Youngest MP addresses local needs

Labour’s Keir Mather has become the youngest MP in the Commons after being sworn in on Monday. 

At 25, Hull-born Labour newcomer Mr Mather will become the youngest MP in the Commons – the Baby of the House – after overturning a 20,137 Conservative majority to win the North Yorkshire seat of Selby and Ainsty for Labour.

Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson welcomed the Oxford University graduate, who most recently worked for the CBI, saying: “I’m delighted that Keir will be joining us in Parliament, making the case for the people of Selby and Ainsty – we’ve got other by-elections coming up in the weeks to come and that will again be an opportunity for Labour to fight hard for every vote.”

After swearing the oath of allegiance to the King, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle quipped there were “too many Keirs”. 

His manifesto is basic and addresses local needs:

Support residents through the cost of living crisis

As mortgages sky rocket after the Conservatives’ mini-budget, and food and energy bills continue to rise, only Labour can tackle the cost of living crisis.

With our Warm Homes Plan and ambition for GB Energy, a publicly owned green energy company, Labour will bring down energy bills by at least £1,400 for tens of thousands of households in Selby and Ainsty, whilst creating the well-paid, green jobs of the future.

Keir will urgently deliver financial support surgeries and regular Local Community Support Fairs across the constituency to provide vital support in the current crisis.

Tackle antisocial behaviour and rural crime

People deserve to feel safe in their homes and their community.

Keir will fight for Labour’s plan to restore neighbourhood policing with 13,000 new neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs, and focus on tackling rural crime. And Labour will crackdown on antisocial behaviour by introducing clean-up squads, to make those who damage our communities clean up the mess that they make.

Make our local NHS fit for the future 

When Selby last had a Labour MP, we got a brand new hospital. After 13 years of the Conservatives, hospital and GP waiting times across our area are through the roof.

Keir will make our local NHS fit for the future, support NHS staff and tackle waiting lists with Labour’s plan for the biggest expansion of the NHS workforce in a generation, funded by removing the non-dom tax loophole. 

Protect our communities from flooding and sewage

The Conservatives have long promised flood defences but have not delivered. Meanwhile, under their watch raw sewage was spilled in Selby and Ainsty 2,052 times last year.

Labour has a plan to end sewage dumping and Keir will fight to deliver the flood defences that our area so desperately needs.

Restore frequent, reliable public transport

Labour will launch the biggest reform of buses in a generation, ending the Conservatives’ broken system, and handing power and control of routes, fares and services back to the communities who depend on them.

On the railways, Labour will bring rail operators back into public ownership as contracts expire, putting passengers at the heart of the system to deliver lower fares, reliable services and a network that works for everyone.