My week ahead, 22 – 28 February 2016

Wednesday 24 February – 6pm, Ipswich Borough Full Council meeting

So the date has been set for the EU referendum and the 23 June will be a lovely time a year to celebrate the anniversary of when we voted for our freedom. But what a mess Jeremy Corbyn has made of it. After spending his entire political career being against the EU, on becoming Labour leader, he did a Kinnock and now claims it’s in our interests to remain. Probably after seeing the pay packet he’ll get from the EU after being sidelined there after a catastrophic election defeat. A lot in the Labour Party would like to claim that they are united on this but they are not. Labour MP’s Kate Hoey, Graham Stringer, Kelvin Hopkins, Khalid Mahmood, Roger Godsiff, Ronnie Campbell and Frank Field all want to leave the EU and Labour Leave make some very good points on their website here.

An incoming Labour government in 2020 will not be able to implement its programme for reform due to EU restrictions. This is because successive British governments have handed over power and influence to unaccountable EU institutions and remote officials without the consent of the British public.

The Labour is party rooted in democratic traditions. Its history is based on the struggles of working people striving to achieve better standards for the common good. The European Union has become an anti-democratic and anti-socialist institution, it is completely at odds with the policies of the Labour Party and is standing in the way of the ambitions of the leadership of the Labour Party.

Labour Leave fully supports the pledge made by Jeremy Corbyn during the Labour Leadership campaign that the Labour Party should debate its position towards our membership of the EU at a Special Conference of the Party. We strongly urge the Labour Leadership to fulfil this pledge.

So the divisions still remain in the Labour Party and the Corbynites are accusing members who want to leave the EU of being Red Tories and are no doubt planning on getting them deselected.

What of the Conservatives? I am proud to be a member of a party where it’s members are allowed to stand up for what they believe is best for our country. Where Labour always put the Labour Party first, Conservatives always put Britain first. It is in Britain’s interests for us to leave the EU and I shall be campaigning with Vote Leave.

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