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#GE2019: IT’S TIME FOR REAL CHANGE FOR WORKING PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. VOTE LABOUR ON DECEMBER 12.

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The following has been taken from the Labour Unions website and can be viewed by clicking here.

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Working people are finding it harder to make ends meet, jobs aren’t secure, and our schools and hospitals have been pushed to the brink. Britain simply cannot afford 5 more years of the Tories.

LABOUR WILL:

  1. Protect our NHS and improve patient care, with a £26bn rescue package, and increase GP training places so everyone can get an appointment when they need one.
  2. Introduce a real Living Wage of at least £10 an hour immediately, for all workers aged 16 and over, and ban zero hours contracts.
  3. Reverse school cuts, making sure every class has a qualified teacher, cap primary class sizes, give free school meals to all primary children and limit school uniform costs.
  4. Kick-start a green industrial revolution, creating a million good, skilled jobs in every region and nation of the UK.
  5. Win higher pay, more job security and a better deal at work by strengthening unions to give power back to working people.
  6. Build a million genuinely affordable homes over 10 years, including at least 100,000 council homes a year by 2024.
  7. Pay public service workers properly, with a 5% payrise in April, and above inflation pay rises every year.
  8. Support working families, giving all 2-4 year olds 30 hours free childcare a week, strengthening flexible working rights and opening 1,000 Sure Start Children’s Centres, so there’s one in every community.
  9. Make bus services work in the interests of passengers, re-opening 3000 bus routes that have closed under the Tories.
  10. Save people money on fares and bills by  bringing rail, mail, water and energy into public ownership and rolling out a publicly owned full fibre broadband network, free to every home.

VOTE LABOUR ON THURSDAY 12 DECEMBER TO REBUILD BRITAIN FOR THE MANY NOT THE FEW.

#GE2019: Select Tweets

As we get ever closer to the General Election on Thursday, December 12th, I will be sharing a number of Labour Party  tweets in this blog post, to encourage any undecided voters to #VOTELABOUR and end the suffering that so many of us have experienced under Tory mismanagement . We need a government that will look after the many, as opposed to the select few.

Without further ado…

You get what you vote for, use your vote wisely… #GE2019


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Christopher John Ball]

There is more at stake in this 2019 UK General Election than Brexit. Please use your vote responsibly and with compassion for others. For how you vote impacts others. Disabled people have been hit very hard indeed by the Conservative policies of this government. The UN researched the impact of said policies upon disabled people and found that they had created a ‘human catastrophe’. Disabled people have died as a result of these pernicious policies. The film includes several examples of the monochrome photographs I have made whilst campaigning as a member of ‘Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).

THE SKWAWKBOX: VIDEO: TORY PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE SAYS DISABLED SHOULD BE PAID LESS AS ‘THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND MONEY’

The following blog is from the excellent SKWAWKBOX blog  that is a rare bright left-wing light shining through a sinister mainstream media.

I will be sharing random posts from SKWAWKBOX as we edge ever closer to the General Election as I attempt to get the Labour message out there. I am doing all I can, but due to my disability this is largely confined to sharing stories on my blog and social media. If I could do more, I would, but circumstances dictate.

Anyway, please read and digest the following blog. Even if you just watch the video, it may help make up your mind to #VOTELABOUR on  December 12th.

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Staggering arrogance and condescension

Tory candidate for Hastings and Rye Sally Ann Heart has provoked outrage by defending the idea that disabled people should be paid less than able-bodied workers for the same work.

Heart claimed that the article was ‘in support of employing people with learning disabilities’ – to the loud anger of the audience at a constituency hustings:

Sally Ann Heart is hardly a one-off among Tories. Tory MP Philip Davies caused a huge public outcry by saying in 2011 that disabled people should be paid less than the minimum wage.

Twitter user ‘James B’ commented:

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When the Tories tell you who they are – and by god is one of them doing that here – believe them. https://twitter.com/Rknepper_/status/1202686219546742793 

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Conservative candidate Sally Ann Heart defending her view that Disabled people / those with learning disabilities should be paid less as they ‘Don’t understand money’! Actually unbelievable. Audience do not agree… #GeneralElection19 #tory #jc4pm

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Hastings and Rye was until this election the seat of Amber Rudd, who as Home Secretary was complicit in the Windrush racism scandal and as DWP secretary defended the Tories’ despicably cruel Universal Credit system that blights the lives of millions of vulnerable people, including the disabled.

Rudd came within a whisker of losing her seat in 2017. Let’s make sure her replacement gets nowhere near it.

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With every second that passes, it seems the Tories reveal more of what and who they really are, in spite of their best efforts.

James B is absolutely right.

