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Thursday 23 November 2017
M65 Flooding - Councillor Iqbal urges County action



Leader of Pendle Council Cllr Mohammed Iqbal has written to the Cabinet Member for Highways at Lancashire County Council, Keith Iddon asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the lack of gully cleaning on the M65 which has led to very dangerous driving conditions in recent days. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Labour Pledges to Reopen Rail Lines



Ahead of the Autumn Budget Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald MP, is calling on the Government to match the Labour Party’s commitment to boost investment in and expand the rail network by filling in the missing rail links.

Re-opening rail lines have local support, are positive for business and can boost areas of economic deprivation. They can also alleviate congestion, reduce social isolation and improve productivity. That is why Labour is announcing the establishment of a working group to develop proposals for reopening rail lines across the United Kingdom. The group will work with local politicians, campaign and passenger groups, businesses, and devolved authorities to identify and set out plans for investing to open lines where there is a social and economic case to do so. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 29 September 2017
A letter from Councillor Mohammed Iqbal Leader of Pendle council to Andrew Stephenson MP, concerning
“ Pendle Council’s plans to build on Earby’s green fields”



Dear Andrew,

I understand from correspondence that I have received that you are encouraging residents in Earby to “help me fight Pendle Council’s plans to build on Earby’s green fields” and oppose the proposed disposal of Council-owned land in their area. Having had sight of the letter you have issued, I am disappointed that you have neither set out the reasons why Pendle Council is considering the disposal of these sites nor explained the considerable pressure being placed by the Government of which you are a member on local authorities such as Pendle both to deliver new housing and to deal with the funding reductions imposed by you. Download a copy of the letter here (PDF 397KB)
Friday 22 September 2017
Pendle Public Meeting on Public Sector Pay - Pay Up Now.



Public sector workers have lost thousands since 2010 due to the pay freeze and 1% cap. At long last the cap is beginning to crack, but we need to make sure that the government funds a substantial pay rise for all public sector workers.

As part of the pay campaign North West TUC and Unison have arranged a public meeting in Pendle on Monday 25th September 2017. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, at the Unity Wellbeing Centre, Vernon Street, Nelson BB9 9DX.

Wednesday 06 September 2017
Peaceful protest against genocide in Burma



Leader of Pendle Council Mohammed Iqbal has with support of fellow councillors organised a peaceful protest against the killing of thousands of innocent Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Councillor Iqbal said:

"It is a crime against humanity what the world is witnessing in Burma and I have been asked by many Pendle people to organise a peaceful protest on Friday 8 September outside Nelson library at 2.30pm.

"I have also written to the Member of Parliament asking that he asks the Prime Minister to intervene and stop any further killings. I am appalled at our government keeping quiet on such atrocities."
Saturday 19 August 2017
Jeremy Corbyn in Pendle



Jeremy Corbyn addressed a rally in Victoria Park, Nelson on Thursday (17 Aug 2017). He had a tremendous reception from the people who attended (estimated at 2,500). Follow this link to the Pendle News Page>>

We intend to put more photographs on our Facebook page.
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Tory Councillor found guilty by panel!

Conservative former Mayor and Earby Councillor Rosemary Carroll was found guilty at a Special Meeting of Pendle Council Hearings Panel on Monday 14 August 2017. The panel considered a report from the Council's Monitoring Officer following 2 complaints on 29th June 2017 by Councillor Wayne Blackburn and Councillor Mohammed Iqbal relating to the sharing on social media of a highly offensive and racist joke by Cllr Carroll. The report from the Monitoring Officer concluded "I consider the post to be derogatory and insulting to benefit claimants, and also racist", he also added“My finding is that there is sufficient evidence of a failure to comply with the Code of Conduct”.
Saturday 12 August 2017
Pendle Labour Party are pleased to announce the details of Jeremy Corbyn's much anticipated visit to Pendle on Thursday 17th August.



Mr Corbyn will be addressing a public rally at 4.30pm from The Bandstand in Victoria Park, Nelson. The visit forms part of his whistle-stop tour of marginal seats across the country this summer. Pendle is now one of the key seats that Labour must win to form the next government.

Pendle Labour Chair, Russell Tennant said:

“We are delighted to welcome Jeremy to Pendle. He is somebody who has inspired so many people to make their voices heard and to stand up for the values that will lead to a better society" .

People are asked to make their way to the park on foot where possible, to avoid traffic congestion and parking issues
Friday 21 July 2017
Shadow Minister visits threatened Colne Jobcentre



Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Debbie Abrahams MP, visited Colne yesterday (20th July 2017) to meet with disabled residents and activists from across Pendle and to discuss issues surrounding Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Many raised concerns about the imminent closure of Colne jobcentre and the effect that this would have on people’s lives. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Sunday 09 July 2017
Pendle Labour Party have been made aware of threats made against Andrew Stephenson MP and his staff on Tuesday, 4th July.

Whilst we and Mr Stephenson differ in our political views, Pendle Labour opposes any form of violence and condemns these threats in the strongest terms.

Political discourse should be about robust debate and putting your position across strongly, not threats and intimidation. Actions such as these are nothing more than an attack on our democracy which we should all vigorously defend.

Mark Porter
Chair of Pendle Labour Party
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Pendle Conservative MP votes against ending cuts to our police and fire service and lifting the public sector pay cap.



Wayne Blackburn, Pendle CLP Secretary and recent labour parliamentary candidate commenting on today’s vote in parliament said:

"During the General Election campaign, Andrew Stephenson attempted to portray himself as "Pendle's Champion". Today, he voted not to give public sector workers a pay rise despite years of nurses and firefighters dealing with a 1% rise in their wages, amounting to a real terms cut in their income. I wonder how he will look those public sector workers in Pendle in the eye tomorrow and still claim to be their champion?"

