Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Blog: campaign update

It has been another busy week on the campaign. Party members across the region are still voting and I want to thank everyone who has supported me in the ballot, and thank you again to my hard-working campaign team for all their efforts, enthusiasm and support.

Last week I attended a discussion on the European campaign organised by St Anns Branch in Nottingham East and a hustings event at Erewash CLP. It was also good to be at the AGM of Leicester South CLP.

On Friday I spoke about my campaign at the AGM of Retford Branch in Bassetlaw. On Saturday I was at a meeting with Glenis Willmott MEP, fellow candidates and representatives from CLPs across the region to discuss our campaign strategy for next year's elections. It was interesting to hear campaign ideas from across the region.

Yesterday evening I was at South Leicestershire CLP with my good friend Willy Bach discussing how we build a positive future for young people. I have made youth unemployment the top issue in my MEP campaign and we need to see more investment for apprenticeships, training programmes and skills development. I have supported the European Youth Guarantee for jobs and spoke at the European Socialists Conference held in Nottingham last November.

Earlier this week I attended the meeting of Labour's National Policy Forum Britain's Global Role Commission along with MEPs Glenis Willmott and Richard Howitt and shadow ministers Emma Reynolds, Gemma Doyle and Jim Murphy. We discussed a range of foreign policy issues, including Europe, ahead of this weekend's National Policy Forum meeting.
As a rep for the East Midlands on the National Policy Forum I am always keen to hear from members on policy issues, please contact me here or submit your ideas via the Your Britain website.

LGBT Labour have sent a questionnaire to all MEP candidates and my response can be read here. I have always supported equality for LGBT people and will do so as an MEP.

This week UNISON are holding their annual conference, I am proud to have the UNISON's endorsement and support in the MEP candidate ballot.

Again, thank you to everyone who has supported me in the ballot. If you have not voted yet please consider supporting me with your first preference vote.

Vote RORY PALMER as your FIRST preference.
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