Tomorrow every citizen of the UK has a vote, to decide who will represent them.
Obviously am going to say that I think you should vote for your local Labour candidate. I am a Labour Party member, an activist, and I believe that Labour policy offers the best future for this country.
If you elect a Labour government tomorrow, Ed Miliband has already laid out the 10 bills which would feature in his first Queen’s speech. I detail them below, so that you can see what is really on offer here, and the better Britain which we are striving towards.
1. Strong economic foundation bill
- To get the deficit and the debt down as soon as possible in the next parliament
- To introduce a mansion tax and tobacco levy to fund the NHS.
- To allow for the Office of Budget Responsibility to audio political parties’ manifestos.
2. Energy freeze bill
- To freeze energy prices until 2017.
- To give the regulator the power to cut energy prices, and introduce a duty to review them in time for winter.
3. Make work pay bill
- To ban exploitative zero-hours contracts.
- To ban the use of agency workers for the purposes of undercutting employee wages.
- To raise the minimum wage to £8/hour by 2019.
- To introduce a tax rebate for employers who sign up to the living wage.
4. Stronger families bill
- To increase free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds to 25 hours per week.
- To guarantee parents of primary school age children childcare from 8.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
5. NHS time to care bill
- To repeal the Health & Social Care Act.
- To guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours.
6. Immigration and exploitation bill
- To ban employers from undercutting wages by exploiting employees.
- To ban recruitment agencies from hiring exclusively from overseas.
- To require large firms hiring from outside the EU to offer apprenticeships within the UK.
7. Tuition fees reduction bill
- To cut tuition fees to a maximum of £6,000.
- To increase the student maintenance grant by £400.
8. 21st Century education bill
- To provide compulsory work experience for teenagers.
- To guarantee face-to-face careers advice for all young people.
- To introduce a technical baccalaureate for 16 to 19 year olds and guarantee high quality apprenticeships.
- To introduce technical degrees at university level.
9. Anti-tax avoidance bill
- To abolish “non-dom” status.
- To close loopholes used by hedge funds to dodge stamp duty.
- To close loopholes used by large companies to move profits outside the UK and avoid corporation tax.
- To scrap the “shares for rights” scheme.
10. More homes and fair rent bills
- To give councils “use it or lose it” powers to stop developers from landbanking.
- To create local development corporations to build homes where the private sector has failed.
- To allow the creation of more than half a million new homes through development of garden cities and suburbs.
- To ban extortionate letting fees, and make caps on three year tenancies at inflation rate the norm.