Housing Our Armed Forces Deserve
Gosport has a long and rich military history. However, Conservative policies have stripped away the jobs, accommodation and services designed to support our military, and increased rates of homelessness and mental health issues.
The brave men and women of our armed forces and their families deserve nothing but the best. Shamefully, the government’s contractor has let them down so that leaks, cracked pipes, mould, damp, a lack of heating and no hot water are common problems.
It is unacceptable that those who risk their lives to protect our country should have to put up with sub-standard living conditions.
A Labour Council will work with contractors to make sure military accommodation is built and maintained to the highest standards.
High Quality Civilian Employment
The possible closure of HMS Sultan would result in a huge loss of jobs in the town. Should this happen, Gosport Labour Party would like to see the redevelopment of this site into a skills training and technology park. This will create job opportunities and provide residents, including ex-military personnel, with the skills to pursue new and rewarding careers.
Gosport Labour will also set up a dedicated help-desk in the Town Hall for servicemen and women in need of affordable housing or assistance transitioning to civilian life.
We will work closely with shadow Armed Forces Minister, Portsmouth MP Stephen Morgan, to ensure that serving members of the forces and ex-service personnel are supported. We welcome the initiatives of Labour Friends of the Forces, especially in their work with veterans and want to see them given more support for their mental health and better training opportunities.