Friday 09 June 2017
Statement from Mark Porter, President of Pendle CLP



First of all on behalf of the CLP can I say a big thank you to all members and supporters who helped out during the General Election. Whilst we did not manage to get Wayne elected this time the result was fantastic and increasing our vote by 5,000 people and reducing the Tory majority from 5,500 to a little over 1,250 none of which would have been possible with all your help.

I would also like to put on record my personal thanks to Wayne for his hard work and dignity and his enthusiasm for this campaign, Wayne you should be proud of what you achieved in less than 6 weeks.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>


Wednesday 30 May 2017
Local Tory needs to apologise for calling local voter a Pa**!



Leader of Pendle Council and newly re-elected Lancashire County Councillor Mohammed Iqbal has demanded that the defeated Conservative candidate and barrister Afzal Anwar apologise for referring to a local resident as a "typical paki". Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>


Friday 26 May 2017
Barrowford Q&A and Meet



When: tomorrow, Saturday, 27 May 2017 between 11:00 & 13:00.
Venue: Holmefield House, Gisburn Road, Barrowford, BB9 8ND

This is a public meeting, hosted by Wayne Blackburn, the Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle
.

If you can't attend, find out more about Wayne here.

Saturday 13 May 2017
The 2017 General Election



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Monday 01 May 2017
Pendle Disability Champion selected for Labour



Pendle Labour Party is pleased to announce that Councillor Wayne Blackburn has been selected to stand as the Labour Party candidate in the General Election on Thursday 8th June. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

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Monday 10 April 2017
Tory Candidate says Syria should be bombed!!



Leader of Pendle Council Cllr Mohammed Iqbal has expressed his extreme disappointment in the Conservative candidate, Yassar Rauf who is standing in Nelson East division for LCC elections making a comment that "parts of Syria should be bombed " in a public video from Sunday 9 April 2017.

Cllr Iqbal said:

"At a time when we all feel the pain of the Syrian people, for Mr Rauf to make such a comment is very ill thought and if he is representing his party line then he should be ashamed of himself.

" As a council we have Syrian families living in Pendle. It will worry them if the Conservative party condones bombing in Syria killing innocent people."


Thursday 06 April 2017
Pendle Council pays tribute to Colin Waite who sadly died on Thursday 30 March aged 62.



Colin, a self-employed fishmonger who was known as the 'smiling councillor', was first elected onto Pendle Council on 2 May 1991.

He is the only councillor who was Mayor of Pendle twice - once in 1998/99 and again in 2001/02. Colin served the Clover Hill ward as a borough councillor for 15 years until his retirement on 8 May 2006.

He was also a Lancashire County Councillor for the Nelson area. More>>

Pendle Labour Party also extends our sympathies to Colin’s family – he will be much missed by all.


Saturday 25 March 2017
Fighting to Protect Local Services



Pendle Labour Party has announced its candidates for May’s County Council elections.

The prospective County Councillors have a wide range of experience ranging from Housing, Health and Wellbeing, Youth and Community, Disability Issues, Education, The Arts and The Environment.

Chair of Pendle Labour Mark Porter says: “We have a really strong team this year. All are dedicated to protecting vital public services in Pendle against cuts imposed by the Conservative Government. Labour is the only Party that is standing up for ordinary people in the face of unprecedented, Conservative attacks on their standard of living and quality of life.”

Pictured are: Azhar Ali (Nelson East); Manzar Iqbal (Pendle Hill); Wayne Blackburn (Pendle Rural); Yvonne Tennant (Pendle Central) and Mohammed Iqbal (Brierfield and Nelson West).
Further information on the Elections Page
Thursday 09 March 2017
Public Statement from Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Borough Council and Lancashire County Councillor for Brierfield & Nelson North




“It is evident that the Pendle Conservative Party are getting desperate when they resort to accusing me of colluding with or 'doing a deal' with the British National Party.

" For the record I can confirm that no deal of any kind has been done with the BNP.

“Unfortunately, this smear campaign and many other failed attempts to tarnish the Labour Party's and my reputation is all part of poorly orchestrated attempt to regain the leadership of the council and an attempt to influence the local electorate with their false stories. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>


Monday 27 February 2017
Pendle Council Budget Update




Leader of the Council, Cllr Mohammed Iqbal reluctantly proposed a Council Tax increase of £5 per year on a Band D property and said:

“It is a fact that the Conservative government has since 2010 made savage cuts to the money Pendle received and by 2020, we will have suffered a 68% cut or over £8 million in real cash terms.

“It is simply unsustainable for the council to continue provide the level of service expected by local residents in the face of such cuts by the Conservative government. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 14 February 2017
Burnley MP slams government pharmacy cuts - Pendle Today



Burnley MP Julie Cooper has slammed the Government over its “ill-conceived and simplistic cuts” to community pharmacies.

The Labour MP, who ran a pharmacy with her husband before entering Parliament, was speaking in the wake of impending government funding cuts. Read more here.
Saturday 21 January 2017
Fantastic response to our Care for the NHS campaign in Barnoldswick this morning.



Huge thanks to all the members who came to help and thank you to the residents of Barnoldswick who took the time, on a freezing day, to talk to us and sign the petition. Clearly, Barnoldswick cares for the NHS. More about The NHS campaign>>
Wednesday 21 December 2016




Friday 18 November 2016
Council praised for balancing the books - Pendle Today



Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Labour Leader of Pendle Council, said:

“These are tough times as we balance the budget each year with fewer resources, but I’m happy the auditors acknowledge that we do a good job.

“We produced the audited accounts two months earlier than last year and were among the earliest councils in Lancashire to do so.”

Read more on the Pendle Today web site

Tuesday 11 October 2016
Fracking Motion – Pendle Council




Reedley ward labour Councillor Yasser Iqbal has tabled a motion at the Pendle full council meeting on 20 October regarding the decision by the government to allow fracking in Lancashire.

Cllr Iqbal said "I am very concerned that the conservative government is supporting fracking in Lancashire and they granted a licence last year for Burnley and Pendle. I know that people living in the top part of Brierfield and Reedley are very worried the effect of possible fracking will have on the area. I'm calling on our member of parliament to stand up for the people of Reedley and join my campaign to stop any fracking in Reedley" Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 05 October 2016
In memory of John David.

