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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>>

Visit Wayne's Facebook page.

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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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."

Friday 15 September 2017
New statistics show Universal Credit in ‘total disarray’ - Debbie Abrahams MP



New data published today by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that Universal Credit is in ‘total disarray’ and urgently needs to be paused.

The data shows that:

One in four new claimants are now having to wait longer than six weeks to receive payment. This has deteriorated from one in five claimants, driving many into debt and arrears.

42 per cent of families in arrears under Universal Credit state that it is due to the waiting times to receive payment, support being delayed or stopped, or administrative errors in the system.

Half of families in arrears under Universal Credit have said that their rent arrears started after they made their claim. More>>
Thursday 14 September 2017
Today’s report proves that British broadcasting has a diversity problem - Tom Watson



Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on Ofcom’s report into broadcasting diversity, said:

“Today’s report proves that British broadcasting has a diversity problem.

“Women and people from BAME backgrounds are underrepresented, particularly in senior roles, but the most shocking fact is that just 3 per cent of the broadcasting workforce has a disability, compared with 18 per cent of the population. More>>
Wednesday 13 September 2017
Debbie Abrahams responds to today’s Labour Market Statistics from ONS



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pension, commenting on today’s Labour Market Statistics from ONS said:

“Over 7 million people from working families are living in poverty, more than ever before.

“We welcome the overall increase in employment, but are deeply concerned that millions are still unable to make ends meet as the cost of basic essentials spirals while real pay falls.

“Too many still find it more difficult to get a job because of their age, ethnicity, disability or where they live. And these same groups bear the brunt of this Government’s failed austerity plans.

“A Labour government will implement a real Living Wage of £10 per hour, and put an end to Tory austerity.”
Tuesday 12 September 2017
This Bill will lead to division and chaos when we need unity and clarity - Starmer



Keir Starmer, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, following tonight’s vote in the House of Commons on the EU Withdrawal Bill, said:

“This is a deeply disappointing result.

“This Bill is an affront to parliamentary democracy and a naked power grab by Government Ministers. It leaves rights unprotected, it silences Parliament on key decisions and undermines the devolution settlement. More>>

Monday 11 September 2017
The pay cap must now be lifted across the whole public sector rather than by playing one group of workers off against another - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on reports that the Tories are to lift the public sector pay cap for specific roles only, said:

“The next Labour government will lift the public sector pay cap for all public sector workers and we are demanding nothing less than that from this shambolic government. The crisis in our public services is a crisis made in Downing Street. The pay review bodies have been operating under the constraint of a Tory 1 per cent cap for seven years. The pay cap must now be lifted across the whole public sector rather than by playing one group of workers off against another.”
Saturday 09 September 2017
Yet another stark example of failure in the Government’s management of its academies programme - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on news that Wakefield City Academies Trust has pulled out of running 21 schools a few days into the new school term, said:

“This situation will create enormous uncertainty for pupils and teachers at these schools, who have no idea how their schools will be run in future. Ministers need to take immediate steps to reassure them that their education will not be put at risk. More>>

Friday 08 September 2017
This is yet further evidence that you cannot trust a word a Tory Prime Minister says - Peter Dowd



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on reports from the NAO that the £200m in Libor fines the Tories pledged to fund apprenticeships with has failed to materialise, said:

“This is yet further evidence that you cannot trust a word a Tory Prime Minister says. David Cameron made a clear promise in 2015 but today’s NAO report has been unable to prove a single promised apprenticeship was in fact created. If he does intend to deliver on David Cameron’s pledge, Philip Hammond must now tell us how the £200m allocated to these specific apprenticeships will be raised and how he intends to meet the growing £3bn blackhole in the nation’s finances.

Thursday 07 September 2017
This is a major u-turn on a misguided policy from a Government with no solution to the workforce crisis in the NHS - Madders



Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on news that the Government have abandoned the sale of NHS Professionals, said:

“This is a major u-turn on a misguided policy from a Government with no solution to the workforce crisis in the NHS. Ministers tried to push through a sale behind closed doors but have been forced to abandon their plans in the face of wide opposition from NHS staff and patients. More>>

Wednesday 06 September 2017
There has still been no resolution on the issue of care workers receiving back pay for sleep-in shifts - Barbara Keeley



Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Social Care, commenting on the issue of back pay for sleep-in shifts by care staff, said:

“There has still been no resolution on the issue of care workers receiving back pay for sleep-in shifts.

