Labour has announced a fresh post-Brexit economic plan for the UK that includes the ambitious goal of “make sale, purchase and create even more goods in Britain” in order to create a strong nationalist policy platform to challenge the Tories. The party was energized by its morale-boosting win at the Thursday’s Batley as well as Spen byelection, in which the party stopped Tory advancements into its traditional manufacturing zones The move is the first step in the new campaign directed by Keir Starmer that will focus on job opportunities and the fight against crime throughout local communities.
The first big announcement since her appointment as the shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves also declared that Labour would make sure that more public contracts are awarded to British firms rather than transferring these contracts to foreign firms. This could be tied in by a focus on securing a greater number of highly skilled UK jobs in the near future in the financial technology, green film, digital media sectors, as well as other industries within the UK. Since Starmer who was strongly opposed to Brexit when he became the president, his party is unable to articulate a strong economic argument. In the meantime the Tories have been pursuing the idea of what they refer to as “global Britain”, making new trade agreements that will replace UK entry into access to the EU one market.
Reeves’s concept aims to create an alternative to those proposed by the Conservatives and has an equally patriotic message the heart of it. In the proposed plan – one of the most radical ever since Starmer was elected leader all public bodies across the country would be instructed to offer contract extensions to British firms, supported by the new law which would oblige public bodies to provide specifics of what they buy from UK companies, both large and small.
The Labour Party would also initiate the immediate examination of any the major public infrastructure projects including road and rail construction – to find out what materials can be procured by the UK and what ways UK employees could get “up-skilled” to be able to work on these projects. When granting contracts to public sector organizations, they will also need to consider the “social” and the economic advantages of the projects, which includes the impact on local communities and jobs creation. Reeves pointed out a number of recent government decision-making that have seen major contracts been awarded to foreign companies without taking into consideration the benefits to local communities that would result from keeping the work in the country.
For instance, the awarding of a contract to manufacture brand new, white UK passports to the French business, which led to the elimination of 171 jobs within Gateshead. The Labour Party will also discuss how only one firm from the UK was chosen in the competition for PS2.5bn of contracts to build tunnels and track systems for the new HS2 high-speed rail system.
Reeves said that the post-Brexit pandemic world provided new opportunities for a complete rethink of how we approach the creation of jobs increasing standards and improving abilities. “As we get over the pandemic, we’ve got the chance to take advantage of new opportunities and build the future of Britain,” she declared. “Labour will bring our economy with all its cylinders, by offering people the skills needed for those jobs that are coming in the UK as well as providing security and stability to our economy as well as public services. We will also help our high streets flourish once more. “Post-pandemic and post-Brexit it is time to rethink the ways we support our business as well as strengthen our supply chains, and provide people with the necessary skills to be successful. The next decade is vital.”
In a visit to celebrate victory in Batley and Spen following the first time that Kim Leadbeater won the seat for Labour in an election by-election, Keir Starmer highlighted the importance of community. In the coming weeks , he will travel across the country, highlighting the need to safeguard residents from criminals and improve their chances of finding work with an focus on selling, making and purchasing more goods in Britain. The announcement was made: “My message is, when the Labour party stays true to its fundamental values, has a strong connection to its communities, and works together, we will succeed just as we did here. This is only the beginning. Labour has returned.”
TUC General secretary Frances O’Grady welcomed the move and said: “We need to build an inclusive and stronger economy after we have recovered from the ravages of this epidemic. This requires strengthening UK manufacturing , and investing into transport, homes and other critical infrastructure. “The TUC has been campaigning for the use of public funds to provide decent jobs to everyone in every region of Britain. It’s wonderful to observe that Labour is advancing this policy too.”