Vote Labour.

SKWAWKBOX BLOG – VIDEO: FANS SUPPORTING FOODBANKS IS ASKING TONIGHT TO #SHUTUSDOWN’ – WITH A POWERFUL MESSAGE TO WORKING CLASS COMMUNITIES

The following blog is from the excellent SKWAWKBOX blog  that is a rare bright left-wing light shining through a sinister mainstream media.

I will be sharing random posts from SKWAWKBOX as we edge ever closer to the General Election as I attempt to get the Labour message out there. I am doing all I can, but due to my disability this is largely confined to sharing stories on my blog and social media. If I could do more, I would, but circumstances dictate.

Anyway, please read and digest the following blog. Even if you just watch the video, it may help make up your mind to #VOTELABOUR on  December 12th.

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Fans Supporting Foodbanks (FSF) is a brilliant initiative, started by three working class blokes from Liverpool, to collect food for foodbanks – because many in their area were regularly running out of food for vulnerable families.

That’s how massive the impact of Tory policies, in particular the vile and punitive Universal Credit, has been on communities across this country.

But at the Liverpool-Everton derby match at Anfield tonight, FSF has a simple message for fans of both teams and voters across the nation:

“Shut Us Down”.

The three FSF founders talked today to the SKWAWKBOX about their initiative and the need they encounter among ordinary people – and about why they want to be made redundant next week.

And they had a particular message for the working-class communities that have been targeted by the Tories in this election in spite of the hammering those communities have received under Tory policies:

Remember who your real enemy is:

The message is absolutely simple: the Tories and their BP offshoot are not on our side. They never have been and they never will be.

FSF is an example of working-class solidarity. A show of that solidarity at the ballot box next week will change the course of this country – and restore it as a society that doesn’t need foodbanks because everyone will be properly fed and cared for under a Labour government.

The lads will be taking that message to other towns and clubs between now and election day.

Vote Labour for yourself, for your community and for your country.

#GE2019: Standing Up for Wales

The following email is from Mark Drakeford to Welsh Labour members.  I wanted to share it here to show why I believe in this Party and have faith in them to deliver a brighter tomorrow for everyone in Wales.  They will also be in a stronger position to do this if they are able to work with a Labour Party in Westminster.

#VoteLabour2019 #JC4PM2019 #ChangeIsComing

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On Monday I unveiled our Welsh Labour manifesto. It is a bold plan for how the Welsh Labour Government will work side-by-side with a UK Labour Government, led by Jeremy Corbyn. It’s a plan that will deliver for each and every community across Wales. But we need your help on the doorstep to make sure we can deliver it.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve shown what our people-powered campaign can do. Thousands of Welsh Labour members have been pounding the streets of towns, villages and cities spreading our positive vision for Wales’ prosperous future under a UK Labour Government.

Unlike the Tories who rely on their big donors, our campaign is funded by the generosity of hundreds of thousands of individual people who want to bring about real change.

Our Welsh Labour manifesto works hand in hand with the UK Manifesto in helping us deliver for Wales like never before, including:

  • £3.4bn extra, each year to invest in schools, the NHS and local government.
  • A green industrial revolution, creating thousands of new green jobs.
  • A £10 living wage, for all workers aged 16 and over.
  • A final say on Brexit, where Welsh Labour will campaign unequivocally to remain.
  • A ban on zero hours contracts, giving people the security they need at work.
  • Extend free social care, supporting more people when it really matters.
  • Strengthened parental rights, by extending statutory maternity leave to 12 months and doubling paternity leave.
  • Scrap tuition fees, building on the best student support package in the UK.
  • An end to the Tories’ disastrous Universal Credit, no ifs, no buts.
  • Four new bank holidays, including a public holiday for St. David’s Day.

    I hope you’ll agree that this plan is a blueprint for the Wales that we all want to see.

    And with your help over these crucial final few weeks of the campaign, that’s the future we can have.

    Welsh Labour is the only party that is standing up for Wales.

    Let’s get out there and spread the word – see you on the Labour Doorstep!

    I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

    Best wishes,
    Mark Drakeford AM
    Welsh Labour Leader & First Minister of Wales

#GE2019: Jeremy Corbyn reveals unredacted documents about secret US-UK trade talks

BREAKING NEWS

The following article has been taken from the official Labour Party website, and shows why it is so important that we #VoteLabour on December 12th.

#VoteLabour #JC4PM2019 #HANDSOFFOURNHS #NOTFORSALE

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Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, today revealed unredacted documents about secret US-UK trade talks putting the NHS on the table in any trade negotiations. Speaking at the press conference, he said:

If you watched the first TV debate between me and Boris Johnson, you’ll have seen me hold up these censored, blacked-out reports of secret US-UK talks about breaking open our NHS to US corporations and driving up the cost of medicines.

