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Cost of Cameron Campaign Day

 IMG_2065cropped.jpgToday was Labour's nationwide #CostofCameron campaign day.

Here in Stockton South we were joined by 10 North East Labour MPs and loads of volunteers from across the region to campaign against the Tories' cost of living crisis. A massive thank you to everyone who came to help.

We spoke to lots of shoppers and residents who were feeling let down by the Tory and Lib Dem coalition. They were keen to hear about Labour's plan to tackle the crisis and reduce the pressure on millions of families.

David Cameron and George Osborne want us to believe that the economy has turned the corner. They talk about a strengthening recovery and say their massive cuts programme and austerity measures are working, but as the shocking figures in this image show, people are really struggling with a cost of living crisis.

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Every day I meet someone who has been made redundant and can’t find a new job.

Every day I meet someone who has been forced into a part-time job which takes them off the unemployment register without giving them a proper income.

Every day I meet lots of people whose wages have been static for several years while their food, energy and travel bills continue to shoot up, who are still tightening their belts and worrying about the future. The value of average weekly pay for workers in Stockton South has fallen 6.07% since 2010.(1)

Our region continues to be blighted by some of the UK’s highest unemployment rates, and public spending cuts threaten more jobs and services.

It is clear from the response to today's campaign and the conversations I have on the doorstep and over the phone, that people here in Stockton South feel increasingly let down by a Conservative-led Coalition Government blind to the realities of their daily lives.

Reducing the cost of living and building an economy that works for everyone will continue to be central to my campaign.

Please let us know how the rising cost of living is affecting you and your family by filling in this survey.

You can also read the Northern Echo's coverage of the day here.

(1) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, ONS. Expressed in real terms using CPI for the April of each year.

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