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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>>
Tuesday 05 May 2015
Ed Miliband in Colne!



On Wednesday (06 May 2015), the eve of the General Election, Ed Miliband will be at the Colne Muni to speak with the people of Pendle about the decision that lies ahead of our country on the following day — and how we can build a better, fairer Britain together.

The event starts at 1130; doors open at 1100. If you'd like to be there to see our next Prime Minister then please call 01282612573 or email azhar@azharali.org.uk to arrange.

For security reasons only people who have booked with us will be allowed entrance.
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Pendle Vale College Election Project



"I find it really encouraging that young people at Pendle Vale are engaging with our British democratic process," said Azhar Ali, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Pendle, on visiting the school on Monday. More>>
Friday 24 April 2015
Churches Hustings



A hustings event was held on 23 April at St Paul's, Nelson, for Parliamentary candidates. Present at the hustings were, Azhar Ali, Mick Waddington and Andrew Stephenson. The meeting was chaired by Rev Canon Ed Saville, the Church of England local Area Dean and Blackburn Diocese Social Responsibility Lead Officer (seen standing in the picture). More>>
Wednesday 22 April 2015
Ed Balls at Open Door, Colne



Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, was in Colne on Tuesday visiting the Open Door Centre with Azhar Ali, Pendle's Labour Parliamentary Candidate. The pair met staff and individuals who use the centre which assists the poor and marginalised people living in Pendle.

There has been a huge increase in people having to rely on resources such as Open Door as a direct result of the misguided policies of the Tory government.

Ed Balls pledged a Labour Government would introduce a five point plan to tackle the root causes of rising food bank dependency: More>>
Sunday 19 April 2015
The sun shines on Eddie Izzard in Colne



What a day! We had an enormous turnout for Eddie Izzard's visit to Colne. Eddie spoke briefly from a soap-box outside the Labour Party's Colne office on the main road before meeting many voters in the street, signing autographs, posing for selfies and chatting. He walked on to the James Goodship Memorial Garden on Market Place and met with the group supporting this good cause, "Dying for a Dip". More>>

  Saturday 18 April 2015
Complaint against prominent Tory Doctor for abuse of trust

Pendle Labour Election Agent, Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, has sent an official complaint to NHS England regarding Pendle GP Dr Qazi M Jehanghir over alleged abuse of patient records at his surgery to pressurise patients into hosting meetings for the Tory candidate, Andrew Stephenson. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 13 April 2015
Andy Burnham visits Pendle



Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, was in Pendle's Ace Centre on 13 April talking with a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and patients. He spoke at length about Labour's 10-Year Plan for health and care.

Azhar Ali (Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle) welcomed Andy Burnham's plans and contributed his own experiences as cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing at Lancashire County Council. More>>

Friday 10 April 2015
Azhar Ali in Barnoldswick



Watch the BBC video clip here on YouTube

Saturday 28 March 2015
Rushton Street crossing success for Barrowford



Labour’s Parliamentary candidate, Azhar Ali, working with Sue Nike and Mark Porter, has secured funding for a pedestrian crossing on the main road by Rushton Street School, to be installed this year.

Mark Porter commented:

“We have been pressing for a solution to the dangerous traffic situation around the school for years and this is great news.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Cancer patients in Pendle waiting longer for treatment



Hundreds of local NHS patients diagnosed with cancer last year waited longer than the expected two-month period before starting treatment, a new analysis of official figures reveals.

In East Lancashire NHS Trust over the course of 2014, 148 patients waited too long for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other forms of treatment for cancer – an increase of on the previous year. Labour’s analysis of official NHS cancer care statistics shows over 20,000 patients waiting too long for treatment last year across England. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 12 March 2015
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls MP, has visited a Nelson firm this afternoon to tour the business and chat to staff.



Follow this hyperlink to view the video on the Pendle Today web site


Tuesday 10 March 2015
Azhar backs Labour's pledge to support thousands caring for family members in Pendle



Azhar Ali was joined last week by Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, in meeting the Alzheimer's Society support group for Pendle and talking with carers about the struggles they face.

The 2011 census shows 42,000 people in East Lancashire caring for elderly or disabled relatives. Unpaid carers make a huge contribution to their families and society as a whole, yet too many feel pushed to breaking point, seeing their own health and income suffer too. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>
Monday 09 March 2015
Labour Candidate opens new nursery school



Labour's Parliamentary candidate, County Councillor Azhar Ali, has opened Nelson's newest childcare facilities in the former St Paul's School building.

