Priorities

Our plan for a better, fairer Britain.

We have a vision for a country that works for the many, not just the privileged few. And we have a plan to make this vision a reality.

Save our 24hr A&E and Consultant-Led Women & Children’s Centre

The NHS plan, known as ‘Future Fit’, wants the Women and Children’s Centre (currently based at PRH in Telford), a 24/7 full A&E and emergency care to be based at one hospital and pre-planned operations at the other. Both options have a 24/7 urgent care centre.

The consultation asks the public for their views on two options.

Future Fit’s preference is to site a new Women & Children’s Centre and 24/7 full A&E services at the RSH.

However, Telford & Wrekin Council believes the best option is to keep the Women and Children’s Centre and 24/7 full A&E in Telford. We have to defend local services and the options on the table are not good for anyone.

Build It in Britain

Labour pledges to ‘Build it in Britain’ and create an energy system that delivers for people, businesses and our environment; supporting manufacturing and high-skill energy jobs in Britain.

Telford is the beating heart of industry and was the centre of the Industrial revolution. We cannot lose this heritage, we cannot lose vital factories such as the Arga site, over 300 years old gone. Many of our residents build and manufacture fantastic products, and high tech parts, we must continue to promote this industry, like we’ve been doing as a Council.

 

Schools built to last and teacher supported

Conservative cuts are starving schools of the funding they need to deliver a first-class education. Crippling underfunding is driving up class sizes and forcing schools to cut corners. A narrow curriculum and a culture of assessment is driving away teachers, creating a recruitment and retention crisis.

I had the opportunity to go to a fantastic local school where teachers had the time to properly work with a manageable class size. Today teachers face many pressures and are too often abandoned by this Tory Government, whilst being expected to follow and ever changing system. Labour locally is supporting schools, has rebuilt or refurbished all Secondary Schools and is proactive about building an environment that promotes learning not a factory or workers.

Labour will not waste money on inefficient free schools and the Conservatives’ grammar schools vanity project. Labour does not want a return to secondary moderns. We will also oppose any attempt to force schools to become academies.

Secure Homes for All

Under the Conservatives, affordable housebuilding has fallen to a 24-year low. Labour will build the genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy that the country needs.

Labour in Telford & Wrekin have been building affordable homes with secure tenancies on brownfield sites. We are putting pressure on rouge landlords and coming down tough on those who don’t play by the rules and support tenants.

We will remove government restrictions that stop councils building homes and begin the biggest council building programme for at least 30 years. We will ditch the Conservatives’ ban on long-term council tenancies to give council tenants security in their homes. We want more people to have a secure tenancy in a home built to high standards. Labour will scrap the punitive bedroom tax, which has caused many people to be evicted from their home and their community.

More council homes have been sold off under the Conservatives and only one in five have been replaced, despite long housing waiting lists. Labour will suspend the right-to-buy policy to protect affordable homes for local people, with councils only able to resume sales if they can prove they have a plan to replace homes sold like-for-like.

Policing and Crime

Last year, there were an estimated 6.1 million incidents of crime experienced by adults in England and Wales. Almost every police force in the country recorded an increase in crime, with worrying rises in some of the most violent offences, including gun and knife crime and homicide.

West Mercia has lost over 200 police officers and Labour has stepped in to secure community support officers despite Tory opposition locally.

On Theresa May’s watch, police numbers have been cut by 20,000. Cuts to the police force endanger communities and endanger police officers too. Labour’s approach to policing crime will be different.

We will support the police in the performance of their duties. We will provide officers, police community support officers and civilian staff with the equipment and people they need to provide effective policing services, including from the growing threat of cybercrime. We will work with them to ensure that our communities are safer, for all of us.

We will champion community policing policies and incentivise good policing practice, working with Police and Crime Commissioners throughout the country on strategies to prevent crime. We will also work to eliminate institutional biases against BAME communities, that mean you are still far more likely to be stopped and searched as a black or Asian man.