A tale of two parties!
This past fortnight has been the tale of two parties. In Brighton, the numbers, energy and ideas were overflowing for our Labour Party conference. Fringe meetings were crammed and the whole place was buzzing. What a contrast the miserable conference the Tories had in Manchester. We are on the way up; and they are very definitely on the way down!
At our conference, I did several rounds of fringe meetings - mainly on Brexit - and made my debut on the main stage. It's was greater to see so many H&SP friends there and, after a great final speech from Jeremy, we all returned to London exhausted.
The next day, I had a busy constituency advice surgery - a reminder of how deep the inequalities and unfairnesses perpetuated by this government run: housing case after housing case; serious mental health issues; and much more besides.
Scotland and Leeds
Then to Scotland for two days. In Glasgow I visited the ports to assess for myself the likely impacts of Brexit - both on cargo movements and cruise ships. Then it was campaign, campaign, campaign! First in Greenock on the Friday afternoon, then Rutherglen and Paisley on the Saturday. All part of Labour's constant campaigning strategy.
I also went to Leeds on Thursday and Birmingham on Friday for discussions with local communities, businesses and party members about Brexit.
Back in Holborn & St Pancras, I attended the sealing of a time capsule at UCLH which will be buried under the new block being built between the main hospital and the new cancer block. Several patients, including children, placed items in the time capsule which will remain buried for at least 50 years. I wonder what the world will make of politics in 2017 in 50 years time!
This week, we have welcomed our new organiser Jonathan, who is settling in well. Say hello to him if you have not already met. He is based at our constituency office and you can reach him at email@example.com
Gospel Oak Action Day
This Saturday I attended our Gospel Oak action day where have a by-election in less than 6 weeks. I spoke to residents and listening to their thoughts and concerns. The main issues raised were over anti-social behaviour concerns.
As usual, if anyone wants to contact me, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.