Jon Trickett

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Everyone I talk to thinks that the Conservative Government works for the wealthiest people in our country and not for everyone else.

New evidence has emerged which demonstrates the truth of this viewpoint.

This is because the new figures have been published as to who pays for the Conservative Party.

It’s astonishing that over half of the donations from people since the beginning of the election campaign have come from the tiny elite group identified by the Sunday Times as the 1000 richest people in Britain.

Since the election was called a few weeks ago, a handful of these mega-millionaires have donated more than £1,300,000 to the Conservative Party. Clearly they believe that the Tories exist to help people like them, so are using their wealth to help the Tories in return.

And the truth is that it exactly this group of people which this Government has looked after the best.

While the rest of us have been suffering from austerity, the Rich List been getting even richer. In 2005, before the financial crisis began to bite, their combined wealth stood at about £250billion. Now, they have more than doubled their wealth to £658bn.

These are the people benefiting from a Tory Government. No surprise then that  they are trying to use their money to get themselves another one.

The truth is that the wealthy and the Conservatives ’sup from the same pot’ as we say here in Yorkshire.

One way this happens is in the so-called ‘Conservative Leaders’ Dinners’

The wealthy and the leaders of the Conservative party wine and dine together. They come together with their shared interests.

Big donations from the already wealthy appear to be accompanied by Government action. Their latest manifesto shows exactly this. They have made huge promises to Big Oil - giving it more space than any other industry. But what they don’t want you to know if that they’ve taken almost £400,000 in donations from oil magnates - and half of these have come to their cosy dinners.

We are in a position to change this. While ‘few’ can secure promises from Theresa May’s Conservatives, they can’t buy the vote of the ‘many’. Britain is at a crossroads. We can either go on in the same old way. Or we can transform the way our country operates  by choosing a Labour Government.

 

The 'few' can demand promises from the Tories in exchange for cash, but Labour is for the many

Everyone I talk to thinks that the Conservative Government works for the wealthiest people in our country and not for everyone else. New evidence has emerged which demonstrates the truth...

The Tories want the next four weeks to be a coronation, not an election. No debates.  No discussion of the big issues. Make it all about Theresa May and and don’t mention the Conservative Party.

But the British people know that Theresa’s Tories are still the nasty party.

The Party of ruthless cuts to the National Health Service, and of longer waiting lists. The Party of food banks. The Party of insecure and unstable jobs. The Party of falling incomes. The Party of homelessness, and the party of soaring class sizes in schools.

 Of course the Conservatives remain a very nice Party for the rich and big business.  The people who are their priority in a Tory Brexit.

And let me share a secret with you, one the Conservatives seem to want to keep quiet.

Theresa May is the leader of this nasty party – her words, not mine.

She may talk of bringing the country together.  But everything her government does is pushing people apart.

A year ago she promised action on grotesque boardroom pay. Nothing has happened- pressure from fat cats has seen to that.

A year ago she pledged a new deal at work, including worker representation on company boards. Nothing happened – her backbenchers nipped that in the bud.

And of course she promised that there would be no early election. Her own ambition has added that to the list of broken pledges.

And the Tories try to tell us she is decisive.

The truth is that this Lady is for turning – as long as it is in favour of the vested interests the Tories hold dear.

Politics is crying out for honest and decent leadership, for the many and not the few.

We will never get that from the Nasty Party.

We can’t be fooled – Theresa’s Tories are still the nasty party

The Tories want the next four weeks to be a coronation, not an election. No debates.  No discussion of the big issues. Make it all about Theresa May and and don’t...

Under the Tories, the richest people are pay a smaller and smaller proportion in tax. Yet the squeeze on middle and low earners has got larger and larger. Labour will protect 95 per cent of people - and let me tell you why:

Labour is the party of and for working people. Whether you’re a nurse, a teacher, working in an office or warehouse, or if you’re retired, Labour will stick up for you.

I met a working mum from Upton last week who struggles to pay all the bills. She works hard and cares for her family. Although her job is tough and involves long hours her wage isn't really enough to pay all the bills.

We think that people who work should receive a fair day’s pay. That is why we will bring in a rule that no one should be paid less than £10/hour - and we will protect people's pensions because if someone has worked hard all their life they deserve a decent pension.

One of the costs which people have to contend with is tax. And everyone should pay their fair share so that we can run schools for her children and hospitals for when they get sick.

But the Conservatives have cut the amount of tax which the richest are paying. I believe that everyone Should pay their fair share.

So over the weekend Labour made a promise. We announced that low and middle earners will pay no extra tax on their income. That means working mums like the lady who came to my office  can be sure that no more will be taken from what they are earning now.

We leave open the possibility of more tax on the incomes very high earners – those earning over £80,000 - in order to protect people the others.

This comes with a promise that no one will see their National Insurance Contributions rise or a hike in VAT. When the cost of living is a struggle for so many working families around the country, Labour will make sure people aren’t also hit with the Government also taking more from their wallets.

The Tories will not make this guarantee. It’s part of the myth that the Tories will lower your tax. This isn’t the case, they don’t lower taxes for people like us - they just lower tax for their rich friends.

They’re using these tax breaks to give welfare to the rich, rather than supporting the poor or investing in our economy. Since the last election, the Tories have introduced a £1bn giveaway in inheritance tax to millionaires, gifted the rich a corporation tax cut of over a billion pounds and cuts capital gains tax – which gave the equivalent of £3,000 each to the top 0.3% of the population.

To pay for this, they’ve cut jobs from our public services. They’ve cut the amount of money low earners and single parents get from Universal Credit. They tried to take £4billion away from the disabled. This is a huge injustice.

Instead, Labour will protect 95 per cent of earners. We are on the side of the majority of people who work hard to care for their families. Labour will make the richest pay their fair share and we will protect the many - not the few.

Labour will protect 95% of people from paying any more income tax

Under the Tories, the richest people are pay a smaller and smaller proportion in tax. Yet the squeeze on middle and low earners has got larger and larger. Labour will...


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