Frank Field, the former Labour MP who has represented Birkenhead since 1979, has confirmed that he will contest the next General Election as a Social Justice candidate. Field quit the Labour Party in 2018 and said that the party now had a “culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation”.
The manifesto for The Birkenhead Social Justice Party are listed on their web-site as:
- Abolish child poverty in Birkenhead
- Eliminate youth unemployment and deliver Birkenhead’s homegrown strategies for local industry and the environment
- Build the safe, secure, and affordable housing that Birkenhead needs
- Fight back against crime and antisocial behaviour in Birkenhead
- Gain the public transport network that Birkenhead deserves
- Protect every worker in Birkenhead against low pay and insecure work
- Introduce a more compassionate benefits system for disabled people in Birkenhead that protects their dignity, while ensuring the system protects Birkenhead’s pensioners
- Defend the living standards of Birkenhead’s pensioners
- Strengthen Birkenhead’s health and social care services
Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has been criticised for failing to condemn the Venezuelan leadership after recent violence. Corbyn, who had previously supported the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro said that he was “very sad” at the violence.
Corbyn said at a Labour Party meeting:
“I’m very sad at the lives that have been lost in Venezuela. The people who have died, either those on the streets or security forces that have been attacked by people on the street – all of those lives are terrible for the loss of them”.
Graham Jones, the Labour MP for Hyndburn, said:
“Mr Maduro and his predecessor Mr Chavez have destroyed an economy despite being oil rich, abused human rights and replaced democracy with authoritarianism backed by military might”.
Frank Field, the Labour MP for Birkenhead, urged Corbyn to condemn the leadership, saying:
“I think how he responds on this is crucial. And I think what’s going on in Venezuela is desperate”.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, last week said that the Venezuelan leadership was “acting like the dictator of an evil regime”.