SOLIHULL Labour will be fighting all 17 wards in the council elections on an anti-austerity platform and hoping to improve on its current one seat.
The party has promised to reverse ‘failed’ Conservative policies and add impetus to the ‘anti-Tory’ Labour vote across the West Midlands.
Labour has taken aim at the Green Party this week in a campaign poster entitled ‘Don’t let the Green Party mislead you!’
The campaign poster criticised the Green Party’s record as official opposition claiming its members have ‘no real connection with the area’ and stands failed candidates from other local authorities.
Labour claims it would reverse cuts to West Midlands Police and prevent cuts to the budgets of borough schools.
It also states it wants to create a better functioning health and social care service for the borough.
It has hit out against Conservative housing policies promising more affordable homes for young families.
With roads identified as a particular issue for Solihull, Labour says it will repair roads and keep them ‘properly maintained’.
The party promises to implement a ‘real living wage’ for all council workers.
Solihull Labour Party chairman, Nick Stephens, said: “Only Labour offers a real alternative to the failed Conservative policies of Austerity. This was borne out in voting across the borough in last year’s general election where Labour got over 60 per cent of the anti-Tory vote, much more than for the Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP put together.
“Our candidates are hearing on the doorstep the reality of life in Tory Solihull after years of real terms cuts to our schools, police, the N.H.S. and other council services.
“While we need a Labour government to build an economy and society that works for the many not the few, the same is true here in Solihull. The current Green and Lib Dem opposition groups have been weak and failed to hold the Tories in Solihull to account or propose any alternative policies.
“Labour’s vision for Solihull is appropriate for one of the richest boroughs in the country which has done little to tackle inequality locally. We will fight for better public services for Solihull residents and a strong Labour Group on Solihull council again.”