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Plymouth Labour has become one of the first parties in the country to use the latest doorstep campaigning technology on canvasses. The doorstep app allows volunteers who are doorknocking to feed information back in real-time to Labour's campaign systems saving time.

The technology was released this week and was immediately taken out on the doors for Saturday's weekly canvass in Peverell.

Jeremy Goslin, Labour's candidate in Peverell ward in 2016 and one of the local Labour campaign co-ordinators said:

The new doorstep app makes it quicker and easier for volunteers to make the most of doorstep canvassing. Plymouth Labour is known for being innovative. We were one of the first parties in the country to tweet and make YouTube videos and now we can lay claim to being one of the first to use the new doorstep app too. We really are in the midst of the white heat of technology!

Luke Pollard, who stood for Labour in the General Election in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport added: 

This app is brilliant. Less time doing paperwork after a canvass means more time on the doors listening to people's concerns and talking about Labour's policies and candidates. Hats off to the developers who made this great bit of kit.

Plymouth Labour first to use latest doorstep technology

Plymouth Labour has become one of the first parties in the country to use the latest doorstep campaigning technology on canvasses. The doorstep app allows volunteers who are doorknocking to...

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Today was Budget day. Plymouth Labour's Luke Pollard who stood as our candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport at the 2015 General Election looks at the Budget and what it means for the South West.

Philip Hammond’s first Budget continues the Tory austerity and cuts. Instead of focusing on the crisis in the NHS, falling wages, the four million children living in poverty or the growing food bank queues, the Tories delivered a triumph of spin over substance.

This Budget was supposed to be business as usual and for once I agree with the Tories because there was no new announcement on funding for our train line, no change in the far south west getting pitifully low per head education funding and no real help for the NHS crisis that is affecting our hospitals.

THE TORY JOB TAX

I remember in the General Election seeing direct mail, leaflets and online adverts from the Conservatives talking up the impact of “Labour’s job tax”. This was the Tories attempt to say that if Labour had won in 2015 they would have put up National Insurance – nonsense, but that didn’t matter, the mud stuck. They called it a jobs tax and told floating voters in Plymouth that it would hit them hard. Today we learn it was not Labour that is planning to put up National Insurance but the Tories. Hiking National Insurance for the self-employed not only hits them hard but also breaks one of the Conservative’s Manifesto pledges (see image below).

I’ve just read Oliver Colvile’s comments on today’s Budget. No mention of the broken election promise. No mention of how hiking NI will hit the 12,000 self-employed people in Plymouth hiking national insurance from 1% to 11%. That’s not a tax correction that’s a shameless tax grab from the pockets of some of the hardest workers in the city. No apology, no explanation, you wonder if he has even noticed?

NHS IN CRISIS

Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and understaffed. Around 3.9 million people are on waiting lists. 1.8 million people wait for four hours of more in A&E. One in four patients have to wait a week or more to see their GP with many waiting much longer. Social care is in crisis. The response of our local Tory MPs is to dial up the soundbites and media interviews but go weak on delivery. The NHS and social care is in crisis. It doesn’t need a sticking plaster it needs proper funding. £2bn extra for the NHS sounds good – but when you split over three years and over the entire country it doesn’t go far. The problem here is when the Tories have taken so much out of social care, giving a little bit back and claiming that as a big success won’t wash. It isn’t extra money, it is just less of a cut. But that’s still a cut.

FAILING TO DELIVER FOR THE SOUTH WEST

One of the most over-used phrases when it comes to Budget reactions is “the devil is in the detail” but it is. If you look carefully, the Tories have shrunk the value of the National Living Wage from £9 per hour by 2020 to £8.75. They’ve also planned to borrow even more because of Brexit. The much vaunted £60bn war chest for Brexit isn’t setting aside a surplus, as there isn’t one, nor is it using any reserves, as we don’t have any. It is extra borrowing. This Government has borrowed more money in 7 years than Labour did in 13.

 

In 2017 there are two budgets. I do hope the Autumn Budget will deliver more for the south west than this one has. And let me be clear about what I want to see: proper extra funding for the NHS and social care, funding for a new train line and a reversal of the Tory plans for business rate reform that will see taxes hiked for the high street when big supermarkets will end up paying less. - Luke Pollard

 

 

 This is a cross-posting of Luke's original blog form here.

Tories break election promise as National Insurance is hiked in Budget

Today was Budget day. Plymouth Labour's Luke Pollard who stood as our candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport at the 2015 General Election looks at the Budget and what it...

Today’s HMIC report on crime recording by Devon and Cornwall rates Devon and Cornwall Police as “inadequate” and declares it unacceptable that the force records so few of the most dangerous crimes including violence, rape and other sexual offences. It says only 76% of violent crimes are being recorded, leaving over 17,000 crimes off the books, and that Devon and Cornwall Police are “failing victims of crime”.

Gareth Derrick, the Labour candidate for the Police Commissioner role at last year’s election commented:

“It is a tragedy that so many victims of crime are being let down, and that the offenders are not being dealt with by our Police, even after strong warnings by HMIC in their 2014 report. Given that HMIC are calling for immediate action, the lukewarm response of Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan, saying he will ‘look at areas we can improve and how we can use this learning to improve the service’ tells me that the force still don’t take this seriously. I have serious concerns that not recording crime may be an institutional practice. 

“I made clear my beliefs in the campaign last year, that crime was not falling but was under-reported, and now HMIC have put that on record. Meanwhile our Commissioner Alison Hernandez published a report just six days ago saying that recording of rape and sexual offences was meeting her expectations.  

“Alison Hernandez’s Policing plan was published 2 weeks ago without proper scrutiny, saying it was co-produced by her and the Chief Constable. Crime recording barely gets a mention and she deliberately excluded performance targets about it. She has clearly established an over-cosy relationship with the Chief Constable and is failing to hold him to account. Time and time again her judgment comes under question. She needs to drop her ambition to make everything look rosy in these difficult times and get on with the gritty challenge of keeping our people safe.”   

Cllr Philippa Davey, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet member for Safer Communities and a member of the Devon & Cornwall Police and Crime Panel said:

“I fully endorse Gareth’s comments and am extremely disappointed with the findings of the Inspection as our panel were assured by Ms Hernandez that the issues were being dealt with. Now that we have learned many crimes, predominantly against women, children and vulnerable adults, are going unrecorded. This causes me great concern, especially when victim care is a peninsula-wide priority.

“That’s why I’m calling on my fellow councillors to hold an emergency Police and Crime Panel Meeting without delay.”

Victims of crime being let down by Tory Police Commissioner

Today’s HMIC report on crime recording by Devon and Cornwall rates Devon and Cornwall Police as “inadequate” and declares it unacceptable that the force records so few of the most...

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