All aboard! Portsmouth Labour hit the road ahead of local elections


Labour candidates and members joined Stephen Morgan MP, Portsmouth’s Labour Group Leader on the battle bus as it toured the city wards

Portsmouth Labour painted the town red this weekend as they hopped aboard their battle bus ahead of this week’s important local elections. The vintage routemaster bus stopped at several locations across the city visiting key locations on a route from Paulsgrove to Old Portsmouth, visiting a group of cyclists, litter pickers, and campaigners hosting street stalls and public consultations.

Candidates Judith Smyth, Tom Coles, George Fielding, Graham Heaney, David Horne, Luke Evans, Raj Ghosh, Rumal Khan, Sue Castillon, Liam Turish and Sumel Chowdhury joined Cllr Stephen Morgan and Cllr Yahiya Chowdhury to spread news of Labour’s positive plan for the city across their wards.

Voters will go to the polls from 7am to 10pm this Thursday 3rd May, and Cllr Morgan has called upon people in Portsmouth to get out and make sure their voices are heard.

Cllr Stephen Morgan MP, said:

‘It was fantastic to get out across the city with our brilliant candidates and speak with local people about what a Labour council could do for them.

Tory cuts have savaged vital local services here in Portsmouth. Living standards have dropped, our schools have been cut, and our NHS is starved of the resources it needs.

The Conservatives are making us pay more, but we are getting less.

Labour have a positive plan for our city. We’ll take Portsmouth forward, investing in truly affordable housing, social care, and make a fairer city works for everyone.

Thursday is your chance to get out and send a message to the Tories that Portsmouth can do far better with Labour.’


Balancing the Books

Labour’s manifesto is fully costed, with all current spending paid for out of taxation or redirected revenue streams.

Our public services must rest on the foundation of sound finances. Labour will, therefore, set the target of eliminating the government’s deficit on day-to-day spending within five years and is committed to ensuring that the national debt is lower at the end of the next Parliament than it is today.

Labour believes that government should not be borrowing for day-to-day spending but that future growth depends on investment.

Labour will make sure the country has:

  • a fairer tax system
  • an end to tax loopholes
  • no rise in income tax for those earning less than £80,000pa
  • no increase in VAT or NIC
  • a strengthened, truly independent Office for Budget Responsibility

Portsmouth Labour wants to build on this to develop a successful and diverse local economy, supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and increasing full-time skilled employment opportunities. Some examples of how we can do this include:

  • addressing problems of high rents and business rates for SMEs
  • actively working to expand skilled apprenticeship opportunities in SMEs
  • ending zero hour contracts within Portsmouth City Council

If Labour councils around the country can do this, then why not Portsmouth.

‘Enterprising Barnsley’ is the economic development arm of Barnsley’s Labour City Council. Since formed, they have helped create 340 new businesses, attracted 40 companies to relocate and expand, created 4,000 jobs and provided support to 1,600 companies.

Our economy now, is suffering from years of neglect. Inequality has ballooned as it’s shifted towards low-paid, insecure jobs. Labour is determined to change this.

                   Delivering a fairer, more prosperous society for the many, not the few.

No More Housing Crisis, But A Home for Everyone

People need homes, but there aren’t enough of them being built for the people of Portsmouth.

  • Far too many new developments in the city are for luxury flats or houses
  • Property developers build these to make money, not to house the homeless
  • Many new-build properties are bought purely as investments by the wealthy
  • Rise in house prices far outstrips wages
  • Rough sleeping is on the increase, up 50% since 2010

There is a desperate need for more housing in the city. But more council homes in the country have been sold off under the Conservatives and only one in five have been replaced. We need homes that are affordable for people on average incomes. The Tory Government thinks £450,000 is a reasonable price for an affordable home. Labour doesn’t.

Labour will build 1 million new genuinely affordable homes over 10 years the majority for social rent.

Labour says:

‘A decent home is not a privilege for the few, but a right owed to all regardless of their income.’

Labour will prioritise brownfield sites and protect the green belt and not only build more, but build better, insulating homes to help people manage energy bills, reduce preventable winter deaths and meet our climate change targets.

Here in the city Portsmouth Labour would also:

  • make sure all local authority and housing association building projects employed local construction workers, both skilled and apprenticed.
  • undertake an audit and impact assessment of student accommodation to inform planning decisions.

Click here to see Portsmouth Labour’s Plan for Affordable Housing

Labour’s priority is….

                                        Building homes for the many, not the few…

Press Statement on Councillor John Ferrett’s Resignation

Portsmouth Labour Party are disappointed to hear of the resignation of Cllr Ferrett this morning. It is also regrettable that Cllr Ferrett did not inform Portsmouth Labour party of his decision to stand down.

We would like to thank Cllr Ferrett for his work with the Labour Party.

It must also be noted that less than six months ago Cllr Ferrett was elected as a Labour councillor. We hope that in calling a by-election he will give the residents of Paulsgrove the opportunity to have their say on his decision to leave the Labour Party.

Siôn Reynolds,

Portsmouth Labour Party