Last Saturday Ed Miliband launched Labour’s election pledge card which lays out our priorities for the country and the promises that we are making to the electorate as we approach the general election.
He was speaking at a pre-election rally of more than 1,500 party members and supporters in Birmingham about our promises and how they are all based on one fundamental belief that Britain only succeeds if working families succeed.
I had the pleasure this week to visit St John Plessington and address an audience of sixth form students to talk about these pledges and what the Labour party can offer them. It was good to hear about the issues that matter to them as young people about to embark on their own careers.
Topics that were raised included tuition fees, apprenticeships, youth employment and mental health. All of these things can impact on young people and I enjoyed being given the opportunity to engage with them about my views but also to listen to theirs.
I was also asked by one student about zero hour contracts and our pledge to scrap exploitative zero contracts is one that appears on our pledge card as part of our plan to achieve higher living standards for working families.
Other pledges that we have made include building a country where the next generation can do better than the last by supporting students with a reduction in tuition fees to £6,000 and guaranteeing an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades.
Employment opportunities and education were obviously something I was asked a lot about at the event and the young people were really engaged with how policy in these areas would impact on them. I’d like to thank them for their well-researched questions.
By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News