Hello again, It’s election time again with the European Parliament elections on Thursday. I hope you will vote and, as you may imagine, I hope you will vote for Change UK. There are more details below.
Whatever your plans, I hope you have a lovely weekend.
As ever, Anna
All Change at Broxtowe Borough Council
It’s called a “rainbow coalition” but the new administration at the Borough Council is lacking any blue colour. Labour, Lib Dems and Independent Councillors have come together to oust the Conservatives from office following the local elections. The new coalition won power by a majority of two. Labour’s Milan Radulovic is the new leader of Broxtowe Borough Council with the Lib Dems’ Steve Carr taking the role of Deputy Leader. I look forward to working with the new administration.
Mick is hugely popular. I am sure he and people throughout Broxtowe will thoroughly enjoy his term of office. I am very much looking forward to seeing a lot more of Mick at the various civic events and functions over the next twelve months.
VOTE ON THURSDAY
Whilst appreciating most people are sick and tired of Brexit, I would urge you to vote in Thursday’s EU Parliament elections and vote for Change UK. We believe the only way out of the impasse in Parliament is to have a People’s Vote and in that event we are unequivocal in believing the best deal is the current deal we have with the EU.
Our East Midlands candidates include former members of the Lib Dems and Labour parties, a nurse who is an EU national, and a teacher who voted Leave in the referendum. Please check them out here and give them your support on Thursday.
My work in Parliament
My friend and just about neighbour Ken Clarke reckons the current political crisis is the most serious in over a hundred years and I agree. As a result, Parliament is doing little if anything. This week has been a mixture of debate and statements.
I took part in a debate on the NHS. The Health Secretary confirmed to me that the extra money for the NHS has nothing to do with any so called “Brexit bonus” and does not deliver on the Leave campaign’s fake promise of an extra £350 million a week. You can read my contribution here
I am very pleased the Government is scrapping the “privatisation” of the Probation Service and you can read my contribution to the announcement here. Instead of basing policy on ideology, as I fear the original policy was (and yes I made my views known at the time), we need to be basing policy on evidence and listening to the views of people.
Yesterday, Parliament debated Islamophobia and a definition put forward by an all party parliamentary group which I co chair with Labour’s Wes Streeting MP. The APPG on British Muslims took evidence from individuals, community organisations, academics, politicians and so on. It is agreed that Islamaphobia is growing and it is unacceptable. However, effective work to eradicate it can’t begin until we define it. Having considered all the evidence I have concluded it is a form of racism. The definition has been agreed by dozens of groups and all the main political parties, including the Scottish Conservatives, except the national Conservative Party. I reckon if it’s good enough for Ruth Davidson it should be embraced by Theresa May. You can watch my speech here or read it here, and please also read Wes’s excellent opening speech here.