"We need to defend Bristol's and the country's interests from the 'Hard Brexiteers'.
Thangam has the strength and the ability to do this; we need her to continue down the path she has already forged." – Julian Le Grand, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics.
Thangam campaigned hard for us to remain in the European Union and, like most people in Bristol West, would prefer for us to remain in full membership, for many reasons.
However, the referendum went the other way.
Since then, Thangam has spoken out many times in favour of protecting as close a relationship as possible between the EU and the UK, including speeches in Parliament, questions challenging the Brexit and International Trade Ministers on their lack of a plan, writing articles about the benefits of free of movement of people, and about keeping Single European Market membership on the table.
Keir Starmer has identified tests against which to hold the government to account about their negotiations with the EU – protecting workers’ rights and environmental rules, for example. He has developed these by travelling round the country and consulting businesses such as local Bristol employers Airbus, trade unions and others about what they need from a future relationship with the EU, in order to continue to trade and provide good quality jobs.
As a result of this, the Labour Party, unlike all the other parties, has a clear position on what we want from the future relationship between the EU and the UK.
Thangam says: "Labour values are the values I hear and see expressed in Bristol West all the time – internationalist, outward-facing, tolerant, challenging discrimination and hate, building alliances and working together. Now more than ever we have to campaign for these, together, in Bristol and nationally."