Last night Labour party politicians, Shadow Cabinet Members, Members of Parliament, Councillors, candidates and supporters came together for a celebration in Labour Party HQ. The event brought together ‘Friends of Labour’ groups to discuss the issues close to them and to encourage them and their members to participate in the election campaign.
More than 200 guests attended the event, hosted by the first MP of Islamic faith to be elected in London and the first Asian or Muslim to attend cabinet, Sadiq Khan MP, the Shadow Justice Secretary and Shadow Minister for London.
Speeches were given by Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman MP, Keith Vaz MP, Mary Creagh MP, Rachel Reeves MP, Kerry McCarthy MP John Spellar MP, and General Secretary of the Labour Party Iain McNicol.
Guests in attendance represented a range of Labour Party friends of groups, ranging from Africans for Labour to Tamils for Labour, from Chinese for Labour to Labour Movement for Europe.
Shadow London Minister Sadiq Khan MP said:
“Labour Friends Groups play an important role in bringing together the voices of different communities in the UK, communicating Labour’s messages, and building links with the communities they represent. I’m proud of Labour’s long history of reaching out to, and properly representing Britain’s diverse communities. These votes will be more important than ever before at this general election and we will never take them for granted.
“This event provided a great chance to recognise the enormous contribution of our friends groups, in every area of life, from business, to charities, to politics. We want our politicians to look like the communities we represent and we will always speak up for the interests of those communities.
“One of the most important messages we heard was the need to check you are registered to vote. Ethnic minority voters are far less likely to be on the electoral register than other communities. And if you’re not registered, you don’t get a say.”
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