Pendle Labour Party wishes to offer our condolences to the family and friends of John David. John was a much respected figure in the Pendle community and will be missed by all.

There is further information on the Pendle Today web site.
Monday 03 October 2016
Labour Party members from across Pendle took part in The Party’s national day of campaigning for “Education Not Segregation” last weekend.



Campaigners took to Colne Town Centre to publicise Labour’s call for action on childcare to ensure early learning for all children; an education maintenance allowance for 16-18 year olds in full-time education to help students from low and middle incomes; grants for university students to help with living costs and a halt to new grammar schools that divide our children at age 11. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 13 September 2016
Proposed Parliamentary Boundary Changes



Commenting on the proposed changes, Mark Porter President of Pendle CLP said:

Pendle Labour Party has received notification of the electoral commission's proposal regarding the parliamentary boundary changes; we are currently reviewing what this all means for the Labour Party in Pendle and the impact on the wider Pendle electorate.

Whilst we make no comment on the details of the said proposal at this time, but reducing the number of MP's after the EU referendum result whilst increasing the number of unelected peers to the House of Lords, in addition to the difficult negotiations concerning Brexit that lie ahead, does raise some concerns that require serious consideration, they need to be factored into the discussions.
Wednesday 24 August 2016
Cllr Iqbal to Host Civic Reception for Olympic Champion Steve Burke.



Pendle Council welcomes home triple Olympic cycling champion and one of the borough’s greatest sporting ambassadors.

Steven Burke represented Britain in the Men’s Team Pursuit, scooping the gold medal and setting the new team pursuit world record, alongside Ed Clancy, Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull, in Rio.

And the Council is planning to mark the latest Olympic achievements of the 28 year old former Park High School pupil, known locally as the Colne Cyclone, in October. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Tuesday 02 August 2016
Members of The Labour Party in Pendle have voted overwhelmingly to oppose any proposals for fracking in the area.



The vote took place at the Constituency Labour Party’s Annual General meeting where it was noted that recent opinion polls show that only 19% of the population supports fracking, while 81% support increased use of renewable energy.

Barrowford member, Sue Nike, said that fracking is “unwanted, unnecessary and unsafe, involving risks to workers, local residents and the wider population.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Thursday 30 June 2016
Pendle Labour Party statement

Pendle Labour Party is becoming increasingly concerned about the continued undemocratic attacks on Jeremy Corbyn the leader of the Labour Party. This statement is not seeking to provide any commentary on the merits of who is or indeed who should be leading our party, however, we are deeply upset at the manner in which the current turmoil has arisen when strong opposition is what the country needs most at these uncertain times. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 17 June 2016



Thursday 16 June 2016
Pendle Labour Party are deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of Jo Cox



We would like to echo the sentiments of Jeremy Corbyn who said:

"But for now all our thoughts are with Jo's husband Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up without their mum, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for."
Monday 13 June 2016
Local voters are saying why they are voting IN



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Thursday 19 May 2016
Many of our initiatives will soon come to fruition and the opportunity to continue and build on this work is vital.



Councillors have tonight voted to re-elect Councillor Mohammed Iqbal as leader of Pendle Borough Council.

This will see the continuation of the Labour / Liberal Democrat Executive of the Council which has been in place for the past year.

Councillor Iqbal said:

“I am delighted that the councillors have once again put their faith in me and I look forward to building on our last 12 months achievements where Labour and the Liberal Democrats have worked together for the benefit of the residents of the Borough. Many of our initiatives will soon come to fruition and the opportunity to continue and build on this work is vital.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 07 May 2016
Well done Champs!



3-0, what a way to win the Championship. Great for the team, great for the fans.

Friday 06 May 2016
Pendle Borough Council Elections



Information about the 2016 election results can be found on the Elections page and the Pendle Borough Council web site.

Tuesday 03 May 2016
Pendle Labour Party congratulates Burnley FC on their return to the Premiership



What a day yesterday - a terrific speech by Jeremy Corbyn at Towneley Park, followed by a good result for the 'Clarets' at Turf Moor.

Burnley are back in the Premiership, where they deserve to be and we are all holding our breath untill next saturday.

Monday 02 May 2016
Jeremy Corbyn delights the people at Burnley May Day celebrations



Applause and cheering from trade unionists and Labour supporters accompanied Jeremy Corbyn's address at the East Lancs Trades Council's May Day celebrations in Towneley Park, this afternoon.

Speaking to an audience of several thousand supporters from Lancashire and Yorkshire, he laid out his vision of how life would be better for working people under a future Labour Government.

Sunday 10 April 2016
Pendle Labour Party names their candidates for the Pendle Borough Council elections.



We will be contesting all the seats listed for elections in Pendle on the 5th of May.

We have a diverse group of candidates who between them have a wealth of experience within the Pendle community including experience in local government, retail, health, education and charity sectors. Further information is available on the "Election Page"
Friday 01 April 2016
Presentation to recognise Barnoldswick’s St Joseph’s RC Primary School’s dementia role



County Councillor and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Azhar Ali and Pendle Councillor David Whalley who has Executive responsibilities for Health and Wellbeing recently made a presentation to mark the work of Barnoldswick’s dementia friendly school. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 01 April 2016
Pendle Labour Councillor Sheila Wicks and former County Councillor Tim Ormrod have taken the Fairtrade message to Blacko Primary School



Councillor Wicks is the Deputy Chairman of the Pendle Fairtrade Group.

Mrs Wicks and Mr Ormrod shared their wealth of knowledge with the children.

The children learnt that Pendle was the first Fairtrade accredited borough in the country and that Lancashire was also a Fairtrade county. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 25 March 2016



Tuesday 22 March 2016
Pendle Labour Party shares Jeremy Corbyn's condolences to the people of Belgium



We stand by the statement of the Leader of the Labour Party and extend out sympathies to the Belgian people.

