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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.
Saturday 26 December 2015
Message from Mark Porter, President, Pendle CLP



As 2015 draws to a close and we take time to reflect on the events of the last 12 months and how these events have not only changed the shape of UK politics but the world in which we all live. More>>
Wednesday 23 December 2015




Tuesday 22 December 2015
In Memory of Trevor Walsh



Pendle Labour Party is saddened by the loss of Trevor Walsh, who's funeral took place today.

Trevor was Immensely respected as a comrade, Councillor, School Governor, and campaigner for the disabled.

We are saddened at losing Trevor and offer our condolences to his family.

Saturday 12 December 2015
Fracking in Lancashire Yvonne Tennant - Vice Chair, Membership.



Yvonne Tennant recently wrote to the local press stating her concerns regarding Lancashire County Councils decision to reject fracking in Lancashire being "called in" by National Government. Her letter is reproduced below:

I am sure that many of your readers will be appalled to learn that central Government have announced that they will make the decision about whether to allow fracking in Lancashire. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark has called in the decision made by Lancashire County Council to reject the two applications to frack, submitted by Cuadrilla Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 27 November 2015
Letter from The Council Leader to the Press - 27 November 2015

Core Strategy


Dear Sir,

I have been contacted by a number of residents in Pendle concerned about the level of development proposed in Pendle’s Core Strategy, the plan which will guide development over the next 15 years. They have asked why we need so much housing and industrial land when they are told that Councils are allowed by Government to decide for themselves what is right for their area. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 18 November 2015
Tax Credit Cuts and how it will affect families in Pendle



If you are wondering how many families in Pendle will be affected we have provided a hyperlink to the data setting out how many thousands of families could lose money.

The data is on the Government's own web site, pages 16 & 23 show the numbers that will be affected in Pendle, if the cuts go ahead.

We believe that Andrew Stephenson’s first duty is to the people of Pendle and that he should be voting down these savage cuts – but will he?
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 12 November 2015
Kate Green MP visits Pendle



Great Pendle Labour Women's Group get together this evening. Huge thanks go to our Women's Officer, Laura Blackburn, for organising it all - and of course to Kate Green MP who was our guest of honour.
Friday 23 October 2015
(Labour) MP fights for free hospital parking for carers - Pendle Today



Burnley MP Julie Cooper has launched a new national campaign to Park the Charges for Carers. Mrs Cooper has linked up with Carers UK and will propose new legislation to exempt carers eligible for Carer’s Allowance from hospital parking charges in England. More from Pendle Today>>
Tuesday 20 October 2015
MPs challenged to vote with Labour today to avert damaging tax credit cuts



Seema Malhotra MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary have written to non-Labour MPs ahead of today’s opposition day debate on tax credits.

In Pendle 6,900 working families claim Tax Credit and Labour calls on Andrew Stephenson to vote to stop these damaging cuts.

Read more about the letter here

Tuesday 13 October 2015
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Tuesday 13 October 2015
Labour to oppose Tories elected Mayor proposals in Pendle



Labour Councillors will vote against a motion tabled by Conservative Leader Joe Cooney at the Full Council meeting in Pendle on Thursday 15th October 2015.

Leader of the Council Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said

“At a time when the Tory government has reduced funding to Pendle Borough Council by over 50% since 2010, here we have a display of internal civil arguments within the Tory party as to who wants to be a one man/woman Mayor of Pendle which will cost tens of thousands of pounds to run elections and administer the office of the Mayor. This is a silly ill-thought idea and makes a fool of the residents of Pendle we are here to serve” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 10 October 2015
One million UK citizens set to lose their vote



Changes in the voter registration system mean around one million additional people will be taken off the electoral register this year.

Are you one of them?

Pendle Labour Party are concerned that Pendle residents will not be able to vote in elections and referendums if they are not registered to vote.

Next year there will be major elections in Pendle. And soon we have a big choice to make about whether Britain should stay in the European Union, but if you don’t register, you won’t be able to have your say. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 October 2015
Stop the Tax Credit Cut hurting 7,900 Pendle families



Tory changes to tax credits will leave working families £1,300 a year worse off.
Across the UK 3 million working families will be affected This tax credit cut will hit working families in the wallet. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 October 2015
Nelson Health Class gets a financial boost!



Shaista Arshad is a Project Worker working with the scheme at Williams Hall in Nelson. She says the project is a woman's exercise class which brings women together to improve health and tackle obesity.

As well as getting people fit it also brings people together in a social capacity. Healthy eating is also covered to improve the lives of themselves and their families. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 03 October 2015
Pendle Labour Party is saddened by the death of Dennis Healey

We send our condolences to his family and mourn the passing of a substantial figure of the Labour Movement.

Lord Healey was Labour's defence secretary from 1964 to 1970 and chancellor of the exchequer from 1974 to 1979 before becoming deputy party leader in opposition in 1980. The former Leeds MP's family said he died peacefully at his Sussex home on Saturday, after a short illness. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was "a Labour giant". Read more on the BBC web site.

