Worcester Labour Party were delighted to receive a visit from Emily Thornberry, Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to the Horizon Hub on Midland Road.
She spoke to an enthusiastic audience on Saturday 27th April including supporters, members, campaigners, councillors – and City Council candidates – and prospective Parliamentary candidate Lynn Denham.
Lynn said: “It was a great privilege to welcome Emily Thornberry to Worcester today.” Lynn went on to say that the Shadow Secretary chatted with local people about their concerns and how Tory incompetence and stasis is blocking effective action on so many issues. Lynn added that there was a lot of interest from different communities in the city about foreign policy and human rights abuse.
“We need a Labour Government to stand up for people and rebuild Britain’s reputation in the world.”
Worcester Sixth Form student, Romana Ali, said how positive the meeting felt and how much she liked Emily. Romana was impressed with Emily’s warmth and energy and admired her passion for involving women in politics. Romana said: “It was interesting to hear Emily talk about how it’s only relatively recent that women gained the same rights as men to vote and stand for Parliament and it’s exciting that Lynn could soon be Worcester’s first female MP.”
The Shadow Secretary, Emily, said: “It’s a pleasure to be away from Westminster and the Brexit drama that’s taking place and to come to here and see first hand the support that councillor Lynn Denham has received.
“She is the type of women who lifts colleagues and is always positive.
“Winning a marginal seat as far as I’m concerned is the key to getting Labour back in to power.
“The needs of this city will be considered when it comes to the next draft of our manifesto.
“Issues like unemployment, policing and NHS cuts as well as knife crime all need to be addressed.
“Winning the vote is what matters in politics. It’s not about the taking part.
“It’s time for Worcester to turn a corner and I welcome and I am so proud of the diversity here.