We all became Labour Party members for different reasons. For some it was through a Trade Union, for others it was because of a local campaign, or the knowledge that the Labour party through its tireless fights for justice was the only party that can truly deliver the change needed.
For me, I wanted to change the fundamental unfairness in our society, from discrimination to a lack of opportunities for everyone.
We can all pick a whole host of unfair and disastrous policies this Tory Government has introduced; top down NHS reforms, legal aid cuts, reorganising schools, wildly disproportionate cuts targeting Labour Councils, failure to clamp down on tax evasion, not supporting local businesses, the list could go on and on.
One theme unites these issues. Inequality.
This goes beyond the growing gap between rich and poor. It’s about the inequalities that I can see eroding our diverse communities across Harrow. It’s about the inequalities between those who can afford the basics like housing and food and those that can’t. It’s about the fact that more disadvantaged areas are not as well maintained and often have poorer public services.
As the new Leader of the Labour Group in the London Borough of Harrow, I believe that the Labour Party, both locally and nationally should be at the forefront of the fight to reduce inequality in our society. We must do that in our areas but we must also hold this Tory government to account for the damage they are doing.
Throughout our history one lesson the Labour Party must continue to heed is that it’s only when we win elections that we can make the change we want to see in society. Today, the people being charged the bedroom tax or having to wait longer for NHS treatment are paying the price for our inability to convince people that we need a Labour government.
Not only must Labour continue to be the party of new ideas, social justice and fighting inequality, but it must also be the party that wins. That will only happen if we root ourselves in the communities we represent. We must get out of the town hall and on the streets, talking to people about their concerns. It is only when we do that, we can win again. That’s what I plan to do with the Labour party in Harrow.
Cllr. Sachin Shah
Leader of the London Borough Harrow Labour Group