From Obama to Thurrock to Manchester: What Polly has learned from the Democrats
Date posted: 30-09-2012
A FEW WEEKS AGO, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Thurrock, Polly Billington went to work at the Democratic Party Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
When we met with Polly to discuss what she had learned from the experience, this reporter thought we might chat about some of the beauties of North Carolina such as Asheville, Wilmington etc. We thought wrong.
Polly said: “This was no holiday. As a volunteer working at the convention, it was very long days and back to the mini-bus to the premier inn.”
What was important was what Polly saw from the speeches of Barack Obama and indeed Michelle Obama and what they meant to Thurrock.
Polly said: “It was interesting to see how president Obama intervened to help General Motors. Millions were injected to support the ailing car plants.
“I contrasted what happened there to the lack of intervention and help given to the Petroplus plant at Coryton.
“It re-inforced why we want to see a change in the bankruptcy laws.
This week, Thurrock Labour Conference have tabled a motion which states:
“Conference notes that currently there is no obligation for administrators to consider the national significance of infrastructure in such cases and resolves that Labour will explore changing the rules in this regard. Conference also resolves that Labour in government will develop an active industrial strategy to safeguard the national energy infrastructure and ensure we have the manufacturing capacity that makes the country fit for a strong and prosperous economic future.”
Polly and a number of Thurrock Labour are now in Manchester and it will be interesting to see what messages they bring back from conference.