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Monday 15 January, 2018

Wednesday 10 January 2018
Potholes in Pendle Roads

The Leader of Pendle Council Cllr Mohammed Iqbal has today written to the leader of Lancashire County Council asking for the urgent release of funds to address the pothole crisis across Pendle

Cllr Iqbal said“

I and other Councillors have been inundated with genuine complaints from residents at the pothole crisis across Pendle. The response from the County Council has been very slow despite an election pledge from the conservatives in pendle saying they would be allocating extra money to Pendle , the reality is that the Conservatives are neglecting Pendle. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 22 December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Andrew,

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

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

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

Wednesday 06 September 2017
Peaceful protest against genocide in Burma

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

Councillor Iqbal said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pendle Labour Chair, Russell Tennant said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 26 May 2017
Barrowford Q&A and Meet

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

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

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

Saturday 13 May 2017
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Monday 01 May 2017
Pendle Disability Champion selected for Labour

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

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

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

Cllr Iqbal said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 25 March 2017
Fighting to Protect Local Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 27 February 2017
Pendle Council Budget Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more on the Pendle Today web site

Tuesday 11 October 2016
Fracking Motion – Pendle Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"But for now all our thoughts are with Jo's husband Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up without their mum, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for."
Monday 13 June 2016
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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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Monday 15 January 2018
Jon Trickett response to Carillion going into liquidation

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to Carillion going into liquidation, said:

“The Government must act quickly to bring these public sector contracts back in-house to protect public services and ensure employees, supply chain companies, taxpayers and pension fund members are protected. " More>>
Sunday 14 January 2018
Government climb-down is further proof that Labour is winning the argument on housing

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to the Government’s housing announcement, said:

“This welcome Government climb-down is further proof that Labour is winning the argument and making the running on housing.

“When Conservative Ministers voted down this Labour proposal previously they described it as ‘unnecessary regulation’ which ‘will deter investment and put up rents’.
Saturday 13 January 2018
Government must intervene to protect Carillion employees, pension holders and taxpayers - Trickett

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to talks on the future of Carillion, said:

“It has been clear for months that Carillion has been in difficulty but the Government has continued to hand over contracts to the company even after profits warnings were issued.

"Jobs and public services are now at risk because the Tories were blinded by their commitment to a failing ideological project of introducing the profit motive into taxpayer funded services.

"Labour urges the Government to stand ready to intervene and bring these crucial public sector contracts back in-house in order to protect Carillion’s employees, pension holders and British taxpayers.”
Friday 12 January 2018
The consequences of deep Tory cuts to HMRC risk undermining efforts to tackle tax avoidance - Dowd

Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to reports that HMRC is struggling to deal with the growing number of cases of tax avoidance, said:

“The consequences of deep Tory cuts to HMRC are being felt, and risk undermining its efforts to tackle tax avoidance and evasion.

“Labour has consistently said that only a fully resourced and funded HMRC will be able to effectively tackle the scourge of tax evasion and its huge cost to the taxpayer. These latest revelations only further confirm some of our worst fears.”
Thursday 11 January 2018
Today’s stats reveal a relentlessly bleak picture for patients - Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the latest NHS performance data, said:

“Today’s stats reveal a relentlessly bleak picture for patients at the start of the NHS’s 70th Birthday. Eight years of severe austerity has left our health service woefully underfunded, understaffed and unprepared for the rise in demand as the cold period hits.

“Since the Tories took control of our NHS, there has been a staggering 400% increase in trolley waits and a 234% rise in patients waiting longer than four hours in A&E. More>>
Wednesday 10 January 2018
Keir Starmer responds to Government’s amendments to the EU withdrawal bill

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, responding to the Government’s recent amendments to the EU withdrawal bill, said:

“This is a deeply flawed and damaging piece of legislation. The Government’s piecemeal changes are woefully inadequate meaning once again nothing has changed. More>>

Tuesday 09 January 2018
Dawn Butler response to Toby Young resignation

Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, responding to Toby Young’s resignation, said:

“The Toby Young saga has further exposed Theresa May’s total lack of judgement in appointing him and her weakness in refusing to sack him. She should have removed him from his post, not personally backed him at the weekend and sent a minister out to defend him in Parliament yesterday.”
Monday 08 January 2018
It takes more than re-naming departments to erase seven years of failure - Trickett

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to Theresa May’s reshuffle today, said:

“With the NHS in crisis, working people worse off and Brexit preparations in turmoil, Theresa May is leading a failing Government.

