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Labour members know what we need: a referendum and a campaign for remain

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29.04.2019

Jeremy Corbyn’s 2015 leadership campaign motivated thousands. Enthused by an unequivocal, principled call to build a fairer Britain and a more peaceful world, I was one of hundreds who joined volunteer phone-banking sessions. In Labour’s 2017 general election team, I played a small part in the by then huge movement which inspired millions to vote for the party and which has since inspired socialist parties across Europe and beyond.

Making a decisive break with lowest common denominator politics, calling out austerity as a political choice and not a necessity, our reinvigorated party has forced cracks into the consensus supporting neoliberal economics worldwide. It has helped to restore the fight for social justice to the heart of left politics.

Labour has been bold, unapologetic in its defence of the marginalised and unafraid to challenge vested interests. This week it will be bold again, pushing for the UK to become the first country in the world to recognise that we are facing a climate emergency. Once accepted, this is a truth from which there can be no reversing. No half measures will be possible and the consequences for public policy-making and how we live will be – should be – significant.

So, to Europe. Three years after the Brexit vote, there is no easy way out of the near cul de sac into which an inept Tory government and a fractured parliament have driven us. The divides in our country will not fade if........

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