05 May 2010

Who should I vote for on Thursday?

There’s just one day until residents go to their local polling station and they have an important decision to make says Labour Leader Cllr Steve Reed.

He writes The decision on May 6th is between a vote for the Lib Dems whose plans would take Lambeth backwards while raising council tax 30%, or Labour who are working hard to put Lambeth Council back on the side of residents. Today, Lambeth is officially the fastest improving council in the country with no council tax increase for two years and crime reduced significantly.

Every day, I have been out on the doorstep and people have been telling me how things have got better, how happy they are that our GCSE results are now higher than the national average, how we have cut crime by boosting neighbourhood police teams, how our tough action on drugs is getting results, and how we have changed lives by providing more youth services.

But there is more to do, that is why our manifesto is full of positive ideas and commitments you can hold us to. We have made promises on value for money by keeping Council tax as low as possible; on crime where we will introduce an anti-social behaviour hit squad under police command; on investment on subs-standard roads and pavements; on youth services where we will guarantee things for young people to do within a mile of every home, and a major expansion of sport and leisure facilities with four new pools and free swimming for everyone.

The Lib Dems have not matched any of these commitments. Their manifesto is an empty box with a huge price tag attached. Their campaign has gone into meltdown just days before polls open. First, popular Lib Dem mayor Cllr June Fewtrell has quit their party to stand against her own party’s leader and second, almost half of all Lib Dems elected at the last council elections have either left politics altogether or shifted wards where they hope to hide their records from a new set of unsuspecting voters.

Our record shows that we have kept our promises – that’s why if you vote for Labour, you can trust us to keep our promises again.

Steve Reed