You’ll have seen Boris Johnson lose his cool, very angrily react saying it was “an absolute invention” and “completely untrue.”

He told the country there were “no circumstances whatsoever in which his government or any Conservative government” would put the NHS on the table in any trade negotiations.

What I have here is something I can reveal to you 451 pages of unredacted documents and information. All of it here.

His government released this [holds up redacted version]. We have since obtained this [holds up unredacted version]. Which is a very different version of events.

Perhaps he’d like to explain why these documents confirm the US is demanding the NHS is on the table in the trade talks?

These uncensored documents leave Boris Johnson’s denials in absolute tatters.

Voters need to ask themselves some very serious questions: is the NHS safe in Boris Johnson’s hands?

We’ve now got evidence that under Boris Johnson the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale. He tried to cover it up in a secret agenda but today it’s been exposed.

Now we know the truth, when Johnson says, ‘get Brexit done’, it’s a fraud on the British people. This is the reality. Years of bogged down negotiations and our NHS is up for sale.

This election is now a fight for the survival of our National Health Service. As a public service free for all at the point of need.

So for the want of any doubt, let me give this reassurance: Labour will never ever treat our NHS as a bargaining chip in trade talks with anybody. We will never let Donald Trump get his hands on our NHS. Because our NHS is not for sale.

These reports cover six rounds of talks running from July 2017 until just a few months ago. The meetings took place in both Washington DC and London.

The six rounds should be taken as one ongoing negotiation.

We are talking here about secret talks for a deal with Donald Trump after Brexit. A deal that will shape our country’s future.

These reports pull back the curtain on the secrecy that’s being plotted for us all, behind closed doors, by the Conservative government. This is what they didn’t want you to know.

So let me take you through some key points.

Let me begin with medicine pricing. Remember, Labour and experts said big US corporations want to force up the price our NHS pays for drugs as part of the toxic deal being negotiated with Trump.

The Conservatives said this was nonsense. The documents show that we were right.

In fact, negotiations have advanced even further than we feared they had. The US and UK have already finished initial discussion on lengthening patents for medicines.

Longer patents mean only one thing – more expensive drugs. Lives will be put at risk as a result of this.

Many out-of-patent medicines available cheaply here are vastly more expensive under patent law in the US.

The drug Humira for Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis costs our NHS £1,409 a packet. In the US, the same packet costs £8,115. Get the difference – £1,409 in our NHS, £8,115 in the USA.

One of the reasons for US drug prices being on average 250% of those here is a patent regime rigged for the big pharmaceutical companies.

Dr Andrew Hill has warned the NHS could have to hand over £500 million a week more for medicines following a toxic Trump deal.

If you look at the readout of the second meeting, on page 51, UK officials report that “patent issues” around “NHS access to generic drugs will be a key consideration” in talks.

US officials have “pushed hard,” the reports says, for longer patents for US drug companies.

You can also see on page 132 of the report of the fourth meeting, where drug patents are being discussed, that officials are ready to “exchange text” which is trade-negotiator-speak for it being at a very advanced stage. And they say they are ready to, I quote, “really take significant further steps.”

Let’s be frank, the US is not going to negotiate to sell its own medicines for less.

President Trump himself never tires of complaining about what he calls the “unreasonably low prices” other countries pay for medicines. The White House even has a webpage attacking so-called “foreign freeloading” – that’s what they’re accusing our NHS of.

Big pharma has ripped off and imperilled the health of the American people for years. Now these secret reports show they’re looking to do the same to us – if the Conservatives are elected on December 12th.

Labour has been warning that NHS services will also be on the table in trade talks for a sell-out deal with Trump. After all, that’s exactly what Trump said when he visited this country in June.

He said and I quote: “When you’re dealing in trade, everything is on the table NHS or anything else.”

The Tories have denied it, but the documents show that on this occasion, Trump was right and so were we.

The new breed of trade deals are not only – or even mainly – about tariffs on goods at the border.

They are also about services – including our health service.

And these documents make clear that for the US, to quote page 41 of the third meeting report, “everything is included unless something is specifically excluded.”

They want, I quote: “Total market access” as the “baseline assumption of the trade negotiations.”

“Total market access.”

But surely you can’t believe that British officials would demand the NHS be excluded? Apparently not.

In fact, on behalf of the Conservative government, officials reassured their counterparts that “the US should expect the UK to be a liberalising influence” and that together they could “fly the good flag for services liberalisation.”

That’s a green light for breaking open Britain’s public services so corporations can profit from.

So now we know, direct from the secret reports that they never wanted you to see.

