The Labour Party will formally launch its 100 point manifesto for the forthcoming elections to the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council on Saturday 23 March.
The launch will see the party fielding candidates on 2 May in every one of the 76 wards – something which has not been done for many years. Labour’s candidates are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, from university graduates, lorry drivers and teachers to former police officers, service personnel and bankers.
Patrick Canavan, secretary of Labour’s campaign forum said: “Our area faces some really big challenges over the next four years, such as the lack of affordable housing, the funding crisis in social care and the attack on services such as public toilets, youth clubs and community policing. Labour’s manifesto addresses all of those issues and so much more.”
Reflecting on the state of politics in the UK, Mr Canavan added: “On the doorstep many residents are confused, worried or angry about Brexit, and some say they have been put off politics as a result. We are clear that the election on 2 May is not about that, but local issues that really affect the day to day lives of people yet are often taken for granted such as bin collections, the state of our roads and whether or not people feel safe in our communities. Labour has been listening to residents and we think we can make things better.”