Guest Speaker Keir Starmer MP at our best attended supper club – ever.
Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, spoke at a fund raising event in Banbury on 10th February 2017 and said that the last couple of weeks have been the toughest he has ever had.
He said he had accepted the vote on the EU Referendum and so had the Labour Party, but that Parliament will still have a huge amount of control over the final deal. Issues like immigration policy and the UK’s tax status will need primary legislation.
Starmer, a former human rights’ lawyer and Director of Public prosecutions said, “That verdict [EU referendum] had been coming for years and was the result of political failures on all sides. The phrase ‘Take Back Control’ resonated with many people and we need to understand why. People are living in fragile employment situations, people can’t control rising costs, there have been massive cuts to public services and people feel they have little control of their environment. And there is the key issue of immigration – the pace of change in many communities as a result of immigration was too great and there is a profound sense that there is too much influence and wealth concentrated in the south-east.”
He said, “I’ve been around the country to talk about the effects of immigration and met many business people. When I asked them what was the biggest inhibitor to your success the vast majority said, ‘There is a skills shortage right across the UK’. That’s why Labour needs to understand and address the issues coming out of the EU Referendum result and develop an industrial strategy that addresses skills shortages and the impacts of globalisation, as well as delivering quality public services.”
He said, “We cannot afford to lose another election if we want to change society for the better. We have to promote a vision of a better future for our country and offer a Labour Party which is ambitious and radical but also has the trust of the electorate.”