Reasons to Vote Labour

“When Labour wins, the British people win. The nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker win.”
“take our wealth back”
Jeremy Corbyn

If the Tories win , the rich and powerful win and the average person loses. Not only people of course but wildlife and the environment will lose as the fox hunting ban is repealed and the badger cull/massacre continues as does fracking which is now taking place in Yorkshire, Lancashire, the midlands and elsewhere  in some of our most scenic places, including our national parks.

Reasons to vote Labour

Firstly this election is about more than Brexit, at least it should be.

“This election isn’t about Brexit itself. That issue has been settled. The question now is what sort of Brexit do we want – and what sort of country do we want Britain to be after Brexit?
Jeremy Corbyn

For anyone who is in any doubt concerning Labour’ position on Brexit please read the following:

Labour “accepts the referendum result” and intends to build a close new relationship with Europe “not as members but as partners”.

“Labour will always put jobs and the economy first”

“We will prioritise jobs and living standards, build a close new relationship with the EU, protect workers’ rights and environmental standards, provide certainty to EU nationals and give a meaningful role to Parliament throughout negotiations.

We will build a close co-operative future relationship with the EU, not as members but as partners.”

Read More concerning Labours plans for Brexit:

http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/brexit

It is likely that a Tory Brexit will be of benefit for only the few. Any money saved will be handed to corporations as tax cuts.

New trade deals sought with the USA and others will drive down working conditions, food and environmental standards and I suspect animal welfare will suffer.

A Tory Brexit will erode workers rights, cut taxes to corporations and isolate the UK from our closest allies and trading partners.

Consider the following:

…Brexit will impact more than just the 70 millions human animals living in the United Kingdom. It is also a devastating blow for the approximately 1 billion non-human animals per year who are killed in the UK for food, trade, and experimentation.

Approximately 80 per cent of UK animal protection laws originate from the EU, and these laws have prohibited some of the worst aspects of industrial livestock production. Veal crates have been banned from 2007, barren battery cages for egg-laying hens from 2012, and sow stalls from 2013. The EU ‘constitution’ also contains a declaration that animals are sentient beings and that all EU and member state legislation must take into account the effect on animal welfare.

Brexit has put all of these advances at risk. The UK will no longer need to comply with these rules, and it appears unlikely that they will do so voluntarily.

https://sentience-politics.org/billions-betrayed-by-brexit-and-they-didnt-even-get-to-vote/

Labour  include a number of positive animal welfare pledges  in their manifesto – more about this further down.

Labour commits to the following:

NHS

Labour pledges to  increase NHS funding by 6 billion annually.   The party will ‘commit to over £6 billion extra in annual funding through increasing income tax for the highest 5% of earners’

Here are just a few highlights of Labours proposals for our NHS

“We will invest in our NHS for world-class care”

Labour guarantee “access to treatment within 18 weeks, we will take one million people off NHS waiting lists by the end of the next Parliament.”

“We will ensure all NHS patients get fast access to the most effective new drugs and treatments”,

“We will guarantee that patients can be seen in A&E within four hours.”

“We will increase funding to GP services to ensure patients can access the care they need.”

“We will ensure all NHS patients get fast access to the most effective new drugs and treatments,”

“Labour will focus resources on services to provide care closer to home and deliver a truly 21st century health system.”

“Labour will set the ambition to make our country autism-friendly.”

The party also plans to scrap NHS pay cap and  ‘give our NHS workers the pay they deserve’.

Labour pledge to give “mental health the same priority as physical health means not only ensuring access to services, but also making improvements, to those services.” This will include  investment “in early intervention by increasing the proportion of mental health budgets spent on support for children and young people.”

Here is a shocking fact, Suicide is now the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5 and 19.

For full details of Labour’s proposals for the NHS please read the full section of their manifesto:
Healthcare for all
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/healthcare-for-all

The NHS was founded by the Labour party and is one of their greatest achievements which makes available free universal healthcare to all.

Don’t allow the Tories to privatise our NHS and make health care a privilege for the few.

Labour plans to re-nationalise the railways, Royal Mail, and water and also says it will restore parts of the energy industry into public ownership.

Railways

As Franchises expire Labour pledges to return private railways to public ownership. Since privatisation prices have risen while the quality of services has decreased. Operating not-for-profit returning to public owner ship will reduce fares. Since the Tories came to power rail fares have rocketed by 27% – that’s a rise three times faster than the growth in wages. Some season tickets are up by over 40%.

Royal Mail

As soon as possible Labour plan to reverse the privatisation of  Royal Mail. Since privatisation of this national asset, which was sold off cheaply, there has been a significant increase in postal charges and a poorer service – do you remember when you got your post before going to work and a second delivery late morning. Now you ‘re lucky if you get your first and only delivery before mid day!

