My first taste of politics was with Rock Against Racism in the 70s. I joined Labour because it felt – and still does – the natural home for people fighting prejudice.
I’m proud to have campaigned to stay in the EU, and horrified by the explosion of xenophobia since the referendum. Theresa May’s miserable promise of a `hostile environment’ was the only one she kept.
And as for Boris Johnson’s Tory government – well, even dyed-in-the-wool Conservatives like David Gauke, and Kenneth Clarke are advising voting against them due to their drastic lurch to the extreme Right in the coming General Election on December 12th.
The country is divided by Brexit. The hard Brexit the Tories want would be a disaster nationally – and locally – where in hospitality 75% of waiting staff and 25% of chefs are EU27 nationals.
We can maximise unity, and win voters in Remain and Leave-voting areas alike, by taking a clear position against a hard Brexit, which is what we’ve now done by committing to a People’s Vote alongside our own negotiated Brexit.
Remember, Labour expressed solidarity with EU citizens by pressing an amendment to the Brexit legislation to unilaterally guarantee their right to stay. Mark Field, the then MP for Cities of London and Westminster (before he manhandled, by the neck, no less, the female Greenpeace activist at a Mansion House dinner) and his Tory friends voted it down.
But we can turn it around!
Labour are the only party, with the only candidate in the constituency of Cities of London and Westminster, that are offering choices for both Leave and Remain voters that include within their progressive policies for the many, not the few, a fully funded NHS, free further education, Sure Start centres, real change in the workplace for women, a £10 minimum wage, and so much more.
Our position on Brexit is clear:
Labour’s negotiated Brexit deal –
with the option to Remain on the ballot.
Voting for any other candidate will hand this seat to the Tories and enable further their lurch to the extreme right.