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September 4, 2012 - Bill Esterson's Westminster Diary

Bill Esterson


Three key issues are raised with me more than any others. The economy, the health service and the police. Below I set out some thoughts about what is needed on each of these areas in the coming months.

This is a really worrying time for families, struggling with higher food prices and gas bills and worried about their jobs and their children’s futures. That’s why we need a plan for jobs, to help families and support small businesses

The following plan for jobs, will help families and support small businesses. Labour’s jobs plan includes:

1. A £2 billion tax on bank bonuses to fund a real jobs guarantee for all young people out of work for a year and build 25,000 more affordable homes.

2. Bringing forward long-term investment projects schools, roads and transport - to get people back to work and strengthen our economy for the future.

3. Reversing the Tory-led Government's damaging VAT rise now for a temporary period - a £450 boost for a couple with children - immediate help for our high streets and for struggling families and pensioners.

4. A one year cut in VAT to 5% on home improvements, repairs and maintenance - to help homeowners and small businesses.

5. A one year national insurance tax break for every small firm which takes on extra workers - helping small businesses to grow and create jobs.

Waiting times for hospital treatment have reached their highest level for three years, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

You can't trust David Cameron with the NHS

He's already broken his pledges to protect the NHS budget and stop the top-down reorganisation of the NHS.

The Health Bill is making changes to almost every part of the NHS while hundreds of millions of pounds are being wasted on handing out redundancy notices to staff.

The Royal College of Nursing has warned 10,000 health jobs will be cut.

People also can’t trust Nick Clegg to protect the NHS. After the Lib Dems’ local election disasters his concern is to save his Party, not safeguard our NHS.

Labour is determined to protect our NHS in the North West.

The Tory-led Government's 20 per cent cuts to policing go too far too fast and are already having a damaging impact on police forces across the country.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has estimated that these front-loaded cuts will lead to the loss of over 16,000 police officers over the next 4 years.

Labour is committed to prioritising policing, keeping Bobbies on the beat and protecting the public.

We should be investing to support families and businesses and protecting front line police and the NHS. Those are the priorities of the people I meet across Sefton and they should be the priorities of government. 

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