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Monday 23 July, 2018

Wednesday 18 July 2018
Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali, was joined, this morning by Party members from all across the constituency to celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service.

At a street stall in Colne, Pendle Labour Party invited members of the public to sign a giant birthday card which will be presented to health workers at an event later in the month to which the public will also be invited.

Labour’s birthday card was chosen following a nationwide online competition. Azhar Ali said:

“The NHS is the Labour Party’s proudest achievement. I’m really looking forward to the community coming together to appreciate an institution that has bound us together for the last 70 years and to thank the staff past and present who look after us.”
Tuesday 03 July 2018
Pendle’s Labour Councillors have “called in” the Conservative administration’s decision to hand over the Holt House sports facility, free of charge, to a private business.

The move, which is supported by the Lib Dems, comes after it was agreed by the Pendle Conservatives that the land, which houses both Colne and Nelson Rugby Club and Colne FC, be given to the owners of Colne FC without a penny changing hands.

The land, which is presently under a 99 year lease from Pendle Borough Council, would therefore pass into private ownership when currently it is a public asset. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 04 May 2018
Borough of Pendle Elections Thursday 04 May 2018

The Labour Party retained all of the previously held council seats that were up for election in 2018

Russell Tennant, Chair of Pendle Labour Party sends his thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for all of our candidates and also to our members involved in the election campaign, for their hard work and dedication to the people of Pendle. Visit the Elections page for more informatiom.
Tuesday 27 March 2018
Pendle Labour party has announced its candidates for the local elections on 03 May 2018

  • These elections are a chance to send a powerful message to this weak and divided Conservative government.
  • After eight years of Conservative cuts in vital services, failed privatisations and falling living standards, it’s time for real change.
  • The Tories are slashing the local services on which you and your family depend, from policing to social care. They are starving councils of cash to pay for tax cuts for the richest.
  • Labour will rebuild our communities and transform our country for the many not the few. That change can start now.

Follow this hyperlink to the Elections page to find out who is the Labour Party Candidate for your area of Pendle.

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
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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.

Monday 23 July 2018
British property is being used as a safe haven for dirty money – John McDonnell

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on overwhelming support for the introduction of a register of property, said:

“As the Government continues to drag its heels and break promises on tackling money laundering, British property is being used as a safe haven for dirty money. More>>
Friday 20 July 2018
Senior Tories have undermined public trust in politics and must resign – Tom Watson

Tory chair Brandon Lewis and Chief Whip Julian Smith should have the “honour” to resign over the pairing scandal or be sacked, Labour says.

Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the Prime Minister’s refusal to accept the scandal undermined public trust and repeat of the claim it was an “honest mistake” at her Belfast press conference, said:

“It is unbelievable that the Prime Minister has repeated the desperate and blatantly untrue excuses made by her Party Chair and Chief Whip. More>>

Thursday 19 July 2018 1.07: PM
Julian Smith and Brandon Lewis must now resign or be sacked – Ian Lavery

Ian Lavery MP, Chair of the Labour Party, responding to the revelations from a Tory MP that the Tory whips did order their MPs to break pairing deals, said:

“The Tories’ story is changing by the minute as they desperately scramble to cover up their appalling actions. This Government is rotten to its core. Julian Smith and Brandon Lewis must now resign or be sacked, and Theresa May must apologise for misleading the House.”

Thursday 19 July 2018 7.35: AM
Dawn Butler comments on Conservatives breaking pairing arrangement

Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, responding to reports that the Tory Chief whip, Julian Smith, told MPs to defy pairing deals, said:

“If these reports are correct, the Tory whips, Brandon Lewis and even the Prime Minister have been telling untruths about their shocking move against an MP on maternity leave.

“Breaking a pairing arrangement was a desperate move by a collapsing government and makes politics even more inaccessible for women.

“We need a full, honest explanation of what’s gone on. If they can’t do so, surely the Chief Whip and Conservative Party Chair should resign.”
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Barry Gardiner response to the defeat of New Clause 18

Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, responding to the defeat of New Clause 18, said:

“The Government’s handling of Brexit over the past week has been an utter shambles. We have a Prime Minister who is in office, but not in power.

“Each day that Ministers waste arguing amongst themselves increases the risk of the UK crashing out of Europe without an agreement.

