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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



To vote in the General Election on 8 June, you need to register by 11:59pm on 22 May.

You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.

Register online in minutes. It’s quick easy and secure, go to gov.uk/register-to-vote


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
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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 20 July 2017
It is getting harder and harder for ordinary young people to access higher education - Gordon Marsden



Gordon Marsden MP, Labour’s Shadow Universities Minister, commenting on the University and College Union (UCU) report into student loan repayments, said:

“The Tories have tripled tuition fees, abolished maintenance grants for poorer students and frozen the repayment threshold, hitting graduates on the lowest incomes. This report confirms yet again that the impact has been deeply unfair and it is getting harder and harder for ordinary young people to access higher education. More>>
Wednesday 19 July 2017
Tom Watson MP comment on the BBC annual report



Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on the BBC annual report, said:

“The BBC is one of the world’s greatest broadcasters and we shouldn’t be surprised that its top stars - who millions of people tune in to watch and listen to every week - are well paid.

"Labour recognises the BBC’s dilemma: the need to give licence payers value for money while operating in a competitive commercial environment against other broadcasters who do not have to disclose what they pay. More>>
Tuesday 18 July 2017
Despite the headline fall in inflation, people throughout the country will be worse off yet again this month - Dowd



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on today’s inflation figures, said:

“Despite the headline fall in inflation, people throughout the country will be worse off yet again this month, as wages grow more slowly than prices. Real wages are still lower than they were when the Tories came to power in 2010.

“After seven years of Conservative failure on the economy, only a Labour government will tackle the scandal of falling living standards, beginning with a £10 per hour Real Living Wage and an end to the unfair public sector pay cap.”
Monday 17 July 2017
Cat Smith comments on the Electoral Commission’s 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election report



Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, commenting on the Electoral Commission report on the 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election, said:

“We welcome the Electoral Commission’s report which shows that 46.8 million people were registered to vote at the 2017 UK General Election, making it the largest electorate for a UK-wide poll. More>>
Saturday 15 July 2017
The Government has failed to deliver the 10,000 extra nursing places they promised



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to reports in Nursing Times that universities are reducing the size of their nursing courses in the wake of the removal of bursaries in England, said:

“The Government’s decision to remove the bursaries for health degrees is a terrible misjudgment. They have failed to deliver the extra 10,000 nursing places they promised and in fact some universities are now planning to offer fewer places. More>>
Friday 14 July 2017
The Government urgently needs a new approach to tackling acid attacks - Diane Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the acid attacks that took place across London yesterday evening, said:

“The recent spate of acid attacks have shocked the nation, but sadly they are nothing new. With a steady rise in attacks since 2010 and a steep increase of 70 per cent from 2015 to 2016, it is clear that the Government urgently needs a new approach to tackling this heinous crime. More>>
Thursday 13 July 2017
Most people worse off after Theresa May’s year as Prime Minister - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on Theresa May’s year as Prime Minister, said:

“A year ago today, Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street, saying she wanted a country that works for everyone.

“One year on, most people are worse off, with vital public services cut to the bone, falling wages and stagnating living standards, soaring classroom sizes and a million more on NHS waiting lists under the Tories. More>>
Wednesday 12 July 2017
The Tories have completely failed to deliver an energy system that works for people, businesses or our environment - Rebecca Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responding to the Citizens Advice Bureau report calling for £7.5 billion of profit made by energy network operators to be returned to bill payers, said:

“The Citizens Advice Bureau’s figures showing that energy networks have made over £7.5 billion unjustified profit over an 8 year period, are quite simply eye watering. The Tories have completely failed to deliver an energy system that works for people, businesses or our environment. More>>
Tuesday 11 July 2017
The Taylor Report was a huge missed opportunity to tackle the growing problem of insecure employment - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the Taylor Report, said:

“The Taylor Report was a huge missed opportunity to tackle the growing problem of insecure employment.

