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London is now - more than ever before - a Labour city.

Last week the people of London voted and they voted resoundingly for Labour.

We have 13 fantastic new MPs, including 7 Labour gains, bringing our total to 45 MPs across the capital. For the first time ever we have more women MPs than men in the London Labour Party and 11 BAME MPs.

This is the full list of Labour gains:

Gains from the Tories:

  • Ealing Central and Acton - Rupa Huq
  • Ilford North - Wes Streeting
  • Brentford and Isleworth - Ruth Cadbury
  • Enfield North - Joan Ryan

Gains from the Lib Dems:

  • Brent Central - Dawn Butler
  • Hornsey and Wood Green - Catherine West
  • Bermondsey and Old Southwark - Neil Coyle

None of this could have been possible without the support and energy of our volunteers. Labour's ground campaign in London was unparalleled. Thousands of people gave up time to campaign tirelessly for our candidates and 10,000 volunteers came out to support us on May 7. It was those volunteers that made the difference to the London result and every single person involved should feel proud of what we have achieved.

Although the general election is now behind us there is much to look forward to and much to fight for. Our London MPs and our London Labour Party will continue to champion everything we believe in: more and better homes, a fairer private renters market, a strong NHS, a higher minimum wage and a city that works for everyone. The fight starts today to make sure we achieve these things and we hope Londoners will continue to fight along with us.

 

London is a Labour city!

  London is now - more than ever before - a Labour city.

Homes_to_buy_and_action_on_rents.pngEd Miliband has announced Labour’s plan to put first time buyers first by reducing stamp duty to zero and giving them priority access on new homes built.

The measures announced by Labour will help first time buyers as the next Labour government embarks on the biggest house-building programme for a generation, increases the number of affordable homes, and introduces secure three-year tenancies with rents capped.

Labour’s better plan is needed to tackle a modern housing crisis in which a severe shortage of new homes being built has priced millions of people out of the property market and left many who want to buy living in private rented accommodation.

Put first time buyers first:

  • Help with your first home: Labour will reduce stamp duty to zero for first time buyers of homes worth up to £300,000 – a saving of as much as £5,000 for people seeking to get on the property ladder.
  • First Call: Labour will give first time buyers that have lived in an area for more than three years “first call” on up to half of homes built in their area.
  • Local First: Labour will stop foreign buyers buying up properties before local buyers get a look in by ensuring they are advertised in local areas, increasing taxes paid by foreign buyers and council tax for empty homes.

The biggest house building programme in a generation

Labour’s plan will start construction on 1 million new homes by 2020 to deliver our promise of getting 200,000 homes built a year, with “use or lose it” powers ensuring developers build on land rather than hoarding it via the right to levy council tax on sites which remains undeveloped, as well as plans for a series of new garden cities and wider reform of the housing market.

More affordable and social housing

Labour’s plan will build more affordable homes year-on-year by strengthening affordable housing obligations on developers which have been watered down by the Tories, prioritising capital investment and allowing Labour’s £5 billion Future Homes Fund to invest in housing associations developing affordable homes.

Action on rent

Labour will bring in secure three-year tenancies for those who want them and cap rents so they cannot rise by more than the rate of inflation during this period. We will also ban letting agent fees - saving the average household £625 over the next parliament – and introduce a national register of landlords so that a minority of rogue owners can be identified, with tax relief restricted for those who do not meet basic standards.

Labour: putting first time buyers first

Ed Miliband has announced Labour’s plan to put first time buyers first by reducing stamp duty to zero and giving them priority access on new homes built. The measures announced...

construction.JPGToday Chuka Umunna, shadow Business Secretary and Emma Reynolds, shadow Housing Minister, met with women from with the construction industry in London.  They were keen to listen to their concerns and hear how we promote women in the construction industry.

The big issue was of course how we get building the homes London needs, from finding sites to build in London to ensuring there is decent social housing for those in need.

We will make sure that at least 200,000 homes a year get built by 2020 – almost double the current level – by implementing the recommendations of the Lyons Review. It is only by building more homes that people’s aspiration for home ownership will be fulfilled. Our comprehensive plan to tackle the housing crisis will give local communities new powers to provide the homes they need, in the places they want to live.

We want a housing market that rewards the building of high quality homes rather than land banking and speculation. So we will introduce greater transparency in the land market and give local authorities new ‘use it or lose it’ powers to encourage developers to build.

Emma and Chukka also heard about the discrimination that women still suffer from in the workplace – especially in traditional male dominated fields like construction.

The next Labour Government will go further in reducing discrimination against women, requiring large companies to publish their gender pay gap and strengthening the law against maternity discrimination. Where there is evidence more progress is needed, we will enforce the relevant provisions within the Equality Act.

The Equality Act was brought in by a Labour Government in 2010.

Finally there was a strong feeling that apprenticeships were key to the future generation of women in construction

We will create more paths to success for our young people by introducing a gold-standard system of technical education and training, and the guarantee of an apprenticeship for every school leaver with the grades.

Every firm getting a major government contract, and every large employer hiring skilled workers from outside the EU, will be required to offer apprenticeships.

Promoting women in London's construction industry

Today Chuka Umunna, shadow Business Secretary and Emma Reynolds, shadow Housing Minister, met with women from with the construction industry in London.  They were keen to listen to their concerns...

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