Thursday, 22 May 2014

Election Day

Thank you to everyone who has helped the East Midlands Labour campaign.

Today is Polling Day. Please remember to vote, and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to vote Labour today.

Every vote will make a difference. 

Find out more about Labour's plans to tackle the cost of living crisis here.
Labour's manifesto for the European elections is here.

Please tweet your support through the day #labourdoorstep #EP2014 #forthemany #IVotedLabourBecause...

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Campaign update blog

With just a few days to go until Election Day here's a quick update from the last few weeks.

Hundreds of Labour activists are busy campaigning across the East Midlands ahead of Thursday's elections. Thank you to everyone who is helping with our campaign. In recent weeks it has been good to join our campaign teams in Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, Lincoln, Erewash, Nottingham, Leicester, South Leicestershire, Buxton, Derby and Northampton.

We have also held local launch events for the final stages of our campaign. There is coverage of the events here from BBC Derby and the Leicester Mercury

Campaign launch in Northampton.
Campaign launch at Leicester's Clock Tower.
Photo: Will Johnston/ Leicester Mercury
Campaign launch in Nottingham.
On 28 April I joined local trade union officials and activists at the annual Workers Memorial Day event in Leicester's Town Hall Square. This is an important event and reminds us of the importance of effective health and safety laws and the need for those laws to be enforced.

It was good to join the annual Vaisakhi celebrations in Leicester including the wonderful Nagar Kirtan Parade. It was good to see so many people at the parade and celebrations at local Gurdwaras and to catch up with the Leicester Sikh Alliance and other local organisations. Many people have asked for my views on recent revelations regarding British Government and the massacre at the Amritsar Golden Temple in 1984. My view is that there should be an independent and judge-led inquiry carried out transparently, with key documents to be made public. A timetable for such an inquiry should be set out as quickly as possible.

Serving Langar with Jon Ashworth MP
at Guru Tegh Bahadur in Leicester.
It was also good to be at the annual Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton, which was again a brilliant celebration and showcase of local food producers. I have written before about my commitment, if elected, to champion the East Midlands' food and drink industry. 

With Matthew O'Callaghan at the Melton Mowbray
Artisan Cheese Fair.

Finally, with just a few days until Polling Day here's a blog for LabourList by European Parliamentary Labour Party Leader and my East Midlands colleague Glenis Willmott.

Thank you again to everyone who is supporting the Labour campaign for Thursday's elections. All your help and support is much appreciated.

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