Labour will not oppose Conservative plans “to limit child tax credits to the first two children”.

I really must protest about this information that is on our screens and in the News today. “Labour will not oppose Conservative plans in the Budget, to limit child tax credits to the first two children”

Harriet Harman told Parliament this just a few days ago.

Now I am only a Local Councillor and one member of the Labour Party. But I feel strongly about this…..  I think that this is a step too far for Harriet to signal.

Its a decision that has far reaching implications for Labour going forward.

The fact that the Party is not united yet behind a new Labour Party Leader, and its not a new Leader but an Interim one, that is making this decision is just plain wrong in my opinion.

We are already in a weakened position as a Party, without making wrong decisions, as this one most certainly is. It is drawing gasps of  incredibility from our supporters. Harriet’s decision will weaken support  very quickly for the Party driving electors into the hands of others.

I am just stunned by the swiftness of the decision to support the Tories, on this key social plank, without a chance for the wider Party to even have a say!

I invested in this Page, to ensure that I am able to reach out to local constituents. I want to use to say this to my elected Member of Parliament Emma Reynolds MP.

” If Labour want to drive our local supporters away. Then surrounding this particular standard in the way that this decision has been reached, is just the way to go about it.

I am most certainly looking for change from the Labour Party going forward, and I want to see us gain support as a Party. But not in the way this key social policy decision has been made and followed through.

Now as one of the elected members for Wednesfield North, the questions I asked at the last Wednesfield North Police and Community Together meeting about “if the community was targeting the right  crime in the right areas of the Ward,” becomes even more pronounced.

Please speak up and make clear, that this budget decision is not supported by many members of this Local Party, and those of us that do not support this decision, are angry that we will be expected to support it, without having the chance to hear what the New leadership or the wider Party has to say on it”.

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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