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Wednesday 14 February 2018
Councillor to offer free service to assist in claims against Council for pothole damage to cars



Pendle Councillor, Yasser Iqbal who represent the Reedley Ward has called on residents to make a claim against Lancashire County Council for damage caused to cars by potholes. Councillor Yasser Iqbal who is also a Barrister has said that he has been inundated with calls from residents in the area he represents who have been left out of pocket due to the poor state of the roads. He has offered to help his constituents for free in taking Lancashire County Council to Court if they fail to deal with the claim. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 05 February 2018
Pendle Women Celebrate 100 Years of the Vote



Wearing rosettes and corsages in the colours of the suffrage movement, women from Pendle Labour Party have gathered at Unity Hall in Nelson to mark the 100th anniversary of women first being given the vote.

The location was chosen because of its historical significance in the Women’s Movement – starting its life as the Independent Labour Party's “Socialist Institute”, where local suffragist and social campaigner, Selina Cooper, laid a cornerstone at the building and gave talks and lectures. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 26 January 2018
Lancashire better off under Labour claim by senior Pendle Conservative!



Leader of Pendle Council and Lancashire County Councillor Mohammed Iqbal has welcomed the views of Deputy Leader of Pendle Conservatives and former County Councillor Paul White who made the comments:

“The Tories under Geoff Driver are screwing Pendle, we were better off under Labour”.

His comments were made prior to a meeting with Burnley and Pendle Citizens Advice Bureau and Pendle Cllrs Mohammed Iqbal, David Whipp and Paul White at Nelson town hall on Wednesday 24 January 2018. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Consultation on proposed Multi Academy Trust (MAT)



Russell Tennant, Chairman of Pendle Labour Party has written a letter to the Nelson Leader Colne Times series raising substantial questions about the proposed Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which involves schools in Pendle. The letter is reproduced below:

I recently contributed to the consultation about the proposed formation of the Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which involves Blacko Primary, Laneshaw Bridge Primary, Lord Street Primary and Park High School. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Tuesday 23 January 2018
Local NHS Crisis



Members of Pendle Labour Party hosted an information stall in Colne on Saturday 20th January, highlighting the ongoing crisis in the National Health Service.

Despite Jeremy Hunt persistently claiming that the NHS was better prepared than ever before to deal with this year’s winter flu crisis, many local people are currently experiencing record waiting times at A&E and many others are having essential operations cancelled. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
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
The 2017 General Election



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Monday 01 May 2017
Pendle Disability Champion selected for Labour



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

Visit Wayne's Facebook page.

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



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

Cllr Iqbal said:

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

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


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



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

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

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

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


Saturday 25 March 2017
Fighting to Protect Local Services



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

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

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

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




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

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

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


Monday 27 February 2017
Pendle Council Budget Update




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

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

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



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

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



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




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



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

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

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

Read more on the Pendle Today web site

Tuesday 11 October 2016
Fracking Motion – Pendle Council




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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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



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

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



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



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

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

Councillor Iqbal said:

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



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

Friday 06 May 2016
Pendle Borough Council Elections



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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



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

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

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



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



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

Thursday 18 February 2016




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



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

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

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

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




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

Friday 08 January 2016
Labour Councillors support allotment initiative



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

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

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


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Tuesday 20 February 2018
We will make finance the servants of industry – Jeremy Corbyn



Corbyn: “We will make finance the servants of industry instead of the masters of us all”

Speaking at the EEF – The Manufacturers’ Organisation Conference today, Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, will pledge to stand up to bankers to rebalance the economy in favour of jobs and industry. He will declare that finance needs “a fundamental rethink” and the next Labour government will make it “the servant of industry not the masters of us all.  More>>
Monday 19 February 2018
Peter Dowd responds to new FSB research



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to new research from the FSB that shows the average UK small business lose £5,000 and three working weeks a year on tax compliance, said:

“It’s clear that after almost eight years of a Conservative Government the UK tax system continues to be a convoluted maze costing small businesses both time and money. The Chancellor’s promises of tax simplification have come to nothing, as small businesses struggle to get the information and specialist help they need. While the Government’s rushed introduction of Making Tax Digital paired with the uncertainty over Brexit looks set to create even more chaos and confusion for small businesses. More>>

Sunday 18 November 2018
Angela Rayner comments on the Treasury Committee’s report into Student Loans



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the Treasury Committee’s report into Student Loans, said:

“The Government’s student loans system is unsustainable and failing both students and taxpayers.

