour's greatest achievements - bringing peace to Northern Ireland while at the same time was just 'our Mo' to the people of Redcar. She was always around and active in the constituency and loved by everyone here.

 

Anna Turley is the Labour and Co-operative Party candidate for Redcar. To help Anna win visit http://www.anna4redcar.org.uk/volunteer and volunteer. 

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