Labour manifesto 'boost' for Hitchin and Harpenden

The Labour Party Manifesto, launched on Monday, will bring new jobs and more responsive public services to the constituency. The document is structured around three mai

The Labour Party Manifesto, launched on Monday, will bring new jobs and more responsive public services to the constituency. The document is structured around three main themes: rebuilding our economy; protecting public services and strengthening society; and a new politics. In each case there is support for local people and a clear vision for the future.

Eye catching policies include:

# No stamp duty for first time buyers on all house purchases below �250,000 for two years

# The Future Jobs Fund providing 200,000 jobs for 18-24 year olds who have been out of work for six months


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# Protection for the post offices and pubs on which community life depends

# A Green Investment Bank for new eco-friendly businesses, high-speed rail around the country and guaranteed access to broadband.

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This will all be underpinned by sound fiscal management, with a pledge to halve the deficit by 2014 through economic growth, fair taxes and cuts to lower priority spending.

Oli de Botton, Labour candidate said: "This is a great prospectus for national renewal, as well as a real boost for local residents. I am particularly pleased to see a commitment to green economic growth and the pledge to share the debt burden fairly."

There is a stark contrast with the Tory manifesto, which appears forward thinking but in reality includes the same old policies of yesteryear.

Oli commented: "When the Conservatives say 'we're all in this together', what they really mean is 'you're on your own'. That's why they have pledged to cut Child Tax Credits and the Child Trust Fund for many families on middle and modest incomes. At the same time they are committed to a �200,000 tax cut for the 3000 wealthiest estates in the country."

Oli added: "So as in previous elections it is Labour standing up for the many, and the Tories standing up for the few.

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