Howlin to attend British Labour Conference

24 September 2017

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin will attend the UK Labour Party Conference in Brighton over the coming three days, and will focus his efforts on seeking to further develop the Labour Party position on Brexit.

“I am delighted to once again attend the UK Labour Conference in Brighton this year. As members of the Party of European Socialists, I have been working alongside Jeremy Corbyn and Colum Eastwood over recent months to try to influence the debate on Brexit in the United Kingdom, and to clearly spell out the dangers of Brexit to the island of Ireland.

“As sister parties, our friendships are deep and enduring. Friends have an obligation to support each other, but also to be honest with each other. I will be reiterating my belief that Brexit will be bad for Britain, and bad for Ireland too. And I will be welcoming the nuanced position that Labour has adopted over recent weeks, while calling upon the Labour leadership to go further, and to take whatever actions they can to stop the relentless drive towards a hard Brexit.

“I look forward to engaging with members, activists and politicians from across the United Kingdom over the coming days at what promises to be a lively and eventful Labour Conference.”


Notes for editors:

Deputy Howlin’s engagements at UK Labour Conference will include:

  • Addressing the Freedom Rally in favour of freedom of movement, alongside Manual Cortes (General Secretary, TSSA), Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London), Tulip Siddiq (MP), Sally Hunt (General Secretary, UCU) and Rupa Huq (MP).
  • Panel discussion on ‘What does Europe think of Brexit?’ alongside Keir Starmer (Labour Shadow Brexit Minister), Marije Lafebber (Party of European Socialists) and Glenis Willmott (MEP).
  • Addressing Labour Party Irish Society alongside Colum Eastwood (Leader of the SDLP)
  • Keynote address at the ‘Ulster Fry’ breakfast event on ‘Brexit and what is means for British Irish relations and the border’
  • Attending official conference dinner, alongside Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Leader) and Ian MacNicoll (Labour General Secretary)
  • Panel discussion organised by the Fabian Society on ‘Britain, Europe and the World’, alongside Emily Thornberry (Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary)
  • Attending Irish Embassy Reception, alongside Adrian O’Neill (Irish Ambassador to the UK)

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