Agenda 2030 - 7th March 2014

 Agenda 2030: our plan to earn and grow our way to higher living standards

As Labour launches Agenda 2030, the Party’s long-term plan for balanced economic growth, Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald says: "this will be one of the major battlegrounds in the next general election."

Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Business Secretary, set out ‘Agenda 2030’ in a major speech to the EEF (formerly the Engineering Employers Federation) as part of the organisation’s National Manufacturing Conference this week.

He outlined four underlying principles of Agenda 2030 as part of Labour’s “central mission”:

     •             Building on the talents of all;

     •             Solving tomorrow’s problems today;

     •             Active government promoting long term investment;

     •             Openness: An outward-facing approach to the world

“This is a far reaching and substantial policy statement. It has a number of smoothly moving parts that have a clear sense of direction”, said Mr. McDonald. “At the heart of Agenda 2030 is Labour drawing up a proper industrial strategy to address the challenges we face in fostering sustainable growth in our economy. Agenda 2030 also provides for powers and budgets to be devolved to local areas and regions so we can boost jobs and growth locally.

“Labour’s plan will enable Britain to grow its way out of the cost-of-living crisis. We will make sure any recovery benefits all working people and not just a few at the top”, said Mr. McDonald. “To achieve this, the next Labour government will also be endeavouring to increase the number of middle-income jobs in the UK labour market. That is in addition our commitments to extend apprenticeships, skills and training.

Chuka Umunna will say of Agenda 2030: “We, the Labour Party, are clear about our goal: a high-productivity, high-skilled, innovation-led economy.  A balanced, resilient economy succeeding in the world, creating good jobs and opportunities, offering people a ladder up and the chance to make the most of their potential.  That is the only way that we will tackle the cost-of-living crisis and make sure that any recovery benefits all working people, and not just a few at the top”.

Mr. McDonald added, “This is what Labour stands for. A Labour Government in waiting being bold and ambitious.

“As a country, we cannot afford to be outside of Europe looking in. As a country we have to be engaged internationally. We have to be looking outwards, open to Europe and the world, showing that we are open for business.

“We need to be credible in our approach to science and technology, business and investment, the regions and our communities, on immigration and international relations. I agree wholeheartedly with Chuka Umunna. The only way we can secure the future the British people deserve is having a successful economy underpinning a strong society in a global context.