Letter to Editor: Labour’s Marxist mantra versus Robert Halfon’s achievements


I WATCHED Your Harlow’s interview with Labour’s parliamentary candidate (Dec 8th) and became very concerned to hear her espousing class warfare along straight Marxist lines.

This is not the failed ideology the people of Harlow expect the Labour Party they may have previously supported to promote, or which will deliver what they want – security and progress in jobs, housing, education and health, without crippling debt passed on to future generations.

The Momentum inspired Labour candidate’s mantra “Robert Halfon has done nothing for the town” should be seen clearly as false to anyone who has lived in Harlow and stayed informed of our M.P.’s work.

Mr. Halfon has represented the town tirelessly as our M.P. for 10 years, recognized in the House of Commons as a member who achieves results for his constituency and leads nationally on important issues.

New Hospital -Top of the list for construction
Support for apprenticeships and education – Stansted & Harlow College.
Transport – New M11 interchange
Support for business – bringing in investment & jobs
Public Health England – jobs and related education opportunities
Fuel & beer tax freezes.
Our M.P. Listens, responds and is accessible to constituents.
Harlow voted “Leave” – Robert Halfon will continue to follow the voters’ lead.
Our NHS is as close to Robert’s heart as anyone’s
Labour is being loud, negative and repetitive in their campaign of lies but Harlow can see through it. The residents of Harlow do not like being taken for fools and can foresee the betrayal coming from a candidate who has absorbed an ideology which, in implementation, will result in miring Harlow and the country in generational debt.

To say “Robert Halfon has done nothing” is a huge lie.

The record of Robert’s actions, focus and successes on behalf of Harlow is transparent and long. He has proved he is 100% for Harlow and brought millions of pounds of investment into the town.

When re-elected Robert’s promises will be kept, as always, and we will benefit from his contributions to “his town” as an influential member of the majority party.

These are the things Harlow wants, and Robert Halfon, your Conservative candidate on Thursday, will deliver when re-elected.

A New hospital
Increased funding for the NHS, Schools, Police, infrastructure, housing and services.
A plan to pay by supporting the businesses that drive a thriving local & national economy
promoting the freedom to achieve one’s full potential
Control over our borders and the ability to trade with the world on our terms
Strong support for education – vocational, academic and related job creation
We all know the alternative and that isn’t something any of us want to contemplate.

Yours Sincerely

Nick Churchill

Conservative councillor for Sumners and Kingsmoor

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6 Responses to "Letter to Editor: Labour’s Marxist mantra versus Robert Halfon’s achievements"

  1. tony edwards   December 10, 2019 at 5:22 pm


    I, for one, do not deny that Robert Halfon has worked hard with others lobbying for economic development for the Town. That is the job of an MP. However he did not achieve anything by himself, as you try to present it. Rather it was done in partnership with the Health colleagues, and with the District and County Council staff and Councillors. Thanks to their collective efforts the Town is at last seeing some major economic redevelopment.

    However Robert also has to take some responsibility for his voting record and for backing policies which have had and continue to have, a serious, detrimental effect on the lives of Harlow residents.

    He voted for the Planning Laws which allowed the Terminus House development,

    He voted for Housing Benefit regulations which enable and encourage London Boroughs to place people in temporary accommodation in Harlow.

    He voted for the Bedroom Tax and the time limiting of Council tenancies.

    He voted for the under-funding of our schools, the scrapping of Educational Maintenance Allowance for College students and the increase in University Tuition Fees

    He voted for cuts to Disability Benefits and for not increasing other means tested benefits in line with inflation.

    He voted for the introduction of Universal credit and the notorious waiting time (whereby the poorest claimants can have a repayable loan to cover the first five weeks of their claim when they receive no benefits at all). A process which has led to rising debt and an increase in housing arrears.

    He voted for the cuts to the Police Service, which resulted in the loss of over 20,000 Police Officers nationally and approximately 700 in Essex alone. With the resultant rise in crime, rise in anti-social behaviour and fall in successful prosecutions.

    He voted against Brexit although he has since modified his position

    He voted for changes to the legal system, the reductions in legal aid, the privatisation of the probation service and the loss of our County Court and Magistrates Courts.

    He voted for policies which have led Harlow Food Bank feeding 5,616 (3,612 adults & 2,004 children) people with emergency food in 2018/19. And Food Bank referrals increasing by 37% compared to the same period in 2017/18.

    I could give numerous other examples.