"In Labour’s manifesto ‘For The Many Not The Few’ we set out a 20 point plan to transform the workplace and protect and improve workers’ rights. By abolishing Employment Tribunal fees, scrapping zero hour contracts and giving rights to all workers from day one, we would halt and reverse the spread of exploitation in the Gig Economy. More>>
Monday 10 July 2017
We should all celebrate the huge contribution music makes to our economy - Tom Watson



Tom Watson, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on UK Music’s Wish You Were Here 2017 report, said:

“We should all celebrate the huge contribution music makes to our economy. But we mustn’t take it for granted. Without the right Brexit deal it could be harder for overseas visitors to come and experience live music here in the UK, and harder for artists to tour. More>>
Sunday 09 July 2017
Richard Burgon responds to new Ministry of Justice figures on Drugs in Prisons



Commenting on new figures released by the Ministry of Justice showing 225 kg of drugs were recovered across the prison estate in England and Wales in 2016, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon said:

“It’s clear that we have a crisis in our prisons system, with drugs use and violence continuing to be all too common. “The Chief Inspector of Prisons recently said that our prisons are dangerous for prisoners and staff alike and are failing in their duty to rehabilitate and reform prisoners. More>>
Thursday 06 July 2017
We will transform the social security system so that, like the NHS, it is there for us all in our time of need - Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, commenting on today’s figures on the estimated impact of the household benefit cap on parents by age of youngest child, said:

“Today’s figures highlight the huge impact the new, lowered household benefit cap has on lone parents who make up well over half of households affected, with nearly 80% having children under five.” More>>

Wednesday 05 July 2017
This report shows that any argument that the current fee system is progressive is absolute nonsense- Marsden



Gordon Marsden MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Minister, commenting on the IFS report on tuition fee reforms, said:

“This report shows that any argument that the current fee system is progressive is absolute nonsense. From scrapping the maintenance grant to freezing the repayment threshold, this Government has increased the debt burden of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, who will graduate with debts in excess of £57,000. More>>
Tuesday 04 July 2017
The shocking findings of this report should serve as a wake-up call to this Government- Lewell-Buck



Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Shadow Minister for Children and Families, commenting on the Children’s Commissioner’s report on measuring the number of vulnerable children, said:

“The shocking findings of this report should serve as a wake-up call to this Government who have so far refused to even measure the scale of the problem let alone come up with effective policy solutions. More>>
Monday 03 July 2017
Ofgem’s watered down proposals go nowhere near the promise made by the Prime Minister- Long- Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responding to Ofgem’s announcement on an energy price cap, said:

“Ofgem’s watered down proposals go nowhere near the promise made by the Prime Minister to adopt Labour’s principle of a price cap. In the general election, she pledged unequivocally to knock £100 off the bills of 17 million customers but then didn’t include the promise in the Queen’s Speech. More>>
Sunday 02 July 2017
Government “trying to cover up” new NHS cuts - Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, has today accused Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt of “trying to cover up" a new round of NHS cuts, which include closing wards and services, extending waiting times and stopping treatments.

The NHS Capped Expenditure Process involves hundreds of millions of pounds of reductions to local health economies, but Government Ministers have so far refused to comment on the proposals. More>>

Saturday 01 July 2017
Labour takes ‘No Mandate’ message to marginals



The Labour Party will be out in force on Saturday 1st July promoting the message that the government has #NoMandate.

In the first day of national campaigning since the election result, over 400 Constituency Labour Parties will be taking part in campaign activity, with Shadow Cabinet members out in every region across the country.

As part of the national campaign day, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, will address a general election-style rally in Hastings. The constituency of Hastings and Rye is Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s seat, and is among the most marginal in the country with a majority of just 346 votes. More>>
Friday 30 June 2017
Grenfell inquiry “too narrow” says Jeremy Corbyn in letter to PM



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has today (Friday) written to the Prime Minister asking for the terms of the Grenfell fire inquiry to be broadened and for residents to be heard throughout the process. In his letter, Jeremy expresses concern at the narrow terms of reference, saying:

“it is clear to me from talking to Grenfell residents that their concerns and questions stretch beyond these narrow terms.”

