After attending the Scottish Labour Party Conference at the Glasgow Science Centre I really feel that this party has a very good chance of managing a fourth term if we go out and fight for it! There was so much energy and passion on Labour’s achievement’s and on the priorities we still have to make our country better through the 2nd decade of the 21st century. There were speeches by a lot of very good candidates and local members but it was John Prescott and Gordon Brown who really rallied the troops to go out there and win again for Labour.
The pledges are:
Secure the recovery – Secure the recovery and halve the deficit through economic growth, fair taxes and cuts to lower priority spending.
Raise family living standards – Raise family living standards, keeping mortgage rates as low as possible; increasing tax credits for families with young children; providing new help for first-time buyers; and restoring the link between the state pension and earnings from 2012.
Build a high tech economy – Build a high tech economy, supporting businesses and industry to create 1 million more skilled jobs and modernising our infrastructure with High-Speed Rail, a Green Investment Bank and broadband access for all.
Protect frontline services – Protect frontline investment in policing, schools, childcare and the NHS, with a new guarantee of cancer test results within a week.
Strengthen fairness in communities – Strengthen fairness in communities through an Australian style points-based system to control immigration; guaranteed education, apprenticeships and jobs for young people; and a crack down on anti-social behaviour.
I will be ordering pledge cards so we can distribute to members at the next campaign meeting.
Falkirk CLP Secretary