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Our Members and Supporters Are Ready To Go. The Election Campaign Has Begun and It's Time to Step Up Our Campaign locally and Nationally. If You Can Join Us Then We'd Love to Meet You and Welcome You to Our Party As We  Work As Hard As We Can To Convince As Many of Our Neighbours as Possible to Share Our Vision for Broxbourne And For Britain. 

We run regular training sessions for canvassing and you'll never be on your own. The whole idea is that volunteering should be fun as well as worthwhile and we always invite our volunteers for a drink at the end of a canvassing session. Alternatively, if you would like to help by telephone canvassing please let me know and we will get you a call-sheet of voters nearby.

Sign up here or contact edward.r@broxbournelabour.org.uk to say you'll come. Even 30 mins would be great! Or call me on 07825 76 7775.

First Period: 30th March to 26th April 

  • Mondays from 5pm – Canvassing and Leafletting

  • Wednesdays from 5pm – Canvassing and Leafleting

  • Thursdays – (depending on volunteer availability) – from 5pm

  • Saturdays – Market Stall in Hoddesdon or Waltham Cross from 11am

    • Cars to Harlow every Saturday 

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Second Period: 27 April to 6th May

  • Monday to Friday: Canvassing every evening from 5pm in Broxbourne and in Harlow 

  • SUPER SATURDAY 2ND MAY– Market Stall from 11am – PUB LUNCH – EVENING CANVASSING

    • Cars to Harlow every Saturday

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Polling Day - Thursday 7th May

There are three important roles on polling day we are looking for volunteers for:

1)      Labour tellers outside polling stations (training provided)

3)     Volunteers to help with Get out the Vote in Harlow - transport provided

 

The best way you can help the Labour Party and ensure a Labour government is likely to be to volunteer to help the campaign in Harlow. Our twin seat and a marginal seat.

Suzy Stride is Labour's excellent candidate in Harlow and has asked for our help for the short campaign. If we can help her team on every Saturday between now and 7th May and on the day itself we may well have contributed to a crucial Labour victory in our area which could change the government of our country and get Ed Miliband into No.10

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General Election Campaign Sessions - Can You Help Us?

Our Members and Supporters Are Ready To Go. The Election Campaign Has Begun and It's Time to Step Up Our Campaign locally and Nationally. If You Can Join Us Then...

Our Members Are So Keen To Deliver For Broxbourne! And a New Poll in the Herts Mercury Puts Labour In Front in Broxboune - But Every Vote Counts and We Must Work Hard to Convince Our Neighbours to Go With Us

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The General Election kicks off formally tomorrow and Broxbourne Labour is ready to get started. The country - after five years of Tory led government - is a poorer, more divided and less equal place to live in. Households are back in huge levels of debt again, public services creak under the strain they have been put. Poverty is on the rise, as is mental illness. Enough! 

Broxbourne Labour fears another 5 years of Tory government with the huge spending cuts and cuts to welfare the Tories are planning. Rather than cuts only - Labour wants to build living standards, reinvest in our economy and protect our NHS, with an extra £2.5 billion of investment over Tory plans. 

During the next five weeks, our team is looking forward to meeting you and discussing your issues at the election. If you want to get involved please don't hesitate to get in touch. The Tories will outspend us 5 to 1. We may not have their money but we have something more important: optimism for the Britain we want to build. 

Off To A Flying Start

Our Members Are So Keen To Deliver For Broxbourne! And a New Poll in the Herts Mercury Puts Labour In Front in Broxboune - But Every Vote Counts and We...

George Osborne spent an hour telling people they’ve never had it so good. But after five years of the Tory government, working people are still an average £1,600 a year worse off.

If the Conservative Council in Broxbourne were to order all the businesses in Waltham Cross and Hoddesdon to close, only permitting them to open after two years, what would happen? In the months after the shops re-opened, the Tories would claim they had created economic growth. But we’d be a heck of a lot poorer than we would be if we’d just allowed the shops to stay open right? Of course, but this isn’t taken into account when we measure crude economic growth. If it’s higher than the quarter before, you have growth. Period. As the Nobel-prize-winning American economist Paul Krugman says “if you stop hitting the economy over the head with a baseball bat you will soon see growth, maybe quite high growth – but that doesn’t mean the baseball bat policy was a good one”.

