Climate Change and Environment
As Lancashire Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Recycling and Renewables, I have been instrumental in developing strong environmental policy solutions to the climate and ecological emergencies. Lancashire has large coastal and low-lying communities that are particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of climate change. We’ve already seen how damaging floods have been in our area. I am committed to moving to a low-carbon world in a way that benefits everyone. Lancashire can be part of the UK being a world-leader in low-carbon technology. Tackling climate change will be a core part of a Labour county council’s policies. Read more about that here.
Building Back Fairer
I am a keen supporter of independent, ethical businesses and I am a firm believer that properly paid, decent work is a key part of a good life. Our businesses contribute a huge amount to our communities and economy and have my full support. I want to make sure that local small and medium enterprises have a level playing field with mega-corporations who currently get away with not paying UK tax on UK earnings.
Lancashire Labour will create an economy that works for all, with a proper green industrial strategy, local procurement policies and supporting cooperative businesses.
I regularly work with schools in my community and have seen the loss of specialist teaching and pastoral support as a result of the cuts. Schools in Lancashire have lost funding per pupil. This has had a huge impact on schools’ ability to give kids the rounded education they need and has particularly affected specialist teaching support and pastoral care.
With a child in primary school, I know first hand the worth of a decent education. Labour values all different types of education, and through our local skills offer will ensure people are able to upskill and retrain throughout their lifetime.
I believe that everyone deserves to have a decent, warm, house that feels like home. Too many people are living in draughty, damp, expensive houses and young people in rural areas are forced out of their villages due to lack of affordable housing. Developers are building homes that most people can’t afford and councils do not have the powers to ensure that the sort of homes we need locally are built. I want to see an overhaul of planning laws to ensure that housing is energy-efficient and meets the needs of local people.
I have regularly helped council constituents who have struggled with poor conditions and evictions.
Highways and Transport
Lancashire’s roads are in a right state, with potholes everywhere and poor quality repairs that break within months. Labour pledges an extra £20m over four years to tackle persistent potholes and replace the current ‘splash and dash’ systems employed by the Conservatives.
Currently, there is almost zero enforcement of 20mph zones so whilst I have worked hard to get measures like Speed Indicator Devices, a Labour county council would bring in tougher measures. Labour will work with the police to establish Traffic Speed Protection Officers who will carry out speed checks on 20mph and 30mph roads, review the current intervention criteria for blackspots, and establish a network of average speed cameras.