Left Hand View – By Malcolm Tipper


When Rebecca Long-Bailey introduced Labour’s 30 point plan green pledge it rather caught got up in a lot of other radical ideas in Labour’s 2019 manifesto. Fortunately Rebecca has an opportunity during the Leadership campaign to devote more time to perhaps the single most important issue facing all of us.

The climate crisis messages have been with us for some time and are still occurring “Record heat in world’s oceans is ‘dire’ warning on climate crisis” Guardian 14th January 2020. The causes of oceans warming is obviously not the responsibility of just one country but each country must clearly show it is taking climate change very seriously and that is why we mustn’t lose sight of Labour’s radical policy when the leadership changes.

Rebecca Long-Bailey when shadow Business Secretary said that a future Labour Government would oversee an economic revolution, using the full power of the state to decarbonize the economy and create hundreds of thousands of green jobs in towns and cities across the UK. We can be pretty sure that the new Tory Government is unlikely to use the full power of the state in anything bar supporting the United States in any wars it might start or clamping down on terrorist organisations such as Extinction Rebellion!  As Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell promised legislation to force UK listed firms to take adequate steps to fight the climate emergency, this is not going to happen now.

A lot of analysis has gone into why traditional Labour voters in areas in the north and midlands have switched their allegiance to the Conservatives who are unlikely to act in their best interests on wages, benefits or local services. I have a fairly simplistic view that in the Thatcher years Conservative Governments closed down swathes of traditional industries employing thousands of people and did nothing to replace those jobs. The Labour Governments that followed did nothing to support those communities and in some ways encouraged the low skill, low wage, insecure job market that now exists across the country.

Labours Green pledge had at its heart the creation of 850,000 skilled jobs in the green industry. The figures were not just plucked out of thin air but were prepared by a team of economists at the Sustainability Research Institute backed by the University of Leeds. These jobs would arise out of:

  • Insulation upgrades for every home in the country such as double glazing focusing first on damp homes and areas with fuel poverty.
  • Installing 8m electric heat pumps to start getting away from gas heating.
  • Building another 7000 offshore wind turbines and 2000 onshore wind turbines
  • A national network of electric vehicle charging points
  • Enough new solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches

The Green pledge would necessitate nationalization of the energy network as Rebecca Long-Bailey has said “energy customers have been ripped off by the privatisation of the UK’s energy grid, with shareholders paid £13 billion pounds in dividends over the past 5 years”. She went on to say “only by taking the grid into public ownership can we decarbonize the economy at the pace needed to secure the planet for our children and grandchildren while ending the rip-off, creating good jobs in local communities and making heating and electricity a human right”.

Allied to the policies for climate change is the tricky subject of meat and dairy production particularly in a county like Devon. For me as a vegetarian and subscriber to Veganuary giving up meat and dairy is not a hardship. The magazine Science published a paper showing that a plant-based diet would release 76% of the land currently used for farming. This land could then be used for the mass restoration of ecosystems and wildlife. If our grazing land was allowed to revert to natural ecosystems, and the land currently used to grow feed for livestock was used for grains, beans, fruits, nuts and vegetables for humans, this switch would allow the UK to absorb an astonishing quantity of Carbon. Now would a Conservative Government encourage farmers to make the change and without EC subsidies to offset the cost, answers on a postcard!

For Labour voters and supporters it was tragedy that we didn’t win the election, however, it is important not to dilute the green pledge that appeared in the manifesto as I think increasingly this will be the issue that will attract voters and I would encourage members to use their vote in the leadership election to support the candidate you think is most likely to honour that commitment.

Left Hand View By Malcolm Tipper

More Poverty, More Corporate Greed, Less Compassion

Remember, Remember the 12th of December a date Labour activists will never forget. “For the many not the few” lost out to “Get Brexit Done” and has condemned many to 5 more years of austerity, more reductions in workers’ rights more unbridledcapitalism with more obscene salaries for the few.

A mere 9 years ago the Conservatives supported by the Liberal Democrats started the process where the cloak of Brexit covered the destructive force of austerity. The Social Metrics Commission set up in 2016 to develop a new way of measuring poverty found that 14.3million people now lived in poverty and 7million people including 2.3million children were affected by what they described as persistent poverty. A separate piece of research has also indicated 1.5million people suffer extreme poverty or destitution as a result of benefit cuts and high rents. The State of Hunger Report 2019 was compiled by academics from Heriot-Watt University.According to the research “there is clear and robust evidence that people struggling on the lowest rungs of the income ladder are pushed rapidly into destitution when their already tight budgets are broken by benefit payment delays, cuts, deductions or sanctions”. It found five welfare policies- the rollout of universal credit, increases in benefit sanctions, the bedroom tax, the benefits freeze and the withdrawal of disability benefits-had sizeable and significant effects in pushing up demand for food parcels. In 2018/19 one in 50 UK Households used a foodbank. 

