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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

We must fight the campaign on our agenda and not the negative agenda set by our opponents.

Between now and polling day on June 8th, the television, media and the conservatives will concentrate their attacks on two issues. The first will be a totally negative attack on Jeremy Corbyn and the leadership of the Labour party. An attack which the media and their television allies have been waging against Labour for more than two years. The second line of their campaign will be a continuation of the "Brexit" issue where Theresa May and her conservative government are in real trouble on their own benches and in the Lords. Both these issues are but diversions attempting to deflect the public away from the real issues facing the country today and the effect that years of coalition and then conservative government has had on the lives of ordinary people. We must resist being drawn into these sterile side alley's and we must concentrate our arguments on the real issues affecting people lives. We must concentrate our arguments towards our own programme and our own solutions.
1. Full employment and an economy that works for all:
“We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations and guarantee a decent job for all.
2. A secure homes guarantee:
“We will build a million new homes in five years, with at least half a million council homes, through our public investment strategy.
3. Security at work:
“We will give people stronger employment rights from day one in a job, end exploitative zero hours contracts and create new sectoral collective bargaining rights, including mandatory collective bargaining for companies with 250 or more employees.
4. Secure our NHS and social care:
“We will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS. We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board and ensure parity for mental health services.”
5. A national education service, open to all:
“We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will create universal public childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market.
6. Action to secure our environment:
“We will act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environment policies, and take our fair share of action to meet the Paris climate agreement - starting by getting on track with our Climate Change Act goals.
7. Put the public back into our economy and services:
“We will rebuild public services and expand democratic participation, put the public back into our economy, give people a real say in their local communities, and increase local and regional democracy.
8. Cut income and wealth inequality:
“We will build a progressive tax system so that wealth and the highest earners are fairly taxed, act against executive pay excess and shrink the gap between the highest and lowest paid – FTSE 100 CEOs are now paid 183 times the wage of the average UK worker, and Britain’s wages are the most unequal in Europe.
9. Action to secure an equal society:
“We will ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected and all are protected from discrimination and prejudice.
10. Peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy:
“We will put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the United Nations, end support for aggressive wars of intervention and back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis.

These points and others, must be at the forefront of our campaign to win the election and to fight the campaign on our agenda and not the negative agenda set by our opponents

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