The Labour Leader suggests conducting a “two part inquiry, with the first part looking at the specific issues around Grenfell and reporting back quickly and the second part looking at the national issues.” More>>

Thursday 29 June 2017
This chaotic Government is breaking its own laws by refusing to set out its timetable for the state pension age - Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, raised a Point of Order today on the Government’s failure to meet its legal deadline to set out its state pension age timetable. Debbie said:

“This chaotic Government is breaking its own laws by refusing to set out its timetable for the state pension age.”
More>>
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Theresa May’s reckless approach to our country’s future will see a generation of young people losing out - Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on the Social Mobility Commission report, said:

“This report from the Government’s own Social Mobility Commission shows that their policies will not improve social mobility in Britain.

“School budgets are being slashed, Sure Start Centres are being lost and there is nothing approaching a skills plan that will let us face the challenges of post-Brexit Britain.

“Theresa May’s reckless approach to our country’s future will see a generation of young people losing out. The next Labour government will ensure that wealth, power and opportunity are enjoyed by the many not the few.”
Tuesday 27 June 2017
Tory Coalition of Chaos denies almost £70bn to rest of UK - McDonnell



Research from Labour, in consultation with the respected House of Commons Library, suggests that if the Tories’ sweetheart deal with the DUP goes ahead and rises as is rumoured to £2 billion, then it could mean that £68 billion in government funding being denied to the rest of the UK.

Under the Barnett Formula an increase of £2 billion in funding for Northern Ireland would normally imply additional public expenditure in England of £59 billion, with Scotland getting an additional £6 billion and Wales £3 billion. More>>
Monday 26 June 2017
This Tory-DUP deal is clearly not in the national interest - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the Conservative-DUP deal, said:

“Austerity has failed. Cuts to vital public services must be halted right across the UK, not just in Northern Ireland.

"The Government must immediately answer two questions. Where is the money for the Tory-DUP deal coming from? And, will all parts of the UK receive the much needed additional funding that Northern Ireland will get as part of the deal?

"This Tory-DUP deal is clearly not in the national interest but in May’s party’s interest to help her cling to power.”
Sunday 25 June 2017
Jeremy Corbyn speech to RMT conference



Speaking at the RMT union’s AGM in Exeter on Sunday evening, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, recommitted Labour to public ownership of the railways and measures to improve working conditions, services standards and affordability across rail and shipping sectors.

Jeremy Corbyn said:

“We don’t know when the next election will be.

“But the next Labour government will introduce a Public Ownership of the Railways Bill to repeal the Tories’ 1993 Railways Act that privatised our railways.

“We want our railways run in the public interest, with fare rises capped, service levels improved, and stations and trains safely staffed.More>>

Friday 23 June 2017
It is essential that the details of any agreement with the DUP are made public - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, has today written to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP, calling on him to make public the cost of any secret deals the Government are making with the DUP.

Calling it “essential” that the details of any agreement are made public, the Shadow Chancellor lays out a number of questions that Hammond must answer around additional spending as well as the Barnett Formula implications of any potential deal. More>>
Thursday 22 June 2017
These figures reveal the scale of the crisis the Tories have created for our schools - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the release of the Schools Workforce statistics showing that more teachers are leaving the profession than joining, said:

“These figures reveal the scale of the crisis the Tories have created for our schools.

“The Government’s responsibility is to ensure our schools have the resources they need to train enough teachers. The Tories have failed to do so.

“This is a damning verdict on seven years of failure from Conservative governments, and without urgent action on teacher recruitment and retention, a generation of children will pay the price for that failure.”
Wednesday 21 June 2017
Jeremy Corbyn response to the Queen’s Speech



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, responding in the House of Commons to the Queen’s Speech, said:

By tradition at the beginning of each parliamentary session we commemorate the Members of the House we have lost in the last year.

Sadly, Mr Speaker, this year we must also mark the passing of those we have lost in the horrific events of recent days and weeks.

The fire at Grenfell Tower in west London has killed at least 79 people. What makes it both a tragedy and an outrage is that every single one of those deaths could have been avoided. Something has gone horrifically wrong. The north Kensington community are demanding answers and they are entitled to them. More>>
Tuesday 20 June 2017
£345 million cut for over 200,000 people with mental health conditions under this Government - Debbie Abrahams



£345 million cut for over 200,000 people with mental health conditions under this Government

A new Freedom of Information response published today by the Department of Work and Pensions shows that over 200,000 people with mental health conditions will have their income slashed by Conservative cuts to Employment and Support Allowance introduced in April this year.

