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Harlow Labour leader: Let’s not let Robert Halfon re-write history

News / Sat 9th Jul 2022 am31 06:10am

THE LEADER of the Harlow Labour Group has reacted to the weeks events surrounding the resignation of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

He has levelled much of his criticism at the response to events by Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

Cllr Chris Vince said: “I wasn’t sure whether to be amused or angry by Harlow’s current Conservative MPs response to this weeks news but under the circumstances have gone for the latter.

Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, although apparently he will carry on until the autumn, with a record of failures. But that won’t stop Robert Halfon from rewriting history.

Firstly, Brexit is most certainly not ‘done’, his ‘oven ready’ deal is past it’s sell by date meaning we still have issues of trading across the Irish border to resolve.

Secondly junction 7a of the M11 came about from the last Labour administration lobbying Essex County council before Boris Johnson was even prime minister.  The junction was agreed in 2017 as the article below confirms, two years before Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in 2019.  Is Mr Halfon short on the detail or is he deliberately trying to mislead?

Highways Magazine – Funding secured for new M11 junction

Third, the vaccine roll out had far more to do with the hard work of our underpaid and undervalued NHS professional, working alongside a fantastic team of community volunteers, than Boris Johnson and his team of incompetent opportunists spending billions on dodgy PPE contracts and a useless Test and Trace programme.

Fourth, it’s quite extraordinary that Mr Halfon still wants to talk about a new hospital for Harlow.

For years he has been bragging about having ‘worked hard’ to secure the funds for it but it is still nowhere to be seen. Like me, the majority of Harlow residents have lost faith in the new PAH ever happening!

At every turn during this pandemic Boris Johnson has been slow to react bringing misery to millions of people, wasting billions of £s of taxpayers hard earned cash, putting his own lust for power first and the countries best interest second. And at every one of those turns he was supported by Harlow’s MP.

Harlow and the country deserve better.

Cllr Chris Vince

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15 Comments for Harlow Labour leader: Let’s not let Robert Halfon re-write history:

Betsy
2022-07-09 09:01:33

Well I would not be proud of the m11 junction 7 aif that’s labour doing more cars more pollution more noise children lives at risk from such a fast road !!! How naive you are !! Brexit was agreed by the people !! Once labour stood for sensible solutions !!!

Kim Oconnor
2022-07-09 09:23:35

We will have to wait an see, if your any different from the last labour's voices, because they did nought for this town. The proff is in the pudding. We need people that will listen and listen good to public opions, you represent Harlow, so the residents come first and foremost. We need to get back to this.

James Leppard
2022-07-09 09:35:19

Harlow voted almost 69% for Brexit. Labour’s duplicity helped perpetuate 3.5 years of stalemate from 2016 until the 2019 General Election. A Labour/SNP/Lib Dem coalition, led by Keir Starmer with all the charm and leadership skills of a cardboard cut out, would an unmitigated disaster. Labour is in no position to lecture on democratic credentials. They sought to undermine the democratic choice of the British people. They will continue to do so.

Voteforme
2022-07-09 09:35:25

Well Labour, you had better get a parliamentary candidate in place pronto, preferably someone untainted by Momentum and antisemitism, to have any chance of removing Robert Halfon and preferably someone, who if they lose, doesn't disappear after the count but stays for the long haul (like RH). Perhaps Chris, you could update us on the selection situation

peter henegan
2022-07-09 09:45:31

James Leppard, didn't the tories also vote against getting getting Brexit done whilst Theresa May was PM. They stabbed her in the back with a heck of a long knife. And as for a coalition being a potential unmitigated disaster, you don't think that is precisely what we have got now

JD
2022-07-09 10:49:38

"Harlow voted almost 69% for Brexit." Yes, yes, you "won", we lost, now get over it. After "winning" it should be your, or the people you voted for, or the people who made the promises, responsibility to keep those promises made. The "oven ready deal" wasn't. Where is the £350M a week for the NHS? Where is the tariff-free trade with minimal bureaucracy? What about the promise that wages will be higher? The so-called "oven ready deal" has failed on all these parts and more. RH has done nothing to keep these promises that were made. As for the new hospital, see this story from 2019 https://www.bishopsstortfordindependent.co.uk/news/government-gives-share-of-2-8-billion-for-new-princess-alexandra-hospital-after-boris-johnson-visit-9084554/ Perhaps RH can find out how big a share of the £2.8B PAH got, and what have they done with the money? "Labour/SNP/Lib Dem coalition" - Just yesterday Keir confirmed again that there is no and will be no coalition with the SNP, before or after Labour are voted in.

James Leppard
2022-07-09 10:55:16

Yes, Peter. I agree many Tories were equally guilty of seeking to undermine the Referendum. If one is going to use referenda in a system of Parliamentary democracy, it only right that politicians accept and implement the verdict. It is also ironic that back in the 1970’s, some of the best intellects in the Labour Party such as Tony Benn and Peter Shore were vehement opponents of joining the then EEC. Brexit is a fact and it is now the role of whichever party is in power to ensure the best outcome for the UK. To persist with efforts to reverse this so soon after leaving is irresponsible and will only result in further division.

James Leppard
2022-07-09 10:58:32

JD, Keir Starmer might well have said he is not seeking a coalition (believe it if you wish), but without a significant number of Scottish seats, it is highly unlikely that Labour can obtain an outright majority. Still, Labour can thank Blair for that.

Martin
2022-07-09 11:47:21

James Leppard if you want to talk about an unmitigated disaster you just need to look at Brexit. Twice the long-term economic damage of the worst pandemic in over a hundred years. But at least we can change the warning signs on the Dartford Tunnel, that makes it all worth it.

Theman
2022-07-09 11:53:37

Why all the minutiae, the Euro is on near parity with the dollar and France is the only European county to grow its GDP more than the UK. That sounds a bit like a win for us to me.

Brian
2022-07-09 13:46:34

I suspect that the only person looking to rewrite history will be the OP trying to make his leadership of Harlow Labour look successful... just before he runs off to stand in another town (that he loves)as a parliamentary or PFCC candidate.

John Wix
2022-07-09 15:06:34

Completely agree that Robert Halfon does have a different view to the actual truth, however, Labour has to make sure they have a much better vision communicated to the country first. Labour also need to make sure they are more resilient against the right wing media and have someone like Alistair Campbell who can fight fire with fire Then we can find a good enough candidate to stand up againt Halfon who people can relate to and who can also believe in.

Tom Compton
2022-07-09 18:18:19

I agree with Jim Leppard. I did not want Brexit, but once the decision by the majority was made, the democratic process should be honoured. Trying to reverse it just delays and also challenges democracy. I think the main issue with the referendum was the 51% requirement. It should have been a 60:40 requirement to leave EU. However, Parliament (all parties) allowed this to happen. Regarding Robert Halfron re writing history, I think Chris Vince and our local Labour councillors need to actually say what they believe in and will deliver rather than opponent bashing. Labour were in power for years and bled Harlow town dry.

Peter
2022-07-09 23:20:32

I voted leave to be honest i am embarrassed for doing it.. I got suckered in by the BS. Cbi say we are losing 400 million a month. We have no lorry driver. Pig butchers. Fruit and veg pickers. Health worker. As nearly a million overseas workers have gone home. What a place the whole country is in at the moment. Voting leave was my biggest regret.

Michael Hardware
2022-07-11 20:57:21

I didn’t realise the former Labour administration’s lobbying powers were so great, almost on a par with their town centre regeneration record!

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