Jeremy Corbyn Statement on the death of Dennis Healey
Saturday 12 September 2015
Pendle Labour Party congratulates Jeremy and Tom on winning the Leadership Elections.



Jeremy Corbyn has been elected Leader of the Labour Party and Tom Watson has been elected Deputy Leader. Pendle

Labour Party congratulates Jeremy and Tom and thanks all of the other candidates for the part they have played in a stimulating contest. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 24 August 2015
MP launches fight to save fracture clinic - Pendle Today



Burnley MP Julie Cooper has launched her campaign to oppose the permanent closure of Burnley General Hospital’s Fracture Clinic.

The Burnley Express revealed recently that the clinic would be moved to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for a six-month trial.

Mrs Cooper, who has been meeting the chief executive of the Trust and other healthcare officials, responded angrily to their claims the existing clinic in Burnley is ‘under used’ and therefore not sustainable. More>>

Saturday 22 August 2015
Sold down the Riverside



Barrowford’s green fields must be sacrificed so that Pendle can meet government housing targets.

That’s the message Pendle’s Planning Department is giving village residents – as Barrowford Labour Party has repeatedly warned.

The decision to identify the Trough Laithe fields (all the fields between the Riverside Business Park on the bypass up to Wheatley Lane Road) as Pendle’s only Strategic Housing Site has made it simple for Peel Investments to put in for the massive development that they have wanted all along. Download Barrowford Labour Party's latest newsletter (PDF - 200KB)
Friday 21 August 2015
MP and council at loggerheads over ‘petulant’ jibe - Pendle Today

MP Andrew Stephenson has hit back at claims his behaviour was “petulant and infantile” in refusing to attend a Pendle Council meeting.

Pendle’s Liberal Democrat leader Tony Greaves made the accusation and said he was “astonished” Mr Stephenson refused to attend the meeting with Pendle Council’s Strategic Director Dean Langton and all three party leaders on the council which was scheduled for Tuesday this week. More>>


Monday 03 August 2015
Theresa Griffin MEP - North West July European Update



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Wednesday 29 July 2015
Yvette Cooper wins Pendle Labour Party nomination




At a packed meeting of Pendle Constituency Labour Party on 28 July, members debated and voted on the local party’s supporting nominations for the next Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Party Chair Mark Porter said

“It was great to see so many new members coming to contribute to the vigorous debate on the merits of the four leadership candidates. Many members told me they had been undecided at the start of the meeting but after listening to the speakers were able to make up their minds.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 29 June 2015
Pendle Council’s Executive has agreed to transfer the Fleece public toilets in Barrowford to Barrowford Parish Council.



Councillor Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, explained:

“This means that the toilets which have been closed for more than 18 months will be re-opened for shoppers and visitors.

“We’re delighted that the Parish Council has agreed to take on the facility and we’ll be working closely with them to ensure a smooth transfer, including paying their business rates for two years.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 29 May 2015
Tour of Britain is just 100 days away - Pendle Today



There are just 100 days until the Tour of Britain visits “God’s Own Country” for its Ribble Valley and Pendle stage.

Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said:

“This is the toughest route on the Tour of Britain. “I’m looking forward to the tens of thousands of visitors that will be turning up to Pendle and to Ribble Valley to watch this spectacle and I’m sincerely hopeful they come back month after month, year after year to spend some money in this area. More from the Pendle Today web site

Monday 25 May 2015
North West MEP calls on EU to protect Rolls Royce jobs



Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels, Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP for the North West of England, has called on the Commission to act to protect jobs in Rolls-Royce in the UK.

Following the announcement by Rolls-Royce of 3,000 job losses across the UK, Labour MEPs including Labour MEP for the North West Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP and leader of the Labour Group in the European Parliament Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the South East Clare Moody and Labour MEP for the North East Jude Kirton-Darling, met with representatives of workers, union representatives and the European Commission to call for urgent European action to tackle this crisis.More>>
Friday 22 May 2015
Pendle’s new Mayor – Pendle Today


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Labour’s Coun. Nawaz Ahmed – was elected at the Annual Council Meeting last night. Coun. Ahmed, who is a Brierfield councillor, will be joined by his wife and daughter Mrs Azmat and Usma Ahmed who will be the joint new Mayoress. More>>
Friday 22 May 2015
Pendle Council has a new leader - Pendle Today



The leader of the council’s Labour group, Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, took over the role at last night’s annual council meeting after Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors voted through a vote of no confidence in the authority’s leader of the past three years, Conservative Coun. Joe Cooney. More>>


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Friday 28 April 2017
Tory Government had failed to invest in the North



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on the TUC’s analysis which shows that if current trends continue the north-south divide will grow, said:

“It’s a stark exposure of seven years of Tory economic failure that the regions which are left behind in government investment are consistently those in the north of England.

“Labour will overturn our rigged economy by creating a Bank of the North to invest in the jobs of the future and that will stand up for the many not the few when it comes to government investment.”
Thursday 27 April 2017
Today’s IFS analysis reveals the stark choice in this election – John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on today’s Institute For Fiscal Studies (IFS) analysis of the impact of tax and benefit changes since May 2015 on the incomes of different kinds of households, said:

“Today’s IFS analysis reveals the stark choice in this election.

