In Southampton, where the sky is blue but the politics are red, Labour Party members turned up in their hundreds to attend the Labour South East Regional Conference.
Southampton local, the brilliant Jennie Formby, Labour’s General Secretary opened the conference and other speakers included Shadow Secretary of State for Housing John Healey MP and Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation Chi Onwurah MP who both gave speeches on Labour’s plan to transform the South East and support an economy that works for the many and not the few.
We also some fantastic panels, including our Equalities Panel and MPs Panel which provided a platform for some probing questions from the audience to our MPs in the South East.
Conference also passed a number of motions, on Housing, Health, and Access to Employment Advice All Women Shortlists.
It promised to be a weekend of contemplation as we looked back at the changes of the past two years both. There was a lot to be proud of but in turn we have proved, that we have even more to fight for as a region.
One of the main changes are our new additions in the regional office, the changes represent a drive to embed Labour into the communities we hope to represent. There is a new Community Organising unit; a new community organiser and digital community organiser, who are supporting grassroots campaigners, to improve lives and ultimately to win more elections.
We are proving that no seat is unwinnable as we shake up the status quo across Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, East & West Sussex, and the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire.
We want to thank everyone who was involved in making it a successful weekend, from those who led training, organised fringe events and volunteered in many capacities.