I’ve been out on the doorsteps of Fleetwood week in, week out, over the past couple of years, speaking with thousands of residents about what our community needs. There is much that needs to be done, but these are some of my biggest priorities, based on what you’ve been telling me.
Investment, decent jobs and growth
Our town is crying out for jobs. I will work relentlessly to attract businesses and investment – not just seeing through the Fish Park, but working to bring in other industries and develop our home-grown talent.
Labour will increase the Minimum Wage to £8 an hour and incentivise employers to pay the Living Wage. We will ban the use of exploitative zero hours contracts.
Infrastructure for our future
We need road and rail links that open up our town for business. I support reopening the railway and the tidal barrage proposal which would bring jobs, a potential transport link and create green energy. I oppose unsafe fracking and gas storage – developments which put jobs in other areas – from tourism to farming – at risk.
We need homes that local people can afford, whether renting or buying. A Labour government will immediately scrap the cruel Bedroom Tax which hits hundreds of Fleetwood’s poorest, including many disabled people.
Protecting our NHS
A Labour government will invest an extra £2.5 billion in the NHS for 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more family doctors. We will guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours and cancer test results within two weeks.
Not letting Fleetwood get forgotten
As with the removal of free tram travel, it often seems that the needs of Fleetwood get ignored. Whether it’s Wyre’s Tories looking after Poulton, or regional schemes which only look to Blackpool, Fleetwood needs someone standing up and demanding a fair deal. As a first step, I will campaign for the reintroduction of free tram travel for all Fleetwood people eligible for the NoW card.