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Havering Labour party launches ‘dynamic’ manifesto ahead of May’s local elections

PUBLISHED: 12:45 16 March 2018

Havering Labour members at the manifesto launch outside of Romford Town Hall. Photo: Keith Darvill

Havering Labour members at the manifesto launch outside of Romford Town Hall. Photo: Keith Darvill

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Havering’s Labour party has launched it’s manifesto ahead of the 2018 local elections.

The party will be fighting all 54 seats across the borough and their manifesto pledges to serve the voters of Havering with “dynamic policies which, from all their doorstep meetings with voters, they know represent local people’s concerns.”

A spokesman from the Labour said that the group wants to see a commitment to transport improvements for commuters.

Key priorities for the party in it’s manifesto include an express bus service linking all the borough’s main stations and Harold Hill, and to get all Havering stations re-zoned from Zone 6 to Zone 5.

The Manifesto also pledges to tackle air pollution with a ‘dynamic air pollution action plan’ with measurable targets to help save children’s lungs and to tackle the fly-tipping problem in the borough.

A spokesman said: “A Labour council in Havering will put the words ‘For the many, not the few’ into action.”

Labour Leader, councillor Keith Darvill, said, “People are now fed up with Tory government imposed austerity decimating our many valued council services.

“Also, people want their grown up children to be able to afford homes here in Havering, either to buy or to rent, but more and more young adults are having to live with their parents as they can’t afford a home of their own here.

“Labour would ensure that a higher percentage of new homes would be genuinely affordable and encourage builders to construct more homes for the rental market. We will not be building on the green belt and we will want to see that new developments have been properly checked for building regulations.

“We don’t want another Orchard Village fiasco.

“We will demand the very best infrastructure for new estates and we will want each area’s individual character preserved.”

“Many parents of younger children are now concerned about the health risks of air pollution.

“They want to see robust measures taken to tackle this health hazard which is damaging children’s lungs and it’s only Labour who are facing this crisis head on.”

The next round of local elections are taking place on Thursday, May 3.

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