News Release: Labour Friends of Poland to launch at the House of Commons

March 3, 2009


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.”






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