People in Great Grimsby have really felt the squeeze under seven years of a Conservative Government. Pay rises have been delayed or cancelled, hours have been cut, but prices keep going up.
Now the Tories want to put taxes up further, on top of the five per cent rise in council tax this year. It is simply not affordable for people to keep paying more and more as they earn less.
We know from the last seven years that it is low-incomes households who will end up paying the Tories’ higher taxes. While working people have been made worse off, the Conservatives have given a £1 billion tax cut to the children of millionaires.
The Tories only ever serve the interests of a privileged few.
As a former trade union official, I have always worked to protect people’s incomes and increase their wages.
It was the campaign run by my Labour colleagues and I in the last parliament that forced the Conservatives to abandon their plans to cut tax credits for 8,000 families in Great Grimsby by £1,300 a year.
I have spent the last two years promoting the offshore wind industry at every opportunity, helping to bring long term, high-skilled jobs to the town. We need a strong local voice who will continue to attract new investment into the town.
I am running on a manifesto to increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour, guaranteeing a pay rise to thousands of workers in Great Grimsby, while supporting small businesses so they don’t lose out. It’s time everyone received a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
We will provide pensioners with the security they need in retirement by protecting the state pension and increase it every year. And we will support women born in the 1950s whose pensions have been delayed by up to 6 years.