Labour candidates for Harwich Town Council, Tendring District Council and the Harwich and North Essex Constituency were outside the Palace of Westminster yesterday lunch time to support the protest against Part Night Street Lighting.
The protest received widespread media coverage on both TV and radio although it was disappointing that the BBC reported that Conservative and UKIP MPs refused to meet the protesters as it was considered to have been a Labour organised protest.
Leader of the Labour Group, Ivan Henderson, says, “The truth is that this was a protest organised by the public but it is only Labour who is supporting the public’s campaign for the street lights to be switched back on at night. I am sure that the other parties would have been welcome on the coach but they chose not to take part. Likewise, it was very disrespectful that the local MPs knew their constituents were protesting outside but declined to come out to speak to them.”
A number of prominent Labour MPs came out to show their support for the protest and those taking part were particularly delighted when Dennis Skinner crossed Parliament Square to show his support.
“Labour has consistently supported the public on this issue and will continue to do so,” continued Ivan Henderson. “The other parties should stop playing politics and simply admit that the lights should be switched back on.”
Further information contact Harwich Labour Press Officer Garry Calver on 01255 551940