Keir Starmer

Weekly update 11th March 2016

This week was dominated by debates, visits and speeches on Immigration, but it also included a welcome Commons defeat for the Government and a great fundraising evening for Sadiq at the London Aquarium.

London Mayor campaign

On Tuesday night I, along with Tulip Siddiq and local party members had the great pleasure of being at Sadiq’s fundraiser in the London Aquarium. 

It’s going to be a close race, but the latest polls this week showed Sadiq at least 5 points ahead. Camden Labour will be out and about campaigning for every vote. Find out where we're campaigning next here. I’ll also be helping out at Sadiq’s phonebank in the coming weeks so you may be hearing from me very soon!


Sunday Trading

On Wednesday I voted with my Labour colleagues to defeat the Government’s plans to extend Sunday Trading Laws. I know there was strong local concern about these proposals, so this was a real victory for retailers, customers and shop workers. 


Immigration speeches

As Labour’s immigration spokesperson I’ve been trying to recast and rethink our approach to immigration. 


On Tuesday I gave a speech to the BritishAmerican Business Immigration Conference setting out my initial thoughts and how I think we need to find a more effective, fair and humane immigration policy. You can read my speech here.


On Monday I also responded to a debate in Parliament about the Government’s plans to introduce a £35,000 earnings threshold for any ‘skilled’ migrant who is seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. I had lots of letters and e-mails about this issue and you can read why I oppose this ill-conceived Government policy here 


Visit to Northern Ireland

As I’ve said before, my series of visits to listen to views on immigration will take me to every part of the UK. So this week I was in Northern Ireland where I will be meeting with Businesses, trade unions, charities, the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities, and holding a public meeting in Dungannon. 


The week ahead


On Monday I’ll be holding a constituency surgery at Dragon Hall (17 Stukeley Street, London, WC2B 5LT) at 10am on Monday morning. As ever, these surgeries are first come, first served and I look forward to seeing as many constituents as possible.


I will also be speaking at Citizens UK’s public meeting on Monday night in Camden Town Hall about the refugee crisis and asking what more we can do to help those affected.


Next week also sees the Investigatory Powers Bill receive its first major debate (Second Reading) in the House of Commons. I’m leading on this Bill for Labour and I know how important it is we get this legislation right so that it protects our security, liberty and democracy.