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COST OF LIVING CRISIS HIGHLIGHTED BY LABOUR CANDIDATE

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Archie Dryburgh, the Labour party candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale Constituency at the next UK Parliament election, has launched a campaign calling for action to tackle the cost of living crisis facing local families

Archie was joined by Cathy Jamieson MP, the Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury as well as local MSP Elaine Murray and Russell Brown MP in Annan at the weekend where they spoke to local people about the impact of rising energy bills, petrol prices and the cost of food.

Archie is campaigning for action to ease cost of living crisis for local families including calling for the:-

-Freezing on gas and electricity prices

-Scrapping of the unfair Bedroom Tax

-Introduction of a compulsory jobs guarantee for young people and the long term unemployed

-Strengthening of the minimum wage to make work pay.

Archie Dryburgh said:

“Far too many families locally are really struggling to make ends meet. Energy, petrol and food prices are on the rise, at a time wages are falling locally and youth and long term unemployment locally is consistently above the national average. On average people are £1600 worse off since the current Tory led Government came to power in 2010 and a lot of people are really frustrated that the Government are simply doing nothing to help them. We need to see real action to help local families now, that’s why Labour has pledged to freeze energy bills, support the living wage and ensure that the rich pay their fair share.”

Cathy Jamieson, MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, added:

“In Annan, people on the doorsteps told me about the impact of prices rising faster than their wages, and how this has affected them. Sadly the Tory Government is so out of touch that they have no idea what it’s like for people facing a cost of living crisis. Archie Dryburgh is already standing up for local people by launching this campaign. Only last week they refused to rule out another tax cut for millionaires, showing that they only stand up for the wealthy few.”

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