This data flies directly in the face of the Prime Minister’s commitment to end the “burning injustice” of the treatment of people with mental health conditions.More>>

Monday 19 June 2017
Jeremy Corbyn statement on van attack in Finsbury Park



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the van attack in Finsbury Park, said:

“I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror.

“I offer my condolences to the family and friends of the man who has died, and our thoughts are with the people who have been injured, their family and friends.

“As the local MP, I have met with Muslim community leaders at the Muslim Welfare House alongside Islington Council Leader Richard Watts, the council’s Chief Executive Lesley Seary and the Metropolitan Police. More>>
Sunday 18 June 2017
John McDonnell calls on Tories to stop using EU before Brexit to aide tax avoidance



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, calling on the Government not to block tax avoidance measures at the European Parliament following a vote last week when Tory MEPs voted to water down country-by-country reporting, said:

“Last week at the European Parliament Theresa May gave an insight into what a Tory Brexit will truly look like, as Tory MEPs voted to water down measures to clampdown on tax avoidance.

“Once again the Tories have shown their true colours on tax avoidance and evasion by voting to grant potentially permanent exemptions from scrutiny for large multinationals. More>>

Friday 16 June 2017

Jeremy Corbyn letter to the Prime Minister regarding the independent public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower



Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, has today written to the Prime Minister regarding the decision to hold a full and independent public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Jeremy Corbyn said:

“Whilst the inquiry should be limited to the awful events at Grenfell Tower, it must be empowered to consider all the steps that were, or were not, taken leading up to and contributing to this most terrible incident. It must also identify the urgent steps that need to be taken in relation to fire safety standards for other buildings of this nature.

“In addition to finding facts, the inquiry must be empowered to make recommendations for the avoidance of any similar future disaster – and in so doing, to consider recommendations arising from previous similar fire-related deaths.” More>>
Thursday 15 June 2017
Shadow Cabinet Appointments



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “I am delighted to announce four appointments to fill shadow cabinet vacancies. I look forward to working with the strengthened shadow cabinet as we prepare a government in waiting to carry out our manifesto for the many not the few.

“Our party is now on a permanent campaign footing in anticipation of the failure of Theresa May’s attempt to establish a stable administration with the support of the DUP. More>>

Wednesday 14 June 2017
Debbie Abrahams MP comment on today’s ONS labour market statistics



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on today’s labour market stats from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said:

“We welcome the overall increase in employment, but are deeply concerned that millions remain in low paid, insecure work.

“The Government has also failed to close the employment gap faced by women, disabled people and BAME groups, who have too often borne the brunt of austerity cuts. More>>
Tuesday 13 June 2017
Today’s further rise in inflation is deeply worrying, and once again shows how the Tories’ seven years of failed economic policy means working people are losing out - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to today’s inflation figures, said:

“Today’s further rise in inflation is deeply worrying, and once again shows how the Tories’ seven years of failed economic policy means working people are losing out, with wages lagging behind prices since the Tories came to power. “Young people in particular, are suffering from a widening pay gap between the under and over-24s - increased by age distinctions in the Tories’ so-called National Living Wage. More>>
Wednesday 07 June 2017
Jeremy Corbyn to take Labour’s message of hope for the many not the few across the UK on the final day of campaigning



Jeremy Corbyn will speak at six rallies across England, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday 7 June 2017, the final day before polling day.

On Tuesday, 6 June, Jeremy addressed thousands at six simultaneous events - and watched by 1.5 million people on Facebook live.

On the final day of campaigning, Jeremy will begin the day in Glasgow Central and travel to Weaver Vale, Clwyd West, Watford, Harrow East, until he reaches the final rally in Islington South.

He will set out Labour’s plans to transform Britain for the many, not the few, including: More>>
Tuesday 06 June 2017
The true scale of the secret Tory plan for cuts and closures across the NHS has been revealed by the Health Service Journal - Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to leaked reports in the Health Service Journal said:

“With 48 hours to go until the General Election the true scale of the secret Tory plan for cuts and closures across the NHS has been revealed by the Health Service Journal.

