It was great to be back in Liverpool this week at Labour Conference, seeing friends and speaking about what a Labour government’s vision for foreign policy would look like.
During a united and inspiring conference, it was great to hear from colleagues about what the next Labour Government’s priorities will be, including a superb speech from Keir Starmer outlining Labour’ vision for a fairer, greener Britain that we so desperately need after 12 years of Tory failure.
From the cost of living to clean energy, Labour is ready to deliver.
With the self-inflicted financial crisis created by Liz Truss’s trickle down plan to reward the richest in society, it’s never been clearer that the country needs a Labour government with a bold plan to fix the current crises in our economy and public services.
Key policy announcements
Clean power by 2030
We’re all sick and tired of rocketing energy bills and we need long-term solutions to cut bills for good with clean energy.
That’s why I was delighted to hear our commitment to make the UK the first major economy to have a zero-emission power system. This will drive up jobs and tackle the climate crisis while saving UK households £93 billion over the rest of this decade.
A Labour government will create GB Energy, a publicly owned, renewable company that will help generate the clean power we need to make Britain an energy independent superpower.
This exciting policy will ensure we have energy security and will create new jobs across the UK.
Housing and homeownership
On housing, we heard a number of announcements that will help people in Enfield Southgate, from a renters’ charter to make renting safe and affordable, to a new, comprehensive mortgage guarantee scheme to help first-time buyers onto the ladder – with a target of 70% home ownership and 1.5 million new homeowners.
Funding the NHS workforce
The NHS is on its knees after 12 years of Conservative mismanagement. To fix this, Labour will implement one of the biggest expansions of the NHS workforce in history.
By reversing the decision to abolish the top rate of tax, a Labour government would double the number of medical school places and create an additional 10,000 nursing and midwifery placements every year.
Fully-funded breakfast clubs
It was also great to hear Bridget Phillipson’s announcement that Labour will introduce breakfast clubs for every primary school child in England.
This will ease pressure on parents and will form part of a comprehensive plan for investing in childcare – which has been left behind by the Tories and exposed during the pandemic and now the cost of living crisis