Jeremy Corbyn

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**MUSICAL INTERLUDE**

No wonder Mr Anderson is angry, so would you be if you had his dentist.

I wish I could stop watching TOTP 1988 on BBC Four. I was watching it last night and watched Angry Anderson perform his one and only hit, propelled by the popularity of an Australian soap opera.

I always had the subtitles on when watching classic Top of the Pops, so that I can enjoy the lyrics being sung. I usually end up catching on to one particular line from a song and correlating it to my own life. I don’t know why I am admitting this, but I am. Last night, I found myself  wishing that somebody would read my Open Letter and “suddenly see me, just the way I am”.

It was with this profound thought that I finally fell to sleep, but not before I found out who was keeping Anderson off the top spot. Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan were at number 2 with Especially For You but I should never have stayed up to see who was on top of the charts. As soon as Caron Keating announced that week’s biggest seller I began to grab for my remote to switch the TV off. Unfortunately, my fumble fingers are too slow to react so I had to endure thirty seconds of the awful earworm that is Mistletoe and Wine by Cliff Richard.

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I know this was back in 1988, but my worry is that I have never trusted the British public whatsoever as I always seem to disagree with their opinions. This is particularly concerning ahead of the most important General Election in a generation.

It is difficult to gauge what exactly is going to happen on Thursday, as it is impossible to trust the nonsense that is being peddled by the mass media. I am preparing myself for the worse possible scenario, but at the same time I have faith and belief in Jeremy Corbyn and his Cabinet.

I am growing ever more anxious as we edge ever closer to the General Election. I am doing all I can to get the Labour message out there, but due to my disability this is largely confined to sharing stories on my blog and social media. I have also got Labour posters in my window. This would have more of an impact if I didn’t live on a cul-de-sac, but it is a bit late in the day to be moving house to a more prime location. If I could do more, I would, but circumstances dictate.

My friends and neighbours who receive Xmas cards before Thursday will be reminded on the envelope to Vote Labour while I am also giving a poetry reading at Glyndwr University on Tuesday, dressed in a Vote Labour t-shirt. Every little helps…

#VoteLabour2019 #JC4PM2019

 

#GE2019: Jeremy Corbyn pledges to end the ‘shameful’ Tory treatment of disabled people #VoteLabour2019

The following article was taken from Welfare Weekly, which can be accessed by clicking here. I have also used the main picture used in Welfare Weekly, which is credited to Knox O (Wasi Daniju) via photopin cc

This article concerns the new Disabled Manifesto released by the Labour Party. They are the only party to have produced such a Manifesto dedicated to those that have suffered greatly as a result of Tory austerity. The actual Manifesto can be read in a multitude of forms by clicking on this link. 

#VoteLabour2019 #JC4PM2019 #ChangeIsComing

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The Labour Party has today (Tuesday) launched its manifesto for disabled people, titled ‘Breaking Down Barriers’, which lists ways the party hopes to tackle the discrimination and cruel treatment faced by disabled people and their families.

The pledge comes after a UN report accused the Tory Government of “systematic violations” of the rights of disabled people, and slammed benefit cuts for driving disabled people and their families “to breaking point”.

According to Labour, poverty in families where someone is disabled has risen by over a million since 2010 and almost half of all working age adults living in poverty live in a family that includes a disabled adult or child.

Labour has pledged to end “the scandal of disabled poverty” through measures designed to alleviate poverty and destitution and allow them to live independent lives.

Labour’s manifesto for disabled people includes pledges to:

  • Make sure a disabled child on Universal Credit (UC) receives the same amount as a disabled child on Child Tax Credits.
    • Currently a disabled child on UC receives less than half the basic addition for disabled children in Child Tax Credits to help parents cover the additional costs of having a disability – £1,513 a year, compared with £3,355 a year under Child Tax. The difference is currently £1,842 a year, or £154 a month, or £35 a week.
  • Introduce a self-care element into UC to support severely disabled people without a formal carer – the equivalent of the Severe Disability Premium. Currently, severely disabled people without a carer are worse off on UC than both those on legacy benefits and those on UC who do have a carer.
  • Increase Employment and Support Allowance by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group.
  • Increase Carer’s Allowance to the level of the Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Abolish the punitive sanctions regime, immediately suspending all sanctions and scrap the dehumanising Work Capability Assessment and Personal Independence Payment assessment which are unfit for purpose.

