Jeremy Corbyn calls on voters to use local elections to tell Government 'enough is enough'

Jeremy Corbyn calls on voters to use local elections to tell Government 'enough is enough'

Jeremy Corbyn is launching the Labour Party's campaign today (March 22)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn is asking voters to use local elections to inform the Government that "enough is enough" and they want a change in direction.

He is to launch the Labour Party's campaign in Manchester for the elections due to take place in May.

The Labour leader is expected to highlight increases of almost 6% in council tax bills across the country.

He is also expected to accuse the Tories of demanding voters "pay more for less" as local services have been cut whilst bills have risen. 

Corbyn is to say that a vote for Labour on May 3 represents a vote to "change direction".

"On May 3, people across England will have the chance to send an unmistakable message to this Government that enough is enough," the Labour leader will say.

"Enough of cuts to vital services that hurt local communities; enough of cuts to schools, hospitals and local policing; enough of library and youth centres closures, enough of leaving elderly and disabled people without essential care; and enough of failed privatisations that suck funds out of public services so a few can make a profit.

"Austerity is a political choice. So when your children's school is losing teachers and sending begging letters, or their youth centre is closed, that's because the Conservative priority is tax breaks for big business.

"And when your elderly relatives are neglected because of a lack of social care, that's because the Conservatives want another tax giveaway for a few people at the top."

He will add that local businesses are facing an increased tax burden as business rates are rising by more than £3,000.

Elections are taking place in 32 London boroughs and 119 other councils around England on May 3, alongside mayoral ballots in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Watford and the Sheffield City Region.