HARLOW Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate has backed a campaign to see more building done in Britain.
Laura McAlpine said: “Talking to constituents on the doorstep, the same concerns keep coming up. The lack of decent jobs and the loss of British manufacturing. I come from a long line of tradesmen and manufacturers, so I understand the importance of protecting these jobs. The Labour Party are united in demanding decent, skilled jobs, the secure kinds of work that come with manufacturing and industry.
There is, it seems, one person in Harlow who disagrees. On Wednesday Robert Halfon is planning to not back Labour’s proposal in the House of Commons for £1bn worth of Royal Navy’s Fleet “Solid Support” to be built in British shipyards, which would create 6700 manufacturing jobs in Britain. Instead, the Tories want this enormous contract for building a Navy support ship to be tendered out to international bidders.
The Conservatives’ failure to support this proposal is utterly shameful, a partisan choice that puts party politics and corporate interest above the good of the country – above what the public clearly hopes Britain should be.
The Government consistently awards enormous contracts to companies backed by other countries’ governments – contracts to build our ships, but also to run our utilities and railways (Dutch government owned, Abellio for Harlow) – but then insists the UK state can’t do these things itself.
It is utterly absurd that Theresa May is placing her free market ideology above pragmatic decisions that would benefit regular people in Britain. State-backed companies and schemes can prevent management from earning fat cat salaries while everyone else just about manages and they can protect unionisation so that workers’ interests are safeguarded.
Robert Halfon won’t back workers in Britain, but Labour will. Let’s build it in Britain.
Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate
For Harlow and the Villages.