The West Midlands candidate on Labour’s prospects and Brexit.
Labour have set out their stall for Thursday’s EU Elections. Jeremy Corbyn has firmly laid the blame on Brexit at Theresa May’s doorstep. The party manifesto has seen Corbyn claim that: ‘Three years of botched negotiations between the government and the European Union have left everyone frustrated.’
Zarah Sultana, a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham, is standing for Labour in the West Midlands. She understands Mr Corbyn’s message to voters.
“It’s always harder to put forward a sensible, pragmatic policy than it is to resort to the simplistic slogans of ultra-Brexiteers and ultra-Remainers. I think our message of uniting our divided country is cutting through that noise.
“As Jeremy Corbyn has said, we can no more ignore the views of the millions who voted Remain than we can those of the people who voted Leave.”
She is pleased with how her own campaign has gone so far:
“I’m really pleased with how many people have attended hustings events across the West Midlands,” she said. “Younger voters seem particularly engaged because they understand how important these elections are for the future direction of Europe.
“Above all else, we must avoid a no-deal Brexit which would be a disaster for jobs and the economy.”
With the Liberal Democrats looking likely to make gains at the polls, Zarah thinks it’s important to remember their recent history and to remind the electorate of that.
“The Lib Dems propped up David Cameron’s government and helped impose failed Tory austerity. Which has emboldened the far right.
“It’s important for Labour to remind people that just four years ago, Nick Clegg and their current leader Vince Cable were in Cabinet. Their position on Brexit is just opportunism. It’s up to the Labour Party to remind people of that.”
Change UK is a recent addition to Britain’s divided political landscape. They are aiming for the same voters as the Lib Dems -those who wish to remain part of the EU. This is something that hasn’t escaped Zarah’s attention.
“On Change UK, or whatever they are called this week, I think people have had enough of politics funded by big donors. As for where they stand politically, it seems like a second EU referendum is the only thing they agree on.”
Is there any chance of Britain leaving the EU before the October 31st deadline? Zarah thinks not.
“That’s looking increasingly unlikely,” she says. “Particularly after Theresa May refused to budge on any of her red lines during negotiations with the Leader of the Opposition.”