GENERAL ELECTION 2017… Conservative? Labour? Lib Dems?

So Theresa May has done a U-turn and called for a general election to apparently give stable leadership to the Brexit negotiations. While I personally favour a softer Brexit and welcome an opportunity for people to decide on the Brexit they want seeing as there is a divide between a soft or hard brexit, it can’t be forgotten that the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to allow the PM to go ahead with the negotiations and trigger article 50 and Theresa May has consistently stated that she wouldn’t call an election precisely for ‘stability’, so it does seem more motive driven.

Many MP’s believe it is a distraction from the Tories recent election scandal in which they have been fined £70,000 by the Electoral Commission for failing to declare expenses used to re-elect MP’s in the 2015 elections. Some Conservative MP’s have decided not to  contest their seats this time round. An election therefore seems appropr4-large_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqqVzuuqpFlyLIwiB6NTmJwfSVWeZ_vEN7c6bHu2jJnT8iate for the Conservatives to act as not only a distraction, but also a means of confirming their mandate in light of the investigation, all acting under the guise of ‘Brexit means Brexit’. Let’s face it, while Brexit is the major factor being played out in regards to how many will be voting, it is not the only issue on the card. Domestic policy such as education, the health sector and the economy are causes of concern which people must not forget.  Ironically, many who voted for a Tory government are now suffering in regards to
cuts to school funding, the NHS funding crisis, cuts to the disabled and increase in the use of foodbanks. The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting continuously poorer.

There is more to Britain’s future than Brexit. While Labour more recently have appeared to dance around Theresa May’s hard brexit, with Corbyn allowing for a three line whip to ensure the triggering of article 50 without full scrutiny, the bigger picture must be looked at and a Labour government is the only realistic alternative. While it likely that the Conservative’s will retain their majority,  a shift in voting behaviour would send a clear message of holding the government to account. By all means vote Tory but don’t forget the bigger issues at hand.

Young people especially – politically educate yourself. Use your vote. 18-25 year olds have a low voting turnout and therefore do not form a major stake in policy. We must over time become a mass voting bloc. We won’t all share the same views, but will all bear the weight and policies of the next government. Vote Labour in Labour strongholds, or Lib Dem in Lib Dem strongholds. Protest votes in discontent of both the Conservative and Labour party will maintain the status quo of your constituency. They would however be useful to show discontent for a particular candidate. For example, in the Leicester East constituency, Keith Vaz is increasingly unpopular as many constituents now feel disconnected and feel the seat has been taken advantage of, though do want to vote for the Labour party, hence the continuous majority. I’d vote Labour if there was a replacement of candidate but would instead vote Liberal Democrat here. However, this only works if there is a united voting bloc, as it is a Labour stronghold. So vote cautiously.  Though if Brexit is your main concern, bear in mind that the Lib Dems are the only ones offering a softer approach to Brexit.

Stay politically aware and use your vote wisely. Think ahead as opposed to being swayed by a single issue.

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Bushra 🙂

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An Open Letter to MP Keith Vaz

Disclaimer: While I don’t believe I am speaking for EVERY individual in the constituency of Leicester East, I do believe the confidence of many in him is drifting away.  This letter is one I have sent to him calling on his resignation. If you are a constituent of Leicester East, feel free to copy and paste the letter to send the same message to keith.vaz.mp@parliament.uk , as other’s have done.

To Keith Vaz,

We write to you in great urgency and discontent with the way our constituency of Leicester East has been portrayed due to your incompetency to run as our MP as a result of abusing your role with your many scandals and neglect of the constituency we once called home. There are numerous occasions in which you have failed us by contradicting your actions for your own benefit.  We see this has prompted your resignation in the Home Affairs committee, but as a constituency the general consensus, as seen by the many petitions and demonstrations in Leicester is that we feel the need to demand you to not dishonour our constituents wishes any further and offer your resignation. We fail to see why you have decided to withdraw from the home affairs committee but not as the MP for Leicester East. We are strong Labour supporters, however, this constant feeling of dissatisfaction has forced us to reconsider our commitment to a party which allows a candidate who constantly violates the principles that we as a constituency need now more than anything

