Monday, July 3, 2017, 7 p.m.
Wilson Room, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament Street, Westminster SW1
In the aftermath of of #GE2017, join Labour Friends of the Forces to hear about our work and plans.
Join Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith MP, LFOF chair Toby Perkins MP and Labour’s other service veteran and military-supporting parliamentarians, candidates, councillors and others to hear about our plans going forward. We will be discussing campaigning for next year’s council and a possible new general election, as well as how members can get involved in shaping a party defence policy that will make us the credible government the country really needs.
Key campaign priorities will include:
* Fighting potentially debilitating further military cuts, particularly to personnel levels in the British Army and Royal Marine Commandos
* A fair deal for serving and veteran personnel, including a pay review and improvements to housing, career opportunities and adequate training
* A defence industrial strategy that supports British industry and manufacturing, provides the armed forces with the equipment they need and avoids unnecessary wastage through private sector contracting.
We will also be discussing the tactics of how we get more great former-military personnel involved in politics and use them best.
In this election, the Labour Party fielded by far its strongest selection of former military candidates since 1945, all significantly increasing their share of the vote. So did a string of candidates in military constituencies, with Luke Pollard winning in Plymouth Sutton and Stephen Morgan in Portsmouth South. Labour’s two Army veterans Dan Jarvis and Clive Lewis both increased their majorities, while Army reservist Paul Sweeney took Glasgow North East.
Even where we did not win, the party often saw dramatic increases in vote share. In the heavily military constituency of Aldershot, former firefighter Gary Puffett almost doubled Labour’s vote share to 32 percent.
“We made gains in 2015, and after a fantastic campaign in 2017 did even better,” says Laura Davies, a former Royal Army Medical Corps major, NHS doctor and parliamentary candidate for Shrewsbury and Atcham who won an additional 7000 votes for Labour on June 8. “We are ready to hit the ground running and hoping to get over the line to victory next time.”
After this event, we will be continuing the discussion in the Red Lion pub in Whitehall and you are warmly encouraged to join us