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Wednesday 15 April, 2015


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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Friday 19 December 2014
Tory Councillors vote to cut Parish Grant, whilst senior councillors told to stand outside chamber



Pendle Tory Councillors last nigh voted to cut 50% of the grant given to Town and Parish Councils and in a bizarre move, forced senior Tory Councillor Linda Crossley and Rosemary Carroll to stand outside the chamber rather than vote with a Labour amendment to maintain the current level of grant. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 18 December 2014
Seasonal Greetings from Pendle Labour Party and our Parliamentary Candidate Azhar Ali


Azhar Ali                                Mark Porter
Parliamentary Candidate       Pendle CLP Chair

Seasonal messages, details of our Xmas quiz and information on how to become involved with the Labour Party as we prepare for the General Election are included in our latest PDF e-bulletin which can be downloaded here.


Tuesday 25 November 2014
Red Rose County to become first White Ribbon County



Organisations from across Lancashire are uniting against violence towards women.

Today is White Ribbon Day, which marks an international campaign to help stop domestic violence against women.

The campaign encourages men of all ages to take a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, and to make their commitment public by wearing a white ribbon for 16 days. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 21 November 2014
Restoration Tour



Recently Robert Oliver a local Labour Party member wrote to the Nelson Leader in response to a visit from a government minister.

In his letter Robert wrote:

I refer to your “Restoration tour” report of 31 October on the visit of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to Nelson and Brierfield, which for some reason was splashed across a full page of the Colne Times and the Barnoldswick & Earby Times as well as the Nelson Leader. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 21 November 2014
Azhar backs Fisher More school’s bid for sports facilities



Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali, visited Fisher More R.C. High School this week to offer his support for their bids to Sport England and The Football Foundation to provide new sports facilities.

Azhar, who is currently Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, met with school staff to confirm the County Council’s backing for the project.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 19 November 2014
Labour’s Azhar Ali slams local MP for failing to stand up for local pubs



On Tuesday, Andrew Stephenson MP for Pendle voted against a new cross-party clause to the Small Business Bill which offered new protections for local publicans against the predatory practices of large pub owning companies (known as Pubcos) and opposing plans to give local pubs and landlords a fairer deal.Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 17 November 2014
Barrowford hit by further housing shock



Nearly 700 units planned for Barrowford


As if losing all the fields below the Barrowford part of Wheatley Lane Road to 481 housing units wasn’t enough, it’s reported that land to the rear of St Thomas’ School is being lined up for a further 197 units.
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Tuesday 11 November 2014
Child Poverty – Cllr Robert Allen



Reedley Councillor Robert Allen has written to the local press concerning the lack of response from leading political figures in Pendle.

The content of Cllr Allen’s letter is shown below:

"The recent child poverty figures for Pendle and particularly Brierfield are an absolute disgrace in the 21st century. Since the publication, in your paper, showing that 50% of children in Brierfield live in poverty I have waited a couple of weeks to see if our political leaders in Pendle were going to do anything. Nothing has been reported to date, no statements from our MP, Andrew Stephenson, no press release from the leader of Pendle Council Joe Cooney.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 07 November 2014
Shock at Rolls-Royce Aerospace Job Losses



Lancashire County Council Cabinet Member and Labour's Parliamentary Candidate in Pendle Azhar Ali has expressed his shock at the announcement by Rolls Royce that 2,500 jobs are to go from their Aerospace division. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 04 November 2014
Last night Councillors in Nelson rejected plans to build a 47 metre high structure at Back Lane Southfield.



Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and local County Councillor, Azhar Ali attended the meeting in the packed council chamber and spoke in support of the residents and asked Nelson Area Committee to reject outright this application. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Wednesday 29 October 2014
Funding agreed for disabled changing facilities at Nelson’s Victoria Park pavilion



Lancashire County Council has announced that Victoria Park, Nelson, is to receive a grant of £15,000 to install changing and toilet facilities which will meet the needs of disabled visitors to the Park.

The facilities will be located in the Park’s pavilion at Carr Road, now being run by the Victoria Park Pavilion Community Interest Company. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 24 October 2014
Child Poverty Nelson Leader/Colne Times series



Responding to the front page report in today’s publications, Malcolm Birk, Vice President of Pendle Labour Party has written a letter for publication to the editor. A copy of the text is reproduced below:

Your recent front page report commendably brought to attention the fact that in Pendle 33% of children are living in poverty, after housing costs are taken into account. I am sure that most readers will find this figure shocking. The level of untold and largely unrecognised suffering going on around us is hard to contemplate. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 24 October 2014
Pendle Tory Councillors forced to withdraw stray dog tax



The Labour Leader on Pendle Council has forced Tory run Pendle Council to withdraw ill-thought plans to increase the stray dog fee to £100 with effect from 1 January 2015. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Wednesday 15 October 2014
Shocked and dismayed by Lord Freud’s Comments - Pendle CLP Disability Officer, Wayne Blackburn



