Labour launched its national and local election campaign for Fenland at the weekend with a pledge to fight for a fairer deal for all the district’s people.
The party’s candidates got together at Wisbech to reaffirm their conviction that Cambridgeshire’s poorest and most neglected constituency desperately needs more resources to make it flourish.
And they outlined how they would go about improving things.
Parliamentary candidate for North-East Cambs Ken Rustidge, a teacher and Iraq war veteran, said: “If elected, I’ll fight for all the people of the Fens, not just a privileged few.
“I’ll work to protect public services from further deeper cuts; to abolish zero hours contracts, raise the minimum wage and regulate working conditions.
“In government Labour will introduce tough but fair rules on immigration, strengthening border controls, ensuring workers are recruited in the UK first, not abroad, and ending the exploitation of any workers on low pay.
“I’ll also seek to ensure that investment in education and training benefits everyone not just the few, and to win investment in improving local transport.”
Nicholas Poole, Fenland District Council candidate for Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary, gave the blueprint he and fellow Labour council candidates have agreed upon.
He said: “We would work alongside local businesses to revitalise the local economy by signposting new enterprises to opportunities and resources – for example, incentivise landlords to release empty buildings and shops to start-ups.
“We want revitalised market places and a co-ordinated tourism strategy to include local businesses.
“We believe better transport links are vital. We’d implement comprehensive cycle routes connecting town centres with schools, colleges, parks and places of work and would seek a review of the proposed A47 upgrade.
“We will also campaign for local councils to pay the Living Wage to all employees as a minimum.”