You campaigned to remain in the EU which was the general sentiment of Leicester East constituents yet now refuse to honour the fact that the campaign was based on lies and fear mongering and will not put our voice to parliament as other Remain MP’s are passionately doing, as is clear by your vote of triggering of article 50, a clear betrayal of the wishes of Leicester East and once again, a clear contradiction of your post Brexit comment that the result was a ‘terrible day for Britain and a terrible day for Europe’. Your duty should be with the interests of your constituents who voted you in should you have forgotten. There has been no consistent presence of your desire to engage with constituents on these matters; it simply feels as if you act in accordance with the party line, and turn your back on the people who have genuinely lived, worked and stood by this constituency. It has been 30 years and we truly feel it’s time for you to respect and honour your constituents by resigning. 2020 is far too long away for Leicester East who deserve an MP with a presence beside when it suits their agenda. It seems far more appropriate to offer your resignation than to receive a further three years of discontent, which will merely echo to the emerging youth who will not have the confidence to vote for you in the next election, let alone Labour.

Many are willing to voice this desire until 2020. This will eventually be taken up with the Labour leadership. How can a liberal democracy with a clear consensus of disillusionment, discontent and shame be simply ignored? Leicester East deserves a breath of fresh air.

A Disillusioned Leicester Constituent

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The Rise of the Far Right: Brexit, Trump and Nationalism

2016 has so far been one crazy year. And revolutionary in the context of global politics. Britain chose to leave the European Union in June and Americans, this month, elected Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for President of the United States.

So much of the media focus has been on the events themselves, such as the implications faragetrump-640x400.pngof the vote, whether it will be a hard or soft Brexit as well as the effects of a divisive, outspoken President as leader of the ‘free world’. While Presidents can be restricted and the terms of the leaving of the EU negotiated, we can’t deny the shocking reality of the climate of politics that the campaign focuses have shown the world. Why are the words of Marine le Pen of the National Front in France and Donald Trump’s rhetoric gaining credibility with an overwhelming sector of society?

It can’t be denied that people have legitimate concerns such as the rise of terrorism and fear of the near future. But we fail to look at the bigger picture. We fail to realise that while we absolutely should be concerned about ensuring the prosperity and stability of the nation, we can’t deny the huge influence the US and the UK have collaboratively on the rest of the world. It doesn’t help to make sweeping statements such as calling for a ban/registry of Muslims (or whatever Trump has changed it to since) or blaming the influx of Syrian refugees as the whole cause of the collapse of society. Immigration is undoubtedly a vote swayer yet has been so viciously manipulated, that people are forgetting the deep rooted problems which have existed far beyond this. The shrewdness of  far right politicians, who fail to address the real reasons for the state of the economy instead blame it on the next person, yet are unable to come up with a potential solution.

It’s easy for people like Trump to want rid of Obamacare but not addressing what it will be replaced with. His sudden call for ‘unity’ is a very different nature to what got him elected, which attracted the likes of KKK members and far right supremacists. Many sincere voters voted for Brexit, though it was also manipulated by some to spout their twisted, fascist agendas of dislike of difference. This re-iterates the fact that many right wing politicians, who are gaining such a widespread platform are a symptom of the ingrained hatred that some are being manipulated to feel anger against minorities, immigrants, the LGBT community and even woman.

We have to look beyond what divides us because it’s simply wrong to make complex and genuine issues into black and white ones in which it’s ‘them’ vs ‘us’. Excluding whole sectors of society from discussion doesn’t help solve these problems. Nor does falling for the trap of the apparent ‘saviours’ from the establishment – two rich, older White males posing for a picture in a golden elevator. Many adore them because they have a false misconception that they are straight talking and apparently say it how it is. Okay, but in theory, what can they realistically do? Not much without violating basic principles of humanity. We are not going to get £350m extra for the NHS by leaving the EU. Many Europeans will already have the right to remain in the UK, and ironically, many work for sectors like the NHS and the educational sector. Donald Trump has already gone back on his claims that he will passionately build a wall on the Mexican border, instead now settling for a fence. Yet many voters voted on these grounds. So not only have many been played, but have been exposed for their hateful agenda which will destroy the foundations of the world if used by politicians to gain popularity.

We live in a globalised world where it is not about one country or the other, but about one people. We all have our own interests, but did we ever think about the greater good? The far right slam this conception by labelling you as a ‘liberal’, which is hardly an insult if that means you value the dignity and freedom of all to live in harmony and safety regardless of race, religion, beliefs, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any other artificial differences which have for far too long been used to divide people. Groups of people need to stop be being used as brownie points or bargaining chips by self-centred political extremists, disguised as a mainstream politician. Rant over. #SPREADLOVE

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