Labour Party Conference, Unity and Brexit
Now that the dust has settled, I wanted to reflect on the Labour Party Conference last week in my home city of Liverpool.
Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected leader of our Party and now more than ever it is important that we come together to fight the Tories. It is only when we are united as a Labour family that we can hold Theresa May and her un-mandated Government to account. As Jo Cox said and Jeremy repeated in Liverpool, “we have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”
It is three months since the EU Referendum and although some leading Brexiters like Nigel Farage, have stepped down, Labour must not run away from the aftermath. Labour cannot afford to keep looking inwards – we need to get on with the job of scrutinising the Government, holding it to account and fighting for our values. This applies on all issues but especially on Europe.
Getting on with the job was exactly what Conference was all about. I had the pleasure of delivering the Harry Schindler lecture at Labour International’s Annual Dinner, welcomed Conference Delegates from the North West, spoke at a round-table discussion with the Arts Council, met with business leaders to explore the impacts of Brexit, spoke at the Labour Environment Campaign Rally on the issue of energy poverty, outlined the importance of supporting UK digital industries at Future Labour and met with Angela Raynor and Gordon Marsden to discuss the massive implications of any ‘hard’ Brexit on the UK’s education sector. What is abundantly clear is the Leavers had no plan to protect our jobs and services.
It was great to catch up with friends and colleagues in the Trade Union movement, Councilllors and MPs and some amazing community campaigners. Finally, it was a pleasure to meet up with Steve Rotheram MP, Labour’s candidate for the Metro Mayor election in the Liverpool City Region to talk about how we can deliver for the City Region and make sure vital funding is not lost to the entire North West through Brexit.
I’m now in Strasbourg – follow my daily happenings on here and twitter @TheresaMEP