Pendle CLP Disability Officer, Wayne Blackburn, commenting on the remarks made by Lord Freud concerning paying disabled people as little as £2 per hour said:

“I am shocked and dismayed by Lord Freud's comments. To suggest that some disabled people ‘are not worth the full wage’ once again proves how out of touch the Conservatives truly are. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

08 October 2014
Councillor calls for action on Sackville Street area of Brierfield




At last night’s meeting of Brierfield & Reedley Area Committee (7 October) Brierfield Cllr Nawaz Ahmed called for urgent action to improve the condition of the Sackville Street part of the Railway Street Regeneration Area. Cllr Ahmed said:

“There are many empty properties around Sackville Street and Railway Terrace and the condition of the area is appalling. Houses are boarded up, trees are growing in back gardens, causing garden walls to leaning and these could collapse at any time. Many of the gardens of houses which are boarded up are full of rubbish, and damp rising from these houses is causing further damp to neighbouring properties. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Tuesday 07 October 2014
Tory/Lib Dem Councillors refuse to scrap ‘Garden Tax’ in Pendle



Reedley Ward Labour Councillor Yasser Iqbal presented a motion to the full council meeting in Pendle asking that the £25 per bin ‘Garden Tax’ introduced by the Conservative led Council be scrapped immediately. However, the motion was defeated with Tory and Lib Dem Councillors joining forces. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Tuesday 07 October 2014
Labour demands that the Pendle MP supports the end of the ‘Bedroom Tax’



Labour Councillors have publicly criticised Andrew Stephenson MP over his continued support of the ‘Bedroom Tax’ and a demand has been made through the full Council meeting that he stand up for disabled, elderly residents who are struggling to pay the ‘Bedroom Tax’ imposed by the Tory led government. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 06 October 2014
Outrage at Murder of Alan Henning



Pendle Labour County Councillors Azhar Ali and Mohammed Iqbal today publicly condemned the murder of aid worker Alan Henning from Salford by ISIS.

Cllr Ali and Cllr Iqbal who signed an open letter 2 weeks ago in a national newspaper were shocked at the murder by people claiming to be Muslims. Cllr Ali said "I am very angry that someone who went out to help people in Syria as a human being was kidnapped and then murdered by people using Islam as a cover. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Saturday 27 September 2014
Nelson Leader Series Publication



Pendle Labour Party have paid for a 4 page spread in the Nelson Leader/Colne Times series of publications.

The initial feedback from readers has been encouraging and welcoming of the Labour Party's proposals. If you have been unable to purchase a copy you can download a PDF copy (1.13 MB) of the spread
here.

Monday 22 September 2014
Not In My Name - Pendle Councillors join with Muslim Leaders nationwide to urge ISIS to release UK hostage



Labour Cty Cllr Azhar Ali, and the Leader of the Labour Group on Pendle Council, Cty Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, joined dozens of imams and other Muslim community leaders in a letter to the Independent last week calling on the kidnappers of Alan Henning to release the aid worker unharmed or commit the “worst condemnable sin” against Islam. They also express their horror and revulsion at the senseless murder of David Haines. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 19 September 2014
Give the English Regions a voice – Azhar Ali



Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Pendle County Councillor Azhar Ali has today welcomed the decision of the Scottish people who voted 'No' and will remain in the United Kingdom.

Azhar Ali said

"I am delighted that Scotland will remain in the United Kingdom and will get more powers from Westminster, but it is now the time to have a national debate on giving the English a voice on transferring powers away from London and Westminster to local communities and regions. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 11 September 2011
Lancashire smokers urged to quit in Stoptober

Read this article on the LCC web site

Tuesday 09 September 2014
Applications invited for grants to tackle food poverty in Lancashire

Read this article on the LCC web site

Tuesday 09 September 2014
Pendle MP “letting down his poorest constituents”



Pendle’s MP was slammed today for choosing his Party before his constituents in a key vote in the House of Commons last week.

In a vote on a Bill calling for major exemptions to the Bedroom Tax, Andrew Stephenson voted to keep the current policy. But with Labour promising to repeal the tax, the Government was roundly defeated, as Lib Dem and even some Conservative MPs jumped ship. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 04 September 2014
Wanted - A fairer way for Pendle's young people



Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, came to Barrowford today to to visit Standel Dawman, a successful local manufacturer of electric golf trolleys. He was joined by Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Cty Cllr Azhar Ali, the Principal of Nelson & Colne College, Amanda Melton, and Phil Kyle, Managing Director of Standel Dawman. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Tuesday 02 September 2014
Azhar Ali visits Nelson Fire and Rescue Station



Labour’s Parliamentary candidate, Azhar Ali, visited Nelson’s Bradley Road Fire Station on 28 August to discuss key issues as part of his Lancashire County Council role as Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.

Cllr Ali talked to a number of fire and rescue staff about their community safety roles and their close working with social services.

