Yesterday I arrived back in Manchester following the Labour Party’s annual conference, where Labour set out our vision for rebuilding Britain for the many, not the few. Over the last few days, radical new policies have been announced that will put investment back into towns and communities to make them thrive once again.
My time at conference started with a Shadow Home Team briefing, where we discussed key policy announcements and the important work that lies ahead for Labour’s future in government. Following this, I spoke on Refugee Tales’ panel on the Tory government’s disgraceful hostile environment approach to immigration. Labour are committed to ending indefinite detention and immediately halting the hostile environment policy that has created the climate for the Windrush scandal, and I was therefore glad that conference passed a motion in support of the Windrush generation.
I also managed to catch up with many of the important organisations and campaigns that I was invited to visit by my constituents. I spoke to Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, The Children’s Society and many others to learn more about the work they do and what more can be done to tackle these issues in Manchester Gorton.
I was glad to take time to catch up with the Manchester Gorton delegates and hear about how they found the conference experience.
On the Tuesday of conference, I was pleased to be invited to speak at two fringe events in my role as Shadow Immigration Minister. We discussed dismantling the Government’s hostile environment policy and refocusing policy to respect immigrants and the huge contribution they make to our society. I was then lucky enough to be in the conference hall for Diane Abbott’s speech, during which she reiterated Labour’s commitment to achieving justice for the Windrush generation and putting an end to Home Office immigration targets.
Finally, conference was rounded off by Jeremy Corbyn’s fantastic speech and his announcement that a Labour government would provide 30 hours of free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, recognise the state of Palestine and put another 10,000 police officers back on the streets. Years of Tory austerity and privatisation have left our country in crisis, and only Labour can rebuild our public services, economy and communities in the interests of the many and not just the privileged few.