The Labour Party in London is already preparing for a successful campaign in the local and European elections next May.
At a meeting the week before Christmas, MPs, candidates, council leaders and organisers heard how a strong showing next year will send out the message that Labour can win the 2015 general election.
“Labour broadcasts the voice of women,” said deputy leader Harriet Harman in a vibrant speech. “We have 38 Labour MPs in London and 45 per cent of them are women. Only 20 per cent of Tory MPs in London are women.
“That means we can talk with real authority about the high costs of childcare. Labour is the party of the family – we can deliver practical support. For the Tories, all that means is giving a tax allowance to married men.”
“We are equally strong in reflecting London’s cultural diversity and with 40,000 Labour Party members in London, we have the people to get our message out,” said Harriet Harman, the MP for Camberwell and Peckham since 1982.
“While most people are thinking about the festivities, it’s good to know Labour has its candidates in place,” said Mike Hedges, chair of Unite London and Eastern region’s political committee.
“With so many people suffering from the Con-Dem government’s austerity policies, Labour can do very well. I am sure success in the local and European elections will lead to an emphatic Labour victory in the general election,” he said.
More information: London Labour Party website