It’s been a great first week to the campaign. Here in Morley and Outwood we’ve spoken to well over 1,500 voters and our local campaign team have delivered tens of thousands of letters. But as well as campaigning hard here in Morley and Outwood there are also many other seats which Labour really wants to win to ensure we win. This week I’ve been in Milton Keynes, Swindon, Kingswood in Bristol, Glasgow, Lincoln and Dewsbury. Everywhere people have been telling me how worried they are about the health service, parents saying how hard things have been over the last few years and young people who just want more opportunities to get on and do well.
In Lincoln on Thursday I joined PPC Lucy Rigby at Bifrangi, a fantastic company who are investing, exporting and taking on apprentices – but with apprentice numbers falling in Lincoln in last year and real challenges with transport infrastructure, companies across Lincoln need more support if we are to build on its manufacturing excellence. Lucy would be a brilliant campaigning MP for Lincoln and I know would put her constituents first. Watch our video here.
And today I’ve unveiled the reality of Britain under a Tory Chancellor – households across the country are £1,100 a year worse off because of the choices made by George Osborne with families with children hit hardest of all. The Tories have increased VAT and cut the tax credits of working people. At the same time they’ve given millionaires a huge tax cut.
There is a clear choice facing voters. Labour will cut taxes for 24 million working people through a lower 10p starting rate of tax and expand free childcare for working parents to 25 hours a week. We will reverse the £3 billion a year Tory tax cut for people earning over £150,000 and introduce a Mansion Tax to help rescue our NHS.
Between now and 7th May, I’ll certainly be ensuring I speak to as many voters as possible, here in Morley and Outwood and across the country to ensure we win a majority Labour Government and see Ed Miliband as Prime Minister in Downing Street.