Thursday 18 February 2016




Tuesday 16 February 2016
Public Statement from Pendle Labour Party in response to Lancashire County Council Budget 11th February 2016



Labour rescues County Council from Tory plans to bankrupt the Council.

Lancashire County Councillors, last Thursday, passed a legal budget for 2016/2017 despite a number of attempts by the Conservative group of Councillors to “kick the can down the road” and their refusal to even mention that the Tory government has cut the money it gives to Lancashire by almost 80%.

Since 2010, the Conservative Government has cut the money it gives to Lancashire County Council by £685 million up to 2020. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Tuesday 09 February 2016
Pendle Conservative councillors failed to appear at a meeting organised to discuss Lancashire County Council’s cuts to services in Pendle.




Proposed cuts include possible library closures, children’s centres, youth centres, local bus services, highways management, and Countryside Services which include Wycoller Country Park, Whitehough Camp School, and reducing the number of buildings the county council owns or uses.Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 08 January 2016
Labour Councillors support allotment initiative



The Valley Mills Allotment Society covers eight allotments in the Southfield Ward in Nelson.

They were purchased by the allotment holders themselves some years ago. There is an ongoing programme to maintain and improve them. The Southfield councillors have donated £300 to the society using their ward initiative money.

The photo shows Councillor Sheila Wicks along with Councillor David Whalley presenting the cheque for £300 to members of the society.


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Wednesday 22 November 2017
Jeremy Corbyn Budget 2017 response



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the Chancellor’s Budget, said:

Mr Deputy Speaker, this Budget has been an advertisement for just how out-of-touch this Government is with the reality of people’s lives.

Pay is now lower for most people than it was in 2010 and wages are now falling again.

Economic growth in the first three quarters of this year is the lowest since 2009 and the slowest of the major economies in the G7. It’s a record of failure with a forecast of more. More>>
Tuesday 21 November 2017
Labour challenges Chancellor to use Budget to reverse Conservatives’ abysmal house-building record



Ahead of the Budget tomorrow, Labour has revealed that no new ‘starter homes’ have been built in three years, despite the Conservatives’ promise to build 200,000 of them.

‘Starter homes’ are a flagship Conservative commitment to first-time buyers, first announced in December 2014. In the Conservatives’ 2015 manifesto, they promised to build 200,000 starter homes but none have so far been built. More>>
Monday 20 November 2017
Jonathan Ashworth responds to the decision to relocate the European Medicines Agency away from London



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the European Council’s decision to relocate the European Medicines Agency from London to Amsterdam, said:

“This decision is extremely disappointing. Labour has been clear all along that Britain should seek to maintain membership of the European Medicines Agency.

“Not only will this relocation see the loss of almost 900 jobs from London, but Britain’s reputation as a world leader in the life sciences is under serious threat and patients will likely suffer from longer waits for new medicines. More>>
Sunday 19 November 2017
The Chancellor is living on another planet - Jon Trickett MP



Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to Phillip Hammond on the Marr show saying there are no unemployed people, said:

“The Chancellor is living on another planet. If the person in charge of the country’s finances doesn’t know, or chooses to ignore, the fact that nearly 1.5 million people are unemployed, and almost a million people are on zero-hours contracts, then he is clearly losing a grip on reality.

"The Tories have become even more out of touch and are now so inwards looking that they have no clue of the experiences of ordinary people suffering from seven years of Tory austerity.”
Saturday 18 November 2017
Government ditch promised youth policy statement - Cat Smith



Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, commenting on the Government’s decision to ditch their promised youth policy statement, said:

“The General Election should have served as a wakeup call to a Conservative Party that has ignored young people for years, but this decision shows the Tories continue to treat young people as an afterthought.

“This indifference has real effects; figures for poverty, material deprivation and unemployment, all show young people are suffering the most under the Tories’ austerity agenda.

“Labour in Government will prioritise young people’s needs and ensure that youth policy and practice is coordinated across Government.”
Friday 17 November 2017
Dawn Butler pre-Budget speech



Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, delivering a speech today in Central London, will say:

Thank you colleagues for being here today.

In particular, the race organisations.

The Runnymede trust, race on the agenda and operation black vote.

And a special thanks to Runnymede and the Women’s Budget Group for being the first organisations to look at intersectionality and compiling the analysis on the impact of austerity on gender, race and income. More>>
Thursday 16 November 2017
McDonnell sets out Labour’s 5 demands for the Budget



John McDonnell: This budget needs to be an emergency budget for our public services that are in crisis, not a budget desperately designed to save the jobs of a weak Prime Minister and her embattled Chancellor.

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, will today (Thursday) give a keynote speech at Church House in London, where he will set out the five main demands that Labour wants to see in next week’s Autumn Budget. More>>


Wednesday 15 November 2017
Debbie Abrahams response to today’s ONS Labour Market Stats



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the ONS Labour Market Statistics today, said:

“Today’s stats are further evidence of Tory economic failure, only a week out from their next Budget.

“Both employment and real wages are falling while the price of household essentials balloons, leaving millions of people worse off than they were in 2010. “Over seven million people live in poverty in working households.

“Labour will introduce a £10 an hour Real Living Wage, scrap the public sector pay cap and reform the government’s failing Universal Credit programme.”
Tuesday 14 November 2017
The Government must listen to head teachers about investing in the next generation - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on the letter from head teachers representing over 5,000 schools across England to the Chancellor about the Government’s inadequate funding for schools, said:

“Justine Greening needs to start listening to the head teachers and concerned parents who are facing the real consequences of her Government’s decision to put tax breaks for the super-rich ahead of investment in the next generation. More>>
Monday 13 November 2017
This is a significant climbdown from a weak government - Starmer



Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, responding to David Davis’s announcement about a Withdrawal Agreement [and Implementation] Bill, said:

“This is a significant climbdown from a weak government on the verge of defeat. More>>


Sunday 12 November 2017
It appears Michael Gove is more interested in protecting Boris Johnson’s job than the liberty of a British citizen in jail in Iran - Jon Trickett



Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to Michael Gove’s comments on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, said:

“Boris Johnson’s cavalier approach to international diplomacy is compounded this morning by Michael Gove claiming he has no idea what Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was doing in Iran. More>>

Saturday 11 November 2017
Over £37bn paid out in dividends by privatised companies



Labour research reveals that a total of £37bn was paid out in dividend payments to shareholders by privatised companies since 2010.