This is not too dissimilar a situation to what has occurred in the United Kingdom since 2010. When the Coalition took power the economy was growing. It was repairing from the largest global financial shock since 1929. It then stuttered to a halt and threatened to sink into a double and even a triple dip recession. Three years later, after unprecedented levels of cheap money had been pumped into the system and the Tories eased up a little on austerity, sustained growth finally picked up.

Back in 2010 the public sector net deficit was large to be sure, but the funds hadn’t been raised to chuck away, they had been used to buy bank shares, financial securities and assets – many of which are now being returned to the private sector at a profit to the taxpayer. This was always Labour’s plan. It was sensible for government to take a stake in the financial system, learning the lessons of the 1930s, to stop it collapsing. But as the economy repaired from a massive global shock, it was necessary to be gentle with it. Not to kick it off its sickbed the second it was out of intensive care. That’s why Labour entered the 2010 general election aiming only to halve the deficit between 2010 and 2015. But the Tories said that would be irresponsible – they wanted to eliminate it completely. In reality they now boast of having halved it only (i.e. meeting Alasdair Darling’s original “irresponsible” plan). But their failure to eliminate it hasn’t been for want of trying. Osborne’s cuts to spending and investment have been very deep. And he is planning even more severe cuts to meet his (latest) arbitrary target of seeing Net Debt falling by 2017, meaning he has to cut very hard in the first two years of the next parliament if re-elected. He wants to re-start industrial-strength austerity.

Because wage growth in the real economy has been so low (negative for most of the last five years for most families) income tax receipts have fallen away, meaning that the government has seen its tax take fall, badly, and the deficit fall more slowly. At the same time, government investment in our national infrastructure – crucial if we are to compete as a nation in the future – has also been severely cut. This is short-termism of the worst kind: self-harm masquerading as a long-term plan. Most worryingly of all is that our trade deficit with the rest of the world is now at a record high. This is the deficit that really matters. We are simply not selling enough to the rest of the world to allow exports to make a contribution to our economic performance and we won’t do so for any of the next five years if the Office for Budget Responsibility is right. Pull us out of the EU and the situation will probably get worse.

Now add to the mix the final, toxic, inheritance of five years of the Tories: an appallingly low productivity rate relative to other rich countries. The sad upshot from our increasingly low-wage, “flexible” labour market has been low private investment in new plant, technology and skills. When the government exacerbates this by cutting its own capital spend you can guess what happens next. The latest figures show that that the French (for example) are hugely more productive than we are in the UK. In fact they could take Friday off and still produce more in four days than we can in five.

So what has been driving this final return to growth in the UK? The sad truth is that far too much has been coming from debt fuelled consumer spending, manifesting itself in that perennial British disease, very high house price inflation and excess gambling on financial securities rather than long-term investment in the real economy, small businesses and R&D.  

To meet these challenges The Tories’ programme as set out in this Budget sees more cuts, deeper cuts and massive cuts to welfare. Plus sustained cuts to investment.

Labour’s approach? Skills, apprenticeships, a proper rise in the minimum wage (not a token 20p hand-out the second before an election), a new energy infrastructure. And more investment from government in our future.  Most importantly, Labour will not take some arbitrary accounting benchmark to judge our success. Yes we will aim to cut the deficit on current spending by 2020 for sure but we will do so at a pace dictated by the health of the economy. We will unashamedly invest in our national infrastructure and in our skills base – knowing that that is the real way to ensure higher wages in the future – and we will ensure the public services we rely on are protected.  

The choice is clear. Now let’s win this thing. 

The 2015 Budget and the Economic Situation in the UK

George Osborne spent an hour telling people they’ve never had it so good. But after five years of the Tory government, working people are still an average £1,600 a year...

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