Shelter says that for many people on housing benefit who on average are now having to find £113 a month to meet the shortfall between their housing benefit payments and their rent demands for many these can be catastrophic amounts, forcing many to choose between paying rent and buying food. If they cannot meet the difference, they are at risk of eviction. Also, in the last six years Council Tax debts have risen by 40% making it the most common form of debt. The most visible form of homelessness is of course rough sleeping although the charity Crisis estimates there are 71,400 people “sofa-surfing” and have been for more than 6 months making it the largest form of homelessness. In 2018 the number of homeless people dying rose by 22% the highest since records were first collected in 2013. Charities, M.P.’s and experts say austerity and cuts to services are driving a homelessness crisis. Work is obviously the answer to Poverty or is it? A study by the institute of Fiscal Studies shows that between 1994 and 2017 the share of poverty accounted for by working households had jumped from 37% to 58% caused by more expensive housing and weak earnings.

Those fortunate enough to be in work can still expect to be poor, but not so the bosses who are rubbing their hands with glee as the new Conservative government will make further relaxations in employment laws. For a more detailed view of the excesses of corporate pay see Left hand View on Pay (June 2019). Since that blogthe boss of Persimmon the house builder received an £85m bonus, the founder of Bet 365 paid herself £323m last year the equivalent of 10,152 teacher’s salaries, whilst the boss of Virgin Money saw his salary doubled to £3.4m per annum despite a second consecutive annual loss. Whilst Deliveroo who employ 60,000 delivery riders, all self-employed contractors with no guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay or sick pay sees a Director receive a 57% pay increase with £8.3m of share options. Overall between 2014 and 2018 shareholder payments to FTSE 100 companies have risen by 56% whilst during the same period wages edged up by just 8.8%. Only strong Trades Unions can fight against corporate greed and worsening pay and conditions.

We might have expected a modicum of compassion from the Liberal Democrats but ex M.P. soon to be ex Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson in a Channel 4 interview said she had “no regrets about the coalition” despite its role in bringing about austerity. We can expect no compassion from a Tory government given the green light to introduce further public spending cuts, reduce workers rights, continue to force elderly people to sell their homes in exchange for inadequate social care, continue to let graduates run up thousands of pounds of debt, do nothing about homelessness and probably pay lip service to climate change. Be careful what you wish, vote for.

Public Ownership? We can’t afford not to…

Public Ownership? We can’t afford not to…

We can’t afford NOT to have public ownership. Privatisation is leaking out £13 billion a year (£250 million a week). We can’t afford to keep wasting billions so a handful of shareholders can profit from failed privatisation.

Sky high rail fares. Polluted rivers. A National Grid that fails to link up with community renewable projects. Post Offices and bus routes closing down. Competition in our NHS.

Public ownership is a great deal for the public purse – but a tiny number of vested interests, backed by the billionaire press, don’t want it to happen.

The right wing press are not on the side of you and me.
They’re on the side of the bankers, the shareholders, the asset managers, the profiteers.

We should be investing money into public services so we can make society fairer and tackle the climate crisis. Not wasting billions on shareholder dividends.

Free Movement

Our response to the Tories claim that Jeremy Corbyn’s policy of continuing free movement with the EU would cost over £4 billion in benefits

European migrants living in the UK contribute £2,300 more to public purse each year than the average adult, suggesting a net contribution of £78,000 to the exchequer over their lifespan in the UK.

In preparation for Brexit, the government asked its Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to report on the economic and social impacts of EU migrants in the UK. The MAC commissioned Oxford Economics to analyse the fiscal implications of immigration using the most up-to-date data and sophisticated modelling techniques.

The resulting study, The Fiscal Impact of Immigration on the UK, represents the most comprehensive assessment to date of the net contribution that all migrants make to the UK’s public finances.

The study finds that

  • The average UK-based migrant from Europe contributed approximately £2,300 more to UK public finances in 2016/17 than the average UK adult. In comparison, each UK born adult contributed £70 less than the average, and each non-European migrant contributed over £800 less than the average.
  • The average European migrant arriving in the UK in 2016 will contribute £78,000 more than they take out in public services and benefits over their time spent in the UK (assuming a balanced national budget), and the average non-European migrant will make a positive net contribution of £28,000 while living here. By comparison, the average UK citizen’s net lifetime contribution in this scenario is zero.
  • Taken together, this means that the migrants who arrived in 2016 will make a total net positive contribution of £26.9 billion to the UK’s public finances over the entirety of their stay. The value of this to the UK’s public finances is equivalent to putting approximately 5p on income tax rates (across all marginal rate bands) in that year.
Labour campaign for free movement

Teignbridge needs Labour’s Manifesto for real change

This weekend Labour activists have been out in the 3 towns speaking to the public about Labour’s radical manifesto. It has been well received by the public.

