To the Gazette and Herald

28thAugust 2019,

Sir,

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.

Alan Avery

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Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party
Tel 01751 474043
avery_uk@yahoo.com

 

AGM Elects Officers for 2018/19

This year’s AGM was a great success. Starting with a riveting and highly instructive talk on the Brexit fiasco by Richard Corbett, our MEP, followed by in depth discussion with many members getting involved. The meeting adopted a Constitution and Plan and most Officer and Co-ordinator positions were filled.

Lindsay Dade, Helen Harrop and Julia Chapman did not stand for re-election. Many thanks to both for all their work since the 2017 AGM, a period during which the Party came on by leaps and bounds. We are delighted to welcome new officers Bryan Barrett from Malton and Norton Branch and Guy Cooper from Vale of York Branch.

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We still need the following :- Campaign Organiser, Youth Co-ordinator, Trade Union Liaison Co-ordinator and to meet the Party’s gender balance requirements all need to be women.

Please mail mick.johnston@thirskandmaltonlabour.com if you are interested in any of these.

Alan Avery attends the 2017 Manifesto launch

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Alan Avery attended the launch in Bradford of the Labour Party’s Manifesto for the 2017 General Election. It was a priveledge to get into the launch an we were lucky to get near the front for a ring side seat as Jeremy Corbyn presented the final Manifesto to the  packed atrium at Bradford University. The atmosphere was one of noisy excitement and huge enthusiasm from the party members in the hall and members of the public thronging the balconies. With Alan was Luke Charteris-Reid candidate for York Outer.