Leadership election outcome; Camden Mind surgery; policing in Northern Ireland; Birmingham Labour Lawyers; and Labour Party Conference.
As you will all know by now, Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership election with nearly 62% of the vote. Despite the strong case made by Owen Smith for change, those voting chose Jeremy. I will say more about this in next week’s update but we all now have a duty to respect the outcome and unify the party.
This is particularly important at the local level; members in Holborn & St Pancras supported different candidates and campaigns. That was inevitable and healthy in a democratic party. But now we have to pull together, face outwards and fight the Tories.
Meeting at Camden Mind
In November I had the opportunity to visit Camden Mind, which does great work with a range of people, many of whom have nowhere else to turn. It is a source of information and somewhere for people to meet and talk over the issues they confront.
This was a meeting I had then with some members of the REST group – people recovering from an addiction to perfectly legal drugs that they have been prescribed: like Valium, and the Mind staff who work with them.
Then I promised that I would return and hold a surgery at Camden Mind. Its part of my attempt to provide a service to constituents in a variety of locations: allowing them to meet me as their MP that is convenient for them.
On Monday last week, I did just that. I held a special appointment based advice surgery at Camden Mind. It was a gear success and I intend to repeat it.
Policing in Northern Ireland
I also returned to Belfast last week. For five years (2003-8), I worked (part time) in Northern Ireland as the Human Rights Advisor to the newly formed Policing Board as great changes were being introduced to policing following the Good Friday agreement. Last week, I gave a speech at the launch of a new book about the investigation of the appalling Omagh bombing. Attending by politicians, police and community groups, it was reminder of how awful the Omagh bombing was – the worst attack of the so-called ‘troubles’ – and how far Northern Ireland has come in the last 15-20 years.
Birmingham Labour Lawyers
On Thursday, I headed for Birmingham for big meeting of the recently formed Birmingham Labour Lawyers. As you can imagine, the legal implications of Brexit were top of the discussion list.
Looking forward to Labour Conference
I am up at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. I am very pleased to say that, as usual, there is a strong contingent from Holborn & St Pancras here.
I will be holding coffee mornings on Monday and Tuesday – so that we can meet and discuss what’s happening. I will also be speaking at several events. If you are coming up to Conference you will be very welcome at these. If you cannot make it I will report back next week!
This is a list of events that have a direct Camden interest.
17:30 – 19:00 - Keir Starmer will be at the APPG on migration fringe meeting ‘What should Labour’s immigration policy look like?’ - Ziferblat, Albert dock, L3 4AA
17:45 – 18:45 - Tulip Siddiq will be speaking at ‘Divided Britain: How should we put the One Nation back together again?’, Room 2H, ACC, Kings Dock, L3 4FP
18:00 – Sarah Hayward will Chair the event ‘How does Labour become the Party of micro-businesses and the self-employed?’, Liverpool Comedy Club, Edward Pavilion, L3 4AF
13:00 – 14:00 - Keir Starmer will be at ‘Refugee’s Welcome: Have we done enough?’ hosted by Amnesty International, the Refugee Council, and the Labour Campaign for Human Rights - Hall 2G, ACC, Kings Dock, L3 4FP
13:00 – 14:30 – Keir Starmer will be at ‘Making Justice Work?’ hosted by JUSTICE & The Society of Labour Lawyers (arriving 2pm) - Making justice work - Hall 2G, ACC, Kings Dock, L3 4FP
16:15 – 17:30 – Keir Starmer will speak at a National Policy Forum debate about what happens next following the EU referendum
18:00 – 19:00 – Keir Starmer will be at the Fabian Question Time along with Liz Kendall MP, Owen Jones and Sonia Sodha - The Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, L3 4AQ
All Camden members about in Liverpool on Monday are also welcome to meet outside What’s Cooking Café and Restaurant in Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, along Gower Street (see location here) at 10:45am for a Camden Labour photograph in front of the River Mersey.
Members are also invited to attend the Holborn & St. Pancras CLP coffee morning meet-ups with Keir Starmer and Sarah Hayward at 11am on both Monday and Tuesday at What’s Cooking Café and Restaurant, Britannia Pavilion, along Gower Street which is just a short walk from the conference centre (location as above).