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Labour’s ‘First Steps for Change’ demonstrate a ‘Government in waiting’ says Portsmouth MP

By 17 May 2024May 25th, 2024No Comments
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Stephen Morgan MP has said the Labour Party’s First Steps for Change, announced in Essex today, demonstrate a Government in waiting, as the Party unveiled its doorstep offer to the British people.

The Leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, promised first steps towards Labour’s missions – “a down payment on change – on our determination to begin a decade of national renewal”.

Last year, Sir Keir outlined five “missions” of growing the UK economy, making Britain a clean energy superpower, improving the NHS, reforming the justice system and raising education standards.

This has now been joined by a sixth pledge, plans to tackle people smuggling gangs and secure Britain’s borders.

The announcement today has been dubbed as Labour’s pre-election pitch to voters across the country.

Labour’s First Steps for Change:

  1. Deliver economic stability with tough spending rules, so we can grow our economy and keep taxes, inflation and mortgages as low as possible.
  2. Cut NHS waiting times with 40,000 more appointments each week, during evenings and weekends, paid for by cracking down on tax avoidance and non-dom loopholes.
  3. Launch a new Border Security Command with hundreds of new specialist investigators and use counter-terror powers to smash the criminal boat gangs.
  4. Set up Great British Energy a publicly-owned clean power company, to cut bills for good and boost energy security, paid for by a windfall tax on oil and gas giants.
  5. Crack down on antisocial behaviour with more neighbourhood police paid for by ending wasteful contracts, tough new penalties for offenders, and a new network of youth hubs.
  6. Recruit 6,500 new teachers in key subjects to prepare children for life, work and the future, paid for by ending tax breaks for private schools.

Commenting on the pre-election pledges, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said:

“The commitments set out by the Labour Leader today show that our party is back in the service of working people in Portsmouth and across the country, and ready to deliver a radical and responsible plan for Britain’s future.

“After 14 years of chaos and decline, I know from being out and about across the country that many people are feeling cynical and have lost hope that Government can bring about the change they want to see in their communities.

“People in Portsmouth can be assured that the next Labour government will rebuild Britain in lockstep with working people – growing the economy, slashing energy bills, cutting NHS waiting lists, boosting education, stamping out antisocial behaviour, and securing our borders”.