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Labour Leadership Election 1992
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The Labour Leadership Election rules are as follows:

Timeline

Nominations are open from now until Saturday 22nd September at 1pm BST
24 hours of campaigning from Saturday 22nd at 1pm BST until 1pm BST Sunday 23rd 
Players' votes must be submitted before Sunday
Results will be declared on Sunday evening

All times in British Summer Time.

Nomination

- Each candidate requires a nomination and a seconder.
- Candidates may nominate themselves or second themselves, but not both.
- Nominations must be made using the following form

Name of Candidate:
Name of Proposer:
Name of Seconder:
Declaration of Candidate's consent:

Campaigning

During the 24 hour campaigning period, each candidate has 6 "hours" of campaigning time to spend. MPs other than the candidates each have 2 "hours" to spend, and may wish to use these to help their preferred candidate. Campaigning time can be spent as follows:

Speech: 2 hours
Canvassing: 1 hour
Poster/Leaflet: 1 hour

Canvassing here means a summary of a conversation with a party member on three policy areas, either in a bullet point description or through a script of talking points the candidate would use.

Voting

Players' votes must be submitted via Private Message here on the forum, not on Telegram, to Dan Addie and Roberts. Votes must be received by midday Sunday in order to be counted.

The results of the MPs vote will be calculated based on players' factions and influence. The final result will be based on players' votes and the A-Team's assessment of the campaign material.
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Name of Candidate: Agnes Hamstead
Name of Proposer: Daniel Burton
Rt. Hon. Daniel Burton
Member of Parliament for City of Durham
Secretary of State for Defense
Chief Government Whip
Labour
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Seconder: Joseph Flanagan

(09-21-2018, 12:18 PM)Daniel Burton Wrote: Name of Candidate: Agnes Hamstead
Name of Proposer: Daniel Burton


Name of seconder: Joseph Flanagan
Joseph "Uncle Joe" Flanagan
Member of Parliament for Easington 1983 - Present
Secretary of State for Natural Resources & Environment 1992 - Present

Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1987-1992
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(09-21-2018, 12:45 PM)Joseph Flanagan Wrote: Seconder: Joseph Flanagan

(09-21-2018, 12:18 PM)Daniel Burton Wrote: Name of Candidate: Agnes Hamstead
Name of Proposer: Daniel Burton


Name of seconder: Joseph Flanagan

I accept the nomination
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Name of Candidate: Michael Nash
Name of Proposer: Esther Mathieson
ESTHER MATHIESON MP - Labour Party - Manifesto Group
Labour MP for Birkenhead (1979 - )
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(09-21-2018, 05:21 PM)Esther Mathieson Wrote: Name of Candidate: Michael Nash
Name of Proposer: Esther Mathieson

I accept the nomination
Michael Nash - Labour Party - Manifesto Group
MP for Brent South (1987 - present)
Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Employment and Welfare

Previously MP for Feltham / Feltham and Heston (1970 - 1983)
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I second the nomination for Michael Nash.
The Right Honourable James Mercer MP | Labour
MP for Sedgefield (1983-present)
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1992-present)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education (1988-1992)

"And getting our politics right means that in the attacks we make on Toryism, in the policies we put to the people, in the way we conduct ourselves as a Party inside and outside Parliament, we have to have a constant, unremitting, unswerving dedication to defeating the Tories. From time to time I have heard that view described as 'electoralism'. I plead guilty."
- Neil Kinnock to the PLP
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Both Agnes Hampstead and Michael Nash are on the ballot, campaigning starts as of 1pm
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Speech - 2 hours
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Member of Parliament for Copeland, Agnes Hamstead, kicked off her campaign for the Labour Party leadership in her hometown of Cockermouth. She spoke about her reasons for running and the campaign that lies ahead.


“Good evening,

Thank you, all of you, for taking the time to join me tonight for an exciting announcement. Since 1987, it has been my honour to be the Member of Parliament for Copeland. And now, for the first time since you elected me, I will be sitting on the government side of the House of Commons. For that, you have my deepest thanks and gratitude.

Before I begin my remarks in earnest, I want to say how deeply sad, upset and angry I am at the brutal assassination of Neil and Glenys Kinnock. Our country will never be intimidated by terrorists and I will never forget the great contributions Neil gave to our party and to our country. 

