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Loanna Morrison unveils Conservative pledges for Bermondsey & Old Southwark

Tory parliamentary candidate Loanna Morrison has published her four-point list of local pledges following the launch of her official campaign last week.

Loanna Morrison

Ms Morrison joined the Conservative leader David Cameron and Sir Michael Caine at the Globe Academy on Harper Road to launch her campaign for the renamed Bermondsey & Old Southwark constituency as they visited the school to meet with young people who have taken part in youth project The Challenge.

Ms Morrison said: "There are very few problems in this constituency that I can't relate to. I have a son who was in a gang, I'm a single mother, I've grown up on a council estate, I've had housing problems."

She added: "I've been in Southwark for fifteen years so I've been using the same services so I know the problems that are inherent here."

Candidates from the other major parties have both published their 12-point plans.

Lib Dem Simon Hughes, who has represented the constituency since 1983, was joined by businessman Theo Paphitis at his launch on 31 March where he set out his pledges which he hopes will see him reelected on 6 May.

Labour's Val Shawcross, who has represented Lambeth and Southwark on the London Assembly for the past decade, responded with her own list of a dozen priorities for the constituency.

Ms Morrison was selected as the Conservative Party's candidate in 2008 and her four key commitments are:

1. Change for the better
"Southwark has not been represented by an MP in the governing party for over 30 years. That is why the Liberal Democrats have not delivered change. The Conservatives are the only alternative to five more years of this failed Labour government."

2. Honest action on the economy
"I will support hard-working families. The Conservatives have pledged to freeze council tax and oppose Labour's National Insurance hike – it's just a tax on jobs. We will deal with the deficit so that mortgage rates stay low and we will raise the basic state pension."

3. Higher standards in public services
"We will increase spending on health year-on-year and make the NHS work for patients not managers. We will give teachers the power to restore discipline and create smaller schools. The Conservatives will tackle red tape and bring accountability back to our public services."

4. Protect our local community
"I will fight for a common sense approach to housing and act to defend our green spaces against over-development. I pledge to help to protect our local community, with action to bring crime and anti social behaviour under control."

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