GE19: Harlow Conservatives write open letter to Labour’s Laura McAlpine

Dear Ms McAlpine,

THERE is no doubt that getting Brexit done is one of the biggest issues facing the UK. We have one chance to get Brexit done. If we fail to do so and fail to honour the people’s decision to leave the EU, then it’s clear that Parliament will remain gridlocked.

That will mean that other important things that make a difference to people’s lives – being able to get an appointment to see a GP, feeling safe when walking home, making ends meet at the end of the month – will be ignored.

Without a plan to get Brexit done it is impossible to have credibility on anything else.

However, your position as Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate for Harlow appears unclear and needs urgent clarification to help local people make their choice in this election.

There is no mention of your policy on Brexit on any of your election addresses.

Residents in Harlow and the villages deserve to know what you would do. Can you clarify it for them by answering the following four questions:

1. Why do you back the Labour policy to delay Brexit further and to have a second referendum?
2. Why do you wish to ignore the wishes of 68.1% of residents in Harlow and the villages and delay Brexit?
3. If you are elected, it will have been on a manifesto to have a second referendum, do you believe that is democratic?
4. Do you agree with Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to remain neutral on Brexit?

It is wrong to force the people to vote again.

In contrast, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Harlow, Robert Halfon, has made his Brexit position very clear. He will back the new deal that Boris Johnson has already agreed with the EU. Britain will be out of the EU by the end of January, giving families and businesses the certainty they need to plan for the future.

He also has a strong record of obeying the wishes of the people of Harlow.

It is wrong to rip up a deal when it’s clear you have no plan; and wrong to play games with our precious union.

After the 2016 Brexit referendum, Robert Halfon pledged to honour the result. He’s voted against a second referendum, against any delay in leaving, against a Customs Union and to keep ‘No Deal’ on the table. Boris Johnson’s proposals take back control of our borders, our laws and our money.

There must be no more dither and delay – we need to get it done and move on.

Harlow residents look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

The residents of Harlow and the Villages

Andrew Johnson
Nick Churchill
Geoff Longster
Simon Carter
Adam Jolles
Mike Hardware
Eddie Johnson
Shona Johnson
Russell Perrin
Anthony Farren
Leo Carr
Howard Cox
Matt Durham
Charles Jackson
Sheila Sullivan
Keith Merrick
Liz Read
Joy Gailer
Paul Read
Doreen Read
Anastasia Nunez
George Read
Emily Konstantas
Jennifer Urquhart
Grief Urquhart
Steve LeMay
Ian Smith
Rosa Smith
Vanessa Griggs
Gabriel Oserei
David Stock
John Evans
Andy Irvine
John Russell
Philip Brownlie
Michael Clarke
Hayley Bushell
Les Newman
John Small
Susan Eggleton
Bryan Russell
James Leppard
Rebecca Hancock
Ray Gooding
Kenneth Eaton
Angela Hodgson
Richard Morgan
John Tinney
Andrew Colley
Mike Garnett
Brigitte Garnett
Pamela Farrell

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15 Responses to "GE19: Harlow Conservatives write open letter to Labour’s Laura McAlpine"

  1. Towpath_Rat   December 11, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    “GE19: Harlow Conservatives write open letter to Labour’s Laura McAlpine” … and ‘Your Harlow’ publishes it as though it is a news story, without right of reply or editorial comment.

    We all know ‘Your Harlow’ is just an amateurish local news website without much journalistic capacity, but to allow yourselves to just act as a conduit for the local and national Tories shows that you have no integrity or claim to be a news provider of any kind.

    The people of Harlow deserve better than these Tories, and they certainly seem to need a new, politically independent and reputable news provider.

  2. jarrett   December 11, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    She could have wrote a piece anytime since the election was called but it would seem appear she did not for some reason but to criticise this portal is pathetic It was her choice and i am sure YH would have published it as long as it met journalistic and legal guidelines.
    To then say that YH is an amateurish local news website and a conduit for the Tories is a load of carp as you have proved by posting yourself.

  3. Towpath_Rat   December 11, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    And to the signatories of this letter and its readers.

    Labour Party policy on Brexit is very simple. Perhaps you have not been paying attention, or you are pretending that you do not understand as a political tactic.

