Election day 2014 is over and we have some new councillors to introduce! Congratulations to Hannah Coombs in Shirley, Mike Denness in Milbrook and Caran Chamberlain in Woolston. And a huge congratulations to all of our re-elected councillors as well.
A massive thank you is in order to our volunteers, candidates and councillors in Southampton Labour party who fought for every vote, mostly in some pretty epic rain and thunder.
We have a lot of work to do in the run up to 2015 but its exciting to see the team building month on month as more people sign up to campaign with us each week.
If you can spend even one hour of your time with us in the run up to May 2015 sign up here
Join our team today and start campaigning and fighting for the many not the few.
Election day 2014 is over and we have some new councillors to introduce! Congratulations to Hannah Coombs in Shirley, Mike Denness in Milbrook and Caran Chamberlain in Woolston. And a...
I've now been on the road for ninety hours. That means I'm almost half way through my promise to spend 200 hours knocking on doors in Southampton in the run up to the local elections.
So what keeps me going? It's the people. Knocking on a door and asking about politics leads to all kinds of conversations. They can be moving, frightening and funny.
There was the woman who opened the door and explained she had dedicated her life to community work, and now has a terminal illness. Obviously a strong woman, she was still moved to tears to talk about how she can't continue her work, and hopes I can work with others in her place.
Then there were the mums at the school gates who were angry about dog poo and pot holes
Or the older lady last night, a life long Labour supporter scared she was losing agency with her disability, who was thrilled to find that we could give her a lift to the polls so she can still exercise her right to vote.
Then there was the guy who was recovering from being a drug addict. He had been clean for two months and said if he could make it another year, he wanted to work with Labour and local young people to make sure they didn't make the same mistakes.
You never know what you're going to get when you reach a door. But even when there's hate or sadness, you feel it's worth it to reconnect. You can't fix everything, but you can listen and learn.
Of course none of this would be possible without volunteers. Thanks to everyone who has come out with me so far, in all wards and weathers. Whether you've been helping follow up the case work, enter the data or knocking on doors in the rain. Let's keep this up together! You can join me any day any time just sign up here
I've now been on the road for ninety hours. That means I'm almost half way through my promise to spend 200 hours knocking on doors in Southampton in the run...
25% of households in Southampton rely on private landlords to keep over a roof over their heads. This week Ed Miliband announced that a Labour government would stand with them to stop them being ripped off.
This week Ed Miliband that a Labour government would stop families that rent being ripped off. Plans included banning landlords from terminating a contract simply because they wanted to raise the rent. The Tories came out against this: let us know what you think
Under the Tories even more families are having to rely on renting a home in the private sector. But the cost of renting has gone up, renters are getting a bad deal and nothing is being done to provide the certainty families need to plan for their future.
Since 2010 rents have increased more than twice as fast as wages.
Renters are now paying on average £1,020 more a year than in 2010, and they have no certainty about what will happen to their rent from year to year.
Renters are also facing upfront letting fees which can cost up to £500 before any deposit is paid or any keys are handed over.
Families that rent year after year are stuck in a private rented sector that has not caught up with the fact that nearly a third of all private rented sector households (1.3 million) are families with children.
It can take those living in the rented sector up to 30 years to save for a deposit due to increasing costs of living in the sector.
Labour will stand up for those living in the private rented sector and make sure they get a fair deal. We understand that increasingly those renting a home aren’t just doing so as a temporary fix but families that want to put down roots and plan for the future. We will ensure the way the system works catches up with that reality.
Legislate to make longer term tenancies with predictable rents the norm.
Regulate letting agents so that instead of a free-for-all consumers get a fair deal.
Crack down on complicated letting agents’ fees to ensure rip-offs do not happen
Introduce a national register of landlords so councils can take action against the minority who exploit their tenants.