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Development Doorstep 2 – This Saturday in Harrow!

21 April 2015

LCID believes poverty is political, and that only the Labour Party has the values and record of delivery to deliver for people in poverty, wherever they live.

The last Labour Government helped transform millions of lives for the better, and at LCID we are committed to doing all we can to return a Labour Government to power again in this election.

So in this election we have been focusing particular attention on Labour PPCs in marginal seats, who we know are champions of international development. These events have already had a great impact, offering LCID supporters the opportunity to meet and show their support for Labour candidates, and having some great conversations with potential voters across the UK!

There are opportunities to campaign in person, or by phone banking.

The Election Countdown – chances to get involved before the election

1) #DevelopmentDoorstep 2 THIS SATURDAY – for Gareth Thomas, LCID Honorary Vice-President and former DFID Minister in Harrow West, and Uma Kumaran, Harrow East

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When:  Saturday 25th April , meeting at 11.00

Where: 132 Blenheim Road, Harrow, HA2 7AA (get the Metropolitan tube to West Harrow). We’ll be campaigning in Harrow East in the afternoon. Email mike@lcid.org.uk if you can make it!


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2) Phonebanking for Melanie Ward, LCID Advisory Board member and PPC for Glenrothes & Central Fife

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When: Wednesday 22 April, 6pm-8pm

Where: 65 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AS (next door to Labour Party HQ)

RSVP: contact Steven at s_fin@yahoo.com to let him know you’re coming!

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3) #DevelopmentDoorstep 3 – 2nd and 3rd May – Time and location tbc!

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Our campaigning so far

  • On 28th March, LCID ran our first #DevelopmentDoorstep Day for Neil Coyle in Bermondsey and Old Southwark and Tulip Siddiq in Hampstead and Kilburn.

 

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  • Campaigning for Alison McGovern, LCID Honorary Vice-President, weekend of 11th and 12th April

At every door… #LabourDoorstep #DevelopmentDoorstep #VoteLabour #LabourCID #Labour

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#DevelopmentDoorstep campaigning for our Vice President Alison McGovern in Wirral #VoteLabour

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  • Phonebanking for Melanie Ward, LCID Advisory Board member and PPC for Glenrothes & Central Fife, Thursday 9th April and Thursday 16 April

Phonebanking for Melanie Ward, who is standing in Glenrothes and is on LCID's Advisory Board

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  •  On the #DevelopmentDoorstep for Daniel Zeichner with Cambridge University Labour Club, on Monday 20th April

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  •  Canvassing for Will Martindale, candidate for Battersea and a former Oxfam advisor, Tuesday 7th April

Campaigning for Will Martindale in Battersea, a former Oxfam advisor

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  •  Canvassing for Claire Leigh, LCID’s former Chair, in Tonbridge & Malling, Saturday 14th March

On the #LabourDoorstep in #Tonbridge with former #LabourCID chair Claire Leigh #DevelopmentDoorstep

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I leave this House feeling a huge amount of gratitude, but also with some concern – Gordon Brown’s valedictory speech in full

7 April 2015

I ask this House to remember that our greatest successes as a country have come not when we have been divided nor when we have turned inwards, but when we have confidently looked outwards and thought globally, our eyes fixed on the wider world and the future.

With the unwinding of the Pax Americana, and in the wake of the recent retreat from global cooperation – for today we have no global climate change treaty, no global financial standards and for the first time in half a century no world trade agreement – we must recapture what now seems a distant memory – the heightened global coordination of 2009 which Britain led – and never allow ourselves to become spectators or watchers on the shore, when the world needs us, in Europe and beyond, to lead and champion global action to deal with poverty, pollution, proliferation and protectionism – and to defuse what is potentially the biggest global flashpoint: the growing anger of millions of disenfranchised young people in the poorest countries at the unacceptable denial of the basic opportunities they deserve and demand. And so it is right and it is a tribute to all here that two of the last Acts of this Parliament are new laws on aid and slavery, guaranteeing the British people’s long term support to the most vulnerable in the world.

 

Ed Miliband tells Cosmo: If I could change one thing in the world it would be to end extreme poverty

2 April 2015

Ed Miliband was asked by Cosmo, if there was one thing he could change in the world, what would it be? Here’s what he answered:

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Read the rest of his answers here!

The Choice on International Development

1 April 2015

The choice in this election on international development is clear – between electing a Labour government to continue our tradition of helping the world’s poorest people…and a Conservative government whose pledges to voters do not contain a single mention of international development. And worse, their most likely coalition partners, UKIP, want to abolish DFID and the aid budget by £9bn a year.

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Leading in the World – Labour’s manifesto pledges

Globalisation has increased connectivity between countries and people, as global challenges increasingly demand global solutions. Instead of building upon Britain’s role in addressing global challenges, David Cameron has been content to watch from the sidelines. Time and again he has put his Party before his country – he is sleepwalking Britain towards exit from the European Union, trying to keep his Party in line while putting British jobs at risk. Meanwhile, Britain’s commitment to climate change, human rights and multilateral organisations has frequently fallen by the wayside, with a reliance on the private sector for the delivery of development assistance not being met with adequate levels of transparency and accountability.

Labour’s Plan

The next Labour Government will put Britain back at the heart of global affairs. We believe Britain must play a proactive role in tackling international issues and we won’t shy away from the big challenges: working to eliminate extreme poverty, supporting countries transitioning to democracy, tackling terrorism and climate change. With Labour, Britain will lead by example, working with our partners worldwide to promote our values and defend our national interests. Only by doing so can we hope to build a better, safer and more secure world. And because Britain will be better off remaining at the heart of a reformed EU, Labour will make the hard-headed, patriotic case both for reform in Europe, not exit from Europe.

