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Speaking up for Canterbury, Whitstable and the villages

1. SUPPORTING OUR FISHERS, FARMERS AND LOCAL ECONOMY

As a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee since 2020, I’ve been working hard to secure a good deal for our fishers, farmers, and tourism sector. Local businesses are struggling, particularly after Brexit. From English language schools to our local vineyards and independent restaurants, businesses across the constituency need a strong economic foundation to be able to thrive.
 
Whitstable’s fishing and marine industry is facing hard times with multiple hurdles to navigate. I have raised high levels of whelk and fish mortality with ministers, and I meet regularly with Whitstable Fishermen’s Association.
 
Local farmers have been hit by problems with the new ELMs subsidy scheme, rising costs, a lack of seasonal workers, an escalation of fly-tipping and rural crime, and the effect of new trade deals on exports. Supporting our farmers and enabling their businesses to thrive is a priority for me.
I support Rosie Duffield for her unparalleled drive and passion for Whitstable and Canterbury's businesses and is a champion for the local population, advocating for our region like never before. She's truly transformed representation for us.
Wesley Baker
Entrepeneur

OUR PLEDGE

The number one mission of the next Labour government is growing a secure economy. A new Labour government would:

Support Small Business

Scrapping business rates and replacing them with a system that is fairer for bricks and mortar businesses.

Introduce legislation to tackle payment - unlocking £20 billion of unpaid invoices.

Reform the British Business Bank to give it a more ambitious remit supporting SMEs.

Set a target for half of all food purchased in the public sector to be locally produced or certified to higher environmental standards.

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Put economic stability first

Capping Corporation Tax at 25% for the next parliament.

Promise one budget every Autumn, at least four months before the new tax year

Empower the Office of Budget of Responsibility by giving them new powers to publicly scrutinise economic and fiscal forecasts when the government announced major fiscal decisions. This will prevent a repeat of the disastrous mini budget.

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Back British Business

Publish a National Industrial Strategy explaining where the state (through a New National Wealth Fund) can play a constructive and strategic role in ensuring we remain world-leading in the automotive sector, life sciences, financial services, AI and creative industries. A £7.3bn investment which aims to attract 3 pounds for every one spent by the public purse.

Honour the current structure of tax credits in research and development for the next five years, and boost the number and success of university spinouts

Accelerate infrastructure development by speeding up planning decisions and removing the barriers to national grid upgrades.

Plan infrastructure investments through a new national - bringing rail services back under public ownership.

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Make Work Pay

Improve workers' rights by ensuring basic employment rights from day one, banning exploitative zero hours contracts and ending fire and rehire.

Devolve additional powers to regional and local authorities to transform their local high streets and invest in skills, transport, housing and employment support.

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Kickstart a skills revolution

Reform the Growth and Skills Levy to allow companies to invest in adult education for their existing workforce in priority areas such as green tech and social care.

Focus funding for technical excellence colleges to bring forward courses which reflect the local employment needs e.g. maritime operations.

Overhaul Job Centres so that they have a statutory requirement to collaborate with other agencies including the NHS. 

OUR FIRST STEP

Labour will deliver economic stability and ensure there is no repeat of the disastrous mini-budget that crashed the economy.

Labour will pass a revised Charter of Budget Responsibility through Parliament to enact our iron-clad fiscal rules. The charter will set out our fiscal rules in detail, including our pledge to:

  • get debt falling between the fourth and the fifth year of the forecast; 
  • pay for all day-to-day spending by balancing the current budget over the medium-term; 
  • Subject to these rules, borrow to invest to ensure we can meet the challenges of the future.

Labour will introduce legislation to enact our ‘fiscal lock’ empowering the independent Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR). We will amend the legislation that underpins the work of the OBR to give them new powers to publish economic and fiscal forecasts when the government announces major fiscal policy decisions. This will prevent a repeat of the disastrous mini budget.

 

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