This weekend sees Labour Party Conference return in Brighton. This is where we gather as a party to hear inspiring speeches, invaluable training and interesting events. It is a chance to be a part of democracy in action, to shape our Party’s vision for the nation and to meet others from our movement.
Our experiences of the last year have highlighted to us more than ever the importance of the trade union movement and the Labour Party working together. It was this partnership that enabled us to fight for PPE in workplaces, for school dinners for all and for the furlough scheme.
As we seek to build a better working world, to fight for a daughter of furlough, against the cut to Universal Credit, for sick pay for all and for workers’ rights from day one, this partnership working will be crucial.
For Community, our focus for this conference will be firmly on the future.
It is time to forget the debates of the past and focus on how we rebuild our working world for the better after this horrendous experience of the pandemic.
Our fringe events will focus on our key priorities to building that better working world. We will be focusing on the need for a Just Transition for our steel industry to ensure that we have a future that protects our jobs, our communities and our planet.
We will be focusing on our self-employed, recognising that they are the backbone of our economy but often got amongst the toughest deal from the last year left abandoned without government support.
We will be focusing on the need to end the scourge of homelessness amongst veterans, highlighting that those who have served in our armed forces have given to us more than we can possibly understand.
I am very excited for this year’s conference, one that I am confident will provide us with a renewed sense of energy to transform our country for the better. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Do visit us over the weekend at stand 113/114.
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