“The Tories pose a clear threat to working people’s living standards. Under Tory proposals cuts to in-work support will leave working families with children an average of £2,500 a year worse off.

“This General Election is a choice between a Labour Party who will stand up for the many and a Tory Party which only looks after the privileged few.”
Wednesday 26 April 2017
Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Health Secretary, speech to Unison’s conference



It is my pleasure to be here. As a Labour MP, a trade union member. As a member of your shadow Cabinet and – I hope – as the next Labour Secretary of State for Health.

And it is a pleasure to be here with UNISON a great trade union led by one of the great General Secretaries Dave Prentis. I congratulate all of you for your campaign on public services and the work of public servants. More>>
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Keir Starmer speech on Labour’s approach to Brexit



Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, setting out Labour’s approach to Brexit, will say:

At this election there will be a very clear choice on the ballot paper.

A choice of two visions of Brexit. Labour’s approach to Brexit will be based on our values: internationalist. Outward looking.

A belief that we achieve more together than we do alone.

We accept that outside the EU our relationship with Europe must change. More>>
Monday 24 April 2017
While the Conservatives shirk responsibility, Labour will deal with the dirty air damaging the lives of millions of British people - Hayman



Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, ahead of the High Court consideration of the government’s request to further delay publication of their air quality plan, said:

“If the government fails to publish its plan to deal with the chronic levels of air pollution today then Labour will, within the first 30 days of our administration.

“Labour will bring forward a new Clean Air Act, setting out how we would tackle air pollution that NHS experts say contributes to 40,000 premature deaths every year. More>>
Sunday 23 April 2017
Labour to give workers a break and bring our four nations together with four new national holidays



Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, will announce Labour’s plan to give Britain’s workers the break they deserve and bring our four nations together with four new national holidays for the whole of the United Kingdom.

Under Labour’s proposals, UK-wide public holidays will be held on St, David’s Day (1st March), St Patrick’s Day (17th March), St. George’s Day (23rd April) and St. Andrew’s Day (30th November). With eight public holidays, the UK currently has the fewest of any G20 or EU country. More>>

Saturday 22 April 2017
The Tories’ promises to deal with energy bills should be taken with a huge pinch of salt



Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Campaigns and Elections Chair, in response to the Sunday Times splash, said:

“The Tories don’t stand for working people, their record is one of failure and broken promises, letting ordinary people down at every turn. "

Under the Tories working people have picked up the bill while those at the top have has tax breaks. Wages have stagnated while in work support has been slashed. And public services have suffered huge cuts, leaving our NHS in crisis with longer waiting times, overcrowded ‎A&E departments and staffing shortages. More>>
Friday 21 April 2017
R&D is vital for the UK’s future prosperity yet this Government have cut funding - Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on the Government’s announcement of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund investments, said:

“This is simply a re-commitment of R&D funding announced at last year’s Autumn Statement.

“R&D is vital for the UK’s future prosperity yet this Government have cut funding since 2010 and the UK remains significantly behind the OECD average of 2.4% of GDP in public and private investment in R&D.

“Labour is committed to bringing the UK in line with our international counterparts and will raise total public and private investment in R&D to 3% of GDP.”
Thursday 20 April 2017
Jeremy Corbyn first speech of the 2017 General Election campaign



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, will today deliver his first speech of the 2017 General Election campaign at Church House, saying:

The dividing lines in this election could not be clearer from the outset. It is the Conservatives, the party of privilege and the richest, versus the Labour Party, the party that is standing up for working people to improve the lives of all.

It is the establishment versus the people and it is our historic duty to make sure that the people prevail. A duty for all of us here today, the duty of every Labour MP, a duty for our half a million members - including the 2,500 who have joined in the last 24 hours. More>>
Wednesday 19 April 2017
Let’s have the TV debates. It’s what democracy needs and what the British people deserve - Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to reports that the Prime Minister will reject any TV debates, said:

“Elections and democracy are about public debate. So it’s rather strange that only a couple of hours after calling for a General Election, the Prime Minister is saying she’s not going to take part in TV debates.

“I say to Theresa May, who said this election was about leadership: come on and show some. Let’s have the debates. It’s what democracy needs and what the British people deserve.”
Tuesday 18 April 2017
Jeremy Corbyn response to the Prime Minister’s call for a General Election



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.

“Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS.

“In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.”
Monday 17 April 2017
The Government’s rhetoric on social mobility has not been matched by results – Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to a Teach First report that claims the country’s poorest parents have half the chance of getting their child into an outstanding primary school, compared to the richest ones, said:

“This is just the latest evidence that the Government’s rhetoric on social mobility has not been matched by results. More>>
Sunday 16 April 2017
Have a happy and peaceful Easter - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn, speaking on Easter Sunday, said:

“I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter this weekend.

