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Polish readers may be interested to read this interview with Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, published this week in Prsekroj.
September 23, 2009
Our Facebook group has been up and running for some months and now has over 120 members. We are also delighted to introduce our new Membersnet group which we hope to build up to let Labour Party members know about the activities of the group and future LFP events and campaigning opportunities.
You must be a Labour Party member to register with Membersnet, but anyone is welcome to join our Facebook group in order to keep up to date with LFP. If you would like to join either group just click on the links in this post or in the ‘groups’ section at the bottom of this page.
September 21, 2009
Labour Friends of Poland will be running a stall at Labour Party Conference in Brighton where interested attendees can receive some LFP literature and discuss the current work of the Group with a representative who will be manning the stall.
The stall will be staffed by an LFP representative between 9am and 12:30pm in the Conference centre on Tuesday 29th September, but at other times throughout Conference attendees may visit the stall and pick up some literature about LFP, as well as other “Labour Friends of” groups.
(Labour Party Annual Conference 2009 is taking place in Brighton from the 27th September -1st October)
For further information contact the LFP team on firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS RELEASE: Poland a ‘vibrant, modern and confident European country’ says Foreign Secretary in letter to Labour MPs
July 7, 2009
Labour Members of Parliament with large numbers of Polish constituents this week received a personal letter from Foreign Secretary David Miliband with details of his recent official visit to Poland.
Labour Friends of Poland is pleased to reproduce the letter here:
I am writing to you as a Member with a large Polish community within your constituency to update you on a visit I made to Poland in June, which I hope will be of interest to you and your constituents.
Alongside meeting Polish Government representatives, I visited the OHEL exhibition at the Museum of History of Polish Jews and met with NGOs and community leaders to discuss multiculturalism in Poland. As one of the million Britons with Polish blood, I was excited to see Poland as a vibrant, modern and confident European country.
After a history that stretches from King Canute to the two hundred thousand Polish soldiers, air men and naval personnel who fought on the Allied side in the Second World War, the UK and Poland today stand as partners within the European Union. During my visit, and in a speech in Warsaw, I aimed to make the case that the EU, as it did after the Second World War and the Cold War, must again adapt to the changing geopolitical context we face.
The unquestionable insecurities and inequalities of today’s globalised economy will require a different kind of globalisation, where political institutions are able to establish the rules of the game that protect public interest. To achieve this, the two great projects of the European Union’s past – the single market and enlargement – need to be protected and extended. Europe needs, for example, an agreed rule book for financial regulation and greater cooperation on supervision to ensure we keep pace with the increased dynamism of international capital markets. Furthermore, the EU must continue to spread democracy through enlargement, stabilising areas as it has done in Eastern Europe and as we hope it will in the Balkans. Stability comes from the very fact that countries are prepared to undergo the reforms necessary to be part of the single market.
To strengthen Europe we also need deeper integration of energy policy. The EU is becoming increasingly dependent on imports from unstable or unreliable regions, while global demand for energy is predicted to rise by 45%. This requires regulation to make our homes and industries more efficient; greater diversity of our energy supplies, including new energy sources but also nuclear power; the electrification of our economies; and more solidarity between Member States through fully liberalised, transparent and integrated energy markets.
The key question for all Europeans is whether we want to be players or spectators in the new world order. To me the answer is obvious. There is enormous demand for the EU to play a greater role in global affairs. In the last year alone we have intervened to stabilise the crisis in Georgia; engaged with both the Ukrainians and the Russians to help resolve their dispute over gas; agreed bold and ambitious climate change targets; shaped a clear offer of engagement with Iran in support of a new US policy; despatched a naval mission to the Somali Coast to reduce the threat from Piracy; and stepped up our effort in Afghanistan with more police and more money.
To take this forward we face choices over finding and then prioritising the necessary resources necessary. We also need to cooperate effectively across cultural and political divides and get better at formulating genuine strategic responses to difficult policy questions, whether preventing nuclear proliferation, tackling climate change or deciding how best to influence and support the search for peace between Israel and Palestine. I am convinced that this can be achieved and that an active EU role is no longer a choice to be made.
These are key challenges that I see lying before the EU and it is critical that we, as MPs with European communities within our constituencies, communicate both the UK Government’s policy positions and underline that European co-operation is central to our political principles and objectives.
It is essential that we make the case for Europe passionately and consistently, both because a strong Britain at the heart of a strong EU is the only means by which we can make the progressive change we seek, and because the isolationist and Eurosceptic position of the Conservatives is a major strategic weakness which exposes them as perpetuators of their Thatcherite past and fundamentally undermines their ability to achieve their ambitions. This significant difference between the parties and Labour’s committed Europeanism will, I hope, become a central element of our campaign for a fourth term and a defining characteristic of our dialogue with our constituents.
Poland’s voice heard will be heard increasingly in Europe with Polish representatives now making up the fourth largest contingent in the European People’s Party and the Polish economy this year being the seventh largest in Europe. I very much hope that Labour’s voice can be increasingly heard amongst Polish communities in the UK through a meaningful and ongoing conversation.
If you would like any further information on my work as it relates to Poland please do not hesitate to get in touch with my office.