“The current system hides the true cost, with taxpayers on the hook as billions of pounds of debt every year is written off. More>>
Friday 16 February 2018
Rebecca Long Bailey comments on retail sales figures



Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on the latest retail sales figures, said:

“Under the Tories, insecure work and falling real pay are pushing households to the brink up and down the country.

“It’s no wonder then that consumer confidence is at an all-time low.

“The next Labour government will transform our economy to deliver a fairer, more prosperous society for the many, not just the few.”
Thursday 15 February 2018
The increase in child poverty is a direct result of this Government’s utter failure – Margaret Greenwood



Margaret Greenwood, Shadow Minister for Employment and Inequalities, responding to TUC analysis of the number of children of public sector workers in poverty, said:

“The increase in child poverty is a direct result of this Government’s utter failure to tackle the rising cost of living and stagnating wages and its slashing of the social security support available to families. It is sadly no surprise that the Tories refuse to set a target to reduce child poverty. More>>
Wednesday 14 February 2018
Household debt servicing costs set to jump by almost a third



New analysis from Labour has exposed that household debt servicing costs are officially forecast to jump up by almost a third over the next five years under the Tories.

The data obtained by Labour under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) reveals that from 2018 Q1 to 2023 Q1 forecast household debt servicing costs will rise by 29% and will increase their share of household disposable income by 12%. More>>
Tuesday 13 February 2018
Working people are still seeing their incomes squeezed – Peter Dowd



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

“With inflation remaining around a five year high, working people are still seeing their incomes squeezed as wages fail to keep up with prices, and household debt levels soar.

“After eight wasted years of Tory economic failure, the people of our country simply cannot afford Philip Hammond’s lack of action. We need an urgent change of direction.

“The next Labour government will end austerity and introduce a real Living Wage of £10 per hour, to build an economy that works for the many, not the few.”
Monday 12 February 2018
Labour calls on the International Development Select Committee to open wide-ranging inquiry into sexual abuse in aid sector



Kate Osamor MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, commenting on the sexual abuse scandal in the aid sector, said:

“The emerging details of this scandal are stomach-turning.

“For public trust to return to these vital aid agencies, the full truth must now come out, including why the Charity Commission did not request further information or flag it to the Department for International Development when the scandal was first reported by Oxfam. More>>
Sunday 11 February 2018
The privatised water industry has shelled out over £13bn in dividends since 2010



The privatised water industry has shelled out over £13bn in dividends since 2010

Analysis by Labour reveals that the privatised water companies have continued to pay out billions to their shareholders whilst hiking up prices for customers, and short-changing taxpayers by receiving more in tax breaks than they have paid in tax.

Just since 2010 these privatised water companies have paid out over £13.5 billion in dividend payments, almost the entire amount that these firms made in pre-tax profits. Annual dividend payments by these same firms during this period have jumped up by around 11%, while at roughly the same time average household water bills have risen by around 8%. More>>

Saturday 10 February 2018
Jeremy Corbyn speech to Alternative Models of Ownership Conference



It is a pleasure to close today’s conference which has shown once again that it is our Party that is coming up with big ideas.

And we’re not talking about ideas and policies dreamed up by corporate lobbyists and think tanks or the wonks of Westminster, but plans and policies rooted in the experience and understanding of our members and our movement; drawing on the ingenuity of each individual working together as part of a collective endeavour with a common goal. More>>
Friday 09 February 2018
Keir Starmer responds to Michel Barnier’s comments on Brexit transition



Keir Starmer, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, responding to Michel Barnier’s comments that a Brexit transition is ‘not a given’, said:

“This should be a wakeup call for the Prime Minister.

