Last week the Chancellor George Osborne delivered his last Autumn Statement before the election.
I know from my regular sessions speaking to my constituents on the phone and on their doorstep that whilst George Osborne talks of 'recovery', any recovery is for the wealthy few and not the many. Living standards continue to be squeezed and people continue to feel that they are no better off.
The Conservatives promised living standards would rise, but while millionaires have got a huge tax cut working people are now £1,600 a year worse off.
And as we heard last Wednesday, it gets worse. Not only has the government failed to make people in Wirral better off, they have also failed to balance the books.
The Tories promised to eliminate the deficit by 2015 but with less money coming in because of their wrong economic decisions, they've broken their promise.
Because the Chancellor has failed to deliver rising living standards he has now borrowed £219 billion more than he planned in this Parliament.
This is because there is a fundamental link between the living standards of everyday working people such as those in Wirral and Britain’s ability to deal with the deficit. People are not working all the hours they'd want to, which means income to the Treasury is lower too.
Because wages aren't rising and too many are stuck in low-paid jobs, the tax revenues we need to get the deficit down aren't coming in.
Labour want to balance the books in a fair way and for everybody to benefit from growth. Labour’s plan will raise the minimum wage, expand free childcare for working parents, scrap the bedroom tax and cut business rates for small firms.
We will balance the books in a fairer way, starting by reversing the Tories’ £3 billion a year tax cut for the top one per cent of earners.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
Last week the Chancellor George Osborne delivered his last Autumn Statement before the election. I know from my regular sessions speaking to my constituents on the phone and on their...
Responding to today's Autumn Statement Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South said: “The Tories have broken their promise to balance the books by 2015, with the next Labour Government set to inherit a large deficit as a result. The Chancellor isn't helping the many in our country who have had a very tough four years.
There is a fundamental link between the living standards of everyday working people and our ability to deal with the deficit and we want to build an economic recovery that works for everybody in a fair way and not in a way that benefits those just at the top.
We have set out a plan to deliver stronger growth and more good jobs paying decent wages. We will make work pay and tackle insecurity by raising the minimum wage, banning exploitative zero-hours contracts and expanding free childcare for working parents.”
Responding to today's Autumn Statement Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South said: “The Tories have broken their promise to balance the books by 2015, with the next Labour Government set...
Local pubs are an important part of our communities. This is the reason that I decided to hold my Summer Pub Tour in Wirral South's fine local establishments.
I visited many local pubs in my constituency to chat to my constituents and to support our local pubs as I know what an important and traditional community meeting point they are.
It is concerning however that 27 pubs close every week and also 57% of landlords who are tied to large pub companies (pubcos) earn less than £10,000 a year.
This is why I was relieved to see the government defeated recently in the House of Commons over something that the Labour Party have been calling for to get a fairer deal for landlords.
That something is a statutory code with teeth on pub companies that would put an end to the unfair treatment tenants have received from the large pub companies.
Labours plans have won support from a broad coalition of campaigners including the Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) the Federation of Small Businesses, trade unions and the cross-party BIS Select Committee.
Government Ministers must now act on implementing a proper statutory code which would allow a free of tie option to protect local pubs.
It would allow publicans to buy their beers on the open market whenever a new contract is negotiated.
We achieved this by backing a new cross-party clause to the Small Business Bill despite the government opposing it.
I believe this change is the best way of ensuring that large pub companies offer fair terms to their licensees and to finally address the scandal of so many valued community pubs shutting.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News
Local pubs are an important part of our communities. This is the reason that I decided to hold my Summer Pub Tour in Wirral South's fine local establishments. I visited...