Harlow Labour leader attends party conference and is impressed by Sir Keir Starmer’s speech
News / Thu 30th Sep 2021 at 11:32am
THE leader of the Harlow Labour group has returned from the Labour Party conference buoyed by the keynote speech by Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer.
Councillor Chris Vince said: “Assured, confident and with a bold vision for the future of our country, Keir Starmer’s speech at the Labour Party Conference made me more determined than ever to campaign as hard as I can to get Labour back into power, both locally and nationally. It’s what Harlow and the villages needs, and what the country needs.
Over the past 11 years we’ve seen waiting times in A&E increase, school sizes increase, poverty increase. When it takes a premier league footballer to campaign to stop our children going hungry, we know something is going incredibly wrong and the government can only blame the pandemic for their shortcomings for so long.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is an alternative, a Labour alternative and in his speech at conference Keir Starmer outlined what that will mean.
It will be an alternative that supports those people in work, that supports ethical business, and which finally starts to address the climate emergency. It is an alternative that means young people have the skills that they really need for life, and which has the aim of building a stronger future together.
However, I am not going to take anyone’s vote for granted which is why I and my fellow Councillors and Harlow Labour activists are going to continue to do what we always do – get out across our town and listen to residents. I believe passionately that we need a Labour government to fix the mess made by this Conservative government. However, to do that, we as a party need to show we’re listening and we’re engaging with voters, not just at election time, but all year around. That’s what I intend to do.
Starmer is no Attlee. Starmer is a watered down version of Blair who in 13 years had the chance to change society after Thatcher and failed. Attlee needed six years to change society and didn't fail. Starmer if he remains leader, which I seriously doubt, needs to develop policy to enhance and better the work of Attlee: Will he do it? No chance.
Impressed with Starmer? No, sadly. I wanted policy not Johnson is a trivial or show man, we knew that already.That speech could have been made by Thatcher, Major, May, and Cameron and would have done if they were at the Tory conference next week. Indeed Starmer could have repeated it next week and got a standing ovation every few minutes. It didn't happen today and what I saw was members sitting on the hands or crossing them with disapointment. The right-wing media will smile and not destroy it but I suspect Johnson will ignore it and put on a clown show instead. Very sad.
Another one in the queue looking to promise the world and improve absolutely nothing for the working class.