Thangam Debbonaire speaks to Brussels Labour

Isobel Laing

As a former Bristol West constituent, I was excited to hear that Thangam Debbonaire MP was coming to speak at Brussels Labour. Having campaigned with her on her hugely successful 2017 General Election campaign, I was anticipating a meeting full of the joy and verve that Thangam brings to everything she does, and I was certainly not disappointed. With typical vigour, Thangam ranged from issue to issue, taking time to speak frankly and expertly about issues as varied as the 2017 General Election, drug policies in Bristol, interaction between MPs and the European Parliament, her experience of being an MP since being elected in 2015, and the importance of representing your constituents in everything that you do. The challenges presented by Brexit were discussed at length, and questions from concerned Brussels Labour members were answered with candour. It was really heartening to hear Thangam’s thoughts on the specialist knowledge of Labour members here in Brussels, which she argued should be made as available as possible to those in Westminster, as we all work together to mitigate the harsher impacts of Brexit. She also spoke on the importance of maintaining the UK’s relationship with the EU, and the impact that Brexit will have on her constituency and around the UK, particularly when looking at young people. It is always an honour when politicians from Westminster take time to visit the Brussels branch, and particularly at this time it is good to know that Labour members across Europe are not being forgotten by MPs. Thank you so much for coming Thangam, it was a truly memorable evening.

Brussels Labour, Labour International and Labour Movement Europe Fringe Events at Conference

For those attending the Labour Party Annual Conference 2017, which will take place from Sunday 24 September to Wednesday 27 September 2017, look out for the following events:

Migration and Rights in Europe and Beyond 
Organised by Brussels Labour and Labour International 
Sunday 24th September | 6pm | Durham Hall- Argyle, Hilton Brighton Metropole
Co-chaired by Colin O’Driscoll and Keir Fitch, with interventions by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP and Jude Kirton-Darling MEP 

Brexit: The Future of Britain and Europe
Organised by LME and PES
Sunday 24th September | 12:30pm | Screen 2 Odeon Brighton, West St, Brighton 
Chaired by Ivana Bartoletti with interventions by Sir Keir Starmer, Alison McGovern MP, Chuka Umunna MP, Seema Malhotra MP and Catherine West MP

Next Branch Meeting

The next Brussels Labour Branch meeting will take place on 21 September 2017 at 19:30 at the FEPS Rue Montoyer 40, 1040, Brussels.
Brussels Labour is pleased to welcome Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West as our guest speaker, preceded by a short discussion about the forthcoming Labour Party Conference.  Doors open at 19:00 – we look forward to seeing you there!