Newly-elected Labour MPs say fight cuts and austerity, no return to ‘New Labour’

May 16, 2015 at 9:48 am (democracy, elections, labour party, left, posted by JD)

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Open letter from newly-elected MPs, first published at LabourList

Having arrived in Westminster as newly-elected Labour MPs after speaking to tens of thousands of voters during our election campaigns, we know how important it is for the future of our Party to move forward with an agenda that best serves the everyday needs of people, families and communities and that is prepared to challenge the notion of austerity and invest in public services.

Labour must now reach out to the five million voters lost since 1997, and those who moved away from Labour in Scotland and elsewhere on 7 May, renewing their hope that politics does matter and Labour is on their side.

As we seek a new leader of the Labour Party, we are needing one who looks forward and will challenge an agenda of cuts, take on the powerful vested interests of big business and will set out an alternative to austerity – not one who will draw back to the ‘New Labour’ creed of the past.

Now is the time Labour needs a leader who’s in tune with the collective aspiration of ordinary people and communities across Britain, meeting the need for secure employment paying decent wages, homes that people can call their own, strong public services back in public hands again and the guarantee of a real apprenticeship or university course with a job at the end of it. From restoring Sure Start to providing dignity and a good standard of living in retirement, these are the aspirations key to real Labour values today and will re-engage people across our country in the years to come.

We look forward to engaging in the debate surrounding the Labour leadership in the weeks ahead to secure our Party as being best able to meet the challenges faced by ordinary people at this time.

SIGNED:

Richard Burgon (Leeds East)

Louise Haigh (Sheffield Heeley)

Harry Harpham (Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough)

Imran Hussain (Bradford East)

Clive Lewis (Norwich South)

Rebecca Long Bailey (Salford and Eccles)

Rachael Maskell (York Central)

Kate Osamor (Edmonton)

Cat Smith (Lancaster and Fleetwood)

Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central)

10 Comments

  1. finbar said,

    Won!t be a pit head miner their then.What,are we up the Dales,way Collarige and Wordsworth,eating majic mushrooms,climbing up rocks and jumping of for inspiration.

  2. ted edwards said,

    Great comments that I am sure no one on here would disagree with. But life as made me so cynical that I have recorded the names of these MPs so I can monitor their actions over the next five years and to see whether they stand by these values until the next election.
    My God its going to be a long five years.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      Probably more like twenty years.

  3. Helen Maya said,

    Labour needs to wake up to the seismic changes happening, join with others to form a new party for Independence for the North of England as a counter to Ukip, put there by the Tories to split the Labour vote. This new party to work with Scotland as a buffer to the new City State of London, formed in the eighties by Thatcher and carried on by New Labour. The super rich now own London and will always control it with their puppets, it is lost to the rest of the country.The only way to achieve real equality in this country is to form this new party, everything else will always fail. Without a new vision to capture hearts and minds the left will wither on the vine.

    • caseypurvis said,

      YOU’RE GOING TO TELL ME WHERE THAT MONEY TREE SO WE CAN START SPENDING RITE AWAY.
      MORONS

      • Steven Johnston said,

        If we knew where it was, we’d use the money from it to complete your education. Rite comrades?

      • caseypurvis said,

        MY 135 SAYS I AM SMARTER THAN YOU. MY 50 YEARS OF ENGR SAYS I CAN BUILD YOUR CAR WITH MY OWN HANDS.
        WHAT CAN YOU DO BESIDES RUN YOUR MOUTH

  4. Steven Johnston said,

    You mean a labour party mark 2?
    Then they can avoid the mistakes of the first party! What a brilliant idea…all they have to do is get elected and avoid pandering to the super rich? Any suggestions as to how.
    My first request would be for them to raise the minimuim wage to £16 an hour, then my wife can stay at home. Raise it to £32 an hour and I can join her for 1/2 the week.
    Let’s see how the super rich like that!

  5. John Welsh said,

    It turns out that all these signatories are backed by UNITE… Piper, tune etc

  6. Steven Johnston said,

    How did TUSC do in the elections? They are a labour party mk2.
    Let’s not forget Scargills’ Socialist Labour party, what ever happened to them?

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