“The Tory Government’s lack of action is causing great uncertainty for our social care workforce. Tory Ministers need to ensure that care workers receive the money they have rightfully earned.More>>
Tuesday 05 February 2017
Diane Abbott comment on the treatment of detainees at Brook House immigration detention centre



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the treatment of detainees at Brook House immigration detention centre, said:

“Sadly this is not an isolated incident. Under this Tory Government, Britain’s detentions centres have developed a reputation for inhumane treatment.

“It’s no wonder that the Home Office have repeatedly blocked my own attempts, as Shadow Home Secretary, to visit Yarl’s Wood and that that the UN’s rapporteur on violence against women was denied access to inspect conditions at this controversial facility.More>>

Monday 04 February 2017
Again influential policing voices are warning of the effects of Tory cuts - Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Chief superintendent Gavin Thomas’ comments on police funding and resources, said:

“Once again we see influential voices from within policing warning of the disastrous effects of the Tories’ continued funding cuts in the face of rising demands on policing services.

“Ministers should finally take heed of this latest warning and stop asking the police to do more with less. More>>
Sunday 03 February 2017
Labour Press “Today’s warning from NHS Providers should come as a wake-up call to this Tory Government” - Ashworth



“Today’s warning from NHS Providers should come as a wake-up call to this Tory Government.

“Reports of "dangerous” bed shortages this winter putting patient safety at risk are extremely worrying and will lead to yet more patients being left in the back of ambulances or stranded on hospital trolleys for hours on end.

“At the General Election Labour promised a cash injection to cope with this year’s winter crisis. The Government urgently needs to follow our lead and to heed the advice from health bosses to provide an immediate funding boost this winter to avoid serious harm to patients.“
Friday 01 September 2017
Labour demands answers after damning UN report



The Labour Party is calling on the Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, David Gauke MP, to come before Parliament to explain why the Government has failed to implement recommendations from a United Nations report into the rights of disabled people, which has resulted in the chair of the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities describing the situation as a ‘human catastrophe’ for disabled people.

Following the first ever investigation into a breach of their convention protecting disabled people’s rights last year, the UN found that the UK Government has committed ‘grave and systematic violations’, and set out a number of measures they needed to take to improve. More>>
Thursday 31 August 2017
After three rounds of negotiations real progress should have been made - Keir Starmer



Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, commenting on David Davis and Michel Barnier’s joint press conference, said:

“After three rounds of negotiations, real progress should have been made and in principle agreements reached on all phase one issues. Instead, the two sides appear to be getting further apart.

"The risk of not reaching the October deadline to move on to the main negotiations is now very real; which increases the risk of Britain leaving with “no deal” in March 2019. More>>
Wednesday 30 August 2017
Margaret Greenwood responds to ONS Working & Workless Households figures



Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Employment Minister, commenting on the Office of National Statistics Working and Workless Households figures, said:

“While any increases in employment are positive, under this Government work is no longer a reliable route out of poverty with over half of those living in poverty coming from a working household. More>>

Tuesday 29 August 2017
Jeremy Corbyn comment on Kezia Dugdale resignation



Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“I’d like to thank Kezia Dugdale for her work as Scottish Labour leader and the important role she has played in rebuilding the party in Scotland.

“Kezia became Scottish leader at one of the most difficult times in the history of the Scottish Labour Party, and the party’s revival is now fully under way, with six new MPs and many more to come.

“I want to thank Kez for her tireless service to our party and movement, and look forward to campaigning with her in future for a country that works for the many not the few.”
Thursday 24 August 2017
A heartfelt congratulations to everyone receiving their GCSE results today - Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the publication of GCSE results today, said:

“A heartfelt congratulations to everyone receiving their GCSE results today. We pay tribute to pupils, parents and teachers for the crucial role they have played in achieving these fantastic results.

“As young people enter a new period in their lives, whether in further study or work, it’s incredibly important that they receive as much support as possible.More>>

Wednesday 23 August 2017
Revealed: A million households face unaffordable mortgage costs - Healey



New analysis by Labour has revealed that almost a million (972,000) households in England are paying more than a third of their incomes in mortgage costs – an internationally recognised standard of housing affordability – despite record low interest rates.

