We Are Proud to Live in a Diverse and Tolerant Society

"We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. We Basildon Borough Council condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable. Basildon Borough Council will work to ensure local bodies and programmes have support and resources needed to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia. We reassure all people living in Basildon Borough Council that they are valued members of our community.” (more…)


Labour’s Plan to build Basildon’s Council Homes

Since the Conservatives took control of Basildon Council in 2002 they have failed to build the required amount of council homes. Instead they have rolled over to developers and allowed homes to be built that are unaffordable to Basildon's young people. Labour has a plan to build 8,000 new council homes in Basildon by ensuring that the council adopts a policy whereby 50% of all housing developments MUST be council homes. (more…)


Still Undecided?

Picture1It is clear that many residents are yet to decide who to vote for on Thursday in the General Election. And rightly so. This is a hugely important decision to make as the next government will shape our future for a generation. Mike Le-Surf makes his views clear to residents below in an open letter after a two year election campaign. Getting to know how residents of the constituency feel about the past five years of Conservative rule, the introduction of the bedroom tax, the turning off of our street lights, and savage cuts to local government grants have left Mike in no doubt that people have been failed by the Tories.  Only a Labour government will make the necessary changes to improve people's lives in South Basildon and East Thurrock. (more…)


Politics of Hope

image_10aI'm 26-years old, which is pretty unusual for a parliamentary candidate. My decision to stand for parliament has been inspired by my experiences of being a young person living in David Cameron's Britain; a Britain that is far too unequal and where too often, opportunities are placed in the hands of just a few people, at the expense of the many. (more…)

By Gavin Callaghan, ago


Letter for publication from Labour's Parliamentary Candidates for Basildon & Billericay and South Basildon & East Thurrock: Since Michael Gove entered office, barely a week has gone by without a review of another examination or national curriculum subject. This has piled on the paperwork and seen the workload of the average primary and secondary classroom teacher increase by nine hours and six hours a week respectively. Labour recognises that the workload issue is one of the greatest killers of progression and commitment in the teaching profession, which is all the more worrying at a time of looming teacher shortages. (more…)


Andrew Buxton for St Martins

[caption id="attachment_257" align="alignleft" width="601"]IMG_20150111_083816 Andrew Buxton (right) with parliamentary candidate Mike Le Surf[/caption]   Local resident Andrew Buxton has been chosen by local Labour members to be the candidate for St. Martin’s ward at the Borough elections on May 7.  Andrew has lived in Basildon all his life. (more…)

By Basildon Labour Party, ago