    Following a Labour victory in tomorrow’s election, the new government will return to Brussels. It will negotiate a new deal with safeguards jobs, access to markets and the environment. Then put this new deal back to the public for a final say. The outcome will be politically binding.

    This contrasts markedly with Boris Johnson’s plan to leave at the end of January, try and then negotiate some kind of free trade deal which may well take years, and risks crashing out with no deal at some point.

    It is Labour’s policy that offers certainty, security and closure, not the Conservatives’. No amount of shouting “Get Brexit done” will change this.

  4. Towpath_Rat   December 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Jarrett. Any newspaper or news outlet with any journalistic credentials would – on the day before the election – offer a right of reply to a personal address such as this. Otherwise they would risk being associated solely with one political position. If YH wishes to be the voice of Tory Harlow it should be clear about this, rather than using its position to selectively publish content and look as you say “Carp” 🙂

  5. MickyB77   December 11, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Straight out of the Marxist Momentum mob pamphlet, as exclusively used by one or two contributors to these pages.
    Heaven knows what sort of spurious reasoning will be posted here when this election is over.
    I think T-Rat has missed the point of the said letter, obviously because their candidate, a confessed Momentum supporter, hasn’t the nous to reply to anything on these pages, unless of course, it’s pre-written for her.
    Straw clutchers, the lot of them.

  6. Towpath_Rat   December 11, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    The usual screaming into the void from MuckyB, the Tories local ‘useful idiot’.

    It’s ironic that you claim I write from some kind of political handbook when all you can offer is your usual ‘Marxists! Reds! Momentum!’ screeching. Maybe you need a new script.

    And what is it with your clearly *personal* dislike for the local Labour candidate? Or do you hate all women? Or just hate *everyone*?

  7. MickyB77   December 11, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    You’re a bigger fool than I thought, and typical of the thugs and bullying department of Momentum Socialism, you’re not B H, are you ?
    Nothing against L Mac ? Mrs A……i, I have never come across a more unlikely candidate than her, that’s all.
    To be indoctrinated as badly as you, is a severe handicap. Try and lighten up, because, when the Tories win the election I don’t want you falling into a dark mood.

  8. tony edwards   December 11, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Why do the Tories continue to lie to the British Electorate.

    Their stated proposal to be out by January is nothing but a cruel deception and they know it.

    There will have to be years of negotiations to secure a meaningful Trade Deals with Europe and the rest of the world. Otherwise we will leave on WTO terms which will be hugely damaging to services, trade, jobs and peoples lives.

    Labour will renegotiate a better deal with Europe than the one offered by the Tories. A deal that will protect jobs, trade and services and they will put that deal and the possibility to remain to a final and binding referendum.

    Why is that important – because whatever deal is finally negotiated either the existing Tory deal or one to be negotiated by Labour, it is unlikely to be as favourable as the current remain terms and that will put enormous strains on our economy. But it will be for the people to decide in an informed way in a referendum.

    Don’t be fooled by the Tories Deception – VOTE LABOUR ON THURSDAY

  9. kthe5   December 11, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    “1. Why do you back the Labour policy to delay Brexit further and to have a second referendum?”
    Interesting question when it is the Tories (and the DUP) that have delayed Brexit. If it wasn’t for the the Tories that voted against Theresa May’s version of the Withdrawal Agreement, Brexit would have happened by now. BoJo The Clown, “18th Century Man” Rees-Mogg, and the Inflatable Mark Francis (remember them?) all voted against Brexit at least twice. BoJo The Clown and the Tories have delayed Brexit. Labour, Lib Dems, SNP, Greens etc have done what they are supposed to do – oppose. The Tories are supposed to vote with the Tories. They haven’t. The Tories have delayed Brexit.

    “2. Why do you wish to ignore the wishes of 68.1% of residents in Harlow and the villages and delay Brexit?”
    It was NOT 68.1% of residents in Harlow and the villages. It was only 68.1% of those who voted. Why do the Tories wish to ignore those who didn’t vote for Brexit? Do those who didn’t vote for Brexit not have any rights any more? There are a great many people who didn’t and couldn’t vote. Could the many EU, Commonwealth, and International tax paying citizens vote in the 2016 second refferendum? No, and now these tax payers rights and opinions are being ignored by the Tories. Those that didn’t or couldn’t vote have rights too.