Newton Abbot Street Stall

The public are right to be exciting by the plans Labour has for the UK, check out the highlights from our manifesto:

Build 150’000 council and genuinely affordable homes a year by the end of the first term.

Create 1 million green jobs.

Introduce a windfall tax on oil and gas companies.

A real living wage of £10 an hour.

Bring the “big six” energy companies into public ownership.

Bring rail, mail and water into public ownership

Scrap Universal Credit. Stop work capability and PIP assessments.

Deliver free and fast full-fibre broadband for all

Create a National Care Service, with free personal care for over 65s.

Create a National Education Service, with 6 years free adult education and no university tuition fees.

Extend full voting rights to all UK residents.

Free prescriptions in England.

Free Dental check ups

A credible plan for Brexit – secure a new deal and put it to a legally binding referendum within 6 months.

Our full manifesto is available below, along with full costings.


Teignmouth Street Stall

James Osben – Labour PPC Teignmouth Hustings, Friday 22nd Nov 2019

At the hustings in Teignmouth yesterday (Friday 22nd November) I spoke of the consequences of almost 10 years of cuts and austerity. Austerity voted in by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats while in coalition 2010 to 2015. I have seen some of the pain and despair caused to vulnerable and unwell people in our constituency while working as a Mental Health Nurse in the NHS.

This election is probably the most important in our lifetime. The climate change crisis is very real and very urgent. The action we take must be radical and it must be immediate. The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn will see our country regenerated with a radical and innovative green industrial revolution:


I am not standing to become an MP for myself. It has not been my lifetime ambition to become a politician. I have worked in the NHS for 15 years and I am a nurse but I have to take a stand. Things have got to change. This election isn’t about an individual. It’s about the 14 million people plunged into poverty because of political choices made by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. It’s about 17000 people who have died before receiving the benefits they need. It’s about disabled people losing vital financial support while forcing them to pay bedroom tax. It’s about the fact that infant mortality rates have increased year on year, with the highest rates being in the most deprived areas. This election is about the increasing numbers of homeless people. It is about the 1 million people accessing foodbanks.


This election is about the Nurses, Doctors, Radiographers, Occupational Therapists, Porters, Facilities Staff, Administrators and all NHS staff who work under immense pressure and who have suffered a ten year pay freeze. It’s about the police and firefighters who have been underpaid and deprived of resources.

This election is about the Teachers who have been under paid and overworked. It is about schools being deprived of funding and parents, teachers and students who have had to buy school equipment out of their own pockets.

Teignmouth Community School Exeter Road will have a shortfall of £456,627 A cut of (£483) per pupil. Mill Lane School works out at a cut of (£531) per pupil. https://schoolcuts.org.uk

I am standing in this election for you and for your families. For your children. Things can only really change when we have empathy and compassion in society and when the people who represent us care as much about others as they do about their own friends and family. I want every child in this constituency to have the best opportunities in life. I am standing for each and every person negatively affected by austerity. I stand with the Windrush generation where British citizens were wrongly deported because of a hostile immigration policy. I stand for the elderly, the sick, the vulnerable, the families trapped in poverty accessing foodbanks and working multiple jobs.

I stand for the future of our country and the future of our planet and I pledge to do all that I can to tackle the climate emergency.

This is my pledge to you as a fellow human being, as a son, as a brother, as a grandson, as a husband, as a father, as a friend and as a neighbour.

This election is a choice between Labour or Conservatives. Labour are second in Newton Abbot. With your vote we can win here.

Labour have a fully costed manifesto of hope. Let’s make it happen.

Read Labour’s Manifesto For Real Change

Donate to Newton Abbot Labour

 You can either donate by Bank Transfer using the details below with the reference GE19:

Newton Abbot Constituency Labour Party.

Account number: 65117572 Sort Code: 089299 The Co-operative Bank, P.O. Box 250, Delf House, Southway, Skelmersdale, WN8 6WT.

Or you can send a cheque made payable to Newton Abbot CLP to:

The CLP Treasurer

106 Oakland Road

Newton Abbot, TQ12 4EE

Any donations no matter how small will go a long way in supporting the campaign to elect James Osben as Labour MP for Newton Abbot

Get your Vote Labour board now!!!

If you would like a Vote Labour board, particularly if you live on a main road or in a prominent position get in touch. We will deliver the board and post and put it up in the garden for you, all you need to do is get in touch! Be quick they are going fast!!!

Posters also available. Just email rywhall@gmail.com or call 07954 054459 Lets get a Jeremy Corbyn Labour Government elected, and lets get James Osben elected as our MP.

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.


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.