Harlow’s Labour candidate: “Let’s build it in Britain!”

News / Tue 10th Jul 2018 pm31 03:13pm

HARLOW Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate has backed a campaign to see more building done in Britain.

Laura McAlpine said: “Talking to constituents on the doorstep, the same concerns keep coming up. The lack of decent jobs and the loss of British manufacturing. I come from a long line of tradesmen and manufacturers, so I understand the importance of protecting these jobs. The Labour Party are united in demanding decent, skilled jobs, the secure kinds of work that come with manufacturing and industry.

There is, it seems, one person in Harlow who disagrees. On Wednesday Robert Halfon is planning to not back Labour’s proposal in the House of Commons for £1bn worth of Royal Navy’s Fleet “Solid Support” to be built in British shipyards, which would create 6700 manufacturing jobs in Britain. Instead, the Tories want this enormous contract for building a Navy support ship to be tendered out to international bidders.

The Conservatives’ failure to support this proposal is utterly shameful, a partisan choice that puts party politics and corporate interest above the good of the country – above what the public clearly hopes Britain should be.
The Government consistently awards enormous contracts to companies backed by other countries’ governments – contracts to build our ships, but also to run our utilities and railways (Dutch government owned, Abellio for Harlow) – but then insists the UK state can’t do these things itself.

It is utterly absurd that Theresa May is placing her free market ideology above pragmatic decisions that would benefit regular people in Britain. State-backed companies and schemes can prevent management from earning fat cat salaries while everyone else just about manages and they can protect unionisation so that workers’ interests are safeguarded.

Robert Halfon won’t back workers in Britain, but Labour will. Let’s build it in Britain.

Laura McAlpine
Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate
For Harlow and the Villages.

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19 Comments for Harlow’s Labour candidate: “Let’s build it in Britain!”:

2018-07-10 15:35:37

Bit slow of the mark here Britain is to build warships for Australia in a deal worth £20 Billion.

2018-07-10 15:48:56

I guess Laura also has a crystal ball and can see us leaving the EU Completely No CU No SM thus being able to take control of all our manufacturing and utilities because as she well knows it's not possible at present.

2018-07-10 15:57:42

Shame we're not building aircraft carriers for the US Navy then you could land your F14 Tomcat on one of them, Maverick. Laura makes some brilliant well thought out points, showing that Labour want to build a country that works for us all, not just a narrow few that can afford to dodge tax while the rest of us struggle. This is a candidate that Harlow can be proud of, putting the incumbent in the shade again. The idea that we can use our skills and ingenuity in industry and technology to benefit the whole country, as Laura illustrates above, is what most well thinking people would agree with. A general election can't come soon enough. Wait around though, when something good does happen, Bandwagon Bob will be on it faster than you can say "£25k at the East India Club sounds reasonable if it's on the taxpayer!"

2018-07-10 16:13:41

Jerry Care to comment on the Labour party avoiding paying tax on profits of £4.3 million in 2015 or foes tax avoidance only apply to The Conservatives.

2018-07-10 16:22:22

Or how about the almost £250 million funnelled into tax havens by labour run councils and don't even mention the Labour Party head office that is rented from an offshore company.

2018-07-10 16:57:32

Care to comment on the fact that you call yourself a maverick when it's only what someone else should call you? Deflection and whataboutery as usual from a Conservative Party out of ideas and dead on their feet, trying desperately to distract you from their catastrophic management of an anaemic economy, and privatisation agenda. Add to this this week's embarrassing spectacle of the parliamentary party fighting like rats in a sack over their historical faultline of Europe. The Tories are an international embarrassment intent on bringing down the country as a result of their petty civil war. Time to put them firmly in the dustbin of history.

2018-07-11 06:18:01

Some things we can do, and others we can't .I would have thought that the £20 Billion Aussie contract would keep our industries busy enough. Obviously this Labour candidate is not up to speed with how these contracts run, what's new ? Modernisation took our trades over years ago. Let's not forget the strike happy unions who have to be factored in, look at the railway and the transport industries, beleaguered by the "everybody out" brigade. As for,"rats in the sack" comment, have a look at the delightful performance in shafting a decent leading councillor, just recently. Usuals from ykw.

