Cambridge Labour group has released its manifesto for the city council elections, saying that Labour in Cambridge is all about actions and setting out its consistent track record of delivering on its promises and creating “One Cambridge, Fair for all” whilst in power since 2014.
Included in the updated 2022 manifesto are commitments across its four priority areas. These include its target to achieve a net zero council by 2030 and address the climate and biodiversity emergencies, tackle poverty and inequality and promote food and fuel justice, build a new generation of sustainable council homes and reduce homelessness, and also protect local services despite Tory cuts, ensuring help is available for the most vulnerable during the pandemic and beyond.
The manifesto builds upon significant progress already made in the previous year as reported by the group in its 2022 city report to residents, released last week. In particular, the group highlighted some of its achievements which included exceeding its council housing targets 12 months ahead of schedule and its steady progress on climate actions which saw it ranked this year amongst the top 10% of local authorities nationally.
The manifesto outlines how, if re-elected, Labour plan to continue their ambitious programme of work in these areas alongside providing vital support to residents during these difficult times despite cuts from central government.
On the launch of the manifesto, Leader of Labour group Cllr Anna Smith said:
“We’ve consistently delivered against our four key pledges, updated for 2022. This work has never been more important. The cost of living is already hitting our communities hard. All of us have, as councillors, spoken with residents who are being forced to choose between heating their houses and feeding their families. Our manifesto sets out how we will support residents in meeting those challenges.”
“We want all our communities to thrive. To be able to do that, they need enough to live on; safe, warm, decent, genuinely affordable homes; access to good food and green, open spaces; clean air and safe streets. We’re proud of our record. However, there’s still so much to do. The next few years are not going to be easy for any of us. We face not only a cost-of-living crisis but a climate and biodiversity emergency, and we have to deal with those against a background of pandemic recovery. All this in the context of a shambolic Tory government which seems to have little to offer to our city.”
Cllr Smith also highlighted the challenges facing the council:
“I would be irresponsible if I promised easy solutions. But what I can promise is that we will continue to work tirelessly as councillors, with and for our whole city and its residents. Cambridge deserves a compassionate, principled council with a strong track record and a clear vision for the future. One that understands the links between social, economic, and environmental justice. It’s only by voting Labour on May 5th that you can guarantee that the work we’ve been doing can continue, and that we can continue to work together to create One Cambridge, Fair for All.”Cambridge L