Last Wednesday’s constituency party meeting was held at Cottenham village hall. The main event of the evening was a highly anticipated debate on whether to recommend a ‘People’s Vote’ when the final terms of the Brexit negotiations are known. The constituency party, alongside others across the UK, was to consider whether to support a contemporary motion produced by “Labour for a People’s Vote” and submit this motion to conference.
Darren Macey, CLP Secretary, proposed the motion and spoke in favour. He noted the potential divisiveness of a second referendum, but insisted that support for a second referendum was the natural outcome of Labour’s political strategy over the past 12 months – and indeed that this would be a winning strategy.
Dan Greef, former Parliamentary candidate spoke against, concurring with Darren’s support for remaining within the EU, but questioning if a second referendum was the correct tool. Given the hostility of the last campaign, and the willingness of the far right to use under hand tactics, he doubted if the second referendum would be any better than the first. The solution, he argued, was a free vote in Parliament.
The motions were accompanied by well-reasoned and balanced debate from many members of the constituency party. At the end of the lengthy debate, a vote was held and the motion was adopted by the constituency. South Cambridgeshire’s delegates to Labour Conference will be instructed to vote in accordance with this motion if it is accepted. As ever, the speakers were filmed (now up on the Facebook page) if you were unable to attend.
Councillor Gavin Clayton spoke briefly about the CamBed RailRoad project, and how we can support this. This was felt to be a potential opportunity to campaign as a party on a popular issue, especially in Cambourne where we have made gains recently.
In what is becoming a tradition, the meeting was followed by a brief trip to the Hop Bind Pub. Despite an absence of gin glasses, this provided a welcome post-debate social and a chance to catch up on all-things political, share ideas, and even a chance to discuss “that” dance video. We look forward to meeting ever more members next month in what promises to be another stimulating and active constituency meeting.
By Sean Spencer