“By simply rearranging the deckchairs in her reshuffle, Theresa May has shown that her floundering Government is out of fresh ideas. It takes more than re-naming departments to erase seven years of failure.

“What the country desperately needs is a new approach. With Jeremy Corbyn, that’s what Labour offers: a new Britain, run in the interests of the many, not the few.”
Sunday 07 January 2018
Theresa May continues to show utter disregard for patients - Ashworth

Responding to Theresa May’s comment on the Andrew Marr show that “nothing is perfect” in the NHS, Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“Yet again Theresa May has shown utter disregard for those patients languishing on trolleys, delayed in ambulances in the freezing cold weather or forced to wait longer in pain and anxiety because their operation has been cancelled.

“A real apology would be backed up by real action. Instead all we get is a plan to promote the Health Secretary who has overseen this crisis. Promoting the Health Secretary would be a betrayal of patients who deserve better this winter.”
Friday 05 January 2018
Bailout of East Coast rail is undoubtedly good news for the pay packet of Richard Branson - Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to Richard Branson’s comments defending the Government for the bailout of Virgin’s East Coast Rail franchise, said:

“The bailout of the East Coast rail franchise is undoubtedly good news for the pay packet of Richard Branson, but not for taxpayers and passengers who have been short-changed by up to £2 billion.

“This bailout is yet another example of the Tories defending profiteering train companies and the rich elite at the expense of the British public who pay for and use our rail services.“
Thursday 04 January 2018
Rebecca Long-Bailey comment on Colman’s factory closure in Norwich

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on the closure of Colman’s mustard factory in Norwich, said:

“The closure of Colman’s in Norwich is a blow not only to the workers at Colman’s and their families but to the town and region more generally.

“Despite their claims to the contrary, the Government haven’t done anywhere near enough to stop this closure.

“This highlights exactly why we need a Labour government with a forward thinking industrial strategy to attract and keep firms in the UK.”
Wednesday 03 January 2018
Jonathan Ashworth response to PM’s comments on the NHS

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the Prime Minister’s comments about the NHS being ‘better prepared for this winter’, said:

“Yet again Theresa May reveals how entirely out of touch she is. Next, she will be trying to lecture patients that ‘nothing has changed’ for patients.

“The reality is we see hospitals at full capacity, ambulances backed up, cancelled operations and patients waiting for hours on trolleys.

“Instead of burying her head in the sand, Theresa May needs to explain why she has allowed underfunding and cuts to health and social care to continue. As Tory MP Sarah Wollaston said this morning, the Government needs to get a grip.” More>>
Tuesday 02 January 2018
Rail fare rises under Tories are ‘truly staggering’ – Andy McDonald MP

Labour compared costs on over 180 routes between when the Conservatives came to power and new prices that will be implemented this Tuesday 02 January 2018.

The average commuter will now be paying £2,888 for their season ticket, £694 more than in 2010.

New figures released today by Labour show:
- That some commuters are paying over £2,500 more to travel to work than in 2010. More>>

Monday 01 January 2018
Hammond needs British families to go deeper into debt to meet his own targets - John McDonnell

Labour analysis reveals that Philip Hammond is relying on British families to borrow hundreds of billions of pounds extra by 2022. The Chancellor is also relying on households to go into deficit by over £5 billion so he can meet his own growth targets.

Buried in the detail of forecasts in last month’s Budget is the news that UK households have moved from a total annual surplus of £85.7 billion in 2010 to a £2.8 billion deficit this year (2017).

And borrowing is set to rise even further, hitting £5.5 billion by the end of the Parliament (2022). More>>
Sunday 31 December 2017
“New Year’s lifeline” for children of alcoholics a victory for campaigners - Jonathan Ashworth

The Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, says the Government’s response to his calls to support the children of alcoholics is a victory for campaigners, but warns it must be backed up by real action.

In response to the Department of Health’s announcement, Mr Ashworth said:

“Since I spoke out in Parliament about my own experiences of growing up with an alcoholic father, I have been inundated with messages from people who suffered the same blight on their childhood, and want to help children facing the same fate today. More>>
Friday 29 December 2017
Councils forced to spend valuable resources tackling effects of Universal Credit

Councils across the country are being forced to spend their own resources tackling the effects of Universal Credit and preparing for its roll out.

