Ilford Recorder Column September 2010

The House of Commons returned this week after its six week summer recess.  I  spent most of the recess in Ilford . My offices in the constituency and at Westminster continued to deal with constituents problems and casework throughout the summer.  I have  attended several  constituency engagements and local events in the last month.   I spoke to  local Rotary clubs at Fairlop waters. I  attended the installation of Rev Marie Segal at St Andrews Church;  the Chamber of Commerce Business breakfast at Mc Donalds;  Indian Independence Day celebrations at the Punjabi centre; a special association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Womens memorial  service at East Ham;  the launch of the very welcome Redbridge Food Bank at the Kings Church. Last Saturday morning I spoke at  the tenth birthday anniversary breakfast of the Liberty Christian connections at Clarks Road  and on Sunday I walked with and addressed the Sikh Nagar Kirtan procession from Barking Gurdwara to Seven Kings  Gurdwara ,  and also attended the Goodmayes Allotment Festival. Last Saturday I spoke  a big “Tamils for Labour” meeting at Westminster alongside  Shadow Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Labour Members of Parliament, individual party members and supporters in  affiliated trade unions are voting to elect our new party leader. Britain urgently needs a  Labour Party with a strong leader.  Labour is not just electing  a leader of the Opposition but also the next Labour Prime Minister.  Millions depend on us to choose someone who can stand up to the right wing Conservative/Lib Dem government in Parliament and outside and  win again soon, whether in a few months with the collapse of the coalition or in 5 years time. I see all five candidates at close hand in Parliament.   On the basis of his experience, intelligence and ability I have nominated David Miliband to be our Leader.  I am pleased that the special Ilford South Labour members meeting held in July also voted overwhelmingly to nominate David Miliband. The result will be announced at our Conference in Manchester on September 25th.


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