Oxford's Anneliese Dodds: New Shadow Chancellor makes public services pledge

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Labour's Oxford East MP says she will do what she can to keep public services and supply chains going during the outbreak.

The local MP has told Jack that her priority in her new role is to provide businesses with the support they need during the pandemic. 

“We haven’t had the support for the public services before that we really need and we’ll need to get a grip on that.

“We also will need to get a grip on all of the issues with our labour market that are popping up now, all of those problems with people, who for example who are self employed, who are not getting the back from those who, for all intents and purposes, are their employers.”

“Right now the most critical thing, obviously, is that we deal with this awful coronavirus and that we particularly, from an economic point of view, that we provide businesses and people with the support that they desperately need right now. That’s going to be my priority.”

Dodds said local businesses should take advantage of the government’s furlough scheme: “We now really need to make sure that businesses take up that option where at all possible, because I've heard of quite large numbers of people already being laid off and not actually being furloughed, so people not actually being put on that scheme when they could have been.”

The appointment of Anneliese as new shadow Chancellor follows the election of Sir Keir Starmer at the weekend. 

Dodds has already been in contact with her counterpart Rishi Sunak requesting a digital meeting, to discuss ways to improve current emergency packages. 

The 42-year-old was first elected to Parliament in 2017 winning her Oxford East seat by more than 23,000 votes. 

In the most recent general election Dodds held her seat with a majority of just under 18,000. 

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