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...
Fracking could become a very big issue right on our doorsteps here in Broxtowe, and it's an issue that truly divides Anna Soubry and I. Anna has appeared on our local TV news saying she has "been persuaded it's a good idea". My view is the complete opposite.
Having worked at the Environment Agency for over 20 years, having spent my career working to protect and improve our environment and having a young family who I want to live long and healthy lives in Broxtowe, I don't think fracking is "a good idea". As a carbon technology it will contribute to climate change. I think it will snarl up our roads with heavy construction traffic. It will pose a threat to our water supplies and fracking rigs will irreversibly alter our landscape. I think very few of us would be happy for horizontal wells to be dug underneath our homes.
Shale gas is a fossil fuel that should be left where it is, under the ground, while we focus on sustainable sources of energy, insulating homes and growing our economy with high-skilled engineering jobs in green technologies.
It's yet another issue where Anna Soubry and I are miles apart.
Fracking could become a very big issue right on our doorsteps here in Broxtowe, and it's an issue that truly divides Anna Soubry and I. Anna has appeared on our...
I was contacted by a Broxtowe resident this week who works as a GP and wanted to talk about the immense demands currently on GP services. His words were "I've never been so worried about the current state or future of our NHS." That sentence sums up exactly my feelings too.
The blatant lies of the Leave campaign, fronted by our Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, promised us £350m per week for the NHS. The Tory manifesto reins this in to a more modest £8bn commitment, but where this is coming from is anyone's guess in their uncosted proposition. The Chair of the British Medical Association went as far as describing the Tory offer as "smoke and mirrors".
After years of pay cuts, austerity and privatisation by stealth under the Tories our beloved NHS is in crisis. Our own Queens Medical Centre has been on 'black alert' already this month. Tory Councillors on Nottinghamshire County Council voted against a motion to increase funding for social care. Young people from Broxtowe are having to travel as far as Scotland to receive mental health treatment. Health Visitor services in Broxtowe are being cut, removing vital support from parents and young children.
It's become a choice between the Conservatives or the NHS.
Having both is not an option.
I was contacted by a Broxtowe resident this week who works as a GP and wanted to talk about the immense demands currently on GP services. His words were "I've...
Had an absolutely brilliant day at the Bilborough College "Mock Election" today. Many thanks to the organisers for the invite and hospitality. Don't tell me that young people don't care about politics. The students were engaged, articulate and did their college proud in asking all the candidates (or their representatives) testing questions on key issues such as tuition fees, competition in education and the importance of performing arts subjects in the curriculum. Many students of course live in Broxtowe and I would encourage all of those who are eligible to vote to do so, and those who aren't registered to vote to register as soon as possible.
After the hustings we moved to the vote . . . . . drum roll please . . . . . well what can I say . . . a fantastic Labour result. Read more at http://www.nottinghampost.com/the-labour-party-has-won-the-general-election-according-to-bilborough-college-students/story-30335550-detail/story.html#ZSSbjeT3SAkwUTk2.99
Had an absolutely brilliant day at the Bilborough College "Mock Election" today. Many thanks to the organisers for the invite and hospitality. Don't tell me that young people don't care...
Is this the hardest working team in Broxtowe? You decide....
Stalls in Beeston and Kimberley, hundreds of doors knocked on across Beeston and Stapleford, training sessions for women, folding thousands of leaflets, hundreds of social media posts and not to forget a warm welcome at the Salvation Army in Stapleford - and all that in just one day! Our volunteers from Team Broxtowe Labour are speaking to hundreds of people across Broxtowe who are looking for a positive alternative.
Tomorrow - lots more of the same, with the addition of our big rally in Kimberley with Paul Mason kicking things off...
To all the volunteers getting involved in any way, a very big thank you. If you'd like to get involved just drop me a line. Together, we can make a difference in Broxtowe.
Is this the hardest working team in Broxtowe? You decide.... Stalls in Beeston and Kimberley, hundreds of doors knocked on across Beeston and Stapleford, training sessions for women, folding thousands...
The last couple of days have been focussed on traditional campaigning - getting out on the streets and doorsteps, and talking to local people about their priorities. The number of volunteers coming forward to get involved has been truly overwhelming, with a team of 12 out with me in Chilwell today and 16 in Beeston last night! If you would like to get involved, just drop me a line.
Two BIG issues are coming up again and again on the doorsteps this week:
- Firstly, fracking - people in Attenborough, Chilwell and Toton are concerned about the potential impacts on Attenborough Nature Reserve. My position is very clear - I'm against fracking, I have voted against fracking and I will continue to vote against fracking. Anna Soubry is on record saying she believes fracking is a "good idea". I could not disagree more. Fracking is an unsustainable carbon technology. It won't lower wholesale gas prices and it won't provide long term jobs.
- I also heard lots of concerns about skills and training. Businesses of all sizes and industries have, for many years, worried about the rising skills gap in the UK. We have had problems ever since the Tories ripped up training legislation in the 1980s. This has led to skills shortages in vital sectors and prevented us developing a sustainable jobs market for our young people. It's a problem the Tories have ignored for years, and it's not going away.
Labour, through the National Education Service announced today, will address these issues and ensure the right training is available for people of all ages to develop the skills they and our businesses need.
Tomorrow you'll find me out on the doorsteps again with the team - I hope to meet you there.
The last couple of days have been focussed on traditional campaigning - getting out on the streets and doorsteps, and talking to local people about their priorities. The number of...
This evening I joined parliamentary candidates from the Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP at a debate on the EU hosted by Broxtowe in Europe. Conspicuous by her absence was Anna Soubry, who also declined to send a representative or written statement. Nevertheless, an empty seat remained on the stage all evening in case Anna decided to join us...
In many ways I understand why Anna decided not to attend this evening. Brexit is a difficult issue to talk about. It's complex. It's messy. It's riddled with half-truths and broken promises. But these are exactly the reasons why we MUST talk about Brexit. Why we have to confront the situation in which we find ourselves, and find a way forward that protects all our interests the best that we can.
Tonight I talked about my red lines around Brexit. If you elect me as your MP these are the things that I will never, ever compromise on - protecting employment rights, preserving the status of EU nationals in the UK and of our UK nationals living abroad, retaining the wide ranging environmental protections offered by the EU.
I don't believe we can unstitch the results of the referendum, and I don't believe we should keep repeating the referendum until we get the result some of us might want. We have to work with it, and work hard to get what's best for us here in Broxtowe.
This evening I joined parliamentary candidates from the Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP at a debate on the EU hosted by Broxtowe in Europe. Conspicuous by her absence was Anna...
Whilst Anna Soubry was on Sky News this morning saying "Labour can't get people out to knock on doors", I was out in Chilwell and later in Kimberley doing exactly that - knocking on doors with a big energetic team of 16 volunteers! Thanks for your concern Anna, but even your paid staff member and local Councillor who were out leafleting in Stapleford seemed impressed by the size of our canvassing team :-)
I am hearing from more and more local people who want to get involved in our campaign. If you'd like to join the team and get involved in any way, just drop me a line.
After pounding the streets all day today I'm spending my evening helping my 10 year old daughter with her homework on 'global warming' or, as I prefer to call it, 'climate change'. It's a subject very close to my heart, having worked at the Environment Agency for over 20 years, and one you will hear more about from me throughout my campaign.
Looking forward to a busy week coming up, including participating in tomorrow's Broxtowe In Europe debate in Beeston. Hope to see many of you there.
Whilst Anna Soubry was on Sky News this morning saying "Labour can't get people out to knock on doors", I was out in Chilwell and later in Kimberley doing exactly...