I had a great time down in Brighton at Labour Party Conference. I left feeling positive about our Party and inspired by our message for voters – that we can build a Stronger Future Together.
Labour is the party of working people. We are ambitious for Britain’s future. We want a country where everyone contributes to our national success.
In his brilliant speech, Keir Starmer focused on the things that matter to working people: improving the nation’s health, giving young people the skills they need for the future, confronting climate change head on, creating quality jobs and tackling crime.
The road ahead won’t be easy, but if we make the right choices, we can:
- Address the inequalities exposed by the pandemic
- Ensure opportunity in a world of work revolutionised by technology so everyone can fulfil their ambition and make a contribution to our country’s future
- Deliver modern public services that drive up standards in schools, hospitals, transport and the places we live and work
- Step up the focus on anti-social behaviour and funding the fight against crime
- Lead in the fight against climate change
- Find a new and powerful role for Britain in the world
Work, Care Equality, Security. These are the tools Labour will use in government to build a stronger future together.
I spent my time at conference catching up with the Manchester Gorton CLP delegates, our affiliated trade unions, the Labour Muslim Network, of which I am the Parliamentary chair, as well as friends and colleagues from across the Labour movement.
I was honoured to speak at the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice fringe to share the story of my family who died during the pandemic. It was moving to hear the stories of other family members and campaigners. After the event, I spoke to Sky News about why we need the COVID inquiry now.
I was also delighted to speak at the Labour Friends of Kashmir event, alongside colleagues Anas Sarwar, Stephen Kinnock, Shabana Mahmood, Cllr Yasmine Dar and others. We are committed to promoting peace and justice in Kashmir, which includes upholding international law and human rights.
Elsewhere I spoke to Oxfam and UNICEF about the importance of ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. I look forward to working with them both back in Parliament!
And last, but certainly not least, there could have been no #Lab21 without the hard work and support of all the security staff at the Brighton Centre and the Hilton Hotel. A pleasure to chat to you all!