Letter from Richard Corbett MEP

Dear All,

As you know, European elections will be contested on 23 May. They matter.

  • For however long we’re there, it’s important that Britain has good representatives to defend the interests of our constituents. 
  • This election is shaping up to be a battle for first place between Labour and Nigel Farage’s so-called “Brexit party” (which is not a party with members, but a private limited company set up by Farage that is refusing to reveal its sources of finance).  We cannot let a shady outfit of neo-liberals and racists win a nationwide election!
  • A strong contingent of Labour MEPs could make the Socialist Group the largest one in the European Parliament at a crucial time and just as it elects the next President of the European Commission.
  • Brexit itself will be an issue and we must underline that Labour opposes the bad deal the Tory government has negotiated and believes that if the government is so confident that it is a good deal, it “should not be afraid to put that deal to the public” (to quote our manifesto).  Brexit is turning out to be very different from what the Leave campaign promised and it is only right that the public have an opportunity to confirm that they want to go ahead with it – or not.

Richard Corbett

The Greens, LibDems and Change-UK are all seeking to take votes from Labour arguing that they are more clearly committed to stopping Brexit than we are. They know that, even in so-called “Leave” areas, most Labour voters are “Remainers”, and that public opinion is anyway shifting against Brexit. They already had some success with this in the local elections. But in reality, even with proportional representation, in a 6 member constituency like Yorkshire & Humber, the threshold for getting a single seat is too high for them to easily get one – meaning such votes are wasted in terms of seats and any voters switching from us to them would serve only to reduce Labour’s vote and risk giving an extra seat to the Brexit party.

As to the Tories, they own the Brexit shambles. Their incompetence, their divisions and their inability to deliver anything viable have made a bad situation worse. Meanwhile, the country’s critical problems – austerity, the state of the NHS, housing, crime, crumbling infrastructure, and much else, are neglected.

Labour has a good team of candidates. The list is:
– Richard Corbett 
– Eloise Todd
– Jawad Khan
– Jayne Allport
– Martin Mayer
– Alison Hume

Many of you will know that my colleague Linda McAvan has decided to stand down after many years of exemplary service as a hard working and respected MEP for our region. She will be much missed, but will be supporting us strongly.

You will receive an email from the regional party later today with further information about the election campaign, including details about free campaign leaflets and other materials available for your CLP.  

I look forward to joining you on the campaign trail!

Richard

Richard Corbett MEP

Meet the candidate – Dave Yellen

Labour party candidate David Yellen will be available at the Moorside Room Kirkbymoorside on Wednesday 24th at 19:00 for a “meet your candidate” opportunity.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from David about his vision for Ryedale and question him about labour policy on everything from housing, transport and fracking.

For a councillor who will stand up for you and your community, find out more at www.thirskandmaltonlabour.uk/dave-yellen

Campaigning for Ryedale

Labour Fights Fracking – Jack Ashton

Jack Ashton, Labour’s Candidate for Malton Ward writes “Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing not only our nation, but the entire world.

The work that Frack Free United is doing must be applauded and we must seize this opportunity to continue the fight here. As a Labour candidate I am proud to fight fracking, a needless and polluting venture.”

“Since becoming a father, the environment has become all the more important to me. It means growing up in good health for my daughter now and the inheritance of a sustainable world for her future.

The area I grew up in was one of farming, tourism and countryside. I want to offer my daughter the same opportunities I had.”

Read more about Frack Free United here: Frack Free Press Release

Kirkbymoorside Campaign for Dave Yellen

We had a ​positive start to campaigning Ryedale today with Labour’s Candidate for Kirkbymoorside, Dave Yellen. Come and join us on Monday at 11.45am and again at 5.45pm outside the Kings Head for more of the same.

Read about Dave and all our other Ryedale candidates here at our Ryedale Candidates page

You can reach out to Nick Holroyd for more information or to volunteer by contacting Nick Holroyd

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