Brent Labour 2018 Manifesto

With the local elections on the 3rd May, we have an inspiring Manifesto for Brent residents ahead of the vote.

Our main strapline is A Borough of Culture, Empathy and Shared Prosperity.

Young people are the future so echoing a previous national Labour Manifesto’s promise, we focus on education, education and education!

We’ll develop stronger partnerships with schools to help them deal with the pressures they are facing due to the Tory Government cutting funding to schools and investment in our children.

Employment and growth is also important and we will connect local people to opportunities in the Borough and across London. We will also promote decent wages and continue our pledge to pay the London Living Wage and encourage others to do so too. We’ll also make apprenticeship opportunities available for young people.

Roads and pavement replacements are becoming more difficult to fund. This is because the Government has raided Vehicle Excise Duty (more commonly known as Road Tax) receipts for Londoners. The fund that helped on road schemes in Brent was contributed by TfL and this was based on income passed on via Vehicle Excise Duty. Despite the Government taking this money and not passing it on, Brent Labour will still renew 300 miles of roads and pavements and we will also cut down the amount of time it takes to start and finish urgent repairs by using newly available technology.

Sadly under Tory Britain, Foodbank demand has increased in Brent and we will support them to deliver for those in need and work with them to tackle the root causes of poverty.

We’ll expand our new area based approach to delivering local services with Neighbourhood Managers and Town Centre Managers spending less time at the Civic Centre and more on the streets with communities and local businesses.

Our other public sector partners such as the NHS and our schools are struggling to retain and recruit staff because of housing pressures. We will support them by building more key worker staff so that our residents have more stable local services with staff that have a stake in the Borough.

On estate regeneration,  we will hold binding votes on plans so that we can work with communities to ensure support for schemes. This is especially important when major schemes mean people have to temporarily relocate because of works.

We’ll expand our highly successful outdoor gym schemes and ensure that no resident lives more than a mile away from one by 2020. We’ll establish a Brent Network (social prescribing) and integrate access to social activities and events with GP surgeries.

We’ll continue to campaign on housing the NHS and the police and keep up the pressure on the Government to reverse their cuts and to properly fund Brent services.

And finally on improving the environment and public health, we pledge to double the number of street trees in Brent and increase electric car charge points.

All indicators from the last few elections show that in Brent it is now a straight battle between Labour and the Conservatives on 3rd May.

To read the full manifesto document, click here LINK

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Lib Dem Broken Promises: Votes at 16

NYRA Berkeley Voting Age Protest
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Another sensational U-turn from the Liberal Democrats. According to Left Foot Forward (LINK), the Lib Dems have sensationally voted down a Parliamentary amendment to lower the voting age to 16 for the referendum on the voting system, despite promising to give 16-year-olds the vote in their election manifesto.

It seems as though the Lib Dems are hell bent on savaging the rights and the services available for young people.

Before the election, Labour promised a free vote in Parliament on lowering the voting age to 16. The Lib Dems went further and said that they would lower the voting age. The Tories ignored the issue in their election manifesto.

The forthcoming referendum that is expected on changing the way elections are decided presents the best opportunity to lower the voting age. Why waste public resources by raising the issue again and following through a new and costly constitutional amendment process? Surely it would be easier to make these changes to our voting system from the outset.

Our Brent Central MP Sarah Teather has in the past supported lowering the voting age to 16. Her website says, “the Liberal Democrats are the only major political party to support the Votes at Sixteen campaign” and argued that “it would help demonstrate to young people that their opinions are valued and help reconnect with those who may otherwise may never vote. It still seems ludicrous to me that a person can work, get married and join the army in this country before they are allowed to vote” (Source: LINK).

Now in Government and presented with the opportunity to presented with the opportunity to change things for good, Sarah Teather’s options indicate that young people’s opinions are not valuable to her at all and that the Lib Dems have abandoned their pledge to connect and involve young people in the decisions like raising tuition fees, that will affect them.

The Brent Lib Dems attempt to delay the scrapping of the £25 charge for bulky item collection

Labour plans to abolish the Dumpers’ Charter on 1st October 2010 despite the fact that the Lib Dems are attempting to pettily call-in the decision.

