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Plymouth's Labour Council backs the junior doctors in their dispute with the Tory Government. The Government is trying to impose an unsafe and unfair contract on junior doctors. Labour is backing the junior doctors.

In Plymouth, Councillor Tudor Evans, the Leader of Plymouth City Council, has joined junior doctors on the picket lines. In the council chamber Labour councillors have spoken up for junior doctors and back them.

Labour believes that the NHS is at risk with the Tories in power. Their attempts to cut and privatise our health service is putting lives at risk. Junior doctors do an amazing job, work long hours and make a huge contribution to keeping people in Plymouth safe and well.

All three of Plymouth's Tory MPs support the Government and are siding against Plymouth's junior doctors. 

Read tweets by Cllr Tudor herehere and here backing the junior doctors.

On 5 May, use your vote to back junior doctors and send the Tories a message that we don't back their attacks on junior doctors.

 

Labour backs the junior doctors

Plymouth's Labour Council backs the junior doctors in their dispute with the Tory Government. The Government is trying to impose an unsafe and unfair contract on junior doctors. Labour is...

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Stella Creasy, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow, was in Plymouth on Friday to hear about Plymouth Labour's action against payday lenders.

Stella created the campaign against legal loan sharks. Payday lenders with uncontrolled cost of credit have been plunging thousands of people into poverty, trapping them with high interest rates and spiralling debt.

When Labour took power in plymouth in 2012 we took action against payday lenders. We banned payday lenders from renting council property and advertising on council-owned billboards. We also stopped access to payday lenders on the free wifi we introduced in the city centre and waterfront. 

Credit Union support

Labour has supported Plymouth's two credit unions and has encouraged them to work together. We have also supported the credit union at Frankfort Gate to encourage more people to save and get affordable loans.

Stella visits the City of Plymouth Credit Union

Watch our video of Stella's visit to Plymouth's credit union on Friday.

 

Councillor Chris Penberthy, cabinet member for cooperatives and housing said:

"Over the past four years Plymouth's Labour and Cooperative Council has made it a priority to build the city's economy. We do not want to see local people ripped off by unscrupulous or illegal businesses. We have been successful in opposing the way in which the pay-day lending industry works; keeping pay-day lenders adverts off Council owned computers and billboards; and clamping down on illegal loan-sharks. We have campaigned against zero hours contracts, the bedroom tax and cuts to tax credits. At the same time we have actively supported local debt advice services; provided welfare and benefit maximisation advice; and invested time and resources to facilitate the growth and development of our local credit unions. Our holistic approach has made a radical difference to the lives of thousands of Plymothians."

 

Paul Williams, manager of the City of Plymouth Credit Union said"

"Plymouth's Credit Unions and our partners have never had as supportive a Council administration as the current one. Thanks to their support the Credit Unions have merged and have a city centre shop. Because of this our membership has grown by over 40% in the past three years, we have greater recognition and reach in communities, our savings book has risen to over £1million for the first time ever, and we are embarking on a major development programme. We have welcomed the opportunity to campaign with the Council and offer local people an alternative to legal and illegal loan-sharks."

Stella Creasy backing Plymouth Labour payday lenders campaign

Stella Creasy, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow, was in Plymouth on Friday to hear about Plymouth Labour's action against payday lenders.

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Plymouth Labour has today unveiled its 52 pledge manifesto for the 2016 City Council elections. The manifesto has been created via an open process where anyone in Plymouth could contribute ideas and vote on the final document.

Plymouth currently has a Labour City Council. On Thursday 5 May voters in Plymouth will go to the polls to decide whether Labour or the Conservatives will run the City Council for the next two years. 

Labour's manifesto sets out a bold vision for a cleaner, fairer, greener and more prosperous city. 

Read Plymouth Labour's manifesto here.

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Plymouth Labour's local election candidates at the launch of our 2016 manifesto

 

Cllr Tudor Evans, Labour Leader of Plymouth City Council said:

Labour has been in control of Plymouth City Council since May 2012. In that time we have delivered more than 2,300 new homes for Plymouth residents. Labour has brought in almost 5,000 new jobs by buying more services locally, by attracting inward investment and by supporting Plymouth businesses to grow.

We are working hard for our City by:
• Making Plymouth safer
• Cleaning up our streets
• Investing in proper jobs with real prospects for local people

We know there is more to do. We need to stick together and stand together – no one will do it for us. We continue to tighten our belts to get value for money for residents in these tough times. Things are not as fair as they should be. There is not enough opportunity for everyone to do well for themselves and their families. And no-one should have to leave Plymouth to get on in life.

We will continue to fight to get a fair deal from London. We support local people who are trying to make our City great, again. We need to talk our City up! It is time to say don’t mess with Plymouth. We need strong leadership in our local communities as well as nationally. Indecision will take us backwards. Despite Government cuts of £1,500 for every man, woman and child in the city, Plymouth’s council tax is still the lowest average council tax in the south west.

We have achieved a great deal since 2012 by tackling difficult issues head on and by working co-operatively with residents, staff, local businesses and communities. Plymouth is a fairer, better and greener place because of Labour. We have done a great deal but there is still so much more that Labour wants to do and that is why we are asking you for your trust to get the job done for the next two years. 

 

If you value it, vote for it.

The election on 5 May will be very close. You can help re-elect a Labour Council if you vote. Here are three things you can do to help Labour win on 5 May:

  1. Register to vote. The Government has changed the way people register to vote. Don't lose your voice, check you are registered to vote by registering online here. It only takes a moment and means you won't lose your voice.
  2. Register for a postal vote. Voting by post is easy and helps Labour win. Register for a postal vote online or get in touch with us and we'll ask the City Council to send you a form. 
  3. Vote Labour. Labour can only implement this manifesto if people vote for us. Please use your vote on 5 May for Labour and help us win in Plymouth and continue the good work we started in 2012. 

Read Plymouth Labour's manifesto here.

Plymouth Labour unveils 52 pledge manifesto

Plymouth Labour has today unveiled its 52 pledge manifesto for the 2016 City Council elections. The manifesto has been created via an open process where anyone in Plymouth could contribute...

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