Labour's six step plan for a fairer future for Devon

    Devon’s Labour group have launched their six step plan for a fairer future for Devon if they were to take control of the county council in May’s local elections. With seven councillors, they are the official opposition to the Conservatives, and alongside, they are the only Party to be fielding candidates in all 60 seats.


    Devon’s Labour group have launched their six step plan for a fairer future for Devon if they were to take control of the county council in May’s local elections.
    With seven councillors, they are the official opposition to the Conservatives, and alongside, they are the only Party to be fielding candidates in all 60 seats.
    In the manifesto, Labour say they will promote enterprise, tackle the climate emergency, improve health and social care, promote better public health, support education, and establish county wide fast broadband connection accessible to all.
    Cllr Rob Hannaford, Leader of the County Council Labour Group Opposition adds “For only the second time in the history of Devon County Council the Labour Party is contesting all sixty divisions.”
    “So there is a clear choice for voters as only we and the Tories are fielding people everywhere, and competing for every vote and every seat. The Liberal Democrats and Greens have fallen well short this time in finding enough candidates.”
    “This means that in every hamlet, village, town and city across Devon people will have the opportunity to vote for our progressive, ambitious and caring county Labour vision for a better future.
    “Our Labour Party candidates in this election offer a huge breath of experience, enthusiasm and diversity. Including business people, trade unionists, farmers, self-employed entrepreneurs, and indeed workers from all sectors.
    “Many are already serving their local communities as school governors, community volunteers, and Parish and District Councillors. I am especially proud that we have so many young people, women and BAME people that represent the inclusive dynamic future of our county. ”
    The manifesto says that during the next four years, Devon Labour will:

    Promote enterprise through investment, innovation, improving people’s skills, sustainable jobs and give priority to opportunities for young people and small businesses including cooperatives and other innovative models
    Tackle the climate and ecological emergencyby promoting environmentally sustainable practices and reducing carbon emissions towards a target of net zero by 2030
    Improve Devon’s health and social care servicesby making sure people in Devon receive good quality integrated services at hospital and at home that address the long-term effects of Covid19
    Promote better Public Health solutions and funding to address health and wellbeing including mental health.
    Support nurseries, schools, colleges and universitiesso that all young people thrive, catch up on lost education as a result of Covid-19 and reach their full potential
    Establish county wide fast broadband connectionaccessible to all

    It adds: “Devon faces enormous challenges in the wake of the pandemic and a decade of cuts inflicted by Tory austerity. Devon must now be sufficiently resourced to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on both our economy and on the health and well-being of our residents.
    “Decisive leadership and action are essential to create a new post-Brexit economy and we support the growing awareness across our population and beyond, that action to deal with climate change is one of the most urgent issues we face as a society.
    “The County Labour Group recognises that residents within Devon face many issues around employment, transport, education and health. Whilst the impact felt in each of these areas may vary from community to community, we will seek and strive to represent all those affected by these challenges and be their voice at County Hall.
    “Wide ranging engagement, a belief in the power of collective endeavour and the innovations we can create together is fundamental to our outlook as Devon Labour. As such, we are always on the lookout for ideas to address the challenges facing communities of both coast and country.
    “If you have any thoughts on our focus, any suggestions for new policy, or any ideas for new and exciting campaigns, we invite you therefore to get in touch. To further these aims we will actively seek to promote debate, produce sound policy, organise campaigns and enact real change.”
    Elections will take place for all 60 seats on Devon County Council on Thursday, May 6, with voters going to the polls to elect their representatives for the next four years.
    The entirety of the 60-strong council will be up for re-election, with 56 ‘single-member’ Electoral Divisions and 2 ‘two-member’ Divisions’.
    The current composition of the council consists of 41 Conservatives, 7 Labour, 6 Liberal Democrats, 3 Independents, 1 Green Party, 1 East Devon Alliance and 1 North Devon Liberal.
    All elected councillors will serve their usual four year term upon their election.
    The Conservatives and Labour are the only parties who are fielding the maximum of 60 candidates, with the Liberal Democrats fielding 55.
    The Green Party are fielding 45 candidates, with one from UKIP, five from Reform UK, and 20 from the Freedom Alliance, who are standing on a platform of ‘no lockdowns, no curfews’.
    The East Devon Alliance have three candidates, the Trade Unionist and Social Coalition have six, while there are 28 Independent candidates.

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