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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

The meeting is being held at Wolsey Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt EN8 9AA and starts at 7.30pm.  There will be a short AGM followed by the member's meeting.  All members are welcome.

The next Broxbourne Labour Meeting is on 26 May

The meeting is being held at Wolsey Hall, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt EN8 9AA and starts at 7.30pm.  There will be a short AGM followed by the member's meeting.  All members are...

Broxbourne Labour Leader Malcolm Aitken won the seat at the local election on 5 May with 55% of the vote. This was an increase in the Waltham Cross Labour vote from the 42% achieved in 2015.

Malcolm told the Hertfordshire Mercury:

"Everything on the Broxbourne Labour front is on the way up," he told the Mercury following his victory.  We have some strong candidates going forward and no doubt in two years time we will be in a position to take some seats off the Tories.

I would like to thank the people of Waltham Cross for coming out and giving me their support.

Of course to win an election with an increased vote you must have a good team behind you and we have the best team in Broxbourne we have ever had.  The Labour party in Broxbourne is going from strength to strength."

There was also an increase in the Labour share of the vote elsewhere in the Borough.  Selina Norgrove got 28% of the vote in Rosedale and Bury Green; up from 20% in 2015.  Ian Dust received 28% of the vote in Cheshunt South and Theobalds;  up from 26% in 2015.   

Malcolm Aitken holds Waltham Cross with an increased share of the vote

Broxbourne Labour Leader Malcolm Aitken won the seat at the local election on 5 May with 55% of the vote. This was an increase in the Waltham Cross Labour vote...

Ian Dust, Labour Candidate for Cheshunt South & Theobalds says:

“If elected, I will challenge the ruling Tory group to deliver improvements for all residents in the borough”

He pledges:

  • Better GP services in the borough
  • Homes our children can afford to live in
  • Improved parking for local shops
  • New safe cycling routes and facilities
  • A borough to be proud of

You can get in touch with Ian on: 01992 627758 or i.dust@internet.com

Vote for Ian on 5 May.   

Vote Ian Dust for Cheshunt South and Theobalds

Ian Dust, Labour Candidate for Cheshunt South & Theobalds says: “If elected, I will challenge the ruling Tory group to deliver improvements for all residents in the borough” He pledges:... Read more

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