Dan Jarvis says Labour must focus on 'family, work and community'

Written by @singersz on 3 March 2016 in Diary

Jeremy Corbyn has warned banks not to treat people as “cash cows” and called for reform of the industry.

The Labour leader was addressing the annual conference of the British Chambers of Commerce for the first time as Leader of the Opposition.

At the same time, the man who many frustrated Labour MPs would like to see taking over from Corbyn before the next election has also been setting out his stall – albeit with less fanfare.

TP recently reported that Dan Jarvis took £12,500 from Peter Hearn, a businessman who last year donated almost £100,000 to unsuccessful campaigns for the Labour leadership and deputy leadership.

Since then a hedge fund manager called Martin Taylor has also provided £16,800 to the Barnsley MP's office. The cash is understood to be being spent on two political advisers who are helping Jarvis to develop a strategy. But how is it going?

A few clues are provided in a piece by the Barnsley MP for the Yorkshire Post. In it, Jarvis asserts that:

"Many no longer trust the Labour Party because we stopped talking about the things that matter to them."

Looking ahead, he sets out three key priority areas for the party to focus on.

“Offering up a few new policies won’t cut it. We need fundamental change and that means rooting our politics in the things people actually care about – their family, work and community.

“Family, in its different shapes and sizes, is under pressure. Our childcare and social care systems are not fit for purpose. Parents are left to juggle work, the care of children, and older relatives with too little quality time.

“We need to invest in family life to ensure that every child receives the care they need. Specifically by investing in the early years which leads to happier, healthier children with more prosperous futures...

“As the party of work, we need to ensure that our businesses can both thrive and act as responsible employers in order to create good quality jobs. Too often the interests of shareholders and senior managers have taken priority and too often the result has been excessive pay awards at the top and too little distribution at the bottom.

“To improve work and wages, we need active and engaged government investing in areas of potential growth and devolving resources down to communities. But creating economic growth also means harnessing the skills and talents of everyone. We need workers on boards, more employer-employee partnerships, more women in senior management and real transparency around corporate tax and pay.

“In our communities, the bonds that bind people together have weakened leaving many feeling powerless and insecure. In South Yorkshire, the closure of the pits ended a way of life that had traditionally brought people together. We are still dealing with that loss and grappling with the challenge of recreating that sense of belonging.

“Many are understandably anxious about high levels of immigration, which has become a proxy for people’s broader concerns about globalisation and feeling left behind.”

Read the full article here.



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