Labour will:

  • Ensure an outward-facing Britain, using our assets to amplify our influence worldwide.
  • Lead by example on human rights, upholding them domestically through the Human Rights Act, and advocating them overseas.
  • Put reducing inequality, climate change, and promoting universal health care at the heart of international development, pushing for an ambitious agreement in 2015.

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The Conservative’s pledges on international development

Nothing. Not a single word. See for yourself on their own website.

 

UKIP – the Tories most likely coalition partners

UKIP will cut the foreign aid budget by £9bn per year – with a much-reduced aid budget administered by the Foreign Office, with DFID scrapped as an independent department with a Cabinet minister. Read more here.

 

#DevelopmentDoorstep this Saturday 28th!

25 March 2015

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Join LCID members, the LCID executive and MPs to campaign for Neil Coyle in Bermondsey and Old Southwark, and Tulip Siddiq in Hampstead and Kilburn.

These are two of the key target seats in London – Hampstead and Kilburn has a tiny majority and Bermondsey is a high profile seat we need to take from the Lib Dems. The day will be a great opportunity to meet other LCID members. We’ll be arranging both a place for lunch and dinner so please join us for the day.

We will also be joined by special guests including:
– LCID Honorary Co-President Glenys Kinnock and Neil Kinnock
– LCID Vice-President Seb Dance MEP
– Laura Kyrke-Smith, Lord Malloch Brown’s speechwriter as Africa Minister, who will share her top five lessons from her time at the Foreign Office.

We will be meeting at Borough tube station entrance at 10.30am to campaign for Neil Coyle.

We will then head to Hampstead and Kilburn in the afternoon to campaign for Tulip Siddiq, meeting at 3pm at Swiss Cottage tube.

Hope you can join us! Please let us know you are coming by clicking here.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT – ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION, March 20th 2015

23 March 2015

We met on 20th March with Thangam Debbonaire, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, David Jepson, Chair, and 15 other people.

The Labour government made very significant progress in relation to international development, with cabinet member status, commitment and major progress to attaining the target of 0.7% and focus on poverty reduction and millennium development goals. It is being eroded by the current government -for example backbenchers voting against and attempts to divert money to aspects of military expenditure. If the government is re-elected, it seems likely that this will continue for political and financial reasons.

Labour will retain the commitment and build on this commitment including budget allocation of 0.7% and the focus on supporting fragile and conflict states and will also give priority to tackling inequality, workers’ rights / decent work and tackling climate change.

Our discussion suggested that workers’ rights should be a central theme to ensure fair pay as well as reasonable working and contractual conditions, including in more rapidly growing middle Income countries. It will help move towards a fair playing field for working people internationally. Corporate Social Responsibility for multinational companies in terms of their global employment practices, environmental impact and record on taxation. In addition to scope for government level intervention, there is also a role for consumer pressure and also support from the Labour Party and from trades unions too. We also felt that the impact of climate change was transcending other areas of intervention and needed to be a central feature. The current government do not accord a key priority to this and the debate is influenced by climate change deniers on the right of politics. A continued emphasis on education for all children for all should also be a priority for UK support.

We should aim to develop a more bottom up and community based approach to the development and fine tuning of policy and the delivery of support so harnessing the knowledge and experience of our communities. Communities in Bristol have veryconsiderable knowledge, from different perspectives. Drawing on this will help ensure that support has the maximum impact on those who need it. Local government should also play a role in this and Bristol’s twinning links could be used better in this respect. Within recipient countries, small scale, locally based community organisations should be able to access development funding as well as larger and more powerful international bodies. However, the strengthening of the capacity and accountability of national governments should not be undermined.

There are different streams of development funding that support development. Including multinational funding (such as the EU), national funding (such as DFID), international NGOs supported via donations etc. (such as Oxfam, Cafod, Save the Children) but we should not forget the streams of funding channelled directly from individuals and communities (for example to Somalia or Pakistan). The important role of remittances was raised and more effort needed to ease this process and make it more effective. Maybe match funding from DFID or other funders could be introduced. It was also suggested that a crowd funding mechanism could be used to channel and focus community resources to specific projects in recipient countries.

In relation to next steps, we agreed to build a data base of people with an interest in / commitment to international development and hold a further meeting. We would explore specific ideas on crowd funding of projects, the role of remittances and building on Bristol’s twinning links.

“Back in the Ivory Coast, I managed to get a pen, book and blackboard at my school only thanks to international aid.”

10 March 2015

by Ake Achi, LCID’s Unions and Affiliates Liaison Officer

Yesterday was the day the UK’s commitment to people in need reached another level.

As a former child labourer, I spent more time in my family’s plantations planting cocoa and cafe trees, and cooking their beans, than most people drink hot chocolate and coffee in a day.

The 0.7% target now enshrined into law is a great relief. LCID has led a great fight to win the battle, but we still have a war against poverty to win.

Back in the Ivory Coast, I managed to get a pen, book and blackboard at my school only thanks to international aid.

Although we must go beyond aid, for this victory, thank you to all the members of LCID who have been fighting like lions to make sure that international development remains a priority for the next Labour government.

LCID was there at every stage to ensure that the 0.7% target becomes a reality. On the behalf of my nephews and nieces who are still working in the plantations, I say thank you to you. You are the true friends of the people in developing countries.

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