When I entered politics in 1987, I wasn’t motivated by the desire to make myself look good. I wasn’t motivated by the paycheque. I wasn’t motivated by the prestige. For years, I worked in the classroom. I taught your children, and, dare I say, perhaps even some of your children’s children. I think being a teacher is a unique way to see a cross-section of the world. Day after day, I could see the impact of class disparity in our country. Students who didn’t have enough to eat. Students who came from homes with difficult familial circumstances. Students who struggled because they couldn’t access the assistance they needed. These kids, who needed a little extra assistance, sit alongside students from more privileged backgrounds; who have plenty to eat, who have warm, safe and happy homes. So I entered politics not for me, but for them. I hoped then, as I do now, that I made some kind of difference in their lives by being a voice for them and their families in the House of Commons. Joining the government benches, then, is a great opportunity for me and all my Labour colleagues to do more for those kids who need a little extra help. To do more for their families. Because for years, the hard-right policies of Margaret Thatcher and John Major have done nothing but harm these children and their families. Income disparity. Class warfare. A live or let die approach to social policies. We know, without question, that the Conservatives did little for families. They were preoccupied with their rich friends. And now, I expect with their defeat, that things will get worse. I expect that the far right elements of the Tory party will rear their heads and seize what’s left. If you thought 1979 to 1992 was bad, I can only say that what comes next from that now defeated party will be worse.

And so, the Labour Party has an opportunity. We have an opportunity to start to do the work that will help build a better, more prosperous future for all. We have an opportunity to reduce class disparity and to ensure that those who need a hand up from government get it—and that the hand is not slapping them in the face, as it has since 1979. My intention when I entered politics was never to seek to become Prime Minister. But with this sudden turn of events, I have felt the call to stand to ensure that the next term of Parliament is one of progressive action. To ensure that the next Labour government is one that defends the most vulnerable. To reform our institutions to make them more accountable and democratic. To ensure that every voice is heard, not just the voices of the most wealthy. It is with that in mind that I announce to you today that I will seek the leadership of the Labour Party, and seek to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 

I think it’s important to say, right off the top, that I am not running as a left-wing candidate. I am not running as a centrist candidate. I am running as a Labour candidate. For too long, the Labour Party has spent its time obsessing with left versus right; debating who has the bonafide credentials to be “Labour”. Let me say to you, unequivocally, that those days are behind us if I am elected leader. I will build a broad tent. The only purity test that any idea will face inside the party under my leadership is one simple question: “is this policy the right policy for Britain?” Ending disparity. Improving our communities. Making sure government services are available. Ensuring that Britain respects human rights and dignity for all. Those will be the pillars of my leadership. 

Here at home, we know there’s work to be done. We know that too many of the most vulnerable are suffering and too many people are out of work. As Prime Minister, I promise that help is on the way. I promise that a well-funded and accessible NHS will be free for all Britons. I promise that we will take concrete action to end class disparity. I promise to ensure that higher education is accessible to all, and to invest in schools across the country to ensure that students receive high quality primary and secondary education, no matter where they live or what their parents do for a living. I promise that our government will respect human rights by implementing the first ever Charter of Human Rights, codifying in law the fundamental rights and freedoms that every single person in this country is entitled to. 

We also know that the world is changing. The Cold War is over, and the global landscape is shifting. Britain must be prepared for this new reality. But being prepared does not mean that our country must be on a war footing. I admire and respect the men and women of our armed forces. They will always have an ally in me. But we must adapt to this new world. That means we need to take a look at the way our defense forces currently exist, and we must ensure that they represent the reality of the world we live in. We must also work within global institutions. Isolationism and a “Britain first and only” mentality will only fail us in the long run. We must work within our global alliances. We must work within the United Nations. And we must extend our hand in friendship to countries that have long been seen as enemies. We will work to welcome former Soviet republics into the new global landscape, and we must do all we can to help transition their democratic systems to truly free ones.

I am conscious of the fact that not long ago, our party was elected on the manifesto that Neil Kinnock and our party brought forward. So to those who are concerned that a change in leadership now means that those promises are gone, let me say this: each individual leader and the team around them puts their own stamp on a political party. But I respect democracy far too much to waiver from the plan we brought forward not long ago. The National Recovery Programme that we pledged, under my leadership, is still going to move forward. Our pledged investments in the NHS will still go forward. We will take action to curb inflation. We will reduce unemployment and ensure that while we reduce the number on whole, we also pay particular attention to our youngest workers. We will raise the standards in our schools. We will increase the Child Benefit and take 740,000 low-paid people out of tax. We will be a government that governs for all of Britain, not just the wealthy elite.

