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The Broxbourne Labour Party has been shocked and saddened by the death of Councillor Malcolm Aitken who was leader of the Labour opposition on the council.  Malcolm had represented the residents of Waltham Cross for 14 years. 

Labour councillor Neil Harvey said to the Hertfordshire Mercury that his colleague's death came as a "devastating shock". He went on to say “Malcolm is Malcolm. He certainly stood up for what he believed in and that's the sort of man he was….he was a good leader and he would fight for people, not just in Waltham Cross but across the borough, if he saw injustice taking place. He will leave a big void."

A statement released by Broxbourne Council read: "We are all very sad to hear the news that Councillor Malcolm Aitken has passed away. He was a dedicated member of the council for over 14 years and served his community with great passion. He truly cared about his constituents and will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends at this difficult time."

The Broxbourne Labour Party would like to express our deepest condolences to Malcolm’s friends and family.

We resolve to carry on the work that he did so ably and with such commitment for so many years.

 

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to Malcolm Aitken

The Broxbourne Labour Party has been shocked and saddened by the death of Councillor Malcolm Aitken who was leader of the Labour opposition on the council.  Malcolm had represented the...

After a summer which has been challenging in many ways we can get stuck in to the business of providing a positive and robust alternative and opposition to the Conservatives.  All members old and new are welcome to celebrate the values we all share and to help make them work for the people of Broxbourne.   There will be a lot to discuss.

The meeting takes place at 7.30 pm at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt, EN8 9AA

Next Broxbourne All Members Meeting is on 29 September

After a summer which has been challenging in many ways we can get stuck in to the business of providing a positive and robust alternative and opposition to the Conservatives.  All members...

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...

“The EU Referendum has produced a 'leave' vote in most of my constituency

and of the country.

Politics are based on the principle of consent and we have to accept

that the popular will is for Britain to leave the European Union.

As an elected representative and on behalf of the Labour Party, I

respect the result and must commit to its outcome.

I am proud of the way Labour fought the Referendum campaign. United as a

party, I believe we told the truth and regret the outcome.

I do not believe Britain's independence or democracy were ever jeopardised.

I am concerned that the economic consequences of leaving the EU will

prove to be fact not fear. “

Message from Richard Howitt MEP to my constituents following the EU Referendum, 24 June 2016.

“The EU Referendum has produced a 'leave' vote in most of my constituency and of the country. Politics are based on the principle of consent and we have to accept... Read more

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It brings us jobs, growth and investment, protects British workers and consumers and helps keep us safe. Leaving would put that at risk and diminish Britain’s influence in the world.

  • Over three million British jobs are linked to our trade with the EU. And almost half of all British exports in good and services go to countries in the European Union.

  • Being in the EU gives working people vital protections such as paid holiday, parental leave, protection for agency workers and health and safety in the workplace.

  • Holidays, cars and the weekly shop are all cheaper because we’re in Europe. Leaving would result in a shock to Britain’s economy which would leave working people worse off.

  • Leaving the EU would hurt our economy – even the Leave campaign admit that this is the case. This would mean less money for our NHS and other vital public services.

 

Vote Remain on Thursday.

Broxbourne Labour believes that Britain is better off in Europe

It brings us jobs, growth and investment, protects British workers and consumers and helps keep us safe. Leaving would put that at risk and diminish Britain’s influence in the world....

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 I do not know if anyone compiles a global index of Hate, but if such a measure exists, my fear is that for a number of years now it has been steadily on the increase.  Hate is insidious, cultivated by injudicious words from people who should know better and is thriving, not just in war torn districts of the world (where Jo brought hope where there only was fear), but across the western world, most recently in America and now here in Britain too.  Hate has just claimed its latest victim, and just like the 49 in Orlando, this victim knew only Love.  But Love is how we must combat this cancer eating at the fabric of our society. 

In memory of Jo

   I do not know if anyone compiles a global index of Hate, but if such a measure exists, my fear is that for a number of years now it... Read more

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jo Cox. She had so much to offer to her constituents, the Labour Party and the country. A terrible day for anyone who believes in a civilised and tolerant society.

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A terrible day for the UK

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jo Cox. She had so much to offer to her constituents, the Labour Party and the country. A terrible day for...

The latest developments on which I can report are listed and explained below; they do not include the points made by Alex Mayer when she spoke at the CLP meeting on Thursday 26th.

 Kathy Condon and I participated in the Hertford EU Remain campaign’s stall on Saturday 21 May. The responses from the public ran the normal range from “we’re Out” through “we’re with you” to the (scarcely believable) “what’s this all about?” The experience of contributing to this leads us to the view that we should do the same in Hoddesdon and Waltham Cross at least once each.

Update on EU Referendum from Nick Bowen, 31 May 2016

The latest developments on which I can report are listed and explained below; they do not include the points made by Alex Mayer when she spoke at the CLP meeting... Read more

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