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.”