FOI requests submitted by Labour reveal Councils are committing funds towards offsetting and preparing for the impact of Universal Credit over and above Discretionary Housing Payments provided by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The data shows some Councils are having to provide additional rent arrears support and increase staffing as well as working with their local food banks and Citizens Advice to offset the impact of Universal Credit. More>>
Wednesday 27 December 2017
Resolution Foundation succinctly encapsulate hardship many across Britain are facing under the Tories - Long-Bailey

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, commenting on the findings of the Resolution Foundation’s report on wage growth, said:

“The Resolution Foundation report succinctly encapsulates the hardship many across Britain are facing under the Tories and will continue to face in 2018.

“After seven years of Conservative economic mismanagement, the figures speak for themselves. Real wages are still lower than they were in 2010 and Britain faces a productivity crisis.

"This is not a Government willing or able to raise productivity and living standards for people in Britain.”
Tuesday 26 December 2017
Angela Rayner commenting on the Government’s recent announcement to stop no-platforming speakers

Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on the Government’s recent announcement telling universities to stop no-platforming speakers, said:

“It is a false choice to suggest that universities are either places of free enquiry or places of safety. They can be both. Denying access to groups and individuals who incite violence and hatred is a perfectly sensible step to keep students safe from harm. More>>
Sunday 24 December 2017
Show people love this Christmas - Corbyn

In his Christmas message, Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, calls for people to show each other care and love.

He says Britain is a “compassionate” country with people thinking of others at this time of year, as well as enjoying themselves. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“At Christmas we spend time at home with family and friends.

“It’s a time of the year when we think about others. Like those who have no home to call their own or who are sleeping rough on our streets. More>>
Saturday 23 December 2017
Number of people spending Christmas period stuck in hospital doubled

Research by Labour has revealed that the number of people spending the Christmas period stuck in hospital due to Delayed Transfer of Care almost doubled between 2010 and 2016.

The Patient Snapshot, which is the number of people who are stuck in hospital at midnight on the last Thursday of the month, showed that this had increased from 1,995 people on December 30th 2010 to 3,929 on 29th December 2016.

The last time the snapshot fell directly on Christmas was 2015 when 3,155 spent Christmas Eve stuck in hospital.

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Social Care, said:
Thursday 21 December 2017
“Appalling winter downturn” as almost 50,000 patients languish in ambulances for over 30 minutes

Labour’s analysis of the latest weekly winter data (11 December to 17 December) released today by NHS England reveals that in the first month of winter:

• 46,993 patients have been stuck in the back of ambulances for over 30 minutes and 9,775 have had to wait longer than one hour. There has been an 86% rise in the number of delays for over one hour in just the past two weeks as the cold snap has hit.
• Average bed occupancy has risen at an alarming rate. Last week it averaged at 95%- a 0.7% increase since winter began. This is 10% higher than the recommended safe level of 85%. • There have already been 105 diverts from A&E Departments. More>>
Wednesday 20 December 2017
Businesses need certainty and stability from the Government on terms of transitional deal - Starmer

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, responding to the publication of the European Commission’s guidelines on the next phase of the Brexit negotiations, said:

“The immediate priority for the Brexit talks must be to secure sensible transitional arrangements that will protect jobs and the economy.

“Labour has been clear that it would seek a time-limited transitional deal that maintains the same basic terms that we currently enjoy with the EU. That means we would seek to remain in a customs union with the EU and within the single market during this period. It means we would abide by the common rules of both. More>>
Tuesday 19 December 2017
Local government is under enormous pressure because of politically motivated Tory cuts - Gwynne

Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to the Local Government Finance Settlement announced in the House of Commons by Sajid Javid, Communities and Local Government Secretary, said:

“Local government is under enormous pressure because of politically motivated Tory cuts that have hit the poorest areas hardest since 2010. Local councils have seen their budgets slashed by 40 per cent since the Tories came to power. More>>
Monday 18 December 2017
Labour demands greater transparency of Tory tax giveaway to big banks – Peter Dowd

Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, speaking ahead of the committee stage of the Finance Bill in the House of Commons today, has demanded an end to the tax giveaways to the big banks. He also demanded greater transparency in the Government’s planned cuts to the rate of the Bank Levy. More>>
Sunday 17 December 2017
Senior Tories want to use Brexit to rip up workers’ rights – Rebecca Long-Bailey

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on reports today that Brexit ministers urge Theresa May to scrap EU working directive, said:

“This yet more evidence that senior Tories, including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, want to use Brexit as an excuse to rip up workers’ rights. More>>
Saturday 16 December 2017
Nobody wants to see Uber replacing local bus services except Chris Grayling – Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to comments made by Chris Grayling about bus services being replaced by services like Uber, said:

“For many people, especially the young and the elderly, those living in rural areas and those who do not own a car, bus services are a lifeline.