While much of the work involved in being your next leader will involve serving as Prime Minister, anyone who seeks this job must also ensure that the Labour Party is prepared for the future. As we advance towards the 21st century, we must continue to reflect modern society and all facets of Britain. Under my leadership, we will work to that goal. We will be a modern, progressive party in which every person can see themselves reflected. That means we must ensure grassroots members are respected; that we connect with people in regions that we have written off for generations because it’s a “safe area” for another party. Under my leadership, I will seek to improve grassroots democracy inside the Labour Party to ensure that members have a say in the direction we go. I will ensure we adequately represent rural interests by presenting a specific manifesto with a focus on rural Britain that sees us stand up for rural entrepreneurs, small business owners, farmers and all who call our rural countrysides home. And, as I speak of democracy, let me say this in no unequivocal terms: our manifesto promised the people of Scotland and Wales their own elected Parliaments. As your Prime Minister, we will deliver on that promise. 

So, let’s get down to work. Britain needs a Prime Minister who will pursue the economic recovery program set out in the Labour manifesto. I’m the woman who will lead it. Britain needs a Prime Minister who will invest in health, in education and in our vulnerable communities. I’m the woman who will do it. Labour needs a leader who will listen to its members. I’m the woman with an open door and open ears. Labour needs a unifier. I’m the woman who won’t apply ideological purity tests to any person in our great party. The United Kingdom needs a Prime Minister who can lead us into the 21st century in a changing world. With a strong team around me, I am that woman.

Leaflet - 1 hour
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Front of leaflet

The front features a photo of Agnes Hamstead at a constituency surgery event. The Labour logo is also seen. It features three bullet points on what Hamstead will seek to accomplish as Prime Minister and Labour Leader.
  • A focus on improving the economic situation: under the Tories, unemployment has soared and young people are finding it hard to get work. Hamstead will pursue the National Recovery Programme set out in the Labour manifesto, and will invest in infrastructure projects to create jobs. Tackling youth unemployment will be a key priority.
  • Improving public services: a Hamstead government will invest £1 billion in the NHS over  the first 22 months of government to help ensure improved services and better access to care. A Hamstead government will invest in schools and ensure that higher education is available to all who want it.
  • Ensuring people pay their fair share: for too long, the rich have gotten richer while the poor get poorer. A Hamstead-led government will implement a new top rate income tax of 50 per cent will apply to individuals with an income of at least £40,000 this year.
Back of leaflet

The back features a short message from Agnes:

"I am running for Labour leader because I want to make our country more prosperous and more fair. We have a unique opportunity, forming government for the first time since 1979. Under my leadership, we will deliver on the promises we made in the 1992 election campaign, and we will do so with a firm focus on the people who have gone unheard for too long. We must take action to reduce unemployment, with a particular focus on youth. We must ask the rich to pay a little bit more. And we must invest in our health and education services to ensure a decent quality of life for all in the United Kingdom. 

I ask for your support to lead our strong Labour team and to lead the first Labour government since 1979. 

Vote Agnes Hamstead on [DATE], 1992.
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Canvasing

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City of Durham MP, Daniel Burton, made the rounds speaking to Labour party members in support of Agnes Hamstead. He spoke about the following issues:
  • Hamstead's commitment to National Recovery as laid out in the recent election manifesto
  • Hamstead's promise to invest £1 Billion in the NHS over the forthcoming 22 months
  • Hamstead's commitment to investing in infrastructure to create jobs and growth now and into the future
Rt. Hon. Daniel Burton
Member of Parliament for City of Durham
Secretary of State for Defense
Chief Government Whip
Labour
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Canvas - 1 hour
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Agnes Hamstead was campaigning during her leadership run. She spoke to people about the following:
  • Improving public services: as Prime Minister, I will keep the manifesto pledge to invest £1 billion into the NHS over the first 22 months of government. We need to ensure that the NHS remains accessible to all and free at the point of care. Our investments will help people access the care they need and to modernise the NHS.
  • Ensuring economic prosperity: Under the Tories, unemployment has doubled. We need to get Britain back to work, with a particular focus on youth unemployment. As Prime Minister, I will make critical infrastructure investments that will create jobs, and establish a work programme combining three days a week work for the unemployed and two days for skills training and job seeking opportunities.
  • Tackling poverty: Under my leadership, we will increase the child benefit and pensions, and take low-paid people off the tax rolls. We will ask the richest among us to pay a little more with a new top rate income tax of 50 per cent for individuals with an income of at least £40,000 this year.
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Canvassing

