North Somerset Labour Party marked spring  in Queens Square, Clevedon, this Saturday, speaking to voters about Labour’s plans for a fairer, greener future.

    With Easter only weeks away and nature emerging from its winter sleep, many people in North Somerset are concerned by the impact of the climate crisis on extreme weather, biodiversity, famine, and conflict.

    The Labour Party, determined to deliver a fairer, greener future for Britain, has a five-point plan. It will introduce:

    1. A windfall tax on oil and gas companies to use excess profits to support families with the cost of living;
    2. Great British Energy – a new publicly owned company to give us energy independence;
    3. A National Wealth Fund ­to invest in the jobs that can rebuild Britain’s industrial strength, attract private investment in our ports, gigafactories, hydrogen, and protect our steel industry;
    4. Warmer Homes scheme – to upgrade Britain’s cold, draughty homes, cutting bills and creating thousands of good jobs for electricians, engineers, and construction workers across the country; and
    5. Clean Greener Power by 2030 by investing in solar power, wind power, nuclear energy, and green hydrogen.

    On Saturday 30th March members of the public were asked to choose which of Labour’s five policies they felt was most important. 76 people stopped to take part and the most popular policy was Labour’s plan for cleaner greener power, with 32% of passers-by choosing this as their top priority, followed closely by setting up a National Wealth fund (29%). Others chose implementing a Windfall Tax (17%), launching a Great British Energy company (12%) and rolling out the Warmer Homes scheme (11%).

    Ro Jones, one of the local Labour activists running the stall, said: “we had lots of interesting conversations with many people wanting the radical long-term changes Labour is proposing. Many people were unaware of the National Wealth fund but once we’d explained what it will mean for jobs and the environment most were very supportive of the idea”.

    Cllr Hannah Young, Labour’s District Councillor for Clevedon South, said: “Clevedon residents told us they want a government they can trust and who will deliver what they promise on environmental issues, housing and the cost of living.” Cllr Young added: “several people told me they’d always voted Tory but are going to put their trust in Labour this time, and lots of people stopped to say ‘you’ve already got my vote.’”

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