Sunday, 13 March 2016
My week ahead, 14 - 19 March 2016
Monday 14 March – 3pm, Visit to Ipswich Gymnastics Centre
4pm, Culture Portfolio briefing
6pm, Labour Group campaigning
Tuesday 15 March – 5pm, Early Warning Group
Thursday 17 March – 6pm North East Ipswich Partnership Working Group
7pm – North East Ipswich Area Committee
Saturday 19 March – 10am, Labour campaigning in North West Ipswich
We are now into dual campaign mode, with important local elections in May followed by even more important referendum on our continued membership of the EU.
There is no doubt in my mind the result in June will be close – and I wonder if Cameron made a serious error in not supporting the introduction of voting at 16. Like Cameron (and Gummer) I strongly believe we should remain as part of the EU and would have added Boris Johnson to those keen on staying in the EU before he put his own leadership aspirations ahead of the future of this country.
Cameron like many Tories knows that letting 16 and 17 year olds may hurt the Tories in future elections so like Johnson, Cameron may have put the selfish interests of his party ahead of the country.
Must be strange when the local Tories are out campaigning with Ben Gummer on his occasional visits to Ipswich, do they even ask about Europe? Do they have separate ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ leaflets?
I also hope our own national Labour leadership starts to campaign harder to remain in the EU, so far we have heard little from Corbyn and even less from John McDonnell. The only positive campaign so far to ‘remain’ in the EU has been led by former Labour Ministers whilst the likes of Livingstone and others from the left have been more interested in internal party politics.
The Tory/Cameron ‘remain’ campaign seems to be based on a ‘fear’ factor whilst the ‘leave’ groups is also confused with internal bickering and seems to have no concrete plans for what we would do in this country once we have left Europe – ( though Johnson and Howard attempted to say a vote to leave could actually mean we do not leave but just try and get a better deal).
So it is the Labour Party that must be the team that tells voters the positive reasons to stay in the EU.