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Manchester Central MP, Gerard Parrish, walked through the city of Manchester accompanied by some of his former colleagues in the Manchester City Council in support of Agnes Hamstead for leader of the Labour Party.

He spoke on the following issues:
- A Hamstead-led Government will prioritize infrastructure projects to create jobs for Britain's families, reduce unemployment, and get Britain's young people working again. Hamstead will work to curb inflation and get Britain working again.
- Hamstead will invest an additional 1 billion pounds on our National Health System in the first 22 months of government. Better health care and better services mean that Britain will be healthier with Hamstead as Prime Minister.
- With Hamstead as Prime Minister, we'll keep our manifesto commitments and focus on building an economy that can last. A government she leads will implement the National Recovery Programme.
Gerard Parrish
Labour MP for Manchester Central (Tribune)
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Angela Harvey has publicly endorsed and campaigned for Agnes Hamstead as the next Labour leader and Prime Minister. Her three key messages are:
  • Save the NHS by investing £1 billion more in less than 2 years: if Agnes is elected, her Labour government will invest £1 billion more in the NHS over the next 22 months, ensuring that our NHS is given the much needed financing after being starved of money for 13 years of radical Tory rule
  • Introducing a new top rate income tax of 50%, ensuring the richest and most privileged pay their fair share: in today's Britain there are millions of people unable to provide for their families what every human being is entitled to: food on the table, a place to call home, good education and a decent human life. Agnes' team will ask the richest and most privileged to pay their fair share of tax as everyone else does
  • The first ever Charter of Human Rights for everyone, irrespective of heritage or wealth: too many people have been exploited and neglected by the big corporations, and no one has fought for the fundamental human rights of every individual. By electing Agnes Hamstead for the Labour leadership, we will ensure that for the first time all those rights are codified and put into law, so that no one and no big corporation can exploit vulnerable people any longer.
The Rt Hon Angela Harvey MP | Labour Party, Socialist Campaign Group

Deputy Prime Minister & Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (1992 - Incumbent)
Member of Parliament for Dover (1992 - Incumbent)

Previously: "A nobody backbencher", "Backbench Spokesperson for Everything"

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Canvassing

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Gerard Parrish continued campaigning to ramp up support for Agnes Hamstead for leader of the Labour Party. He spoke to voters about the following:
  • With Hamstead, you will get what you voted for. She will honor the 1992 manifesto and hold only one test for the policies she would enact: "is this the best policy for Britain?"
  • Under Agnes Hamstead's leadership, the people of Scotland and Wales will get their own Parliament and Assembly, respectively. Hamstead will ensure stronger local decision making for the Scottish and Welsh people.
  • Hamstead's leadership will see us continue talks in Northern Ireland to build a lasting peace by consensus and without violence. She will ensure that any changes to the status of Northern Ireland will come only with the consent of a majority of its people. Her policy will be one of unity by consent, hand in hand with measures against injustice, discrimination, and deprivation.
Gerard Parrish
Labour MP for Manchester Central (Tribune)
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Canvas - 1 hour
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Agnes Hamstead continued to canvas, as part of her campaign for Labour Leader. She spoke on the following with people:
  • Crime and Security: The crime rate in our country has skyrocketed. While the Tories talked a good game for 13 years on crime, their actions accomplished nothing. Five million crimes were reported in 1991. We will make more resources available to hire more police officers and also work to modernise council estates that are of concern for crime. We will also take action to reduce poverty, tackling the underlying issues of crime.
  • Support for inner city communities: Under my leadership, Labour will support inner city communities. That means investing in housing and economic opportunities so that people in inner city communities have a fair shake at a job and safe housing.
  • Strengthening Britain's rural roots: Rural communities are the backbone of the United Kingdom. Under a Hamstead Labour government, these communities will see real investment to ensure better connections to urban centres, and help for farmers and rural entrepreneurs to invest and grow their communities. A Hamstead government will expand affordable housing options in rural communities. 
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Canvassing 1 hour
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Joseph Flanagan spoke to Labour members in North East endorsing his friend and comrade Agnes Hamstead.