“We now know if the Tories are re-elected on Thursday we’ll see hospital wards closed, waiting times growing, treatments rationed and staff cut.

“The fact that NHS bosses have described this as the ‘most extreme and difficult NHS finance process they had experienced’ and would 'challenge the value basis of the NHS’ will make chilling reading for patients and their families who deserve the very best levels of care. More>>
Monday 05 June 2017
Labour launches New Deal to fix the housing crisis



Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Secretary of State for Housing John Healey will today (Monday 5 June 2017) launch ‘Labour’s New Deal on Housing’ – the party’s long-term plan to fix the housing crisis. They will promise to give priority to those let down most by failings in the housing market and in Conservative housing policy.

Setting out more detail on the Party’s plans to deal with the country’s housing crisis and build at least a million new homes, the published plan will include: More>>

Sunday 04 June 2017
Jeremy Corbyn statement following London bridge attack

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“We are all shocked and horrified by the brutal attacks in London. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have died and the many who have been injured. Today, we will all grieve for their loss.

“I would like to thank the police and emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in acting to save lives and deal with these appalling acts of terrorism, as well as NHS staff and members of the public who sought to protect others. More>>
Saturday 03 June 2017
Conservatives’ campaign chaos as extent of millionaire donations revealed



The Conservatives election campaign is in chaos as the extent of their millionaire-backing is revealed, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn says today.

In the latest in a string of errors and about-turns, Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon’s pledge that people would pay no more tax under the Tories was immediately contradicted by Theresa May, who refused to rule out a tax hike on working people, through rises in income tax or higher National Insurance contributions.

The Tories were already reeling from the chaos and confusion over their plans for social care and where they would set the cap they originally said they had rejected, and were forced to withdraw their school breakfasts policy after it was exposed they had only set aside 6.8p per meal. More>>
Friday 02 June 2017
Labour will create a million good jobs and drive growth across Britain



Labour will create an engine of investment and growth in Britain’s economy and drive a major expansion in good quality jobs that will benefit every region and nation of the UK.

At least a million good jobs will be created under a Labour Government to rebuild communities that have been left behind, transforming our economy into one that works for the many, not the few. More>>

Thursday 01 June 2017
Jeremy Corbyn speech on Brexit



Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at an event in Basildon on Labour’s plans for a jobs-first Brexit, said:

It seems like a long time ago now, but this election was called by the Prime Minister three years early, supposedly in order to make Britain’s exit from the European Union easier for her to manage.

A lot has happened since then. The terrible atrocity in Manchester above all, which has driven home the need to be more effective in the action we take to protect our people, both at home and abroad.

And then we have the extraordinary meltdown of the Conservative Party’s own manifesto within days of it being launched. More>>
Wednesday 31 May 2017
Jeremy Corbyn challenges Theresa May to join him in tonight’s BBC debate



Announcing that he will attend the televised debate in Cambridge, Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“I will be taking part in tonight’s debate because I believe we must give people the chance to hear and engage with the leaders of the main parties before they vote.

“I have never been afraid of a debate in my life. Labour’s campaign has been about taking our polices to people across the country and listening to the concerns of voters.

“The Tories have been conducting a stage-managed arms-length campaign and have treated the public with contempt. Refusing to join me in Cambridge tonight would be another sign of Theresa May’s weakness, not strength.”
Tuesday 30 May 2017
Childcare for the many: Labour’s universal childcare plan will transform the lives of more than a million children



More than a million children and their families will benefit from Labour plans for universal provision of 30 hours of free childcare a week for all two to four-year-olds.

Labour will extend 30-hour childcare to more children by eliminating means testing for two-year-olds and no longer restricting provision for three and four-year-olds to children whose parents are working. This will benefit an additional 1.3 million children. More>>
Monday 29 May 2017
Theresa May must be straight with the British people on her plans for pensioners, working people and our public services

Labour is today (Monday 29 May 2017) calling on Theresa May to come clean with the British people and answer the most pressing questions she has failed to be straight about in this campaign.

The Conservative manifesto has betrayed Britain’s pensioners, threatened unspecified tax rises for tens of millions of working people and set out a grim future of underfunding and understaffing for our vital public services.

