South Gloucestershire Labour is the latest politcal group to launch its manifesto for the 70 seats on the district council that are up for election on Thursday 5th May.
The theme of Labour’s manifesto is that the party will be the community’s voice in the tough times ahead. It outlines “the Con Dem Coalition’s harsh treatment of local government, the litany of broken Tory promises” and gives five pledges to local voters.
Launching the manifesto, Labour Group Leader Cllr Roger Hutchinson (Filton) said:
“The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats support massive cuts in council services and their government is taking millions of pounds away from South Gloucestershire. We need to make it clear to voters that only Labour will speak up for local people against this government and the destruction it is causing.”
The five key themes identified in Labour’s document are:
- Support our communities (e.g. Safeguard homecare services)
- Regenerate our town centres (e.g. Target resources to achieve cleaner streets)
- Develop our priority neighbourhoods (e.g. Help local community groups to survive and thrive)
- Improve our transport and highways (e.g. Use existing powers to achieve joined-up integrated transport)
- Secure a sustainable environment (e.g. Increase the amount and range recycled from the doorstep)
In the 2007 district and local elections, Labour failed to win a single seat in Bradley Stoke. They put up five candidates for the five South Gloucestershire seats and just two candidates (in a single ward) for the 15 Town Council seats.
Despite the party’s lack of presence in Bradley Stoke, many residents will be familiar with pro-Labour messages on display at a house in Orpheus Avenue, Little Stoke.
In the run up to the 2010 General Election, an enormous “feeling suicidal vote Tory” message appeared on the side of the house. The stunt didn’t stop voters in the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency returning the Conservative’s Jack Lopresti as a clear winner in the contest but Labour supporters were no doubt pleased to see their candidate Ian Boulton edge Lib Dem Peter Tyzack into third place.
The current message on display at the property encourages students to register to vote by 14th April and urges them to “dump Lib Con traitors and vote Labour”.
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