“Labour is clear that a new comprehensive customs union with the EU after Brexit is the best way to protect jobs, the economy and to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland. Theresa May should finally accept that and get on with the job of negotiating for Britain.”
Tuesday 17 July 2018
Jon Trickett responds to the Electoral Commission announcement on Vote Leave

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, responding to the Electoral Commission announcement on Vote Leave, said:

“At a time when public trust in politicians is at an all-time low, we are presented with serious acts of wrong-doing by a campaign with strong links to the Government.

“Ministers and Conservative MPs that worked with Vote Leave must cooperate fully with the Police investigation and the Government must take all necessary steps to restore public trust.

“It is important that the police investigation is allowed to take its course, including the possibility of criminal charges.”
Monday 16 July 2018
Raab’s evening off

Jenny Chapman, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister, commenting on the news that Dominic Raab will not attend that start of the first round of negotiations since he became Brexit Secretary, said:

“Over the past week the Government’s Brexit strategy has descended into utter chaos. But rather than trying to repair the damage and negotiate with Brussels, the new Brexit Secretary has decided to take the evening off and attend a summer drinks reception. This is simply not good enough. Dominic Raab needs to rethink his priorities.”
Sunday 15 July 2018
Ian Lavery response to Theresa May’s Marr interview

Responding to Theresa May’s Marr interview, Ian Lavery MP, Chair of the Labour Party, said:

“Theresa May’s so-called plan doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

“The Tories are botching Brexit, so the Prime Minister has resorted to shameless threats aimed at the British people.

“No one – not the public, Parliament or the Conservative party – is happy with Theresa May’s offer. This has descended into a shambles.”
Saturday 14 July 2018
Schools need to teach children about trade unions, Corbyn tells Durham Miners Gala

Schools need to teach children about the trade union principles of solidarity and collective action and equip them to uphold their rights as workers, Jeremy Corbyn will say today.

Addressing the Durham Miners Gala, the largest celebration of working-class culture in the UK, the Labour Leader will say many of the things we now take for granted, like weekends and holidays, have only been won by people coming together to demand change. More>>
Friday 13 July 2018
We must show Trump and the Tories that we can and we will defeat the politics of division – Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on US President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK, said:

“Theresa May has invited President Trump to our country at a time when his dangerous and inhumane policies are putting the lives and well-being of millions of people at risk. More>>
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Thursday 12 July 2018
The test for Hancock is to rapidly bring waiting lists down – Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the latest NHS combined performance data for May 2018, said:

“Today the new Health Secretary learns the reality of what eight years of Tory cuts and privatisation means for patients.

“4.3 million patients on the waiting list and over 200,000 waiting over 6 months exposes an NHS that has been pushed to the brink. Behind every statistic is a real person whose life is on hold waiting longer and longer in pain, distress and anxiety for treatment.

“The test of the new Health Secretary is to rapidly bring these waiting lists down. Patients and their families have been let down too often. They deserve better and will expect action.”
Wednesday 11 July 2018
The crisis in our prisons has now become an emergency – Richard Burgon

Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, responding to the Chief Inspector of Prisons’ Annual Report said:

“The crisis in our prisons has now become an emergency – as Labour has long warned it would. More>>
Tuesday 10 July 2018
Jeremy Hunt will be remembered for the worst collapse in patient standards of any Health Secretary in the history of the NHS – Madders

Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to Jeremy Hunt’s move from Health Secretary to Foreign Secretary, said:

“Jeremy Hunt has overseen the worst collapse in patient standards of any Health Secretary in the history of the NHS.

“His time in charge will be remembered for soaring waiting lists, huge staffing shortages, and patients left with treatments rationed and operations cancelled in record numbers. More>>
Monday 09 July 2018
Theresa May’s Government is in meltdown – Tom Watson

Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, responding to Boris Johnson’s resignation, said:

“Theresa May’s Government is in meltdown. This is complete and utter chaos. “

The country is at a standstill with a divided and shambolic Government. The Prime Minister can’t deliver Brexit and has zero authority left.”

Monday 09 July 2018
Dominic Raab’s appointment to the Brexit Department changes nothing – Starmer

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, commenting on the appointment of Dominic Raab as Brexit Secretary, said:

“Dominic Raab’s appointment to the Brexit Department changes nothing.

“The deep division at the heart of the Conservative Party has broken out in public and plunged this Government into crisis.