According to Labour, these reforms will cost around £2.6 billion by 2023-24 and are accounted for in Labour’s Grey Book ‘Funding Real Change’.

Labour has also committed to halving the disability employment gap, invest in specialist education for disabled people, tackle the rising level of disability hate crime and ensure that victims have access to justice, break down barriers to disabled people in transport, give British Sign Language full legal recognition ,and reinstate the Access to Elected Office fund to enable disabled people to run for elected office.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “The treatment of disabled people by Conservative and Lib Dem governments, from devastating cuts to social security support, to cruel and unnecessary assessments, and a complete failure to address the disability employment gap, should be a source of shame.

“Labour will put right this injustice. We’ll ensure that disabled people get the support they need to lead independent lives and participate fully in society. We are on your side.

“This election is a chance for real change, for a more inclusive, fair and equal society that works for the many, not the few.”

Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, said: “I have heard from disabled people all over the country who are angry at how they have been treated by Conservative-led governments and passionate about working with Labour to transform how government approaches disability rights.

“I am proud that Labour is the only party with a manifesto developed by and for disabled people, according to our principle of ‘nothing about you without you’. Labour in government will embody that principle, empowering disabled people and enhancing our voices.

“Breaking Down Barriers takes us beyond what we’ve previously committed, and sets out how we’ll radically shift our approach to ensure the economic, social and structural barriers faced by disabled people are addressed. It’s time for real change.”

#GE2019: Standing Up for Wales

The following email is from Mark Drakeford to Welsh Labour members.  I wanted to share it here to show why I believe in this Party and have faith in them to deliver a brighter tomorrow for everyone in Wales.  They will also be in a stronger position to do this if they are able to work with a Labour Party in Westminster.

#VoteLabour2019 #JC4PM2019 #ChangeIsComing

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On Monday I unveiled our Welsh Labour manifesto. It is a bold plan for how the Welsh Labour Government will work side-by-side with a UK Labour Government, led by Jeremy Corbyn. It’s a plan that will deliver for each and every community across Wales. But we need your help on the doorstep to make sure we can deliver it.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve shown what our people-powered campaign can do. Thousands of Welsh Labour members have been pounding the streets of towns, villages and cities spreading our positive vision for Wales’ prosperous future under a UK Labour Government.

Unlike the Tories who rely on their big donors, our campaign is funded by the generosity of hundreds of thousands of individual people who want to bring about real change.

Our Welsh Labour manifesto works hand in hand with the UK Manifesto in helping us deliver for Wales like never before, including:

  • £3.4bn extra, each year to invest in schools, the NHS and local government.
  • A green industrial revolution, creating thousands of new green jobs.
  • A £10 living wage, for all workers aged 16 and over.
  • A final say on Brexit, where Welsh Labour will campaign unequivocally to remain.
  • A ban on zero hours contracts, giving people the security they need at work.
  • Extend free social care, supporting more people when it really matters.
  • Strengthened parental rights, by extending statutory maternity leave to 12 months and doubling paternity leave.
  • Scrap tuition fees, building on the best student support package in the UK.
  • An end to the Tories’ disastrous Universal Credit, no ifs, no buts.
  • Four new bank holidays, including a public holiday for St. David’s Day.

    I hope you’ll agree that this plan is a blueprint for the Wales that we all want to see.

    And with your help over these crucial final few weeks of the campaign, that’s the future we can have.

    Welsh Labour is the only party that is standing up for Wales.

    Let’s get out there and spread the word – see you on the Labour Doorstep!

    I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

    Best wishes,
    Mark Drakeford AM
    Welsh Labour Leader & First Minister of Wales

#GE2019: I Stand with Jeremy Corbyn

I will now hand over to my good friend and political comrade, Adam Samuels, who has written the must-read piece below about anti- Semitism within the Labour Party.

#VOTELABOUR #JC4PM

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Is there some anti-Semitism within The Labour Party? Yes. The Labour Party is part of society, so, unfortunately, yes. This must never be denied and always be condemned. We should always be the ones setting the standards as a passionate anti-racist party. The extent of this anti-Semitism is, factually, LESS-considerably less-than the general population and LESS than the other main parties. FACTUALLY. As is the case with any type of racism. FACTUALLY.

