London Labour will today chase the ‘mum vote’ as they talk to families across London about Ken’s childcare pledge.
Wednesday will see:
- Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman and a group of Labour’s female candidates for the London Assembly promote Labour’s childcare pledge in a visit to a Pimlico Nursery on Wednesday morning.
- Labour’s mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone visit Mumsnet Towers to take part in a live webchat.
- Labour activists in every London borough leafleting nursery and school gates about Labour’s childcare pledge.
- Tessa Jowell MP meeting with parents at a London nursery to discuss childcare.
Ken is pledging to address the capital’s childcare crisis if elected on May. He will use the Mayor’s contingency fund to deliver extended opening hours at 200 nurseries across London and implement a grant and loan scheme to help families with the up-front costs of childcare.
Boris Johnson in contrast has neglected to mention childcare at all in his manifesto. As Mayor his only action on childcare has been to abolish the Childcare Affordability Programme which helped families with the high cost of childcare in the capital. He has failed to stand up or speak up for London as over 50,000 families have had their childcare tax credits cut by the Tory government.
Val Shawcross, Ken’s Deputy running mate said: “Wherever Ken and I go, parents – especially Mums – repeatedly say to us that by the time they have paid for travel and childcare it is often not worth their while to be in work. This must be wrong. We have listened and that’s why Labour are pledging to cut the fares and implement the childcare support that families need.”
Ken Livingstone said: “At stake in the election is a clear choice for Londoners – a mayor who will take action to drive down the cost of living in London, or a mayor who has repeatedly failed to stand up for London families. My childcare plans will ensure parents and children alike are better off with Ken.”Other news from London Assembly Labour