He spoke about the following issues:
Hamstead's commitment to National Recovery as laid out in the recent election manifesto
Hamstead's promise to invest £1 Billion in the NHS over the forthcoming 22 months
Hamstead's commitment to investing in infrastructure to create jobs and growth now and into the future.
Hamstead's commitment to the North of England that is no longer left behind.
Hamstead's commitment to revitalising party in rural communities.
Hamstead's commitment to woman and children rights and needs after years of Tory neglect.
Joseph "Uncle Joe" Flanagan
Member of Parliament for Easington 1983 - Present
Secretary of State for Natural Resources & Environment 1992 - Present

Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1987-1992
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Canvas - 1 hour
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Agnes Hamstead campaigned for Labour leader with the following messages:
  • Getting Britain back to work: The National Recovery Programme promised in the 1992 Labour manifesto will be implemented under my leadership. We will invest in infrastructure to create jobs and work with at-risk communities to create opportunities in the inner cities. A Hamstead-led government will also invest in skills training for people who are out of work and want to re-train for a new career.
  • Keeping Britain safe: The world has changed. The Cold War is over. Now, the obligation of the entire global community is to integrate former Soviet Republics into the global community and help them establish thriving democracies. A Hamstead-led government will work with global organizations and alliances to achieve that, while also pursuing multilateral efforts to reduce the global proliferation of nuclear weapons.
  • Investing in public services: Modernising the NHS and improving our schools. That will be a focus of a Hamstead-led government. £1 billion will be invested over 22 months in the NHS, and there will be a surge of money into schools to ensure that no matter where one lives, they are able to receive a quality education. 
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  • Joseph Flanagan spoke to TGWU members
  • Getting Britain back to work: The National Recovery Programme promised in the 1992 Labour manifesto will be implemented under my leadership. We will invest in infrastructure to create jobs and work with at-risk communities to create opportunities in the inner cities. A Hamstead-led government will also invest in skills training for people who are out of work and want to re-train for a new career.
  • Keeping Britain safe: The world has changed. The Cold War is over. Now, the obligation of the entire global community is to integrate former Soviet Republics into the global community and help them establish thriving democracies. A Hamstead-led government will work with global organizations and alliances to achieve that, while also pursuing multilateral efforts to reduce the global proliferation of nuclear weapons.
  • Investing in public services: Modernising the NHS and improving our schools. That will be a focus of a Hamstead-led government. £1 billion will be invested over 22 months in the NHS, and there will be a surge of money into schools to ensure that no matter where one lives, they are able to receive a quality education
  • Hamstead commitment to workers rights and responsible British business. The best and most sustainable companies look after the welfare of their workers and work with them on a contructive basis. Hamstead would promote this to build better Industrial relations.
  • Hamstead commitment to party unity. Hamstead has backing from various branches of party and across nation. She would promote party unity and focus our party on helping British workers improve their lives for themselves and their families rather than engage in petty factionalism.

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Joseph "Uncle Joe" Flanagan
Member of Parliament for Easington 1983 - Present
Secretary of State for Natural Resources & Environment 1992 - Present

Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1987-1992
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Friends,

We speak for the worst of reasons. Neil Kinnock, his wife and two other people, cruelly taken from us. A callous and vicious attack by terrorists seeking achieve their aims not through the ballot box, but through violence and intimidation. They shall never succeed. We shall hunt down and defeat terrorism, wherever it may be, in whatever form it takes.

Neil was the driving force that lead our party to this place in history. It was his drive, determination and personality that changed this party, and brought us ultimately to government. It is that about him which we must always remember, and his spirit that must always drive us forwards.

Friends,

On the 9th April, the British people rejected the Conservative Government. They rejected the neglect of the public services. They rejected the forsaking of the future at the expense of the past. And, they rejected the idea that throwing working people out of their jobs is an acceptable tool of economic policy. Instead, the British people have given us, the Labour Party, a chance. Now we must deliver on that opportunity.