Given that the Conservative leader has already broken her flagship manifesto pledge on social care, we are challenging Theresa May to be straight with voters and give clear answers to the crucial questions she has continued to duck. More>>
Sunday 28 May 2017
Thousands more frontline police and security staff to make our communities safer



Labour today announces a plan to make Britain’s communities safer, by putting thousands more frontline staff into critical public services, including police, fire, prison, intelligence and border agencies.

In the wake of large-scale Tory cuts to police and security resulting in 37,000 fewer staff, Labour will recruit:
· 10,000 more police officers
· 3,000 more firefighters
· 3,000 more prison officers
· 1,000 more security and intelligence agency
   staff
· 500 more border guards

Labour’s plans to reverse staff cuts in these agencies will return staffing levels closer to those when Labour left office. More>>
Saturday 27 May 2017
The IFS analysis is clear: only Labour will give schools the resources they need to deliver a world-class education - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the Institute of Fiscal Studies analysis of the main political parties’ proposals on school spending in England, said:

“There is now no doubt about what Tory plans mean for education - our schools will see their budgets cut.

“And head teachers have warned us what the consequences will be for parents and pupils: fewer teachers, larger classes, a narrower curriculum, or even a shorter school week.

“The IFS analysis is clear: only Labour will give schools the resources they need to deliver a world-class education for the many, not just the few.”
Friday 26 May 2017
Tory spending plans will hit public services and the economy - John McDonnell



John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the IFS manifesto analysis, said:

“The IFS assessment of the Conservatives is clear: their plans would damage our economy and public services with five more years of damaging austerity.

“They also confirm that the Tories have not specified any additional funding for the NHS, meaning a continued crisis in our health service if they are re-elected next month. The Tories plans on schools will mean continuing to sell away our future, with continued real terms cuts to per pupil spending. More>>
Tuesday 23 May 2017
Statement from Jeremy Corbyn on the suspected terrorist attack in Manchester

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured.

“Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives.

“I have spoken with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, who has fully briefed me on the operational response in the city.

“I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in dealing with last night’s appalling events.

“I have spoken with the Prime Minister and we have agreed that that all national campaigning in the general election will be suspended until further notice.”
Monday 22 May 2017
Theresa May has thrown her own election campaign into chaos and confusion - Andrew Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s Election Co-ordinator, responding to the unravelling of the Tories’ social care policy, said:

“Theresa May has thrown her own election campaign into chaos and confusion. She is unable to stick to her own manifesto for more than four days. And by failing to put a figure for a cap on social care costs, she has only added to the uncertainty for millions of older people and their families.

“This is weak and unstable leadership. You can’t trust the Tories - if this is how they handle their own manifesto, how will they cope with the Brexit negotiations?”
Sunday 21 May 2017
Damian Green has let the cat out the bag, the Tories are offering no new money for the NHS at this election - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Damian Green’s comments on the Andrew Marr Show that the Tories £8bn NHS manifesto pledge involves reallocating existing budgets, said:

“Damian Green has let the cat out the bag. The Tories are offering no new money for the NHS at this election, but instead their offer involves reallocating existing budgets. In 2015 they said they’d give the NHS £10bn and it turned out to be untrue. They’re up to the same tricks again. More>>
Saturday 20 May 2017
Jeremy Corbyn speech at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham



Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, said:

Over the last week the dividing lines in this election have got much clearer and sharper.

The two parties have published their manifestos. Set out their visions.

And in the case of Labour – but only Labour – published our sums too.

We don’t just have a vision, we have costed it too. More>>
Friday 19 May 2017
Andrew Gwynne response to Ruth Davidson’s comments on the removal of the Winter Fuel Allowance



Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s National Elections Coordinator, responding to Ruth Davidson’s criticism of Tory plans to remove the Winter Fuel Allowance from some pensioners, said:

“When the Scottish Tory Leader comes out against her own Party’s attack on pensioner incomes I think it’s fair to say the policy is starting to unravel.

“The Tory attack on pensioners’ Winter Fuel Allowance is unfair and outrageous, and lays bare the threat they pose to pensioners’ security and living standards.

“The Tories should admit they’ve got it wrong, apologise and drop it immediately.”
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