The battle between Liberal Democrats and Labour for Blaydon constituency has hit the ground running with Liberal Democrat candidate Neil Bradbury declaring that fairness for local people is at the top of his election bid.
In a message to local residents, Neil said that Blaydon has suffered because Labour and the Conservatives have created an unfair Britain.
“Under both Labour and Conservative Governments, people on low and middle incomes pay a higher share of their income in tax that the most wealthy do,” said Neil. “That simply is not fair.
“Under Liberal Democrat tax plans, no resident of Blaydon will pay tax on their first £10,000 of income. That will go a long way to making the tax system fairer.
“We will make the tax system fairer. Tax cuts for people of low and middle incomes will be paid for by ending the unfair tax loopholes used by the richest people to avoid paying their fair share of tax.
“Labour and the Conservatives allowed the banks to get too powerful. They created an unfair economy which has been a poor deal for Blaydon.
“Liberal Democrats will make the economy fairer, helping hundreds of unemployed residents of Blaydon back into work who have unfairly had to pay to price for the Government’s mismanagement of the economy.
“We will do this by investing in public transport, more home insulation and new affordable housing for local families. Not only will this create jobs, it will lead to better transport, cheaper heating bills for local residents and more badly needed homes for residents. We will pay for this investment by using savings made elsewhere in Government spending.
“We will give every child in Blaydon a fair start in life by ensuring additional funding is given to those schools whose children come from the most deprived areas.
“And finally, we will scrap the unfair voting system that denies people a real choice in elections and has for decades given us Labour/Conservative Governments that are out of touch with the people.”
Blaydon Labour MP David Anderson is defending a majority of only 5,000. The Conservatives are out of the race, taking only 3,000 votes at the last election.