“But rather than addressing the buses crisis, Chris Grayling’s solution is to say let them take taxis. More>>

Friday 15 December 2017
Theresa May must put country before party in Brexit talks – Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to confirmation that Brexit talks can now move onto the second phase, said:

“It is welcome that the European Council has at last agreed to move to the crucial second stage of the Brexit negotiations. More>>
Thursday 14 December 2017
Labour Press The scale of rising homelessness should shame all of us and Conservative Ministers most of all - John Healey

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Housing, responding to the latest quarterly statistics on homelessness, said:

“The scale of rising homelessness should shame all of us, and Conservative Ministers most of all.

“Homelessness fell at an unprecedented rate under Labour, but after seven years of failure on housing under the Tories, the number of rough sleepers has more than doubled and 121,000 children will be without a home this Christmas, up 70 per cent since 2010. More>>

Wednesday 13 December 2017
ONS statistics show many will struggle this Christmas – Debbie Abrahams

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

“Today’s figures are further evidence of Tory economic failure, only a day after inflation rose to its highest level in over five-and-half years.

“Both employment and real wages are falling while the price of household essentials balloons, leaving millions of people worse off than they were in 2010. More>>
Tuesday 12 December 2017
Labour Leader sends message of hope and peace for Christmas

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is sending out a message of hope and peace in his 2017 Christmas card.

The design echoes the cover of the party’s general election manifesto, ‘For the Many, not the Few’, that helped inspire Labour’s biggest increase in vote share since 1945.

The message inside reads: “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful 2018.” More>>
Monday 11 December 2017
Interim report launched into the UK’s financial system

Today the Shadow Chancellor launched Labour’s interim report into the UK’s financial system, led by economist Graham Turner of GFC Economics.

The report reveals that UK output from high-tech industries has fallen on average over the last ten years, with only one other EU member having a worse performance, with investment in manufacturing, ICT and other critical sectors lagging £28bn behind investment in real estate companies.

The analysis presented in the report will make the case that the UK’s financial system is currently failing to deliver investment to our country’s high-technology sector; and will set out recommendations for consideration for inclusion in the next Labour manifesto. More>>
Friday 08 December 2017
Jeremy Corbyn speech at the United Nations’ Geneva headquarters

Speaking at the United Nation’s Geneva headquarters today, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

Thank you Paul for that introduction.

And let me give a special thanks to the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

Your work gives an important platform to marginalised voices for social justice to challenge policy makers and campaign for change.

I welcome pressure both on my party the British Labour Party and on my leadership to put social justice front and centre stage in everything we do. More>>

Thursday 07 December 2017
Labour demand Commons debate on controversial new Tory health plans

Labour has today called for a series of controversial changes to the NHS to be debated in the House of Commons, after it emerged that Ministers had planned to force through new regulations without debate in the New Year.

Labour has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons in the name of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth, together with front bench colleagues, calling for greater transparency on the Government’s new Accountable Care plans in the NHS. More>>
Wednesday 06 December 2017
Government is failing children who will have no place to call home this Christmas - Melanie Onn

Melanie Onn MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to new figures on the number of children set to be homeless this Christmas, said:

“It is heart-breaking that 128,000 children will wake up on Christmas morning with no place to call home. The Conservative Government is failing them.

“This shames us all. Ministers must back Labour’s national plan to end this homelessness crisis.”
Tuesday 05 December 2017
This latest increase in rail fares is staggering - Andy McDonald MP

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, responding to the 3.4% rise in rail fares, said:

“This latest increase in rail fares is staggering. "Private rail companies continue to cash in while passengers and commuters have to cough up.

"The Tories should follow Labour’s example and commit to ending the scandal of train companies being run for profit rather than people.”
Monday 04 December 2017
A 700,000 increase in the number of children and older people in poverty is totally unacceptable - Abrahams

Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation state of the nation report, said:

“A 700,000 increase in the number of children and older people in poverty is totally unacceptable.

"The last seven years of flat-lining wages and austerity cuts, now combined with sharply rising costs of household essentials is a truly terrifying prospect for millions trying to make ends meet. More>>
Sunday 03 December 2017
Tories’ record on children & young people’s mental health has been shocking - Keeley

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, commenting on the announcement of measures contained within the new Children and Young People’s Green Paper, said:

“This announcement leaves many unanswered questions, in particular whether the reported funding will amount to new investment and whether the incentives offered will lead to every school being able to offer proper mental health support to their pupils. More>>
Saturday 02 December 2017
Under the Tories, social mobility has totally stalled. It is no surprise the whole Social Mobility Commission has resigned in frustration - Trickett

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to the resignation of the Social Mobility Commission board, said:

“As inequality has grown under the Tories, social mobility has totally stalled. Theresa May has rewarded the rich whilst holding everyone else back. It is no surprise the whole Social Mobility Commission has resigned in frustration.