The research, conducted in consultation with the respected House of Commons Library, reveals that in 2017 alone these companies paid out a total of £4.8 billion in dividend payments to shareholders. More>>

Friday 10 November 2017
This landmark ruling on Uber is a hard-fought victory for worker’s rights - Rebecca Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on Uber losing its court appeal against ruling that drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed, said:

“This landmark ruling is a hard-fought victory for worker’s rights and I congratulate the drivers and trade unions for taking this all the way to the courts. More>>

Thursday 09 November 2017
Chronic underfunding of social care since 2010 is having a severe impact on local authorities - Barbara Keeley



Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Social Care, commenting on new figures which show the number of NHS delayed days due to a lack of social care are up by nearly a quarter compared with last year, said:

“These are alarming figures. The chronic underfunding of social care since 2010 is having a severe impact on local authorities under pressure to find social care for vulnerable people, which in turn increases pressure on the NHS. More>>
Wednesday 08 November 2017
Sue Hayman speech to the Northern Farming Conference



Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, speaking to the Northern Farming Conference, said:

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today.

I’ve been Shadow Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since February this year, since when I’ve been building relationships with farming and food organisations across the country.

For those of you who don’t know me I’m the MP for Workington, a very large rural constituency with a lot of hill and livestock farming and many small food producers. More>>
Monday 06 November 2017
Jeremy Corbyn speech at the CBI Annual Conference



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the CBI Annual Conference today, said:

It’s a pleasure to be with you here for the second year running.

And a good deal has changed since I came to your conference last year.

We’ve had a surprise General Election and to many people here, perhaps an even more surprising result. A result that returned a weak and divided Conservative Government and a Labour opposition stronger and more united than before.

We have also seen the terms of economic debate shift dramatically. More>>
Sunday 05 November 2017
Response to “Paradise Papers” revelations John McDonnell MP,



Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the “Paradise Papers” revelations in the Guardian this evening, said:

“These are deeply worrying revelations. Despite all the Government’s claims of cracking down on tax dodgers, this evidence confirms that tax avoidance is clearly continuing on an industrial scale. Either the Prime Minister or the Chancellor needs to explain how this scandalous behaviour has been allowed to go on unaddressed for so long and what action is to be taken now. More>>
Saturday 04 November 2017
Calls for inquiry into failure to pay trainee GPs their salaries – Jonathan Ashworth MP



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, has written to Jeremy Hunt requesting an “urgent update” concerning the failure of Capita to pay hundreds of trainee GPs their salaries. Jonathan Ashworth said:

“I’m sure you would agree that trainee GPs seeking charitable support to feed their families, and being unable to cover their mortgages is an entirely unacceptable situation which requires urgent rectification.” More>>
Friday 03 November 2017
Older people still face grave uncertainty because of the Tories’ social care policy vacuum - Julie Cooper



Julie Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on the new joint report on social care costs by Independent Age and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, said:

“Older people still face grave uncertainty over the cost of care because of the social care policy vacuum created by a Tory Government bereft of ideas. More>>
Thursday 02 November 2017
Labour MPs call on the Government to lower voting age to 16



Labour MPs call on Government to lower voting age to 16

Tomorrow, Friday 3 November, Labour MPs will be supporting Jim McMahon MP’s Private Member’s Bill to reduce the voting age to 16. This reform would enfranchise 1.5 million people, enabling them to participate in politics and have a say in the decisions that affect their lives and futures.

Votes at 16 has cross-party support, from the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, and some senior Conservative politicians. More>>
Wednesday 01 November 2017
Liam Fox’s comments expose the Tories’ cavalier approach to Brexit negotiations - Matthew Pennycook



Matthew Pennycook MP, Shadow Brexit Minister, responding to Liam Fox’s comments to the House of Commons International Trade Committee, saying he is “not afraid” of ending up with no deal, said:

“Liam Fox’s comments expose the cavalier approach the Tories are taking to the Brexit negotiations. More>>

Tuesday 31 October 2017
The pressures facing children’s services are unsustainable - Andrew Gwynne MP



Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, commenting on the National Children’s Bureau’s survey of local councillors responsible for children’s services, which has revealed that rising demand and a lack of resources are leaving children’s needs unmet, said:

"The pressures facing children’s services are unsustainable, with a combination of Government funding cuts and huge increases in demand leaving many authorities struggling to cope.

"The Government urgently needs to get a grip of the crisis facing children’s social services, as the £2 billion funding gap facing these services by 2020 threatens to put more children at risk.“
Monday 30 October 2017
Next month’s budget must address unprecedented workforce crisis in our NHS - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the Health Foundation’s warning that NHS workforce planning is ‘not fit for purpose’, said:

“Theresa May has overseen an unprecedented workforce crisis in the NHS. This latest warning is the culmination of an incompetent strategy, which has left our health service with a shortage of 40,000 nurses, 3,500 midwives and 10,000 GPs. More>>

Sunday 29 October 2017
Jeremy Hunt’s remarks bear no resemblance to the reality of our mental health services - Barbara Keeley



Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, commenting on the Government’s record on Mental Health, following Jeremy Hunt’s appearance on the Andrew Marr show, said:

“Jeremy Hunt’s remarks bear no resemblance to the reality of our mental health services; the Tory Government’s record on mental health has been dismal. More>>

Friday 27 October 2017
PFI companies are profiting at the expense of our public services – John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to reports that PRO companies have paid little or no tax, said:

“It has been clear for some time that PFI is an inefficient and opaque system for delivering public services. PFI companies are profiting at the expense of our public services: if they are also avoiding their tax while doing so, the Government must immediately take action to end this scandal by banning shares in PFI companies being bought up by corporations based in tax havens.

