Kelly commits to close co-operation with UK Labour Leader Starmer

Labour Trade Unionists
16 April 2020
  • “We must have a new social contract that guarantees living wages and a decent standard of living. That is something that Labour will be fighting for in Ireland and the UK.”

Following a video conference call with Kier Starmer MP (leader of the UK Labour Party), Anneliese Dodds MP (Shadow Chancellor) and Lisa Nandy MP (Shadow Foreign Secretary), the leader of the Irish Labour Party, Alan Kelly TD, reiterated Labour’s commitment to close cooperation with our British counterparts.

Alan said:

“I was delighted to speak with Keir Starmer and his colleagues today and to congratulate him personally on becoming leader of the UK Labour Party. Ireland’s Labour Party has a long history of working constructively with our British counterparts, and I want to see that continue under my leadership.

“Today we discussed several common concerns, including COVID-19, Brexit, Northern Ireland and our mutual desire for a new social contract to emerge in our countries following the epidemic. We agreed to continue our dialogue in the coming days and weeks.

“We expressed our solidarity for frontline workers who are holding our societies together during this crisis.

“We agreed that, following the current crisis, our parties will resist any return to an economy where hospital cleaners, home help and shop assistants are among the lowest paid and most precarious workers in our economies.

“We must have a new social contract that guarantees living wages and a decent standard of living. That is something that Labour will be fighting for in Ireland and the UK.”

ENDS

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