Jeremy Corbyn | Labour Local Government Conference

Jeremy Corbyn | Labour Local Government Conference


The Tories in Westminster
slashed your funding then sit back and let councils
carry the can. Since 2010, councils
have lost half their real terms funding
from central government. People’s local identity and
their sense of place in the community is actually
very important but it’s been lost as local government
has gutted by the Tories. When you lose your libraries,
you lose your Sure Start Centres, when your high street is lying
with vacant shops with their roller blinds
permanently down, it saps the life and feeling
out of your community and combined with the loss of
secure jobs and social housing it creates a loss of confidence
in our communities. Stripping back councils until they
provide only essential services damages local identity and
local democracy. If the Thatcher government
ruined our communities by destroying industry,
as they did. Then the Cameron and May governments
have ruined communities by destroying local
government. The solution, and it may be a total shock
and surprise to hear this from me, the solution to this is a
Labour government. But change is
coming. Together my friends we will rebuild
Britain for the many, not the few.

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