“Labour under Jeremy Corbyn will end the PFI racket, bringing existing contracts back in-house, and delivering more money into our public services more accountably, transparently and efficiently.”
Thursday 26 October 2017
Fall in earnings shows this Government has fundamentally failed working people - Debbie Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, said:

“Year after year people are worse off. Earnings have fallen again and real wages are lower than they were a decade ago. More>>
Wednesday 25 October 2017
David Davis & Theresa May’s comments only add to the confusion & chaos over the Government’s approach to Brexit - Keir Starmer



Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, responding to David Davis telling the Brexit select committee that Parliament might not get to vote on the final Brexit deal until after we leave the EU, said:

“David Davis and Theresa May’s comments only add to the confusion and chaos over the Government’s approach to the Brexit negotiations.

“Labour has been clear from the outset that Parliament must have the final say on the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union before March 2019.

“Ministers must urgently clarify their comments and accept Parliament will not be side-lined
Tuesday 24 October 2017
Government must order a judge-led inquiry into treatment of small businesses by RBS - Bill Esterson



Bill Esterson MP, Labour’s Shadow Business and International Trade Minister, responding to the publishing of the Financial Conduct Authority Interim Report into the treatment of small businesses at the Royal Bank of Scotland, said:

“The release of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Interim Report is welcome news, but it is now essential the Government orders a judge-led inquiry into the treatment of small businesses by the Royal Bank of Scotland. More>>
Monday 23 October 2017
Labour Press The Government’s chaotic handling of the Brexit negotiations is holding our economy back - Rebecca Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on a survey by Santander and the Engineering Employers Federation, said:

“This is yet further evidence that the Government’s chaotic handling of the Brexit negotiations is holding our economy back. More>>
Sunday 22 October 2017
If hot air built homes, Ministers would have fixed our housing crisis - John Healey



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, responding to Sajid Javid’s comments on the housing crisis on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, said:

“If hot air built homes, Ministers would have fixed our housing crisis. Any promise of new investment is welcome, but the reality is spending on new affordable homes has been slashed since 2010 so new affordable housebuilding is at a 24 year low.

"Rather than set more targets they can’t meet, Ministers should back Labour’s plan to build 100,000 genuinely affordable homes a year, including the biggest council housebuilding programme in more than 30 years.”
Thursday 19 October 2017
This is the third high-profile money laundering scandal to involve major British banks this year - John McDonnell

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to reports linking British Banks to money laundering activity in South Africa, said:

“This is the third high-profile money laundering scandal to involve major British banks this year, and London has become notorious as a global centre for money laundering. There are many hardworking people in our banking sector who will feel frustrated and dismayed by such stories, but they are let down by poor leadership and weak oversight that undermines the financial sector’s reputation. More>>
Wednesday 18 October 2017
Real wages falling yet again is deeply concerning - Margaret Greenwood



Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Employment Minister, commenting on today’s Labour Market Statistics from ONS, said:

“With a record number of working people living in poverty, the news that real wages have fallen yet again is deeply concerning.

“While the overall increase in employment is welcome, it’s also clear from today’s figures that too many people are struggling to find employment because of their age, ethnicity, disability, or where they live.

“The Tories’ cuts to in-work support are making matters even worse for working families. That’s why it’s so crucial the Government urgently listens to Labour’s call to pause the roll out and fix Universal Credit.”
Tuesday 17 October 2017
The OECD has been damning of the Tories’ bungling of the Brexit negotiations - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor, responding to the publication today of the OECD’s Economic Survey of the UK, said:

“The OECD has been damning of the Tories’ bungling of the Brexit negotiations, and they are fearful of what a Tory Brexit could mean for the UK economy.

“They also paint a damning picture of the Conservatives’ economic failure across a range of measures, with forecast growth now expected to be amongst the lowest in the developed world, weak productivity and huge regional inequalities all highlighted as major problems that this government is failing to tackle. More>>
Monday 16 October 2017
The Chancellor has sat on his hands as productivity and real wages have fallen - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the CBI’s pre-Budget demands, said:

“Labour welcomes the CBI’s demands on the Chancellor to bring forward vital government investment in infrastructure and research, backed up by a real industrial strategy targeting high-potential sectors. The Chancellor has sat on his hands for the last 15 months and failed to act as productivity and real wages have fallen. There is now a consensus on the action needed to turn our economy round after seven years of Tory failure.

“Only Labour has committed to investing three per cent of our GDP in research and development by 2030, and a plan to deliver infrastructure across the whole country, to secure decent, well-paid jobs in an economy that works for the many, not the few.”

Sunday 15 October 2017
British farmers work incredibly hard, to suggest that they could simply grow more food is ridiculous. - Jenny Chapman MP



Jenny Chapman MP, Shadow Brexit Minister, responding to Chris Grayling’s comments that Britain should grow more food in the event of no Brexit deal, said:

“This is yet another example of the Tories’ chaotic approach to the Brexit negotiations.

"Rather than planning for no deal, ministers appear to be telling us to dig for no deal. British farmers already work incredibly hard and to suggest that they could simply grow more food is ridiculous. More>>

Saturday 14 October 2017
Unless there are sufficient officers to enforce the law, new legislation will have a limited effect - Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the Home Office consultation on tackling acid attacks, said:

“Unless there are sufficient officers to enforce the law, new legislation will have a limited effect.

