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Jeremy CorbynThe Labour leader called into Bristol North West where he will meet local members and activists.

Lesley Mansell said: “I’m delighted Jeremy came to Bristol to support my campaign. We share a passion for social justice and equality – two messages at the very core of my manifesto.

“The Metro Mayor is a new role and a chance to change the way things are done. It’s an opportunity for us to tackle the inequalities of our housing market, the insecurity of our jobs market and to end the frustrations of our journeys across Bristol.”

An experienced negotiator, the NHS manager has the qualities required to bring together the leaders of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire, uniting them in a common aim.

Her first priority is to address the region’s housing problems.

“I want to see more social and affordable housing being built, focusing on the areas of greatest need,” she said.

“Getting homes built is essential for the region’s economy and, with better planning and contracts, new housing developments will also deliver apprenticeships and employment.

“We have already seen in Bristol what can be done when there is the will to build houses. I will work closely with Marvin Rees to replicate Labour’s success in Bristol across the rest of the region.”

Her other key policy areas are transport, jobs, skills, the economy and the environment.

“The West of England is an inspiring place to live and work,” she said. “My vision is to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to share in our region’s successes.”

Jeremy Corbyn Launches Lesley Mansell Campaign for West of England Metro Mayor

The Labour leader called into Bristol North West where he will meet local members and activists. Lesley Mansell said: “I’m delighted Jeremy came to Bristol to support my campaign. We...

Lesley_And_Thangam.jpgLesley Mansell is standing for Metro Mayor to make a difference. 

An experienced negotiator, the NHS manager believes she has the qualities required to bring together the leaders of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire, uniting them in a common aim.

"My vision is to ensure everyone in the West of England can share equally in our region’s success,” she says.

“The Metro Mayor is a new role and a chance to change the way things are done. I will put people first, working hard to get the best out of the three local authorities so devolution works for the many, not the few.

“This election presents an opportunity for us to tackle the inequalities of our housing market, the insecurity of our jobs market and to end the frustrations of our journeys across Bristol.”

Lesley, who lives in Radstock and works at Southmead Hospital, says her first priority is to address the region’s housing problems.

“After the election I will meet with the three leaders of the local authorities and talk to them about their housing plans, where they plan to build, when they plan to build and how many they plan to build,” she says.

“I want to see more social and affordable housing being built, focusing on the areas of greatest need.

“Getting homes built is essential for the region’s economy and, with better planning and contracts, new housing developments will also deliver apprenticeships and employment.

“We have already seen in Bristol what can be done when there is the will to build houses. I will work closely with Marvin Rees to replicate Labour’s success across the rest of the region.”

Sorting out the region’s transport problems is another issue close to Lesley’s heart.

“It can take me two hours to drive the 24 miles to work,” she says, “so I have first hand experience of Bristol’s gridlock. 

‘Too many of our roads, buses and trains are over-crowded, with congestion damaging our local economy and air quality so I will take the lead on transport to find green solutions so people can get to work and get around better.”

One solution to rush hour congestion is, Lesley believes, to encourage employers to allow staff to work from home more often.

“To help them with this, I will push for improved broadband in all areas,” she says. “Imagine the difference to our congestion and air quality if commuters stayed at home one day a week.”

As an equalities manager and trade unionist, Lesley will put equality at the heart of all she does, making sure everyone can benefit from the West of England’s relative prosperity. 

“The West of England needs a Labour Metro Mayor to champion the fight against the region’s inequalities,” she says.

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Jeremy CorbynJeremy Corbyn works with European socialist parties in government to lobby for rights of British people in EU and EU citizens in the UK

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, is coordinating EU-wide efforts by socialist parties to protect the rights of UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. 

Today, Jeremy has written to leaders of seven European socialist parties, allied to Labour and in government, to lobby, at every level of the EU, for the rights of British citizens abroad and to reaffirm Labour's commitment to the rights of EU residents in the UK.

The letters follow discussions Jeremy Corbyn initiated at a Party of European Socialists conference that Labour hosted in London last week.

With the British government likely to trigger Article 50 in the coming weeks and negotiations around Britain’s future relationship with the EU about to begin, millions of people across the EU are uncertain and fearful about what the future holds for them. 

In the letters, he appeals to the "common voice" of socialist parties across Europe to help guarantee the rights of "around 3 million EU Citizens, living, working and contributing greatly in our societies" and "an estimated 1.5 million British people living in different parts of the European mainland."

Theresa May has resisted Labour calls for the government to act unilaterally to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK. It currently looks likely to take the issue of rights for EU migrants in the UK and British migrants in the EU into what could be a difficult and unpredictable period of negotiations.

Jeremy Corbyn states this is the reason he is writing "as a friend and sister party colleague" asking "for you and your government to work formally with other socialist colleagues in the EU council and insist that the current rights of both EU and British citizens are guaranteed and insist this decision is the first to be made once Article 50 is triggered."

"As socialist parties, we all agree that we must work together to make sure the basic values we share are fully represented in a final agreement between Britain and the EU. Therefore I see no better way to start by making this issue a key priority for us in the coming months, we cannot allow our citizens, our neighbours and our friends be subject to further uncertainty or be used as a bargaining chip."

"We as socialists must stand up for the rights of everybody and I am confident this can be done through the Brexit process and beyond, if we stay true to our beliefs and work together."

EU national’s rights must be protected

Jeremy Corbyn works with European socialist parties in government to lobby for rights of British people in EU and EU citizens in the UK Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour...

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