“It is now clearer than ever that Theresa May does not have the authority to negotiate for Britain or deliver a Brexit deal that protects jobs and the economy.”
Friday 06 July 2018
Prioritise productivity not countryside cabinet squabbles Rebecca Long Bailey,

Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on new ONS productivity figures, said:

Today’s productivity figures again confirm that the Government’s lacklustre industrial strategy and the way that they have casually ignored the voices of unions and business during Brexit negotiations is severely threatening Britain’s economic future.

Improving productivity is essential in order to increase wages and living standards, so rather than hosting shambolic cabinet squabbles in the countryside, the Government should be prioritising industry and household incomes.
Thursday 05 July 2018
Rebecca Long Bailey comments on Jaguar Land Rover’s statement regarding concerns about the Government’s handling of Brexit

Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on Jaguar Land Rover’s statement regarding concerns about the Government’s handling of Brexit, said:

“This stark warning from one of the jewels in the crown of British automotive manufacturing should be a klaxon call to Theresa May and her cabinet. They cannot continue to spar with each other and play ideological games whilst British jobs and industries are being pushed off the edge of a cliff. More>>
Wednesday 04 July 2018
The Tories’ failed austerity project has hit the most vulnerable – Angela Rayner

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the Children’s Commissioner’s report estimating that there are over two million vulnerable children, said:

“The Tories’ failed austerity project has hit the most vulnerable and the Tory response is to continue their relentless cuts to child protection services. More>>
Tuesday 03 July 2018
Labour is back as the political voice of the working class – Corbyn

Speaking at Unite the Union’s policy conference today, Tuesday 3 July 2018, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said that

“Labour is back as the political voice of the working class” and committed the Labour party to doing “far more to give a real voice to working class communities who feel they aren’t heard in politics”.

Corbyn hit out at thirty years of the media and the establishment claiming “class doesn’t matter anymore”, which has led to “living standards falling while inequality and insecurity grow” while “a tiny minority at the very top of society have become ever more wealthy”. More>>
Monday 02 July 2018
Peter Dowd responds to new customs model

Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on reports the Government is considering a new customs model, said:

“As Ministers descend on Chequers in a desperate attempt to re-establish collective Cabinet responsibility and find agreement on a Brexit customs plan, they should keep in mind the thousands of businesses across the UK that rely on frictionless trade with the EU.

“If this increasingly chaotic Cabinet cannot put aside party politics and unite behind a credible customs plan, then the Prime Minister must act and endorse Labour’s calls for a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union. It is the only way to guarantee frictionless trade, protect jobs and prevent a hard-border in Northern Ireland.” More>>
Sunday 01 July 2018
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS

Labour will end the growing and tragic consequences of health inequalities, Jeremy Corbyn to say in speech to mark 70th anniversary of NHS this Sunday in Tredegar, birthplace of Nye Bevan.

In a speech laying bare the large and growing inequality in people’s health based on background and income, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will castigate the failed Tory economic model, and point to “clear and mounting evidence that austerity and inequality are killing people”. More>>
Friday 29 June 2018
Graduates saddled with £16,000 more student debt due to rigged Government interest rate

New House of Commons Library analysis shows that graduates’ face up to £16,000 more student debt because of the Government’s use of Retail Price Index to apply interest to their student loans.

RPI is forecast to be 1% higher over the next five years than Consumer Price Inflation, the alternative inflation measure. Using RPI to calculate the interest applied to student loans therefore increases the overall debt that graduates owe. More>>
Thursday 28 June 2018
Margaret Greenwood responds to DWP two-child benefit rule figures

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to DWP figures showing 70,000 families have lost money from the two-child benefit rule, said:

“These figures are truly shocking. The two-child limit is an attack on low income families, is morally wrong and risks pushing children into poverty.

“It cannot be right that the Government is making children a target for austerity, treating one child as if they matter less than another.

“Labour will make tackling child poverty the priority it should be once again.”
Wednesday 27 June 2018
Rise in children without a home should shame the government’ – Healey

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

“The shocking rise in homelessness since 2010 should shame Conservative Ministers.

