At this election I am standing on my Record of Delivery with the Promise of More. Read below my pledges to the people of West Lancashire for the 2015 General Election:
1 - FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR NHS with more GPs and nurses, not cuts to frontline services
2 - CAMPAIGNING FOR A FAIRER DEAL FOR OLDER PEOPLE on pensions, social care and concessionary travel
3 - SUPPORTING HARDWORKING FAMILIES by making work pay, with help on energy bills and childcare
4 - A FUTURE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE with a jobs or training guarantee and affordable housing
5 - PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT for the benefit of all, not exploited for a gain by a few
Labour is committed to supporting not penalising hardworking families in West Lancashire.
Under the Conservatives childcare costs have risen by 30%. For some families the costs of childcare are so high they can't afford to go to work.
To support families Labour will provide 25 hours of free childcare each week to working parents of 3 to 4 year olds.
Labour will also cut taxes for 24 million working people through a new lower starting rate of tax reversing the Conservatives unfair tax cut for millionaires.
Labour will also raise the minimum wage to £8 per hour by 2020 ensuring that hard work is matched by fair pay
I believe that our local environment should be protected for the benefit of all, not exploited for gain by a few.
I support residents opposed to Conservative plans for greenbelt development and am working for better protection against flooding. I’ve also opposed plans to keep dumping hazardous waste at Whitemoss landfill site. And have voted for a moratorium on fracking.
I have committed to signing Keeping Sundays Special by signing the #Sundaypledge
"I believe that Sundays are a special day for families and for communities. I therefore pledge to help keep Sundays special by opposing any changes to the current limit on Sunday opening hours for large stores."
There are 3 million people who work in retail, many of whom have to work all day Saturdays, that they have a small part of the weekend to spend with family and friends, especially if their children are at school during the week.
The current limits on Sunday trading are also a boost to the smaller shops and retailers
Sadly the Conservatives have made several attempts to vary or end the restrictions on Sunday trading.
You can read more about the Sunday Pledge here http://sundaypledge2015.org.uk/why/