Energy

Since privatisation the cost of energy has increased at an alarming rate leaving many people unable to afford the cost of heating their homes while energy providers rake in massive profits. During 2015 private energy providers overcharged customers by £2 billion

Labour says it will bring energy into partial public ownership – this will begin with an immediate “emergency price cap” on energy bills to ensure that the average duel fuel household energy bill remains below £1,000 a year.

Water

“The Tories have rigged our economy so that bill payers fund wealthy shareholders of companies which in turn pay little in tax. It doesn’t have to be this way,”

Labour plan to re-nationalise the water industry introducing a network of regional publicly-owned water companies.

Water companies make huge profits from a resource which is vital for survival, good health and quality of life. As a result of privatisation water bills have risen by 40 per cent. Profits go to share holders which could benefit all rather than the privileged few. The privatisation of water has to be among the most appalling of all the mass privatisations.

“Labour will rebalance our economy so that the many are no longer ripped off by the wealthy and powerful few. Labour will transform our energy, water and mail markets so that they work for consumers. Our plans for public ownership and greater transparency will slash bills and drive investment in efficiency and renewables.”

Read More:
http://labourlist.org/2017/05/water-nationalisation-will-end-years-of-rip-offs-says-corbyn/

Returning water to public funding could cut household water bills by £220

Following a worldwide trend Labour plan to take back public utilities into public ownership “to deliver lower prices, more accountability and a more sustainable economy. “

Read more about Labours plans to return key public services to public ownership and further proposals relating to the economy:
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/economy

The Environment

Labour promises to ban fracking and supports other positive environmental intitiatives.

A huge raft of environmental reforms is promised in the Labour Party’s draft manifesto, writes Oliver Tickell. Among the highlights: a ban on fracking; a clean energy policy based on renewables and efficiency; no commitment to new nuclear power; to meet our Paris Agreement obligations on climate; to give companies a legal obligation to protect the environment; to retain all EU environment laws post-Brexit; and multilateral nuclear disarmament.

Read More:

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2988930/corbyns_green_vision_wins_leaked_manifesto_promises_huge_environmental_gains.html As the article points out all is not positive but will be one hell of an improvement on what the Tories have to offer.

Do you know that right now fracking is taking place in Yorkshire:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/20/fracking-to-go-ahead-in-north-yorkshire-after-high-court-ruling

Now fracking firms set sights on beauty spots across Britain: Hundreds of sites could be approved for drilling including national parks:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3607888/Now-fracking-firms-set-sights-beauty-spots-Britain-Hundreds-sites-approved-drilling-including-national-parks.html

Also included in the manifesto are plans to ” introduce a new Clean Air Act to deal with the Conservative legacy of illegal air quality,“plant a million trees of native species to promote biodiversity and better flood management. Unlike the Conservatives who attempted to privatise our forests, Labour will keep them in public hands.”

You can read more details concerning Labour’s environmental plans:
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/leading-richer-lives

Tuition Fees

Labour intends to abolish tuition fees and reintroduce maintenance grants.This goes without saying is a more fair system and opens opportunities for everyone with the necessary ability to advance his or her education rather than only those who can afford it. Who really could not consider this a fair just policy.

Labour plans to give “everyone the opportunity to access education throughout their lives.”

Labour “will create a unified National Education Service (NES) for England to move towards cradle-to-grave learning that is free at the point of use. The NES will be built on the principle that ‘Every Child – and Adult Matters’ and will incorporate all forms of education, from early years through to adult education.”

Read more about Labour’s pledges for education at all stages of life:
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/towards-a-national-education-service

Benefits

During their time in government the conservatives have slashed social security plunging millions into poverty and increased the need for food banks. In the UK today one of the richest countries in the world 4 million children live in poverty.

Among the many plans Labour has to undo the misery of rising poverty as a result of the conservatives failed attempts on the backs of the poor to reduce the deficit is to scrap the bedroom tax , reinstate housing benefits for the under twenty-ones,  scrap the cruel and unfair sanctions regime .

Labour will also:
” reform and redesign UC, ending six-week delays in payment and the ‘rape clause’.

“commit to tackle child poverty with a new Child Poverty Strategy.”

  • Increase Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group, and repeal cuts in the UC limited capacity for work element.
  • Increase Carer’s Allowance by £11 to the level of Jobseekers’ Allowance.
  • Implement the court decision on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) so that there is real parity of esteem between those with physical and mental-health conditions.
  • Scrap the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments and replace them with a personalised, holistic assessment process that provides each individual with a tailored plan, building on their strengths and addressing barriers. Labour will end the privatisation of assessments.
  • End the pointless stress of reassessments for people with severe long-term conditions.
  • Commission a report into expanding the Access to Work programme.

“We will change the culture of the social security system, from one that demonises people not in work to one that is supportive and enabling.”

http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/social-security

Watch the video of May as she is challenged by a lady with learning disabilities who frankly was not fooled by May’s repetitive vague promises

Animal Welfare

Keep the fox hunting ban

Labour will keep the fox hunting ban, a ban which the overwhelming majority approve.