"As millions mark Easter around the world, it’s a time to reflect on the challenges we face both at home and internationally – and what our response should be. "

We hear painful stories every day, of homelessness, poverty or crisis in our health service – or across the world, of the devastating consequences of war and conflict, including millions forced to become refugees. More>>
Friday 14 April 2017
Labour will protect the high street by ending damaging bank closures



Labour will introduce major changes to bank law to prevent banks forcing through closures of vital high-street banks

As part of Labour’s plans to rejuvenate the high street and protect local communities, the next Labour Government will make major changes to the banking law that will prevent banks closing their vital high-street branches and damaging local communities and small businesses.

Despite the introduction of an “Access to Banking Protocol” to prevent closures by this Conservative Government, the Consumers Association reports that 1,046 local bank branches closed in the UK between December 2015 and January 2017, with another 486 already scheduled for closure this year. More>>
Thursday 13 April 2017
Grammar schools will do nothing to help the overwhelming majority of working families across the country - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on Justine Greening’s plan for a ‘new generation’ of grammar schools, said:

“The facts are clear, grammar schools will do nothing to help the overwhelming majority of working families across the country.

"The Government’s attempt to fiddle the figures to support their discredited and divisive policy does not change the basic reality that for the overwhelming majority, academic selection is a barrier to social mobility, and the Government’s plans to return to the days of secondary moderns will only make this worse.

"While the Government only look to improve the educations of a privileged few, Labour will improve outcomes for all by delivering free school meals to every primary school pupil in England."
Wednesday 12 April 2017
Labour launches Pensioners’ Pledge Card


Speaking today (Wednesday 12 April) on a visit to an arts and crafts exhibition at Age UK Coventry’s Craft and Computer Centre, the Shadow Chancellor and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, will launch Labour’s Pensioners’ Pledge Card.

The Pensioners’ Pledge Card lays out Labour’s four promises to protect older people in our communities More>>

Tuesday 11 April 2017
The Tories are letting down asylum seekers and the communities where they are allocated - Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the Government’s failure to ensure a fair system of allocation for asylum seekers, said:

“The Government’s policy is deeply flawed and unfair. When it comes to the settling of asylum seekers, it’s a case of Tory nimbyism. More>>
Monday 10 April 2017
This is an extremely serious revelation that contradicts past assurances about the role of the Bank of England in the Libor scandal - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to reports that the Bank of England was involved in the Libor rigging, said:

“This is an extremely serious revelation that contradicts past assurances about the role of the Bank of England in the Libor scandal.

"It goes to the very heart of whether our financial institutions can be trusted. Therefore, it warrants an immediate high level investigation, and the Chancellor must act straight away to ensure this happens.”
Friday 07 April 2017
Jeremy Corbyn statement on US air strikes on a Syrian air base



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking in response to the US air strikes on a Syrian air base, said:

“The US missile attack on a Syrian government air base risks escalating the war in Syria still further.

“Tuesday’s horrific chemical attack was a war crime which requires urgent independent UN investigation and those responsible must be held to account.

“But unilateral military action without legal authorisation or independent verification risks intensifying a multi-sided conflict that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. More>>
Thursday 06 April 2017
Peter Dowd response to Public Accounts Committee report into Concentrix



Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report into Concentrix, said:

“The findings by the Public Accounts Committee reaffirms the Government’s continued inability to take responsibility for the shambolic decision to contract out tax credits to Concentrix. It is now crystal clear that Concentrix should never have been awarded the contact.

“This damning report reveals what many of us have long suspected, first that neither HMRC nor Concentrix bothered to check for error or fraud before suspending tax credits to some of the most vulnerable in our society. More>>
Wednesday 05 April 2017
Jeremy Corbyn statement on Ken Livingstone’s suspension



Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party said:

“Ken Livingstone’s comments have been grossly insensitive, and he has caused deep offence and hurt to the Jewish community.

“Labour’s independently elected National Constitutional Committee has found Ken guilty of bringing the party into disrepute and suspended him for two years. More>>
Tuesday 04 April 2017
Relationship support will not replace social security support stripped from struggling families - Cunningham



Alex Cunningham MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, commented on the Government’s plan to fund relationship support for unemployed families, said:

“Stronger relationships can help families to escape poverty, but the support announced today is a tiny response to funding the work that needs to be done to tackle rising inequality, child and pensioner poverty figures.

“All the evidence suggests that income is a central factor in poverty and inequality.

“Relationship support will not replace the social security support stripped from struggling families under seven years of failed Tory austerity.”
Monday 03 April 2017
This April the Tories are taking working families for fools - John McDonnell



Labour research reveals that the Tories’ tax changes that came into effect on 1 April will see £2.5 billion in tax giveaways alone handed out to big business and a wealthy few in 2017/18.

The figures also reveal that by 2022, Tory Tax giveaways that came into effect on 1 April could total around £20 billion, which includes over £2 billion in corporation tax giveaways to big corporations like Google in the next year alone.

