Archive for the ‘Labour Yes Support’ Category

David Lammy Campaigns for a Yes Vote in Tottenham

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

David Lammy and Labour Yes volunteers

Volunteers joined David Lammy MP and Labour Yes volunteers to help deliver leaflets and canvas David’s constituency of Tottenham this morning. David’s constituency is one of the most diverse in the countries with residents representing many ethnicities from around the world.

Response on the doorstep was enthusiastic with many people having good knowledge of the referendum and many who intend to vote Labour and vote Yes on May 5th.

Video: Trade Unions Say Yes!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Trade Unionists from across the county are planning to vote Yes on May 5th. The civil service union PCS is officially supporting a Yes vote and is distributing thousands of leaflets to its branches. Below, Gerry Doherty (General Secretary of the transport union, TSSA) explains why his union is backing Labour Yes:

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New Video: Ed Miliband’s Address from Labour Yes Launch

Monday, March 21st, 2011

On Wednesday, March 16, leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband addressed the audience at the launch of the Labour Yes campaign to outline why he supports a Yes vote in the May referendum.

In his address Ed Miliband said:

Far too many voices go unheard because they don’t even have the vote, and whoever is in government, we must work together to address that.
Our long journey to a better politics didn’t stop with secret ballots,
It didn’t stop with universal suffrage.
It didn’t stop with devolution.
On May Fifth, we can take another step on this journey to a fairer politics.
So I urge people to say.
Yes to change,
Yes to a challenge to the status quo,
Yes to a system where more voices are heard and more votes are counted.
Yes to AV.

Below is a video of the entire speech from the event held in London, the transcript can also be read here.

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New Videos: Major Labour Figures Explain Why They Will Vote Yes

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Many major Labour figures have come out in support of a Yes vote in May, below are videos from Neil Kinnock, Liz Kendall, Sadiq Khan, David Lammy, Ken Livingstone, Ben Bradshaw, Alan Johnson and Susan Nash explaining why they support a Yes vote.

Yesterday we posted videos from David Miliband and Peter Mandelson on why they support Yes to AV.

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New Video: David Miliband Says Why He’s Supporting a Yes Vote

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Today, David Miliband tells Labour Yes why he’s supporting a Yes vote in the Alternative Vote Referendum on May 5th.

He says: “I think a Yes vote in the referendum in May is important, because we are only half way through the democratic constitutional revolution that Britain needs to make it a 21st century democracy. AV will be important in making sure the House of Commons really does reflect the range of views across the country, it will make sure that the House of Commons is more in tune with modern Britain, and I think help the Labour Party become a national party that is able to speak to all sections of society again. I think it will be good for our Politics and good for our country.”

New Video: Peter Mandelson Throws Support Behind Labour Yes Campaign

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

“I am sorry I can’t join you at your launch, but I just wanted to add my support and add my words to what I think is going to become a very very important campaign and vote for change in our political system. Look, we haven’t just gone through an economic fire storm in the last few years, we went through a political fire storm as well and let’s face it all of us in politics have taken a huge hit as the public, you know, rose against us and frankly we became more and more disconnected from the broad swath of main stream voters in this country and we’ve got to make that reconnection and I think that the opportunity available to us to do so comes in changing our electoral system. It is not a Revolution, but it is a small very healthy change and progress. For this reason, when I was growing up it was typical that members of parliament would be elected with fifty percent plus of the vote in their constituencies, now increasingly that’s become not the case.

But it’s not just a matter of principal that you should seek fifty percent plus. The reason I am in favour of it is that it will shake politicians up, it will make them work harder for every single vote in their constituency and I think that is particularly important for the Labour Party, because it will stir up and shake up our organization in our constituencies so that we have more to fight for, we have a greater challenge, a great spur and that will make us work harder in all our campaigns and in all our constituencies and that’s exactly what I think that we need.

So that’s not just the positive reason for voting yes, there’s a negative one as well. Often times with choices like this you have to see who’s against you. I’ve noticed that the person who least wants a yes vote come May on this referendum is none other than David Cameron let’s give him a fright, let’s shake him up, let’s vote Yes and give ourselves something to cheer about but also something for the rest of country and the electorate to celebrate.”

New Video: Senior Labour Figures Say Yes!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Today Labour Yes has launched its campaign video of Labour supporters of a Yes vote in the AV Referendum on May 5th. It includes Ben Bradshaw our chief spokesperson, Alan Johnson (former Shadow Chancellor), David Lammy (former Higher Education Minister), David Miliband (former Foreign Secretary), Ken Livingstone (Labour’s London Mayoral Candidate), Liz Kendall (Shadow Health Minister), Lord Peter Mandelson, Susan Nash (Chair of Young Labour) and Sadiq Khan (Shadow Lord Chancellor).

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