He said: “I am massively impressed with the dedication of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue staff, and the quality of the equipment that they have available. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Wednesday 06 August 2014
Response to letters in local press attacking Azhar Ali



Azhar Ali has written to the local press in response to recent attacks, the content of the letter is produced below:

Over recent weeks there have been a few letters questioning my record on the NHS so I would like to take the opportunity to put the record straight.

I am proud of the work I did in the NHS primarily as a non-executive director and then as Chairman of Burnley NHS Trust, as well as currently chairing the Lancashire Health & Wellbeing board. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Saturday 02 August 2014
Pressure growing for rolling stock for Todmorden Curve - Lancashire Telegraph



Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood toured East Lancashire’s railways stations yesterday to talk to communters as part of the campaign to improve rolling stock and train services in the area.

The shadow minister visted Accrington, Nelson, and Burnley Manchester Road stations and discussed issues including frequency of services, reliability of trains, and a lack of trains on the Todmorden Curve Hyndburn and Haslingden MP, Graham Jones, joined her in Accrington, in Nelson she was joined by Labour’s parliamentary candidate Azhar Ali
More>>

Monday 28 July 2014
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Wednesday 15 April 2015
Response to launch of UKIP’s General Election manifesto



Jon Trickett, Labour’s Shadow Minister Without Portfolio, responding to the launch of UKIP’s General Election manifesto, said:

“UKIP have confirmed that they are a party which stands for a privileged few. Their manifesto backs another tax break for those at the top and they will hold the Tories’ ‘feet to the fire’ in delivering their extreme spending plans, which will threaten the NHS and put living standards at risk.

“UKIP are a party of Tory policies, Tory people and Tory money. More>>
Tuesday 14 April 2015
Labour has shown every promise is fully funded - The challenge for the Tories is to show where the money comes from - Harriet Harman



Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader, speaking ahead of the Conservative Party manifesto launch said: “Labour has shown how every promise in our manifesto is fully funded and paid for with no additional borrowing. The challenge for the Tories is to show where the money comes from for the over £20 billion of unfunded and unbelievable promises they have made so far. More>>
Monday 13 April 2015
Another Tory car crash interview – Matt Hancock won’t say where welfare cuts will fall



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Monday 13 April 2015
Britain can be better - The Labour Party Manifesto 2015

Britain only succeeds when working people succeed. This is a plan to reward hard work, share prosperity and build a better Britain.
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Sunday 12 April 2015
Car crash interview: The 18 times Osborne can't answer where money for the NHS will come from



Watch Osborne duck the issue

Saturday 11 April 2015
The Tories' funny money will wreck the NHS



Tory Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt is taken to task on how the Tories find their magical £8billion to invest in the NHS - yet another unfunded spending commitment as the Tory election campaign unravels. Labour have said how we’ll pay for an NHS fit for the future. Check out this link to find out.
Friday 10 April 2015
Labour puts neighbourhood policing at the heart of its plan to build safer and stronger communities



Neighbourhood policing will be protected with a plan to safeguard over 10,000 police officers over the next three years

At the launch of its Crime and Justice Manifesto today, the Labour Party will commit to keeping police on the beat – legislating to introduce a new ‘Local Policing Commitment’, which makes sure police forces guarantee neighbourhood policing in every area. More>>
Thursday 09 April 2015
Teenagers will get guaranteed one-to-one career advice to plot pathway to work



Every teenager will get guaranteed one-to-one advice to plot their pathway to work, Ed Miliband will announce today (Thursday) as he unveils Labour’s better plan for education.

Ed Miliband will be joined by Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, and Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, for the launch of the party’s education manifesto in London. More>>
Wednesday 08 April 2015



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Tuesday 07 May 2015
New figures show 600 fewer GP surgeries are open in the evening and at weekends compared to 2010



Some 600 fewer GP surgeries across England are open in the evening and at weekends compared to the time of the last election, new figures today show.

The figures underline the true scale of the Tory-led Government’s NHS crisis – with patients forced to turn to A&E as they struggle to secure a slot to see their doctor on the first working day after the Easter break, which saw doctors and NHS England express fresh concern about GP access and the resulting pressure on A&E departments. More>>

Monday 06 May 2015
“Millions pay more, millionaires pay less” – Tory record on tax exposed as Labour warns of another Tory VAT rise and tax cut for millionaires



Ed Balls will today attack the government’s choices on tax, saying that under the Tories “millions pay more while millionaires pay less.”

And he will warn that the Conservatives will raise VAT again – a £1440 tax hike on families over four years – while planning another top-rate tax cut for millionaires. More>>
Sunday 05 April 2015
Asked four times, Osborne repeatedly refused to rule out another top-rate tax cut for millionaires - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to George Osborne’s interview on Murnaghan, said:

"The Conservative Party’s secret plan has now been exposed. More>>
Saturday 04 April 2015
The Cost of a Tory Chancellor – Labour launches new campaign poster



Households £1100 a year worse off from George Osborne’s tax and benefit changes as families with children hit hardest

Labour’s new campaign poster this weekend exposes the £1100 a year cost to families of George Osborne’s choices.

