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My Weekly Update - 9 February

This week, Labour announced its plans to invest in Britain’s future. In preparation for the general election campaign, we have reaffirmed our commitment to our mission to kick start growth and deliver clean power by 2030. 


Through our Green Prosperity Plan, we will create jobs, cut bills and unlock investment. The centrepiece of our plan will be Great British Energy, a publicly owned energy company to take back control of the energy system on behalf of the British people. 


The Green Prosperity Plan will be funded by a windfall tax on the oil and gas giants, and borrowing to invest within Labour’s fiscal rules. While it will no longer be possible to reach our commitment of £28 billion a year, due to the Conservatives’ crashing the economy and Jeremy Hunt’s plans to ‘max out’ the country’s credit card, Labour will be fighting the next general election with a world-leading agenda on climate and energy. Every single individual policy already announced is now confirmed for the manifesto. 


Our Green Prosperity Plan will comprise of:

 

  • Clean power by 2030- Labour will save hundreds of pounds on their annual household bill for businesses, by delivering a cheaper, zero-carbon electricity system by 2030, led by the private sector.  

  • Switching on Great British Energy, a publicly-owned energy company to invest in clean homegrown power, capitalised with £8.3bn, including the Local Power Plan (£3.3bn) to invest in clean energy for local communities. 

  • A National Wealth Fund to invest in British industries such as electric vehicle production, ports, clean steel, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage and  capitalised with £7.3bn. 

  • A British Jobs Bonus to crowd private investment into Britain’s industrial heartlands,  with up to £500m per year from 2026-27 as we build domestic industries and jobs. 

  • A Warm Homes Plan to upgrade Britain’s homes and cut energy bills, investing a further £6.6bn to double the Government’s already committed £6.6bn. 

  • A Plan to Rewire Britain, unlocking billions of private investment by reforming the planning system and the grid, accelerating energy projects and industry connections. 

  • Making the UK the green finance capital of the world with mandatory 1.5C-aligned transition plans for major companies and financial institutions. 

  • A proper windfall tax on oil and gas giants earning record profits for the duration of the next parliament. 

 

Dentistry



This week, the Government unveiled its dental recovery plan. Quite a few of the measures announced will make a difference – of course, lots of them are things that Labour put forward in our dental recovery plan. 


There is one big thing missing, though, from their new plan: dental contract reform. Changes to this contract are what’s needed to rescue NHS in the long run – what the Tories have announced this week is yet another sticking plaster. 


This week, we’ve seen hundreds of patients queuing outside a new dental practice in Bristol, desperate to get an NHS dentists’ appointment. The Tories have had 14 years to fix NHS dentistry – why haven’t they? 


You can’t trust the Conservatives to resolve the crisis in NHS dentistry. If Labour wins the general election, on our first Monday in Government we will meet with the British Dental Association and start the essential work on contract reform. 


I spoke to The Telegraph:  

 

In Parliament



In Parliament, I spoke in a debate for National HIV Testing Week.  


Simultaneously, this week, we’ve heard that England’s national public health agency OHID has been “effectively dismantled” under the Conservatives. OHID leads on sexual and reproductive health and HIV, among a wide range of public health issues from tobacco, to obesity, to children’s health. 


I asked the Government to explain how it can be committed to the prevention agenda while dismantling our national public health function? 


In recent decades we have made enormous progress on HIV. Although, there still thousands of people living in the UK who are undiagnosed. There’s only one way to find out if you have HIV. Testing is free, quick and easy – you can even test from home. 


My message for HIV Testing Week:


 

Langar on Campus



It was lovely to join the Vice Chancellor of University of Birmingham, Adam Tickell, for the annual ‘Langar on Campus’ organised by the university’s Sikh Society, now in its 20th year. 


I had a great time and look forward to catching up with Adam and the Sikh Society again soon. 

 

Children's Mental Health Week



This Children’s Mental Health Week, the theme is “My Voice Matters”. It’s vital that all children feel they are able to talk about their mental health and have access to help when they need it.  


When it comes to mental health, the picture for British children is heartbreaking. In 2023, about 1 in 5 children and young people aged 8 to 25 years had concerns with mental health.  


It’s Labour’s mission to create a future where children are healthy and happy. To help achieve this, we’ve announced our Child Health Action Plan. Read the plan online here: 

 

Local News


Fish and Chip Supper 



Last weekend, it was great to join Labour members, councillors, and our mayoral candidate Richard Parker at the Constituency Labour Party Fish and Chip Supper. 


With mayoral elections due on 2nd May, it was good to catch up with Richard and hear more about his exciting plans for the West Midlands. 


MHRC 

 

On Tuesday 13th February, the MHRC will be visiting Shipbourne Close, B32 2LH, in Harborne. The centre will be open between 7am and 12:30pm, so please do come along if you’re local and have bulky household waste to dispose of.  


Campaigning



It was great to join Labour members campaigning in the constituency and in Northfield with Labour’s brilliant candidate Alex Aitken last week. If you would like to support me campaigning and join me doorknocking, please contact: officeofpreetgill@gmail.com. 



Best wishes,






Preet Kaur Gill MP

Birmingham Edgbaston covering Bartley Green, Edgbaston, Harborne and Quinton


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