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Monday 28 July 2014
Eid ul Fitr



Pendle Labour Party wishes you Eid Mubarak. May you be blessed with peace.
Tuesday 27 May 2014
Pendle Borough Council and EU Parliamentary Elections



Within Pendle, the Labour Party had the highest share of votes cast in both the borough and EU elections. Further information is available on the "Elections Page" of this web site.

Friday 16 May 2014
Tory and UKIP collusion!



Commenting on Pendle Borough Council nominations, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of the Labour Group said:

"It is interesting to read that the Tory party candidate in Bradley ward - Bernard Variam has signed the nomination paper of the UKIP candidate in the same ward - Tony Leather. This is a clear case of collusion between UKIP and the Tory party who allegedly say they disagree with UKIP policies but their own candidate supports the UKIP candidate".

Tuesday 13 May 2014 
Time has come for landlord licensing - Malcolm Birks



Speaking to a recent meeting of activists, Malcolm Birks, Vice-Chair of Pendle Labour Party said:

" A lot of people in Pendle have told my colleagues and I that they have a problem with landlords who don’t keep their properties up to a decent standard and also respond very slowly to problems. In many other local authorities, such as Burnley and Blackpool, licensing schemes have been used in targeted areas to try and address this problem. The blight of poor quality rental properties is clearly affecting many families up and down the country. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 May 2014
Increase in Pendle residents claiming help with their rent – Mohammed Iqbal



Commenting on the number of residents claiming help with their rent, Leader of the labour group Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said:

“it is an absolute scandal that Pendle has the country’s third highest increase in the number of hard-working people being forced to claim help with their rent. We have a Tory and Lib-Dem council who returned to the government over £50,000 of available cash, which was intended to help families who are struggling to make ends meet due to the cost of living crisis.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Saturday 03 May 2014
Potential plans to tender out GP out-of-hours service – Robert Oliver



Robert Oliver, the Labour candidate in Boulsworth ward, responding to an article in the Colne Times dated 25 April 2014, has written to the newspaper, with the following comments:

The ‘statutory duty to ensure that we receive value for money’ mentioned in the local Clinical Commissioning Group’s statement is a cover for the privatisation that Labour fought against when debating the Tories’ Health and Social Care bill two years ago (along with the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing). Sadly the bill was passed with the help of the Liberal Democrats, with only minor amendments. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 02 May 2014
Michael Dugher meeting Colne residents



Today (Friday 02 May), Michael Dughar joined Pendle Labour Party activists, including prospective parliamentary candidate Azhar Ali and local candidate Russell Tennant, for canvassing in Vivary Bridge, Colne. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 01 May 2014
Labour’s response to unwarranted and divisive insinuations from Paul White.

Pendle Labour Party strictly follows the electoral commission code of conduct which is very clear in terms of guidance for campaigners. We do not see what additional power the local agreement brings to the table as every sentence starts with "I urge", there needs to be actual powers used by the Chief Executive and the Police.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 25 April 2014
Labour vows to scrap ‘Garden Tax’ in Pendle



Pendle Labour Councillors have today made a public pledge that they will scrap the deeply unpopular ‘Garden Tax’ of £25.00 per bin if they take control of the Council in May 2014.

Leader of the Labour group Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said:

"I make a public promise to scrap this tax on garden waste if Labour takes control of the Council after the local elections 22nd May 2014. This Tory led Council is out of touch with the struggles of Pendle's people.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 21 April 2014
Pendle Labour Party Congratulates Nelson FC



And of course our congratulations to Nelson FC on their promotion to NW Counties Premier League - well done!
Monday 21 April 2014
Pendle Labour Party offer our congratulations to ‘The Clarets’



What an absolute tonic for Burnley and the surrounding area, with ‘The Clarets’ winning a well-earned promotion to the Premiership, in front of a massive home crowd.

