Labour MP Stephen Kinnock visited Twickenham this week at the invitation of the Twickenham Labour Party.
Speaking in St Marys Church Hall to a crowded meeting the MP, the son of former Labour Leader Neil Kinnock and ex MEP Glenys Kinnock, praised the Labour Party Leadership for a well fought election campaign that saw the Party defy its critics to take Parliamentary seats such as Kensington and Chelsea. He observed that the campaign had proved that the Labour Party now had a new unity of purpose.
The MP, who grew up in London, attended state schools in Ealing. A former Business Shadow Minister, he spoke about the General Election and, in particular, the need for the UK to develop a strong economy to meet the challenges of Globalisation and Brexit.
He began his speech to ninety of Twickenham Labour Party’s 1600 members, by observing that Jeremy Corbyn had done a “brilliant job” during the election, and that Labour’s Manifesto had been both radical and realistic, delivering “a clear message of hope”.
He attacked the Conservatives for displaying narrow self interest in their attitude to both the Referendum and the General Election and making a sordid deal with the DUP to keep in power. He criticised the Conservatives for encouraging narrow personal interest that had produced a toxic political climate, where tax dodging by large companies was encouraged.
He observed that the Tories were weak on business, in particular failing to stop the Chinese companies dumping steel on the British markets, which led to a crisis in the British steel industry. He accused Conservatives of being in danger of turning the UK “into a floating Hedge Fund”.
He also reminded the meeting that local Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable had spent five years supporting the Conservatives in power from 2010-2015. He also noted that the Courts had recently reversed Cable’s ruling that workers who were unfairly dismissed could only take their employer to court if they paid high fees.
Twickenham Labour Party’s Chair Person Rhonda Evans commented:
“We were very pleased to have Stephen Kinnock speak to us. It was an excellent meeting. We are looking forward to having other national speakers in coming months. We are immensely proud that we have a large, active and growing number of members in the Constituency. “