Kim Leadbeater, the new MP for Batley and Spen, has spent the last ten days in isolation after testing positive for Covid. But she’s back in good health and says the Labour Party is too
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Stuck in isolation during what should have been my first Labour conference as MP for Batley and Spen has been frustrating to say the least.
But I’m fighting fit again and looking forward to spending a few hours in Brighton today.
I’ve bounced back from a tough time and that’s exactly what Labour needs to do.
Sitting at home it’s been easy to get distracted by the sideshows. People tell me that’s not unusual for a Labour conference, but it’s still not a good look.
Even so, I am convinced that Labour too is now fighting fit.
Important changes have been agreed that mean we can all now concentrate on taking our positive vision to the country. And we have policies in place that will make a real difference to the lives of people in areas like mine in Yorkshire, which have been left behind by the Tories.
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While I’ve been stuck at home, my constituents have been struggling to get the fuel they need to go about their daily lives. Key workers have been held back from doing their vital jobs because of government incompetence and a lack of planning.
Shamefully ministers have been trying to shift the blame onto ordinary people. The same people who now face rising prices for food and gas, higher taxes and – for those most in need – a £20 a week cut to their Universal Credit.
When I asked Boris Johnson if he was concerned about the impact of that cut on the mental health of the most vulnerable people he showed his true colours when he told me “no”.
The slogan behind the speakers this week tells us exactly what we have to do. Stay together, as the broad church that Labour has always been. Look to the future, because that’s what the voters want from us. And unite so we are stronger and able to focus on the priority of creating a fairer, more equal society.