First, and most importantly, we must deliver investment in our public services, to make them fit not just for the 90s but for the turn of the millennium as well. £1 billion for the NHS, not Tory privatisation, is the right prescription. This investment will truly make a difference to the care and treatment we receive, and protects the NHS as a first-class service, free at time of need. And, you can't deliver those top quality public services from crumbling buildings. We must deliver on the backlog of repairs and maintenance needed to our hospitals and schools. A backlog that's been allowed to accumulate by a neglectful and short-termist Tory Government. Instead, we must modernise our schools and hospitals. Unlike the Conservatives, we recognise that you can't grow the economy today with a workforce that's sick, and you can't grow the economy in the future with a workforce that isn't getting the education it needs. That's why we'll bring class sizes down from the scandalous cases of classes of more than 40 children, down until no child is in a class of more than 30. We'll redivert funds from the Assisted Places scheme back into the state system, for the improvement of education for all.

We recognise that learning is a life-long process, and the route back into work for the unemployed people thrown onto the rubbish heap by the Conservatives. We'll restore of the funding for training that the Tories cut last year. We must deliver an investment in skills to both help get people into back into work and to prepare our economy for the future. These investments in skills and training will boost productivity, the only sure-fire way to get inflation down and the economy growing. We will tackle unemployment and the lack of housing with a work programme that gives unemployed people a route back into working and earning, with three days a week working in the construction industry, being properly paid, and two days a week in training or seeking a full-time job. With this programme, we can start bringing unemployment down immediately whilst tackling the lack of housing. Furthermore, we will make sure that local councils are able to use the revenue from Right to Buy to replenish or renovate their social housing stock.

Most importantly, we must deliver on this opportunity to demonstrate that the Labour of today is not the Labour of the past. For 13 years, until this April, the British people would not entrust us with the reins of power. Demonstrating that we have changed means promising the British people that there will be no rolling back of changes to trade union laws. That means no return to flying pickets and mass pickets. That means the continued requirement for ballots before strike action. However, that does not mean that we fail to defend workers' rights. We will sign up to the Social Chapter of the Treaty on European Union, to put workers' rights on an supranationally protected footing. We will create a statutory minimum wage to bring about an end to poverty pay. Demonstrating that we have changed means promising the British people a platform of economic competence. That means not borrowing for day-to-day spending, but borrowing only to invest. That means spending within our means. However, that does not mean that we fail to reform the tax system. We will raise child benefits and pensions, to benefit twelve million people. We will remove the lowest paid from tax altogether. We will eliminate the National Insurance Contributions ceiling that forms an unfair anomaly in our system. And, we will deliver, we must deliver, an end to the disgusting, unfair Poll Tax.

Friends, we have the platform with the ideas to make a real difference to the lives of British people and make a real change for Britain. Now we must deliver on that opportunity. Deliver on providing the investment our schools and hospitals need to provide the public with the quality of service they expect. Deliver on getting Britain back to work and bringing an end to the recession. And, deliver on proving that Labour can be a party that can govern, and can make the lasting changes that Britain needs.



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  • Economic competence:
    Labour needs to prove to the public that they can afford to trust us to run the economy. So we need to follow a Golden Rule: over the economic cycle, the Government will borrow only to invest and not to fund current spending. We need to invest to bring about lasting change for the country, but that investment won't happen if the British people don't us.
  • National Health Service:
    £1 billion for the NHS, not Tory privatisation, is the right prescription. That's what we've promised the British people; that's what we must deliver. Deliver an NHS not just fit for the 90s but for the turn of the millennium as well. A first-class service,  free at time of need, making a true difference to the health of the Britain.
  • Pension reforms:
    Pensions are in need of a major reforms. We will increase the state pension by £5 per week for the benefit of 12 million people in our country. Recent scandals in work pension schemes prove that stronger protections are needed. We will reform pension funds to make them accountable and responsible to their members, so workers are properly looked after at the end of their working lives.



