Plymouth Labour Party has launched its full 2012 City Council manifesto promising a new vision for Plymouth. The 100 point plan has been created following thousands of doorstep conversations had across Plymouth in the last year.
Launching the manifesto, Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth’s Labour Group said: “I think this is the most exciting manifesto Labour has produced in many years. Elections are fought often on negative campaigns because quite often political parties have little to say that is fresh or exciting.
“But this programme, with its 100 pledges for action, gives all voters something positive to vote for. It is a vision of how to create a fairer, greener, cleaner Plymouth where more people can share in prosperity.”
“Plymouth needs a new sense of purpose to tackle the scar of unemployment, housing shortages and the state of our streets. We need to start punching above our weight as a city again. Labour has ambition but also the plan to make things happen.”
Plymouth Labour launched the environment section of the manifesto last week which detailed plans by the party to continue to oppose the Devonport incinerator and to extend recycling across the city.
The 10-section manifesto outlines how Labour would create a new, more open city council. Included in the manifesto are plans to overhaul transparency in the way the council operates, create new jobs, address the pressing jobs and housing crises across Plymouth.
Cllr Pete Smith, Labour’s Deputy Leader on the council, added: “For the last year the Tory Council has been drifting without a clear vision of where they want to take Plymouth.
“Combined with deep cuts from Government we need a new way of operating as a Council if we are to protect public services and restore a sense of pride in our city.
“I’m a candidate in this election and I am proud to stand on a manifesto that so many people have fed into. This was not created in a committee room but on the doorstep in every ward in Plymouth.”
Plymouth Labour is also making five top promises to voters in the May elections:
1. A new plan for jobs, to get our young people back to work
2. Keep our roads and pavements clean and in good repair
3. Encourage more homes to be available to rent or buy
4. A new deal for older people’s care
5. Campaigning to bring down crime and keep Plymouth safe
The full manifesto, that builds on these promises, can be downloaded (PDF). Plymouth Labour also intends to make social media history by being the first party to tweet every pledge to spread knowledge of what Labour is proposing.
(from a press release)