The Labour Party in Southend-on-Sea have launched their manifesto ahead of the local elections to Southend Borough Council on May 7th.
At the launch on Monday evening, the leader of the Labour Group and parliamentary candidate for Rochford & Southend East, Cllr Ian Gilbert, and Cllr Julian Ware-Lane outlined the polices in the document, designed to build on the successes achieved so far in administration.
Ian said, "In the last year we've achieved some remarkable things. In the face of £11m of Tory cuts to Southend, we've managed to protect vital services like children's centres, libraries and care homes, at the same time as starting to build the first new council houses Southend has seen since the 80s."
"The policies in this manifesto look forward from those achievements and aim to create a Southend which is better for everyone. We will continue to build new housing, to provide cheaper, greener energy for residents, and to move towards Southend becoming a living wage town."
Julian, who is also the Labour parliamentary candidate for Southend West, added, "There is much that we want to achieve for Southend, and this manifesto gives a real sense of how we would go about that. But so much depends on what happens in the general election. It is clear that a Tory government will mean only more devastating cuts to Southend. The only choice on May 7th which will give residents a better Southend, is to vote Labour locally and Labour nationally."