“As Labour has said for months, it’s vital the Government secures sensible transitional arrangements to prevent a cliff-edge for our economy. Yet with just a few weeks until the March deadline, it’s clear the Government is no closer to reaching an agreement. More>>
Thursday 08 February 2018
After almost eight years of Tory cuts, councils are facing unprecedented pressures to balance their books – Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, commenting on reports that nearly all councils plan to increase council tax and on concerns about Surrey County Council, said:

“These findings should set alarm bells ringing for Ministers. More>>

Wednesday 07 February 2017
Rebecca Long-Bailey comments on the Government’s response to the Taylor Review



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on the Government’s response to the Taylor Review, said:

“Launching four consultations and merely ‘considering’ proposals is just not good enough. Like so much from this Government, today’s response is just more words, with no real action to improve the lives of the millions of people in insecure work. More>>
Tuesday 06 February 2018
Local Government should not be forced to pick up the bill for Carillion’s collapse – Andrew Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responding to the hike in fees for councils with Carillion contracts, said:

“Local Government should not be forced to pick up the bill for Carillion’s collapse.

“Almost eight years of cuts under the Tories have devastated our local Government services and left children’s services facing a £2 billion funding gap by 2020. More>>
Monday 05 February 2018
The Tories are letting global tax dodgers off the hook – John McDonnell



New research obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Labour and published today exposes that billions of pounds in tax is going uncollected from Tory tax avoidance measures introduced since 2010.

The data obtained by Labour from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request are the latest HMRC forecasts passed on to the OBR in order to assess the effectiveness of the Government’s tax avoidance measures.

The findings reveal a £2.1 billion (or 25%) shortfall in what these 28 measures would collect compared to what was first claimed by the government at fiscal events since 2010. More>>
Sunday 04 February 2018
Labour Celebrates Centenary of Women’s Suffrage



Ahead of the centenary of women over 30 achieving the right to vote on Tuesday, Labour’s female shadow cabinet members give their thoughts on what women’s suffrage means to them.

The Labour Party is proud to have a gender-balanced shadow cabinet and to have more women MPs than all other parties put together. More>>
Saturday 03 February 2018
Abandoning four hour A&E target is a shocking indication of how Tories are running down our NHS – Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to reports in Health Service Journal that the four hour A&E target has been abandoned until April 2019, said:

“Abandoning the A&E waiting target is a shocking indication of how the Tories are running down our NHS. The fact that NHS bosses are now admitting the four hour A&E target can’t be met is the clearest admission that Tory ministers have failed to give the NHS the funding desperately needs. Let’s be clear, the NHS is in crisis because of eight years of underfunding and cuts imposed by Downing Street. More>>
Friday 2 February 2018
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell publish tax returns



Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell have published their tax returns for the third year running.

The returns, for the 2016/17 tax year, fully disclose their income and the tax they have paid.

The Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to publish her full tax return and Chancellor Philip Hammond refuses to publish one at all. More>>
Thursday 01 February 2018
Debbie Abrahams / Work and Pensions The Tories’ benefit cap is causing even more misery – Debbie Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the benefit cap statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions today, said:

“The Tories’ benefit cap is causing even more misery for vulnerable families already struggling with falling real wages and the rising cost of everyday essentials and childcare. More>>
Wednesday 31 January 2018
Hammond’s extra tax giveaways for a wealthy few will exacerbate inequality – McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to reports that Philip Hammond is considering further inheritance tax giveaways, said:

“Only Philip Hammond would attempt to address inter-generational inequality by further exacerbating inequality. We need more houses to be built, not extra tax giveaways for a wealthy few. More>>
Tuesday 30 January 2018
Debbie Abrahams responds to shocking Government review of 1.6m PIP claims



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Government’s admission that every disabled person receiving a Personal Independence Payment will have their claim reviewed, said:

“Today’s admission that the Department will have to reconsider 1.6 million PIP claims to ensure that all claimants receive the correct award is shocking.

“The Disabilities Minister has refused to publish a timetable of how many months or even years it will take for this “complex exercise” to be completed. More>>
Monday 29 January 2018
Angela Rayner responds to comments made by Justine Greening on BBC’s Today Programme



Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, responding to comments made by Justine Greening on the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, said:

“Justine Greening’s criticism is a huge blow to an already floundering Prime Minister. For a self-confessed supporter and ally to publicly attack Theresa May’s policies reveals a Prime Minister losing more and more support in her own party.

“Justine Greening is absolutely right that her own party’s decision to abolish maintenance grants was wrong and that it is the most disadvantaged families and students who have suffered. More>>
Sunday 28 January 2018
The Government is shifting the burden of local government cuts onto struggling families – Andrew Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responding to warnings of Council Tax rises, said:

“Almost eight years of cuts have devastated our local government services, and instead of providing new money, central government is attempting to shift the burden onto struggling families.

