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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



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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
Eid ul Fitr



Pendle Labour Party wishes you Eid Mubarak. May you be blessed with peace.

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Tuesday 26 May 2015
We support people’s aspiration to buy their own home but the Tories’ numbers don’t add up



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responding to Greg Clark’s interview on the Today programme about the Tories' proposals on Right to Buy, said:

“We support people’s aspiration to buy their own home but the Tories’ numbers don’t add up.

“Ministers have not set out how this policy will be paid for, and housing experts have said that the plan is unworkable, unfunded and will lead to fewer affordable homes. More>>
Saturday 23 May 2015
Response to Bank of England’s secret assessment of the impact of Britain leaving the EU - Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on today’s revelations about the Bank of England’s secret assessment of the impact of Britain leaving the EU, said:

“When millions of people’s livelihoods may depend on whether Britain stays in the EU, why is there so much secrecy around the official assessments of the consequences of a referendum? More>>
Friday 22 May 2015
BBC Newsnight to host first official Labour leadership hustings



Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Acting Leader, has today welcomed the announcement that BBC Newsnight will broadcast Labour’s first official hustings for candidates in its leadership election.

The Newsnight Labour Leadership Debate will be presented by Laura Kuenssberg and will be broadcast live from Nuneaton in front of an audience at 7pm on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel on Wednesday June 17. More>>
Thursday 21 May 2015
Cameron’s plans for a seven-day NHS are simply not credible without the extra resources and staff the NHS needs



Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on the BMA’s remarks on seven-day services today said:

“David Cameron’s plans for a seven-day NHS are simply not credible without the extra resources and staff the NHS needs – particularly in areas like general practice, where the Tories have created a GP workforce crisis. More>>
Wednesday 20 May 2015
Theresa May needs to come clean with the police and the public - Jack Dromey



Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, commenting ahead of the Home Secretary’s speech at the Police Federation today, said:

“Already police officers are being taken off the street, 999 delays are up and there are year-long delays dealing with serious growing crimes like online child abuse. More>>
Tuesday 19 May 2015
Inflation figures - We need stronger action now to raise productivity to deliver sustainable growth - Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to today’s inflation figures, said:

“Any relief for households is welcome, but this month’s figures reflect global trends and doesn’t change the reality that many are still struggling to pay the bills.

“The Government must clearly guard against the risk that business investment might be deferred. We need stronger action now to raise productivity to deliver sustainable growth and rising living standards.”
Monday 18 May 2015
Public to play key role in Labour leadership election - Harman



The electionof a new Labour leader will be played out before the public, Harriet Harman will declare today (Mon).

Labour’s acting leader will pledge an “open” contest and will reveal party chiefs have already begun talks with broadcasters about staging hustings with members of the public given a key role. More>>
Saturday 16 May 2015
Two Budgets in four months from the same Chancellor raises questions about what he’s planning - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to George Osborne’s announcement there will be a Budget in July, said:

“Two Budgets in four months from the same Chancellor raises questions about what he’s planning. The country cannot afford a sharp turn to the right - that would hardly be consistent with a ‘long-term plan’.

"We need a balanced approach and a focus on building a more productive economy.”
Friday 15 May 2015
Conservatives all over the place on Human Rights



Rt Hon Lord Charlie Falconer QC, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, responding to comments by David Davis, said:

“The Conservatives and their new Secretary of State for Justice appear all over the place on Human Rights. “The UK Government should not be sending the message that it is undecided on whether it continues to support Human Rights and their incorporation into UK domestic law. More>>
Thursday 14 May 2015
Comment on today’s Government announcement on devolution



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on today’s Government announcement on devolution said:

“Labour supports genuine devolution to all parts of England, as well as to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But communities have heard promises before and they will be no clearer today about looming decisions on funding. More>>
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Timetable announced for Labour Leader and Deputy Leader elections



Labour today announces the timetable for the election of its new Leader and Deputy Leader, following a meeting of the National Executive Committee.

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

“Labour is today announcing the timetable for electing our next Leader and Deputy Leader.

“The General Election saw the Labour Party suffer a serious defeat, and over the coming weeks we need an open and honest debate on the right way forward. More>>
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Comment on the unemployment figures



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the unemployment figures published today said:

“The fall in overall unemployment is welcome. However, the government needs to do much more to tackle youth unemployment. More>>

Tuesday 12 May 2015
Harriet Harman announces new Shadow Cabinet appointments



Labour’s new Shadow Cabinet is:

Leader of the Opposition and Acting Leader of the Labour Party - Harriet Harman MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer - Chris Leslie MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary - Hilary Benn MP

Shadow Home Secretary - Yvette Cooper MP
More>>

Wednesday 06 May 2015
Ed Miliband’s speech at a People’s Question Time in Pendle today



Thank you. It is great to be here in Pendle with Azhar Ali.

Let me say directly to the British people, to all those people still making up their minds. I’m not asking you to simply vote for Labour tomorrow. I’m asking you to vote for yourself and your family.

I’m asking you to vote to reward hard work again for everyone in our country. I’m asking you to vote to build a future for all our young people. I’m asking you to vote to rescue our NHS.

Above all I’m asking you to vote for a country where we put working families first. More>>
Monday 04 May 2015
Ed Miliband: Put Your NHS First on Thursday



Ed Miliband will today (Monday) urge the British people to put the NHS first, saying there is no bigger choice for the future of their family and country than what happens to the health service.