In response, Labour has pledged to provide 100,000 new affordable FirstBuy homes for first-time buyers over its first five years in government – a new class of housing sold at prices set so that mortgage costs are affordable to households on local average incomes. More>>
Tuesday 22 August 2017
Even George Osborne recognises that the Tories’ chronic underinvestment in transport is holding the North back - Andy McDonald



“Even George Osborne recognises that the Tories’ chronic underinvestment in transport is holding the North back.

“It takes longer to travel by train from Liverpool to Hull than from London to Paris, yet the government spend £1500 more per head in London than the North. More>>
Monday 21 August 2017
The Government are publishing bland, non-committal papers as a smokescreen - Keir Starmer



Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, commenting on the Government’s latest Brexit policy papers, said:

“These papers come months after the EU published their plans and offer precious little new information or concrete proposals.

“It is increasingly clear that the Government are publishing bland, non-committal papers as a smokescreen to mask their failure to make any meaningful progress on phase one’s core negotiating issues – including citizens’ rights.

“Instead of preparing the ground for failure, the Government should focus on reaching an early agreement to the first stage of talks and make an early commitment to establish strong transitional arrangements.” More>>
Saturday 19 August 2017
After seven years of failure, Conservative Ministers have no plan to fix the housing crisis - Healey



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, responding to Resolution Foundation research showing an increase in the number of second home-owners, said:

“While a growing number of people are now second home owners, the prospect of buying a first home remains a distant dream for many young people and families on ordinary incomes. The number of home-owning households rose by a million under Labour but has fallen by almost 200,000 since 2010, with the biggest fall amongst young people and families aged under 45. More>>
Thursday 17 August 2017
Congratulations to everyone around the country receiving their A-Level results today - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the publication of A-Level results today, said:

“Congratulations to everyone around the country receiving their A-Level results today and thank you to the parents, teachers and school leaders who work hard to support young people through their education.

“They have managed this in the face of Tory cuts and large scale changes to exams that have made this process an even greater challenge.

“It is only with the support of the whole school community that young people can realise their full potential. They should be rightfully proud of what they have achieved together.”
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Millions of people have faced a real terms pay cut under this government - Abrahams



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

“Labour welcomes the overall increase in employment but we are deeply concerned that millions have faced a real terms pay cut under this government. With wages continuing to fall in real terms, Tory cuts to in-work support, and rising prices, many households and families are worse off under this government. More>>
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Labour launches national State Pension tour as Tories plan to make 36.9 million people work longer - Debbie Abrahams



Labour launches national State Pension tour as Tories plan to make 36.9 million people work longer

Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions, will meet with pensioner groups and local residents across the UK to discuss how a future Labour government can provide dignity and security in retirement.

The Conservative Government has announced plans to extend the retirement age from 66 to 68 from 2037, which will see 36.9 million people having to work longer.

Analysis by the Labour Party shows the number of people who will be affected by the Tories increase in the State Pension age, broken down by constituency. More>>
Monday 14 August 2017
This is yet another example of the Government’s shameful record on social mobility - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to a Teach First report on access to university, said:

“This is yet another example of the Government’s shameful record on social mobility.

“In the poorest postcodes in the country, just one in five young people get to university; meanwhile, more and more pupils from private and grammar schools are getting into higher education. More>>
Friday 11 August 2017
Rebecca Long-Bailey response to the RAA announcement on Tata Steel



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responding to the RAA announcement on Tata Steel, said:

“This is a welcome announcement which finally puts an end to the months of uncertainty that tens of thousands of steelworkers have faced.

“Trade unions representing steel workers have worked tirelessly to secure workers’ futures and protect Britain’s steel industry, which people and communities across the UK rely on. The company must ensure they continue to engage with unions so their members get the support and guidance they need. More>>
Thursday 10 August 2017
NHS patients cannot afford another year of Theresa May - Corbyn



Figures released by NHS England today (Thursday 10 August) reveal the damage done to our health service by a year of Theresa May’s leadership. After a year of Theresa May as Tory Prime Minister, NHS figures show:

· 2,550,755 people waited over four hours to be seen in A&E, an increase of 460,530

· 280,000 people have been added to waiting lists, meaning over 4 million people are currently waiting for treatment

· The total number of bed days lost due to delayed transfers of care was over 2.2 million, an increase of 366,032

· There have been 80,664 cancelled elective operations, equal to 1551 per week, an increase of 3,775. More>>
Wednesday 09 August 2017
Diane Abbott response to Amber Rudd’s comments on stop and search



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the comments from the Home Secretary on increased use of stop and search, said:

“Labour supports evidence-based stop and search, not a return to the bad old days of discriminatory stops that focus on particular communities.

