Harlow Labour leader gives low marks to Robert Halfon’s end of term report

News / Tue 1st Aug 2023 at 12:57pm

THE LEADER of Harlow Labour has reflected on MP Robert Halfon’s report on his work over the last twelve months.

Councillor Chris Vince said: “The current Conservative MP’s contributions to YourHarlow are getting more and more bizarre.  In this week’s installment he appears to have completely forgotten that it is his own government who have been in charge for the past 13 years.

He claims to be the champion of education whereas in 13 years of his government we’ve seen per pupil cuts to education spending, a disastrous re-grading system and teachers leaving the profession in their droves.  While he’s busy incoherently bumbling his way through calamitous interviews about so called ‘rip off degrees’ (he was unable to name any) his government’s so called ‘gold standard’ T-levels have been heavily criticised.  He claims to be the champion of apprentices at the same time as his government’s endless cuts to Harlow council mean the local Conservative’s have been forced to cut apprenticeship places.

Then there’s the little matter of the NHS.  In 2010 when his Government came to power 95% of people using A&E were seen within 4 hours.  The Conservative’s promptly lowered this target and still failed to meet it.  We now see people waiting for up to 13 hours in Harlow’s A&E Dept! What is Mr Halfon’s answer?  To cap the number of Doctor’s that universities are able to train and increase the pressure on those still working in our hospitals.

The bold claim that he’s going to make our streets safer would be laughable if there weren’t such tragic consequences to the Conservative’s 13 year demolition of our county’s police force.  In fact, it is only recently, 13 years after they came to power, that the Conservative’s have returned police officer numbers to 2010 levels with many of them forced to do non police roles due to cuts in staffing numbers left unaddressed. However, the return to 2010 policing levels is still a real terms cut as it does not reflect the increase in the population of Harlow so, yet again, the police are being asked to do more with less. There were 33 PCSOs in Harlow when the Conservatives came to power, now there are only 5!

It’s utterly disgusting that whilst our current MP finds it acceptable to talk about people fleeing persecution in a way that dehumanises them it is worthy of note that he and his government have completely failed on immigration too!  The number of people seeking asylum in the UK when they came to power was around 24 000, it’s now 160 000.  They have increased the number of people processing claims five fold in that time but decreased the amount of work they do! His language towards vulnerable minorities is frequently inflammatory and does not in any way reflect the views held by the decent majority in our town.

Finally he talks about cutting the cost of living, conveniently forgetting that it was his own government’s disastrous handling of the economy which has led to it in the first place.  A catastrophic budget which has led to rising food prices, soaring inflation and fuel costs spiralling through the roof.  All the investment in infrastructure (most of which we are yet to see and won’t for some time) is only good if people have the funds to spend on it.

Fortunately, people across Harlow can see through the smoke and mirrors of Mr Halfon and his hapless government and we can only hope that the chance to give the whole sorry lot of them the boot comes sooner rather than later.

However, there is hope for the people of Harlow in the form of the next Labour government, led by adults rather than self serving narcissists like Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and their law breaking cronies. 

“The next Labour government will provide the NHS with the support that it needs, will value our key workers and recognise the need to train more Doctor’s and nurses, it will put police back on the streets and in communities, and tackle the issue of immigration in a fair and humane way.  It will put the needs of the many before the needs of the few wealthy individuals who bankroll the Tory party.

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11 Comments for Harlow Labour leader gives low marks to Robert Halfon’s end of term report:

2023-08-01 13:21:07

How is it going to do any of that in 1997 labour inherited a viable economy. In 2024 labour will inherit a basket case economy and government finances which are way worse than those Labour left in 2010. Both parties are responsible for this mess. There is going to be no money for any of this, in fact I will go one further no matter who gets in the state, services and benefits will need to be cut significantly

Shaun Andrews
2023-08-01 13:46:35

"Councillor Chris Vince said: “The current Conservative MP’s contributions to YourHarlow are getting more and more bizarre. In this week’s installment he appears to have completely forgotten that it is his own government who have been in charge for the past 13 years" It would seem Councillor Vince has a similar memory issue in that for 13 years, Labour has been largely unelectable as a government and must share most of the blame for the tory 13 years of government. Were there a "none of the above" box on the ballot box card, neither of the two main contenders would be drowing in a sea of votes. Value for money our current political system is not.

gary roberts
2023-08-01 14:03:26

Cllr. Vince your points on the performance of Mr. Halfon is of course correct but if we compare that performance with that of Mr. Starmer we get at best a score draw. He has no Labour vision of the future, apart from following the same direction as the Conservative party. What is more egregious is the backing away from his leadership pledges to his membership. Policy that is made then reversed but more importantly he has kicked those who need help into the long grass without a hope of building a future. In contract the greatest leader of the Labour party, Mr. Attlee, would be turning in his grave at the prospect of a Labour leader without a policy agenda to at least match his after 13 years of a disgusting Conservative government.

Tony Wiseman
2023-08-01 14:55:53

3 questions for Cllr Vince. Where will the money come from for all of the improved services that he is promising? When will he stop criticising and actually publish an improvement plan? When will Labour put forward a candidate for for Harlow for the next General Election?

Luke Burton
2023-08-01 17:08:17

Surprised the title to this piece is now "Harlow Labour SLAMS Conservatives" as these articles usually are!

Luke Burton
2023-08-01 17:08:33

not*, now now.

2023-08-01 18:08:17

"we get at best a score draw." Keir certainly has his faults and has and will make mistakes, but did Keir illegally prorogue parliament and lie to the Queen (which Robert was happy with)? Did Keir break the law by breaking social distancing rules and get a police fine (which Robert was happy with, many, many times)? Did Keir also get a fine for not wearing a seat belt in a moving car? Did Keir argue for a windfall tax on BP, Shell, BG etc, then fail to vote for it? By claiming a "score draw" you are in effect saying that "they are all the same". This is clearly false. Is Bernie Sanders the same as Trump? No. Is Keir the same as Convict Johnson, Convict Sunak or Liz the Lettuce? No. We should hold the ones who tell lies and break the law to account, not spread their misdirection for them.

gary roberts
2023-08-01 20:27:38

Hugo, did Mr. Starmer mislead his membership to get the leader's job? Has he back tracked on every pledge he made in that contest? Did he say he would stand with the unions on picket lines and then told his shadow cabinet not too? Did he tell Andrew Neil that abolition of tuition fees would be in the next manifesto but now says they will not? I could go on but to be honest why vote for Labour when the leader is just like the Conservatives? Look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v00Yki1mIAk And as for Mr. Sanders, he wouldn't get in the Labour party today and wouldn't even want too!

David Forman
2023-08-01 22:57:11

Councillor Chris Vince has made some sound points in this letter that merit support. Vince is prepared to back vulnerable minorities in our society rather than make them scapegoats like Robert Halfon. If Vince keeps up this good work, I will seriously consider voting for him at the next general election. I might even be tempted to rejoin the Labour Party (a few Labour luvvies will be having sleepless nights at that prospect!)

James Leppard
2023-08-02 08:44:55

A vote for Labour is a vote for Keir Starmer's Yo Yo policies. He has more U turns than the London sewage system: https://www.politico.eu/article/all-of-keir-starmers-u-turns-in-one-place/amp/

Kim Oconnor
2023-08-02 09:49:11

James Leppard, and look at the sewage system......beaches and rivers full of it... just like conservatives politics.

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