Harlow Labour candidate backs Keir Starmer’s “first steps to change Britain”

News / Fri 17th May 2024 at 08:17am

KEIR Starmer, Leader of the Labour today launched Labour’s first steps for change – Labour’s doorstep offer to the British people.

At a major event in Thurrock, Keir Starmer and his Shadow Cabinet outlined Labour’s offer to the country after “14 years of failure and decline under Conservative governments”.  

Keir Starmer told members of the Shadow Cabinet that: “this next phase of our strategy is crucially important. It’s where we work tirelessly to give people back a belief in change, by showing the real difference a Labour government will make to their lives.”

Following the launch of the five national missions last year, he explained that now was the time to show how, if elected, we would make an urgent start to deliver on them.

Speaking ahead of the event, Keir Starmer told the shadow cabinet that for this election Labour was evolving its traditional pledge card and would be promising first steps towards the missions – “a down payment on change – on our determination to begin a decade of national renewal”. 

He said: “What is crucial about these commitments is that they are part of a long-term plan to get Britain back on its feet.”

“Each of the first steps would chime with voters’ aspirations, show a clear set of priorities and a powerful direction of travel,” he said.

Keir Starmer promised that each of the first steps would be a serious change, not a sticking plaster solution. Each would be ‘gimmick free’, fully costed and funded and make a difference to the lives of working people. “People want someone to get a grip – get things done and start to get Britain back on its feet. That is what our first steps are about.”

The Labour leader stressed that the first of these steps would be economic stability because that would be the biggest change we could offer the country after five prime ministers in seven years and economic chaos costing working families so much. “Stability is change’, he told the Shadow Cabinet. 

On this foundation of economic stability, Labour’s plans for growth include building 1.5million homes with the biggest boost to affordable, social and council housing for a generation, making work pay with a new deal for working people, introducing a new modern UK industrial strategy, giving Mayors and combined authorities powers and flexibility to turbocharge local growth, and reforming our skills system to meet the needs of the coming decade.

Labour’s First Steps to Change Britain:

Deliver economic stability with tough spending rules, so we can grow our economy and keep taxes, inflation and mortgages as low as possible.

Cut NHS waiting times with 40,000 more appointments each week, during evenings and weekends, paid for by cracking down on tax avoidance and non-dom loopholes.

Launch a new Border Security Command with hundreds of new specialist investigators and use counter-terror powers to smash the criminal boat gangs.

Set up Great British Energy a publicly-owned clean power company, to cut bills for good and boost energy security, paid for by a windfall tax on oil and gas giants.

Crack down on antisocial behaviour with more neighbourhood police paid for by ending wasteful contracts, tough new penalties for offenders, and a new network of youth hubs.

Recruit 6,500 new teachers in key subjects to prepare children for life, work and the future, paid for by ending tax breaks for private schools.

Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: 

“These first steps make real our claim that a changed Labour Party is back in service of working people. They show our priorities, what we care about and what the British public cares about. Country first, party second.”

“These first steps will make a real difference to people’s lives. If you’re waiting in pain for NHS treatment, if your child is at school and you want higher standards, if your local area is plagued by anti-social behaviour, if you want cheaper energy bills for good, these first steps show what a Labour Government will do to help you.”

Keir Starmer told colleagues that in each policy area Labour needed to be crystal clear about the levers to pull that will make the biggest impact as quickly as possible:

“The contrast at the election is going to be stark. A Tory Party that gets nothing done, can’t deliver – struggles to get to the end of the week. And a Labour Party, sleeves rolled up, fixing problems with a long-term plan for change”…“These steps can only be achieved if we pull together, with a sense of common purpose, ending the years of division, and rebuilding the country in partnership.”

Chris Vince, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Harlow said:

“Labour’s first steps for change will make a real difference to people’s lives. I know from the conversations that I have on the doorstep every week how residents in Harlow have their lives blighted by anti social behaviour and the difference Labour’s plan can make for them.

“We also know that the NHS is on its knees, with our local hospital literally breaking at the seams and no sign of the new one we were promised by the Conservatives. As your MP I will make it my mission to make sure our residents feel safe, have access to decent health care, and that our next generation have the opportunities they deserve”.

