Scarborough and Whitby is one of 650 Parliamentary Constituencies in the UK, and if Labour is to win the next election we need to win here. Our constituency is a target seat for Labour. At the 2017 General Election we came within 3,435 votes of claiming victory.
This website is here to encourage you to get involved, and show you how. Nothing is more persuasive than a conversation, and we aim to knock on every door.
Scarborough and Whitby’s current MP is Robert Goodwill, a Conservative who doesn’t live in the constituency and does not engage in the issues that are of great importance to most of his constituents – the housing crisis, threats to local health and education services, the dire state of the local economy and lack of opportunities for young people. Scarborough and Whitby hasn’t always been Conservative: Lawrie Quinn won for Labour in 1997 and again in 2001. Labour halved the Tory lead in the last election, making us a target seat. Our new candidate Hugo Fearnley is making great headway.
Since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader the local constituency party has seen a surge in active members, and as we’re now a target seat, additional help and training is being provided by Labour’s regional support team.
What’s become clear recently is that the people’s fight is always on. We’ve taken for granted the hard-won rights and social gains that benefit everyone. Now, we have to protect and rebuild them. We didn’t win equality permanently. We didn’t win workers rights forever. Our NHS isn’t guaranteed. Free higher education has gone. The United Nations thinks our levels of poverty and our treatment of women and disabled people is punitive, mean-spirited and callous (read it yourself, every line is a shocker). The UN says the government had a choice and chose that path.
Labour is building a positive movement of people like you who want a fair society. You don’t have to do a lot (but you certainly can if you want to, here’s how). If you want to help, at least vote, and vote for Labour. You’ll soon have a chance, as Scarborough Borough Council elections are coming up in May 2019. And there’s so much more you can do, so many friends to make, and so much good feeling to be enjoyed from getting involved to make the world a better place.
So, welcome. Join Labour and let’s make it happen together.