Labour leader and senior MPs embark on summer ‘tour’
Jeremy Corbyn and his senior MPs are going on tour. In a series of ‘Labour Roots’ events, they will meet activists and members of the public around the UK in what is envisaged to be a rolling and continuing programme to give the public the chance to raise issues, discuss ideas and influence policy – as well as provide new ways to take the message out to their communities.
Labour’s press release describes it:
Labour Roots is a rolling series of exciting, open events bringing together activists and the public with Jeremy Corbyn and members of the shadow cabinet.
Imagine a celebration of Labour politics built by our communities. Imagine discussing big ideas, radical policies and new forms of organising, with a large rally and social in the evening – mixing politics with music and forging new friendships and connections. Imagine local people, community groups, party members and trade unions working together to build a new kind of politics.
Labour Roots is going to break down the barriers between the public and their representatives.
An inaugural series of events in Leeds on 1 June kicks off the tour, with other dates already announced as follows:
- Cornwall – 27 July
- Bolton – 17 August
- Hastings – 19 October
- Wallsend – 23 November
- Birkenhead – 14 December
Links to register an interest in each event are available here.
The Leeds event will consist of 2pm gatherings in:
- Harehills with Diane Abbott MP and Richard Burgon MP on the topic of racism and how to take on the far right
- Leeds Central with Barry Gardiner alongside activists and experts to discuss Labour’s plans for a Green Industrial Revolution
- Pudsey with Angela Rayner and parliamentary candidate Jayne Aitchison, together with campaign groups and local people, to talk about the government’s attacks on public services
Attendees will also have access to the Great Big Rally in Leeds City Centre, with speeches by Jeremy Corbyn and shadow cabinet members including Angela Rayner, Barry Gardiner, Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon, plus local parliamentary candidate Jane Aitchison, Chris Peace from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and live music from Ferocious Dog, Duncan Evans and others.
As usual, Labour is the only party with not only the confidence to meet the people but to engage with them to discuss the issues that really matter to them – and give them the chance to feed into Labour’s already strong policies to repair the damage done to the country by years of Tory abuse and mismanagement.
Labour is living up to its pledge to be a party ‘for the many, not the few’.
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