Welcome to the Devizes Labour Party
We are constantly working for you in the community, with many years of experience in local goverment we are well placed to represent you.
Please feel free to contact us on matters of local concerns. We may not be able to solve your problems but at least we will give you a fair hearing and give it our best shot.
Introducing Chris Watts, our Parliamentary Candidate for the Devizes Constituency.
Chris Watts is 46 years-old, married with three children. He has lived in Wiltshire for most of his life – his parents returning to Wiltshire when he was two years old.
He has worked in IT for twenty five years. He is a lay member of the GMB trade union and is President of its Wiltshire and Swindon Branch with representing responsibility for 2,200 employees throughout the county.
About Chris Watts
He joined the Labour Party after the 2010 General Election and has been an active member of the party. He recently led the successful campaign to stop the Conservative run Swindon Council selling off its council house stock.
Chris Watts says “The constituency has been unfairly treated by a Government with the wrong priorities. High youth unemployment, trebling of university fees, loss of educational maintenance allowance, abolition of the agricultural wage board, underfunding of rural NHS services and many more Coalition policies which have directly impacted our lives for the worse.
When millionaires and hedge fund managers receive tax cuts and bankers’ bonuses are on the rise, it is time to say enough is enough.”
“I will continue to promote the benefits of a living wage and fight against the proliferation of zero hour contracts. I will campaign to reinstate basic employment rights that have been cast aside too readily by the Coalition. It is the realisation of these aspirations that would lift many working people out of poverty, whilst decreasing the burden on welfare and giving the economy a much needed boost for all.”
Inflation Busting Pay Rise For Tory Councillors
Conservative Councillors who are members of the Council's cabinet also see allowances increase by at least 22 per cent from £15,101 to £18,433 a year.
Just to add insult to injury, the Conservatives have also voted to backdate the pay rise to May 2013.
The rises for those at the top come at the time when front line staff are seeing their numbers reduced, duties increased and minimal pay rises.
On Tuesday 12th November, Conservative Wiltshire Councillors agreed to give an inflation busting increase in allowances to its members only weeks after making 252 staff redundant. The Wiltshire Council Leader will see her allowance rise by 36.5 per cent a year, affording her a whopping additional £14,892 on her present £37,335, bringing the figure to £52,227.
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