Gloria spells out Labour plans

Gloria spells out Labour plans

FORMER GMTV presenter Gloria De Piero met staff at Asda in Dewsbury on Tuesday. The Labour shadow minister for women arrived in the pink battle bus which which has attracted national comment in recent weeks.

The visit was part of a ‘woman-to-woman’ tour promoting the party’s first manifesto for women.

Ms De Piero, elected in 2010 as MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, talked with female workers at the supermarket’s cafe.

“The feeling that things are unfair for working class people came up a lot,” she said.

Ms De Piero, stumping for candidates Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury & Mirfield) and Jo Cox (Batley & Spen) vowed to tilt the balance.

She said of a proposed 10p tax rate: “There’s a £10,000 threshold for tax at the moment.Paula Sherriff & Gloria De Piero Asda March 2015

“But we think there should be more support for those who meet that cliff when they come out of that threshold.”

Energy firms would face tougher regulation and she said: “Wholesale prices have come down and those savings should be passed on to consumers.”

Zero-hours contracts would be banned and tax breaks given to firms paying the living wage.

And the Low Pay Commission would regulate the minimum wage, which would rise to £8 an hour over the next parliament.

“We would make it a watchdog so that it’s more than just a stats body,” Ms De Piero said. And the minimum wage should be more closely related to average earnings than it is at the moment.”

This, she claimed, would bring welfare down and added: “The housing benefit bill has shot up because people simply don’t earn enough.”

Small business rates would be cut next year and frozen the year after, paid for by closing other tax loopholes. There would also be more free childcare for three- and four-year-olds and for older pupils.

“A lot of mums say what they really need is to be able to do an extra 10 to 15 hours’ paid work,” Ms De Piero said.

She then went to Cleckheaton, where Jo Cox claimed nine million women did not vote in 2010.

Mrs Cox said: “We’re reaching out to those women as we campaign to offer a government that will treat people with compassion and fairness.

“I’m delighted Gloria had the time to visit and meet some of the inspirational women who live and work here.”

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