Join Ed Miliband and address a public meeting of Heenan-Anderson Commission on Thursday 22

Members of the Heenan-Anderson commission will have their listening ears on as Labour leader Ed Miliband joins them to hear from local individuals and groups in a public meeting on Thursday 22 January in the Ulster University Belfast campus from 10am to 12.30pm. The Labour leader will also deliver a keynote address. [Ed – bet he doesn’t mention One Nation!]

The commission – launched by the Shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis back in November – are keen to views on the root causes of intergenerational economic marginalisation and deprivation in Northern Ireland. Individuals and organisations have until the end of January to submit their ideas.

Their group’s report will be published in time to feed into Labour’s General Election manifesto, and should Labour form the next government [Ed – Paddy Power is offering 9/2 odds for a Labour majority government – also 9/2 for a Tory majority] the commission’s proposals should influence NIO policy on tackling inequality and allowing people to have a greater stake in the economy.

If you want to attend, drop an email to rsvp AT heenan-anderson DOT org by 5pm on 20 January.Heenan Enderson Ed Miliband keynote invite

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  • Ernekid

    It’s always awkward to hear English politicians try to make speeches over here. It’s like when they’ve the Token English comic on the Blame Game. They’ve no idea what anyone’s talking about and they’re totally useless.

  • Dan

    Be fair, Miliband is totally useless in every setting, here or there.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Intergenerational economic marginalisation – good old Ed – no better man to join our local wee clown show.

    [edited – play the ball not the man]

  • Makhno

    I’m reminded of Jim Callaghan’s attempts at ingratiation in the early 70s “call me Séamus”, I think on the same trip someone nicked a branch man’s gun! Maybe we can call Ed, Eamon. There is possibly a bit more of an incentive for them to listen this time, given the projected parliamentary numbers post election, so this event may be interesting. But I agree with Dan and Ernekid, and would not relish listening to Miliband, so I’ll catch it on the news. Are they excluding political reps from this event? It might be telling to hear how they present themselves to Labour.

  • Practically_Family

    I couldn’t resist the temptation to call him Pob I’m afraid.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Send “Ivan” (?) out for the bacon sandwiches….more acceptable PC?


  • Miliband can come and say whatever he likes. Labour can produce reports to its heart’s content. Bottom line, the Party isn’t standing candidates here in Northern Ireland. All talk, but no confidence in putting ideas to the people and letting the voter provide the ultimate comment.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Bottom line is why does an Independent Commision have any partisan speakers alongside it.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Part of it’s due to the optimal one manditory female panelist ratio, if we had Nuala McKeever, Olivia Nash or Alexandra Ford it’d be just a Hole in the Wall reunion.