Jane East's adoption meeting
(L to R) Richard Corbett MEP, Jane East, Baroness Taylor, Steve Morris
People should not under-estimate how nasty the forthcoming election is going to be, says a former Cabinet Minister.
“There is a real danger that Tory tactics will put people off voting, while we in the Labour Party are determined to concentrate on the issues,” Baroness Taylor told party members.
“We really have to concentrate on what we achieved in the past and what we can achieve in the future,” said Baroness Taylor, who as Ann Taylor was Leader of the Commons and MP for Dewsbury.
She said on International Women’s Day we should remember that women had suffered especially badly under the Coalition.
Baroness Taylor was speaking at the Adoption Meeting of Jane East as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Colne Valley, at Honley Socialist Club.
Ms East said they had come across many voters who felt let down by the Tory-led coalition.
“They want an end to the policies that causing misery, injustice and division.
“I am proud to be Labour, proud of our roots, our values and our achievements in government. I have a vision for a fairer and more equal Britain.”
In contrast, she said, the Valley’s Tory MP recently produced a leaflet which mentioned the Labour Party six times but failed to name the Conservative Party even once. “How incredibly sad when you have to distance yourself from the party you represent.”
Ms East pledged that if elected in May she would work tirelessly towards her vision, for the good of the ordinary people of the constituency, who needed a Labour Government.
Yorkshire and Humber MEP Richard Corbett said the Tories wanted a free-for-all market and did not like the European Union because it regulated the market. Four million jobs would be put at risk in this country if we pulled out of the EU.
The meeting was chaired by Steve Morris, Chairman of the constituency party.