Harlow Labour leader calls for General Election as Liz Truss becomes Prime Minister
News / Wed 7th Sep 2022 at 07:56am
THE LEADER of Harlow Labour has responded to the news that Liz Truss is the new Prime Minister.
Councillor Chris Vince said: “People in this country face a tough couple of years under this new Prime Minister. We need a General Election as soon as possible and a government with the credibility and vision to tackle the cost of living crisis, not more of the same Conservative failure.
In her speech the incoming Prime Minister spoke of lowering taxes to tackle the cost of living crisis, that just won’t work.
The Conservative plan to lower taxes will have a disproportionately beneficial effect for those earning high wages whereas those on lower wages will see very little benefit as their costs keep rising.
At the same time they will see the services they rely on, like our NHS and our emergency services, facing further cuts at the very time when we need them most due to the unenviable choice many will be forced to make between food or heat this winter.
“As the current longest serving member of the Cabinet, Liz Truss has been a complicit and enthusiastic contributor to the Conservative government which has failed us for the past 12 years.
“A government which has overseen cuts to thousands of front line workers including those in our police service and in our hospitals, has delivered on none of its proclaimed Brexit opportunities, has left our schools chronically underfunded and sat on its hands as the energy crisis goes from bad to worse, focusing instead on a vanity project to find itself a new leader.
Any attempt to distance herself from this is delusional and, at best, disingenuous.
“We need a General Election to give the people of Britain a say over who runs our country, not just the Conservative membership. Labour has a real plan to tackle the cost of living crisis and a real vision for our country”
We do not need a general election. We vote for an MP to represent us, and then the leader of the party with most MPs becomes PM. This is not the united states where we pick a party then a president so people should and never will have a say on the individual PM. The MP we voted for decided on what two candidates to put to the party membership and that is the power we grant them in an election. Equally the Labour Party have a very similar system in place, the party membership and trade union members decide who leads the party. Gordon Brown had exactly this where he was never elected as PM but did the job anyway, how is this different? Please Mr Vince can you start saying what the Labour Party would do rather than just saying whatever the party in power is doing is bad, even if they do something well you come out with nothing or a backhanded compliment. The whole point of politics is to work for a common aim, to better things, but come from it from different point of views. It’s not to just attack and moan because you’re not in power. Question where it is right to do so, but if you don’t like something, come to us with a well worked out solution, not just a whingefest.
Chris, if an election was called, Labour doesn't have a candidate in place, in Harlow, to fight it, or is there one but not yet announced? I expect the next couple of years to be so difficult that winning an immediate election would be a poisoned chalice-far better to win in 2024 with a chance that the economy will turn around
Considering Mr Vince has just announced he is seeking the parliamentary candidacy for Chelmsford that is more likely the reason he has poked his head above the parapet once more. Considering his claims that he wants to work for Harlow and support his constituents it does raise the question, why is he abandoning Harlow and running away to Chelmsford, again? If you want to read all the nice things he is saying about Chelmsford you can here >>> https://www.chrisvince.co.uk/ Perhaps he can enlighten his constituents in Harlow as to when he will be leaving them to go to Chelmsford after all being a parliamentary candidate is a full time job in its own right.
I tried to read the article, but only got as far as “ councillor Chris Vince” then fell asleep.zzzzzzzzzz
I don’t remember Labour calling for or offering a General Elections when they changed leader mid-course when Gordon Brown replaced Blair as Prlme Minister in 2007 following the latter’s resignation. Labour and coherence rarely combine. We live in a Parliamentary democracy where we elect our MPs. The Leader of the party winning most seats is customarily invited by HM to form a government. The Conservatives retain a substantial majority and are able to continue to govern until January 2025 ( the latest date for the next General Election). I would have expected any aspiring Parliamentary candidate to be familiar with such basic constitutional principles.
'Less than 5 minutes to write a letter' Chris Vince clearly didn't do his homework when he says, "Labour has a real plan to tackle the cost of living crisis." Part of that plan would be for energy costs, but both the Insitute for Fiscal Studies and Trades Union Congress advisor Richard Murphy have lambasted that plan. But not to worry, Chris Vince is solving his cost of living crisis by trying to become a Member of Parliament for Colchester. I believe if he is successful in his ambition that will mean a big pay rise for Chris. Look after No.1 is his message.
Try to address the points made, Mr Forman. Unpleasant, personal attacks undermine your intention completely.
Enough is enough. We know this government has not only run out of ideas but everyday they govern our community suffers more. It the same faces making the same false promises,just like the funding for PAH. We have run out of trust of those in authority ,include the council and county council. so let the people decide. Why not It a matter of democracy. Let Harlow have it’s say today.