Last week, you may have seen Keir Starmer setting out Labour’s ‘5 missions for a better Britain’.
These missions are to; secure the highest growth in the G7; make Britain a clean energy super power; build an NHS fit for the future; make Britain’s streets safer; and last but not least to break down the barriers to opportunities.
Over the next few months, we’ll be setting out in more detail just how we plan on making these missions a reality.
These missions make a nice change from the kind of politics we’ve all got used to over the last 13 years. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like this Government is lurching from crisis to crisis, with the people it was elected to represent being all too quickly forgotten. By having a set of 5 fundamental ambitions, we can ensure that the next Government operates with a long-term strategy, instead of relying on sticking-plaster political choices.
They also speak to issues which I see locally in Tameside every single day. Local people are feeling the pinch of the cost-of-living crisis, are concerned about energy price rises, are struggling to get a GP appointment when they need one, are worried about antisocial behaviour and are being blocked from accessing the skills training they need to thrive.
Having the next Labour Government put these issues at the heart of everything it does, then, could be truly transformational for people right across Tameside.
We’ve already seen a little of how some of these missions might be realised. Labour has committed to the biggest workforce expansion in the NHS for a generation and to putting thousands more police officers on our streets . We’ve also pledged to invest in high-quality green jobs and home insulation. But this is just the beginning of what we can achieve.
I’m incredibly proud to call Tameside my home. I work tirelessly to try and get the best deal for the people I represent. But the national support just isn’t there. I want to see a Tameside where people have access to good jobs, have more money in their pocket and feel safe where they live.
This isn’t some far-fetched dream, it can become a reality with political will, and if Labour win the next General Election, I’m excited from see what the future holds.