On Your Side – Lambeth Labour election manifesto 2022-2026

Labour launches election campaign with pledge to be on the side of Lambeth residents
Lambeth’s Labour Group has launched its 2022 election manifesto with a pledge to be on the side of Lambeth residents through the cost-of-living crisis and the recovery from Covid-19.
Drawing on the incredible response from the borough to the Covid-19 pandemic, when thousands of people received food, care and financial support from their neighbours and the council, the manifesto commits to harness the energy and commitment of everyone in the borough to tackle inequality.

The manifesto includes dozens of pledges to protect services from Conservative government cuts, make Lambeth’s neighbourhoods healthier and safer, and protect families from the impact of the Conservative cost of living crisis. It sets out bold ambitions to make the council net zero by 2030, reduce child poverty, and support people at every stage of their lives so that Lambeth is the best place to grow up and grow old.

Cllr Claire Holland, Leader of Lambeth Labour Group said:
“Lambeth is one of the most diverse, creative and energetic places in the world. At the last election Lambeth Labour was honoured to have been entrusted with running the council and, despite a decade of Conservative cuts and the devastating impacts of a global pandemic, we have delivered for you. We’ve built the first new council homes in a generation, helped thousands of people affected by Covid-19 with food and financial support, and been the first borough in London to declare a climate emergency.

“Despite all the challenges, Lambeth Labour has been on your side. I’m so proud of the way our borough responded to the Covid-19 pandemic – it showed the best of Lambeth. But huge challenges remain in our communities – and as the new leader of Lambeth Labour, I want you to know that we will be on your side as we tackle them together.

“Labour will always stand up for Lambeth, keep fighting Conservative attempts to cut your services and for a fairer deal for Lambeth. We’ll help people feeling the pressure from rising energy bills and the Conservative’s cost of living crisis – and make sure support is always there for those who need it most. We’ll take radical action on the climate crisis – not just to safeguard our future but because fuel poverty is affecting so many families right now and we know there can be no climate justice without social justice. And everything we do will be about tackling inequality – removing the obstacles that hold people back in this borough and never failing to challenge injustice.”

The manifesto sets out Labour’s priorities for Lambeth for the next four years, which will be:

Standing Up For You – Supporting people with the cost of living crisis, protecting public services from Conservative cuts and supporting our fantastic voluntary and community sector.

Making Lambeth The Best Place To Grow Up And Grow Old – With a new plan to tackle child poverty, creating 2,500 apprenticeships and more support for older people.

Keeping Lambeth Safe – Cracking down on anti-social behaviour, campaigning for more community policing and investing in services that protect women and girls from violence.

Healthier Neighbourhoods – Protecting people from toxic air, planting 5,000 more trees, building 5,000 cycle hangar spaces and tackling the climate crisis.

Great Public Services – More council homes for local families, taxing developers to fund community groups and making council services more responsive to you.

Cllr Claire Holland continued
“Only Labour has an ambitious plan to make our borough better and fairer – not just shouting from the side-lines like other parties, but taking real action to stand up for you and your family.

Only Labour will be on your side in these difficult times – and together, we can build a fairer borough that works for everyone.”

— Notes for editors —
The Lambeth Labour manifesto was released on Saturday 2nd April and is available at https://www.lambeth-labour.org.uk/