Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Skegness and Boston has had the opportunity to ask questions of leading party members about issues relating to the constituency.
Boston borough councillor Paul Kenny visited the annual Labour Local Government Conference, where they met party leader Ed Miliband and spoke to policing shadow minister Jack Dromey and shadow housing officer Emma Reynolds.
Coun Kenny said he asked about funding for Lincolnshire Police, how the party would protect frontline policing and how the Government would reduce the exploitation of workers.
Mr Dromey told Mr Kenny that if Labour were voted into Government, they would pass the modern day slavery act, while ensuring it had the enforcement to work.
Coun Kenny said he was told: “We will not let Britain be known as the country where people become modern slaves.”
He added that Mr Dromey said ‘the next Labour government would bring in legislation which would include increasing fines for firms who avoid paying national minimum wage; stopping agency contracts being used to undercut permanent staff; making it a criminal offence to undercut pay or conditions by exploiting migrant workers; introducing the living wage and abolishing zero-hour contracts’.
Mr Dromey added: “I want us to live in a country that values all its people and doesn’t exploit any of them and make sure bodies like the Gang Master Licencing Agency, working alongside Lincolnshire Police, has the resources and the enforcement powers to stop the injustices we know are happening at the present time.”
He said he was ‘extremely disappointed’ by the reduction in the number of police in Lincolnshire by more than 100 since 2010.
He outlined policies to help forces to make savings in the 2015/16 police budget, including making savings by mandating national procurement to save forces £100 million; scrapping the Police and Crime Commissioner elections scheduled for 2016, increasing driver offender retraining fees and instigating full-cost recovery for gun licences.
Mr Dromey told Coun Kenny: “I am determined that the people of Lincolnshire should not continue to lose frontline police in the way they have since 2010.
“The proposed savings we have outlined will ensure chief constables have the money to better protect frontline policing and save 1,000 police officer jobs nationally that are going to be cut under the present governments proposals.”