These changes will take place at the same time as the Government goes ahead with billions of pounds worth of cuts to low income working families on in-work benefits. More>>
Sunday 02 April 2017
Labour questions legal basis for abandoning NHS treatment targets - Ashworth



Labour have today questioned the basis for the downgrade of NHS treatment targets announced this week, saying the changes could contravene patients’ legal rights under the NHS Constitution.

Speaking on Sky’s Sophy Ridge Show this morning, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said he would write to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt seeking urgent clarification of the legal advice underpinning the move.
Saturday 01 April 2017
The Government’s botched business rate revaluation has created a huge and destabilising burden for many businesses - Rebecca Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting as the business rate revaluation comes into effect, said:

“Today many businesses across the country will see their business rates increase substantially. For some firms, it will seriously threaten their viability and continued existence. However, today it also transpires that the Government’s inadequate measures to mitigate these effects are not even in place to help businesses. The support fund the Government promised is reportedly not even up and running and nor is the Government clear on how it will work. More>>
Friday 31 March 2017
Plan confirms that May’s Government has broken its promise by failing to give the NHS the funding it needs - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the publication of NHS England’s Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View said:

“NHS England’s Five Year Forward View update contains welcome ambitions around mental health and cancer care that Labour endorses. However reading between the lines this plan confirms that Theresa May’s Government has broken its promise by failing to give the NHS the funding it needs. The plan admits the public are ‘concerned’ for the future of the NHS and that the health service is under ‘real pressure’ to cope with rising demand within the current spending envelope.More>>
Thursday 30 March 2017
Sharon Hodgson responds to proposed sugar limits published by Public Health England



Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to proposed sugar limits published by Public Health England, said:

“Labour supports action to tackle sugar consumption and with the refresh of the Five Year Forward View published this week there is a chance to set a really radical approach to obesity and children’s health. It should be a matter of shame that obesity affects so many children in the UK and that the circumstances of where you grow up can have such a long term effect on your health outcomes. More>>
Wednesday 29 March 2017
Jeremy Corbyn statement to the House on the triggering of Article 50



Mr Speaker, I would like to thank the Prime Minister for the advance copy of her statement.

Today we embark on the country’s most important negotiations in modern times.

The British people made the decision to leave the European Union and Labour respects that decision.

The next steps along this journey are the most crucial and if the Prime Minister is to unite this country, as she says she aims to do the Government needs to listen, consult and represent the whole country, not just the hard-line Tory ideologues on her own benches. More>>
Tuesday 28 March 2017
The decision to extend the pay cap for another year is totally self-defeating and unsustainable - Justin Madders



Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on the annual NHS pay announcement, said:

“The decision to extend the pay cap for another year is totally self-defeating and unsustainable. By squeezing pay for years on end the Government is driving an NHS workforce crisis, forcing people out of health professions and putting others off starting in the first place. Hospitals are already forced to pay huge sums for temporary staff to plug the gaps and there is still no sign of how the Government plan to deal with the NHS workforce implications of Brexit. More>>
Monday 27 March 2017
This is the second big Government contract cancelled in the space of six months - Rebecca Long- Bailey



Rebecca Long- Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy, commenting on the Government announcement today that the tax payer will incur nearly £100m in costs and damages due to the mishandling of nuclear decommissioning contracts, said:

“By cancelling just two years into a 14 year contract, the Government has shown dramatic levels of incompetence in the procurement process of this deal. More>>
Saturday 25 March 2017
Andrew Gywnne statement on Douglas Carswell leaving UKIP



Commenting on Douglas Carswell’s decision to leave UKIP, Labour’s Shadow Minister and Elections Chair, Andrew Gwynne MP, said:

“UKIP are tearing themselves apart. Their ‎only MP has quit, their biggest donor has fled and their leader was utterly rejected by the voters of Stoke-on-Trent a few weeks ago. Under Paul Nuttall UKIP now has no MPs and no future.

“This episode exposes the truth of UKIP: they’ve got nothing to offer the voters and they’re a divided party with extreme policies, such as privatising the NHS.”
Thursday 23 March 2017
Jeremy Corbyn statement



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “What happened yesterday was an appalling atrocity. “Today, we are united by our humanity, by our democratic values and by that human impulse for solidarity to stand together in times of darkness and adversity.

“I express my condolences to the family and friends of PC Keith Palmer, who gave his life yesterday in defence of the public and our democracy – and to the loved ones of those still in a critical condition including the French schoolchildren visiting our capital from Concarneau in Brittany. The injured include people of ten nationalities. Innocent people were killed yesterday walking across Westminster Bridge as many millions of Londoners and tourists have done before them. More>>
Wednesday 22 March 2017
The astonishing amounts paid by NHS for locum doctors is another example of woeful workforce planning by Conservatives - Justin Madders



Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on new figures which show that hospitals have flouted caps on locum pay, said:

“The astonishing amounts paid by the NHS for locum doctors is yet another example of the woeful workforce planning by the Conservative Government. There isn’t just a shortage of permanent medical staff, there’s now a shortage of available locums to plug the gaps.

