Clive Johnson, Labour’s General Election Candidate for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, today welcomed the jobs that Labour’s manifesto plans for a Green Industrial Revolution will create.
Clive said, ‘Sittingbourne and Sheppey may have an MP who doesn’t believe he can make a difference to the constituency, but I am really passionate about improving the local economy and the lives of local people. Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution will create jobs in engineering, manufacturing and housing, just the sort of jobs that our local economy needs. Under a Labour government, we could be making wind turbines and solar panels, building zero-carbon homes and bringing existing homes up to improved standards. I will fight to make sure we get our fair share of these skilled, well-paid and secure jobs. The role of our MP is to fight for local people and that’s what I will do. With our history of engineering, we are ideally placed to take advantage of these opportunities and they will boost our young people’s aspirations and give them local jobs that will mean they have a prosperous and secure future in the area. Labour has plans for 320,000 climate apprenticeships and we have thousands of young people ideally placed to start their career in this new and exciting sector. Labour’s plans for Local Development Boards means that investment can be targeted to areas of the country that have been left behind after years of Conservative neglect. It’s been clear to me as I’ve been speaking to local residents that the future of the economy and the future of our young people are real concerns. After nine years of Conservative austerity, the area is ready and willing to take advantage of these new jobs. There have been missed opportunities in the past and jobs have been lost or have not come. The Sheerness steel mill closed in 2012 and Vesta took their wind turbine plant to Hull. As Labour MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, I will make sure we do not make the same mistakes again.’