Rachel's December Luton News article


Labour is poised to deliver the change Luton deserves

2023 has been an exciting year for our town. Whether it’s Luton Town’s historic win at Wembley and promotion to the Premier League, the opening of the Luton DART, or the launch of ‘Step Forward Luton’, Luton’s back on the map.

It has been a privilege to represent my home town in the House of Commons and visit schools, community organisations, and businesses across the constituency – including the winners of my recent 2023 Luton South Small Business Awards. Luton has so many success stories and so much to be proud of.

Our community has a proud history of banding together to support one and other. We recognise that this year has been difficult for many. The reality is that working people in Luton are paying the price for Conservative government failure. The Conservatives’ decisions have created high inflation, skyrocketing energy bills, and soaring mortgage rates.

In 2024 there will likely be a general election, and I know the country is crying out for change. Labour is ready to serve, offering a decade of national renewal to replace the past 13 years of national decline under the Conservatives.

With our five missions, Labour will deliver the change Luton deserves.

Many constituents contact me about housing issues as we continue to see the significant impact of the housing crisis in Luton. In government, Labour will get Britain building again, building 1.5 million more homes in 5 years, with first-time buyers given first dibs on new homes in their area.

Constituents have also contacted me as they struggle to access doctor’s appointments and NHS treatments. Labour will get the NHS back on its feet; cutting waiting lists, delivering out-of-hours treatment, and ensuring our NHS has the doctors, nurses, and technology it needs.

Labour’s mission to take back our streets will halve crime; halving serious violence and incidents of knife crime. We will put more neighbourhood police and PCSOs back on Luton’s streets, and guarantee patrols in our town centre.

We will switch on Great British Energy, a new British company, delivering new high paid jobs, and lowering bills for households in Luton, and across the country.

Labour will also break down the barriers to opportunity, with more specialist teachers, a modern curriculum, and better training and apprenticeships, so that every young person in Luton is ready for work and ready for life.

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