Friday, 25 January 2008
Reselection of Richard Howitt MEP
Last night I attended the Management Committee of the Ipswich Labour Party, we had a a larger than normal attendance as we had the company of members from our neighbouring Labour Parties, Central Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal.
Richard was reselected unanimously- no surprise as he has been an outstanding MEP- I have been fortunate enough to have been campaigning with him in Rushmere and other parts of Ipswich, but it is not just as a campaigner that he shines - he is one of the few MEP's from any party that you hear about in the local and national media- he is passionate about Europe and the benefits it can bring the Eastern Region.
It will be great that at the next European election that we can send Richard back to Europe and manage to get a second or third labour MEP elected to serve with him.
The remainder of the meeting was run as a "Question time" with the panel made up of Chris Mole MP, and the Parliamentary candidates for Central Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal- Bhavna Joshi and David Rowe they were also joined by David Ellesmere the Leader of the Labour Group on the Ipswich Borough Council.
Topics discussed included: Faith schools, Trust schools, NHS, Political funding, Iraq, Police pay and Unitary Ipswich.
It was great to see so many members of the Party participating in a political debate, I was also impressed by the dedication of Labour members who have to live in Tory hot beds like Suffolk coastal but who do not lose their desire to help those in their community.