We’ve just found out that Canterbury’s electorate has massively increased since December 2016, and had one of the highest increases in registered voters in the whole of the UK with 10%!
Thank you to everyone who put in effort to increase voter registration, particularly to the student unions, Kent Union and Christ Church Student Union, and our student and youth membership, Kent Labour Students and Young Labour!
Those registrations are most likely to be young people – for which the Labour Manifesto with give the most amount of benefit for because we recognise they are the future of our great country.
This 10% can swing this election for the many, not the few. But this group is also the least likely to turn out on the day – so please encourage those who you know who are young people, students or first time voters, to get to a polling station tomorrow and cast their vote for their future by voting Labour!
#Rosie4MP #VoteLabour #ForTheMany
Today’s minute’s silence is again time to reflect on the sickening terrorist attacks inflicted on innocent people going about their everyday lives and enjoying time with friends and family in London last week. Our thoughts and prayers are once again with the victims and their families.
The Conservatives have cut 37,000 police and security staff since 2010. Kent alone has lost almost 600 officers and it has become very clear that we need a well-resourced and funded police front line police force to continue protecting our country.
Ian Pointon, Chairman of Kent Police Federation has said online,
“The Government has slashed spending on the police by 20% and told the public the frontline won’t be affected. In reality they don’t even understand what the frontline is – it is certainly far more than uniformed police officers on patrol as important as they are. A Government reassurance that cuts of this level can be found solely from the “back office” or through “efficiency savings” is at best poorly judged spin.”
Labour will protect our communities by recruiting thousands more front line staff into the police, fire, prison, intelligence and border agencies. Labour will stand up for safer communities. We will oppose Tory cuts to front-line officers, prioritise neighbourhood policing and bear down on crime and its causes.
This weekend is Pride Canterbury 2017, an inclusive and welcoming celebration of our LGBT+ community.
Speaking in 2012, Julian Brazier explained why he was voting against gay marriage by describing it as “a very radical measure which will undermine a treasured institution and could have unforeseen consequences”. He warned that “we shouldn’t allow an institution of this importance to be re-defined simply to meet a rights agenda“.
Julian Brazier’s record on voting against LGBT+ legislation speaks for itself, he has voted against:
- bring the age of consent amounts homosexual couples in line with heterosexual ones
- the removal of a ban on homosexual couples adopting children
- the right for homosexual couples to get married and divorce (see his voting record here)
So can you imagine how much more of a party this weekend will be if he’s unseated?
I’ll be there to stand shoulder to shoulder with those celebrating on the day, standing up to homophobia and transphobia and celebrating the diversity of our incredible constituency – and I hope you will be too.