Karin Smyth MP: Labour will always put country first to deliver a fairer, greener future

Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, has warmly welcomed the leader of the Labour Party’s conference speech as being a “game changer that shows Labour is a government in waiting and ready to serve the people of Bristol South.”

Labour Party Conference 2022 was held in Liverpool and witnessed a speech from Keir Starmer MP that set out that the Party will always put country first and set out how he will achieve this with policies focused on a fairer, greener future.

The leader of the Labour Party set out four new policy announcements:

  • Clean Power by 2030
    The next Labour Government will launch an urgent mission for a fossil fuel free electricity system by 2030, making the UK a clean energy superpower, exporting clean power to the rest of the world. This would save UK households £93 billion over the rest of this decade.
    A publicly owned GB Energy company
    Labour will establish a British publicly owned company that will help generate the clean power that will cut bills and provide energy security for the UK. We already have great energy companies investing in Britain. But to roll out clean power at scale, and to ensure that we get the jobs and the supply chains we need in the UK, we need to emulate the success of other European countries and have our own domestic champion.
    Detailed skills plan with a new approach to apprenticeships and Skills England to oversee a national effort to upskill Britain to meet the challenges of climate change, automation and global competition
    70% Home Ownership target with a house building scheme not seen since the war.
    Labour is the Party of homeownership – our comprehensive plan will target a homeownership rate of 70% and 1.5 million new homeowners

These policies will transform Bristol South for the better and secure our place as a world leading city for modern skills and jobs. It will also tackle the cost-of-living crisis head on.

Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, said:

“After 12 long Tory years south Bristol has witnessed hardship increasing, public services crumbling and the prospect of getting on in life dimming to a faint glow. This is not who we are or who we want to be. Our natural optimism is being ground down by a government irrelevant to the real needs and out of ideas.

“The cost of living crisis has been turbo-charged in recent days due to the economically illiterate Budget announced by Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng. We’ve reached the point where the IMF is now watching the UK closely and the Bank of England is expected to raise interest rates to nearly 6% – a figure that will make many mortgages unaffordable.

“But it doesn’t have to be this way. Keir Starmer’s speech was a game changer that shows Labour is a government in waiting and ready to serve the people of Bristol South. From apprenticeships to housing, dismantling the cost-of-living crisis to making Britain a Net Zero superpower our Labour Party will deliver for you. A better future is within our shared grasp.”