On 29thMarch 2019, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, on terms as yet not negotiated and with several questions such as the Irish border, the status of UK citizens resident in the EU and our membership of many European institutions still unclear.
The referendum was called in 2016 by the ruling Conservative Party in an attempt to stave off the challenge of UKIP and to unite a Tory Party divided by the question of our membership of the EU. The result of the referendum was narrow but clear. We are leaving the EU. The Labour Party has accepted the result of the referendum but has set out a programme designed to mitigate against the worst excesses of our departure.
But where is the voice of Kevin Hollinrake, the Member of Parliament for the Thirsk and Malton Constituency? Throughout the last General Election campaign he sat on the fence. It is imperative that he now uses the platform offered by this column so that we, his electorate, know where he stands on the major issues of Brexit and can hold him to account. Does he support Brexit or does he support a second referendum or no deal at all with the EU? We look forward to hearing his views.
Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party
Tel 01751 474043
The Labour Members of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber until we leave the European Union in 2019 are Richard Corbett, who is Leader of the Labour Group of MEPs, and Linda McAvan. They were elected in 2014 and have been very busy working in the EU on our behalf. You can find out a lot about what they have been doing on their websites.
Linda Mcavan MEP
Richard Corbett MEP
Richard has created an app “Doorstep EU” to assist in debunking Brexit propaganda with:
- Instant analysis of news headlines
- Straight answers to common questions
- Evidence-based tabloid myth rebuttals
- Detailed statistics about the EU’s impact on the UK
Doorstep EU, Android Download
Doorstep EU, iPhone Download
The European Parliamentary Labour Party website is here at Euro Labour
The other MEPs elected for Yorkshire and the Humber in 2014 were
- Timothy Kirkhope (Con)
- Amjad Bashir (UKIP) – defected to Tories Jan 2015
- Jane Collins (UKIP)
- Mike Hookem (UKIP)
This is the most important organizational event of the year with election of Officers and Exec, selection of Conference Delegates, Annual Reports, Review of the Constituency Plan and voting on any resolutions from yourselves.
This year we were lucky to have as our guest speaker Richard Corbett one of our elected Yorkshire Members of the European Parliament. Richard is currently Leader of the Labour Group and as it was, if Brexit isn’t stopped, our last chance to hear directly from the European Parliament made it a special and unrepeatable occasion.
Richard’s website can be found here.. https://www.richardcorbett.org.uk
All members were invited to attend and to make nominations for Officer and Exec positions and to put forward resolutions on policy, campaign or organizational issues.
2016 has been quite a year. A large portion of my work was focused on the EU referendum, but there were many other issues in both the European Parliament and here at home. You can read about some of them in my 2016 Annual Report here. Thank you for all your support in what was a difficult year. I would like to think 2017 could be a better political year, but with Trump etc, it feels like another roller coaster. We have two important by-elections coming up in Stoke and Copeland, so the fightback starts now.
With best wishes
Linda McAvan MEP
Yorkshire and the Humber