Everyone at Turf Moor must be absolutely delighted. We bet that out old friend Peter Pike will be absolutely ecstatic. Well done to all concerned.

Tuesday 15 April 2014
Brierfield Town Hall & Community Centre Closure


Councillor Mohammed Hanif outside the Town Hall

Meeting: 23 April 2014 Time: 6.00-7.30pm Venue: Brierfield Community Centre, Colne Road, Brierfield

Brierfield Town Council is calling upon all Brierfield and Reedley residents to attend a meeting on the above date to discuss the future of two buildings in the town.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 10 April 2014
Cut in help for vulnerable residents



Pendle Council has received a reduction of over 7% in Discretionary Housing Payment money given by the government to help residents struggling to pay their rent/council tax due to a shortfall based on their entitlement or as a direct result of the Bedroom Tax.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 08 April 2014
Nelson Commitee budget reduced by 40%



The Chairman of Nelson area committee has attacked the reduction in the budget for the area committee which has dropped from £112,100 in 2012/13 to £66.650 in 2014/15. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 07 April 2014
Why Andrew Stephenson should call for Maria Miller’s resignation



Mark Porter, President of Pendle Labour Party has written to the Nelson Leader explaining why Andrew Stephenson MP should be calling for Maria Miller’s resignation regarding her over claimed expenses and subsequent behaviour. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 04 April 2014
There is a choice – Malcolm Birks



Malcolm Birks Vice-Chair of Pendle Labour Party and Labour’s candidate in Horsfield has written to the Colne Times regarding the future of Trawden Community Centre.

Malcolm’s letter is reproduced below:

The sad news that Pendle Council is to abandon Trawden Community Centre (Colne Times 28/3) is yet another example of the impact of the cuts forced by central government upon local services. The grant to Pendle Council from central government has been cut by 60%
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 01 April 2014
Questions over transparency of planning application



The Labour Councillor for Vivary Bridge ward on Pendle Borough Council, Cllr Ian Tweedie has questioned the issue of Conservative Councillors voting on a major planning application by Libra Textiles to build a garden centre, café and farm shop in Colne.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Thursday 28 March 2014
Opening of the new Urgent Care Centre at Burnley General Hospital




The plaque was unveiled by the Chair of East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, Professor Eileen Fairhurst who thanked everyone involved in particular the support the Trust has received from Lancashire County Council and asked Lancashire's Health & Wellbeing Board Chairman, Councillor Azhar Ali to say a few words. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 24 March 2014
Government Road Repair Fund “Too Little Too Late”



Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, and senior County Councillor, Azhar Ali has this week launched a staunch criticism of plans announced by the Government to release just £2.2 million of a £173 million pound pot to Lancashire in a move which he describes as “just another example of the Conservative’s leaving Lancashire and Pendle behind.”


The fund has been granted to Councils throughout England to tackle the entire country's escalating pothole and damaged roads crisis following this year’s bad weather. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 03 March 2014
Pendle Council News Release - On Housing Benefit but struggling to pay your rent? There may be help available – claim it now!



Leader of the Pendle Labour group, Cllr Mohammed Iqbal has challenged the manner in which the Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Cooney is on the verge of returning money back to the government due to this money not being spent
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Thursday 27 February 2014
East Lancashire children urged to stay clear of 'NekNominate' craze - Lancashire Telegraph



LANCASHIRE County Council's health chief, Azhar Ali, launched a campaign to tackle dangerous internet craze Neknominate at Colne Park high school.

The cabinet member for health and wellbeing warned the students, parents and teachers about Neknominate and similar games on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
More>>
Monday 10 February 2014
Consultation Update – Subsidised Bus Services



Labour Party members who took part in the recent consultation regarding Barnoldswick and Pendle Witch bus services have received the following reply:

“Thank you for your recent letter concerning proposals to reduce the amount of subsidy available for non-commercial bus services.

