Poor areas such as Thanet will be among the highest areas of priority for a new Labour government, says Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

Mr McDonnell said: “Thanet epitomises the enduring poverty and inequality which bedevils large parts of the UK. When Labour regains power we must turn things round.”

“We will work to bring jobs to the people of these areas, together with all the precious things jobs bring with them, like dignity, self-worth, self-esteem.”

Mr McDonnell will be coming to Ramsgate in Thanet on Tuesday 19 January at the invitation of the Momentum Thanet group.

Momentum Organiser Jackie Walker, who lives in Broadstairs, said this will be a unique opportunity for people in Thanet to find out for themselves about the policies and ideas of the new “People’s Chancellor”.

Jackie said: “We’ve heard much on the TV and in the newspapers about the Labour opposition under the new leader Jeremy Corbyn. But now we’ll have a chance to hear from one of Jeremy’s closest colleagues and to question him. ”

Mr McDonnell will be speaking about his “new economics” – Labour’s plans to fight against austerity – and how a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn will change things in Thanet.

Mr McDonnell visited Thanet last year and said he was struck by how the Isle, though in the south east of England, shares many of the problems of the poorest areas in the north, hit by the run-down of industries like coal and steel.

“For years and years generations of British people have been left with unemployment or sub-employment – part-time work without prospects and zero-hours contracts. Thanet has suffered all this along with the social breakdown that goes with it. When Labour gain power, turning this round this will be at the top of our agenda.”

The shadow chancellor is also likely to be questioned on his attitude to referendum on the European Union, the Trident nuclear missile system, Britain’s bombing of Syria, and Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle of the shadow cabinet.

Mr McDonnell will be speaking at 7pm, Tuesday 19 January in the Kings Theatre, Kings Street, Ramsgate. Officially the event is sold out, but there may be late cancellations. Ring 07989 070843 or 01843 604633 or email momentumthanet@googlemail.com for more details.



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