A Labour led Dorset Council will boost the local economy and protect the environment by transforming local democracy and bringing public services back under local democratic control, says Dorset Labour in their local government manifesto which was launched today (15 March).

The manifesto, released to coincide with the start of campaigning for the Dorset Council elections on 2 May, contains over 100 manifesto pledges in five key policy areas:

A sustainable economy for Dorset

Transport and digital infrastructure

Homes and communities

Health and social care

Children and young people

Pat Osborne, Chair of North Dorset Labour Party and member of the working group that led on developing the manifesto, said:

“Under the Tories, Dorset is seriously lagging behind other local authority areas with regards to economic growth and facing up to humanity’s environmental challenges. We’ve set out our stall to show how a Labour led Dorset Council could be leading the way.

“Without the environmental and economic sustainability, our communities aren’t sustainable either, and our young people will continue to feel they need to move away from Dorset to get on in life.

“What’s needed is radical transformation, and that’s what we’re offering.”


1) A sustainable economy for Dorset

Labour will transition to a green economy and drive economic growth by buying from local suppliers

2) Affordable and secure homes

Labour will build more council homes for affordable rent and give you more say on planning

3) Transport and digital infrastructure

Labour will keep our communities connected by improving public transport, roads and digital access

4) Health and social care

Labour will bring cares services back into public ownership and oppose hospital closures

5) Children and young people

Labour will oppose further academisation and put schools back in the hands of our communities.

Click here to read our Manifesto