A message from our MP Daniel Zeichner
Your chance to say “No More” to the most right-wing Conservative government in modern history
Two days ago, shortly after Theresa May’s announcement, our MP Daniel Zeichner sent this email to Labour members in Cambridge. For those readers who will not have received it, here it is in full:
As you will be aware, today Prime Minster Theresa May has announced her intention, less than two years after the last election, to hold another General Election on Thursday 8 June.
This is an election like no other. We are faced with the most right-wing Conservative Government in modern history – a ruling party taken over by Euro-sceptics, and one that has shown an exceptionally cruel streak towards the young, the old, the poor and those with a disability. This election is your chance to say: no more!
I have been your MP for nearly two years. In that time, I have run countless surgeries and campaigns, attended hundreds of community events, worked with local councillors, trade unions and campaign groups and met thousands of residents. I have shown that a Labour MP can and does make a positive difference to people’s lives. In the same way, a Labour Government will give all of us in Britain a far better future.
During my time as your MP, I have always put the interests of the people of our diverse and beautiful city first, ahead of the games in Westminster: I stood in 2015 because of the contempt shown by the Coalition to ordinary working people; and I voted and argued consistently against leaving the EU.
In this election, the candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Cambridge will be the politician who lost the seat in 2015. The choice is clear: do people want a representative who backed a Tory Government, or do they want an MP who will never side with the heartless Tories who, since 2010, have damaged our country so much?
Jeremy Says (Edited from the Guardian Article)
Is pledging to bust the “cosy cartel” of British politics as he insists Labour is poised to form the next government.
“Much of the media and establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion,” he will say.“They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win.
He will say that fatcat bosses and corporations should be afraid of a Labour victory.
“If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green [chairman of Arcadia Group], I’d be worried about a Labour government.”
“If I were Mike Ashley [chairman of Sports Direct] or the CEO of a tax-avoiding multinational corporation, I’d want to see a Tory victory. Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first.”
“When we win, it’s the people – not the powerful – who win. The nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker win. We all win.”
Jeremy Corbyn: general election is about ‘future of all of us’
The Labour leader made a symbolic visit to Croydon Central, the seat of housing minister Gavin Barwell, on Wednesday, to underline his ambition to “prove the establishment experts wrong,” and snatch seats from the Conservatives.
Labour hopes to steer the debate to the state of the economy, living standards, schools and the NHS – while prime minister Theresa May has repeatedly presented it as a test of her leadership against Corbyn’s.
May flew to Bolton North East on Wednesday night by helicopter, to speak to an audience of activists.
Downing Street said she plans to meet as many voters as she can once the campaign kicks off, rather than sticking to the carefully stage-managed events that characterised the failed remain campaign in last year’s EU referendum.
“It’s going to be all about meeting people, knocking on doors, having those personal conversations,” said a No 10 source, adding that the campaign would have “its own unique feel”.
Labour categorically ruled out entering a coalition with the Scottish National party on Wednesday, after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she was willing to consider a “progressive alliance” to take on the Tories.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband was relentlessly pilloried by the Conservatives as the puppet of the SNP during the 2015 election campaign, and Corbyn is keen to avoid constant speculation about the makeup of potential coalitions.
Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, Corbyn said, “There will be no coalition deal with the SNP and a Labour government.”
He added that he did not consider Nicola Sturgeon’s party to be progressive, because it had passed on Tory spending cuts in Scotland.
“The SNP may talk left at Westminster, but in government in Scotland it acts right,” he said.
"Much of the media and establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion," he will say. "They think there are rules in politics, which if you don't follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can't really change, then you can't win. "They say I don't play by the rules - their rules. We can't win, they say, because we don't play their game. They're quite right I don't. And a Labour government elected on 8 June won't play by their rules." He will say that fatcat bosses and corporations should be afraid of a Labour victory. "If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green [chairman of Arcadia Group], I'd be worried about a Labour government." "If I were Mike Ashley [chairman of Sports Direct] or the CEO of a tax-avoiding multinational corporation, I'd want to...
Free School Meals for all primary children - paid for by introducing VAT on private school fees
Angela Rayner tells us (6-3-17)
I have been up since 5am, we have announced that we would introduce free school meals for all primary school children by introducing VAT on private school fees to pay for it. I have arrived in media city to start a full day talking through our plan starting with Good Morning Britain, then BBC Breakfast Sofa, Today Programme, Five Live and others to be confirmed. Then I will travel to Lancashire to meet up with the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP to formally announce the policy. Here is my statement to the media.
Today at an after school club in Leyland, Lancashire, Jeremy Corbyn and I will announce that the next Labour government will guarantee free school meals for all primary school children. By introducing VAT on private school fees Labour will level the playing field between children. Only 7 per cent of children in England attend private school. VAT on private school fees will raise at least £1.3bn, enabling us to fully fund this policy. Labour’s policy will benefit the education and health of all children by ending a subsidy to the privileged few. I’m a mum and I hate the thought of any child going a whole day at school without a healthy meal.
Four million children in Britain are living in poverty – and because of rising in-work poverty, many do not qualify for free school meals under the existing system. Children who eat a healthy lunch do better at school – research has proven that offering universal access to free school meals enables primary school pupils to advance by around two months on average. Give children healthy food and they behave better at school, concentrate more in class and perform better in exams. As a parent I don’t see any downside.
Britain faces a serious health crisis linked to a poor diet – almost 20 per cent of children are obese by the time they leave primary school at 11. There is a real need to address these health problems. We as a nation cannot be satisfied with our children suffering health problems through no fault of their own.
Labour’s policy will help improve the health of our children by making sure every child gets given a nutritious meal at school – over 90 per cent of pupils taking a school lunch eat food or drink containing vegetables or fruit compared with only 58 per cent of pupils bringing in packed lunches. It is right and proper that we aim to ensure every child is receiving a healthy, balanced lunch at school.
Despite these huge benefits, the government is failing to provide children their basic right to a healthy meal. In 2013, the Coalition Government accepted a report that recommended all primary school pupils get free school meals. However, as is usually the case with this government, the plan was quietly dropped. Instead, since 2014, children in reception, year one and year two get free school meals – but funding per child per meal has been frozen, therefore failing to keep up with inflation.
The Conservatives are leading an assault on our country’s schools. The serious funding crisis currently looming over schools has not only left them unable to provide healthy lunches for pupils, but has forced schools like St John’s Primary School in Crowborough to resort to extreme measures such as asking parents to donate essential items – like toilet rolls – that the school can’t afford. It’s simply unacceptable. Our children deserve better and Labour will make sure that’s what they get.
As Shadow Education Secretary, I’ve had enough of seeing schools struggling to provide the support and education children need because of the misplaced priorities of this Conservative government. Free school meals for all children, no matter what their background, will improve the education and health of our children. Labour will deliver it.
A message from our MP Daniel Zeichner Your chance to say “No More” to the most right-wing Conservative government in modern history Two days ago, shortly after Theresa May’s...