Smartypants Nursery, originally set up on Romney Street, has expanded into the vacated primary school on Hibson Road. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>

Sunday 08 March 2015
Sign up to help Labour win in Pendle



We have had a number of enquiries from people in Pendle asking how they can volunteer to help on the lead up to the elections on 7th May.

The simplest way is to sign up on Azhar's web site. Please tick the small box at the bottom to protect your confidentiality.
Friday 06 March 2015
“No To Fracking” says Parliamentary Candidate



Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali has spoken out against plans for fracking in East Lancashire.

Azhar who, as County Councillor and Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, commissioned the world's first independent health impact assessment on fracking, says that he is extremely concerned about any plans to extract natural gas from shale rock. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>
Tuesday 03 March 2015
Bolton South East MP encourages women to vote.



Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East visited Pendle last weekend to encourage women from the Asian Community to use their vote in the coming elections.

Some nine million women did not vote in the 2010 General Election and both Yasmin's visit to Nelson and the visit of the “Woman to Woman” bus to Colne, last week, aimed to turn this around and encourage women to have their say at the ballot box. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 26 February 2015
Labour's much talked about “Woman to Woman” campaign bus rolled into Colne on Thursday with not one, but two, female MPs on board.



Luciana Berger, (Shadow Public Health Minister) and Yvonne Fouvarge, (Shadow Children's Minister) were welcomed to Colne by Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali.

The trio came to talk with mums and families who use the local Children's Centre to listen to their concerns about the rising costs of childcare and to discuss Labour's pledge to increase free childcare and save Sure Start Centres. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>
Saturday 21 February 2015
Ed Miliband answers the people’s questions at Nelson & Colne College



On Thursday 19 February, the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, joined over 250 people from across Pendle to answer questions and discuss concerns on a broad spread of issues.

The areas covered included Europe, Immigration, Education, Employment Law, NHS, Mental Health and Social Care. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>

Monday 16 February 2015
Pendle high school's bid for urgent repair cash is rejected



In 2014 the government asked local authorities to submit funding bids for schools considered to be in most need of rebuilding or refurbishment.

In Pendle, three schools - Fisher More, West Craven and Park High Schools - had missed out on Building Schools for the Future funding when the Conservative led government cancelled the programme in 2010. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>
Thursday 12 February 2015
Parliamentary candidate slams drop of 280 apprenticeship places in Pendle



New figures have highlighted the failure of the government’s flagship apprenticeships policy in Pendle.

They show that while there was a tiny increase of 20 apprenticeships in the Under-19 age group between 2012/13 and 2013/14, this was dwarfed by drops of 50 in the 19-24 and 250 in the 25+ age groups in the same period. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also visit Azhar's web site>>
Friday 06 February 2015
Barrowford Post Office bombshell



The whole of Barrowford was shocked to hear today of the closure of the Spar shop in the centre of the village and the village’s only Post Office which was based in the Spar premises.

Former post al worker, Parish Councillor Sue Nike said “We warned about this possibility last year but the suddenness of the decision to close has come as a bolt out of the blue. Losing our only Post Office is going to massively inconvenience everyone in the village. It was extremely well used and popular, and for elderly residents the closure will turn what was a short walk down to the village into a time-wasting bus journey up to Nelson or Colne and back. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 02 February 2014
The battle for Pendle hots up



The battle for Pendle started to hot up last Saturday (31st January) as Labour's General Election campaign for the constituency was launched at the Ace Centre in Nelson.

Labour's prospective candidate, Cty Cllr Azhar Ali, was joined by Jack Straw, MP for Blackburn, Theresa Griffin from the European Parliament and around 100 supporters from across the constituency. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 30 January 2015
Labour would change green energy policy



Future energy needs and government policy were on the table for debate when Labour's Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change visited Pendle.

Jonathan Reynolds MP visited Dales Renewables in Earby on Monday to discuss the future make-up of the UK's energy resources and how government support for the growing number of small businesses in the energy sector could be improved. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 26 January 2015
Labour pledge 25 hour’s free child care



Alison McGovern, Labour's Shadow Minister for Children and Families, visited Pendle recently when she and Azhar officially opened the new extension to Acorns Nursery in Reedley which has been backed by a grant from Lancashire County Council.

“I very much enjoyed being here”, she said “It was wonderful to see the children enjoying their play and great to chat to them.”

