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On Saturday, during a visit to Gravesend to campaign in the upcoming local elections in Kent on the 4th May, John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, reaffirmed a pledge made last summer by Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, to invest in essential communications and energy infrastructure in the South East.

Labour has pledged to rebalance investment across the country after new figures show that the South East has just £1,081 spent per person on essential infrastructure, compared to £3,114 per person in London.

Mr McDonnell highlighted how the South East is one of the regions worst hit by rising rail fares and in a speech to Labour Party members John talked about Labour’s policy to take back control of our railways by bringing them back under public ownership.

Speaking to members at the Labour Party office in Gravesend, John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

 “After seven years of Tory failure on the economy, too much of our country is being held back. There’s a huge potential in places like Gravesend and across Kent for investment in new technologies like renewable energy. We’re committed to rewriting the rules so that investment decisions made in Whitehall don’t just focus on what’s good for a few people in the City of London.

“Labour will deliver the long-term patient investment needed to create the jobs of the future in new technologies, renewable energy and in transport infrastructure fit for the 21st century.

“On 4th May people across Kent will have the chance to vote for their next county council. Labour is the only party that are serious about achieving the investment that is needed to restore pride and prosperity to Kent and we will take back control of our railways.”

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John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor reaffirms promise to invest in South East

On Saturday, during a visit to Gravesend to campaign in the upcoming local elections in Kent on the 4th May, John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, reaffirmed a pledge made...

The Tories famously pledged to be the “most family friendly Government we’ve ever had” before the 2010 election. As part of this claim they said they would protect Sure Start, the transformative early year years programme introduced by Labour to give young children the best start in life. But new research, based on Freedom of Information requests to councils, reveals that there are now over 1,240 fewer designated Sure Start children’s centres than when the Tories took office- a fall of around 34 per cent since 2010.

In the South East, 150 Sure Start Centres have been slashed.

Angela Rayner MP: Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the closures, said:

“The Tories claim they’re protecting Sure Start, but they’re not. They use tricky accounting methods- like pointing to buildings which are still open but which are running much reduced services-to try to pull the wool over people’s eyes. But the facts speak for themselves.

“There are a third fewer designated centres than there were when the Tories came to office. We know that because we asked local authorities, those tasked with running these vital services, and that’s what they told us.

“The Tories are taking us backwards. It’s a scandal that parents and children are paying the price.”

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The Tories have slashed Sure Start. There are now 150 fewer centres in the South East

The Tories famously pledged to be the “most family friendly Government we’ve ever had” before the 2010 election. As part of this claim they said they would protect Sure Start,...

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the launch of a consultation into the South Eastern franchise, said:

“Under the Tories, punctuality has fallen to a 10 year low, passenger satisfaction is plummeting, fares have risen three times faster than wages and promised upgrades have been delayed by years or scrapped altogether.

“Privatised rail has failed and it will take more than tinkering around the edges to deliver much needed improvements for passengers.” 

South Eastern Consultation

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the launch of a consultation into the South Eastern franchise, said: “Under the Tories, punctuality has fallen to a 10 year...

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