“Homelessness fell at an unprecedented rate under Labour, but after eight years of failure on housing under the Tories, 123,000 children are now without a home. More>>
Tuesday 26 June 2018
SMMT figures show the Conservatives’ refusal to listen is already damaging the UK automotive sector – Long Bailey

Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on the halving of investment in UK car manufacturing, said:

‘‘The Government has refused to listen to the cries from businesses and unions for clarity in their Brexit negotiations and for a customs union to support jobs and industry. More>>

Monday 25 June 2018
Tories have defied all logic and failed to make the right decision for the people of Wales and the future of our planet – Long Bailey

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to the Government’s decision to abandon their support for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, said:

“Once again the Tories have defied all logic and failed to make the right decision for our economy, the people of Wales and the future of our planet.

“Scrapping the Tidal Lagoon on the same day as supporting a third runway at Heathrow is a kick in the teeth not only for Wales but for the renewables sector and industries outside the capital. More>>

Friday 22 June 2018
Keir Starmer responds to news that Airbus is considering jobs cuts

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, responding to the news that Airbus is considering jobs cuts, said:

“If more proof was needed that the Prime Minister should abandon her Brexit red lines, this is it.

“The Government’s reckless decision to keep no deal on the table and to rule out a customs union or strong single market deal after Brexit is putting jobs and the economy at risk. More>>
Thursday 21 June 2018
John McDonnell responds to reports that Philip Hammond will use Mansion House speech tonight to confirm tax rises on low and middle earners

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to reports that the Chancellor will use his Mansion House speech tonight to confirm tax rises on low and middle earners to fund NHS spending, said:

“Just 12 months ago Theresa May claimed the only way voters can be sure their taxes won’t rise was to vote Conservative, but it seems Philip Hammond didn’t get the message. More>>
Wednesday 20 June 2018
Theresa May is forced once again to try to buy off her own MPs at the eleventh hour – Starmer

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, responding to the result of the meaningful vote amendment in the House of Commons, said:

“This is a disappointing result and comes after Theresa May is forced once again to try to buy off her own MPs at the eleventh hour.

“Labour has long argued that Parliament should have a proper role in the Brexit negotiations and a meaningful vote on the terms upon which we leave the European Union.

“We will continue to make that argument and press our case at every opportunity.”
Tuesday 19 June 2018
E.ON attempting to squeeze in as much profit as they can before the Tories’ half-baked price cap is finally introduced – Long Bailey

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to E.ON’s energy price hike, said:

“Worryingly E.ON seems to be attempting to squeeze in as much profit as they can before the Tories’ half-baked price cap is finally introduced later this year after over 12 months of procrastination. No doubt other suppliers will follow. More>>
Monday 18 June 2018
The money announced today is not enough to save our NHS after eight years of Conservative austerity – Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Theresa May’s speech on the NHS, said:

“The money announced today by the Prime Minister is not enough to save our NHS after eight years of Conservative austerity.

“Although she confirmed the current situation is not sustainable, today’s figures represent little more than a standstill in funding, according to experts. More>>
Friday 15 June 2018
The Government has shamelessly ignored warning after warning about the devastating impact their flagship welfare reform has had on people’s lives – Margaret Greenwood MP

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow DWP Secretary, commenting on the NAO’s report on Universal Credit, said:

“This report shows just how disastrously wrong the Conservatives have got the roll out of Universal Credit. More>>
Thursday 14 June 2018
500,000 patients are being let down by this Government’s sustained underfunding – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the news that over 500,000 patients are now waiting over 18 weeks for hospital treatment, said:

“On the cusp of the 70th birthday of our NHS, these record waiting lists are an absolute indictment of Theresa May’s failure to put patients first.

“In just one year, the number of patients forced to wait over 18 weeks for important treatments, such as hip and knee replacements, has increased by almost 120,000. More>>
Wednesday 13 June 2018
By cutting other council services is no way to fix the social care crisis – Barbara Keeley

Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Social Care, commenting on new research from the IFS showing that council spending on adult social care is 9% lower per person than 2009-10, said:

“This research shows that the Tories’ piecemeal approach to funding social care at a time of sky-rocketing demand is seeing people getting less care and worse quality care. More>>
Tuesday 12 June 2018
Keir Starmer comments on the meaningful vote amendment result

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, commenting on the meaningful vote amendment, said:

“This vote was about ensuring Parliament was given a proper role in the Brexit negotiations and that we avoid a no deal situation, which is becoming more likely with the divisions at the heart of this Government. More>>
Monday 11 June 2018
The so-called compromise customs amendment simply isn’t good enough – Jenny Chapman