Rt Hon David Miliband MP
June 2, 2009
5 REASONS FOR UK POLES TO
ON THURSDAY 4TH JUNE
This Labour Government:
1. Championed Poland’s entry into the EU and NATO
2. Opened the labour market in the UK to hardworking and enterprising polish workers from the day of Polish accession to the EU – against conservative opposition.
3. Guaranteed migrant workers the minimum wage, and ensured that it has been uprated each year. Conservatives opposed the introduction of the minimum wage in the Uk, and even now some leading conservatives are actively campaigning for it to be scrapped.
4. Protected migrant workers from exploitation by illegal gangmesters. Labour legislation has meant an end to ‘middlemen’ recruiting workers (often migrants) to work in unsafe conditions and with exploitation pay.
5. Worked with Trade Unions and Local Labour councils to help integrate Polish workers and their families into life in Britain.
Labour will continue to work to ensure that the contribution Polish workers make to the British economy is based on fair wages, opportunity and secure living conditions for all.
The Conservatives are proposing a new grouping of European MEPs if their candidates are elected. They will be leaving the mainstream centre-right European Peoples Party grouping and setting up a new group along with MEPs from the PiS in Poland and other far right Parties in Europe. On 15th May PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski announced the formation of a new group including PiS Britiah conservatives, and the Czech far-right party ODS. Vote Conservative in the euro-elections – get the Kaczynskis for free!
Pięć powodów dlaczego Polacy w Wielkiej Brytanii powinni 4-go czerwca głosować na Partię Pracy
Rząd Partii Pracy:
1. Poparł wejście Polski do Unii Europejskiej i NATO
2. Otworzył rynek pracy dla ciężko pracujących i przedsiębiorczych Polaków, poczynając od dnia wejścia Polski do Unii Europejskiej — czemu przeciwna była Partia Konserwatywna.
3. Zagwarantował imigrantom minimalną stawkę płacy i zapewnił jej coroczną aktualizaję. Tymczasem konserwatyści nie chcieli wprowadzenia minimalniej stawki płacy i nawet teraz niektórzy z nich prowadzą aktywną akcję na rzecz jej odrzucenia.
4. Ochronił imigrantów przed wyzyskiem przez nielegalne organizacje. Ustawodawstwo Partii Pracy zwalczyło nielegalną rekrutację pracowników, często obcokrajowców, przez pośredników do pracy w niebezpiecznych warunkach i za małe wynagrodzenie.
5. Współpracował ze związkami zawodowymi i samorządami aby pomóc w integracji polskich pracowników i ich rodzin z życiem w Wielkiej Brytanii.
Partia Pracy będzię kontynuować swoją działalność, aby zapewnić, że wkład polskich pracowników do brytyjskiej gospodarki jest oparty na sprawiedliwym wynagrodzeniu, równości szans i zabezpieczeniu warunków mieszkaniowych dla wszystkich.
Partia Konserwatywna (jeżeli jej kandydaci w wyborach do Parlamentu Europeajskiego zostaną wybrani) proponuje sformułowanie nowej grupy skupiającej parlamentarzystów europejskich.
Konserwatyści chcą zerwać stosunki z centro-prawicowym ugrupowaniem europejskich partii ludowych i razem z polską partią Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) oraz innymi skrajnie prawicowymi partiami europejskimi stworzyć nowej ugrupowanie. 15 maja lider PiS, Jarosław Kaczyński, ogłosił formację nowej grupy składającej się z PiS, brytyjskich konserwatystów i czeskich skrajnie prawicowej partii ODS. Głos na konserwatystów w wyborach do Parlamentu Europejskiego to głos na braci Kaczyńskich.
Labour Friends of Poland is to celebrate its launch at the House of Commons on Monday 9th March.
This new group aims to improve communication between the UK Polish community and the Labour Party, and represent the interests of both.
Guests of honour at the reception in the Palace of Westminster will be Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Europe Minister Caroline Flint, as well as Polish Ambassador to London Her Excellency Ms Barbara Tuge-Erecinska. Also present will be a number of UK Labour Parliamentarians and Members of the European Parliament, as well as prominent members of the UK Polish community, representatives of trade unions and the UK Polish media. The event is being sponsored by the Association of Polish Entrepreneurs and Companies, UK (APEC – UK) in partnership with The Polish Bakery and RM Developments Ltd.
Chair of Labour Friends of Poland, Mark Lazarowicz (Labour MP for Edinburgh North and Leith) said:
“I know that there are many members of the Polish community in the UK who support the ideals that Labour stands for. The establishment of Labour Friends of Poland will provide them with an opportunity to express that support.”
Wiktor Moszczynski, Secretary of LFP (and former Ealing Borough Councillor) added:
“Labour have always been Friends of Poland. It was a Labour Government that championed Poland’s entry into the EU and NATO; it was a Labour Government that opened up the labour market in Britain to hard-working and enterprising Polish workers; it was a Labour Government that guaranteed them the national minimum wage and protected them from exploitation by illegal gangmasters. Labour authorities and trade unions have taken the lead in helping integrate Polish workers and their families with life in Britain. Poles feel comfortable with Labour as a proven friend.”