If elected I will
Open a local office in the constituency with paid staff earning at least the Living Wage
Offer a real apprenticeship programme in my office
Be at least as active and visible across the constituency as I am in Westminster (and not just in the places where I think I have the most support)
Respond to all communications and correspondence quickly and effectively however they reach me
After literally thousands of discussions with local residents I have drawn up an initial list of priorities that I will fight for if elected – and in the run up to the General Election in 2015
Bringing more jobs into the area especially for young people and working with organisations like Tees Valley Unlimited to attract key new employers who will help reduce the blight of unemployment.
Improving wage levels so there is more money in the local economy; I support the living wage campaign.
Supporting Small Businesses, home workers and the self-employed so that they can be successful in securing work for themselves and others. I am particularly keen to help establish new local business forums so that small and new businesses can work together to become more sustainable.
Tackling poverty and reducing the cost of living, particularly with regard to fuel bills by supporting energy co-operatives and also helping residents to avoid the clutches of payday loan companies and illegal loan sharks by encouraging the use of credit unions.
Scrapping the bedroom tax; 531 families in Thornaby alone are affected financially, two thirds being disabled tenants, but unfairly there is nowhere smaller for them to move to yet they still have to pay the price.
Protecting vital public services by supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner and his force to keep crime levels down; battling to keep our Probation Service safe from the clutches of private firms who will fail to reduce reoffending; championing the re-nationalisation of our prisons because profit should never come before public safety; repealing the privatisation of the NHS and keeping our schools within the control of the Local Authority where teachers receive important support and guidance with their work.
Encouraging builders to build affordable housing on brownfield sites within the constituency, not more executive homes on our green fields.
Supporting our town centres and in particular encouraging independent retailers to take up opportunities for trade.
I will also be working up small local manifestos for each town in the constituency which will be published in the new year.
The ten steps the Labour Party will take immediately upon election:
And in terms of local issues
I will listen to each view, make sure I am properly briefed in order to understand the background and then work to secure resolutions or compromises.
I won't simply criticise or shout loudly just because it looks good in the newspaper.
And I won't say one thing in one area and something completely different elsewhere merely to win votes.
I won’t pretend to be passionate about an issue without actually taking any action.
I won’t make promises and pledges I cannot keep.
And I will be honest about what is possible.
I have a great track record of battling to get the best deal for the people I represent.