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Trudy Harrison launches community-driven campaign

Conservative candidate Trudy Harrison
Conservative candidate Trudy Harrison

[C]opeland’s Conservative by-election candidate has launched her six-point plan to support the local nuclear industry, and make the case for funding to maintain local services.

At the heart of her plan for the constituency, Trudy Harrison has pledged to protect local jobs and industry as part of her community driven-campaign to support the local nuclear industry and deliver the funding needed to maintain services.

The 40-year-old mum of four said: “We’ve been let down by Labour for years. They’ve failed to deliver the infrastructure and services we need. A vote for Labour means we’ll just be ignored and forgotten again.”

“Under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is refusing to back our local nuclear industry that so many jobs rely on. So this time a vote for Labour is a threat to our local economy and jobs too.”

With her husband Keith and other family members working in the nuclear industry, Trudy knows just how vital it is to our area.

She said: “I know first-hand how important the nuclear industry is to communities across west Cumbria. I’ll make the case for the Moorside development to bring funding to maintain local services, which are vital to everyone employed in the sector.”

Also included in her plan, Trudy will fight to improve local roads and infrastructure, invest in training and apprenticeships, improve rural broadband and is the only candidate who will work with the Prime Minister to help make a success of Brexit in Copeland and rural Cumbria.

She said: “This crucial by-election is Copeland’s chance to send a message that the EU referendum result must be respected and to back the Prime Minister’s plan to make a success of Brexit.”

Trudy’s six point plan:

1.  MAKING A SUCCESS OF BREXIT FOR CUMBRIA.

This by-election is our chance to send a message that the EU referendum result must be respected, and to back Theresa May’s plan to deliver what local people voted for. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour candidate doesn’t understand why Cumbria voted to leave the EU in such large numbers – and our neighbouring Labour MP is trying to stop it. That means Labour’s candidate won’t respect the result of the referendum and deliver what people voted for.

2.  PROTECTING LOCAL JOBS AND INDUSTRY

Ensuring our whole local economy benefits from the Moorside plans. I started my career at Sellafield and, with my husband employed in the nuclear industry, I know first-hand how important to our local economy. We need to ensure that a new nuclear plant at Moorside, and the 21,000 jobs created by it, comes to Cumbria. Jeremy Corbyn and Labour refuse to back local jobs.

3.  MAKING THE MOST OF MOORSIDE

To bring funding to maintain and improve local services like the NHS. A new nuclear plant means more jobs, with more people bringing home a pay packet every week. But it also means more investment in our area for vital local services like our roads and the NHS. I have a track record of standing up for local services – successfully leading the campaign to save Captain Shaw’s Primary School in Bootle when it was under threat. As a Conservative MP, I will be able to work with the Government to make sure Copeland’s voice is heard loud and clear and stand up for local services. Another Labour MP will mean we continue to be ignored and forgotten.

4.  SKILLS TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS FOR MORE LOCAL PEOPLE

Since 2010 thousands of young people locally have started an apprenticeship, and I know my daughter wants to start one too. This gives them the chance to learn a skill and earn while doing it. But we can’t take anything for granted. If I am elected, I’ll hold an annual Jobs Fair to make sure that local people are given the chance to get on and earn a living.

5.  IMPROVING RURAL BROADBAND

As a community campaigner for over 10 years, I worked on getting superfast broadband into Bootle and the surrounding area. I know that we need better broadband across Copeland and rural Cumbria. With your support I’ll be able to work with BT and the Government to do what I did in Bootle for homes and businesses right across West Cumbria.

6.  FLOOD PREVENTION, INFRASTRUCTURE AND BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Our communities need better roads and better infrastructure. I will make sure that we aren’t forgotten and ignored like we have been by Labour for years. I will work with you to improve the A595, and to get more investment to prevent flooding in future. Hundreds of local people have already backed my call for action – pledge your support at trudyharrison.co.uk/flooding

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