This week the Prime Minister has called a vote on whether the UK should pursue a bombing campaign against Syria
I am grateful to the thousands of local residents who have already contacted me with their thoughts. The depth and strength of the feeling this issue has generated locally only reinforces how important this decision is. Residents have told me overwhelmingly that they are against air strikes.
I have considered this decision long and hard because undoubtedly commiting our armed forces to military action is the most serious action that a Government can take.
Jeremy Corbyn has written to members of Labour’s National Executive Committee asking for their opinion on the party’s position on Syrian airstrikes, ahead of today’s Shadow Cabinet meeting.
Corbyn announced at last week’s meeting of the Shadow Cabinet that he would not support airstrikes, while senior members, including the Shadow Foreign Secretary and Deputy Leader, said they were minded to back them.
BAME Labour hopes that the Party will come to a conclusion that includes sanction of the United Nations - safety for civilians and a post war strategy that reinforces Syrian sovereignty and maintains civil society
I know, this week that all the communities of Burnley and Padiham will want to join with me in sending heartfelt condolences to all those who have suffered loss in France. It is right that security in Britain is strengthened but it is also right that life goes on as usual because those who carry out these vicious terrorist atrocities cannot be allowed to triumph. Events such as this put everything else into perspective but in the spirit of carrying on as normal I will share with you my other business this week.
Today I voted against the Trade Union Bill because it is offensive in so very many ways. It is anti worker, anti freedom and actually anti British. It is not necessary but it is definitely provocative and is a threat to positive industrial relations. The Conservative Party have said over and over again that they are the Party of working people. And yet they seem not understand that trade unions were formed by the workers for the workers. Over the course of history, the workplace has been the scene of many grave injustices.
This week I have barely had chance to catch my breath. I began on Sunday with a lovely event to celebrate the achievements of Burnley’s Bangladeshi community. I was delighted to join with staff from Sir John Thursby Community College to present awards for academic achievement. The Pitha food festival also formed an important part of the event and I think it is fair to say that a good time was had by all. I was, though sorry that my busy schedule meant that I was not to be able to stay to sample the winning dishes.
This week my new role with the Shadow Treasury team has begun in earnest and I have attended numerous detailed briefings. This has been time consuming but really useful and going forward it will definitely be an advantage to have the ear of the Shadow Chancellor. However in my new role I am not allowed to speak in the chamber on any Treasury related issues. This was frustrating this week because I was desperate to have my say on the proposed cuts to Tax Credits. I have written more detail on this subject which you can read on my website at www.juliecooperforburnley.co.uk.