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As Labour’s referendum campaign tour arrives in Leicester and Nottingham today (Wednesday), Alan Johnson, Chair of Labour In for Britain, will say that the country’s future rests in the hands of young people.

Alan and Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, will be visiting Leicester and Nottingham to set out how:

•         Young voters will be key to securing a ‘Remain’ vote on 23 June but around one in four (1.5 million) 18-24 year olds have still not signed up to vote on June 23.

•         EU membership is vital to young people’s futures. UK higher education benefits greatly from EU funds and academic exchanges, and over 790,000 more jobs could be created by 2030 if we stay, through new trade deals and the opening up of markets in digital services, energy and tourism.

•         Nearly twice as many 18-24 year olds back voting to Remain than those aged 65, but they are only half as likely to say they will definitely vote.

Alan Johnson MP said:

“Whether in terms of job opportunities or further education at home, or the freedom to live, study, work and travel across our great continent, young people across Britain benefit enormously from our EU membership.
 
“They will be decisive in this referendum, not only in voting to Remain, but also in persuading their older, more socially conservative friends and relatives to vote for a brighter and more progressive future. We saw how significant this can be in last year’s Irish referendum on gay marriage.

“Young people understand what is at stake perhaps more than anybody. It is their future which hangs in the balance if they don’t turn out on the day.”
 
Gloria De Piero MP said:

“Young people know just how important our membership of the EU is – the majority would rather stay in. But far too many don’t plan to vote, and over one in four young people still aren’t registered.

“You have 27 days left to get on the register. So as we travel round the country I’ll be saying to all young people - don’t let the over-65s decide your future for you.”

Alan Johnson & Gloria De Piero – “Don’t let the over-65s decide your future for you”

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Labour’s Hardyal Dhindsa made history on May 5th with his election as the first Sikh Police and Crime Commissioner in England and Wales.

Mr Dhindsa who polled 78,858 votes to runner-up Conservative Richard Bright’s 77,245  now succeeds the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour’s  Alan Charles. He had previously served as Deputy to Mr Charles and campaigned on the work they had done together to make Derbyshire a safe, tolerant and inclusive county where people are respected and diversity is welcomed.

Mr Dhindsa, who praised his team; especially, his agent, Peter Ball and outgoing PCC, Alan Charles said:

 ‘This is a victory for everyone who wants Derbyshire to be as safe as it can be, with the needs of victims at the heart of all policies and the police supported in the work that they do on behalf of everyone. I have been privileged to meet people from every part of our county; its city, the towns, villages and rural areas during the course of this campaign and the points that they have raised with me about policing and crime prevention  have been invaluable. I will ensure that their voice is heard; that Derbyshire will say NO to the privatisation of police services and I will make the strongest possible case to government for proper funding for this essential service.

Whether it’s the perpetrators of traditional crime, or of new offences such as cyber crime, wrongdoers will be properly called to account for their actions and then rehabilitated to become responsible members of society. And there is no place for Hate Crime, Domestic Abuse or Wildlife Crime under my watch. I am ambitious for Derbyshire and simply want it to be one of the very best crime- free areas in the country. If we all work together we can make that a reality.’

During the course of his campaign, Harydal Dhindsa was joined by many senior Labour politicians including Dan Jarvis, Andy Burnham the Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow International Secretary, Diane Abbott.

IT’S DHINDSA FOR DERBYSHIRE!

Labour’s Hardyal Dhindsa made history on May 5th with his election as the first Sikh Police and Crime Commissioner in England and Wales.

Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidates in the East Midlands have all pledged to work with and support the LGBT community if elected on Thursday.

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The Labour PCC candidates for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire have all signed the LGBT Police and Crime Charter organised by the East Midlands LGBT Labour. The charter reads:

1. Ensuring all frontline staff treat LGBT victims with empathy, humanity and kindness
2. Improve hate crime awareness campaign's visibility in local communities and locations- helping the public to take appropriate action when witnessing hate crimes
3. Public Transport providers are trained in how to report and intervene to protect LGBT transport users and workers
4. Proactively engage with LGBT communities and service providers
5. Work to help build voluntary organisations that provide services to LGBT communities
6. Pursue non-punitive responses to hate offending to challenge underlying prejudices especially when individuals don't want to take the Criminal Justice conviction route

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Sean Kelly-Walsh, LGBT Labour East Midlands Chair, said: “Police and Commissioners play a vital role, including setting the policing priorities for their area. I’m delighted that all the Labour PCC candidates in the East Midlands have signed up to support this charter and work with our LGBT community."

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Hardyal Dhindsa, PCC Candidate for Derbyshire, said: “I will work to make Derbyshire truly tolerant and inclusive and I hope that these pledges will be a template for achieving that aim.”

Willy Bach, PCC Candidate for Leicestershire, said: “Proud to have signed LGBT Charter. Fairness and equality is a vital part of Police and Crime Commissioner’s responsibility.”

Lucinda Preston, PCC Candidate for Lincolnshire, said: "Proud to support the LGBT charter.  PCCs should be the voice of the community.  Equality and fairness are the foundations of the role.” 

Kevin McKeever, PCC candidate for Northamptonshire said: "As an out LGBT candidate I'm proud to sign up to Labour's first LGBT Police & Crime Charter. I'm proud too of the continued leadership the Labour Party continues to demonstrate on LGBT issues."

Paddy Tipping, PCC Candidate for Nottinghamshire, said: “This an important issue where by working together we can and are making a real difference.”

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Labour backs LGBT Police and Crime Charter

Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidates in the East Midlands have all pledged to work with and support the LGBT community if elected on Thursday.    

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