“Police officers should be confident in doing their job, but the Tories have overseen a huge cut in police numbers. More>>
Tuesday 08 August 2017
New research from Labour reveals that almost half of maternity units close doors to new mothers



New research published today by the Labour Party shows that nearly half of England’s maternity units closed to new mothers at some point in 2016.

Data obtained by Labour under the Freedom of Information Act shows:

· 42 hospital trusts which responded to an FOI request say they temporarily closed maternity wards to new admissions at some point in 2016 More>>
Monday 07 August 2017
Labour welcome that the Government have finally understood that our current data protection legislation needs updating



Tom Watson, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on the announcement of details of the Data Protection Bill, said:

“The Government opposed Labour’s attempts to strengthen data protection laws during the passage of the Digital Economy Act just months ago, so it is welcome news that they’ve finally understood that our current data protection legislation needs updating.

"Labour’s manifesto committed to allowing young people to remove content shared on the internet before they turned 18, so we’re glad the Government is taking action on this.

"As we are leaving the EU it is more important than ever that we have a robust data protection framework fit for the future. We’ll be scrutinising the bill carefully to make sure it creates that future proof framework.”
Sunday 06 August 2017
Revealed: Weak Tory govt leaves £3bn black hole in public finances over summer



Labour analysis demonstrates £3bn blackhole in Tory spending plans revealing the damage this government’s weak and unstable leadership has done to the public finances. The blackhole, which does not include unfunded commitments made in the un-costed Tory manifesto and could be set to rise, is made up of:

· The Government being ordered by the Supreme Court last month to repay up to £32m in unlawful Employment tribunal fees introduced since 2013

· Philip Hammonds u-turn on proposed increases in the rates of Class 4 National Insurance Contributions on low and middle income self-employed workers in response to Labour opposition following the Spring Budget 2017

· The £1bn additional funding allocated to Northern Ireland as a result of the Conservative and DUP coalition agreement. More>>
Saturday 05 August 2017
DCMS should stand up to the Treasury and publicly assure us the FOBTs review has not been shelved - Tom Watson



Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on reports that the Chancellor has scrapped the Fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) review, said:

“This is an astonishing intervention by Philip Hammond. “If the Treasury has insisted the review is shelved then the Chancellor has ridden roughshod over his Cabinet colleagues and overwhelming public evidence about the danger these highly addictive machines pose. More>>
Friday 04 August 2017
Labour calls for urgent action to deal with shortcomings in mental health provision following the judgment of Sir James Munby



Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Mental Health, has today written to Jeremy Hunt, following the judgment of Sir James Munby in the case of the young person referred to as X, calling on the Health Secretary to take personal action today to ensure the allocation of a supportive and safe placement for the young person X. More>>
Thursday 03 August 2017
If you cut budgets and push out teachers then life in school will become even harder for the most disadvantaged - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the EPI report on trends in educational attainment and disadvantage, said:

“The findings of this report are deeply concerning but unfortunately come as no surprise.

“If you cut school budgets and push out teachers, as the Tories have done, then life in school will become even harder for the most disadvantaged kids. It is no wonder that we are still generations away from closing the attainment gap.

"The Tories’ key election pledge was to bring back grammar schools and segregate our children, a move that would make the situation even worse. A Labour Government would deliver an education system for the many, not the few.”
Wednesday 02 August 2017
The crisis in our prisons has been created by the disastrous policies of the Conservative Government - Richard Burgon



Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to comments made by the President of the Prison Governors Association, said:

“The President of the Prison Governors Association today confirmed the deep crisis in our prisons. Her members are understandably devastated by the decline of their service. This crisis has been created by the disastrous policies of the Conservative Government. Prison officer numbers have been slashed while overcrowding has risen. More>>
Tuesday 01 August 2017
Today’s announcement shows that the Government has still not got a grip on the broken energy market - Whitehead



Alan Whitehead MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, commenting on the announcement that British Gas will increase its prices, said:

“Today’s announcement shows that the Conservative Government has still not got a grip on the broken energy market, with companies raising prices yet again.

“This is why we need a Labour Government to radically transform the energy market, bring down energy bills and transition to a low carbon future.

“At the very least the Conservatives should institute the energy price cap which Theresa May promised during the campaign.”
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