"Under the Tories, how well people do in life is still based on class background rather than on talent or effort.

"Labour will change our country so it works for the many not the few.”
Friday 01 December 2017
RBS priority should be serving the best interests of UK customers - Reynolds

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow City Minister, responding to the RBS jobs cuts announcement, said:

“The decision by RBS to close 1 in 4 of its outlets is hugely disappointing. Not only will this result in the potential loss of 1,000 jobs, but many people depend on being able to use bank branch facilities in person. As the taxpayer continues to own 71% of the bank, its priority should be serving the best interests of UK customers.

“We are astounded that the Government has signed off on these proposals and urge them to reconsider such a drastic move which risks serious harm to local communities. Labour will change bank regulations to stop branch closures where there is a clear impact on local communities and businesses.“
Thursday 30 November 2017
Tories need to act on resounding verdict of CMA & end cuts to local authority budgets - Barbara Keeley

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Social Care, commenting on a report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which has found that the current system for providing social care is not sustainable without additional funding, said:

“The Tory Government needs to act on the resounding verdict of the Competition and Markets Authority and end their swingeing cuts to local authority budgets, which have caused underfunding and instability in the social care sector since 2010. More>>
Wednesday 29 November 2017
Debbie Abrahams comment on Trussell Trust Christmas figures

Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the new Trussell Trust Christmas figures, said:

“Despite what the Government might think, it is absolutely unacceptable that so many families rely on foodbanks to get through Christmas.

“We know that the Tories’ botched Universal Credit roll out, and their freeze to social security are causing people to visit foodbanks to make ends meet.

“The social security system should not increase the need for foodbanks.

“Labour is calling on the Government to pause and fix Universal Credit before Christmas, and lift the harmful social security freeze.”

Tuesday 28 November 2017
Angela Rayner comment on Social Mobility Commission State of the Nation Report

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation Report 2017, said:

“In every area the Commission has highlighted, the Tories’ record is one of failure. Under the Tories, Sure Start funding has been cut by half, nurseries are in crisis, there are 400,000 more children living in poverty and the Chancellor has just pocketed a £750m under-spend on childcare rather than invest in our kids.

“The Government has missed its teacher recruitment targets five years in a row - and for two years running more teachers have left classrooms than joined the profession. More>>
Monday 27 November 2017
Jeremy Corbyn new living wage analysis and Scotland speech in full

Corbyn: Tory failure on the economy will leave workers on the National Living Wage worse off by £900 in 2020. Under Labour’s plans they will be better off by £3,000

Speaking at a press conference in Glasgow this morning, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn published new analysis showing that the Budget’s reduced projected rate for the National Living Wage (NLW) will leave the average full-time worker on the NLW £900 worse off in 2020.

In Philip Hammond’s March Budget the NLW rate for 2020 was projected to be £8.75. This week this was cut further to £8.56. This falls far short of the £9 promised by the Tories when the policy was first announced in 2015. More>>
Friday 24 November 2017
Cuts to flood funding shows Government has got it wrong - Sue Hayman MP

Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responding to the Lancashire floods, said:

“As people in Lancashire deal with the aftermath of today’s floods, the Government’s £115m cuts to flood funding this year shows they have called it dangerously wrong yet again.

“With flood management funding at a four year low, many communities are facing the very real prospect of losing their homes this winter as the Tories fail yet again to get a grip on the situation.

“Labour would give the Fire and Rescue Services a statutory duty to coordinate and respond to floods and would invest in better flood management.”
Thursday 23 November 2017
Labour Press Great shame UK has been shunned from European Capital of Culture 2023 - Watson

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on the EU commission’s decision to revoke Britain’s hosting of European Capital of Culture 2023, said:

“The news that the UK has been shunned from this European cultural competition is a great shame for the whole country and particularly for the cities that had put in bids to be the European Capital of Culture in 2023. More>>
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Jeremy Corbyn Budget 2017 response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you colleagues for being here today.

In particular, the race organisations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Labour MPs call on Government to lower voting age to 16

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

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

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

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

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