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Bristol South Labour member David Shoare went along to the Fabian Society Labour leadership hustings at the weekend, this is what he thought:

 

"Like a lot of people after the General Election I thought Ed Miliband would be Prime Minister by now. Alas, that idea disappeared in a chorus of gasps at exit poll results, so I went to the Fabian Society conference on Saturday to attempt to make sense of what happened and watch the first debate between all of the leadership candidates.

 

It being so early in the campaign, candidates appeared to be setting out their overall vision for the party and starting to put across potential policies. A few moments that stood out for me were Yvette Cooper talking about the importance of developing high tech industries and jobs(which I hope will get into the next manifesto whatever happens), Andy Burnham stressing the importance of having a country where everyone can get on, and also stressing that we learn the lessons of the Scottish referendum campaign and create a distinct Labour Yes campaign for the EU referendum. Liz  Kendall was pushing for the party to be as passionate about wealth creation as it is about wealth redistribution, while Mary Creagh detailed the dangers of Michael Gove's education policies, claiming that pupils were being told what to think, not how to think. Jeremy Corbyn also made an appearance despite only recently declaring his candidacy, declaring socialism to be alive and well and being needed now more than ever.

 

I don’t feel ready to back a specific candidate at this early stage, though it was useful to see where the potential differences between candidates were- I'm sure I'll get to narrow down the shortlist as the weeks go on.

 

What struck me most about the conference as a whole was the unfettered enthusiasm of its participants to make things better in the UK. Whichever leader gets elected, if they can harness that enthusiasm and positivity then the task over the next five years won’t be so daunting."

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Bristol South Labour member David Shoare went along to the Fabian Society Labour leadership hustings at the weekend, this is what he thought:   "Like a lot of people after...

Statement from Karin Smyth

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol South

 

CJ Hole and the Bristol property market

 

The publication of the letter from CJ Hole to landlords has laid bare the broken property market in Bristol. For far too many young people and families housing is simply not affordable.

 

The problem in the private rental market is two-fold, a chronic lack of supply of new homes and an unregulated free-for-all for letting agents. Local Labour Councillors and I fully support the Acorn campaign for an Ethical Lettings Charter but action also needs to be taken in Parliament.

 

Therefore a Labour government will legislate to:

 

  • Provide stability and protect tenants from unexpected rent rises with three year tenancies as standard
  • Ban rip-off letting fees
  • Force developers to “use or lose” land they hold
  • Build at least 200,000 new homes a year

 

In south Bristol the Council has identified brownfield sites for 2000 new homes, including in Bedminster. They must now get on with job of getting these new properties built and uphold the commitment that at least 30% of these should be defined as affordable.

 

Further details of Labour’s housing policy in Bristol South are available here

CJ Hole and the Bristol Property Market

Statement from Karin Smyth Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol South   CJ Hole and the Bristol property market   The publication of the letter from CJ Hole to landlords has...

Ed Miliband is today setting out our plans to abolish the non-dom rules so that everyone who makes the UK their home pays UK tax.

 

Britain will only succeed when working people succeed. That means everyone playing by the same rules. But the non-dom tax rules allow those at the top to pay less tax through a special set of loopholes not available to most people. That's not fair - it means working people have to pay more.

 

The non-dom rules are unfair.

  • The vast majority of working people have to pay tax on all of their income and gains, wherever it comes from. Wealthy non-doms can live in the UK for many years, but avoid paying UK tax on income made abroad.

The non-dom rules are ridiculous.

  • The rules are not only used by foreigners, but by people who by any normal standards are British, so that they can pay less tax.
  • People born here, brought up here and living here can claim non-dom status if their father was born abroad.
  • People born and brought up here, who live abroad for a while and then move back to the UK, can claim non-dom status if they say they plan to move abroad again in future, and do simple things like buy an overseas burial plot or subscribe to foreign newspapers.

The non-dom rules are abused.

  • The rules are supposed to allow non-doms not to pay tax on income from abroad. But they are also being used to avoid tax on UK income and property.
  • Non-doms can use offshore trusts to buy expensive UK homes and avoid inheritance tax.

Labour will abolish non-dom tax status.

  • Labour will abolish the non-dom rules and replace them with a system where everyone who makes the UK their home pays full UK tax, and only those who are genuinely temporarily resident in the UK - like students, or people who spend a short time here on business - can be taxed on just their UK income.
  • By closing down these loopholes Labour will raise hundreds of millions of pounds in additional tax revenue, which will be used for reducing the deficit. And we will send a clear message that everyone, however wealthy they are, should play by the same rules.

Labour will abolish non-dom tax status

Ed Miliband is today setting out our plans to abolish the non-dom rules so that everyone who makes the UK their home pays UK tax.   Britain will only succeed...

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