People of Burnley and Pendle given chance to question Labour leader Sir Keir Starmar in virtual meeting today

The people of Burnley will be given the chance to question Labour leader Sir Keir Starmar in a virtual meeting this afternoon.

Thursday, 18th June 2020, 9:46 am
Updated Thursday, 18th June 2020, 9:48 am

Sir Keir is hosting a series of virtual ‘Call Keir’ meeting in East Lancashire where he will call for an emergency Back to Work Budget to protect North West jobs

He will take questions directly from the public in one of a series of virtual meetings led by the Labour leader in every region and nation of the UK.

The hour-long meeting will take place over Zoom from 1-30pm, with journalist Hannah Al Othman chairing.

Sir Keir Starmar is ready to speak to people in Burnley and Pendle about issues affecting including jobs, education and the effects of the coronavirus

Members of the public will have the chance to ask questions directly to the new Labour Leader about the coronavirus, what issues they would like to see raised with the Government, particularly in relation to job losses and the local economy, and what lessons Labour needs to learn from last year’s election defeat.

People have been asked to register to attend, but everyone is invited to join the meeting, including non-Labour Party members and voters.

This week’s event follows Call Keir events across the nations and regions of the UK, as well as a series of topical virtual meetings, including with key workers, small businesses and representatives of the BAME community.

Sir Keir said: "Labour has a mountain to climb in after a sobering election result in December. We need to rebuild trust with voters in Lancashire, and that starts by listening to people.

“I also want to hear how people are coping with the coronavirus crisis. I am concerned that the Government was too slow to recognise the scale of the health crisis and we are already paying the economic price.

“This week’s figures show that unless the government acts, we are likely to face mass unemployment across the North West. That’s why Labour has called for an emergency Back to Work Budget with one focus: jobs, jobs, jobs.”