With a General Election looming, What is the best way forward for Labour?

So just when we thought the UK had its fair share of uncertainty after Brexit, there was a bigger wave on the horizon.

There will be a General Election on June 8th. Theresa May claims she reluctantly came to the decision, but this is definitely something that she would not have proposed if she did not think she would win and get a higher number of MPs. Opinion polls do show the Conservatives some way ahead of Labour, but is all lost? Does Labour have a chance to fight against a hard Brexit and gain some remain voters?

Labour has to be extremely careful in the way they pitch themselves as a party in these next few weeks. May and her government are great at grabbing the public’s attention with classic phrases like ‘helping ordinary working people’ and making people feel inclusive of the party. What does ordinary working people even mean anyhow? Labour needs to be clear, and give out the parties message in a way people can understand.

Labour needs to focus on its key policies, what it can do for the NHS and stop the privatisation of the health service and other sectors. Jeremy Corbyn needs to give clear facts. The parties recent introduction of the free school meals policy will definitely sway some voters and it is an example of concrete ideas and plans that the labour party would put in place.

Again, another issue is Brexit. Labour needs to give its standpoint on Brexit. Would they vote against Brexit? Would the stay part of the single market? Would it be a softer Brexit than Theresa May’s? The public have questions and if they are left with no answers, it’s inevitable that the public will vote with what they know. If Labour does not address this properly, they will lose MP’s to the Liberal Democrats no question. The Lib Dems are not afraid to express their discontent at Brexit, and they would even go as far as to stop it happening. How that is possible after the triggering of Article 50 I do not know.

If Labour is to have a chance at winning this coming election they need to take Brexit into account and offer to the public their chosen path as we leave the EU.

As Jeremy Corbyn said himself in a conference speech today, back in 2015 he was at 200/1 odds to win the Labour leadership contest and look at where he is now.

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From the past 12 months, we have had shocks not only in the UK with Brexit but also in America with the surprise election of Trump, you could argue that anything is possible.

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A week guide for students in London: 7 places all under £5!

Student in London? No money? Worry no more! Here is a place to visit – everyday of the week that wont break your bank or take a hit at your student loans.

Monday – Victoria Park

Victoria Park which is located in the East of London is, in my opinion, one of the nicest places to visit in London. It is so tranquil and it even has a lake which you can actually get a paddle boat and go across it during the year. Of course this is a very cheap place to go, its open to the public and free, although there is a lovely Cafe called Pavilion where you can buy some banana loaf or eat a full English while looking over the lake.

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Photo: Sarah Jardine – Victoria Park

Ministry of Sound – Tuesday 

The infamous Ministry of Sound night club holds a student night on Tuesday’s, Harrar! Nights out in London can become expensive very quickly for students. £4 entry to the club and drinks range from £3-£5 which for London is really good. They do different themes every Tuesday, from neon raves to dedicated nights to an artist. This is not one to miss, with five indoor rooms with a range of different music, there is something for everyone.

Angel Comedy night – Wednesday

A free comedy night at the Camden Head in Islington is definitely worth visiting. FREE?! Yes, absolutely free. The comedy night is on every single day of the week, so whenever you have some free time from your studies, make sure to visit Camden Head for a lot of laughs. The comedians have 5 minutes to impress, and the atmosphere is great and everyone is jovial.

Covent Garden – Thursday

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Covent Garden is a must! There are always great street performers and window shopping galore! It is a beautiful place to visit, you do not have to buy anything just wander around the beautiful ‘indoor streets’ and look at the lovely flowers that are plotted in many different places. If you want to gain a better idea of Covent Garden watch my vlog.

Friday – Tate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral

The Tate Modern art gallery is free admission and well worth visiting. There are many different types of exhibitions and thought provoking pieces of art work. Just across the Millennium Bridge is the beautifully stoic St Paul’s Cathedral which is lovely to look at and walk around the gardens. I think it is nice to look at St Paul’s from the outside, but if you are thinking of visiting, ticket prices are here.

Saturday – Koko Camden 

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Koko in Camden is well known for its Buttoned Down Disco Saturday’s. One Saturday every month is free entry before 10:30pm. That may seem really early to many of you, but when entry is £10 after, us students have no choice. Whenever I’ve been and it’s before 10:30 the venue is already packed and buzzing, the party well underway. There are many floors and there is a big dance floor area, if you pre-drink before it can be a very cheap night! The next night is 6th May and you can get an ‘invite’ here.

Sunday – Shoreditch market

On Sunday’s you will see Shoreditch absolutely packed both of people and market stalls. There is fresh produce, discount items, even sometimes from big labels, and a wide range of tasty food with that extra something special. It is a spectacle for the eyes, even if you don’t buy anything because you are strapped for cash, I mean which student has spare money, let’s be honest!

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Photo:Garry Knight under the creative commons license

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