The Labour executive will ignore Lib Dem delaying tactics and we will keep our promise to abolish the £25 charge for bulky refuse collection. The abolition of the charge was our number one pledge in our local Brent Labour manifesto and the Council’s ruling Executive voted to implement the abolition from 1st October 2010.

However, the Liberal Democrat Opposition has now pettily ‘called in’ the Executive’s decision in an attempt to delay implementation.

The Labour Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Ann John, has lambasted the Lib Dems’ delaying tactics and she is determined to abolish the charge. Cllr John said:

“Unlike the Lib Dems who have betrayed every principle they ever had in return for ministerial limousines, we believe in keeping our promises and we will not be deflected by childish delaying tactics.

This was our number one pledge and we have a clear mandate to implement it. The people of Brent have spoken and if the Lib Dems had any respect for the democratic process at all they would accept the electorate’s decision. The fact that they are still trying to overturn the policy shows that they are neither liberal nor democratic”.

What the Bermans Way / Leeland Way intersection used to look like
What the Bermans Way / Leeland Way intersection used to look like

The £25 charge was introduced by the previous Liberal Democrat administration. It quickly led to an epidemic of illegal dumping and became widely known as the ‘Dumpers’ Charter’.

In Dudden Hill, the infamous Bermans and Leeland Way dump developed which infuriated residents for over a year. Within a week of being elected, the site was cleared after Lib Dem Councillors neglected and ignored residents LINK

The scrapping of the charge will help make scenes like this a thing of the past and shows commitment from the Brent Labour administration to improve services for our residents despite the wave of cuts that are being dished out by Sarah Teather’s Lib Dem / Tory Coalition Government.

Dear Liberal Democrats, how important do you think a manifesto is?

The latest Guardian ICM poll shows that Labour are now neck and neck with the Tories in the polls despite the fact that Labour don’t even have a permanent leader at the moment. Meanwhile, Lib Dem support has plummeted to a lowly 18%.

The news serves a bitter blow to the Liberal Democrats as voters are realising in droves that what you vote for with the Lib Dems is not what you get. The Lib Dem administration in Brent proved this with endless broken promises.

At Brent Council’s Forward Plan committee meeting last week, Councillor Lorber spoke out against Labour’s proposal to scrap the £25 charge for bulky item collection, encouraging Labour to go against our manifesto commitment, to which I spoke against. I told the committee that to go against the number one pledge in our manifesto, a few months after an election would be criminal.

The removal is something that residents want and this is reflected by the popularity of the Labour vote in the 2010 local elections where there are now 40 Labour Councillors.

Brent Labour Manifesto for 2010 Local Elections

Key Pledges

After the Local Elections a Labour Council will: –

  • Repeal the £25 charge for bulky refuse collection.
  • Keep Council Tax levels at or below the London average and introduce a discount for those over 75 who are eligible
  • Introduce free parking for the first hour in council car parks to encourage local shopping for local people.
  • Rebuild our secondary schools and ensure that school facilities are fully available to the wider community, especially young people
  • Crack down on crime and anti social behavior
  • Introduce a Green Charter in consultation with local residents and other stakeholders.

Other high priorities for an incoming Labour Council will be: –

  • Introducing 20 mph speed restrictions in areas where residents’ want them.
  • Introducing fairer care charges for elderly and disabled people.
  • Making Brent a Fairtrade borough.
  • Provide a multi use games area in every suitable open space.
  • Provide a safer environment for our young people.
  • Work with other local authorities and central government to change legislation to allow the Council to restrict the growth of betting shops in town centres and fast food outlets near schools.

Daniel Hannan MEP: I determine Tory manifesto without hassle of leading it

Next Left, the Fabian Society’s blog page, have posted referring to the Ani-NHS Tory MEPs own piece on the Telegraph website on his influence on David Cameron’s manifesto.

What’s better than leading a political party? Getting to determine its manifesto without any of the hassle of actually, you know, leading it. I’ve observed before that, line by line, chapter by chapter, The Plan: Twelve months to renew Britain is becoming official Tory policy. My friend and co-author Douglas Carswell is miffed at the lack of acknowledgement, and you can see his point: David Cameron’s policy wallah, Steve Hilton, has cut and pasted bits of our text with neither alteration nor attribution.

Source: Daniel Hannan MEP – Telegraph Blogs