Ahead of the new tax year on Monday, Labour is highlighting figures from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies showing the true cost in 2015/16 of Tory tax and benefit changes. More>>
Friday 03 April 2015
In the Leaders’ Debate, Ed Miliband laid out Labour’s better plan for Britain:



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Thursday 02 April 2015
Labour warns of Tory threat to Sure Start: extreme spending plans could see the loss of over 1,000 Sure Start centres



Over 1,000 Sure Start centres could go under in the next four years, thanks to the Tories’ extreme plans to cut spending in the next Parliament.

Labour warns today that this would be disastrous for thousands of families up and down the country. More>>

Wednesday 01 April 2015
Martin Freeman asks - Whats the choice in this election?



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Wednesday 01 April 2015
Productivity statistics another illustration of an economy which simply isn’t working for working people - Chuka Umunna



Chuka Umunna, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to ONS productivity statistics published today said:

“This is yet another illustration of an economy which simply isn’t working for working people.

“Under the Tories, we’ve seen the rise of a low-wage, low-skilled economy and insecure work as productivity has stagnated, with real wages down by an average of £1,600 a year. Britain is now ranked second bottom for productivity among the G7 economies. More>>


Tuesday 31 March 2015
Union Bashing



The Conservative Party and their sympathisers who control much of the newspapers and media continually bash the trade unions who represent workers' interests.

You can find out what one union is really doing by following this hyperlink.

Tuesday 31 March 2015
Labour will prioritise tax cuts for small firms with business rates cut in first Budget – Ed Balls



Labour will put small businesses first in line for tax cuts and ensure the tax burden on small firms is lower than under the Tories, Ed Balls will announce today.

The Shadow Chancellor will say that Labour’s first Budget will cut business rates for 1.5 million small business properties and then freeze them the following year. More>>
Monday 30 March 2015
Within hours of Cameron making totally false claims about Labour on steps of Downing Street, the independent IFS has totally undermined them - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the IFS’ briefing note on David Cameron’s claims about Labour’s tax plans today, said:

“This is a disastrous and embarrassing start to David Cameron’s campaign. Within hours of making totally false claims about Labour on the steps of Downing Street, the independent IFS has totally undermined them. More>>
Monday 30 March 2015
This is how David Cameron served the people of Britain for the last five years. What do you make of it?



Read more here!

Sunday 29 March 2015
A second Tory term threatens our membership of Europe - and British business - Miliband



Ed Miliband will tomorrow (Monday) launch Labour’s Business Manifesto with a warning that David Cameron’s decision to play short term politics with Britain’s membership of Europe is a “clear and present danger” to British firms and Britain’s prosperity.

In his speech at Bloomberg’s headquarters in London, he will describe how Mr Cameron has repeatedly caved into demands from backbenchers and the majority of Tory party members who want the UK to leave Europe. More>>

Saturday 28 March 2015
Rachel Reeves writes to Iain Duncan Smith to demand he comes clean about impact of £12billion welfare cuts on disabled people and carers




Rachel Reeves writes to Iain Duncan Smith to demand he comes clean about impact of £12billion welfare cuts on disabled people and carers

Following the leaked document from the DWP that revealed that officials have drawn up plans to hit disability and carers benefits, following requests from Conservative advisers, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State Rachel Reeves has today written to Iain Duncan Smith asking him to write to disability charities setting out the full details of Tory plans, and how they will affect disabled people and carers. More>>

Friday 27 March 2015
Ed Miliband launches Labour’s General Election campaign and announces plans for a “double lock” to safeguard the future of the NHS



Ed Miliband today launches Labour’s General Election campaign and announces plans for a “double lock” to safeguard the future of the NHS

In his speech at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park in London, he will declare that Labour will guarantee that local health services are no longer threatened by marketisation and privatisation, and provide extra investment so the NHS has time to care. More>>

So now we know why David Cameron didn't want to debate Ed.    Just watch this video clip:
Thursday 26 March 2015
Response to IFS ‘Schools Spending’ report - Tristram Hunt



Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to Schools Spending published by the IFS, said:

“This report is clear that under the Tories, education spending will face big cuts as a result of David Cameron’s extreme spending plans that will threaten standards for young people. Their plans will see spending on education cut in real terms and they are offering no protection to early years education, to Sure Start and to post-16 education and skills. More>>
Wednesday 25 March 2015
After his car-crash interview, unanswered questions for Grant Shapps are growing - Jon Ashworth



Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, said:

“After his car-crash interview, the unanswered questions for Grant Shapps are growing.