Therefore, one has to at least wonder why the Chief Rabbi-who openly supports Boris Johnson-who openly makes racist & homophobic comments (Johnson), and Netanyahu-who is a racist, brutal and responsible for thousands of Palestinian deaths along with the Israeli forces, is coming forward now, with NO NEW ‘EVIDENCE’. The UN and many other organisation describe Netanyahu’s Israel as an Apartheid State. Because it defined itself as such with the Nation State law-literally distinguishing those who identify as Jewish as being on a different level to anyone else in Israel.

I also wonder WHY the Chief Rabbi is not condemning the very obvious anti-Semitism in other parties, especially the CONservatives-given election candidates have been withdrawn/suspended for Holocaust denial, given the Tories are officially affiliated with Hungary’s openly anti-Semitic government, given incidents of anti-Semitism in the CONservative Party are far higher. Given the rampant Islamophobia in the Tory Party not even mentioned by the Chief Rabbi. So, WHY?! Given the Tories have NOT implemented the IHRA as Labour has…

The cynic in me, seeing how passionately Jeremy Corbyn & Labour defend the rights of both Palestinians and Muslims & all citizens of Israel and Jewish people, is wondering WHY, as Labour surge in the opinion polls, and with no new evidence-and actual outright lies, the Chief Rabbi comes forward at this time? Now, it is the media’s job to report such things, I am not condemning them for this. What I AM condemning them for is not mentioning any of what I have just written, or not countering things, or not questioning the Chief Rabbi in a way the media would, in a democracy of any note.

Which then leads to me, genuinely, almost with in tears in my eyes, given all of the above-given my family history on one side is Jewish-something as serious as the cancer of anti-Semitism, while of course not denying its existence, can be used in such a way against someone so obviously, passionately, anti-racist with a track record to prove it. So I have no interest in stoking hatred, aggression etc. Just fair play, context and condemnation of those who deserve it. Which is certainly not those actively opposing anti-Semitism in all its forms. The best example of which I can see of any political leader, is Jeremy Corbyn.

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#GE2019: Fact pack to disprove smears against Jeremy Corbyn

EDDIE IZZARD VISITING WREXHAM TO SUPPORT MARY WIMBURY’S CAMPAIGN

This is the email I received about Eddie Izzard’s visit to Wrexham tomorrow:

EDDIE IZZARD IN WREXHAM ON TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER TO SUPPORT MARY WIMBURY’S CAMPAIGN TO KEEP WREXHAM LABOUR

Eddie Izzard is coming to Wrexham tomorrow – 26th November – to support Mary Wimbury’s campaign to keep Wrexham Labour. He will have having coffee with Mary at the bus station and at 1.30 pm will be walking through the town with Mary to arrive at the Labour Party gazebo in the town centre outside Barclays Bank.

He will be with Mary and the Wrexham Labour team until 2.30 pm engaging with voters, helping to promote our fairer parking for Wrexham petition and generally supporting Mary’s campaign.

Come along and join in:

• Walk with Eddie and Mary through the town down Lord Street and then Regent Street to the gazebo

• Help to bring people over to the stall to meet Eddie

• Give out Mary’s leaflet and get people to sign our petition.

We need lots of support so spread the message and even if you cannot join us yourselves, please tell others what is happening!

For those of you outside the Wrexham area or unable to attend tomorrow, I would recommend visiting Mary’s website by clicking here.

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In 2017, I visited Wrexham town centre to meet Steve Coogan when he visited our ramshackle town to support Labour candidate Ian Lucas.

Things have changed a lot in those two years, and tomorrow comedian Eddie Izzard will be in the area to support the latest Labour candidate Mary Wimbury as she battles for votes to keep Wrexham from the clutches of the Tories. It is more important than ever that we get behind Mary Wimbury to ensure that Jeremy Corbyn can replace Boris Johnson in Downing Street on December the 13th.

Wrexham has been well represented by Ian Lucas MP who has unfortunately had to stand down for personal reasons. He has always been supportive towards me and his experience as a Member of Parliament will be missed. Mary Wimbury is a good public speaker who we must have faith in to do what is right for the tired Wrexham area. The fact that we have a Tory/Independent led Council has contributed to the downfall of our once bustling town. One of Mary’s key pledges is to regenerate the area. She deserves the chance to do this, as Tories have proved before that they are just not up to the job. Let’s give Mary a chance. Let’s keep Wrexham a Labour town. Let’s make sure Britain is ruled for the many, not the few.

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