Scarborough and Whitby is one of 650 Parliamentary Constituencies in the UK. Our constituency is a target seat for Labour, and if Labour is to win the next general election we need to win here. In 2017 we halved the Tory majority and came within 3,435 votes of claiming victory.
This website is here to encourage you to get involved, and show you how. Scarborough and Whitby Labour Party is friendly and welcoming, and we are campaigning hard to win. Our parliamentary candidate Hugo Fearnley, selected in 2018, has lived in the constituency for most of his life and is making great headway, out on the doorstep week in and week out, listening to the concerns of local people.
Scarborough and Whitby’s current MP is Robert Goodwill, a Conservative who doesn’t live in the constituency and does not engage in the issues that are of great importance to most of his constituents – the housing crisis, threats to local health and education services, the dire state of the local economy and lack of opportunities for young people. Scarborough and Whitby hasn’t always been Conservative: Labour’s Lawrie Quinn was a hard-working MP from 1997, and held his seat in 2001.
Since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader the local constituency party has seen a surge in active members, and as we’re now a target seat, additional help and training is being provided by Labour’s regional support team.
What’s become clear recently is that the people’s fight is always on. We’ve taken for granted the hard-won rights and social gains that benefit everyone. Now, we have to protect and rebuild them. We didn’t win equality permanently. We didn’t win workers rights forever. Our NHS isn’t guaranteed. Free higher education has gone. The United Nations thinks our levels of poverty and our treatment of women and disabled people is punitive, mean-spirited and callous (read it yourself – every line is a shocker). The UN says the government had a choice and chose austerity.
Labour is building a positive movement of people like you who want a fair society. You don’t have to do a lot (but you certainly can if you want to, here’s how). If you want to help, at least vote, and vote for Labour. And there’s so much more you can do, so many friends to make, and so much good feeling to be enjoyed from getting involved to make the world a better place.
So, welcome. Join Labour and let’s make it happen together.