Kingswood's Tory MP doesn't seem to know his own mind says Labour's Jo McCarron
Jo McCarron, Labour's candidate for Kingswood, condemned her Conservative opponent for voting against a rise in the National Minimum Wage before less than 24 hours later describing Chancellor George Osborne’s backing of a rise as ‘great news.’
Jo McCarron commented:
“Kingswood's Tory MP doesn't seem to know his own mind. One minute he's against something, the next he's for it. Hard working people in Kingswood have had their pay packets squeezed and their MP can’t decide what he thinks about actions to tackle it.”
Since 2010 the level of the National Minimum Wage has fallen in real terms as inflation has devalued it. The Chancellor's backing for a rise in the National Minimum Wage, which takes it back to the level the Coalition inherited in real terms, reflects the cost of living crisis affecting voters in Kingswood as wages haven't kept pace with prices.
Labour's candidate for Kingswood Jo McCarron has long campaigned for a Living Wage at £7.65 per hour. She said:
“It's my firm view that a Living Wage gives people dignity in work and reduces the benefits bill. It's also good for business as it reduces staff turnover and gives people more money in their pockets to spend. I campaigned for it before I was selected and I'll keep campaigning for it until we get it.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband has already called for tax breaks for companies that agree to pay the Living Wage. Labour introduce the National Minimum Wage in 1999 against concerted Conservative and Lib Dem opposition. The level of the National Minimum Wage is set by the independent Low Pay Commission and not the Chancellor.