A clear choice for the North East & Cumbria

Catherine_McKinnell.jpgThis election offers voters in the North East & Cumbria a clear choice between the Tories’ failed plan for Britain - and a Labour plan that offers hope for you, your family and our region.

At the centre of Labour’s plan is a simple idea: that Britain only succeeds when working people succeed.

We will balance the books and bring down the national debt. But unlike the Tories, our manifesto isn’t full of unfunded, unfair and unbelievable promises. They haven’t got a clue where the money will come from to pay for vital services like local schools and the NHS, whilst we have identified the funding to hire at least 1,300 extra nurses and 500 more GPs for our region.

Labour’s plan for higher living standards will benefit working families in the North East, who are today facing higher household energy bills – up an average £300 since 2010 - a fall in wages after inflation, and 28,000 people on zero-hour contracts.

Under a Labour government, households in the North East will save a total of £100 million on their energy bills, workers will benefit from an £8 minimum wage with Make Work Pay contracts to help the 23.4% of employees who are paid less than the living wage.

We will ensure young people in the North East have the opportunities they need to get on in life, with a job guarantee for the young unemployed and an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the grades. We will ban exploitative zero-hour contracts and ensure the voices of people across the region are heard in Westminster.

Hard-working families in the North East cannot afford another five years of the Tories. It's a clear choice at the ballot box tomorrow.

Catherine McKinnell is Labour candidate for Newcastle North & Shadow Treasury Minister

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