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John McDonnell MP, Labour's Shadow Chancellor, said: "For too long, the West of England has been starved of the investment that is needed to create a fairer and more prosperous economy. 

"The West of England will benefit with Lesley Mansell as their Metro Mayor as she will be a strong voice for the region and demand the resources from Government that are necessary to build more housing and to create the high-skilled, high-paid jobs of the future.

"There is immense potential for our economy in new technology and renewable energy in particular and I'm pleased Lesley has made this one of her campaign priorities."

Lesley Mansell, Labour’s West of England Mayor candidate, said: “It was good of John to join me on the campaign trail yesterday.

He shares my desire to tackle the inequalities of our housing market, the insecurity of our jobs market and to find green and creative solutions to our transport problems. The West of England needs a Labour Mayor to ensure no-one is left behind.”

John McDonnell MP, Labour's Shadow Chancellor, visits Bristol to support Labour’s West of England Mayor candidate, Lesley Mansell

October update from Labour South West

What a month it has been! From the leadership announcement to Party conference and to our new autumn campaign, it’s been a busy and exciting month.

Leadership Election

Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as Leader of the Labour Party with 61.8% of the vote. Jeremy has called on all of us to unite and campaign against the regressive Tory plan for new grammar schools (see more below) and we look forward to seeing many of you on the doorstep in coming weeks.

Party conference

It was great to see so many South West visitors and delegates at Annual Conference which took place in Liverpool this year. South West highlights included excellent speeches from Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, highlighting the work Labour has done in Bristol; a great speech from Jack Wilfan – our 15 year old delegate from Weston-super-Mare; excellent contributions to the SERA event from Tudor Evans and Kerry McCarthy; and a fringe event hosted by Darren Jones featuring speeches from Thangam Debbonaire and many others on the future of the digital economy.


At Party Conference Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Rayner launched the #NoMoreGrammars campaign against the Tory plan to reintroduce Grammar Schools. Local parties including Bournemouth, Bristol, Plymouth, South Swindon, Truro and Falmouth, St Ives, West Dorset, Weston-Super-Mare, North Cornwall, Stroud, Kingswood and many more were out in force on Saturday campaigning against this regressive move. It was great to see so many local members out on the streets making the case for Education Not Segregation. We look forward to seeing you at lots more events over the Autumn!

October update

October update from Labour South West

Cornwall residents earn £100 a year from Britain’s membership of the European Union

New data shows that every person living in Cornwall gains a net benefit of (on average) £100 a year from Britain’s membership of the European Union.

This benefit is based on various subsidies that Cornwall receives, such as support for farming and agriculture, assistance for structural developments and for fisheries. The vast majority of farms in Cornwall are in receipt of some sort of EU funding.

Many more local projects in Cornwall have also benefited from money from the European Union. Over 30,000 jobs have been either created or protected by millions of pounds of investment in Cornish businesses. Cornwall also has the fastest rural broadband in Europe which is not as a result of government funding, but from help from the EU.

The EU also helps smaller community organisations with funding. The Pool, Penzance, is currently bidding for funds from the European Regional Development Fund to help heat part of the swimming pool.

Cornwall residents earn £100 a year from Britain’s membership of the European Union

Cornwall residents earn £100 a year from Britain’s membership of the European Union

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