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Richard Howitt, the East of England MEP and Labour spokesman on foreign affairs in the European Parliament will stand down from this role later in the year.  Richard is also the Socialist and Democrat Group human rights spokesperson and has been in the European Parliament for 22 years.

Richard will be taking up the role of chief executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), which links companies with society and the wider economy.

Richard has been a highly active and principled MEP who has worked hard for the people of the East of England as well as campaigning tirelessly for international human rights.  Many people in Broxbourne Labour have had the pleasure of meeting and being inspired by Richard when he has attended our meetings.  He will be greatly missed.

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Broxbourne Labour says thanks and best wishes for the future to Richard Howitt

Richard Howitt, the East of England MEP and Labour spokesman on foreign affairs in the European Parliament will stand down from this role later in the year.  Richard is also...

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The highlight of the Broxbourne All Members Meeting on 30 June was a talk by Andy Ross. Andy is a Labour Party CLP Parliamentary Spokesperson. Economist High Oak Enterprises, Fellow of the Academy of Social Science, Visiting Professor Loughborough and Visiting Research Fellow Leeds, Associate Lecturer Birkbeck, Patron of the Economics Network. Member of Council Academy of Social Science.  His most recent publication is “It’s The Economy, Stupid: Economics for Voters” which he co-wrote with Vicky Pryce and Peter Urwin.

Andy’s talk was entitled: “Brexit – our prospects”. Some of his key messages were:

  • That expert economists usually get the predictions right, despite what the media say, and they predicted short-term volatility and poor long-term growth if there were a Leave result.
  • The “shocks” to the economy so far have been even greater than after the 2008 credit crunch.
  • Uncertainty is bad for economies and there are already signs of decreased investment which will lead to decreased productivity.
  • Leave voters were likely to believe in a negative impact of immigrants economically. The truth is they actually fuel the economy, and increase wages by causing increased productivity. They increase services and decrease the ratio of national debt to GDP.

A number of issues were raised in a lively discussion and some of the points he made in response to questions were:

  • That Mark Carney won’t be able to raise interest rates and therefore pensions and annuities will be low.
  • There has been a huge increase in racist attacks. Racism and a recession are a dangerous combination.
  • That Labour should reverse austerity and that most economists disagree with austerity.
  • A National Investment Bank would also be a good idea.

Brexit- our prospects

The highlight of the Broxbourne All Members Meeting on 30 June was a talk by Andy Ross. Andy is a Labour Party CLP Parliamentary Spokesperson. Economist High Oak Enterprises, Fellow...

The next Broxbourne All Members meeting will be at 1930 on 30 June.  The venue will be Hoddesdon Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR.

The highlight will be a talk by professor of economics Andy Ross, who lives in Ware, and who will give his views about the effects of Brexit. There will be plenty of time for questions. We will also discuss the May local election results and the implications for the Herts County Council elections next year.

There is a lot to talk about and discuss and all members are very welcome.

Next Broxbourne Labour Meeting is on 30 June

The next Broxbourne All Members meeting will be at 1930 on 30 June.  The venue will be Hoddesdon Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR. The highlight will be a...

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