On the Up!

We were privileged to welcome North West Member of the European Parliament Afzhal Khan to our monthly meeting last week, as figures were revealed that show an unprecedented upturn in Labour Party membership in Southport.

 IMG_0103_(320x237).jpgActive support for the Constituency Labour Party in Southport has more than tripled since the May 2015 General Election and the CLP now has over 900 registered members, affiliates and supporters.


In fact so many new members are attending the monthly meetings at Birkdale Labour Club (see photo of latest meeting) that they now have to be held in the main entertainment area of Birkdale labour Club, which can accommodate up to 150 people.


The latest to address the burgeoning CLP membership was North West Labour MEP and ex-Lord Mayor of Manchester, Afzhal Khan CBE, on Friday 9th October. Many other keynote speakers are already booked to appear at these meetings over the coming months.    


Meols has recently established its own Ward Committee, with regular meetings held at Crossens Community Centre. Birkdale already has an established Ward Committee and holds regular meetings and several of Southport’s other wards are actively setting up their own structure.


One of the key issues currently under discussion is the Tory government’s decision to make it more difficult for young and first-time voters to register. Previously, the ‘Head of the Household’ was responsible for returning the required information of everyone eligible to vote at a particular address – but now each individual must register individually by completing a form, which fortunately can also be done on line.  


Anyone who needs help or advice on registering to vote, no matter which party you wish to vote for, please contact Southport Labour Party or www.aboutmyvote.co.uk


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commented 2015-10-20 12:04:30 +0100
I am abit worried about this ’our MEP, stance – not of course in this case only, but in all of them. No-one actually seems to vote for an MEP; in the (in my opinion) undemocratic method of the EU the names are generated by machine politics and manoevering within parties all over Europe, so none of them are likely to take an in independent position. The same sems to go for Commisioners like the Kinnock family and Mandelson.

The arguments against the EU are legion: as an international bureaucracy it is dominated by the global hedge-fund community in the form of the ‘Troika’ which is entirely outside the EU constitutional and treaty arran gements we agreed to, and which generates the austerity-policies we oppose, and asset-strips countries as if they were comjpanies – Greece being an example, led by a pocket-lining oligaqrchy into unsustainable debts via accounts fixed by Goldman Sachs bankers. Now valuable sites there (like the airport) are going into private pockets for a song; pensions, wages, social welfare, schooling. the health service are wrecked in typical IMF devised debt recovery, which inflicts the poor without actually paying debts – because of course this vandalism is the price of’debt relief’ funding that goes (most of it) straight to the banks, that are being privatised – and so straight to the very wealthy! Which shows the futility of the protection offered by the much-trumpeted ‘social chapter’ protection. We saw in Italy the democratic government replaced by a former GSachs banker, we see referendums that don’t go the way the EU bureaucracy wants overthrown and reversed (Denmark, Ireland) and national policies circumvented bit by bit by amendments and changes. The Euro is a room with no exit door, and so has laid waste Southern Europe by imposing internal devaluation as a result of exchange-rate inflexibility (Poland, relatively prosperous, kept its own money of course). If you lose control of your money, and of your budget under euro -rules you have lost sovereignty. And that raises a big issue mostly dodged: because in a democracy the sovereignty that is then undermined is the sovereignty of us the People.

Mike Parsons

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