    So on Thursday we will have a stark choice;-

    Between Robert Halfon,who works hard but whose votes in Parliament have had disastrous consequences for his constituents.

    And Laura McAlpine the Labour Party Candidate who will not only work hard representing our town. She will also vote for progressive policies that will enrich and not impoverish the lives of Harlow’s residents.

  2. Gary   December 10, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Mr. Churchill, really? Mr. Halfon promises are just that and remains so. No concrete developments including the jam tomorrow on a new hospital. It is political posturing on a massive scale, sadly.

    I am always hearing this term, “Halfon works hard for the town” but if the current state of the town is supposed to be a product of that hard work then vote for a person that will do, rather than promise to do.

    That option is clearly Laura McAlpine of the Labour party.

    Further, Mr. Halfon was invited to address an education hustings last night but failed to show. Why was that? I mean he promised to make education a key element of his campaign in his role as the former select committee chair of education. Another day, another promise default.

    Finally, I asked Mr. Halfon about the cuts to the police, prison, probation, and court services at this organ’s hustings and got a pathetic response not worthy of his nine years in parliament. It is time for change and so vote for Laura McAlpine on Thursday.

  3. Towpath_Rat   December 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    The supposed achievements of Robert Halfon MP listed in the masterpiece of ‘cut and paste’ from Boris and Dominic’s lie-factory have little to do with Harlow. Typically, the Tories take credit for what others do, and then make meaningless promises they have no intention or even interest in following through.

    This image of a tireless local (ha ha) MP personally transforming Harlow won’t convince many people who actually live here and struggle to see evidence of all this supposed hard work.

    Just another load of spin from the Tory machine. Just saying things doesnt make them true, you know! Don’t treat voters like idiots.

    Vote Labour and Laura for real changes for Harlow and its people.

  4. kthe5   December 10, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    “along straight Marxist lines. ”

    Conservatives have got to stop calling Jeremy Corbyn a Marxist.
    … because that the term doesn’t resonate with the public.
    … In the streets of Harlow, and elsewhere, voters will not be convinced of the ills of Corbyn by hearing, “Don’t vote for Labour because he is a Marxist”.

    Not my words, but those of Robert Halfon.

    It is remarkable how many Conservative supporters, how many Robert Halfon supporters, use the term “Marxist” despite Robert Halfon saying they shouldn’t. It’s almost as if Robert Halfon supporters don’t bother to read what he has written.

  5. MickyB77   December 11, 2019 at 7:08 am

    The desperation from the usual Marxist complainers is based on the fact that they’re terrified, and aware, that they haven’t got a chance to win this election, by resorting to smearing and blatantly lying about R Halfon and his achievements for the people of Harlow,and the villages.
    What does the Momentum candidate offer us, more play schools and paddling pools ?
    Halfon travels all over his constituency talking and explaining to voters what he sees as a bright future for the area.
    In comparison, L Mac / Mrs A…….i stands in the town centre waving a red flag waiting for local voters that she can’t be bothered to go and visit.
    So, if you need a paddling pool, or would prefer a boost to our economy, you know who to vote for.

  6. PTK   December 11, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Why does Mr Halfon advocate “Increased funding for the NHS, Schools, Police, infrastructure, housing and services”? He consistently voted to cut expenditure on these things, and ignored the entreaties of the professionals and the academics who drew attention to the damage to the fabric of our society that these cuts were causing. He ignored the suffering inflicted upon some of the most vulnerable people in our society by the policies he endorsed. If the low level of spending on public services and infrastructure implemented by Conservative governments has been acceptable to Mr Halfon for the past decade, why is he now calling for an increase?

    It seems to me that the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party initiated a sea change in the political climate in this country, and that Mr Corbyn’s staunch opposition to austerity has pulled the Conservative Party to the left. The Conservative Party has seen the mass enthusiasm demonstrated for Mr Corbyn’s policies at the largest political rallies for at least a generation, and realised that the continuation of unmoderated austerity would be electorally disastrous.

    We should not be fooled by the apparently Damascene conversion of Mr Halfon and his Conservative colleagues. Their spending plans are inadequate. They will not re-build public services and infrastructure to the level enjoyed in neighbouring European countries. Only Labour will raise public expenditure in Britain to the Western European average. Only under a Labour elected on its current manifesto can we hope to see a restoration of Harlow to what it was like as a town 40 years ago, before Thatcherism began diminishing it.

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