The region’s Labour candidates have responded to the launch of Labour’s manifesto today.
Catherine McKinnell, Labour’s candidate for Newcastle North said:
“Ed Miliband has set out a clear and ambitious vision today of how Britain can and will be better for hardworking families across our region under a Labour Government.
“We’ve made a number of pledges on the issues that are raised time and again on the doorstep – on the cost of living, making work pay, energy bills, childcare, and on ensuring the next generation can get on in life – none of which require a single penny of extra borrowing.
“And probably the number one issue for local people is protecting our NHS. That’s why Labour has a clear, fully-funded plan to support the recruitment of tens of thousands of frontline staff to secure the vital services that so many of us rely on.
“People in the North East want a responsible Government committed to deficit reduction – not one that makes unfunded election promises, or completely fails in its pledge to balance the books.
“The North East needs a Labour Government – to improve the lives of local people, and to secure the nation’s finances in a fair way.”
Alan Campbell, Labour’s candidate for Tynemouth said:
“Labour’s manifesto offers real change and real help for the North East.
“Ordinary working people have been given a raw deal for the last five years by David Cameron. This has been a recovery built on jobs that are often low paid with nearly 30,000 reliant on zero contracts in this region alone.
“Labour’s manifesto is a better plan that puts the interests of working people first. We’ll protect the tax credits that help many working families get through the month, we’ll also increase the minimum wage of £8 an hour by 2019, boosting the pay of 76,000 workers in the North East.
“We’re also offering a better plan for our NHS & schools, with 1,300 extra nurses and 500 extra GPs in this region & improved and expanded childcare.
“The manifesto also sets out our commitment to devolving power down to this region and ensure our local councils get the fairer funding they deserve. I welcome plans to ensure decisions on economic development, skills, housing and especially transport will be increasingly taken at a local level.
“These are ambitious and fully-costed proposals that will change the North East for the better.”
Jamie Reed, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Copeland, said:
“Labour’s Better Plan clearly shows that hard working families in West Cumbria will be better off with a Labour Government
“By raising the minimum wage, by banning exploitative zero-hours contracts, by guaranteeing apprenticeships for school leavers, by protecting working tax credits and by providing 25 hours of free, high quality childcare, every family can benefit from our plan. Whether our young people are getting ready to start school, are at school, or are thinking about their careers, this plan will help everyone to succeed and to grow a vibrant, secure local economy.
“The future of our community is brighter than it has ever been. Despite the tough times under the Conservatives, we are now poised to turn Copeland into a place where everyone has a chance to share in the bright economic future we are building and where nobody is locked out of economic opportunity. Labour’s better plan will deliver that bright future”