Kingston can be a great place to live in. It should be great for everyone. We have easy access to three Royal Parks, the River Thames, and the countryside. The cultural treasures of London are a short journey away and Kingston continues to develop a cultural scene of its own.
However, all is not well: shamefully, 18% of people in Kingston are living in poverty. Real earnings are lower now than when the Tory–Liberal Democrat government came to power in 2010. Private rents in the borough are increasingly unaffordable to many and tenancies are often insecure. Young people can see only a remote prospect of ever owning their own home.
The Tory–Liberal Democrat government cut funding to Kingston every year for five years and the Tories have continued that policy. This has made it increasingly difficult for local authorities to provide services to a standard that everyone wants.
Kingston deserves better. In this manifesto, Labour presents a comprehensive programme of innovation and reform that we can start to implement in the next four years.