The US is demanding that our NHS is on the table in negotiations for a toxic deal – it’s already being talked about in secret. That could lead to runaway privatisation of our health service.

Mega-corporations see Johnson’s alliance with Trump as a chance to make billions from the illness and sickness of people in this country.

And if the Conservatives have their way and this deal goes forward, the changes I’ve revealed will be almost irreversible.

Officials have discussed a system to give corporations the power to sue our country. This is not only a plot against our NHS. It is a plot against the whole country.

These sell-out negotiations with Trump cover everything from food safety, to gender discrimination rules, to workers’ rights.

I’ll leave it to you journalists as experts to comb through these secret reports and expose the biggest threats. But let me give you a few pointers.

How about chlorine-washed chicken on our dinner tables?

Have a look at the second meeting, on page 42 and 43, where the US even agrees to share its “public lines” to help our government with its “media narratives.”

You might want to look at how Trump’s America absolutely refuses, absolutely refuses, to even mention climate change in the deal – see the second meeting, page 17.

On page one of meeting six for the US advocating a No Deal Brexit saying that would mean there’d be “all to play for” in a deal with Trump.

What’s at stake in a deal with Trump could not be more important for our country.

In this election the Conservatives want you to vote blind, keeping millions of us in the dark about their plans.

But these reports, first obtained in censored form by campaigners in this room, shine a light on this plot.

So it seems to me that it’s now on Boris Johnson to explain how all of this is an “absolute invention.” you heard his words on the video we just showed. To explain why he denied the very things we can now read in black and white. He must now come clean about the Conservatives’ sell-out plans are for our NHS.

Labour will not let this rest because, unlike the Conservatives, we’re not on the side of the billionaires and the bankers. We’re on the side of the nurse, the doctor, the patient and the people and we will never sell out our National Health Service. I’ll now ask our colleagues, friends from the National Health Service are here today to help us and they will pass around some copies of these documents and then Barry and I will take questions from you.

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#GE2019: I Stand with Jeremy Corbyn

I will now hand over to my good friend and political comrade, Adam Samuels, who has written the must-read piece below about anti- Semitism within the Labour Party.

#VOTELABOUR #JC4PM

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Is there some anti-Semitism within The Labour Party? Yes. The Labour Party is part of society, so, unfortunately, yes. This must never be denied and always be condemned. We should always be the ones setting the standards as a passionate anti-racist party. The extent of this anti-Semitism is, factually, LESS-considerably less-than the general population and LESS than the other main parties. FACTUALLY. As is the case with any type of racism. FACTUALLY.

Therefore, one has to at least wonder why the Chief Rabbi-who openly supports Boris Johnson-who openly makes racist & homophobic comments (Johnson), and Netanyahu-who is a racist, brutal and responsible for thousands of Palestinian deaths along with the Israeli forces, is coming forward now, with NO NEW ‘EVIDENCE’. The UN and many other organisation describe Netanyahu’s Israel as an Apartheid State. Because it defined itself as such with the Nation State law-literally distinguishing those who identify as Jewish as being on a different level to anyone else in Israel.

I also wonder WHY the Chief Rabbi is not condemning the very obvious anti-Semitism in other parties, especially the CONservatives-given election candidates have been withdrawn/suspended for Holocaust denial, given the Tories are officially affiliated with Hungary’s openly anti-Semitic government, given incidents of anti-Semitism in the CONservative Party are far higher. Given the rampant Islamophobia in the Tory Party not even mentioned by the Chief Rabbi. So, WHY?! Given the Tories have NOT implemented the IHRA as Labour has…

The cynic in me, seeing how passionately Jeremy Corbyn & Labour defend the rights of both Palestinians and Muslims & all citizens of Israel and Jewish people, is wondering WHY, as Labour surge in the opinion polls, and with no new evidence-and actual outright lies, the Chief Rabbi comes forward at this time? Now, it is the media’s job to report such things, I am not condemning them for this. What I AM condemning them for is not mentioning any of what I have just written, or not countering things, or not questioning the Chief Rabbi in a way the media would, in a democracy of any note.

Which then leads to me, genuinely, almost with in tears in my eyes, given all of the above-given my family history on one side is Jewish-something as serious as the cancer of anti-Semitism, while of course not denying its existence, can be used in such a way against someone so obviously, passionately, anti-racist with a track record to prove it. So I have no interest in stoking hatred, aggression etc. Just fair play, context and condemnation of those who deserve it. Which is certainly not those actively opposing anti-Semitism in all its forms. The best example of which I can see of any political leader, is Jeremy Corbyn.

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#GE2019: Fact pack to disprove smears against Jeremy Corbyn