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Kate Haigh: Why you should vote Labour in Gloucester

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

Kate Haigh, Labour's group leader

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With the Gloucester City Council elections taking place on May 22, public affairs reporter Michael Wilkinson asked the leaders of the three political groups on the council why readers should vote for their party.


Labour believes that Gloucester needs to seize the opportunities available to it to be a thriving, prosperous and growing city.

We would build that prosperity so that the hardworking people of Gloucester are able to share in it. We would work with employers to introduce a living wage kite mark for employers and to bring well-paid, skilled jobs to the city.

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Our city centre needs new life breathing into it and our pledges for free parking and free museums will help to do that.

This year our budget proposals to review waste collection and the voluntary sector were rejected by the other two parties, who instead voted together for increases in garden waste charges next year and yet more cuts to the voluntary sector. We would undertake a full review of council finances.

Labour would provide the strong leadership that the City needs to meet the challenges that we face, challenges such as the Coalition Government’s damaging cuts.

There is great deal to do but our five key pledges for this election are a beginning:

– Free parking in city council car parks after 3pm

– Work with employers to create jobs and apprenticeships

– Let local businesses compete for council contracts

– Combat exploitative payday lenders

– City council museums free and open all weekend

Labour are on your side.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  May 20 2014, 8:23AM

    After the **** WALK - No way. I want to live in a country where people take responsibility for their actions. If I park a Lexus with a suitcase of money wide open on the back seat with the window wide open, can I expect someone to steal the car or reach in and take the money? Of course, I should wind the window up, secure the car and put the suitcase secure. It does not justify the thieving if I leave it all open, but if I close it, it massively reduces the risk.

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  May 19 2014, 10:19PM

    Sorry Kate. I don't think any politicians are on our side.

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  • Lecorche  |  May 19 2014, 7:32PM

    "None of the Above" sounds a better option.

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  • mikehibby  |  May 19 2014, 3:37PM

    Sadly they have nothing left to pay for all these gimmicks with since flogging off our gold reserves at their lowest ever price. Leaving Labour in charge of the economy is like leaving my 6 year old in charge of deciding when he goes to bed. It sounds like a good idea but it really needs a grown up to do it.

  • SELINA30  |  May 19 2014, 3:18PM

    On energy prices, on zero hours contracts, on housing and on low pay, its Labour that is on your side. Vote Labour on Thursday.

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