Jenny Chapman MP, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister, responding to the Government’s compromise customs amendment, said:

“This so-called compromise is simply not good enough. It is yet another fudge designed to patch over the deep divisions at the heart of the Conservative Party. More>>

Sunday 10 June 2018
Rebecca Long Bailey responds to Government plans to tackle the pay gap between bosses and workers

Rebecca Long Bailey, Shadow Business, Industrial Strategy and Energy Secretary, responding to Government plans to tackle the pay gap between bosses and workers, said:

“The Tories have missed the mark again, reannouncing half-baked, rehashed policies that do nothing to tackle the entrenched inequality that’s crippling our society. More>>
Saturday 09 June2018
Shami Chakrabarti responds to Theresa May’s comments on abortion rights

Shami Chakrabarti, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, responding to Theresa May’s comments on abortion rights, said:

“Theresa May needs to focus on deeds not words. Labour has been calling on her to immediately begin consulting with the parties in Northern Ireland to protect the fundamental rights of all women there.

“She has yet to meet this basic feminist test but we urge her now to rise above party politics, move to the right side of history and work with us to reform a most cruel and degrading law.”
Thursday 07 June 2018
While the Cabinet is in chaos over Brexit their lack of focus on our high streets is leading to mass job losses – Long Bailey

Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to the news that House of Fraser is set to close 31 stores, said:

“In the first three months of this year 21,000 jobs were lost in the retail sector. Today another 6000 jobs are at risk as House of Fraser confirms store closures across the UK. More>>

Wednesday 06 June 2018
Tories out of touch on voter ID

Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement, commenting on new research by the Electoral Reform Society which shows that voters see mandatory ID in polling stations as one of their lowest concerns, said:

“This research shows just how out of touch the Tories really are; they have all the wrong priorities when it comes to our democracy.

“Clearly their plan to impose voter ID will put people off voting, which is why the Government should abandon their undemocratic proposals as a matter of urgency.”
Tuesdfay 05 June 2018
The most senior police officers in the land have called out the dangerous Tory delusion on police cuts – Louise Haigh

Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, responding to comments made by Met Police Chief Cressida Dick in this morning’s House of Commons Home Affairs Committee that it would be “naive” to suggest reducing the number of Police officers has had no impact, said:

“The most senior Police officers in the land have called out the dangerous Tory delusion on Police cuts.

“In the face of overwhelming evidence from senior officers and their own officials, it appears that the only people in the country who now believe the loss of 21,000 officers hasn’t made the blindest bit of difference to community safety is Theresa May’s Government.”
Monday 04 June 2018
Labour calls on Michael Gove to drop opposition to ban on fur sales – Sue Hayman

Labour is calling on the Government to drop its opposition to the banning of fur sales in the UK, after a public petition triggered a Westminster Hall debate on the issue.

The Government has refused to ban the sale of animal fur, instead simply proposing to work at the ‘international level’ to improve animal welfare standards. Labour’s Shadow DEFRA Secretary, Sue Hayman, has described this refusal as yet another example of the gap between what Michael Gove says and does when it comes to animal welfare.
Thursday 31 May 2018
Julie Cooper response to nearly two in five GPs planning on leaving the profession in the next five years

Julie Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the news that nearly two in five GPs plan on leaving the profession in the next five years, said:

“These extremely concerning findings are damning evidence of a system that is coming apart at the seams. More>>

Wednesday 30 May 2018
1.3 million patients forced to move surgeries exposes primary care crisis

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to the news that 1.3 million patients have had to move surgeries in the last five years due to practice closures, said:

“Falling numbers of family doctors and ever more GP closures have forced 1.3 million patients to find a new surgery. This exposes the real crisis in primary care after eight years of grinding Tory austerity across the NHS.

“Labour has long called for primary care to be given greater priority and investment. A key test for Theresa May in the coming weeks will be whether or not she finally delivers the level of investment and support that primary care so obviously needs.” More>>
Tuesday 29 May 2018
John McDonnell responds to reports the Government plans a further sell-off of RBS shares at a loss to the taxpayer

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to reports that the Government plans a further sell off of RBS shares at a loss to the taxpayer, said:

“There is no economic justification for a further sell-off of RBS shares and it beggars belief that this government is considering selling shares at an even bigger loss to the taxpayer than the £1 billion George Osborne managed. More>>
Monday 28 May 2018
Holly Lynch reacts to floods which claimed the life of a man in Walsall.

