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Southwark Labour’s Annual Borough Conference

17 September 2014
Borough conference Over 120 Southwark Labour party members joined councillors, HarrietHarman MP, Val Shawcross AM and Labour's Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge MP, at Southwark Labour's annual Borough Conference on Saturday 13th September.

As well as lively discussions about the policies and priorities of Southwark Labour party, the conference heard a number of speeches, including Southwark Labour’s own parliamentary candidates for the General Election in May next year, Cllr Neil Coyle and Cllr Helen Hayes.

Labour Leader of Southwark Council, Cllr Peter John, opened the conference, speaking about Labour’s historic victory in the local elections in May and the challenge the Labour council now faces in turning our manifesto commitments into practical deliverable policies and continuing to deliver a fairer future for all in the borough. Cllr John said:

“We believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to have the best life they can – irrespective of their background – and we will use our powers as a council to ensure that those opportunities remain available to everyone throughout their life.

“That’s why we will carry on investing in our council housing and building new homes to make sure that everyone has a high quality home at a genuinely affordable rent. It’s why we will invest in our young people to help to deliver that best start in life. It’s why over the next 4 years we are committed to creating 5000 new jobs for Southwark’s residents and 2000 new apprenticeships – ensuring that our
local residents benefit from the growth in our local economy. And it is why we will be taking the ground- reaking step of making swimming and gym use free for all of our residents in all of our leisure centres, so that each and every one of our residents has the opportunity to lead a healthier life.

“None of this will be easy in the context of even more budget cuts from Whitehall.  Having already taken £90 million from our budget over the past 4 years we now have to find another £30 million for next year’s budget – with the threat of a lot more in the following 2 years – irrespective of who wins the General Election. But we will get on and deliver the services which the residents of our borough need – from libraries to leisure centres; from street-cleaning to tackling anti-social behaviour; and from care for our most vulnerable children and adults to keeping our roads safe for all users.
“I believe that it is clear that our commitment to delivering a fairer future for all is real – and it is happening here in Southwark.”


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