HARLOW Labour’s parliamentary candidate, Laura McAlpine has responded to Labour’s showing in the European Elections.
Ms McAlpine said: “Last Thursday’s results were disappointing, but entirely predictable. Labour cannot disregard working-class families in towns like ours, where the majority of people voted to leave the European Union in 2016, and who last Thursday, in droves voted for the Brexit Party.
The Brexit Party won every region in England and Wales except London. We cannot ignore that. Those voters were once Labour’s voting base, we can’t abandon them – we won’t get the Labour government this country needs without them.
These European elections have polarised peoples’ views and that’s why, now, more than ever Labour must strive to unite both leave and remain. In Government, both sides need to come together and fight the prospect of a no-deal. What I want is a general election. Only a Labour Government can unite the nation on our shared interests of a better society for all. Our policies are hugely popular on the doorstep. Rebuilding communities based on sound civic and municipal values. Building high-quality social rented council housing. We’ll create regional banks which will invest in local businesses and communities.
We’ll take energy companies back in to public ownership and reverse the privatisation of our NHS and probation services.
“This government has collaborated with big business to offshore millions of decent jobs – we want to invest in manufacturing here. Our green industrial revolution will create hundreds of thousands of decent, well paid jobs in the renewable energy sector.
“Labour need to win constituencies that voted leave and remain and our challenge is to unite them and convince them that we are the same engine for social change that we once were. Change which is much needed, and a challenge which we must meet.
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