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15 Comments for Harlow Labour candidate backs Keir Starmer’s “first steps to change Britain”:

gary roberts
2024-05-17 09:11:30

Was the "changed" Labour party under Mr Starmer issuing a radical policy agenda for change? No it was just a first steps approach resembling the feeble rhetoric of a leader scared to carry out the policy agenda he was elected on. If they are elected there would be no change from a leader more blue than red prepared to admit a Conservative to his party than a committed Labour MP who has called for radical change to help her constituents. A disgrace.

2024-05-17 09:46:14

Is this the same labour party that actively stopped the deportation of dangerous criminals who then went on to re- offend? The same labour party who privatised huge parts of the NHS, The same labour party found guilty of racism by the EHRC

2024-05-17 10:44:48

Chris Vince, I believe that you would have won back control of Harlow Council had you been prepared to provide specifics about the town's finances. I hope you have learnt from this. In my view we desperately need a change of govt. Why? Because if the tories win after giving us so much crap, nationally, they will know that they are in for life totally to the detriment of poorer towns like Harlow. They need the kick up the backside that defeat will give them. And, because, like a poor football team changing its manager, the new manager can give the team a boost. I saw Jeremy Hunt on tv this morning naming the Russian invasion of Ukraine as being major event. Fair enough, but this started in 2014, the govt did nothing to prepare for the real thing so were caught cold. Same for covid, no preparation , and brexit, what do we have, a 4 or 5% REDUCTION in GDP

View from Afar
2024-05-17 14:02:48

Voteforme - still no answer from the Conservatives re James Leppard

2024-05-17 19:15:05

View from, nor the actual cost of Burnt Mills flats, still commercially sensitive no doubt

David Forman
2024-05-18 08:52:03

The key part of Starmer's message: "we work tirelessly to give people back a belief in change." I would prefer a positive change for the better rather than just a belief. Starmer is the ultimate snake oil salesman.

Tony Wiseman
2024-05-18 15:06:53

Is anyone really surprised that the would be Labour MP for Harlow, Cllr Vince, backs his party's leaders pledges! What concerns me, given his recent disappearing act on seeing the losing result in last week's local elections, is if elected will he hang around when the first of Keir Starmers' pledges fails?

2024-05-18 15:39:02

VFM. I am confused about why the cost of Burnt Mills flats is becoming such an issue. Councils traditionally raise the finance for purchases of housing via 40 year mortgages with the interest and equity being paid for by the renters. The cost of maintenance and repairs will likewise by recouped by the rent so in that respect it is self financing and not a burden on local tax payers.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-05-18 19:57:01

Anyoldnamnewilldo, you are right of course. But the issue of how much rent the occupants will pay, bearing in mind the income limits placed in order to qualify for a council home is important. Will those from the councils waiting list be on a life of claiming housing benefit?

2024-05-18 21:33:38

Anyoldname, these flats were bought in a bypanic, panic usually means higher prices (remember PPE costs in Covid). Rents will be determined by market prices which may not be enough to cover the acquisition costs, that is why the cost is important. Weeks ago Dan Swords said it was commercially sensitive, at some point he will have to tell us

2024-05-19 07:57:56

I will say what Starmer is saying is true , I believe him . I will guarantee sporadic strikes will stop and full strikes will start .The unions will take over the control of the country . GOD HELP US.

Riad Mannan
2024-05-20 09:34:43

The 40,000 extra appointments a week is based on hospitals running evening and weekend surgeries. However, that can only happen if you make already-overstretched medical and support staff work longer hours - unless of course Labour is going to magically make them appear out of thin air. How many nurses and doctors at the Princess Alexandra Hospital will want to do that? Labour say they will use the private sector to fill the gaps – why not come clean and say they want to privatise the NHS?

2024-05-20 16:44:48

Classic YourHarlow comment section. A bunch of sheep blindly repeating the lie that both sides are equally bad. Keep drinking the sewage-contaminated water supply and pretending everything is going great under the tories. Here in the real world we know the only option is to vote Labour.

David Forman
2024-05-21 13:54:56

Riad Mannan is correct about Labour's approach to the NHS. The private sector does not magically have spare capacity waiting to be utilised. It generally takes it staff from the NHS or those who already left the NHS. In fact, there is sound research that shows as more work is handed to the private sector the more workers flow out of the NHS, usually never to return.

2024-05-21 18:06:07

The private sector picks and chooses what work they take from NHS . if you need a serious operation such as heart bypass they don't want to know. I know this as it's happening to a relation of mine.

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