Hundreds of Labour Party members from across Kirklees gathered in Huddersfield to discuss transformative ideas to shape the future of our district.
The event, which was the first of its kind in Kirklees, saw MPs, councillors, activists and campaigners of all ages work in collaboration to find long-term, sustainable solutions to enable our towns and villages to prosper.
Held at The Methodist Mission in Huddersfield on February 2nd, MPs Barry Sheerman, Tracy Brabin, Paula Sheriff, Thelma Walker and Lisa Nandy, and Kirklees Council leader Shabir Pandor were among those who attended along with hundreds of party members.
The ‘Kirklees Labour Vision’ event was organised by Kirklees Labour Party Local Campaign Forum as a way to engage ordinary members, facilitate discussions around policy and to inform drawing up the Labour Party manifesto for the 2019 local elections in Kirklees.
Ben Bradley, KLCF Communications Officer said: “Faced with the onslaught of ideological Tory cuts to local Government, Kirklees LCF wanted to empower members by giving them a say on local policy. This is hopefully the first of what will become an annual event for Kirklees Labour Party. We hope to grow the event to be able to engage with not just every Labour Party member within Kirklees, but the general public too. Today was a great day of ideas, we now need to turn those ideas into solid and successful policy.“
Throughout the day, members were asked to join a series of workshops on the topics of; ‘Education & Young People’, ‘Health & Social Care’, Environment & Climate Change’, ‘Democracy & Community’, ‘Economy, Neighbourhood & Transport’ and ‘Housing’.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council and keynote speaker said: “The event shows that we are united in providing solutions that will make a big difference for the many people who have been let down by this Tory Government”
Huddersfield MP, Barry Sheerman said: “It was a real pleasure to attend the Kirklees Labour Vision Event on Saturday morning alongside my fellow Kirklees MP’s. Kirklees Council Leader, Shabir Pandor hosted special guest Lisa Nandy and Preston Council Leader Matthew Brown, many passionate Party activists and our team of local Labour Councillors. Considering policy at the local level is an excellent means to engage our party activists and the input which each person had in contemplating how we can offer a substantial alternative to the broken policies of the Tories. I would like to thank every attendee and especially those who had a hand in organising the day and ensuring its success.”
Kirklees Local Campaign forum want to thank the sponsors of the event; The GMB Union, Unite the Union, Momentum Kirklees and the four constituency Labour Parties. A special thank you must also be given to Jo Lawson for providing a spectacular lunch