I went to the 23rd silent march in North Kensington, last Tuesday night. And people rightly ask about the usefulness of electing Members to the European Parliament when said l was standing for Labour. At this point, l highlighted the Labour manifesto and our commitment to “…delivering a robust and comprehensive European fire safety strategy fit for the 21st century.”
In essence it is pledging to support stronger rules in the EU construction products regulation which sets standard on how products react and are resistant to fire. We will also campaign to support an EU wide fire safety strategy to identify where and what needs to be done to improve fire safety across the EU. That strategy should form the basis of identifying weak points in current standards and identify where more regulation and funding is needed. By doing all this we will hopefully stop another Grenfell inferno ever happening again.
So while the EU Election on the 23rd May appears to have been reduced to a referendum on a no-deal by Farage, you are ultimately electing people to represent you on matters quite literally of life and death.