Opinion: Policies to give 'hope' to communities
PUBLISHED: 08:30 05 October 2019
I am delighted that Labour now supports a second referendum on Brexit, but also pleased Labour is not approaching a possible general election as a single-issue campaign.
Labour's Party Conference was full of transformational policies that will be offered to the country should we get into power. From the establishment of a National Education Service to our plans for the NHS, our agenda is a radical one will offer hope to communities.
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Following a decade of damaging cuts, overseen by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, school budgets and early years settings have been pushed to the brink. Nurseries have closed in their hundreds and parents have been forced to put their hands in their own pockets, with schools unable to afford basic supplies. That is why I was so thrilled to hear Labour announce fully funded childcare for all children between the ages of two and four, and the announcement of a Sure Start Plus programme.
They were accompanied by fantastic healthcare policies. A Labour government will expand GP training places to 5,000 a year helping deliver 27 million extra GP appointments. Our policy to abolish prescription charges will help thousands suffering with chronic conditions. The charges are a tax on illness.
These policies are a snapshot of a Labour Conference that offers answers to the challenges facing working people up and down the country. Since our establishment in 1900, the Labour Party has stood for policies that can lift people out of poverty and create a better future for all - and that is exactly what we will do.