“Mr Shapps’s constituent has now initiated legal action against the Tory Party Chairman. “New revelations seem to emerge every day and these are allegations Grant Shapps cannot escape. More>>
Tuesday 24 March 2015
Even his own Party thinks the Prime Minister stands only for a privileged few - Jon Ashworth



Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, commenting on reports that Steve Norris has criticised Cameron, saying under him the Tories are ‘the party of the one per cent’, said:

“This criticism from a senior Conservative is damaging and embarrassing for David Cameron. Even his own Party think the Prime Minister stands only for a privileged few.

“With David Cameron sparking a leadership contest, candidates resigning and the Chairman embroiled in scandal it is clear the Tory campaign is in chaos and turning in on itself.”
Which tax hits the pensioners and the poorest hardest? VAT.

Guess which tax the Tories are planning to raise…


Monday 23 March 2015
The Tories are taking the British public for granted - Douglas Alexander



Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Chair of General Election Strategy, said:

"The Tories are taking the British public for granted. “It is typically arrogant of David Cameron to presume a third Tory term in 2020 before the British public have been given the chance to have their say in this election. In the UK it is for the British people and not the Prime Minister to decide who stays in power. More>>
Saturday 21 March 2015
Response from Ed Miliband to broadcasters’ announcement on TV debates Responding to the broadcasters’ announcement on TV debates



Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party said:

“David Cameron is now in the ridiculous position where he’ll go to the same studio as me, on the same night as me, with the same audience as me but he won’t debate me head to head as he’s running scared.

“I’m going to keep the offer of a head to head debate on the table right up to Election Day as it’s what the British people want and what they deserve.”

Friday 20 March 2015
The NHS can’t afford the Tory cuts plan - Ed Balls and Andy Burnham launch Labour’s first election poster



Labour is today launching its first poster of the 2015 general election campaign.

The poster follows this week’s Budget which set out plans for deeper cuts to public spending in the next three years than the last five years. It warns that our National Health Service can’t afford this Tory plan for extreme cuts to public spending. More>>


Thursday 19 March 2015
IFS Post-Budget briefing a damning verdict on George Osborne’s Budget - Ed Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on the IFS Post-Budget briefing, said:

“This is a damning verdict on George Osborne’s Budget.

“The IFS says the Chancellor’s Budget plans involve annual spending cuts after the election which are twice as deep as anything we’ve seen in the last five years.

“The Tories have said today that they won’t tell us where their welfare cuts will come from until after the election. People will conclude that to make their sums add up the Tories would do what they always do - raising VAT again and putting our NHS at risk. More>>
Wednesday 18 March 2015
Britain needs a better plan. Britain needs a Labour government - Budget response by Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the Budget Statement, said:

Mr Deputy Speaker, never has the gap between the Chancellor’s rhetoric and the reality of people’s lives been greater than it was today.

This is a Budget people won’t believe from a government that’s not on their side. Because of their record.

Because of their instincts.

Because of their plans for the future.

And because of a Budget, most extraordinarily, that had no mention of investment in our National Health Service and our vital public services. More>>
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Chuka Umunna comment on the government’s response to the Low Pay Commission’s National Minimum Wage recommendations



Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, commenting on the government’s response to the Low Pay Commission’s National Minimum Wage recommendations, said:

"This 20p rise falls far short of the £7 minimum wage which George Osborne promised over a year ago. Ministers have misled working families who have been left worse off. Where under David Cameron we’ve seen the value of the minimum wage eroded, we need a recovery for working people. More>>
Monday 16 March 2015
Letter from Lucy Powell MP to the Prime Minister regarding the conduct of Conservative Party Chair, Grant Shapps MP



Dear Prime Minister,

There are serious questions to answer over the conduct of your senior Minister and Conservative Party Chair, Grant Shapps.

Despite his repeated denials, there is irrefutable evidence that Grant Shapps had a second job while being an MP. It is also now clear that he was actively soliciting for business while using the pseudonym ‘Michael Green’.

It is now essential that you fully investigate whether Mr Shapps has broken the Ministerial Code. More>>
Sunday 15 March 2015
TV debate reaction - we need a head-to-head debate - Ed Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking after the discussion on TV debates on The Andrew Marr Show, said:

“It’s good that George Osborne shook hands on a head-to-head TV debate with me during the election campaign. But he’s already trying to wriggle out of that by insisting on bringing his deputy along. More>>

Saturday 14 March 2015
Under Tory- Lib Dem Government we have seen a £50 million cut to children’s mental health services.



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, responding to reports on mental health spending in the Budget, said:

“This Tory-Lib Dem Government promised that physical and mental health services would be treated with the same importance but instead all we have seen is a £50 million cut to children’s mental health services, a loss of 3,300 specialist mental health nurses and 1,500 mental health beds. Twice as many children are turning to A&E because they are not getting the necessary mental health support and too many are sent hundreds of miles from home, held in police cells or put on adult wards because there is nowhere else for them to go
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Friday 13 March 2015
Miliband: Labour will bring in new powers to cut your energy bills - and freeze prices until 2017



Ed Miliband today announces that Labour will give the energy regulator the legal duty to ensure prices are fair and the power to cut bills this winter.

