Harlow Council leader makes impassioned speech at Civic Service

Politics / Tue 13th Sep 2016 pm30 01:08pm

By Ellie Bannerman

THE leader of Harlow Council, cllr Jon Clempner, gave an impassioned speech at the Chair of Harlow Council’s Annual Civic Service. Speaking at St Paul’s Church, Cllr Clempner spoke about the need for unity in light of recent events.

Acknowledging the challenging circumstances, Clempner admitted: “The last few weeks have been a difficult time. Not least for the family and friends of Arek, who was killed in the Stow just over two weeks ago, for the Polish community, and for Harlow as a whole.”

The service was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre the High Sheriff of Essex, the Chair of Essex County Council and the Mayors and Chairs of a number of local Councils.

Clempner spoke of the need to tackle the problems of racism and discrimination that are present in a “tiny minority”, and highlighted the actions of many to try and stamp out these problems, including the work of volunteers at homeless centres and the provision of supplies for refugees in Calais.

Clempner declared: “we have more in common than that which divides us.” and encouraged everyone to remain proud of Harlow.

The Leader finished by reassured locals: “I will do everything I can, working with the Council, the Police, and others, to get beyond this, to restore the faith of everyone in Harlow – in Community, in Solidarity, in Harmony.”

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