Jon Trickett

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Today I was in Featherstone where I met Denis and June. Denis served in the army in the middle east. The day he arrived back on the troop ship was June 1st 1948, the very day that the NHS was set up.

Ten days ago he had spinal surgery in hospital, today he was out and about. A minor miracle, he said.

He told me that he is very worried that if the Conservatives win the election the health service will be ended.

Denis and June

Today I was in Featherstone where I met Denis and June. Denis served in the army in the middle east. The day he arrived back on the troop ship was...

It has been reported that Tory Lord Wolfson has recently received an £820,000 bonus from Next, at the same time as implying that the living wage is not realistic. Lord Wolfson also claimed that £6.70 is enough to live on.

Living wage not a reality says Conservative Peer Boss of Next who has received £820,000 bonus

It has been reported that Tory Lord Wolfson has recently received an £820,000 bonus from Next, at the same time as implying that the living wage is not realistic. Lord... Read more

First launched by Labour in 2008, National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

National Apprenticeship Week

First launched by Labour in 2008, National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. Read more

 

The 23rd of February to the 8th of March is Fairtrade Fortnight which celebrates the impact of Fairtrade and raises awareness of the importance of buying Fairtrade produce when possible.

More than 1.3 million people, across more than 70 developing countries benefit from the Fairtrade system which ensures farmers across the developing world receive a fairer price for their work, as well as an additional premium, used by farmers and workers to invest in their communities. 

Fairtrade Fortnight

  The 23rd of February to the 8th of March is Fairtrade Fortnight which celebrates the impact of Fairtrade and raises awareness of the importance of buying Fairtrade produce when... Read more

It is not possible to build a successful economy unless working families are themselves successful. Labour understands that this means  giving a meaningful start in life to the younger generation.  

The decision by the coalition to raise tuition fees to £9000 was amongst the earliest actions which they took to set a direction of travel as to their dismissive attitude to younger people. 

Famously, Nick Clegg broke his solemn word to the country and is unlikely ever to be forgiven for that betrayal. Rightly so. And not simply because he had broken his word and imposed huge debt burdens on the back of most students.

But also because of the decision to fund higher education in this way speaks to a view of the system where Universities in effect cease to be a public good, but a set of individualised transactional relationships between students and the institutions which provide the degrees. 

But only 50% of our younger people go to University. For the other half – the Tories’ forgotten fifty per cent – there was too little on offer. Too often enfeebled training was rebadged as ‘apprenticeships’.  For the rest there was often unsatisfactory working or even long tem unemployment.

As Ed Miliband set out today, the Tory-led Government’s decision to treble tuition fees from 2012 goes beyond the betrayal of an election promise. Taken together with everything else they have done, what has happened over the last five years is a betrayal of an entire generation.

Labour will change all this with a series of new opportunities to young people.

Here are seven reasons why the announcements today, together with other announcements we have made, make up a progressive approach to backing the next generation:

 

1.       At the heart of Labour’s plan for tuition fees is a belief that university education is a public good rather than something that should be entirely left to the market. Labour is clear that university funding should be a shared responsibility between students and the state. Today’s announcement goes some way to restore that balance, and is a rejection of the market ideology the Tories and Lib Dems have imposed on our higher education system.

2.       There is nothing progressive about saddling our future generations with £44,000 of debt.  Under the Tory and Lib Dem system almost three-quarters of graduates will never pay their loan back in full, meaning they have tens of thousands of pounds of debt hanging over them for 30 years. So Labour’s policy to cut tuition fees to £6,000 will mean cutting the amount of debt loaded on to all graduates by up to £9,000. 

3.       Labour will also make the system fairer and more progressive by asking the top earning graduates to pay back more through a higher interest rate. This additional funding will be used to increase grants by £400 – benefitting more than half of students who are from households on middle and lower incomes.

4.       Our plan to cut tuition fees will be fully funded by asking the richest in our society to pay a little more but restricting pension tax relief for the highest earners. We think this is only fair – why should the richest in our society receive double the rate of tax relief of those on lower incomes only receive 20 per cent?

5.       Today’s announcement is part of our wider plan for the next generation, which includes more high-quality apprenticeships 

6.           We will provide a jobs guarantee to help get all our long term young unemployed people back into work. 

7.           Today’s focus was on our university students but let’s not forget that it has been Ed Miliband leading the way on increasing opportunities for the young people who the Tories forgot– those who choose not to go to university but instead wish to pursue a vocational route to work.

Taken together, Labour’s Young Person’s Guarantee is a progressive plan for a better Britain.

A progressive approach to backing the next generation

It is not possible to build a successful economy unless working families are themselves successful. Labour understands that this means  giving a meaningful start in life to the younger generation.  ...

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MP’s second jobs debate

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I am backing the campaign to make Minsthorpe Lane in South Elmsall safer by introducing a 20mph zone.

The campaign comes after an 11 year old girl was hit by a car on the road, suffering serious head injuries, and tragically, an 85 year old man died having been hit by a lorry in the same week, on the same stretch of road.

Serious consideration needs to be given to the introduction of a 20mph limit on Minsthorpe Lane in order to stop future tragedies. 20mph zones have been shown to cut down on accidents and minimise injuries.

 

Join the Campaign for Road Safety

I am backing the campaign to make Minsthorpe Lane in South Elmsall safer by introducing a 20mph zone. The campaign comes after an 11 year old girl was hit by... Read more

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Proud to be an accredited living wage supporter

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New figures reveal the Tory and Lib Dems’ disastrous reforms to electoral registration mean one million voters have already fallen off the electoral roll.

One million voices to go unheard

New figures reveal the Tory and Lib Dems’ disastrous reforms to electoral registration mean one million voters have already fallen off the electoral roll. Read more

NEXT, HAS HIT THE HEADLINES IN RECENT WEEKS BECAUSE OF THEIR RECRUITMENT PRACTICES AND PAY RATES, YET THEY MADE ALMOST £700 MILLION IN PROFIT LAST YEAR

WE BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE - NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE FROM - SHOULD HAVE A FAIR CHANCE AT GETTING A JOB AND BE PAID ENOUGH TO LIVE ON

WE ARE CALLING ON NEXT IN SOUTH ELMSALL TO:

- ALWAYS ADVERTISE JOBS LOCALLY

- TO PAY A LIVING WAGE TO ALL WORKERS AGENCY STAFF

- TO WORK WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, COUNCILLORS, AND ME TO MAKE OUR AREA A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK

 

VIDEO BLOG: Next Campaign

NEXT, HAS HIT THE HEADLINES IN RECENT WEEKS BECAUSE OF THEIR RECRUITMENT PRACTICES AND PAY RATES, YET THEY MADE ALMOST £700 MILLION IN PROFIT LAST YEAR WE BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE -... Read more

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