Southend Labour manifesto cover image
Southend Labour manifesto cover image

Southend Labour is pleased to present its Local Election manifesto to take our city forward with prosperity, security, and dignity.  You can download a copy of ‘A record of action; a promise of more’ here (we also provide a screen reader friendly plain text version of our manifesto).

Cllr Ian Gilbert, Leader of Southend Council says:

It has been an honour to lead Southend council for the past three years, continuing to deliver vital services through the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March we proudly and officially gained City status, and now we must secure our future prosperity and support our City’s recovery from the pandemic.

The economic damage the pandemic has done to the country is only being made worse by the cost of living crisis created in Downing Street.

Despite the challenges we face, we have continued to work on progressing projects such as Better Queensway, the Seaway Leisure Development, renovating our High Street, and purchasing the Victoria Shopping Centre which has gone from strength to strength. These projects will bring jobs and investment to boost the City’s economy. This is vital to our recovery and despite every effort from the Conservatives to chase this investment away, we are moving forward.

In just three years we’ve made huge strides in undoing years of deeply entrenched Tory-made decline across the city by:

☑ Investing £20m our roads and pavements to reverse years of underfunding plus a further investment of £50m over the next five years
☑ Planting more trees than we cut down each year; a complete reversal of the situation under the Tories
☑ Building more council homes than are sold off under Right to Buy for the first time in decades
☑ Cracking down on rogue landlords
☑ Keeping council tax lower than Tory-run Rochford, Rayleigh, Hadleigh, and Benfleet.

Southend has a bright future, but we need a council that is on the side of local people and that actually gets things done. I believe we have made a good start, but this is only the beginning.

You can read, or download, a copy of our manifesto online here. If you would like a printed copy posted to you please email and include your name and address.

Polling day is Thursday 5th May – only by voting for Labour can you ensure Southend will move forward towards the brighter future it deserves.

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