Holly Lynch MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Minister, commenting on floods which have taken the life of a man in Walsall, said:

“Our thoughts are with the family of the man who died today following flooding in Walsall.

“With storms leading to more than a month’s rainfall across parts of England, Labour recognises and thanks the emergency services for their tireless work across our communities at this time. More>>
Sunday 27 May 2018
Angela Rayner comments on Government’s T-Levels announcement

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on the Government’s T-Levels announcement, said:

“Today’s announcement is little more than meaningless spin. “The Department for Education’s Permanent Secretary has already said that T-Levels cannot feasibly be implemented on time without a serious risk to taxpayers’ money.

“The decision to push ahead against the advice of officials is a desperate attempt to mask the Government’s failure to properly prepare for T-Levels. More>>
Friday 25 May 2018
Disability pay gap at its highest since figures began – Marsha de Cordova

Marsha de Cordova MP, Shadow Disabilities Minister, responding to TUC research on the disability pay gap, said:

“The Tories are failing disabled people: the disability pay gap is at its highest level since figures were first published. The government has failed to tackle the disability employment gap.

"Disabled people are increasingly being either locked out of work or locked in to low paid work. More>>
Thursday 24 May 2018
Mike Kane comments on the National Audit Office report on Ofsted’s inspection of schools

Mike Kane MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, commenting on the National Audit Office report on Ofsted’s inspection of schools, said:

“Even Ofsted has now fallen victim to the funding and staff shortages hitting the education system thanks to Tory cuts. This is just the latest sign that the cupboard is bare, and the Government should match Labour’s pledge of new investment in schools. More>>
Wednesday 23 May 2018
Our water system is at breaking point – Rebecca Long Bailey

Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on the Environment Agency’s report concerning pressures on England’s water resources, said:

“Today’s report shows that our water system, after years of under-investment in vital infrastructure, is at breaking point.

“Climate change, a growing population and privatisation are piling pressure on our leaky Victorian water system, which is being paid for by hard up customers. Meanwhile private water companies fail to invest and instead suck money out of the system. More>>
Tuesday 22 May 2018
Chancellor refuses Labour demands to end tax dodger donations to political parties

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking after Treasury Questions, where he called on the government to support Labour’s calls to bring forward legislation requiring any political party to return money found to have been donated by from money launderers and tax evaders, said:

“Today the Government further confirmed that it doesn’t take clamping down on tax avoidance seriously. More>>
Monday 21 May 2018
Government’s approach to contingency planning for lorries on M20 to Dover has been incompetent and disastrous – Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the Road Haulage Update, which contains contingency plans for lorries delayed at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, said:

“The Government’s approach to contingency planning for lorries on the economically vital M20 link to the port of Dover has been incompetent and disastrous. It had to scrap an important £250 million lorry park near the M20 last year because it got the plans wrong and has wasted millions on renting space for lorries at Manston Airport which has never been used. More>>
Sunday 20 May 2018
The data protection bill was the opportunity to get tough on the tech giants and the Government has squandered that – Watson

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on Matt Hancock’s Sunday interviews, said:

“It’s embarrassing that the social media companies don’t even take Matt Hancock seriously enough to show up to meet him.

“The data protection bill was the opportunity to get tough on the tech giants and the Government has squandered that.

“They voted down Labour’s proposal for a digital bill of rights that would have given adults and children stronger statutory protections online.”
Saturday 19 May 2018
There’ll be no more Carillion scandals on Labour’s watch – John McDonnell MP

Labour launches review to “crackdown” on poor practise in auditing and accountancy industry

McDonnell: “There’ll be no more Carillion scandals on Labour’s watch”

The Shadow Chancellor will announce in a speech, at Labour’s “State of the Economy” Conference in central London today, the commissioning of an independent review of the entire corporate auditing and accounting regime in the UK.

The review will be led by Professor Prem Sikka, who is the Professor of Accounting and Finance at the University of Sheffield. More>>
Thursday 17 May 2018
Tom Watson comments on FOBTs announcement

Tom Watson MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on the fixed-odds betting terminals announcement, said:

“This announcement signals the end of the reign of destruction and misery that FOBTs have brought on the lives of gambling addicts and their families and communities for too many years. More>>

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