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.
KATE HAIGH, LABOUR
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.
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.