With less than a week to go until St Mary’s goes to the polls to elect a representative at the national, county and town level of government, the East Riding Labour Party candidates continue to talk with local residents about their new vision for East Riding Council.
Paul McGrath was critical of the Conservative’s record: “For the past four years all 6 Councillors representing Beverley have been Conservative and Beverley cannot afford another four more years. The Conservative dominated Council for the entire term has been defined by divisions, defections and discord. That is what they offer for the next term in office.”
Only Labour Party candidates are providing a new vision and a real alternative to the Conservatives in Beverley. Labour’s manifesto contains a number of concrete policies that would make a difference to everybody across the East Riding of Yorkshire. Important actions for Beverley include opposing any developers attempt to build executive homes on our green belt, campaigning against fracking and protecting vital community services from reckless cuts.
David Sweet is proud of the Labour Party’s commitment to the living wage: “East Riding Council should not allow any of their employee’s to earn a wage that they cannot live on. It is right and fair that the East Riding Council should pay every employee at least the living wage. The Labour Party had been campaigning on this issue for a long time and I am pleased that it is part of our offer to the voters.”
The issue of housing has formed a large part of the campaign for Ben, Paul and David reflecting the anger and concern over the unwillingness of the Conservative Councillors to listen to the electorate. The St Mary’s candidates are steadfast in their opposition to any further building of executive homes on our green belt. They will also oppose any attempt to use the welcome funds to rebuild Longcroft Lower School as a an excuse to put all of Longcroft School on one site and free up a land for developers.
Ben Cooper, one of the youngest candidates standing for election, said: “we need more truly affordable housing in Beverley, otherwise it will become too expensive for my generation to live here. Too many young people are unable to afford to pay the rent, never mind thinking about saving for a mortgage. It is time for the Council to support young people by building more affordable homes right across the East Riding.”