Commenting of the closure of the Walkers’ Crisps Factory, Grahame Morris, Easington Labour Candidate said:
“I am very disappointed that Walkers have proceeded with the decision to close the crisp factory at the end of the year and did not engage with the Union at the earliest opportunity to consider alternative proposals to closure.
My thoughts and concerns are with the families and workers at Walkers who have shown nothing but hard work and commitment to the company.
Walkers must now allow the Trade Unions and Jobcentre Plus to work with staff to give them new skills where required and every support to finding new employment in the locality.”
Labour’s aim is to rebuild and transform Britain for the many, not the few. These ten pledges set out the framework for what Labour will campaign for.
Pledge 1 – Full Employment
We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations, and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure and industry, backed up by a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks, we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy to ensure that no one and no community is left behind.
We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allow good businesses to thrive, and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises.
Pledge 2 – A Secure Homes Guarantee
We will build over a million new homes in five years, with at least half a million council homes, through our public investment strategy.
We will end insecurity for private renters by introducing rent controls, secure tenancies and a charter of private tenants’ rights, and increase access to affordable home ownership.
Pledge 3 – Security at Work
We will give people stronger employment rights from day one in a job, end exploitative zero hours contracts, and create new sectoral collective bargaining rights.
We will strengthen working people’s representation at work and the ability of trade unions to organise, so that working people have a real voice at work.
And we will put the defence of social and employment rights, as well as action against undercutting of pay and conditions through the exploitation of migrant labour, at the centre of the Brexit negotiations agenda for a new relationship with Europe.
Pledge 4 – A Secure NHS and Social Care
We will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS.
We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board, and ensure parity for mental health services.
Pledge 5 – A National Education Service
We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will ensure there is universal childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market.
We will bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all; and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training.
Pledge 6 – Action to Secure Our Environment
We will act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environmental policies, and take action to fulfil the Paris climate agreement.
We will ensure a fair transition to a low-carbon economy, and drive the expansion of the green industries and jobs of the future, using our National Investment Bank to invest in public and community-owned renewable energy.
We will deliver clean energy and curb energy bill rises for households – energy for the 60 million, not the Big Six energy companies. We will defend and extend EU environmental protections
Pledge 7 – Put the Public Back into Our Economy
We will rebuild public services and expand democratic participation, put the public back into our economy, give people a real say in their local communities with increased local and regional democracy.
We will act to ‘insource’ our public and local council services, increase access to leisure, arts and sports across the country, and expand our publicly controlled bus network.
We will bring our railways into public ownership and extend democratic social control over our energy.
Pledge 8 – Cut Inequality in Income and Wealth
We will build a progressive tax system so that wealth and the highest earners are fairly taxed, and shrink the gap between the highest and lowest paid.
We will act to create a more equal society, boost the incomes of the poorest and close the gender pay gap.
Pledge 9 – Action to Secure an Equal Society
We will ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected and all are protected from discrimination and prejudice.
We will take action to tackle violence against women and girls, racism and discrimination on the basis of faith, and secure real equality for LGBT and disabled people.
We will defend the Human Rights Act and guarantee full rights for EU citizens living and working in Britain – and not allow them to be used as pawns in Brexit negotiations.
Pledge 10 – Peace and Justice at the Heart of Our Foreign Policy
We will put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the United Nations, end support for aggressive wars of intervention and back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis.
We will build human rights and social justice into trade policy, honour our international treaty obligations on nuclear disarmament and encourage others to do the same.
Easington Labour Candidate Grahame Morris has backed Mind’s Mental Health manifesto and has committed to following their six actions for the next government.
The six action’s include:
1. Deliver the investment and commitments agreed in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health – the national plan to improve mental health care – and go beyond this to take us closer to putting mental health on an equal footing with physical health.
2. Improve public understanding of mental health and reduce negative attitudes and discrimination, including supporting the Time to Change campaign.
3. Tackle the culture of fear and silence of mental health in the workplace by providing increased and better support and incentives for employers to create mentally healthy workplaces for all staff, including employees with mental health problems. For people with mental health problems who are out of work, ensure they are offered voluntary, individually tailored back-to-work support delivered by trained staff who understand how mental health can impact on a person’s ability to get and stay in work.
4. Make sure anyone with a mental health problem who requires it can access financial support from the welfare system to help manage the extra costs of having a mental health problem, so they can stay well and live independently, free from the fear of sanctions and having their benefits removed if they are too unwell to work.
5. Ensure local authorities have sufficient funding to deliver tailored social support and advice to alleviate debt, social isolation and housing insecurity – the issues that make life harder for people with mental health problems.
6. Change outdated and discriminatory legislation like the Mental Health Act and the definition of disability to ensure everyone with mental health problems gets support and respect.
Easington Labour Candidate Grahame Morris speaking about the Mind Manifesto 2017 campaign said:
“I am delighted to add my support to this campaign and pledge to help deliver the six goals Mind have highlighted for the next Government.
The Tories record on mental health is one of failure with funding cut by over 8 per cent and 6,600 fewer mental health nurses compared to 2010.
It is unacceptable that thousands of patients in crisis have to travel out of the area for a psychiatric bed and that extra funding meant for children’s mental health services has actually been used for other NHS services.
I hope all candidates in this election will make mental health a priority of the campaign and ensure that mental health is given the due care, attention and funding required in order to support high quality mental health services that can be transformative for a persons’ quality of life.”