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Paul Mannion is standing as a Labour candidate for Broxbourne Borough Council. He opposes the developments at Pound Close and High Leigh

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When and why did you join the Labour party?

I joined the party in 2007 because I saw Labour as the best vehicle for the vast majority of the population to have its interests represented in parliament. Before joining I had been critical of the last Labour government but I come to see that, as well as some errors, it made a number of positive contributions that had been opposed by the Conservatives. Namely: the National Minimum Wage, the increased spending on health and education, Surestart, the Educational Maintenance Allowance, the Minimum Income Guarantee for pensioners and the rights for workers introduced in the Trade Relations Act.

Much of this would not have been possible without electing a Labour government. And indeed, all these policies have all come under attack, in one way or another, since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition came to power. 

Why do we need a Labour government to be elected on 7 May 2015? 

It is important because I believe the vast majority of the population has become more and more unhappy with the neoliberal economic policies implemented over the last 30 years or so. The current Labour leadership has recognised this and have moved in the same direction as the country. So we have good policies to cut taxes on lower and middle income workers via the restoration of the 10% starting rate of income tax, alongside the view that the very highest earners should contribute a bit more through the restoration of the top rate 50%.

There are policies to intervene in failing markets like the railways and the energy companies. There are policies to begin to deal with the dysfunctional housing market. On the Labour market, there is an understanding that the minimum wage has often become the maximum wage in a great many instances and that something has to be done to boost the incomes of working people. On this front, Labour's plan to encourage the Living Wage and increase the minimum wage are among the key policies of the upcoming campaign. 

What Are Your Priorities for Hoddesdon? 

We need to support the Herts-wide campaign to save our Sunday buses and evening buses. But we also need better lighting for Rye Park and for Hoddesdon. The lighting outside Rye House station is virtually non-existent. It's not good enough. 
I also want to emphasise that it has been Labour opposing the unpopular plans at Pound Close and High Leigh. We don't want luxury homes taking over our recreational facilities. The Tory council simply hasn't listed on this - while the UKIP councillor in Rye Park has barely entered the debate. 

Meet Paul Mannion - Labour Council Candidate for Hoddesdon Town & Rye Park

Paul Mannion is standing as a Labour candidate for Broxbourne Borough Council. He opposes the developments at Pound Close and High Leigh  

Welcome to 2015 – An election year. And a chance to wave goodbye to Charles Walker and David Cameron 

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With just over 4 months to go until the General Election on 7 May, the scene is set for a hard-fought campaign in which it looks as though Labour will be the financial underdogs again.

That’s why we need as much volunteer support as we can get!

In 2010, the Tories spent nearly twice as much on advertising and publicity than Labour. But this year it looks as though it’ll be more like triple. Fear not. They always have more money. But we have better-motivated activists and a much more positive message. In Broxbourne and beyond.

New research circulated by Douglas Alexander has shown us that our door-to-door campaign can win us many more votes than the Tories’ extra money can win them – provided we all work to put up the all-important voter-contact rate. Our analysis of the 2010 campaign shows that when Labour activists were able to contact 30% of voters in a seat, our share of the vote went up by an extra 5% over those seats where we didn't manage to contact that number. 

In Broxbourne, an extra 5% on top of the national swing could see us surge well past 25%, return a good number of councillors and see off UKIP royally. If we work hard enough to convince our neighbours who voted Lib Dem in 2010 and convince a number of first time voters to turn-out, who knows what could happen. 

But we need our members and our friends to agree to speak to as many of our neighbours as we can.

The Tories have barely got going on their mission to cut the services people rely on, shrink the public sector to proportions not seen since the 1930s and re-brand Britain as an offshore tax haven with a surplus of low-wage workers.

Labour says no. The Downton Abbey Britain the Tories envision is not a good place to live in for the vast majority of us. But this year, we can stop them in their tracks.

Let's go! 

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2015 – An election year. And a chance to wave goodbye to Charles Walker and David Cameron 

Alec McInnes came to Cheshunt from Wood Green in 1964 with his wife and daughter, he now lives in Bury Green. Alec served with the British Army, seeing action at the time of the Suez crises: 1952-56. He has also worked as a driving instructor and chauffeur for 15 years and knows the area very well. Alec is well known to many local residents, helping them with issues related to the local council and speaking on behalf of many. 

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Why are you a member of the Labour Party?

Labour is the party of solidarity. We work to improve the lives of everyone, not just the rich few. That’s why I joined.

Why is it important that Broxbourne has more Labour councillors and a Labour MP?

I have noticed in Broxbourne that many people vote according to the performance of a party or the national government. That’s fine but local issues are very important too and too often in Bury Green and Broxbourne generally, the local Tory councillors know nothing about the ward, the area, or even what’s going on in the council chamber. They just take votes for granted here. 

My ward, Bury Green, especially has been neglected by the Council for years. They have promised people things that they simply haven’t delivered. It really is time for a change this time.  

I urge the people of Bury Green to vote Labour and to get their issues properly addressed this time. 

Meet the Members - Alec

Alec McInnes came to Cheshunt from Wood Green in 1964 with his wife and daughter, he now lives in Bury Green. Alec served with the British Army, seeing action at...

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