The new legislation is being drafted to put an immediate end to the overcharging by the Big Six energy firms which consumer groups estimate is costing families and businesses £2.5 billion a year.

The Government has admitted there is a problem with consumers being ripped off, but it has refused to act against the big energy firms. More>>
Thursday 12 March 2015
The Tories cannot be trusted to protect postal services.



IanMurray MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, responding to a BIS Select Committee report on Royal Mail’s Universal Service Obligation said:

“The Tories cannot be trusted to protect postal services. Taxpayers have been left short changed by hundreds of millions of pounds after David Cameron’s Royal Mail fire sale, and now we are seeing vital postal services being put at risk as a result. More>>
Wednesday 11 March 2015
Emergency hospital admissions from care homes soar to 20,000



New figures obtained by the Labour Party show that the number of emergency admissions from care homes in England has increased by 41 per cent under the Tory-led Government.

There were nearly 20,000 emergency admissions among care home residents in 2013/14, up from fewer than 14,000 in 2010/11.

This comes as the Tories’ reductions to social care are putting care home workers under increasing strain, impacting on the quality of care residents receive. More>>

Tuesday 10 March 2015
Response to NHS England announcement on integration



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to NHS England’s announcement of 29 ‘vanguard’ areas for integration, said:

“We welcome the vision set out by NHS England but it will never be turned into reality if current Government policy remains in place. More>>
Monday 09 March 2015
Response to the 0.7% aid bill passing its Third Reading in the Lords - Mary Creagh



Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary, commenting on the International Development Bill 2014-15 (the 0.7% aid bill) passing its Third Reading in the House of Lords, said:

“I want to congratulate the charities and activists who have helped us reach this historic moment. More>>
Sunday 08 March 2015
30,000 police officers face axe under Conservative 1930s spending plans



A further 30,000 police officers could be lost after the election under the Conservatives, according to analysis of George Osborne’s plans to cut spending back to a share of GDP last seen in the 1930s.

New figures show that if Tory spending cuts announced in the Autumn Statement – which would lead to public spending falling to just 35 per cent of GDP – were applied equally across non ring-fenced departments, they would lead to the loss of 29,900 police officers and 6,700 PCSOs by 2019/20. More>>
Saturday 07 March 2015
Ed Miliband announces that Labour has accepted invitations to appear in all three live TV debates



Ed Miliband today announces that Labour has accepted invitations to appear in all three of the live TV debates on April 2, 16 and 30.

The decision to accept the invitations is formally confirmed today in a letter from Douglas Alexander to the chair of the Broadcasters’ Liaison Group.

It follows a week in which David Cameron has sought to wreck the debates by demanding that only one take place on a timetable of his own choosing. More>>
Friday 06 March 2015
Labour response to reports of a government U-turn on equal pay transparency



Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for women and equalities, responding to reports of a government U-turn on equal pay transparency, said:

“This is fantastic news for women but why have they waited so long? Labour passed this law in 2010 but the Tories and Lib Dems ditched it. That’s five wasted years when we could have seen real progress to close the gender pay gap.More>>
Wednesday 04 March 2015
People will draw their own conclusions from George Osborne’s total failure to answer questions on Lord Green - Ed Balls




Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to George Osborne’s interview on the Today programme, when he six times refused to answer questions on Lord Green, said:

"George Osborne was asked six times whether he discussed allegations of tax evasion at HSBC with Lord Green, the bank’s former chairman, and six times he refused to answer.

"What has George Osborne got to hide? People will draw their own conclusions from his total failure to answer. More>>
Monday 02 March 2015
The Government’s immigration policy goes from chaos to failure and back to chaos - David Hanson



David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to senior Conservatives branding the Tory migration pledge a mistake, said:

"The Government’s immigration policy goes from chaos to failure and back to chaos.

“Not only has David Cameron broken his own “no ifs, no buts” promise on reducing net migration which now stands at over 50,000 more than when he came to office. It’s now clear that fellow Conservative Cabinet ministers don’t think David Cameron and Theresa May’s immigration policy is working either. More>>
Saturday 28 February 2015
The end of East Coast Trains will be a hammer blow for passengers, taxpayers and employees - Dugher



On the eve of the Government’s privatisation of the East Coast Main Line, Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, will announce today in a speech in Leeds that Labour will start the process of legislating in the first 100 days of a new Parliament to enable a public sector operator to take on a challenge for rail lines on a level playing field. More>>

Thursday 26 February 2015
Response to today’s rough sleeping figures



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to today’s rough sleeping figures which show a 14 per cent annual increase and a 55 per cent increase since 2010, said:

“These shocking figures show a significant rise in the number of people sleeping on our streets since David Cameron became Prime Minister. Sleeping rough has a devastating impact on people’s lives and it is disgraceful the Tories have not only failed to act, but that their policies have made things worse. More>>
Wednesday 25 February 2015
Rise in zero hour contracts another stark illustration of recovery which is not working for working people - Chuka Umunna



Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on new ONS statistics on the number of zero-hours contracts, said:

“The Tories’ plan is failing working families. While they prioritise a few at the top, for others there’s a rising tide of insecurity. Ministers have watered down every person’s rights at work and zero-hours contracts have gone from being a niche concept to becoming the norm in parts of our economy. More>>
Tuesday 24 February 2015
Labour to hold Commons vote on MPs holding paid directorships or consultancies



The Labour Party will tomorrow call on all parties to back a motion in the House of Commons to stop MPs holding paid directorships or consultancies.

