As you would expect the burden of responsibility weighed heavily on all MPs in Westminster last week. Most of you will already know that I voted not to support David Cameron’s plan to bomb Syria. I did not take the decision lightly but ultimately I think it was the right one. To read my reasons visit www.juliecooperforburnley.co.uk
In the lead up to Wednesday’s lengthy debate I attended numerous briefings on Syria. In the midst of this though I did manage to find the time to attend a really uplifting presentation organised by Ambitious for Autism.
The UK is now top of the league in Western Europe when it comes to obesity. Obesity is a major cause of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers and ultimately accounts for around 70,000 avoidable deaths in the UK each year. Most worryingly a quarter of all our children are obese and all the research is clear that sugar is the main cause of childhood obesity.
There is no doubt that we would all benefit from reducing the amount of sugar in our diet but in my view when it comes protecting the health and life chances of British children there is no time to delay.
by Sonny Leong is chair of Chinese for Labour and Treasurer of BAME Labour
The great immigration debate has been one of the constant features of British politics over the last few years and will undoubtedly continue to be, as we hurtle towards the cliff edge of the European Referendum. I firmly believe that the Labour Party, which has always been marked by its values of internationalism and equality, is on the right side of this argument – championing Britain’s status as a nation of immigrants, who have contributed so much to every part of our society.
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.