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John McDonnell's plans to rebuild Britain's towns and cities

SHADOW chancellor John McDonnell will set out Labour’s plans to rebuild Britain’s towns and cities in Mansfield today.

Speaking during his Road to Rebuilding the Economy tour, Mr McDonnell will explain what a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government would do for places such as the Nottinghamshire town.

The aim of Mr McDonnell’s tour is to highlight Labour’s plans to create a fair tax system, tackle tax avoidance and make the super-rich pay more in taxes, with the aim of ending austerity and boosting wages and living standards across the country.

Mansfield’s seat in the Commons is held by young Tory Ben Bradley with a 1,057 majority. Held by Labour for 94 years until the 2017 general election, that defeat was seized on by Corbyn critics as a sign that he was failing to connect with working-class voters.

Labour parliamentary candidate for Mansfield Sonya Ward, who is backed by left-wing group Momentum and currently heads her party’s group on Mansfield council, will also attend today’s event.

Mr McDonnell said yesterday: “Mansfield has been let down badly by the Tory government, which has inflicted more than eight years of austerity on this community and presided over a deeply unfair tax system that leaves most people worse off at the expense of the super-rich.

“Labour will increase income tax on the top 5 per cent, the people who can afford it, who can pay a little bit more, but also tackle tax evasion/avoidance and also make sure we reverse some of the giveaways to the corporations.

“Only Labour will tax the rich and giant corporations to end austerity, fund our public services properly and build an economy that works for the many, not the few.”

Mr McDonnell’s tour has already visited Hastings in East Sussex, Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire and Pudsey in Yorkshire.

The intention is to meet members of the community in Tory marginal seats and, with Scotland and Lancashire on the itinerary next month, the Road to Rebuilding the Economy will continue to visit declining and neglected towns and cities across Britain until the next general election is called.

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