The General Election on 12 December gives us all a once-in-a-generation chance for real change in this country.
This election is about us – all of us – choosing to give our NHS, our schools and our vital public services the funding they so desperately need after nearly a decade of Tory austerity cuts.
A Labour government will stop funding tax handouts to the wealthy few and instead take action to tackle the Climate Emergency and the housing crisis. Labour will invest to kickstart the Green Industrial Revolution, creating skilled jobs in new, clean industries, including improvements to existing housing and ensuring all newbuilds comply with the standards set by Norwich Labour’s award-winning ultra-low energy homes.
Boris Johnson wants a majority in Parliament for his damaging Brexit deal – a deal which sells out workers’ rights, abandons our environmental protections and leaves our NHS and schools up for grabs. By voting Labour we can stop Johnson’s Tories and change the direction of our country for the better.
Labour will negotiate a better deal with the EU and then put it to the people to decide. Most Labour supporters are trade union members, so we’re used to voting on the best deal we can get – and that’s the basis of Labour’s policy. There’s nothing muddled or complicated. This is something we routinely do in our trade unions – negotiate the best deal we can, put that deal to a ballot (to decide between taking the deal or remaining as we are) and abide by the outcome. Labour is the only party guaranteeing this final say to all voters.
Register to vote before 26 November, to vote in the General Election on 12 December. It only takes a couple of minutes to register online here with your National Insurance number and you can still register even without an NIC number – it just takes a little longer.
You might also want to apply for a postal vote online here, as voting in December might end up being cold, wet, dark or slippery. Anyone can ask for a postal vote – you don’t need to give a reason but you do need to apply before 5pm on 26 November.
Labour has many popular and progressive policies, including:
- the Green Industrial Revolution, also known as the Socialist Green New Deal, with a complete ban on fracking
- scrapping Universal Credit, the Bedroom Tax, punitive sanctions and ‘fit-to-work’ tests on sick and disabled people
- restored funding for schools within our plans for a National Education Service
- the ten pound minimum wage and employment rights for all workers from day one
- extending Statutory Sick Pay and fair benefits for self-employed people
- an end to zero hour contracts
- free bus travel for under 25s, pensioners and disabled people
- renationalisation of our railways, Royal Mail, water and energy network
- free prescriptions within a renationalised NHS
- continuing free TV licence for older pensioners (which Labour first introduced and the Tories are whittling away)
as well as support for small businesses, carers, and our high streets, while ensuring that big companies and the super-rich will pay fair taxes.
Our Party’s manifesto consultation period runs until 23:59 on Wednesday 6 November. Labour members and supporters can take this opportunity to get involved – use the link here to share your ideas with the Shadow Cabinet. The manifesto process will bring all our ideas together in one place and, in the coming weeks, voters will hear about all Labour policies for the many not the few.
Labour stands for equality, climate justice and social justice at home and for peace and internationalism abroad. Labour has the policies which will make a fairer society – and which would stop the United Kingdom becoming the bargain basement tax haven of which the Tories and the Brexit Party dream.
Our goal is a Labour Government for the many not the few. Our immediate objective must be to defend every Labour seat and defeat as many Tories as possible, focusing on Labour-Tory marginals. Members in Brighton Pavilion will know who our Labour candidate is by Thursday 7 November and can meet our candidate at our Campaign Launch on Saturday 9 November, 10am at the Friends’ Meeting House.
The choice facing our country could not be clearer. On the one hand a Tory Government which backs an economy rigged in favour of big business and the privileged few – and on the other a Labour Party offering a clear, coherent alternative to transform our country in the interests of the 99%.
Labour stands for a fairer society that cares for all and an economy that works for all. It is time for us all to step up to the challenge before us:
Labour is a movement, and our strength comes from us all working together
You can get involved in our General Election campaign in various ways:
Make a donation here using your debit or credit card, or request bank transfer details by emailing our Treasurer, Claire, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Put up a Vote Labour poster and let us know if you would like a larger Vote Labour board for your garden.
Deliver leaflets to your street or block of flats, or help us bundle leaflets and letters ready for delivery.
Get involved online – take a look at some tips for social media campaigning here.
Come out campaigning with us, either when we go door-to-door or when we run street stalls, or talk to people by phone when we run phone banks.
Volunteer to help on election day, 12 December.
There’s lots to do in the next five weeks, so to find out more about our General Election campaign in Brighton Pavilion constituency, phone 01273 806773, option 3, or drop by our constituency offices at 11 Dorset Street, Brighton BN2 8WA, on Tuesdays between 11am – 4pm.
Vote Labour on Thursday 12 December! For the Many Not The Few!