Jo McCarron condemned her Conservative opponent for voting against a rise in the National Minimum Wage only to describe Chancellor George Osborne’s backing of a rise as "great news" less than 24 hours later.
Jo McCarron commented: “Kingswood's Tory MP doesn't seem to know his own mind. One minute he's against something, the next he's for it. Hard working people in Kingswood have had their pay packets squeezed and their MP can’t decide what he thinks about actions to help deal with the problem.”
Since 2010 the level of the National Minimum Wage has fallen in real terms as inflation has devalued it. The Chancellor's backing of a rise in the National Minimum Wage, which would take it back to the level the Coalition inherited in real terms, acknowledges the increasing pressure on household budgets across Kingswood.
Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Kingswood Jo McCarron has long campaigned for a Living Wage at £7.65 per hour. She said:
“It's my firm view that a Living Wage gives people dignity in work and reduces the benefits bill. It's also good for business as it reduces staff turnover and gives people more money in their pockets to spend. I campaigned for it before I was selected as Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Kingswood and I'll keep campaigning for it until we get it.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband has already called for tax breaks for companies that agree to pay the Living Wage. Labour introduced the National Minimum Wage in 1999 against concerted Conservative and Lib Dem opposition.