During the visit, Alison also took the opportunity to chat with staff and parents about what Labour's promise of 25 hours, free, weekly childcare, for three and four year olds, would mean to them. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 14 January 2015
Pendle vigil for Peace and Unity

A Pendle vigil for Peace and Unity will be held in Brierfield on Friday night (16 January) for those who have lost their lives in Paris and who are losing their lives on a daily basis throughout the world as a result of acts of terrorism.

The vigil, organised by local councillors, is open to everybody across Pendle and will be held at Brierfield Community Centre at 7pm and is open to all the people of Pendle regardless of gender, disability and faith. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 12 January 2015
Labour withdraw from Tour of Britain working group



Pendle Labour Councillors David Whalley and Robert Allen have withdrawn their names from the working group set up by the Tory led Pendle Council over a proposed £100,000 cost of one day Tour of Britain to pass through Pendle in September 2015.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 January 2015
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Saturday 01 August 2015
Harman calls for Cameron to demand compensation from French government for Britons hit by Calais chaos Interim



Labour Leader Harriet Harman MP has today written to the Prime Minister to call for compensation from the French government to be paid to Britons affected by the chaos at Calais.

In the letter, she says David Cameron’s government has ignored repeated warnings from Labour and hauliers about the growing crisis at the port. More>>
Friday 31 July 2015
Harriet Harman MP demands David Cameron halts his back-door plans to cut tax credits



Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Acting Leader, has written to David Cameron calling on the government to bring forward primary legislation on the substantial planned changes in tax credits.

At the moment tax credit changes costing working families £1,000 a year could be imposed with the scantest possible parliamentary scrutiny, through a Statutory Instrument which will not be debated by the whole House of Commons.

Labour is calling for changes to tax credits to be first examined by the Treasury Select Committee and thereafter included in primary legislation. More>>

Thursday 30 July 2015
Safety in Custody statistics show ministers must urgently get a grip on state of prisons - Jenny Chapman



Jenny Chapman MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, responding to the publication of the latest Safety in Custody statistics, said:

“These shocking figures reveal the true state of the crisis in prisons, with severe staff shortages preventing many from functioning safely. More>>
Tuesday 28 July 2015
Revelation that police officers may not be able to attend burglaries reveals a disturbing picture of the police’s capability to protect the public - Jack Dromey



Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minster, responding to comments by Sara Thornton, Head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, that the public should not expect to see a police officer after crimes such as burglary, said:

“The revelation that police officers may not be able to attend burglaries reveals a disturbing picture of the police’s capability to protect the public and respond to serious crimes. More>>
Friday 24 July 2015
Ministers have covered up the extent of Network Rail’s problems for months - Lilian Greenwood



Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister, responding to revelations that the Government has refused to release rail upgrade documents and that Network Rail informed the Department for Transport back in March that key improvements could be put on hold, said:

“Ministers have covered up the extent of Network Rail’s problems for months and they are still failing to come clean with passengers and the public. More>>
Thursday 23 July 2015
It is completely unacceptable that the government has not been transparent with savers - Keith Bradley



Keith Bradley, Labour’s Shadow Pensions Minister, responding to confirmation that two in three people who reach retirement age next year will receive less than the full “flat-rate” pension, said:

“David Cameron promised that the new state pension system would be ‘more generous’ to savers. But this new analysis has shown two-thirds of people will not receive the full state pension next year. It is completely unacceptable that the government has not been transparent with savers. People who work hard and save for their retirement deserve better.”
Wednesday 22 July 2015
Renewable subsidy announcement creates further uncertainty right across the renewable sector - Caroline Flint




Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, responding to the Government’s announcement on renewable energy, said:

“This announcement creates further uncertainty right across the renewable sector. Renewables should move towards being free of subsidy, but retrospective changes that cost jobs and cut investment will make that harder to achieve. More>>
Tuesday 21 July 2015
Under this Chancellor national debt has soared and he has failed to build a more productive economy - Chris Leslie




Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to today’s update on the public sector finances, said:

“Today’s update cannot hide George Osborne’s broken promise on the deficit or the fact the national debt now stands at £1.51 trillion.

