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Press Office of James McLaughlin MP

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Press Office of James McLaughlin, Member of Parliament for Wirral South

For all media inquiries, contact my Press Secretary Tommy Dawson
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Shadow Minister for Schools (2018-19)
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James McLaughlin makes endorsement for leader of the Labour Party

Westminster: James McLaughlin, Shadow Minister for Schools, has announced who he is backing for the next Labour Party leadership

After careful and thoughtful consideration and conversation with candidates, James McLaughlin has come to the decision to endorse Hilda Harrington for the Labour Party Leadership.

Firstly, McLaughlin paid tribute to Jeremy Corbyn as a leader who “has shown great integrity over the last four years” and has been a “credit to our party and our movement”. The Shadow Cabinet Minister stated “I have worked closely with Jeremy even before my time in parliament and I’ve seen first hand how dedicated he is to doing the right thing to build a fairer and more decent society” before going on to say “[Jeremy] has done so much to bring our movement forward and has brought our party back to it’s roots''.

Following this, the Wirral South MP and former advisor to the outgoing leader declared his support for the Hilda Harrington campaign, saying “I have engaged in conversation with candidates about their vision for the future and, while I believe there are positives about all campaigns, I feel that the Hilda Harrington campaign is the best chance for Labour to maintain our radical vision for change in the post-Corbyn era and empower our members with mandatory reselection”. He also stated that “my endorsement does not mean that I will not hold the leadership to account if I do disagree with them” before following up with “whoever of these capable candidates is chosen by our members will have my loyalty as I respect the decision of the members in who they elect to the leadership, even if we do have disagreements which will hopefully be discussed in a calm manner for a mutual solution”.

Additionally, James McLaughlin stated how he believed that the candidates have put forward some "fantastic proposals" and implored the winner of the contest to "work with their fellow candidates" to "hold this cruel and callous conservative government accountable and take Labour into government at the next election".

Finally, the left wing MP said “tackling antisemitism must be at the top of the new leader’s priorities”.
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Westminster: Labour MP James McLaughlin talks about flags and teaching the history of Britain in schools

Socialist Labour MP for Wirral South and former Shadow Schools Minister, James McLaughlin, today weighed in on the ongoing debate over flags and talked about educating children about Britain’s history and role in the world over time.

McLaughlin said:
“The government has recently brought forward proposals for our children's schools in order to reinvigorate a sense of 'national character, pride, and confidence', in the words of the Prime Minister, but what this really is, is in fact an empty gesture of patriotism. We could have been debating important issues including the increasing rate of child poverty in Britain, but instead that is what the government brought to the house.

But we can use this debate now to single out the importance of teaching future generations about the history of Britain, specifically the brutal colonialism and empire which our worldwide influence is based upon. Historical injustices and disgusting levels of brutality, such as the slave trade, should not just be mentioned during black history month, but should be a vital part of a progressive education for our children. We must commit to teaching kids about the impacts of British colonialism across the world as part of a balanced and fair education, so that the crimes of the empire are never repeated and colonialism can be pointed out and criticised as it continues across the world.”

This is particularly significant with awareness spiking again about the Israeli government’s actions in the Palestinian territories, which have been seen by many as modern day colonialism, following the governments “reckless” decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which “puts a potential peace process and two state solution at risk”.
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Glasgow: James McLaughlin speaks at a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament rally

“Thank You for attending this event today. It is integral that our movement stands in complete and unequivocal opposition to the maintenance of nuclear weapons. They do not bring us peace, they do not bring us security, they do not bring us safety.

I have been an opponent of maintenance of nuclear weapons for all of my political life, I have backed CND and stood in opposition and marched against nuclear weapons, because the reality is that nuclear weapons are not something which protect the people of Britain, they are something which costs the taxpayer billions for a weapons that will never be used, and those who would use it are unfit to be put in a position of power because what a nuclear weapon would cause is mass death and destruction among a civilian population.

But this government has remained committed to forking out billions on a weapon which does not keep us safe, and just puts the world in more danger. When the renewal was voted on in 2016, the total cost was calculated to be in the region of £205 Billion, before taking into account that the Ministry of Defence has a tendency to go way over budget. That is £205 Billion taken away from our National Health Service. That is £205 Billion taken away from Education in Britain. That is £205 Billion not being put towards police on our streets to actually keep our communities safer from the growing threats of crime. That is £205 Billion not going towards tackling the existential threat of climate change. That is £205 Billion not being invested in Britain’s future.

Many in Labour have a proud history in standing with CND in opposition to the maintenance of these weapons which would only cause a genocide if ever unleashed on a civilian population. That is what these weapons are, genocidal. Anyone who says they are willing to push that button and unleash nuclear weapons on anyone on Earth is either lying, or willing to commit one of the greatest atrocities possible, a nuclear holocaust. Someone who maintains either of those characteristics is simply not fit to govern this country.

But that proud history is not just one of my party, Scotland also maintains a proud tradition of opposing nuclear weapons, even when forced by the UK government to store nuclear submarines in HMNB Clyde. Despite this, Scotland has got a history of standing up to Westminster and demanding change, not just being forced to just accept what they are given. It is time for Scotland to once again stand up and say ‘No, absolutely no to Nuclear Weapons’.

Much like the imperialistic NATO, nuclear weapons have been out of date since the end of the Cold War at the latest. We made commitments in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to working towards nuclear disarmament, but successive governments, both red and blue, have ignored that responsibility to maintain their genocidal playthings. That is why I am calling on the Leader of the Opposition now to commit to opposing nuclear weapons and scrapping them under the next Labour government. Unfortunately, we can expect no progress from this government, but we must demand progress from the Labour Party as our party’s aim is to achieve radical change to improve our society for the many, and in order to do that, our party must be willing to offer that radical change.

I will end now with a simple message, we want a world of peace. We want a world of justice, where no one is homeless or starving. We want to tackle the great issues of poverty both in Britain and globally, and a step forward to achieving that better world would be to end the maintenance of Trident, scrap our nuclear weapons and instead, put that money towards something to really help the people of Britain as well as working collaboratively with other countries to achieve multilateral disarmament

Solidarity!”
James McLaughlin MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Wirral South (2017-)
Shadow Minister for Schools (2018-19)
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