We had the great privilege of being joined by the Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman MP, for our local campaign launch on Saturday morning.
The event began with a members’ meeting where Sue talked through Labour’s environment policy ‘The Green Transformation’, as well as explaining her role as shadow secretary of state, and giving some insights into the Brexit situation from a parliamentary perspective. She then took questions from the floor and discussed issues ranging from Labour’s food policy (which she has direct responsibility for), to the importance of keeping climate change at the top of the agenda, to local issues of housing, transport and air quality and how they require joined-up thinking in relation to environment policy.
“I was really impressed with your manifesto. There are some cracking policies in there and you should all be really proud to go out there and stand on this basis.”Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
After the meeting and some photos with local candidates, we headed into the town centre to talk to shoppers about their priorities for Taunton. Many were concerned about the deteriorating town centre, lack of adequate infrastructure and transport, and an increase in crime; all issues covered in our manifesto. Some also came to speak to Sue personally about environmental policy, and we had some good conversations and a lot of positive feedback.
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PS. the event got significant coverage in the County Gazette; you can read it here: https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/17491622.sue-hayman-shadow-environment-secretary-visits-taunton-labour-party/