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will_ukip.jpgThe BBC 2 documentary, Meet the Kippers, showed the world the kind of people who work for Ukip in South Thanet. Aside from the appalling racism, and other personal failings highlighted in the programme, their attitudes and activities showered shame and derision on the area.

Investors and new businesses are coming to South Thanet for the first time in decades. The Labour Party has worked hard to build up the area, but we realise that the recent resurgence is extremely fragile. 

Labour Parliamentary candidate for South Thanet, Will Scobie said:

I want people to talk about the beautiful architecture in Cliftonville, Broadstairs’ proud links to Dickens, Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour and Sandwich’s rich medieval history when they think about South Thanet.

I don’t want them to associate our area with the latest racist comment from UKIP or Nigel Farage’s most recent gaffe. We need an MP who will represent the area with diligence and pride, and who will defend and promote the constituency. The last thing we need is an MP who will bring negative headlines and associations for our area.

 

UKIP Embarrassing South Thanet

The BBC 2 documentary, Meet the Kippers, showed the world the kind of people who work for Ukip in South Thanet. Aside from the appalling racism, and other personal failings...

will_low_pay.jpg The issue of low pay affects us all. A recent report showed that South Thanet is a Living Wage black spot. Over 40% of people in the area are paid less than the Living Wage. This is one of the worst figures in the South East of England.

South Thanet parliamentary candidate, Will Scobie, says:

If we are going to get the benefits bill down and improve productivity then we need to pay people a wage that they can actually live on. At the moment the taxpayer subsidises low pay through tax credits, housing benefit and similar benefits.

It cannot be right that somebody can work 40 hours a week and still not be able to live on their salary.

One of my campaign promises is that we will strengthen the minimum wage and incentivise employers to pay their staff the Living Wage. For the last 5 years, the coalition Government has overseen a real terms reduction in the minimum wage and a public sector pay freeze. Cameron is playing politics by bringing this up now. Only Labour will tackle this issue and improve low pay in South Thanet.

There's an interesting article about Low Pay in Cameron's Britain: CLICK HERE

 

Tackling Low Pay in South Thanet

The issue of low pay affects us all. A recent report showed that South Thanet is a Living Wage black spot. Over 40% of people in the area are paid...

will_hospital.jpgThe National Health Service has been left to pick up the pieces at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, after private contractor Circle withdrew from its obligations after failings in care.

As South Thanet's Labour parliamentary candidate, Will Scobe said:

Hinchingbrooke is an important case study as it shows the impact of privatisation in the NHS. The company running the hospital was not hitting targets and so ended up withdrawing from the contract. The taxpayer has now been forced to step in to take it on and foot the bill.

We have a similar situation in Thanet with the Broadway Practice. Concordia health were running the practice but had huge issues with staffing and service delivery. They announced last year that they were pulling out and terminated the contract. Since then the taxpayer has picked up the slack. We have now found a solution with Dr Malik, from the Albion Road surgery, expanding into the Broadway Practice, but this still doesn’t cover the failings of Concordia.

We need to learn the lessons of both Hinchingbrooke and the Broadway Practice. We need to reverse the sell-off of the NHS and pull it back from privatisation. If elected as the MP for South Thanet I will support legislation that will do this.

 To find out more about how the Conservative/LibDem Coaltion government's creeping privatisation will damage the NHS, here's an article in the Daily Telegraph (of all places!): CLICK HERE

 

Concerns at Hitchinbrooke Hospital Affect South Thanet

The National Health Service has been left to pick up the pieces at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, after private contractor Circle withdrew from its obligations after failings in care. As...

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