Britain is better off in Europe. It is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off too. That’s why Labour is in for Britain.
- Millions of British jobs are linked to our EU membership.
- £26.5 billion is invested in Britain by EU countries every year.
- British workers benefit from EU agreements on workers’ rights, including the right to holiday pay, paid maternity and paternity leave, anti-discrimination laws, equal pay and protection for agency workers.
- Exports to the EU are worth £227 billion a year to the British economy.
- The EU is Britain’s biggest export market: almost half of all of Britain’s exports go to the EU.
- Thousands of criminals, including terrorists, have been arrested under the European Arrest Warrant.
- Being in the EU enhances Britain’s global influence and allows us to take our place at the top table.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Labour Parties have chosen Robin Price as their Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for the election on May 5th.
Robin is a solicitor and has lived for most of his life in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He ran a clinic in Portsmouth, giving free legal advice and worked for Portsmouth City Council. He has run his own firm of solicitors in Ryde since 1986, which included criminal and family work, and has extensive experience of the courts system. He has been President of the Isle of Wight Law Society.
Mr Price said,’ The Commissioner’s job is an important one and, if elected, I will certainly make clear to Government that the £80m cuts in police spending in our area have had a serious effect on the ability of officers to detect and investigate crime. We have lost 780 officers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight since 2010 and 70% of theft cases are now closed without even a suspect being identified.’
He added, ‘The Government has said that crime is declining but cybercrime has doubled, violent knife and gun crime has increased and sexual offences are only now beginning to be recorded properly. Our police force must be properly resourced to deal with these problems and their many other roles, such as helping people with mental health issues’
Mr Price will be visiting communities across the area to talk about what their priorities are.
We are obviously very disappointed at the national result, but in locally, we increased our support. Our Parliamentary candidate Lena Samuels got 10% more than the last election and great praise from the public (and, indeed, her opponents) for being an outstanding candidate.
In the local council elections, Labour received more votes than all the other opposition parties, and so we are now the main opposition party in New Forest West. We are please to say that Steve Short is the new Labour town councillor for Fernhill on New Milton Town Council.
And in Ringwood, Peter Kelleher tripled our vote and just missed out on becoming our first New Forest District Councillor.
We will continue to campaign on the key issues we have raised over the past year:
- Create more jobs by promoting tourism and local shops – use signage and advertising to encourage tourists and shoppers to use shops in New Milton and Barton, and to go beyond Lymington High Street.
- No more cuts to social care. Tory and Lib Dem cuts mean many vulnerable people get no care at all. People deserve dignity and support, not ten minute visits or no visit at all.
- Building new houses must mean local roads, infrastructure and services are also improved
- No more cuts to our local bus services
- Widen the A31 and improve the Ringwood junction to end traffic jams and rat runs – and lower the A31 speed limit to reduce accidents.
- Improve flood protection for Ringwood and Fordingbridge, and ensure all ditches and road drains are clear so they can take away excess water – and fix pot holes and broken pavements
- Find a proper answer to stop lorries having to use Fordingbridge High Street
Lena Samuels, the Labour Parliamentary candidate for New Forest West has already spoken at several hustings meetings in the area, and is winning support amongst floating voters.
You can meet Lena and hear her speak at these remaining hustings meetings:
Monday 27th – 7pm at Bransgore Parish Church, Ringwood Road BH23 8JH
Tuesday 28th – 7.30pm at St Thomas Church, Lymington
Thursday 30th – 7pm at St Mary’s Church, Fordingbridge SP6 1AB
We hope to see you there!
Why vote for Lena Samuels?
New Forest West needs an MP who is connected to the community at every level. As someone who has lived in Lymington for 22 years and who works in the health sector, education, policing, business and the community, I bring first-hand knowledge and experience of all of these areas along with an ability to drive for success and for better services.
As a non-executive director of an acute hospital I’ve seen A&E queues get longer and longer, beds closed and staff shortages. I will commit to cracking down on tax dodging and tax bankers’ bonuses to rebuild our public services ensuring the people of New Forest West get access to joined-up health care when they need it.
My pledges therefore are:
- to invest in the NHS so that people get access to healthcare when they need it with 20,000 new doctors and 8,000 new nurses
- to protect our frontline police numbers, keeping our communities safe
- to preserve the countryside and act to prevent the Forest from being sold off to private companies
- to create the right business conditions for small and medium sized businesses to thrive
- to ensure fairer pay for everyone and to guarantee a paid job to all long term unemployed people
- to support an education system that delivers the necessary skills for British People
- to manage immigration by strengthening our borders, with more border officers, stopping convicted criminals coming in, deporting those who commit crimes and stopping employers undercutting jobs by exploiting migrant workers
Many people have written to me about their concerns about the TTIP trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and the US government. I am very concerned about this agreement, particularly its possible effects on the NHS. I have put a more detailed summary in the Labour TTIP response but in short:
The TTIP agreement could bring great benefits by boosting trade, creating jobs and extending choice for consumers. Being members of the EU has brought the British economy huge benefits and millions of jobs now depend on our exports to other EU countries. The US is our biggest export market and a trade agreement with the US will give British companies the chance to increase exports to the USA, by reducing red tape and tariffs. This could help local businesses in our area to increase their sales to the USA.
But Labour has some significant concerns about TTIP:
1. Labour is concerned about the effects of the NHS and want the NHS to be exempt from the agreement – something that David Cameron and Nick Clegg will not do.
2. The ISDS dispute mechanism, the method proposed for solving disagreements, could damage our plans to reverse the privatisation of the NHS, by allowing companies to sue for lost earnings. There are problems with the lack of transparency in proposals, and the European Commission has decided to temporarily suspend negotiations on ISDS until the final stages of the negotiations. Labour will be urging the Government to use this opportunity to call for far greater transparency around an exclusion for legislation in the public interest, like the NHS.
3. Concerns have been raised that TTIP could reduce standards, although the principle behind the treaty is to keep or raise standards rather than reduce them. Labour will only support an agreement that avoids a race to the bottom and promotes decent jobs and growth and would safeguard standards.
You can read about our concerns in more detail here. Labour TTIP response
Labour’s pledges to you
- 8,000 more doctors, 20,000 more nurses, 5,000 more home care workers and 3,000 more midwives in the NHS
- Social care and the NHS merged to provide a single service for all your needs
- Energy prices frozen until the end of 2016
- Double the number of first-time home buyers
- Minimum wage increasing to £8 per hour by 2020