Keir Starmer

Weekly update 30/6/17

Welcome back! Following a busy few weeks campaigning, it’s great to get back to business and continue working for the people of Holborn and St Pancras.

 

 

It’s a privilege to be re-elected as your MP and I’m excited to carry forward all the hard work and energy of the campaign into Parliament.

New Parliament

Last week I was officially sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras for a parliamentary session that will be dominated by Brexit.

The Queen’s Speech was threadbare and exposed Theresa May as leading a minority government that is too weak to govern and unable to deliver. We will be doing all we can to ensure that this government is held to account on issues that will affect us all. 

I was in Brussels making the case for the UK government to change its Brexit strategy as well as meeting with political leaders, MEPs and others. 

It was a pleasure to speak at the Unison Conference in Brighton last Tuesday regarding protection of workplace rights after we leave the European Union and attended the Welsh Labour Conference over the weekend.

Grenfell Tower Fire

At this time, we are also thinking of the victims of Grenfell Tower and their loved ones. In light of this tragic incident, we have been working closely with Camden council to ensure the safety of all tenants and provide reassurance as investigations continue. In regards to the Chalcot Estate evacuation, I would firstly like to repeat the Council’s thanks to all residents for their patience.

As this process goes on to bring an end to the disruption as quickly as possible, Camden will continue to post updates which you can find here:

http://news.camden.gov.uk/monday-morning-update-from-camden-council-on-chalcots-estate-operation/

Huge thanks goes to all the London Fire team for their extensive inspections and work on the Chalcot Estate and for their quick and effective response to the fire in Gospel Oak on Sunday evening. With the work of the Council, they are placing the safety of Camden residents first.

Finsbury Park Attack

It with great sadness that I talk about the attack in Finsbury Park against our neighbours in Islington. We must stand united against all these attacks as an assault on our shared values of respect and acceptance that lie at the heart of both Camden and our vibrant city. Our thoughts are with victims, families and friends.

Jo Cox

Throughout these difficult events, the vibrancy and community spirit of Camden remains untouched. Over the weekend of the 16th June, there was a host of events celebrating the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox, bringing together our neighbourhoods, celebrating our shared values and simply enjoying the sun.

 

I attended events across the borough at Tavistock Park and an interfaith gathering with St Saviour’s Church and the South Hampstead Synagogue. It was a wonderful testament to Jo’s legacy reminding us all that we have more in common than that which divides us. There is no better way of commemorating her life and values than with a smile on our faces and no hatred in our hearts.