“The Government must provide genuinely new money to fund our public services.

“Labour in power will always stand up for working people. That’s why we need to see as many Labour councillors as possible elected to stand up for our local communities next May.”
Friday 26 January 2018
Jonathan Ashworth responding to NHS decision to review A&E performance



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to NHS Improvement’s decision to review the recording of A&E performance following accuracy concerns, said:

“The decision to review the recording of A&E performance is a first step in clarifying the reality of pressures on the NHS during the worst winter crisis on record.

“The Secretary of State must now conduct an urgent investigation into the total lack of transparency around these changes to recording practice, and update Parliament as to whether this year’s winter crisis is actually significantly worse than currently understood.” More>>
Thursday 25 January 2018
Crime figures are truly shocking and should put an end to Government complacency – Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the latest ONS crime data which show that police recorded crime is up 14%, with knife crime up by 21% and gun crime by 20%, said:

“These figures are truly shocking and should put an end to Government complacency on crime. More>>

Wednesday 24 January 2018
Debbie Abrahams comment on today’s ONS Labour Market stats



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

“Whilst we welcome the overall increase in employment, the fact that real wages are falling and millions are trapped in low paid, insecure work while the cost of basic essentials soars, proves the Tories are presiding over a crisis in living standards.

“These figures mask both regional inequalities and the employment gap faced by women, disabled people and BAME groups, who have too often borne the brunt of austerity cuts. More>>

Tuesday 23 January 2018
National debt continues to grow under the Tories - Dowd



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to today’s public sector finance figures from the ONS, said:

“Three years after the Tories promised they would close the deficit, the Government is still on track to borrow around £50 billion this year. And the national debt continues to increase, up by £62.3 billion on December 2016.

“The failures of austerity are laid bare not just in the crisis in the NHS and across our public services, but in the failure to achieve its stated aim of eliminating government borrowing. More>>
Monday 22 January 2018
It should shame Ministers that only three tower blocks with dangerous cladding have been replaced - Healey



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, commenting on new figures showing that since the Grenfell Tower fire only three other tower blocks have had flammable cladding replaced, said:

“More than seven months after the Grenfell Tower fire, it should shame Ministers that only three tower blocks with dangerous cladding have been replaced.

“Ministers have been off the pace at every stage in their response to the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. More>>
Friday 19 January 2018
Nia Griffith responds to the Public Accounts Committee report



Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the Public Accounts Committee report on Delivering Carrier Strike, said:

“This report highlights the significant concerns about the affordability of a key part of the MoD’s equipment plan and a vital aspect of our future defence capability.

“The Government needs to address this issue urgently and ensure that the Carrier programme is adequately funded going forward, in particular the F-35s which need to be paid for in US dollars and will be impacted by fluctuating foreign exchange rates. More>>
Thursday 18 January 2018
Justice Secretary needs to take urgent action to sort out this crisis at HMP Nottingham



Imran Hussain MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, responding to the urgent notification issued at HMP Nottingham, said:

“This is yet more evidence of the deep crisis across our prison system. “Tory cuts to staff and budgets have fuelled an epidemic of violence that has seen assaults and self-harm at record levels.

“The Justice Secretary needs to take urgent action to sort out this crisis at HMP Nottingham and ensure that the whole of our prisons system is safe for prisoners and staff alike.”
Wednesday 17 January 2018
Today’s findings are damning indictment on Government’s failure to tackle gender pay gap - Butler



Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, commenting on reports by the ONS and the Young Women’s Trust on the gender pay gap, said:

“Today’s findings are a damning indictment on the Government’s failure to tackle the gender pay gap. While the Government claims progress, this latest analysis exposes severe work inequalities faced by women across the country and it is clear that we need urgent action to address it. More>>
Tuesday 16 January 2018
Today’s inflation figures are further bad news for working households - Peter Dowd



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to today’s inflation figures by the ONS, said:

“Today’s inflation figures are further bad news for working households. Inflation remains around a five year high, while real earnings are still lower than in 2010, following seven years of Tory economic failure.

“The next Labour government will introduce a £10 per hour Real Living Wage to tackle the wages squeeze, and build a high wage, high skill economy for the many, not the few.”
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’.
More>>
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>>

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