“The reductions were considered as a result of the local government finance settlement and existing budget pressures, where Lancashire County Council (LCC) need to find further estimated savings of £300m between 2014 and 2018. This means that the council has to consider making these savings by reducing costs and reshaping the way services are delivered. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Saturday 08 February 2014
Barkerhouse Road zebra crossing work to start next week



Following extensive work by Labour Councillors in Southfield, work on the much needed zebra crossing on Barkerhouse Road, Nelson is due to start on Monday 17th February 2014.

Nelson South County Councillor and the Labour Party’s candidate for the General Election , Cllr Azhar Ali said “ I have been working with local Labour Councillors to fund this zebra crossing and despite the government cuts, Lancashire County Council believes this zebra crossing is much needed and I congratulate all involved in finally seeing their efforts coming to fruition”
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 07 February 2014
Lake Burwain footpath repairs



Labour Pendle Borough Councillor for Vivary Bridge Ward, Ian Tweedie, is delighted that funding has finally been found for essential repairs to the footpath round Lake Burwain.

The footpath is popular with locals and tourists alike as well as anglers and an agreement between Pendle Council and Canal & Rivers Trust to share the cost of repairing the footpath comes as very welcome news. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Saturday 01 February 2014
Public opposition forces £38m Colne to Foulridge bypass rethink - Lancashire Telegraph



Public opposition has forced a rethink on plans to build a £38million Colne to Foulridge bypass. Lancashire County Council revealed the proposal to construct the long-awaited link road by 2021 along with a preferred ‘Brown route’ in October.

Lancashire county council cabinet member Azar Ali said:

“We are mounting a study to see if spending £38million on this bypass is justified. If it can’t be justified and the problem can be dealt with without one, there will be no-bypass.”

Coun Ali said the meeting of 400 residents at Colne Library was very divided between supporters and opponents of a new bypass. Read more at the Lancashire Telegraph Web site

Saturday 25 January 2014
Bid to bring HS2 college to Brierfield – Pendle Today



Nelson county councillor Azhar Ali has written to the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, calling for a meeting to discuss the Government’s plans to build a dedicated college to train engineers.

County Coun. Ali said:

“Everything is in place here to make a success of the new skills college. “In Nelson and Colne College and the UCLan campus in Burnley, we have outstanding higher and further education facilities in this area and the perfect venue at Brierfield Mills. Read more on Pendle Today

Friday 17 January 2014
‘Rat-run’ victory for concerned Pendle residents - Lancashire Telegraph



Residents in the Birtwistle Avenue and Harrison Drive areas had faced years of traffic misery as motorists used the streets as a short-cut to the busy North Valley Road.

In July last year, pensioner Eric Judson suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a van while getting a shopping bag from his car.

Pendle county councillor Azhar Ali took up the residents’ fight at county hall and a £60,000 traffic calming scheme for the area has now been secured.
More>>


Saturday 11 January 2014
Condolences to the family of Paul Goggins MP



Mark Porter, President of Pendle CLP, speaking after the news of the unexpected death of Paul Goggins MP said:

“Pendle CLP would like to pass their sincere condolences on to Paul's family at this very sad time our thoughts are with them.

“There are many within the local party that remember Paul came to support Gordon Prentice's campaign at a rally held just before the 2005 General Election.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 03 January 2014
Pendle Labour Party mourns the death of Alan Evans, who died on Christmas Day 2013 at Victoria Hospital Blackpool.

Alan served on Nelson Council from 1963 to 1974 and Pendle Council from 1974 to 1991.
He served as the Mayor of Nelson 1971/72 and Mayor of Pendle in 1989/90.

Alan was also a member of the of Pendle Twinning Association and served on the committee from 1974 until his death. He was chairman from 1989 to 2002.

The funeral arrangements are:
Committal at Burnley Crematorium on Monday,13 January, followed by a Memorial Service at Christ Church, Carr Road, Nelson.


