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IMG_5840.JPGThe Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hilary Benn joined Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Calder Valley, Josh Fenton Glynn in Brighouse yesterday.

He was there to visit the Murphy family on Halifax Road, Brighouse to highlight Labour’s pledge to put first time buyers first by giving them first call on new homes built and zero stamp duty.

Under the plans announced by Ed Miliband yesterday, Labour will put first time buyers first by: 

  • Reducing stamp duty to zero for first time buyers of homes worth up to £300,000 – a saving of as much as £5,000 for people seeking to get on the property ladder. 
  • Giving first time buyers that have lived in an area for more than three years “first call” on up to half of new homes built in their area. 
  • Stopping foreign buyers buying up properties before local buyers get a look in by ensuring they are advertised in local areas, increasing taxes paid by foreign buyers and council tax for empty homes.

These latest measures, form part of Labour’s comprehensive plan to tackle Britain’s housing crisis, which include embarking on the biggest house-building programme for a generation, increasing the number of affordable homes, and introducing secure three-year tenancies with rents capped. 

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hilary Benn said: “It’s just too expensive for families to buy a home today, saving up for the deposit, paying the fees and having enough left over for the stamp duty. 

“A Labour government will abolish stamp duty for all first time buyers of homes under £300,000 and we’ll give first time buyers that have lived in an area for more than three years “first call” on up to half of homes built in their area”

 

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Calder Valley, Josh Fenton-Glynn said: “The Tories have presided over the lowest level of housebuilding for almost one hundred years and the lowest rate of home ownership for a generation. Instead of building new homes they have introduced a bedroom tax. Labour would build more homes and force property developers to develop derelict sights.”

 

Danny Murphy said: “It was great to chat with Hilary and Josh, they really listened to the problems we’ve had getting on the property ladder.  The plans put forward by the Labour Party really make sense and will help families like mine, own our own home.

Hilary Benn visits Brighouse to highlight Labour’s pledge to put first time buyers first.

The Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hilary Benn joined Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Calder Valley, Josh Fenton Glynn in Brighouse yesterday. He was there to visit...

IMG_4922.JPGShadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna joined Labour’s Parliamentary candidate, Paula Sheriff to tour a local manufacturing success story, Sleepmode Ltd today.

The local family-run company started life as a small shop selling furniture in 1974 and then diversified into bedding which they first started making from the garage at their home. 

Fast forward to 2015 and they now have five plants, employing over 300 people and produce about 3,500 beds every week.

They can hardly keep up with demand and want to expand further, with 15 unfilled vacancies. But they simply can’t find the people with the right technical skills.

To help with this, a Labour Government would

 

  • Introduce an Apprenticeship Guarantee by which every school leaver who gets the grades will be able to begin a high-quality apprenticeship, helping to boost technical skills for business.

 

  • Ensure that all young people study English and maths to 18 to boost basic numeracy and literacy.

 

  • Give all young people access to high quality careers advice and work experience so that young people have a good  understanding of what it is to operate in industry, commerce and to work  

 

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Dewsbury, Paula Sheriff said: “I’m delighted to welcome Chuka to Dewsbury and show him this manufacturing success story and for him to hear first-hand about the barriers to business growth and prosperity.

“The Tories claim that our economy is fixed and is on the right track, but that’s just not the case. Our economy in Dewsbury is simply not creating the productive, high-skilled and well-paid jobs that we need to raise living standards.

 “There’s around 700,000 young people unemployed and too many of them do not have the skills they need for work.  But the number of young people starting apprenticeships has fallen in the past year.  We need a system which makes the best use of the talents of young people in Dewsbury.”

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Chuka Umunna said: “It was great to visit Sleepmode, a real success story of a business. They started out in the 1970s as a small family firm and now have five plants across Dewsbury making thousands of beds every week.

“The next Labour government will back innovative manufacturers like Sleepmode to succeed and create more high-skilled, better paid jobs. We’ll set up a proper British Investment Bank to ensure firms who want to invest and grow can access the finances they need, and we'll boost quality apprenticeships.

“And we’ll devolve billions of pounds of government budgets away from Westminster and Whitehall and into regions so places like West Yorkshire can take their own decisions on transport, skills and infrastructure to allow businesses here to thrive.”

Shadow Business Minister visits Dewsbury manufacturing success story

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna joined Labour’s Parliamentary candidate, Paula Sheriff to tour a local manufacturing success story, Sleepmode Ltd today. The local family-run company started life as a small...

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Bradford West Labour parliamentary candidate Naz Shah has welcomed Mohammad Shabbir’s decision to join the Labour Party.

The ex-Respect councillor has announced that he is joining the Labour Group on Bradford Council with immediate effect.

Naz Shah said:

“I want to welcome Mohmmamad Shabbir to the Labour Party, and thank him for his endorsement of me as a candidate for Bradford West in this general election.

“Mohammad is a man I know well – he will be a great asset to the Labour Party.

“His defection shows that those who put their faith in George Galloway in 2012 and have been so badly let down by him since, now want to do all they can to ensure Bradford West gets a Labour MP bringing real change to our community, and a majority Labour council delivering for Bradford.”

Naz Shah welcomes defection from ex-Respect councillor

Bradford West Labour parliamentary candidate Naz Shah has welcomed Mohammad Shabbir’s decision to join the Labour Party. The ex-Respect councillor has announced that he is joining the Labour Group on...

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