“The truth is that offenders feel enabled to commit these types of crime because they don’t fear being caught. If the Tories were serious about cracking down on these horrendous crimes they’d match Labour’s pledge to put 10,000 extra officers on our streets to protect communities.”
Friday 13 October 2017
Hammond’s foolish remarks calling the EU “the enemy” will not unblock Brexit negotiations - Peter Dowd



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to Philip Hammond’s remarks calling the EU “the enemy”, said:

“These are foolish remarks by Philip Hammond, and reveal that he is clearly feeling the pressure from Tory MPs calling for him to be sacked. The tone of this rhetoric will obviously not unblock negotiations or help protect our economic interests. More>>
Thursday 12 October 2017
Keir Starmer letter to David Davis calling for additional emergency round of talks



Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, has written to David Davis calling on him urgently to request an additional emergency round of talks to try and reach an agreement with EU negotiators before next week’s crucial EU Council meeting.

“Today’s press conference confirms that the Government has failed to meet the target for this round of negotiations.

“Ministers have wasted months of the Brexit talks fighting amongst themselves. This increases the chances that Britain will crash out of the EU without a deal. That would be catastrophic for jobs and living standards and must be rejected as a viable option. More>>
Wednesday 11 October 2017
Peter Dowd response to reports that Ebay only paid £1.6 million in UK tax despite registering $1.3 billion in revenue in Britain



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on reports that Ebay only paid £1.6 million in UK tax despite registering $1.3 billion in revenue in Britain in 2016, said:

“As every day passes it is increasingly clear that this Conservative Government is incapable of tackling tax avoidance and ensuring that multinational corporations pay their way. More>>
Tuesday 10 October 2017
CQC report reveals damning evidence of the Government’s inability to maintain health services - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the CQC State of Care Report 2017, said:

“The detail of this CQC report reveals damning evidence of the Government’s inability to maintain health services at the standard which patients expect.

“The NHS is now running at ‘full stretch’ with hospitals full to unsafe levels, and ongoing problems in staffing and recruitment which Tory ministers have failed to grasp. More>>
Monday 09 October 2017
The Government must come forward urgently with a clear plan to secure these jobs at BAE - Griffith



Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to news that BAE will cut over 1000 jobs on its Eurofighter programme, said:

"The men and women who work on the Eurofighter are highly skilled and the potential loss of these jobs would have an appalling impact on them, the local economy and wider supply chains.

"The Government must come forward urgently with a clear plan to secure these jobs at BAE, as well as a proper defence industrial strategy to give the industry the certainty that it needs.”

“This is devastating news for the workers and their families. More>>
Update Tuesday 10 October 2017 Here>>
Saturday 07 October 2017
Once again, Sajid Javid is dragging his feet to provide support to local authorities - Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, commenting on reports that the government has not released funds to make tower blocks safe following the Grenfell Tower fire, said:

"Once again, Sajid Javid is dragging his feet to provide support to local authorities.

"The government know their failure to review building regulations, and seven years of Tory cuts to local authorities and fire services have created this crisis.

"Rather than learning from their mistakes they are starving Labour councils of funds as they work to clear up this mess and keep their residents safe”.
Friday 06 October 2017
It will be crucial to scrutinise any exemptions to the ivory trade ban being proposed - Sue Hayman MP



Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, commenting on the proposed ban on ivory sales, said:

“A total ban on trading ivory is long overdue.

"Finally, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has followed Labour’s lead on this issue.

“But, given the Conservative Party’s failure to include this policy in their manifesto and their notoriously poor record on animal welfare, it will be crucial to scrutinise any exemptions to the trade ban being proposed and to ensure these proposals are comprehensive and followed through.”
Wednesday 04 October 2017
Rebecca Long- Bailey response to energy price cap



Rebecca Long- Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responding to Theresa May’s re-announcement of an energy price cap, said:

‘Today, after pressure from Labour and her own backbenches, Theresa May has finally been forced to recognise that the energy market is broken. But her response doesn’t go nearly far enough. More>>

Tuesday 03 October 2017
Tory infighting is harming the Brexit process - Keir Starmer



“David Davis’ damp squib of a speech has offered nothing new on how the Government intends to break the impasse in Brexit negotiations and deliver a new progressive partnership with the EU.

“On the day the European Parliament voted to delay future trade talks with Britain, it is now clear that Tory infighting is harming the Brexit process. Paralysis in the negotiations risks havoc for the British economy and uncertainty for EU and UK citizens.

“Theresa May must use her speech tomorrow to finally face down the fantasy Brexiteers in her party and put the national interest first. If she is unwilling to do so, Labour stands ready to take charge of the negotiations and deliver a jobs-first Brexit deal that works for the many not the few.”
Monday 02 October 2017
Hammond is clinging to an old economic model that fails the many - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to Philip Hammond’s speech at the Conservative Party conference today in Manchester, said:

“After 40 wasted minutes speaking, and seven wasted years of Tory economic failure the country expected to see the Chancellor change course. But instead, after a year, in the job he is continuing down the path of his predecessor and clinging to an old economic model that fails the many. It was a speech that contained more baseless smears on Labour than Tory policy announcements. But it betrays how fearful the Tories are of the challenge posed by Jeremy Corbyn. More>>
Sunday 01 October 2017
No new thinking from Sajid Javid after seven years of Tory failure on housing - Healey



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, responding to Sajid Javid’s Conference speech:

“Theresa May admits seven years of Tory failure on housing was a big part of why her Party did so badly in the Election.

“Yet four months on, Sajid Javid’s speech shows there’s no new Tory thinking on housing. His pledges are feeble and fail to offer help or hope to millions who can’t get the home they need or aspire to. More>>
Saturday 30 September 2017
While this is a step in the right direction from this Conservative government, they still have a long way to go to prove their credibility on animal welfare - Hayman



Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, commenting on the announcement that the government intends to bring forward legislation to increase maximum sentencing for animal cruelty cases, said:

“I am pleased that the Government has decided to follow Labour’s manifesto commitment to increase maximum sentencing for the worst cases of animal cruelty. More>>
Friday 29 September 2017
Conservative MPs are waking up to the disastrous effects of Universal Credit - Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the letter from Conservative MPs calling for a halt to Universal Credit, said;

“I am glad that Conservative MPs are waking up to the disastrous effects of Universal Credit, and backing Labour’s call for a pause to the programme
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Thursday 28 September 2017
Refer Boeing to the WTO, don’t make empty threats - Barry Gardiner



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, speaking after the UK threatened retaliatory action against Boeing because the USA Department of Commerce recommended a 219.63 per cent tariff on the Bombardier C Series aircraft, said:

“Theresa May tried to avert this dispute when she spoke with President Trump weeks ago. Clearly she was less persuasive than she led us to believe. But her ineffective pleas have now been compounded by the Defence Secretary’s bumbling aggression. The correct way to resolve this trade dispute is not to threaten Boeing that future ‘significant defence contracts’ are in jeopardy, it is to use the rules that are already in place in the global trading system through the WTO.