“Under this Chancellor the national debt has soared and he has failed to build a more productive economy based on higher living standards and better wages. More>>
Monday 20 July 2015
Response to David Cameron’s speech on extremism - Yvette Cooper



Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, in response to the Prime Minister’s speech on extremism, said:

“Rising extremism in Britain and across the world is a major challenge for democracy. The Prime Minister is right to set out new action in this area as it is important that the Government strengthens counter extremism work and leads a strong argument against both violent and non-violent extremism. More>>
Sunday 19 July 2015
David Cameron’s decision to give radiotherapy and surgery lower priority than drugs has led to thousands of patients missing out on life-saving treatment - Andrew Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the report of the Independent Cancer Taskforce, said:

“Labour welcomes this report by the Independent Cancer Taskforce, which highlights important priorities for improving cancer care that are desperately needed.

“The last Labour Government made huge progress on improving cancer care, but sadly that progress has stalled in recent years. Cancer budgets have been cut, while experts say the Tories’ disastrous NHS reorganisation led to services standing still for two to three years.More>>
Friday 17 July 2015
Delay in care costs cap a shameful broken promise from David Cameron and devastating news for older people and their families - Liz Kendall



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to reports that the care costs cap could be delayed until 2020, said:

“This is a shameful broken promise from David Cameron, and devastating news for older people and their families who have been trying to plan for the future. Not only has he failed to tackle the crisis in social care, David Cameron is now going back on the already watered-down proposals to protect people from catastrophic costs of care at the end of their lives. More>>
Thursday 16 July 2015
Comment on the crime statistics published today - Yvette Cooper



Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the crime statistics published today, said:

“Today’s figures issue a fresh warning against complacency from this Government, with some troubling rises in recorded crime on the same day we learn that 17,000 police officers have been cut over the last five years. More>>
Wednesday 15 July 2015
Trade Union Bill attempt to stifle democracy and campaigning & will do nothing to improve productivity - Umunna



Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to the publication of the government’s Trade Union Bill said:

“This Bill is the latest in a long line of attempts by the Government to stifle reasonable democratic scrutiny, protest and challenge – put simply, this is another Gagging Bill.

“This Bill does nothing to tackle the pressing national challenge our public services, businesses and industries alike are facing; that of addressing Britain’s productivity gap and skills shortages. More>>

Tuesday 14 July 2015
Labour demands answers from Network Rail over when Ministers knew about rail upgrade delays



The BBC reported yesterday that despite new evidence that Network Rail discussed back in March 2015 the need for a joint decision to be taken with the Department for Transport on delaying key rail upgrades, the Government is still denying they were aware before the election and claim they were “kept in the dark”.

Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister, has now written to the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne, demanding that he set the record straight on what Ministers were told and when. More>>
Monday 13 July 2015
Comment on the Government’s announcement on ending the gender pay gap - Gloria De Piero



Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, commenting on the Government’s announcement on ending the gender pay gap, said:

“It’s good news that the Government have finally embraced pay transparency after shelving the Labour legislation for five years. But for pay transparency to make a real difference, we need to have an annual equal pay check which measures progress and recommends what action needs to be taken - a move the Government voted against earlier this month.” More>>
Friday 10 July 2015
Comment on reports Cameron is seeking to opt-out of the European Working Time Directive - Pat McFadden



Pat McFadden MP, Labour’s Shadow Europe Minister, commenting on reports that Cameron is seeking to opt-out of the European Working Time Directive, said:

“There will be a lot of speculation about what the Prime Minister is trying to negotiate but as with much of the Government’s European agenda this looks more like an attempt to keep different factions of the Conservative Party on board than to make a case for reform in the national interest.More>>
Thursday 09 July 2015
People on low and middle incomes will pay the price for the Chancellor’s choices - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the IFS’s analysis of the Budget, said:

“The IFS has exposed the harsh impact of George Osborne’s work penalty in the tax credits system.

"Working people have been hit by a Budget which delivers the opposite of the Chancellor’s claims.

"Overall the changes to the minimum wage and tax credits will leave working people worse off and it is ‘arithmetically impossible’ for the Chancellor to claim otherwise.

"People on low and middle incomes will pay the price for the Chancellor’s choices.”
Wednesday 08 July 2015
Cameron is resorting to desperate measures to bring back fox hunting - Maria Eagle



Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary, responding to reports that David Cameron is seeking to use a statutory instrument to water down the ban on fox hunting:

“David Cameron is resorting to desperate measures to bring back fox hunting. The Tories had to abandon their plans to bring forward a free vote in the last parliament because they knew they’d lose and today’s news shows they still don’t have the numbers. More>>
Thursday 02 July 2015
Response to GP Patient Survey



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to figures published today in the GP Patient Survey showing that over 14 million people now wait a week or more for a GP appointment or can’t get one at all, said:

