Harlow Momentum: A year in review

The Year In Review December 2018

By Cara Sheridan

AS we approach the first anniversary of the formal founding of Harlow Momentum, it is time to reflect. The past year has been one of enthusiasm, activism, and community engagement. A year in which we believe that we have played a role in re-energising local politics.

In the past twelve months members of Harlow Momentum have been involved in organising film shows, litter picks, garden clearances, cycle rides, an NHS picnic, stand-up comedy, charity fundraisers, and bingo nights. With other Labour Party members we have participated in door knocks, Council elections, Council by-elections, the selection of a Parliamentary Candidate, Council Candidate selections, foodbank collections, musical evenings, event attendances, conference appearances, and arranging positive media exposure.

The Harlow Labour Marquee at Linkfest, the ‘Stand Up for Harlow’ sold out event at the Victoria Hall Theatre, our Constituency Delegate’s conference speech, and our Parliamentary Candidate’s appearances on the BBC and Sky television have all brought positive attention to our party in local and national contexts.

Harlow Constituency Labour Party has a dedicated new Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Laura McAlpine, who has a passionate desire to represent the interests of the people of the town in which she grew up, and its neighbouring villages.

Members of Harlow Momentum will carry on working with and for the ordinary people of the Constituency in which we live. Our ambition is for that work to become a model of good civic engagement.

In the coming year we will be undertaking more work in support of MRCT Harlow Foodbank, Streets 2 Homes, and other organisations seeking to help the people in Harlow worst hit by Tory austerity. We recognise that it is scandalous that such work is necessary, and we will continue to act to change the political dispensation that creates the deprivation that these organisations address.

Members of Harlow Momentum are also developing a number of projects that are intended to bring progressive changes in Harlow, making it a better place to live for everyone. Rome, as they say, was not built in a day, and we are confident that these efforts will bear fruit in the coming years.

We have achieved a great deal in the past year and we look forward to the challenges that our second year will bring.

30th December 2018

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