Labour is calling on the Conservative Party to come clean on its plans for a second term including an unpublished plan commissioned by the Government from a former supermarket executive for another re-organisation of NHS bureaucracy after the election. More>>
Sunday 03 May 2015



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Sunday 03 May 2015
Five times Nick Clegg was challenged to rule out a further increase in tuition fees, five times he failed to do so - Chuka Umunna



Chuka Umunna, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to Nick Clegg refusing five times on the Andrew Marr Show to rule out further rises in tuition fees, said:

“Five times Nick Clegg was challenged to rule out a further increase in tuition fees, five times he failed to do so. It’s now clear that the Lib Dems are preparing to hike tuition fees yet again. More>>
Saturday 02 May 2015
The 10 bills Labour has ready to go if Miliband becomes Prime Minister - LabourList



There are only five days left until election day, and the outcome is far from certain. But Ed Miliband has revealed to the Guardian what the 10 bills are that he has ready to go if he become Prime Minister – and which would make up his first (crucial, in terms of commanding the confidence of the house) Queen’s Speech. Most of them will be familiar to LabourList readers – they’re a combination of key election pledges and Miliband’s “greatest hits” here they are>>

Friday 01 May 2015
Fairness from day one: Ed Miliband to set out how a Labour government will immediately end the Tories’ Bedroom Tax



Ed Miliband will today (Friday) announce that an end to the Tories cruel and unfair bedroom tax - which has hit almost half a million people – will be the first act of his new Labour government.

He will announce that, from day one of the new Labour government, new funds will be made available to offset the full costs of the tax for all families currently paying it, with these funds distributed through local authorities. This will end family hardship while a new Labour government passes rapid legislation to put an end to David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax once and for all. More>>
Thursday 30 April 2015
Today we’ve learnt that child benefit and tax credits are on the ballot paper next week - Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking ahead of an event in Yorkshire, said:

“Today we’ve learnt that child benefit and tax credits are on the ballot paper next week.

“The Tories have drawn up plans to take thousands of pounds away from millions of families. More>>
Wednesday 29 April 2015
Unbelievable that Theresa May thinks border officers make no difference Yvette Cooper,



Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Theresa May’s comments on Woman’s Hour that the number of border staff ‘doesn’t matter’, said:

“It is unbelievable that Theresa May thinks that the Border Force and enforcement officers make no difference to tackling illegal immigration. More>>
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Comment on the latest GDP figures - Ed Balls



Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to today’s GDP figures, said:

“While the Tories have spent months patting themselves on the back these figures show they have not fixed the economy for working families.

“Tory economic policy may be helping a few at the top but for most people bills have gone up faster than wages, which are down £1600 a year since 2010. And now these disappointing figures show economic growth slowing down too. The Tories just don’t understand that Britain only succeeds when working people succeed. More>>
Monday 27 April 2015
Labour: putting first time buyers first



Ed Miliband will today (Mon) unveil Labour’s plan to put first time buyers first by reducing stamp duty to zero and giving them priority access on new homes built.

He will unveil the next stage in Labour’s comprehensive programme to tackle our country’s housing crisis by building the homes local people need and taking action on rents. More>>
Saturday 25 April 2015
Centenary commemorations of Gallipoli campaign - Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting ahead of the centenary commemorations of the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War, said:

“The centenary of Gallipoli is a moment for Britain to come together and remember those who lost their lives in one of the most traumatic chapters in the story of the First World War. More>>
Friday 24 April 2015
HSBC latest in a long line of companies warning of the dangers of a re-elected Tory government taking Britain out of the European Union - Ed Balls



Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said: “HSBC is just the latest in a long line of companies warning of the dangers of a re-elected Tory government taking Britain out of the European Union.

“The big risk to our economy over the next few years is EU exit if the Tories win the election. It would have a disastrous impact on jobs, trade and investment in Britain. It’s a risk we cannot afford to take. More>>
Thursday 23 April 2015
Rise in recorded crime shows complacency of David Cameron and the Tories.



Yvette Cooper, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary said:

“These figures show the first rise in recorded crime for ten years and expose the shocking complacency of David Cameron and Theresa May over crime and policing.

“And it shows the risk posed by the Tories who the IFS have this morning confirmed have the most extreme plans for cuts of any political party – cuts which risk thousands more police officers being lost the next three years than in the last five. More>>
Tuesday 21 April 2015
Labour to launch LGBT manifesto promising to transform access to mental health services for LGBT next generation



Launching Labour’s LGBT manifesto, A Better Future for Britain’s LGBT Community, Labour’s
Angela Eagle will highlight figures showing nearly a quarter of LGB young people, and half of young trans people, have attempted suicide. More>>
Sunday 19 April 2015
We’ve seen this morning a desperate Prime Minister with a faltering campaign - Ed Balls



Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to David Cameron’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show, said:

“We’ve seen this morning a desperate Prime Minister with a faltering campaign‎. He had no answer on NHS funding, refused to rule out a coalition with UKIP and said food bank use was soaring because of better advertising. He has nothing to say about a better Britain for working families so he’s talking up the SNP as his last best hope of clinging to power. More>>
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



Watch the video>>
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.
Download the Manifesto here

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:



Watch the video


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?



Watch the video here

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>>
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