Wednesday 01 January 2014
Pendle hardship funds could be returned - Lancashire Telegraph



"A Senior councillor has voiced fears that around half of a major hardship fund, awarded to Pendle Council, could be returned to the Government

Under its discretionary housing payments scheme, the borough council has £142,000 to give to the hardest-hit households, including those left worse off by the Government’s controversial bedroom tax." More>>

Tuesday 17 December 2013
The Season’s Greetings from Mark Porter, President of Pendle Labour Party



Reflecting on the past year as 2013 draws to a close, I know that for many families across Pendle the last twelve months have been extremely challenging, not least because of the strain on household budgets caused by rising energy costs and food prices, and real term pay cuts as wages have failed to keep pace with inflation.

Looking forward to the New Year, 2014 will be just as challenging, but I and the other members of Pendle Labour Party are still committed to trying to secure a better deal for the people of Pendle.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>


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Saturday 26 July 2014
Connections between Big Society Network organisations that squandered public money and the Conservative party are deeply concerning



Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Civil Society, commenting on David Cameron’s flagship Big Society Network being investigated by the Charity Commission over allegations that it misused government funding and made inappropriate payments to its directors, said:

“It’s bad enough that millions of pounds of public money were squandered, but the connections between these organisations and the Conservative party are deeply concerning. More>>
Friday 25 July 2014
The mounting death toll of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza simply cannot be justified - Douglas Alexander



Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary said:

“The killing of innocent children sheltering at the UN school in Gaza shames our shared humanity, and serves as a tragic reminder of the human suffering this conflict is causing hour by hour, and day by day.

“The mounting death toll of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza simply cannot be justified. Labour opposes the Israeli incursion into Gaza. More>>
Thursday 24 July 2014
Boris Johnson reveals on LBC that Conservative Party used the Foreign Office to check its donors



Chris Bryant MP, responding to revelations from Boris Johnson on LBC that David Cameron asked the Foreign Office to conduct checks on Conservative Party donors, said:

"Boris has let the cat out of the bag about the hundreds of thousands of pounds the Tories have taken. David Cameron suggested the Tory Party were doing proper background checks on these Russian donors, but now it’s clear they’ve done nothing of the kind. This is deeply inappropriate. More>>
Wednesday 23 July 2014
Work Capability Assessments are failing to help disabled people into work and the system needs urgent reform - Kate Green



Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, responding to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s call for an overhaul of Work Capability Assessment system said:

"Work Capability Assessments are failing to help disabled people into work and the system needs urgent reform. Ministers must listen and act on the Work and Pensions select committee’s criticism of Work Capability Assessments. More>>
Tuesday 22 July 2014
As a result of this Government’s policies fuel poverty is getting worse under David Cameron - Flint



Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the Government’s fuel poverty strategy, said:

“A target to cut fuel poverty is only as good as the policies to deliver it. But this Government’s policies fall badly short and as a result fuel poverty is getting worse under David Cameron. More>>
Monday 21 July 2014
Douglas Alexander response to the latest events in Gaza



Douglas Alexander MP Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary said:

“Following the deadliest day of the conflict in Gaza so far, I welcome the decision by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to travel to Cairo now to help secure an urgent ceasefire.

“Last week I said that there could be no military solution to this conflict and that a ground operation into Gaza would be counterproductive. Today, as rockets continue to be fired at Israel, and Hamas militants are infiltrating across the border with Gaza, there is little evidence that this incursion is delivering the safety that citizens on both sides deserve. More>>

Sunday 20 July 2014
David Cameron Needs To Set Out What Background Checks Were Made In Solicitor General’s Appointment, Emily Thornberry MP



Labour’s Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry said:

“Both the Attorney General and the Solicitor General are supposed to be senior lawyers of high standing who are required to give the Prime Minister legal advice that he may sometimes not want to hear. It makes a mockery of that position to have it occupied by someone who has been found guilty of professional misconduct and who also failed to disclose that to the Prime Minister. More>>
Saturday 19 July 2014
A new settlement for a new era - Speech by Ed Miliband



A speech by Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, to Labour’s National Policy Forum>>
Friday 18 July 2014
A&E waiting time target missed for full year



New figures released this morning by NHS England confirm that the Government’s A&E waiting time target was missed for 52 consecutive weeks.