    “3. If you are elected, it will have been on a manifesto to have a second referendum, do you believe that is democratic?”
    What can be more democratic about a plebiscite? It is virtually the defination of “taking back control”. The second 2016 refferendum was NOT legaly binding (another example of Tory incompetence), so it can be cancelled as the Lib Dems want. Labour propose a LEGALLY binding third reffendum. This is what taking back control looks like. What is democratic about enforcing the will of only 37% of the ellectorate?

    “4. Do you agree with Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to remain neutral on Brexit?”
    Do you agree with BoJo The Clown’s racist views on Muslim Women?
    Do you agree with BoJo The Clown’s description of black people in Africa?
    Do you agree with BoJo The Clown’s description of gay men?
    I have read that some people voted Leave simply because a “posh Tory” (David Cameron) said they should vote Remain. Even BoJo The Clown went all in on Leave just to stick it to David Cameron. If David Cameron had been neutral the results could have been much different. Another example of Tory incompetence? Being in such a position of power and being neutral on a major subject shows a certain level of statemanship.
    Does the word “statemanship” allign with someone who can’t look at a photo of a child on a phone? Or cowardly hides in a fridge to avoid Piers Morgan?

    “It is wrong to force the people to vote again.”
    Utter bollocks. No one is “forcing” anyone to vote, then, now or in the future.
    If “forcing the people to vote again” was so wrong, why did BoJo the Clown so desperately want another General Election only 2 years after the lat one? Why is BoJo the Clown “forcing” people to vote again in contrevention of the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011?

    VOTE LABOUR ON THURSDAY – for the best chance of keeping a racist, misogynist, homophobic, fraud, fake populist lier from ruining all our future.
    VOTE Lib Dems ON THURSDAY – If you can’t vote for the current Labour leader.

  10. PTK   December 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    It seems to me that the current Labour Party policy with respect to Brexit appeals to both Leavers and Remainers. For Leavers it offers a chance to leave on the basis of maintaining employment rights, consumer rights, and protection of the environment, and to Remainers it offers the chance to vote to remain. Harold Wilson remained neutral during the referendum on EEC membership in 1975, and it seems eminently sensible for Corbyn to remain neutral in any future referendum on this issue. The 2016 referendum was unfair in that the government campaigned for remain, and thus the spending limits were a nonsense. Twice as much was spent on Remain propaganda as on Leave propaganda. Vote Labour tomorrow, 12 December, if you want a policy on the EU that can unite Remainers and Leavers.

  11. MickyB77   December 11, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    kt. very very saucy take over page,or a miserable attempt to try and hoodwink local electorate.
    All these late comments from you and your Marxist friends,smack of one thing, absolute desperation. Don’t worry,you’ve got another five years to try and convince the local electorate that they’ve been wrong.

  12. kthe5   December 11, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Micky – ” saucy ” – what happened to “salty”? What other condiments are you going to associate me with? Will it be a mustard? I accept my writings do not alow me to claim a pickle as yet. I have hope! Thanks for reading and taking notice.
    “Marxist” – please continue to call me any childish, out dated names you like if it makes you feel better.
    “another five years” – It wasn’t 5 years since the last one. Given the lies, deceit, and utter incompetence of BoJo The Clown, if he manages to fool enough people to get in, it will not be 5 years until the next.
    “hoodwink” – show where I have posted something factually incorrect. Did BoJo The Clown cowardly hide in a fridge to avoid Piers Morgan or not? Did BoJo The Clown lie about Isle of Man kippers? Did BoJo The Clown lie about Mowbray Pork Pies? Did BoJo The Clown stand in front of a bus and lie about how much money is sent to the EU? Did BoJo The Clown lie about how many “new” hospitals/nurses/police there will be?
    If anyone deserves the label “hoodwink” it is BoJo The Clown.

  13. MickyB77   December 12, 2019 at 6:08 am

    How many words does one need to try and convince themselves, and others, that what they’re trying to do, is convince the others, that they’re wrong ?
    Typical of the Marxists.

  14. CM20Harlow   December 12, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Lets hope Labour win today and make a real change to Harlow and Great Britain.

  15. MickyB77   December 13, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I’m too gra6ious to say a word !

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