“Patients want to know that taxpayers’ money is being spent on patient care, not padding out the profits of employment agencies. Jeremy Hunt needs to explain what he’s going to do to deliver a long term, sustainable workforce plan for the NHS.”

Tuesday 21 March 2017
Scandals like this only further support the case for Labour’s Tax Transparency Enforcement Programme - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the Guardian revelations that some British banks were involved in the laundering of hundreds of millions of pounds from Russian criminals, said:

“This scandal needs to be investigated in full by the National Crime Agency, and the government must ensure they have all the resources and support needed. Britain cannot be a haven for the criminals of the world who are looking to hide their money. More>>
Monday 20 March 2017
Joint statement from Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson following today’s Shadow Cabinet meeting



Joint statement from Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson

The shadow cabinet met today to discuss Labour’s policy and election plans and had a robust and constructive discussion about the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The shadow cabinet agreed on the need to strengthen party unity. It recognised the right of groups across the spectrum of Labour’s broad church to discuss their views and try to influence the party so long as they operate within the rules.

The leadership represents the whole party and not any one strand within it. No one speaks for the leadership except the leadership themselves and their spokespeople. More>>
Sunday 19 March 2017
This unprecedented warning from trusts is a new low for this Government’s mishandling of our NHS - Jonathan Ashworth MP



Commenting on the warning from NHS Providers that frontline NHS services face “mission impossible” in meeting next year’s targets, Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“This unprecedented warning from trusts is a new low for this Government’s disgraceful mishandling of our NHS.

“Theresa May has downplayed the worst winter crisis on record, in which nine out of ten hospitals were dangerously overcrowded, and ducked her responsibility to patients by failing to provide significant funding in the Spring Budget. More>>

Saturday 18 March 2017
John McDonnell speech to Labour New Economics Conference in Newcastle



It’s a great pleasure to be back in Newcastle again.

We’ve been up and down the country with our economic conferences.

The attendance has been incredible – there’s a huge thirst for ideas and alternatives out there.

So it is fitting that we are here in a city which the world has looked to as a guiding light for economic development.

At the heart of a region that helped lead the industrial revolution. But a region being robbed of its greatness by Conservative economic failure. More>>
Friday 17 March 2017
This report shows that the Tories are breaking yet another manifesto promise - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on an Education Policy Institute (EPI) report into school funding that claims secondary schools could be forced to lose the equivalent of six teachers as a result of severe funding cuts, said:

“Labour supports fairer funding for our schools, but the Government’s formula simply moves already inadequate sums of money around - the overall pot is not being increased. More>>

Thursday 16 March 2016
Julie Cooper reponds to 20p increase in prescription charges



Julie Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister for Care in the Community, commenting on the 20p increase in prescription charges, said:

“It is disappointing to see the Government increasing prescription charges. While 20p may not seem a lot it will impact on those people who are already struggling with the rising cost of living. At the same time the Government is also increasing patient charges for NHS dental care, as well as raising charges for wigs and fabric supports.

“The rise in prescription charges is a reflection of this Government’s financial mismanagement of the National Health Service. At a time when the cost of living continues to rise the Government ought to be doing much more to help people with the cost of healthcare.”
Wednesday 15 March 2017
John McDonnell response to the Government’s u-turn on £2 billion NICs rise in the Budget



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the Government’s u-turn on its £2 billion NICs rise in the Budget last week, said:

“This is a humiliating reversal for the Chancellor forced upon him by Labour’s opposition. His authority is now shredded after just one Budget, and he tore up a manifesto commitment to do it.

“We welcome the Government’s decision to finally listen to Labour’s calls made in Jeremy Corbyn’s Budget response along with those of business groups like the Federation of Small Businesses to not go ahead with an unfair £2bn tax rise on low and middle earners. More>>
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Theresa May’s sustained underfunding of the NHS is directly impacting on the quality of patient care - Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the King’s Fund report Understanding NHS financial pressures, said:

“Theresa May’s sustained underfunding of the NHS is directly impacting on the quality of patient care. We all know we have an ageing population and rising demands on the NHS yet Tory ministers have completely failed to put in place the plans for the NHS to respond to those demands. More>>
Monday 13 March 2017
Labour supports the demand for Orgreave justice - Diane Abbott



Diane Abbott, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, speaking ahead of today’s protest outside the Home Office, said:

“Labour fully supports the demand for justice for the striking miners at Orgreave and their families. The truth must be told. But the Tories are refusing to hold a proper Inquiry. More>>

Sunday 12 March 2017
The Tories are talking up a dire future where Britain completely breaks off from our primary allies and trading partners - Keir Starmer



Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, responding to comments made by Boris Johnson and David Davis on Brexit negotiations, said:

“This morning Boris Johnson said that it would be ‘perfectly okay’ if the Prime Minister were to fail in her negotiations and Britain were to leave the European Union without a deal. David Davis said Britain would leave the European Union without a deal if the Prime Minister fails to secure a deal that Parliament is willing to approve. More>>
Saturday 11 March 2017
The government must produce an International Trade White Paper and give urgent clarity what their plans are for our future international trade - Barry Gardiner



Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, commenting on this week’s inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers meeting said:

“The Commonwealth Trade Ministers meeting further demonstrates that the government is actively holding discussions with potential trading partners on our future trading relations. Although the government has told us their plan for Brexit, they have not presented to Parliament and the British people what their plan is for international trade. We’ve been promised an ‘independent trade policy’ from the Secretary of State for International Trade, however, this has not been disclosed. More>>
Friday 10 March 2017
The Government must deliver the broadband infrastructure that UK homes and businesses need - Tom Watson



Tom Watson, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on the announcement of an agreement for Openreach to legally separate from BT, said:

“This is a welcome announcement that must now deliver for customers, far too many of whom don’t have access to broadband or put up with a poor quality service.

