Snow, ice and driving winds couldn't stop the determined people of Heathfield and Labour members going to hear John McDonnell, MP on Thursday night.
The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon John McDonnell, addressed a packed meeting of residents and campaigners at Heathfield Junior School, Twickenham, on Thursday, 1st March 2018.
In an passionate speech John McDonnell outlined Labour's plans to end austerity policies which have resulted in economic stagnation while inequality and poverty has grown. Instead, Labour plans to replace it with a carefully costed plan to reinvest in jobs and industry, addressing the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution.
In a wide ranging speech he said that investment in the infrastructure, was essential. A fair taxation system was key, central to which would be forcing International Corporations to pay their tax bills.
He promised that Labour would introduce a real living wage.
As Chief Executive of the Association of London Authorities, and then the Association of London Government, for ten years he understands local government. He promised that local councils would be properly funded, to support the community. He outlined the role local councils could play in re-genenerating their local communities by promoting public procurement of local goods and services.
Labour was, he said, "Ready for Government".
Other popular policies he outlined were:
· Investment in Housing to build Council Houses for a new generation.
· Investment for Education which was he said "a gift from one generation to the next. Not a commodity to be bought and sold".
· Scrapping tuition Fees.
· Properly funding NHS and Care services. Investing in care and raising wages.
• Re-nationalising Utilities companies including Water Companies
• Taking responsibility for the Rail networks as contracts ended.
· He promised that Labour would introduce a real living wage, restore collective bargaining and repeal the Conservatives Trade Union Act. Reminding his audience that Unity is strength
Heathfield Labour Candidate Jan Kilsby commented:
"It was an inspiring speech; what a great way to launch our local election campaign."