Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

National Policy Forum - Bristol 28th February

Tomorrow the National Policy Forum will meet in Bristol.

The European, county council and mayoral elections on June 4 are important in their own right and as a curtain raiser for the general election.

Labour’s campaign will:

•    Focus on how Labour’s team in Europe, Westminster and in council chambers will work together to deliver real help for people now and real hope for the future.

•    Highlight  the issues voters care about most - jobs and the economy;
peaceful communities and tackling crime; and protecting the environment.

•    Tackle the British National Party threat, particularly in those areas where the BNP have come second in the last elections and by elections – by mobilising Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, faith groups, young people and all those who oppose racism and hate the poison of the BNP.

Our campaign will see all of Labour’s team - party members, councillors, trade unionists, MEPs, MPs and Ministers -  all working together, all fighting  for Britain’s future.

There will be one integrated campaign with one over-arching message, providing for local perspectives and local illustrations of that message.

In these tough times, there is a clear choice between Labour’s competence and values of fairness, decency and solidarity and the Tories’ “do nothing” indifference and callous cuts. They are out of touch and reverting to type with their uncaring values and laissez- faire economics. They are out of step with the rest of the world and out of touch with the voters at home.

Because of the voting system for the European Parliament, every vote counts every where in this election – whether in areas of strong or less Labour support – to see off the toxic threat of the BNP.

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