The vote comes as David Cameron rejected Ed Miliband’s call for him to follow Labour’s lead in banning MPs from holding paid directorships and consultancies, and the day after Malcolm Rifkind decided not to stand again as a Conservative MP.
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Monday 23 February 2015
Cameron’s government has let millions of pensioners down, failing to act on rising fuel costs and rip off pension fees and charges - Rachel Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting ahead of David Cameron’s speech, said:

“David Cameron’s government has let millions of pensioners down, failing to act on rising fuel costs and rip off pension fees and charges.

“Pensioners will find it hard to take pre-election promises seriously from a Prime Minister who has introduced the granny tax, increased VAT, and caused the Tory NHS crisis which has damaged social care services. More>>
Friday 20 February 2015
George Osborne has finally emerged, but he still hasn’t answered any of the key questions over the HSBC scandal - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to George Osborne’s remarks on the HSBC scandal, said:

“George Osborne has finally emerged, but he still hasn’t answered any of the key questions over the HSBC scandal. He cannot continue to duck responsibility for HMRC’s failure to act or the decision to make Lord Green a Conservative Minister. More>>
Thursday 19 February 2015
Hedge funds give Conservatives over £55m



Latest figures from the Electoral Commission reveal that in the last quarter (Q4 2014) hedge funds gave the Tories almost £2 million in donations, which means donations from the hedge fund industry to the Conservative Party now total over £55 million.

Hedge funds were given a tax cut worth £145m by George Osborne in 2013

Analysis of Conservative Party donations shows that almost £4 million of donations in the last quarter came from donors who have attended exclusive private dinners with David Cameron and other senior Ministers, taking the total to £11.65m from dinner donors in 2014. More>>
Wednesday 18 February 2015
These figures show that you can’t trust David Cameron with the NHS - Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to new cancer performance data from NHS England showing the cancer treatment target missed for a full year, said:

"These figures show that you can’t trust David Cameron with the NHS. "In the last year, thousands of cancer patients have waited too long for treatment to start and, in some cases, their chances of survival have been harmed. More>>
Tuesday 17 February 2015
Inflation is falling around the world because global oil prices have plummeted - Cathy Jamieson



Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, responding to today’s inflation figures, said:

"Inflation is falling around the world because global oil prices have plummeted. But in Britain wages continue to be sluggish and working people are £1,600 a year worse off under this government.

"A few months of falling world oil prices won’t solve the deep-seated problems in our economy. That’s why we need Labour’s better plan to build a more productive economy that will earn our way to higher living standards for all and so get the deficit down too."
Monday 16 February 2015
“I probably shouldn’t be advocating this on television”: the George Osborne TV appearance he probably regrets

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Monday 16 February 2015
A Better Plan for Britain’s Prosperity - Speech by Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech at Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands, said:

It is great to be here at Jaguar Land Rover. I want to congratulate you on your incredible success. Transforming this business into a world-beater. Creating jobs. Exports. And wealth for our country. That’s why there can be no better place to launch our plan for Britain’s prosperity. More>>
Sunday 15 February 2015
Labour’s plan to back Britain’s small businesses



Unleashing the full potential of small businesses to create more good jobs and so raise living standards for working people will be a key part of Labour’s better plan for Britain’s prosperity which will be published tomorrow.

As Ed Balls said on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, Labour’s plan means the tax burden on small businesses will be lower than under the Tories. We will put small businesses first in line for tax cuts and ensure smaller firms have the support they need to invest, innovate and raise their productivity. More>>
Saturday 14 February 2015
Miliband promises to shine a light into Britain’s tax system



Ed Miliband today announces that the next Labour government will begin an immediate independent review into the culture and practices of HMRC with regard to tax avoidance.

Speaking at the Welsh Labour Party conference, Mr Miliband says he and Ed Balls have decided that the review should have full investigatory powers and support from the Treasury. It will commence immediately after the General Election and report directly to the Chancellor. More>>
Friday 13 February 2015
Response to NHS England figures on cancelled operations that show performance deteriorating to a 13-year low



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to NHS England figures on cancelled operations that show performance deteriorating to a 13-year low, said:

“The Tory A&E crisis shows no sign of easing and too many patients continue to suffer poor care as it spreads through the rest of the NHS.