You can sign a Labour Party petition directed at the Tories to tell them you wish to keep the ban
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/content/keep-the-ban-on-fox-hunting   However the most affective way to ensure the ban remains is to vote for Labour

The Tories on the other hand fully intend to reinstate this horrifically cruel blood sport

“Theresa May sensationally confirmed she hopes to bring back fox-hunting after the Mirror exposed a secret Tory plot to repeal the ban.

Speaking in Leeds today, the Prime Minister admitted she has “always been in favour” of the cruel blood sport and will press ahead with plans for a free vote of MPs after the election.”

Read more of this story which includes a video

Theresa May confirms she wants to bring back fox hunting after secret Tory plot exposed:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-confirms-wants-bring-back-10387487

Stop the badger cull – vaccinate instead.

“I am opposed to Badger cull. No to killing tens of thousands of these protected animals. Vaccinate against BTB”
Jeremy Corbyn Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/321343538413588483?lang=en

The Tories tend to extend this cruel massacre of badgers and have already killed 10,000 of these animals who have as much right to their lives as you or I

You can read more detail in the following article:

More than 10,000 badgers have been killed to prevent the spread of tuberculosis in cattle, the Government has announced, as it revealed it is considering extending the culls.
Read More:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/16/10000-badgers-killed-cull-says-government/

Concerning animal welfare Labour pledges the following:

“Labour’s vision is for the UK to lead the world with high animal welfare standards”

“Labour will increase the maximum sentence for those convicted of committing animal cruelty.”

“Labour  will prohibit the third-party sale of puppies, introduce and enforce a total ban on ivory trading, and support the ban on wild  animals in circuses.

As with fox hunting Labour banned, deer hunting and hare coursing and only Labour will maintain these bans.

In order to protect bees the Labour  party will promise to ban neonicotinoids, an insecticide that has led to a decline in population.

“Labour promises to “protect our bees by prohibiting neonicotinoids as soon as our EU relationship allows us to do so.”

Read Labour’s plans concerning the environment and animal welfare :
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/leading-richer-lives

The above are highlights of Labour’s plans for the UK

Read the entire manifesto here:
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto/2017

Please vote wisely at this most crucial election. It is easy to be led astray by empty Tory promises but check closely the last seven years under the Tories with the rise in poverty, food banks, poor services, austerity for the few while the wealth of the rich increases. Ask yourself do you really want to see more children in poverty, longer queues at food banks, more cuts to benefits for our most vulnerable citizens, fracking in our countryside, the return of fox hunting, the continuation of the killing of badgers and the Tories lack of support for a total ban on the trade in ivory.

A final comment about Brexit

How many of us can really say we understand what the hell is going on with Brexit, yet when asked people cite concerns about Brixt like some well-worn mantra the essence of which I fear few understand. Brexit in my opinion is in any case one of the biggest disasters in recent times brought about  largely as a result of ill-informed people voting either under the misconception that the money saved would go to the NHS or for racist zenophobic reasons and anti-immigration bigotry – I wonder how people will react when stricter immigration rules hit services. Yes NHS needs EU employees to avoid collapse  However the rights and wrongs of Brexit are not the point of this blog. Article 50 has been triggered Brexit will go ahead, yes the form it will take will depend on who is running the country, the Tories who support the rich and powerful or Labour who support a fair society for all. However Brixit is not the only issue and in my opinion not the most important by a long shot.

Related Links

Jeremy Corbyn promises a ‘reckoning’ for Britain’s unscrupulous elite

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-reckoning-greedy-labour-general-election-2017-snap-theresa-may-a7725186.html

Jeremy Corbyn speech at Labour’s campaign launch

‘The next Labour government will reverse privatisation of our NHS and return our health service into expert public control. Labour will repeal the Health and Social Care Act that puts profits before patients.

Read further pledges:
http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/political-news/gp-funding-to-be-boosted-under-labour-reveals-leaked-draft-manifesto/20034416.article

  • Labour “accepts the referendum result” and intends to build a close new relationship with Europe “not as members but as partners”.
  • Retain benefits of single market and customs union.
  • Immediately guarantee existing rights of EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens living in another EU country.
  • No “no deal” option at the end of Article 50 negotiations, with “transitional arrangements” negotiated instead to avoid cliff-edge.
  • Scrap Great Repeal Bill and replace with EU Rights and Protections Bill.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/labour-manifesto-leak-what-is-in-draft-document-and-what-is-the-clause-v-meeting-a3536181.html

For full details of Labours proposals for the NHS please read the full section of their manifesto:
Healthcare for all http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/healthcare-for-all

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Reasons to Vote Labour

    • Thanks for your comment. Like you I hope that smug Theresa May gets a surprise on the 8th, as you say the gap is closing. I cannot understand why people vote conservative, after all the only people who have benefited are the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. Fingers crossed the electorate or at least enough of them will come to their senses this time

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