“These figures are clear proof of how the NHS is sliding backwards under David Cameron. Patients can see that his repeated promises on improving access to GP services are pure spin. More>>
Wednesday 01 July 2015
David Cameron’s government is trying to make child poverty go away by pretending that if you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist - Stephen Timms



Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Acting Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the government’s announcement on Child Poverty, said:

“David Cameron’s government is trying to make child poverty go away by pretending that if you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist. The Tory manifesto promised to ‘eliminate child poverty’. But now Tory ministers are trying to change the definition of child poverty to hide the government’s lack of progress. More>>
Tuesday 30 June 2015
Chancellor should wake up to his other deficit failure - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on today’s national account statistics and the current account deficit, said:

“As the British Chambers of Commerce has said, this country’s large and longstanding trade deficit makes us ‘hugely vulnerable to external shocks’ and poses a significant risk to the UK economy. More>>
Monday 29 June 2019
Government needs to make it clear it has no intention of dropping Olympic Games from protected events A list - Chris Bryant



Chris Bryant MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, responding to reports that the IOC has awarded all TV and multiplatform broadcast rights in Europe to Discovery and Eurosport for 2018-2024 Olympic Games, said:

“The British people love the Olympic and Paralympic Games, so it is vital that the full range of sports remain on free to air TV and don’t disappear behind a subscription. More>>
Saturday 27 June 2015
Harriet Harman and Vernon Coaker comment ahead of Armed Forces Day



Harriet Harman MP, Interim Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for this country to show our respect and gratitude for our armed services. “Men and women in the Army, Navy and Air Force serve us with dignity, pride, bravery and sacrifice, with unquestioning professionalism and courage. More>>
Friday 26 June 2015
Rail - Michael Dugher letter to David Cameron



Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, has written to David Cameron about his announcement on Network Rail:

Dear Prime Minister, In Parliament yesterday, the Transport Secretary announced that plans for the electrification of the Midland Mainline and the Trans-Pennine route between Leeds and Manchester are now being shelved by the Government. These are projects that you and your Ministers repeatedly promised to deliver ahead of and throughout the General Election, including in the Conservative party manifesto. More>>
Thusday 25 June 2015
Statistics show depressing lack of progress towards abolition of child poverty in the UK - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the publication of child poverty figures, said:

“These statistics show a depressing lack of progress we should be making as a country towards the abolition of child poverty in the UK. More>>
Monday 22 June 2015
NHS staffing - patients who will pay price for Cameron’s NHS mismanagement - Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to reports on the effect of immigration rules on NHS staffing, said:

“People coming from other countries to work in the NHS make a huge contribution and our health service would not cope without them. More>>
Sunday 21 June 2015
It’s time for the government to tackle the root causes of rising benefits spending rather than simply hitting working families - Timms



Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Acting Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pension, responding to new reports of the Tory plan to cut working families’ tax credits, said:

“People who work hard, do the right thing and contribute will see their income fall because of George Osborne’s focus on cutting tax credits.

‘It’s time for the government to tackle the root causes of rising benefits spending; low pay and soaring rents rather than simply hitting working families.”
Friday 19 June 2015
George Osborne can’t sweep today’s £1.5 trillion landmark of national debt under the carpet - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie, Labour’s shadow Chancellor, responding to today’s update on the public sector finances, said:

“George Osborne can’t sweep today’s £1.5 trillion landmark of national debt under the carpet in the hope people will forget his broken promise on the deficit. More>>
Thursday 18 June 2015
Fewer than one in ten disabled people on the Work Programme have found a job - Kate Green



Kate Green MP, Labour’s shadow minister for Disabled People, speaking in response to newly published figures on the performance of the government’s Work Programme, said:

“Fewer than one in ten disabled people on the Work Programme have found a job. This shows the Tories’ Work Programme is failing people who want to find a job and earn a living.”
Wednesday 17 June 2015
Nominations for Labour’s Deputy Leader announced



Nominations by Labour Members of Parliament have now closed for candidates to be Labour’s Deputy Leader. The candidates validly nominated are:
BEN BRADSHAW
STELLA CREASY
ANGELA EAGLE
CAROLINE FLINT
TOM WATSON

Full details of the number of nominations received by each candidate are published here.
Tuesday 16 June 2015
Letter to David Cameron calling on him to abandon plans to dismantle human rights



