Plymouth Labour Manifesto 2021
Plymouth Labour’s Manifesto for the 2021 Plymouth City Council Elections #PlymVotes21
Message from Cllr Tudor Evans – Keeping Plymouth Safe and Sound:
This has been a very tough year for many people in our city. COVID-19 has left its mark on families, with relatives taken too soon. There’s been disruption to children’s schooling, to who knows what effect. And there’s the anguish of not being able to visit loved ones in hospital or residential homes, or meet up for a chat and a hug.
Then there’s the economic effects. For some, there has been particularly tough. There’s
been some government help, but too slow for many people to stave off unemployment
returning. Three national lockdowns – principally due to government slow action – have
left a scar on businesses that may take an age to heal.
According to many people, Labour runs Plymouth well. We’ve got a huge pipeline of jobs
and investment underway, with new factories, offices, shops and hotels. We’re investing in
the skills that people need to take up the jobs that will flow from this. It’s going to be
important that the City bounces back, but bounces back fairly, so people and places that
often miss out are not overlooked again. And we need to do so in a way that tackles the
During the pandemic, the Council stepped in to make sure care homes had PPE, had staff
shortages covered, keep the poorest children fed, and marshalled hundreds of volunteers
across the city to get medicines and food to the most vulnerable. We organised the COVID
testing centres, and helped keep the number of infections below the national and regional
average, through the Local Outbreak Management Board.
We’re not out of the woods yet, we have to keep going. So, this is not the time to change
who runs the Council. We need continuity, we need to stay the course.
On May 6 please vote Labour again – for a Council that will keep Plymouth Safe and Sound.
Cllr Tudor Evans OBE
Leader of Plymouth City Council and Labour & Co-op Councillor for Ham Ward
Message from Cllr Pete Smith
Plymouth Labour has a record of keeping our promises. In 2012 we were elected on a manifesto containing 100 pledges. We delivered 99 of them. In 2014 we were re-elected on a manifesto of 50 pledges and we delivered all 50.
So it is with our 2018 Manifesto, which we update for the 2021 election. So far we have delivered 85 of those 100 pledges, despite the challenges of the last year with lockdowns and COVID-19.
It is important that the city keeps on course, and keeps in touch with local people’s views.
Our top priorities for this year are your priorities:
– Post-Covid Jobs
– Pride In Plymouth
The Conservative Government, and Plymouth’s Conservative Members of Parliament, have voted time after time to cut the amount of money Plymouth gets to support Council services. This means particular hardship for taxpayers in Plymouth where wages are low. We need a fairer share of funding from Westminster for Plymouth to keep council tax rises as low as we can. Plymouth gets 60p in the pound less from the Conservative Government than it did 10 years ago.
The Conservatives put your council tax by just under 10 percent in just over a year, the last time they ran Plymouth. The Conservative Police Commissioner has put up her bill for policing by 37% in four years.
This year, again, Labour have made sure you have the lowest council tax in Devon and Cornwall.
Remember, Conservatives have failed us nationally and locally. Please use your vote for a better, greener and fairer Plymouth. Don’t risk our recovery – Vote Labour on May 6th .
Cllr Pete Smith
Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council and Labour Councillor for Honicknowle Ward
Our 100 pledges for a Plymouth to be proud of
Our 2021 manifesto focuses on 11 key areas, you can find them below:
- For jobs and prosperity
- For keeping Plymouth on the move
- For more truly affordable homes
- For Plymouth’s marine and maritime role
- For children and young people
- For better health and adult social care
- For fighting poverty
- For a safer, welcoming city
- For the city centre
- For sport, culture and leisure
- For a greener, cleaner city