Last week, as many as one in five patients in some parts of the country waited longer than the four-hour target as hospitals struggle with a summer A&E crisis.

Record numbers of patients - who have been let down elsewhere - are turning to hospital A&Es for support this summer. Older people who have lost social care or patients who struggle for GP appointments under David Cameron now come through the doors of A&E departments. More>>
Thursday 17 July 2014
European Court of Human Rights story response - Sadiq Khan



Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports on Conservative proposals on the role of the ECHR, said:

“The role of the Attorney General is to give honest and frank advice to the Government. He needs to speak the truth to those in power. It is now clear that David Cameron sacked Dominic Grieve as he didn’t like the advice he was receiving from an experienced lawyer who knew that the Tory’s half-baked plans would leave our international standing in tatters. More>>
Wednesday 16 July 2014
It’s clear working people still aren’t seeing signs of recovery in their pockets - Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s Labour Market Statistics, said:

"While today’s fall in overall unemployment is welcome, the figures show pay increasing at 0.3 per cent falling far behind inflation. It’s clear working people still aren’t seeing signs of recovery in their pockets with the cost-of-living crisis leaving them over £1,600 a year worse off since 2010. More>>
Tuesday 15 July 2014
Labour calls for two-year deadline to move people with learning disabilities out of hospitals and into the community

Labour has called on the Government to commit to a two-year deadline to end the practice of placing vulnerable people with learning disabilities in Assessment and Treatment Units – like the former Winterbourne View – for long periods of time. Instead, people should be given appropriate care and support at home or in the community, so that they can be closer to their friends and families and safe from the risk of abuse and neglect. More>>
Monday 14 July 2014
No time to lose, millions of lives to save – Murphy



Today in New York representatives from across the world will come together to finalise their proposals for global development for the next 15 years.

The event represents a real opportunity to help eradicate extreme poverty, boost education, tackle disease and fight climate change – but only if we get it right.

Ahead of that meeting Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary, Jim Murphy is calling on the UK to do much more in three key areas to ensure that the 2015 SDG agreement is ambitious as well as achievable. More>>
Sunday 13 July 2014
Official: It pays to be in a union



Trade union members are paid on average almost £4,000 a year more than non-union members according to the latest government statistics.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills report (May 2014) found the average hourly rate for unionised workers was £14.45 last year compared to £12.42 for unorganised ones.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady commented:

"There's more to this than wages. Unionised workers have better working conditions, shift and overtime premia, holiday entitlement, sick pay, paternity pay, pensions, and most important of all job security."

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Saturday 12 July 2014
This is a crisis that demands not revenge, but statesmanship motivated by justice - Douglas Alexander



Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary said:

"The spiral of violence that has engulfed Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank is bringing untold suffering to innocent people.

"I condemn the firing of rockets into Israel by Gaza based militants. No government on earth would tolerate such attacks on its citizens but ‎the rapidly growing number of Palestinian civilians killed in Gaza by Israeli air strikes risks fuelling yet more extremism and conflict. More>>
Friday 11 July 2014
Damning BIS committee report reinforces significant criticisms of botched Royal Mail fire sale - Ian Murray



Ian Murray MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry, commenting on the BIS Select Committee’s report on Royal Mail, said:

“Ministers pressed ahead with their unnecessary and botched fire sale of Royal Mail, despite widespread opposition and warnings. As a result, taxpayers have been short changed by hundreds of millions of pounds while the government’s ‘priority’ City investors made a killing at the public’s expense. More>>
Thursday 10 July 2014
PAC social care report is wake-up call to Ministers to stop burying their heads in the sand - Liz Kendall



