Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has extolled the virtues of Britain’s coastal resorts at the first of a series of visits to the UK’s historical holidaying hotspots.
Starting the tour in Southend with Holly Lynch, shadow minister for coastal communities, Corbyn outlined his party’s plans for seaside industries and regional tourism post-Brexit and how they would do best to reverse the negative policies implemented by the current Tory regime.
Corbyn commented: “Seaside towns hold a special place in our country’s history but they have been left behind by the Conservatives. Instead of being neglected and starved of investment, our coastal communities have enormous potential as centres for creative, digital and offshore industries.
“Labour will invest in all communities around the thousand of miles of our coastline and will work with them as we transform our economy so it serves the interests of the many, not the few.”
A range of other shadow cabinet members will host similar events the country over in the coming months, each to be focused on a different theme, including the likes of healthcare, transport, jobs and industry.
Lynch added: “Labour believes the unique position of coastal communities should not be confined to the past, but should be part of an innovative, thriving and sustainable future.”
Tellingly, the Rochford and Southend East constituencies are both on Labour’s priority list to win back from the Conservatives.