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Labour’s focus on main roads, Britain’s “real center” and a tax cut for Amazon

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The work puts the main roads at the center of their economic plans. Anneliese Dodds today announced the start of a new commission bringing together experts from business, the trade union movement, the cooperative sector and other countries to rebuild Britain’s main streets and revitalize city centers. This was a problem before Covid and now a more pressing one. Scottish Labor reached out to him with a suggestion for a short-term top-up: £ 75 prepaid cards. Welsh Labor has a £ 90 million urban remodeling program to fund adjustments (e.g. heating) but has gone further. It has looked at change more fully and positively, exploring community-based, remote hubs. The UK Commission could develop these ideas with a real imagination.

We all know that Labor is grappling with the cities or the people who live in them, or both, in the elections. Lisa Nandy identified cities as an important battlefield for the party for years and founded a think tank accordingly. In 2019 she caused devastating losses that matched her analysis. Next month’s results are seen as an indicator of whether these old “core lands” have finally disappeared or have just been borrowed from the Tories. What is certain is that Keir Starmer will not give it up: The leadership has made the ambitious decision to win back the so-called “Red Wall”. This is an important metric for Starmer’s success. How does Labor plan to climb this mountain?

The latest Fabian Society report, edited by John Healey, provides insights. The current Shadow Defense Secretary was also a member of the Shadow Cabinet with a major assignment under Jeremy Corbyn (Housing), but he is one of the most ardent supporters of Starmer’s new direction for the party. His LaborList article today criticizes the party in recent years for “falling straight into political traps” set up by the Tories to wage a “culture war” that Starmer aides often address. His introduction to the Report on Reclaiming the Working Class Votes also rejects the idea, which Starmer is sometimes accused of having adopted, that Labor’s electoral strategy should simply be aimed at the 2019 lost “Red Wall” seats.

Healey’s central recommendation is that Labor “should prioritize Britain’s real center: not the middle class that has become the fixation of New Labor, nor simply the poorest whom Labor will always care deeply but whom we have made the impression in recent years , are our only concern “. . He says the focus should be on the 10 million people who have “normal wages” on either side of median annual earnings of £ 24,908. This touches on the subject of a recently published widespread Economist article quoting Richard of Cramlington (in the Blyth Valley, lost to Labor in 2019) that his salary was £ 28,000 and his partner’s £ 12,000 for a four-bed house and two enough cars.

The Labor Front Bank is determined to celebrate these middle income workers, often the same people who kept the country going during Covid. James Murray MP of the Treasury team used this today to make Labour’s case for an “Amazon change” to its financial accounts. In his LabourList article, he writes, “Amazon employees helped so many people with deliveries during the pandemic. The government should improve their lives and not give their superiors large tax breaks. “Rishi Sunak plans to enable companies to use investments to reduce their tax burdens, which Labor says will benefit tech giants and companies that treat their employees badly. The party is seeking to increase eligibility for the £ 25 billion super deduction tax break.

Labor left MPs have now tabled their own amendments to the finance law. In one case, John McDonnell and Richard Burgon attempt to abolish the “super deduction” altogether. Burgon wrote for LabourList to outline its two priorities: changes to the financial statement that include a new tax rate of 55% on all incomes over £ 200,000 per year and a tax on companies making super profits from this crisis. The Labor leadership has so far refrained from demanding tax hikes of any kind because “this is not the right time”. But now there is some tax movement: criticism of the “super deduction” policy suggests that they are happy to speak out against measures that help the top 1% of businesses at a time when so many are smaller and less exploitative Companies had problems.

At 5 p.m. today, our reporter Elliot will be speaking to John Griffiths MS, who is sitting back in the Senedd election next month. If you have any questions about Welsh politics or the Labor campaign, email us – and remember to tune in.

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