Clare Moody, Labour MEP for the South West, has welcomed Labour’s “bold, radical and realistic” General Election manifesto that was launched this week.
In particular, Clare praised the pledges on infrastructure spending for the South West, commitments on the triple lock for pensioners, and the Party’s proposals on renewable energy.
Speaking after the manifesto was launched, Clare said:
“Labour has presented a bold manifesto that is both radical and realistic. As opposed to the Conservatives’ repetitive dogma, Labour is providing the country with the solutions required to take us forward into the 2020s and beyond.
“I particularly welcome the Party’s pledges for infrastructure spending here in the South West, both on rail electrification and on universal superfast broadband by 2022. For seven years, the Government has failed our region on infrastructure, leaving us poorly prepared to face the challenges of the future. Businesses and residents across the South West will benefit from a Labour government investing in our regional infrastructure.
“I also welcome Labour’s pledge to maintain the triple-lock for pensioners. The Government has consistently refused to provide the reassurances that pensioners deserve over their incomes.
“The pledges to reinstate the Agricultural Wages Board and establish a science innovation fund to work with farmers and fisheries show Labour’s commitment to rural areas and all sections of the South West economy, including seasonal and agricultural work.
“On EU exit negotiations, I warmly welcome Labour’s pledges to maintain the benefits of the membership of the single market. This is vital for our valuable manufacturing jobs in aerospace, automotive and other sectors. I also welcome the commitment to the UK’s membership of crucial bodies such as the Euratom treaty, which regulates our nuclear safeguarding industry, and the Common Aviation Area and Open Skies arrangements which have such a positive effect in the South West with Bristol, Exeter and Newquay airports.
“As the UK approaches the negotiations for leaving the EU, Labour has produced a manifesto that provides the solutions that the South West and the country as a whole requires as we enter the greatest political and diplomatic challenge of our lifetimes — embedded in the values of equality and social justice."