Welcome to Newbury Labour – an energised local party that doubled its share of the local vote to 8,000 in the 2017 general election. We believe that success reflects our connection with the issues that concern local people as well as the bold and visionary manifesto outlined by the national Labour Party which dedicated itself to building a fairer and more just Britain.
Newbury – and West Berkshire – enjoy a better quality of life than many other areas of the UK but even this region of relative richness is beset with avoidable inequalities: West Berkshire was recently ranked as being one of the least socially mobile places in the country while also hosting some of the most in-poverty homes nationwide.
Further, deeper issues continue to plague the area including problematic public transport, badly-maintained roads and a two-tier schooling system ensuring that many poorer children are failed from the start.
These are all fixable problems at a country-wide level but local politics are also reinforcing the problem: A six percent council tax has been imposed on all households adding further to the financial burden on many of those ‘just about managing’ while a Tory-dominated local council continues to cut back key public services such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, libraries and youth clubs.
In 2017 the term ‘for the many not the few’ began to resonate. Newbury Labour is still active and continuing to campaign precisely because those words still mean something – they spell the possibility of much overdue change. Join with us as we help transform Britain into the fairer more socially just country it can be – for the many not the few.