Brett Hawksbee
2018-07-11 10:49:09

This is a laudable suggestion and objective. Even better, we need to 'think local', and prioritise spending locally, as well as nationally. OK, so Harlow doesn't make Battleships, but by supporting local businesses where possible, we strengthen our local economy. Small Businesses on Harlow are usually owned by people who spend their own incomes in the local area. It is a virtuous circle. It is quite amusing, by the way to see John Bull, Union Jack waistcoat 'Little Englanders' objecting to the suggestion that we manufacture more in the UK, solely on the grounds that the suggestion came from out Labour PPC. Oh and the Maverick deflections and strawmen ... how does our 'also' building an Aussie battleship have any bearing on whether we should, or should not produce more UK manufactured goods for UK consumption? You'd be all over the suggestion like Eric Pickles on a meat pie if the suggestion came from a Tory! Oh and JFQ 'Maverick' may not be self identifying as a rule breaking outsider. It could be that in a non gender binary way, he's not sure if he's Mave, or Rick? Just a thought.

2018-07-11 12:36:00

Ah but I know who both Maverick and Micky are... And I also know the reason as to why Micky won't debate with me despite repeated requests.

2018-07-11 16:28:00

Laura and Labour's hypocrisy knows no bounds! Whilst I agree we should be building our own warships and pretty much everything else, whose Government was it that gave away the vast majority of PFI agreements to foreign companies I wonder? Whose party is it that objects to us flying the Union flag and Cross of St.George? Whose party fought so hard for more EU intergration? Trying to be the Party of the Nation is just a bit rich coming from Labour! As for house building - remember Prescott, "The Green belt is a Labour achievement, and we're going to build on it!" Absolutely, loads of unaffordable flats and houses!

2018-07-12 06:51:07

Are you suggesting UKMaverick785, that this shower,led by Corbyn et al are just a tad HYPOCRITICAL. No-body seems to mention the multi-millionaire KINNOCK clan anymore. Real Labourites.

2018-07-12 09:21:01

Look at the comments from the Nasty Party here, no positivity as usual. They're happy for you to be miserable because that keeps you in the box that they think you belong. Just this week we had Kit Malthouse boasting that he made life difficult for homeless people. This is the sort of people they are. No plan, no compassion and no clue about what the people of this country actually need. Same old story. Same old Tories.

2018-07-12 11:55:27

Whose miserable? I'm certainly not,I'm not a Tory either, I'm not hypocritical either. But I know who is.

2018-07-12 17:28:29

Funny how when some people call me an idiot their comments remain but when I ask to debate with them, they mysteriously disappear...

2018-07-14 17:32:36

ykw flatters himself in thinking that anybody would want to sit down and debate with him. Told him umpteen times I wouldn't be seen in the same building as him,but he just keeps on whining and whinging.

2018-07-14 21:34:27

You're scared of debate. And I know why. Want me to tell everyone, "Micky"?

2018-07-15 07:43:08

Looking at some of your recent posts,I do believe that your still at school. Even worse, seeking males to discuss your problems. Whatever next? Perhaps this is new form of.............................

Brett Hawksbee
2018-07-16 09:52:39

MickyB77 "Looking at some of your recent posts,I do believe that your still at school. Even worse, seeking males to discuss your problems. Whatever next? Perhaps this is new form of……………………….." Firstly having used the correct 'your', preceding 'recent', you then use the incorrect 'your' (preceding still) instead of 'you're' (you are) ... Moving on; putting aside the argument that one could easily be 'still at school' and also capable of reasoned debate, you suggest that it is 'even worse' to 'seek males' to 'discuss your problems'.(Correct use of 'your' again, well done.) Quite what your point was intended to be I can barely imagine, but any attempted interpretations just seem to suggest 'homophobic' ... So, MickyB77 ... Semi literate, Homophobic, and not, you say a Tory ... leaves ... UKIP! I'm right, aren't I 'Micky'?

2018-07-16 16:08:34

Actually your posh left, the champagne charlie type. On your track record here you're never "right". Lots of accusative snide insinuation as to the meaning of any comments put by people, who disagree with your warped Socialistic propaganda. Antifa, and all the thuggery that goes with it, your kind of opposition. Bet you feel absolutely at home amongst the Bully Boys.

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