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The Drypool By Election in Hull…. Reasons the Labour Party to be Cheerful

Good news for the Labour Party poll wise came last night when the Lib Dems had their majority slashed from over 1,00 to just over 400 and there was a considerable swing to Labour overall.

 

In a very worrying development the Tories were pushed into fourth place by a National Front candidate and only secured 4.7% of the vote compared to 8% last time out.

 

What can we deduce from this?

 

Firstly, despite the local issues which have made Labour unpopular in the City our vote went up, which tells me that nationally we have recovered from a truly dreadful year since Brown took over. People rightly see us as the only Party with real answers to the current crisis.

 

But secondly the NF result should be a stark reminder that the Labour Party should be more vocal in what we have achieved for Working Class communities across the country.

 

The poorer areas are more crime ridden, which is why the fact that we have record numbers of Police on the streets, supported by Community Safety Officers should be heralded as real and tangible evidence that we do act for these communities.

 

These are clear actions that separate us from the Tories, and when you factor in the SureStart Centres, which they would get rid of, plus the Education Maintenance Grant that proves such a lifeline for teenagers wanting to stay in education and the work done by Health Visitors and later on Connections, you can see there is only one Party that protects the interests of the many and not the few.

 

We need to make it 100 % crystal clear what the latest Tory tax proposals mean.

 

They say they would abolish tax on savings. Sounds great. But what does this mean exactly.

 

For every £100 saved you would get a whopping 40p a year extra which is nothing to the average Joe but extrapolate this to those with vast savings and it’s a tidy little earner. Money going to money. Again.

 

If they were serious about helping people to save then they would expand Brown’s baby bond scheme to the general populace i.e. give people a start, say £20 and then when they reach a certain amount the Government would top it up.

 

Instead the Tories want to give £4.1 billion to those who already have money and pay for it by abolishing the EMA and making cuts in Education.

 

The wording by Osbourne was clear. School budgets remain untouched. Not the Education budget.

 

 The Labour Party should be shouting from the rooftops about what we’ve done, and what we are going to do. Let’s be bold and imaginative. Nationalisation of the banks to free up the blocked economy could be a start…..

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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