Stroud district is unique. From the beauty of the Cotswold Hills to the River Severn, to our market towns with their industrial heritage and cutting-edge industry, our radical politics and our rural communities, we are a diverse district when it comes to politics and our values, but one thing we share: we care for the places where we live.
This Labour and Cooperative manifesto has been shaped by listening to local people and businesses, and to Labour members from across the district, from all walks of life and backgrounds.
Looking back over these last few months, sadness at the impact the pandemic has had on us all is mixed with pride at how our communities have worked together. As the vaccination gives us hope, and restrictions start to ease, now is the time to plan ahead for recovery.
Help us keep up the good work
Your Labour and Cooperative councillors, along with our alliance partners, have been leading Stroud District Council since 2012. Over the last twelve months our priority has been responding to the pandemic, so everyone in the district gets the support they need to stay safe.
Long before the pandemic we invested in our communities and in services that matter to local people at a time when other councils were cutting them. We prioritised measures to bring down our carbon emissions years before other councils realised there was a climate emergency.
Under Labour leadership, despite the barriers the Conservative government has put in our way, taking away local decision-making, cutting funding and adding red tape, we’ve ensured that Stroud District Council has continued to invest, protect essential services, and stand up for local people.
Four out of five residents in Stroud district told us in 2020 they were satisfied with the way the council ran things, above the national average and our highest rating since 2016.
What we’ve achieved has been in partnership with you, local residents, trade unions, communities and businesses.
A New Politics – we can’t risk going back to the old ways
Under Labour leadership we have changed council politics. Part of the Cooperative Alliance since 2012, we moved the council to a committee system so that all political parties are involved in making decisions. During the pandemic we put aside our differences and worked for the benefit of everyone in the district.
But there is a stark difference between us.
For example, local Conservatives voted:
- Against investment in The Pulse Dursley
- Against making council homes warmer and greener
- Against improving health and safety on council construction sites
We can’t afford to let the Tories win and go back to the old politics of exclusion and cuts. Your voice and your vote matter more than ever.
Vote Labour to keep standing up for everyone in our district.
We face challenges ahead. But together we can make a difference.
The ecological emergency, rising inequality, the impacts of the pandemic on mental health and local businesses: one district council can’t meet these challenges this alone.
Every day we fight the headwinds of a Conservative government that doesn’t trust local people to make their own decisions, and talks the talk on investment, levelling up, and green policies, but doesn’t deliver. Billions of pounds wasted on centralised contracts for PPE that was never delivered; a track and trace system that only started working properly when local councils were given the job of following up contacts; a Green Homes Grant scheme run by a US contractor that failed to deliver both for tradespeople and homeowners and yet has just seen government cut its funding in this year’s budget.
Despite all this, we’ve shown we can make a difference locally. We supported mutual aid groups which reached people struggling during the pandemic when no one else was there to help. Our local NHS, GPs and volunteers, many of them Labour members, have delivered an effective and welcoming vaccination programme.
Our district has even more potential to recover. This pandemic has shown us we have one of the strongest voluntary and community sectors in Gloucestershire. Our district has the local expertise and the passion to lead the way in showing how to respond to the climate emergency and transition to the low carbon economy of the future, and how we keep our town centres vibrant and welcoming. The council can’t do this on its own, and so partnership and collaboration lie at the heart of our manifesto. And voting Labour will guarantee this for our future.
Working together we can make a real difference in the years ahead to meet our challenges.
You can trust your local Labour and Cooperative team to keep our promises, and work for the benefit of everyone in the district.
Support our plan for recovery so no one is left behind, and our communities are safe and decent places to live.
Look back at what we’ve achieved together, and look forward to continue to making a positive difference, making lives better, by voting for your Labour and Cooperative candidates. Help us keep up the good work and support us on May 6.
Doina Cornell, leader of the Labour & Cooperative District Group
We care for the people we represent, the places where we live, and the natural environment that surrounds us.
We believe in cooperation and partnership, and a fair and inclusive society which champions equality, social justice and opportunity for all.
We believe in sustainable and just growth that addresses inequality, combats climate change, and protects the rights of local people to have a say over their own affairs.
We believe we can achieve most when we work together, and that your council must represent and work for everyone in the district, so no one or no place is left behind. We value our partners, businesses small and large, the public and voluntary sector, trade unions and faith communities: working together for the best interests of our district.
Your local Labour & Cooperative team
We come from across the district and from all walks of life. We know the places we represent; we’ve raised families here, cared for our elders, worked in the factories, shops and schools, set up small businesses, struggled to make ends meet; we’ve studied in other places and then come back here to make a home. We care about this place so much, and we want to make a difference – for everyone who’s here.
With your support, we can continue to make a difference and stand up for you in Stroud district.