The last week featured the EU referendum campaign, a Crossrail visit, Immigration visits to Kent and the North West, Show Racism the Red Card at 20, the Kentish Town Festival & the Fabians Summer Conference.
Our EU campaign – getting the message across
Our positive message that remaining inside the EU underpins a whole range of real benefits for the people of Camden is beginning to get through.
From protection for maternity leave to cutting the roaming charges on our mobile phones our membership of the EU is so much part of our daily lives that it’s easy to take it for granted.
But we really must fight to stay in – and with less than a month to go I would urge everyone to do what they can, whether it is knocking on doors, talking to their neighbours or just putting up a poster.
If you can do any of these, please get in touch with Ashley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call him on: 020 7586 6039
I have been campaigning in the constituency, but also went up to speak at the Finchley & Golders Green CLP GC meeting, which was packed. It was great to be back with the CLP we were twinned with in the general election last year. Their task is to get the vote out!
On Thursday I also spoke at an IPPR debate on the EU and migration.
Meanwhile Chris Bryant MP was able to come up and work with our team on the Ferdinand Estate. Chris is not only Shadow leader of the House of Commons and MP for the Rhondda – he’s also a former Camden organiser. So he certainly knows the patch!
Crossrail making progress
This week I also took the opportunity to see for myself the Crossrail development at Tottenham Court Road.
Underneath the surface level disruption are three huge tunnels (two for trains, one for passengers) and two 250 metre platforms. A huge development which was explained to me in detail as we walked through the tunnels with the Crossrail team.
Immigration Visits – Kent, Liverpool and Manchester
On Friday 20th May I spent a day with the National Farmers Union (NFU) meeting farmers in Kent as part of my series of visits to inform my work on migration and refugees.
Many, like David Long, grow huge quantities of soft fruit, and rely on migrant labourers to undertake much of the tough, repetitive work that is needed for picking. The NFU told me that our future in the EU is vital to ensure that farmers across the country can continue their businesses and supply local shops and supermarkets.
Last Friday I was also on the road, visiting Liverpool, Manchester and Oldham to hear more views about immigration and how Labour can rethink and recast our immigration and asylum policy.
I met with a number of groups in Liverpool, including the British Red Cross along with local MPs Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman (pictured below).
From there, I headed over to Oldham to speak at a packed public meeting on immigration with Oldham East MP Debbie Abrahams and Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham.
Show Racism the Red Card at 20
Show Racism the Red Card is 20 years old! That’s 20 years campaigning to drive racism out of football. Having seen their work in the north-east and joined in a recent community event at Arsenal, I was invited to attend and deliver a speech at the celebrations in Parliament. It was a real pleasure; but there is much still to do.
Kentish Town Festival & Fabians Summer Conference
Last Saturday I attended the Kentish Town Community Centre festival. Packed with people, ideas and music, it was a great event. My task was to keep track of our children for the afternoon, hand out the ‘local hero’ awards and then dart off to deliver a closing address at the Fabian Society Summer Conference.
I spoke in the final debate of the day, on the future of the left and how Labour can respond to a changing society. This is one of the most fundamental questions facing Labour and is central to how we build the bold, radical programme we need for the 2020s and 2030s. You can read more on views on this here