This weekend is our Labour Neighbour weekend. We’re asking Labour Party members and supporters to come and help us in our key marginal seats. Louise, Anna and Lee have been absolutely bowled over by the levels of support from members from across the region so far in this campaign. Every day people are volunteering to help in the seats we need to win to get a Labour government, despite having plenty of leaflets to deliver and doors to knock in their own home patch.
Have a look at this great video from North West Durham CLP. They’re down in their twinned key seat of Redcar, once a week at the moment.
So why not get involved in your key seat this weekend. To join a campaign session click here and put in your postcode. It’s that simple (well you also have to get in the car and drive as well.)
Labour will prioritise tax cuts for the North East & Cumbria’s 94,000 small firms with business rates cut in first Budget – Ed Balls
Labour will put the region's small businesses first in line for tax cuts and ensure the tax burden on small firms is lower than under the Tories, Ed Balls announced today.
The move, which will be in Labour's first budget, will benefit 94,000 small business properties across the North East & Cumbria who will see their business rates cut and then frozen for the following year.Read more
People often talk about politicians breaking their promises and Nick Clegg’s tuition fees pledge springs to mind. David Cameron has broken quite a few promises too but there’s one pledge he hasn’t broken. He told Jeremy Paxman before the last election that the North East would suffer devastating public service cuts. He has been true to his word.
The Tories set out their manifesto pledges in 2010 with the aim of shaking off their image as the nasty party with talk of a ‘big society’, remember that? They promised not to impose top down reorganisation on the NHS and subsequently spent £3bn on a top down reorganisation of the NHS.
The Tories pledged not to raise VAT and then did so, costing people around the country dearly. They pledged to introduce a cap on bankers bonuses but didn’t. In fact the Tories have broken so many promises that they tried to delete the entire internet history from their website. They attempted to delete ten years of speeches, including one from Cameron himself on how the internet would make information more available to people.
Back in 2010 David Cameron appeared on Newsnight and said that the public sector in the North East was too big and indicated that it would need to be cut back. On this particular promise he has been true to his word and public services in the region have suffered as a result.
Despite the fact that unemployment in the North East is already the highest in the UK the Tories have slashed funding and jobs in the region. North East councils have faced cuts three times greater than councils in the South East. In simple terms the Tories have taken £1,000 from every man, woman and child in the region.
These cuts are affecting vital frontline services that people rely on. Cuts of up to 20% to the North East Ambulance Service have meant that people have waited up to six hours for an ambulance. So David Cameron has indeed kept his pledge to cut public services in the region and it’s the people of the North East who are suffering. Proof of one other thing that turned out to be a broken promise; that we are ‘all in this together’.
Roberta Blackman-Woods is Labour’s Shadow Communities Minister and Labour candidate for City of Durham.
Labour Party members in Workington constituency have today (Saturday 7 February) chosen Sue Hayman to be the party’s candidate at the forthcoming General Election.
The announcement followed a hustings event held at Cockermouth School. Sue Hayman will be looking to succeed Sir Tony Cunningham as the area’s Member of Parliament at the general election on Thursday 7 May.Read more
With three months to go to the General Election, Labour today (5 February) opened their second Campaign Centre in the key battleground seat of Stockton South.
Veteran Labour politician, Peter Hain MP joined Louise Baldock, the party’s candidate for Stockton South to officially open a new shop front campaign office on Oxbridge Lane in Stockton on Tees.Read more