At this very difficult time our first thoughts will always be to our loved ones, our communities and the most vulnerable among us. Nye Bevan was right when he said this:
“Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay, nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune the cost of which should be shared by the community.”
And that goes far beyond politics- but as Labour folk I am sure we will be putting all our energies to treating everyone, no matter who, with kindness and solidarity. It is that humanity, that mutualism, that defines us.
There are common sense measures as a local party we must take. All meetings and events are suspended till further notice. As you will have seen, local elections have been postponed till next year. Now as a party, we need to go forth and look to our communities, online and practically. There are plenty of community groups in Furness we can support- please e-mail and I will signpost you to them.
Together, we have our online groups and I urge all members to reach out to each other and please both offer and especially ask for help if you need it. Please contact me at any time you need our support.
Although we can’t physically get out and support Labour together, there are other ways. We can organise online, we can plan and support future actions in solidarity and we can contribute to what will be much needed funds locally, so when this is over, we can best support our communities. Only if you are able, please consider supporting Furness CLP by clicking the following link —> https://donate.labour.org.uk/barrow_and_furness/1
Harold Wilson said, “The Labour Party is a moral crusade or it is nothing.” I know you will take that morality, that humanity and that courage into the days ahead. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.
All the best,