Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Armed Forces – Vote Labour!

Jeremy Corbyn has marked Armistice Day with a pledge to support the armed forces as Prime Minister with better working conditions, against a backdrop of falling pay and privatisation under the Tories.
The party’s manifesto, which will be released later this month, will include five major pledges to support the forces and their families:
1. Fair Pay – scrap the public sector pay cap, which has seen a 5.8% real terms pay cut for the starting salary of an Army Private
2. Decent housing for forces and their families – end the growing reliance on the private rented sector
3. A voice for service men and women – consult on creating a representative body, similar to the Police Federation
4. End privatisation – root and branch review of outsourcing and a clear presumption in favour of public delivery of public contracts
5. Support for forces children – better access to schools with dedicated local authorities admissions strategy for the particular challenge of frequent school moves

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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