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  • Union laws:
    We must be a party for the 90s and beyond, not the party of 1983. That means no rolling back of changes to trade union laws. No flying pickets or mass pickets. No strike action without ballots. Union elections must remain. However, the protect of workers is still vital. We will sign up to the Social Chapter of the Treaty on European Union, so that workers' rights receive international protection.
  • Training and skills:
    Learning is a life-long process. Skills and retraining are vital for getting unemployed people back into the modern work-place. We'll restore of the funding for training that the Tories cut last year. We simply can't afford not to.
  • Devolution:
    Democracy requires representatives that truly represent their constituents. We will establish Parliaments for Scotland and Wales, so that the decisions that most affect those nations can be taken by the people of those nations. We will expand executive decision-making into all the regions of England through Regional Development Agencies to bring Government closer to the people.



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  • Economic competence:
    Labour needs to prove to the public that they can afford to trust us to run the economy. So we need to follow a Golden Rule: over the economic cycle, the Government will borrow only to invest and not to fund current spending. We need to invest to bring about lasting change for the country, but that investment won't happen if the British people don't us.
  • Schools and class sizes:
    Our schools are crumbling. A neglectful Tory Government with only short-term thinking has left them in a state of disrepair. We need to modernise our schools. We can't make a success of the future with a workforce that isn't getting the education it needs. In classes of more than 40 children, no-one gets an effective education. We'll bring class sizes down to no more than 30 pupils.
  • Employee share ownership:
    The essence of socialist means is public ownership of industry. The essence of socialist ends is workers properly profiting from their work and having an effective say over their work-place. We will encourage the establishment of Employee Share Ownership Plans, so employees have the opportunity to take a stake in the company they work for and affect its strategic direction.



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  • Delivering for Britain:
    Labour had been entrusted with power by the British people. Now, we must deliver that lasting change that Britain needs. Investment in our schools and hospitals so they can provide the quality of service we all expect. Get Britain back to work and bring an end to the recession. It's time to prove that the British people's trust has been well placed.
  • Tackling unemployment through house building:
    We'll implement the work programme promised in our manifesto that gives unemployed people a route back into working and earning. Three days a week of work in the construction industry with two days a week set aside for training or seeking a full-time job. Unemployment down, and a great boon to the struggling construction industry. A win-win for Britain.
  • Minimum wage:
    Not content with chucking workers onto the scrap heap, the Tories left those still in work on poverty pay. We will end that scandal by introducing a minimum wage. This will benefit around four million low-paid people, of whom 80 per cent are women. I understand that this is a major step, so we will work with business to ensure this comes into effect smoothly.
Michael Nash - Labour Party - Manifesto Group
MP for Brent South (1987 - present)
Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Employment and Welfare

Previously MP for Feltham / Feltham and Heston (1970 - 1983)
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  • Economic competence:
    Labour needs to prove to the public that they can afford to trust us to run the economy. So we need to follow a Golden Rule: over the economic cycle, the Government will borrow only to invest and not to fund current spending. We need to invest to bring about lasting change for the country, but that investment won't happen if the British people don't us.


  • Schools and class sizes:
    Our schools are crumbling. A neglectful Tory Government with only short-term thinking has left them in a state of disrepair. We need to modernise our schools. We can't make a success of the future with a workforce that isn't getting the education it needs. In classes of more than 40 children, no-one gets an effective education. We'll bring class sizes down to no more than 30 pupils.


  • Employee share ownership:
    The essence of socialist means is public ownership of industry. The essence of socialist ends is workers properly profiting from their work and having an effective say over their work-place. We will encourage the establishment of Employee Share Ownership Plans, so employees have the opportunity to take a stake in the company they work for and affect its strategic direction.



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  • Schools and class sizes:

    Our schools are crumbling. A neglectful Tory Government with only short-term thinking has left them in a state of disrepair. We need to modernise our schools. We can't make a success of the future with a workforce that isn't getting the education it needs. In classes of more than 40 children, no-one gets an effective education. We'll bring class sizes down to no more than 30 pupils.


  • Training and skills:
    Learning is a life-long process. Skills and retraining are vital for getting unemployed people back into the modern work-place. We'll restore of the funding for training that the Tories cut last year. We simply can't afford not to.

  • Pension reforms:
    Pensions are in need of a major reforms. We will increase the state pension by £5 per week for the benefit of 12 million people in our country. Recent scandals in work pension schemes prove that stronger protections are needed. We will reform pension funds to make them accountable and responsible to their members, so workers are properly looked after at the end of their working lives.
ESTHER MATHIESON MP - Labour Party - Manifesto Group
Labour MP for Birkenhead (1979 - )
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