Last night we had a huge party with 150 of the amazing volunteers who got involved in our campaign. It was fantastic to be able to thank them in person for their energy, time and efforts. Our campaign has been vibrant, energetic and about togetherness. And together is how we will stay.
We spent the evening laughing, drinking, dancing and looking ahead to the future. We talked about how we build on this, to work together, and to make sure that next time we make it over the line for you in Broxtowe.
I am so proud of our campaign, but I could not have done it alone. A few weeks ago, Anna Soubry accused Broxtowe Labour of "tokenistic twaddle" when our Women's Forum held an all women canvassing session. What Anna doesn't know is that all 5 of the core team driving this campaign were women. I couldn't have done this without their strength, their insight and their commitment. That's not tokenistic twaddle: that's feminism in action.
But last night wasn't just about the core team. It was about every single volunteer that delivered a leaflet, knocked a door, put up a poster or shared our social media posts. My team are amazing, because they are all kinds of people from all walks of life who have the same vision of the future we could have, for Broxtowe and for the country.
We've got a job to do, and we know how to do it. Together.
Last night we had a huge party with 150 of the amazing volunteers who got involved in our campaign. It was fantastic to be able to thank them in person...
I wanted to share with you a few words from David Kirwan. Many of you will know David, who stood for the Green Party in Broxtowe in 2015. David writes:
"In the 2015 General Election I stood against Labour as the Green party candidate in Broxtowe, and 1544 people voted for me. I stood because Labour were not opposing austerity and showed little commitment to the environment and to public services. Today in 2017 things are very different. Labour now offers a real alternative to the Tories and to Theresa May - and in Broxtowe we have an outstanding candidate in Greg Marshall.Greg has a proven record on the environment, on social justice and equality and would be an amazing advocate for Broxtowe in Westminster. I want to thank all those who voted for me in 2015 but to urge you to now vote for Greg Marshall next week. Those 1544 Green votes from 2015 could be crucial in returning Greg as our MP in 2017.With Greg representing us in Parliament and working alongside the rest of the Labour team to form a government we can do much to progress the mutual aims of both Labour and Greens. There are of course debates about a 'progressive alliance', but let’s have those after the election. On Jun 8th, even if your allegiance is with the Green party, lend your vote on this occasion to Greg and start the journey to a better future for Broxtowe and the country.There is a lot to be done to protect our NHS and education services, to maintain a strong bond with our neighbours when we leave the EU, to ensure all those working in the UK continue to be welcome, to protect our environment and to maintain the fox hunting ban. Only Labour will do this.Every vote next week that is not for Greg is essentially a vote to keep Anna Soubry as our MP and Theresa May as our PM. This time there is no argument to be made over austerity - both the Labour and Green parties agree on so much. Please vote for Greg Marshall on June 8th."
Many thanks to David for such a resounding endorsement, and for allowing me to share it.
I wanted to share with you a few words from David Kirwan. Many of you will know David, who stood for the Green Party in Broxtowe in 2015. David writes:...
We all care about education - whether it's as parents who want the best for our children, as employers who want a well skilled workforce or teachers and teaching assistants who want to feel valued and supported. My own views on education are very, very simple. Cutting corners and costs in
education has a long term effect - not only on our young people but also on our economy.
The Tories propose to cut school lunches for the youngest in our schools, despite the evidence that the hardest hit will be the 'just about managing' families Theresa May claims to defend. The Tories propose to reintroduce grammar schools, despite the evidence that they do not result in better results and pull funding away from the 'other' schools that most of our children will attend. The Tories funding plans for schools will mean a real terms cut of 3% by 2021 according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, meaning the loss of crucial staff and further increases in class sizes. The Tories have no plans on university tuition fees, seemingly happy to saddle our students with a lifetime of debt.
A vote for Labour is a vote for well funded education and training, an end to university tuition fees and inclusive education for all. Like I benefited from myself, right here in Broxtowe. With inspiring teachers such as Mr Hartley who brought out the very best in me and in all my classmates at Chilwell Comp.
I know that's what I want for my family, and for yours.
We all care about education - whether it's as parents who want the best for our children, as employers who want a well skilled workforce or teachers and teaching assistants who...
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