However, breaking with political convention she’s asking the people what her final pledge should be. Mrs Lewell-Buck has set out the four pledges that she’ll commit to if elected, covering more jobs for young people, regeneration of the town and a promise to fight for changes in Westminster to combat the ever rising cost of living.
However, now she’s asking the people of South Shields for ideas on her fifth election pledge.
Emma’s first four pledges are:
- I’LL PUT SOUTH SHIELDS FIRST!
What matters to you and your family, matters to me. I’ll be a local, visible and accessible MP.
- I’ll FIGHT FOR LOCAL JOBS
I’ll work tirelessly to tackle youth unemployment. I’ll organise a jobs fair to bring young people and local employers together.
- I’LL BE A CHAMPION FOR OUR TOWN
I’ll work with everyone who wants to regenerate our community and improve our town centre. I’ll organise a “South Shields Saturday” to encourage local people to shop in the town, support local business and enjoy local attractions.
- I’LL WORK TO TACKLE THE HIGHER COST OF LIVING.
In Westminster I’ll campaign for reform to cut your families energy bills and to temporarily reverse the Tories’ VAT hike, things which are squeezing hard-working families here in South Shields.
Announcing her pledges, Emma said:
“Today, I’m setting out my pledges to the people of Shields. Since being selected as the Labour candidate a few days ago I’ve been out on the doorstep, listening to the real concerns of local people. People have told me how worried they are about the future for their children and grandchildren. Young people are really struggling to get into the world of work. If I’m elected, I’ll make this my focus. I’ll bring together local business, colleges and our young people to see how we can ensure people get the opportunities they need.
“People are proud of this community and are keen to see the regeneration of Shields get underway. I will work with the local council, business and other partners to make sure the ambitious plans for the re-development of the town are a success.
“I want to be an MP who listens. It’s been great to talk to local people about their ideas for the future. That’s why I want to hear more from South Shields constituents on what they think my fifth pledge should be. I want as many people as possible to get in touch with me to share their ideas on how we can improve South Shields. Ideas can be big or small, quick to fix or long-term problems. People can let me know online, on Twitter and when they see me on their doorstep.”
South Shields residents can suggest ideas for Emma via her website at www.southshieldslabour.org.uk, email Emma at email@example.com or tweet their idea to Emma @EmmaLewellBuck using the hashtag #5thpledge