“These are the worst figures for well over a decade and that is another sign of how the NHS has gone downhill. More>>
Thursday 12 February 2015
A better plan for education today - for the economy of tomorrow



Ed Miliband will today set out Labour’s plan for an education which equips young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.

Speaking at Haverstock School in London, which he attended from 1981 to 1988, he will commit the next Labour government to: Cap class sizes for 5, 6 and 7 year-olds - Drive up standards in every classroom, in every school, in every region - Ensure all children in state schools are taught by high-quality qualified teachers - Raise the status and quality of vocational education and skills. - Give our children the creativity, character and resilience they need to succeed in the 21st Century More>>
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Ministers have questions to answer about when they knew about these dodgy practices from Capita - Lucy Powell



Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, commenting on reports that Capita is facing an investigation into allegations that it used a major government contract to short-change small companies, resulting in some going out of business said:

"Ministers have questions to answer about when they knew about these dodgy practices from Capita. Ministers lauded this contract as a boon for small business yet instead it has led to some going bust due to late payments and Departments being charged more for services than they were under previous arrangements. More>>
Tuesday 10 February2015
Response to Government announcement of the ‘Help to Grow’ business finance scheme Chuka Umunna MP,



Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement of the ‘Help to Grow’ business finance scheme, said:

“This is yet another announcement from a Prime Minister who has failed to get the banks lending to our small businesses. More>>

Monday 09 February 2015
Three key questions the Government must answer on HSBC and tax avoidance



Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour’s Shadow Exchequer Secretary, writing for Labour List on the questions the Tory-led Government has to answer over HSBC tax issues, said:

“The Government were today challenged to come clean over how they acted over the allegations of tax avoidance and evasion at HSBC. Treasury Minister David Gauke repeatedly failed to answer questions posed. More>>
Sunday 08 February 2015
Labour will save Sure Start and double child care places provided there - Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, today announces that a Labour Government will save Sure Start and double the number of childcare places provided at them to more than 118,000.

Labour will save Sure Start centres by introducing a new statutory obligation on them to provide access to child care - as well as giving them new powers to open up their doors to charities and local providers so the whole community can use them. More>>
Saturday 07 February 2015
Miliband tells tax havens: open your books in six months - or face being blacklisted



Ed Miliband warns the tax havens costing British families and businesses billions of pounds that they will have just six months to put their house in order and open their books - or face being placed on an international blacklist. More>>


Friday 06 February 2015
Andy Burnham response to the King’s Fund’s report David Cameron’s record on the NHS



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the King’s Fund’s report on David Cameron’s record on the NHS, said:

“Labour warned David Cameron that his reorganisation would damage the NHS and we now have independent authoritative evidence that that is what has happened. “People will remember patients, nurses, doctors and midwives lining up in their thousands and pleading with the Government to call it off. But they ploughed on and plunged the NHS into the chaos we see today. More>>

Thursday 05 February 2015
Miliband: the betrayal of young voters is a disaster for democracy.



Ed Miliband warns today that young voters are in danger of being denied a vote in this and future general elections.

On National Voter Registration Day, Labour is publishing new data revealing a dramatic rise in the number of fall young people aged 16 to 18 losing their democratic rights.

This suggests that, from March to May 2015, the number of 16 to 18 year-olds being added to the electoral register will be down by over 100,000 compared to 2014. More>>
Wednesday 04 February 2015
Emma Reynolds response to The Homelessness Monitor: England published by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to The Homelessness Monitor: England published by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on homelessness, said:

“This report reveals the extent of rising homelessness in England. It’s a tragedy that so many people are without a home or struggling to keep a roof over their head. More>>

Tuesday 03 February 2015
Generation Rent will be £2.5 billion better off – an average of £624 each - if there is a Labour government.



Ed Miliband and Emma Reynolds today (Tuesday) set out the action a Labour government will take to help Generation Rent.

  • Ban rip-off letting agent fees for tenants
  • Legislate for three-year tenancies giving renters a security and peace of mind
  • End excessive rent rises by putting a ceiling on rent increases during the new three-year tenancies.
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Monday 02 February 2015
Labour sets out plans for biggest devolution of economic power and funding for generations – Ed Balls



Labour will deliver the biggest devolution of economic power and funding to England’s city and county regions for generations, Ed Balls will pledge today.

The Shadow Chancellor will say that plans to devolve £30 billion of funding over five years - including funding for housing, transport, business support, employment and adult skills – will be at the heart of the next Labour government’s Spending Review. More>>
Sunday 01 February 2015
£3,800: the cost of another Tory Government to families forced to pay Bedroom Tax



New figures from the House of Commons Library have shown families hit by the Bedroom Tax would pay £3800 over the course of another five year Parliament under David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

The Bedroom Tax is a flagship Tory policy and will be continued if they win in May 2015. Without the votes of Lib Dem MPs there would be no Bedroom Tax. More>>
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