Published on May 18th, 2014 |
by Catch21 Admin
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Why vote for Labour? #eu4u
The Labour party are set to win the EU elections with the latest Yougov figures set at 28%, higher than UKIP at 25% and the Conservative’s at 22%. Since the party left 10 Downing Street in 2010, Ed Miliband has put all his efforts to recapture the party’s dignity since the Blair-Brown era saw controversy over the Iraq war, the MP’s expenses scandal and the financial crisis of 2008. Winning this election would be an important step for a new Labour movement.
However, why should we vote for Labour MEP’s in the European Parliament?
Tackling the cost-of-living crisis.
Labour’s main priority for the European elections. “Only Labour will tackle the cost-of-living crisis”. Labour promise to make Britain better by dealing with the cost-of-living crisis and build an economy that works for hardworking people. By this, Labour has vowed to freeze energy bills until 2017. Thus, they plan to tackle rising energy bills by reforming the European single market in energy. Labour statistics of an energy price freeze will save on average £120 a year for 27 million households along with 2.4 million businesses. Labour have also vowed to deliver cut’s to mobile phone and call data costs to protect British families from high prices when using a mobile phone abroad.
Labour vow to stop the race to the bottom on wages and conditions between EU workers and local workers. Thus, by ensuring a minimum wage and increase fines on businesses to provide a proper deterrent and give local people a role in enforcement. As expressed on Labour’s manifesto leaflet, Labour will fight for jobs that rely on European trade and guarantee a job for every young person unemployed for over a year, funded by a tax on bankers’ bonuses. There are currently 900,000 under the age of 25 unemployed in Britain. Labour MEP’s have stood up for British young people by securing a European youth jobs guarantee which could initially bring over £160 million to help British young people to find employment.
Labour government propose free childcare every week for working parents of 3-4 years old, funded by a tougher levy on the banks.
Promoting free trade.
Labour will continue to support the conclusions of Free Trade Agreements that mean promoting economic growth and development. The majority of Labour MEP’s will represent the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (PASD) at European Parliament level. The PASD is the main left-wing group in the EP and are currently the second biggest party in the EP. After the 2009 elections it had members from every EU member state, the biggest national blocs coming from Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Britain and Romania. It contains many shades of opinion ranging from former communists on the left to more moderate social democrats towards the centre, but along with the European Peoples Party is the most firmly pro-European of the political groups in the European Parliament.
To find out more, visit their website at: http://www.labourmovement.eu/
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