Dear Prime Minister

As you are aware, this year is the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, a year to celebrate Britain’s role as a guarantor of individual rights. Yet, as we celebrate this great landmark, the commitment to individual human rights now appears to be under threat. More>>
Monday 15 June 2015
Nominations for Labour’s next Leader announced



Nominations by Labour Members of Parliament have now closed for candidates to be Labour’s next Leader. The candidates validly nominated are:
ANDY BURNHAM
YVETTE COOPER
JEREMY CORBYN
LIZ KENDALL

Full details of the nominations received by each candidate are published here

Nominations for Labour’s Deputy Leadership contest close at 12 noon on Wednesday 17 June.
Friday 12 June 2015
This report is not only a damning indictment of Network Rail, but of the Government’s performance too - Michael Dugher



Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the report into Network Rail’s performance by the Office of Road and Rail, said:

“This report is not only a damning indictment of Network Rail, but of the Government’s performance too. More>>
Thursday 11 June 2015
Response to Osborne announcement on RBS



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

“Taxpayers who bailed out RBS want their money back in full and will rightly be suspicious of any rush to sell. When RBS is still restructuring the business, and awaiting a US settlement for the mis-selling of subprime mortgages, a premature sale poses a risk for taxpayers. More>>
Wednesday 10 June 2015
Completely unacceptable so many people can’t benefit from new freedoms and access their own pension savings - Timms



Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Acting Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to reports that savers were being charged fees for advice and unable to access their savings, said:

“Savers will want to know why the government has ignored warning after warning about the threat to savers from fraudsters, scams and rip-off fees. It’s completely unacceptable that so many people can’t benefit from the new freedoms and access their own pension savings. More>>
Tuesday 09 June 2015
Response to the HSBC announcement on jobs - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to HSBC’s announcement on jobs, said:

“This is a devastating blow for thousands of HSBC’s workforce. Frontline staff deserve to be treated fairly, so the bank’s management should take a voluntary approach to reductions in the number of workers wherever possible. The Government should work with HSBC and encourage them to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies and also ensure that support is provided to the parts of the country worst affected.”

Monday 08 June 2015
Resolution Foundation report on Universal Credit - response from Stephen Timms



Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Acting Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to the Resolution Foundation’s report on Universal Credit, said:

“Labour backs Universal Credit because we want to ensure work always pays within in a simpler and more efficient benefit system. But the Resolution Foundation’s report makes clear the government is in real danger of missing those aims. More>>
Sunday 07 June 2015
Response to reports that the Government is considering privatising Network Rail - Michael Dugher



Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on reports that the Government is considering privatising Network Rail, said:

“Network Rail is clearly still underperforming and needs to improve, but more privatisation in the running of our railways is the last thing we need. More>>

Friday 05 June 2015
Court ruling a damning indictment on government’s failure to get a grip of benefit delays - Kate Green



Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, commenting on the government’s loss of a High Court case on benefit delays, said:

“Today’s court ruling is a damning indictment on the government’s failure to get a grip of benefit delays. The chaotic benefit system has forced thousands of people to rely on food banks to survive because too many PIP and JSA payments aren’t being made on time. Ministers must act quickly to cut unacceptable benefit delays.”
Thursday 04 June 2015
Comment on today’s abolition of a number of NHS waiting-time standards



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on today’s abolition of a number of NHS waiting-time standards, said:

“Labour’s waiting-time standards brought NHS waiting lists down to a record low – after the 1990s when people could be waiting years for operations. More>>
Wednesday 03 June 2015
Response to the Government refusing to rule out NHS staff cuts



Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the Government’s Parliamentary Answer refusing to rule out NHS staff cuts, said:

“Before the election the Tories denied their plans involved staff cuts, but now they are refusing to rule them out.

“David Cameron should now come clean about what his plans for £22bn ‘savings’ involves – is he planning staff cuts or service closures?”
Tuesday 02 June 2015
Statement from Harriet Harman on the death of Charles Kennedy



Harriet Harman MP, Acting Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the death of Charles Kennedy, said:

“A deeply progressive politician, a delightful person, great intellect and hugely likeable. Charles Kennedy is a big loss.

"He had many friends and admirers across the Labour Party as he did across the political spectrum and amongst the public.

"Our thoughts are now with his family.”
Monday 01 June 2015
EEF report confirms no room for complacency when it comes to manufacturing output and productivity - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie, Labour’s shadow Chancellor, responding to the Manufacturing Outlook survey, published by the EEF, said:

“This report confirms there is no room for complacency when it comes to manufacturing output and productivity. More>>

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