The new generation takes over today in what was a barnstorming, gamechanging and truly inspirational speech to the people of Britain and Medway.
Despite the labels - Labour will remain a centrist, moderate and progressive party which will challenge the Unions head on, but will not allow the Conservatives to spread the pessimistic and negative myths which are dividing people in our communities across Medway.
This blog backed Ed Miliband from the start of his campaign and organised for him locally. It backed his vision for Britain and it championed his message in branches across Rochester & Strood.
The key for the next 12 months is to reduce the deficit. This blog believes in cutting the deficit, but like the Tory membership it believes that the cuts announced by George Osborne are too aggressive. A cut of 33% to Medway Council budgets will decimate our schools, parks and schemes which help the most vulnerable residents.
Nationally, consumer confidence is falling, the prospect of quantitative easing increasing and all we hear from Tories is the tired and dated dogma from the Medway Conservative blue-rinse brigade. They have scared the public with pessimism which is damaging our Country.
Labour will stand up for small business and challenge the inexperienced George Osborne for the over-aggressive cuts which will damage our community.
The Medway Conservative Group is riven with factionalism and out-dated splits. Its Councillor base do not reflect a change from the tired and old tribalism which has so damaged Medway for the last ten years. They are the past.
The message from the conference hall was clear and concise. Labour in Medway will fight for the squeezed middle classes, we will champion and inspire younger people and we will fight the over-aggressive cuts agenda of the current Conservative an Liberal Democrat government. We will be humble but at all times fair. We will challenge the Tories when they are wrong and work in partnership when we agree.
A new generation of Labour politicians is stepping forward. We have selected a candidate under 30 in the majority of marginal seats for the May 2011 local elections. A strategy which reflects that Medway Labour believes in the next generation.
We believe we are the future of Medway and unlike the tired Tories, not its out of touch past.
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