Azhar li with the ladies of Pendle Memory ChoirMONDAY Azhar attended the Pendle Memory Choir run by a group called ‘AWESOME’ (Artistic Well-being Experience) for people with dementia and those with other challenging illnesses.

"It was a truly wonderful atmosphere watching the people's eyes light up and seeing the broad smiles on everyone’s faces once the singing started... even I joined in ..!"

They meet on Monday’s at St John Methodist Church, Albert Rd Colne between 1-3 pm.

"I would like to thank the wonderful ladies who run this amazing project which keeps people out of hospital, and also puts a smile on people's faces."

That’s why it’s so important to invest in wellbeing projects like this to help keep people out of hospital and to help improve the wellbeing of those with illnesses like dementia and also their carers.

Special thanks to Anne, Issy and Hilary.

Picture of Azhar Ali and Andy McDonald on a train at Colne Railway StationOn Monday, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali and Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald MP, reiterated their full support for the re-opening and electrification of the Colne-Skipton line for passenger rail.

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary said:

“Re-opening the Colne to Skipton line would be a top priority for an incoming Labour government. The case has been made.”

“Labour is committed to upgrading and electrifying the East Lancashire Line from Preston through Blackburn and Burnley to Colne. We are also committed to extending the line across the Pennines to Skipton and connecting it to Leeds.”

“This is about improving the connectivity of East Lancashire which has been short-changed on transport by the Conservatives like the rest of the North."

Azhar Ali, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle and Leader of the Opposition on Lancashire County Council said:

“Reinstating and electrifying the Colne-Skipton line for passenger rail will have positive effects for all of Pendle, increasing job opportunities and growing our local economy. It’s a real commitment with real money behind it.

We don’t need endless feasibility studies or weasel words from the Tories about a Northern Powerhouse – we need a Labour government that will make investment in infrastructure a top priority, restoring our towns and villages and reversing the decade of cuts and neglect that this Conservative government have heaped upon us.”



Picture of Pendle Labour members at Colne railway station with Azhar Ali and Andy McDonald

On Thursday, Azhar Ali, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Pendle, congratulated students, their families and staff at Nelson on Colne College on A-level results day.

2019 has been a tough year for A-level students, with a drop in the proportion of A-levels given top grades - the lowest number since 2007.

Azhar said, "I'd like to personally congratulate everyone for their hard-earned results.  I wish you all the very best for whatever your future brings.  Don't worry if you didn't quite get the results you wanted, there's still lots of choices; go through clearing, consider taking a gap year working abroad, chat with the college's career advisors. It's a testament to the hard work and expertise of the staff at Nelson & Colne College that they have a pass rate of 99% (93% of students achieving at least one A*- C grade).  Something they can all be proud of!"

Below are some of Pendle's hard-working A-level students and parents.  Well done Ishmaeel Iqbal, who obtained 3A's and is going to study Natural Sciences at Durham, and Annie, who obtianed an A*, A and B and is going on to study Neuroscience at Leeds.

PeterDowdColneRailwayStation 2019 01 26cThe Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd Mp was in Colne on Saturday to once again reaffirm Labour’s ‘green light’ for not only the reopening of the line but electrification

Andrew Stephenson aided by CHRIS Grayling have once again pulled off another publicity stunt and commissioned another report rather than real cash to open the line

£millions spend every day to support Cross Rail in London and empty words in Colne

Time to cancel this lousy Tory Government not the train.

More Photo opps rather than real investment

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