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Excellent letter in the Guardian today from John Prescott. It is a strong argument for not voting Green as it will do little to bring about action to tackle climate change:

"It is understandable that Caroline Lucas would urge readers to vote Green (Letters, 5 May). However, what she has not said is that a vote for the Green party will do little to bring about an ambitious global agreement to tackle climate change. Within monthsof the polls closing on Thursday, world leaders will gather in Paris at the conference of parties to adopt an agreement that must set the world on a path towards limiting global temperature increases to two degrees. That agreement can be negotiated only by the next prime minister. If Caroline Lucas goes to Paris it will be to protest, not to negotiate.The real choice, therefore, is between David Cameron, who long ago abandoned his promise to lead the “greenest government ever” and has taken to referring to environmental policies as “green crap”; and Ed Miliband, who, as secretary of state for climate change, brought in the first national piece of legislation in the world to set legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions (an approach that is now being replicated around the world) and, as leader, has committed to making climate change one of the highest priorities for a Labour government.The important point for voters to bear in mind is that it will be the next prime minister, not the Green party, who will be negotiating on behalf of the UK in December. Miliband has committed a Labour government to pushing for an ambitiousagreement in Paris, with a goal of net-zero global emissions in the second half of this century. The best way, therefore, for voters to tell world leaders that they support urgent and ambitious action to tackle climate change is to elect a Labour government".

John Prescott

Labour, House of Lords

Vote Labour Not Green to Get Urgent Action on Climate Change

Excellent letter in the Guardian today from John Prescott. It is a strong argument for not voting Green as it will do little to bring about action to tackle climate...

Here's some of the media coverage of Bristol West election this last week: 

Guardian article about the impact of student votes in Bristol West. 

Epigram (Bristol University student magazine) article endorsing Labour in Bristol West and why. 

Bristol Post article about Ed Miliband visiting Bristol and promising to scrap the bedroom tax. 

BBC Points West general election special panel debate from last week, covering a range of topics including the NHS and migration.  

Two other national papers featured the Ed Miliband visit but they side-stepped an opportunity to report on Bristol's housing crisis, or poverty, or jobs for young people and instead focussed on my name. 

 

 

Latest media coverage of Bristol West

Here's some of the media coverage of Bristol West election this last week:  Guardian article about the impact of student votes in Bristol West.  Epigram (Bristol University student magazine) article...

[on Mayday 2015 I was very proud to be the warm up for Labour leader Ed Miliband for a Labour rally at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in Bishopston, Bristol West. Below is the text of my speech. The two pictures are of Ed with some of young Bristol West Labour campaigners and one of Ed in thought after the rally, waiting for a TV interview to start. Thanks to all the wonderful activists from across the city and the region who helped welcome Ed and Rachel Reeves and make this such a special and inspiring day to help spur us on the final few days of campaigning to get a Labour government this week]

My name’s Thangam Debbonaire I’m the Labour candidate here for Bristol West.

Got to say this is the most exciting  city to live in.Ed_and_young_Bristol_West_Labour.jpg

Any newcomers in this audience today (you at the back there) I can recommend our fantastic city to you.

It’s a great place to stroll around, great architecture lovely parks and the Harbourside is special.

BUT unhappily it’s not great for everyone.

If you live in the inner city – and I do – the last 5 years have been grim. Not for me so much, but for my neighbours and the thousands of people I’ve met these last few months.

The message I’m getting back from the people who live in the inner city is that they feel they just don’t count. The government is not interested in how they live – they can’t be bothered to ask how they are getting on.

Frankly I’m ashamed that there’s a foodbank just down the road.

I’m ashamed that child poverty has increased to 50 per cent in Lawrence Hill Ward.

I’m ashamed that in one of the richest countries in the world in one of the richest cities in the UK that child poverty is on the increase.

And yet the last Lib Dem/ Tory government is NOT ashamed that this has happened on their watch.

That none of its representatives locally – neither Lib Dem nor Tory - has shown real concern about the daily struggle that many families face daily right here on their doorstep.

This cannot be the price of fixing the economy. If any government is not concerning itself with ALL the people - it is failing – and it ought to be kicked out.

And as my sister-in-law Emilie, sitting here with two of my nephews and nieces, says so often – anyone who keeps saying there isn’t any difference between the parties just hasn’t tried bringing up a family on a low income under a Tory government. I’d add that they haven’t thought about what it’s like to struggle to pay fuel bills, wait in A&E, look for a job, try to manage on zero-hours contracts – all under a Tory-Lib Dem government.

There just has to be a better way. There has to be a better plan…

[I think you can see where I’m going with this…]

I think the more you see of him in his own words the more you come to see a man who loves this country, who is sincerely concerned about ALL of the people that make up this place we love to call home. A man who has a hunger to make the changes that this country needs right here and right now. A man who will get started on those changes from day one…

Let me introduce that man with a better plan – a better future -  Ed Miliband the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom!

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My speech introducing Ed Miliband to the Labour rally on Mayday 2015

[on Mayday 2015 I was very proud to be the warm up for Labour leader Ed Miliband for a Labour rally at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in Bishopston, Bristol West....

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