"The UK and Canada must urgently sit down with Boeing to find a resolution to this row which threatens so many jobs.
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Wednesday 27 September 2017
Jeremy Corbyn speech to Labour Partember 2ty Conference


Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton today, said:

Conference, thank you for that. We meet here this week as a united Party, advancing in every part of Britain, winning the confidence of millions of our fellow citizens, setting out our ideas and plans for our country’s future, that have already inspired people of all ages and backgrounds. And it’s a privilege to be speaking in Brighton. A city that not only has a long history of hosting Labour conferences, but also of inspirational Labour activists.
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Tuesday 26 September 2017
Rebecca Long-Bailey speech to Labour Party Conference



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton today, said:

Conference, when I was little, my dad would tell me stories of his job in Salford, unloading oil tankers. How we were known as “the workshop of the world”. Life was good for us back then. My dad’s work was unskilled, but it paid well. My parents even managed to get a mortgage for their own little house.

And from poverty-plagued childhoods, which made the film Angela’s Ashes look like an advert for a luxury minibreak, they felt proud of their achievement! And that was true of so many working class people right across Britain, for the first time in history they were truly being offered the chance to aspire!
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Monday 25 September 2017
Keir Starmer speech to Labour Party Conference



Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton today, said:

Thank you conference. Thank you to everyone who has taken part this morning. Thank you also to Labour’s fantastic Shadow Brexit team: Jenny Chapman; Paul Blomfield; Matt Pennycook; Dianne Hayter; Karin Smyth; Emma Hardy; and Jess Morden. and believe me, they could all have chosen easier jobs in the last year.

What a year it has been. Article 50 triggered. A snap election. It was meant to be a coronation, but it left us with a broken Government. Too weak to govern. Too divided to negotiate Brexit. Constructive ambiguity is now official government policy.

It would be funny, if it wasn’t so tragic. More>>
Sunday 24 September 2017
Andrew Gwynne speech to Labour Party Conference



Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton today, said:

I’m delighted to respond to the ‘Protecting Communities’ debate as Labour’s new Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

I want to begin by thanking my immediate predecessors, Graeme Morris and Theresa Pearce, and to introduce our new CLG team in Parliament - Yvonne Fovargue, Jim McMahon, Roy Kennedy, Jeremy Beecham and my PPS Stephen Morgan, the first Labour MP for Portsmouth South, in the seat’s 99 year history. More>>
Saturday 23 September 2017
This is a hammer blow to the economic credibility of the Tories and Philip Hammond - Peter Dowd MP



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the down grading of the UK’s credit rating by Moody’s, said:

“This is a hammer blow to the economic credibility of the Tories and Philip Hammond, who used to claim it was “critical” for the UK to maintain the highest credit ratings. More>>
Friday 22 September 2017
The Government is still no clearer about what our long term relationship with the EU will look like - Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour party, responding to the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence, said:

“Fifteen months after the EU referendum the Government is still no clearer about what our long term relationship with the EU will look like.

"The only advance seems to be that the Prime Minister has listened to Labour and faced up to the reality that Britain needs a transition on the same basic terms to provide stability for businesses and workers. More>>
Thursday 21 September 2017
Nurse numbers are falling because of the Government’s disregard for NHS staff - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the latest NHS Digital workforce figures which show a fall of 1071 in nurse numbers in the past year, said:

“The Government has totally failed in their planning of the NHS workforce. Cuts to training places and the disastrous pay cap have pushed staff to the brink and now nurse numbers are falling year on year because of the Government’s disregard for NHS staff. More>>
Wednesday 20 September 2017
These figures show that if you’re a woman, you won’t have a fair chance at a career in journalism - Watson



Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on the Women in Journalism report showing serious problems with female representation in British journalism, said:

“This new research showing the woeful underrepresentation of women in British journalism should set alarm bells ringing for readers as well as reporters and editors across the country. More>>
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Rise in use of private ambulances sign of “unsustainable demands” Tories are making on NHS - Justin Madders MP



Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on the 22 per cent rise in the use of private ambulances over two years, said:

“The rise in the use of private ambulances is a sign of the unsustainable demands which this Conservative Government is making on the NHS. More>>
Monday 18 September 2017
Staying within a 1.5C limit is not impossible if we pursue ambitious policies to tackle climate change - Rebecca Long-Bailey MP



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Business, Industry and Skills, commenting on analysis published in the journal Nature Geoscience which reveals the aim of limiting global warming to less than 1.5C remains in reach, said:

“This report shows that staying within a 1.5C limit is not impossible, but only if we pursue ambitious policies to tackle climate change. More>>
Sunday 17 September 2017
The Chancellor should accept this week’s vote in parliament to reverse the recent rise in tution fees - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, in response to the Tories proposed changes to tuition fees, said:

“Labour has long been calling for the government to take action on rising student debt, including rethinking their eye watering interest rate hikes and raising the repayment threshold for graduates. They need to stop talking and get on with it.

"If the Chancellor is serious, the first thing he could do is accept this week’s vote in Parliament to reverse the most recent rise in tuition fees.

"The Chancellor’s reported proposals don’t help many who most need support - that is why Labour will bring back maintenance grants for disadvantaged students as well as abolishing tuition fees entirely."

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