Labour candidates set out pledges to Norwich
Peter WalshLet us finish the job we've started. That was the message from Norwich's two Labour candidates - Charles Clarke and John Cook - who together unveiled the party's election pledge in the city.Peter Walsh
Let us finish the job we've started. That was the message from Norwich's two Labour candidates who together unveiled the party's election pledge in the city yesterday
John Cook, Labour candidate for Norwich North, and Charles Clarke, candidate for Norwich South, stood together at St Mark's Church Hall, Lakenham, as part of 'team Norwich' to reveal their election pledges to the people of both constituencies.
Mr Clarke said he wanted people to see what Labour 'has done and will do' for both the city as well as the rest of the country.
He said: 'I want us to be proud for Labour and what Labour is about. Norwich has been a fantastic success story over the past 13 years. Labour has a strong, strong record in this city of winning public investment and private investment so we've got more jobs and economic prosperity.'
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Mr Clarke said when Labour came in to power in 1997 trains did not travel to London from Norwich twice an hour as they do now and neither was there a direct Norwich to Cambridge rail link.
He said improving the rail service between Norwich and London and between the city and Peterborough would be priorities as would dualling the final part of the A11.
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But Mr Clarke said under Labour more would also be done to improve public transport, particularly bus services in the city.
He said: 'It's been my biggest failing in not succeeding in getting better improvements in bus services in the city. If we're going to shift people's travel patterns there has to be better bus services.'
Mr Clarke said Labour had also had big successes in helping to drive down crime and anti-social behaviour in the city with the introduction of Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, which as the then Home Secretary he was responsible for.
Mr Cook said new schools and a new hospital were just some of the benefits Labour had brought. He said: 'We've got less than four weeks to win this election. Here in both Norwich seats and across the country we need to win. On the doorsteps its clear there's no enthusiasm for the Tories, no-one saying we want David Cameron to be Prime Minister, but we've got to convince people of the reasons they've got to vote Labour. We can win, will win, and must win for the sake of the people we represent here over both Norwich seats.'
Both candidates have vowed to deliver:
A skilled Norwich with a growing economy
A cleaner, greener, connected Norwich
A safer Norwich
A fairer Norwich
A learning Norwich