It was brilliant to see so many party members, from Labour Group, our candidates, party activists, our MPS our Elected Mayor, our PCC, our trade union colleagues at the Newcastle Labour campaign launch yesterday. We are presenting a united face of the Labour movement in Newcastle and making the case for Labour in the city.
This election is fundamentally about our citizens, and our local communities. It is about how people can get fairness living here in Newcastle with opportunities in their lives. It is about recognising what a decade of a Tory government has meant, battering local government finance and a constant attack on local government and public services.
Despite the constant onslaught of cuts, Newcastle Labour has consistently fought for our residents, delivering excellent services across the city.
We will tackle poverty and inequality. We will build a strong local economy that supports fair work, encourages local spending, and uses the land and property of the council to ensure that all communities benefit.
We need to get the basics right, the core responsibilities of councils impact directly on the lives of our citizens, wherever they live in the city. Newcastle Labour will put the well-being of the people of Newcastle at the heart of our work. At the very core of the Newcastle Labour offer is the commitment to listen to and act on residents’ concerns.
It has been tough no doubt about it, but we have and always will look to protect the most vulnerable in our city whilst remaining ambitious about what we can achieve, and how through a Labour Council we can help the city and our citizens realise their potential
We know the challenges many people face; it is about having a safe secure warm home and how people are going to pay the bills. It is not about having to choose between eating and heating. It is about how people can get the skills needed to be able to get that job they want to fulfil their aspirations and dreams and to give back to society as well as providing for their own family.
We know the difference municipal socialism makes and the benefits a Labour council brings to our citizens and this election campaign is about telling our story to the electorate, about our offer and the positive difference Labour makes for Newcastle.
Newcastle Labour has huge ambition for our city. We will work with you to develop a clear, long-term vision for Newcastle in which the voice of every neighbourhood is heard and civic pride is a priority.
We will campaign with you to reverse the worst of austerity and force the Government to invest in our future.
And we will keep you informed of what is being done on your behalf.
Security, prosperity, respect – Newcastle Labour’s promise to you.
Newcastle Labour Group Leader