“The Government’s failure to create healthy competition in the UK’s digital market has caused the rollout of broadband to be far too slow and millions of British households and businesses have paid the price, at a cost of billions of pounds to the economy. More>>
Thursday 09 March 2017
Women hit six times harder this Budget by government cuts



House of Commons analysis commissioned by Labour has revealed that as of the Chancellor’s budget yesterday, women continue to be hit six times harder than men by government policies.

Sarah Champion MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, said:

“Yesterday the Prime Minister and Chancellor talked up the significance of International Women’s Day yet their warm words have amounted to nothing.

“Calls for a budget that works for women have been ignored. More>>
Wednesday 08 March 2017
John McDonnell responding to the Budget



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the Budget, said:

“Philip Hammond has used his first Budget to claw £2 billion in tax on those self-employed who are on low and middle incomes. But he continued to boast about the £70 billion worth of tax giveaways at the top announced by his predecessor.

“Labour will oppose this unfair £2 billion sole traders tax on the self-employed low and middle earners. More>>
Wednesday 08 March 2017
It’s time to right a wrong – message to WASPI Lobby - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, delivering a message of support to people lobbying for Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), said:

My best wishes and International Women’s Day greetings to everyone supporting today’s WASPI lobby. You are highlighting a grave injustice.

The Coalition Government’s decision to move the goalposts, by bringing the equalisation of the state pension age forward by a further two years to 2018, was plain wrong.

It was a betrayal of tens of thousands of women who had planned for their retirement based on the 1995 legislation. More>>

Tuesday 07 March 2017
This report is a damning indictment of how this Tory Government treats refugees - Diane Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, speaking in response to the launch of a UK report from the Refugee Council, said:

“This report is a damning indictment of how this Tory Government treats refugees.

“The complex, arbitrary and hostile processes they have introduced have created a bureaucratic mess, with a backlog of almost 25,000 cases.

“Ministers urgently need to implement a streamlined system that assesses claims fairly and in a timely way, and treats asylum-seekers humanely.
Monday 06 March 2017
Theresa May must use her first Budget to provide the NHS & social care sector the funding it desperately needs - Jonathan Ashworth



“Theresa May must use her first Budget as Prime Minister to provide the NHS and social care sector with the funding desperately needed to provide the very best quality of care. That’s the test on the NHS that her budget must meet this week.

“Theresa May used to make a virtue of her rows with the police and said she had no sympathy with those managing her budget cuts but she can’t take the same unsympathetic, derisive approach to NHS funding. The test of her first Budget this week therefore is whether she will signal a different approach to the NHS. More>>
Sunday 05 March 2017
Tory failure on living standards see earnings fall by £1,100 a year, or £21 a week



Labour analysis, using House of Common’s Library endorsed modelling, shows that average real earnings are set to fall by just under £1,100 a year, or £21 a week, as a result of rising inflation and lower wage growth.

Inflation has been rising since last summer, with the OBR forecasting in the 2016 Autumn Statement that inflation is set to jump this year and next year. At the same time average earnings was revised down last year, this year and for the next two years.

The combination of higher prices and lower wages is that living standards are being squeezed. More>>
Saturday 04 March 2017
If the Tories continue to ignore the big issues then British consumers will continue to be short-changed - Gill Furniss



Gill Furniss MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Steel, Postal Services and Consumer Protection, responding to news that the Chancellor will unveil details of the Government’s upcoming Consumer Green Paper in the Budget, including action on subscription traps and simplifying small print said:

“The data from Citizens Advice makes clear that misleading consumer practices are extremely widespread, with over 40 per cent of British people paying for a subscription they don’t use. More>>
Friday 03 March 2017
Labour welcomes House of Commons Select Committee calls for mission-based industrial strategy



The non-partisan House of Commons select committee for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has today released a report calling for a new mission-based approach to industrial strategy. The select committee’s report criticises the Government’s sector based strategy for ‘picking winners’ and for lacking ‘meaningful metrics’ to determine success.

In its report the select committee backed the ‘mission-based’ approach to industrial strategy, which is also advocated by the Labour Party. Labour’s industrial strategy will be challenge-led, mission-oriented and values-driven – providing a long-term vision for the economy that mobilises both public and private investment. More>>
Thursday 02 Match 2017
John McDonnell MP pre-Budget speech



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking at the South Bank Centre ahead of next week’s Budget, said:

Next week, the Chancellor will stand up in Parliament to deliver his first – and last – spring Budget.

