Tactical vote??

During elections many people will look to tactical voting recommendations when deciding. Usually this tactical vote is to keep the Conservatives out of government, and is used by progressive parties to maximize chances in your first past the post system.

In 2017 tacticalvote.co.uk recommended the Lib Dems as best chance to beat the Tories in Newton Abbot (Teignbridge). Due to a surge in support for Labour, James Osben our candidate achieved a 12% swing, beating the Lib Dems into 2nd place.

Labour is now the only party who can beat hard right, ERG’er Anne Marie Morris.

Labour heading for a win in Newton Abbot

There is a large range of tactical voting sites, all with different recommendations, before you take their recommendation do a bit of research, look at past election results, take into account policy and voting records.

https://tacticalvote.co.uk/2017-recommendations/

Secure Housing For All

Britain has a housing crisis. House prices are way out of line with earnings. In our area the average house costs 10 times the typical salary. Building new homes doesn’t help. Local people can’t afford them. Many people must rent, typically paying a third or more of household income to their landlord. Benefit payments do not cover the rent. Social and council housing is hard to access.

Labour Will:

Build 100’000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale.

Build thousands of low cost homes reserved for first-time buyers.

Give local people buying their first home “first dibs” on new homes built in their area.

Protect greenbelt by building on brownfield sites whenever possible.

Build zero-carbon homes and insulate existing homes.

Give councils the power to build the homes communities need.

Transform the planning system with a new duty to deliver affordable homes.

End security for private renters by making three-year tenancies the norm and putting an inflation cap on rents.

Introduce new legal minimum standards to ensure properties are fit for human habitation.

Bring back long-term council house tenancies.

Suspend the Right to Buy and end the bedroom tax.

Join the campaign for Labour across Newton Abbot

We will be campaigning across the constituency up until the general election on Thursday 12th December.

Regular street stalls will be held in Newton Abbot and Teignmouth Town Centre.

Saturday 9th November –

Newton Abbot (outside the old M&S) 10:30 am – 12:30

Teignmouth (outside Coop, Bank Street) 11:00-13:00

Sunday 10th November –

Join us in Newton Abbot for remembrance Sunday 10am

MASS Canvass – Members of all 3 branches are asked to join together in a mass canvass, supporting James Osben our parliamentary candidate, who will be with us for this event. We will start at the junction of Raleigh Road and Armada Drive, at 2.30 pm.

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Labour can win in Newton Abbot!

In 2017 the Liberal Democrats urged voters to vote tactically and do all they can to make sure the Conservative Ann Marie Morris was not elected as MP in Newton Abbot Teignbridge. They pointed voters in the direction of tactical voting websites and promoted this on social media.

Now that Labour are second in Newton Abbot and the tactical voting websites are suggesting people vote for Labour, I don’t suppose the Lib Dem’s will be as keen to suggest tactical voting in this constituency for this general election will they?

Or if they are indeed advocating the same practice then I look forward to the Lib Dem candidate, Martin Wrigley, announcing that he will stand aside.

James Osben selected Labour PPC for Newton Abbot

James Osben has been successfully selected as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Labour in Newton Abbot. James stood in the 2017 general election in Newton Abbot which saw Labour come second with a positive 12% swing in the vote share. 

James said “I am privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to represent the people of Newton Abbot. We need an MP that represents everybody and a government that will make a difference for ordinary people. The Labour Party is the only party with policies which will do this.


We have seen the fallout from a decade of austerity, a political choice by both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, which has resulted in a significant increase in poverty, a drop in life expectancy in some parts of the UK, and shockingly, people actually losing their lives. Whether through desperate poverty and illness or through suicide.

The majority of people in the UK have paid the price for the financial crash, when those responsible for causing it, have not. The very rich have got richer while everybody else has faced cuts in pay, increasing bills, loss of family and child support services, and many have been forced into a situation where they need to access foodbanks and ‘in work benefits’.  It has driven some people to suicide. Like Philip Herron, a 34 year old single father who couldn’t see a way through the mountains of debt he was in and on top of this, he had not heard anything back about his Universal Credit application, one month on from applying.

As a mental health nurse in the NHS I have seen people relapse due to the stress and anxiety of the benefits application process. Very unwell and very vulnerable people are made to jump through hoops to obtain financial support they desperately need. It haunts me to think of the number of isolated and lonely people out there, who have no support and who are too anxious and too unwell to complete the application process. As your MP and as part of a Labour Government I will put an end to this punitive and hostile benefits system and make sure that people who need help get it.
Jeff Hayward, deemed ‘fit-to-work’ won his appeal against the DWP, seven months after he died of a heart attack. He and his family should not have had to spend the last few months of his life battling for funding he was entitled to receive. Many people have been found ‘fit-to-work’ and subsequently won their appeal.

We have seen people affected across this Constituency by the ‘hostile’ benefits system and if it wasn’t for local organisations like TeignAid, then I am sure many more people would be homeless, without financial support and might even have considered suicide. TeignAid is all credit to Labour Party and Unite Community activists Bruce Mattock, Jane Haden, Marilyn Warrener and Stella Mackie, who have tirelessly helped people across the constituency. Thank you to all of you.

Over 300 NHS nurses have died by suicide in just seven years. My colleagues and those who have devoted themselves to a life of helping others, have been, and are being failed by the government. The Care Quality Commission and the Royal College of Nursing recognise that services are overstretched, overworked and under resourced. Labour will change this and I will be an advocate for that change. I have actively campaigned against the closure of our local hospital in Teignmouth and will continue to stand up for our local services.


Infant mortality rates in the UK have risen for the third consecutive year, hitting the poorest communities hardest. Professor Russell Viner of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said “Infants are more than twice as likely to die in England and Wales if they are born to a poor family rather than a wealthy one, and the gap is widening.” This is utterly heart breaking and it can’t be ignored. Austerity is the cause of rising child poverty, deprivation and severe inequality.


We are failing nationally and globally to prevent a climate catastrophe. I fully support Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion, who are opening our eyes. We cannot afford to wait. Our future depends on it. The future of life on Earth as we know it, depends on it. I welcome and fully support the Labour Party’s policy on instigating a green industrial revolution. The changes must happen now, they must be radical and far reaching, if we are to make a difference. I pledge to lead the way in our constituency.
As your MP my ambition will be to see a society where nobody is left behind. Where we all have access to healthcare, where that healthcare system is not under strain, where everybody has access to a good education following their dreams and interests without restriction or limitation. Where we eliminate poverty and where the elderly, ill and vulnerable are not penalised but supported by a caring and compassionate society.”