He will no doubt want to paint a rosy picture of progress since the Autumn Statement, just a few months ago.

But if progress has been so significant, and all is going so well – why is the government continuing to pursue spending cuts More>>
Monday 01 March 2017
The system for school place planning is broken - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Minister, commenting on the expected rise in families not getting their first choice of school on secondary school offer day, said:

“The system for school place planning is broken.

“The Tories’ unjustified fixation with Free Schools means new schools are opening in areas which do not need them and just last week the NAO reported that the Government are not doing enough to ensure all parents can exercise choice when selecting the right school for their children.

“The Tories need to sort this mess out instead of obsessing over a handful of new grammar schools which will only help a minority of children.”
Tuesday 28 February 2017
If the Chancellor has no plans to cut top rate of tax to 40p he can simply put the record straight - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to Philip Hammond’s refusal at Treasury Questions today to rule out cutting the top rate of tax from 45p to 40p in next week Budget, said:

“It is alarming that the Chancellor is happy to admit he is prepared to continue with brutal cuts to disability payments next week, but he won’t rule out further unfair tax giveaways to a wealthy few such as cutting the top rate of tax. When he is slashing public services in this parliament how can he not rule out another handout to the wealthy?
More>>

Monday 27 February 2017
Jeremy Corbyn MP statement on the passing of Sir Gerald Kaufman MP



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman, said: “I’m very sad at the passing of Sir Gerald Kaufman MP.

“An iconic and irascible figure in the Labour Party, Gerald worked with Harold Wilson when he was Prime Minister in the 1960s and became a Labour MP in 1970.

“Gerald was always a prominent figure in the party and in Parliament, with his dandy clothes and wonderful demeanour in speaking. More>>


Sunday 26 February 2017
If Labour stands together we can turn back the Tory tide - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, writing in the Sunday Mirror, said:

Theresa May talks about delivering an economy that works for working people. But in practice, she’s doing the opposite.

In next month’s Budget, the Tories are set to press on with their endless austerity: still deeper cuts to health and social care, education and local services.

They’re now trying to take away more money from people with disabilities – while they’re handing out multi-billion pound tax breaks to the wealthiest. It’s the nasty party all over again. More>>
Friday 24 February 2017
To win power to rebuild and transform Britain, Labour will go further to reconnect with voters, and break with the failed political consensus - Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland by-elections, said:

“Labour’s victory in Stoke is a decisive rejection of UKIP’s politics of division and dishonesty. But our message was not enough to win through in Copeland. More>>

Thursday 23 February 2017
These findings from the BMA are a stark wakeup - Blomfield



Paul Blomfield MP, Shadow Brexit Minister, responding to a BMA report that reveals more than four in ten European doctors are considering leaving the UK following Brexit, said:

“Labour has been warning the Government for months now that its failure to guarantee the status of Europeans living and working here is not in the national interest. More>>
Wednesday 22 February 2017
The Government needs to concentrate on increasing capacity and improving schools in the areas that need it the most - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on an NAO report on capital funding for schools, said:

“Hundreds of secondary schools in England are already full to capacity, while thousands more are crumbling and in desperate need of repair. Yet the Tories continue to waste millions opening free schools in areas that do not need them.

“The Government needs to concentrate on increasing capacity and improving schools in the areas that need it the most.”
Tuesday 21 February 2017
Government must come forward with immediate funding and sustainable vision for social care - Pearce



Teresa Pearce, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responding to the Local Government Finance Settlement, said:

“Time and time again, this Government has ignored warnings of the social care crisis, from health, social care and local government experts and from MPs across the political spectrum.“ More>>

Monday 20 February 2017
The underinvestment in infrastructure spending in the north is totally unacceptable - Andy McDonald



Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, commenting on an IPPR report which shows underinvestment in transport in the north, said:

“The underinvestment in infrastructure spending in the north is totally unacceptable. We need to ensure economic growth is spread beyond just London and the South East. Having a balanced economy is good for the UK as a whole but the Government seem determined to invest in London at the expense of the rest of country. More>>
Sunday 19 February 2017
Prison officers pay deal “is policy making on the hoof and shows the Tories have no plan”



Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on the pay deal for prisons officers in London and the South East, said:

“It is no surprise this announcement comes the same week as figures showing prison officers are still leaving faster than they can be recruited. “It is policy making on the hoof and shows the Tories have no plan.

“Prison officers in the rest of the country will wonder why they don’t deserve the same increase. Prison understaffing is a national issue that needs a national response.”
Saturday 18 February 2017
Jeremy Corbyn speech to Labour’s Local Government Conference



Speaking today (Saturday) at Labour’s Local Government Conference at Warwick University in Coventry, Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“Thank you for that welcome and for that introduction Alice [Perry]. As someone who was a Labour councillor for several years it’s always a great pleasure to be among so many talented, innovative and hard-working local representatives standing up for their communities. More>>

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