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s report Adult Social Care in England, said:

“This very senior group of MPs is absolutely right to warn of the crisis facing social care. “The Committee is right to draw attention to the low pay that care workers are receiving, with hundreds of thousands paid less than the minimum wage. More>>
Wednesday 09 July 2014
Beggars belief that the Secretary of State had to be dragged to the floor of the Commons to confirm the business case for implementation of Universal Credit has yet to be signed off - Bryant



Chris Bryant MP Labour’s Shadow Welfare Reform Minister said:

“Today Iain Duncan Smith continued to beat about the bush on Universal Credit. The Government’s flagship welfare reform is still in a state of disarray, and no lessons have been learned about the need for openness and accountability to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent effectively. More>>
Tuesday 08 July 2014
Equipping Britain, young people and business for future success - Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, will announce that the next Labour government will work with universities and business to introduce new Technical Degrees.

In remarks to a summit on vocational education organised by the Sutton Trust he will say making such courses available for young people is essential for Britain to succeed in the future with a high-skill, high-wage, high-quality economy. More>>
Monday 07 July 2014
Response to government’s Local Growth Fund announcement of funds for LEPs - Chuka Umunna



Commenting on the government’s Local Growth Fund announcement of funds for Local Enterprise Partnerships, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said:

“This week Labour has announced bold plans to decentralise powers and budgets to give local areas the tools they need to power local jobs and growth. Andrew Adonis’ Growth Review recommended devolving £30bn of spending to local areas. more>>
Saturday 05 July 2014
It’s not good enough for Ministers to admit in private that they’ve left NHS finances in a dire state - Reed



Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to Health Minister Norman Lamb’s comments on NHS finances, said:

"It’s not good enough for Ministers to admit in private that they’ve left NHS finances in a dire state. Labour’s warned of this for years - it’s hitting patient care standards and the Government must take action. More>>
Friday 04 July 2014
This a damning verdict for David Cameron as well as Andy Coulson - Michael Dugher



Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to the sentencing of Andy Coulson for his conviction for conspiracy to hack phones, said:

“This a damning verdict for David Cameron as well as Andy Coulson. “David Cameron brought a criminal into the heart of Downing Street. He was warned, ignored mounting evidence and refused to act. Now, not only is trust in the Prime Minister’s judgement deeply damaged, his Government is tainted. More>>

Thursday 03 July 2014
NHS annual survey confirms it’s getting harder to get a GP appointment under David Cameron - Andy Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the publication of NHS England’s annual survey of 900,000 patients on GP services, said:

“This survey confirms what Labour has been saying - that it is getting harder to get a GP appointment under David Cameron and there is growing public dissatisfaction with GP services. People are waiting days and even weeks for appointments and that is forcing people in to A&E in record numbers. More>>
Wednesday 02 July 2014
ADASS figures show the true scale of the care crisis unfolding under this Government - Kendall



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to the publication today of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ annual budget survey, said:

“Today’s figures from ADASS show the true scale of the care crisis unfolding under this Government.

“More and more elderly and disabled people are being denied vital services to help them get up, washed, dressed and fed. Families are left struggling to cope and seeing their own health suffer too. More>>
Tuesday 01 July 2014
Figures show Government’s child poverty strategy is failing abysmally with no progress for the millions of children still living in poverty - Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to DWP Households Below Average Income statistics, said:

“These figures show the Government’s child poverty strategy is failing abysmally with no progress for the millions of children still living in poverty. They also include extremely worrying signs that rising housing costs are set to push more children into poverty and that severe poverty is on the rise. More>>
Monday 30 June 2014
Labour to demand government gets a grip of DWP chaos



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, speaking ahead of a Commons debate todayon the chaos within the Department for Work and Pensions, said:

“David Cameron’s failure to get a grip of the chaos within the Department for Work and Pensions has led to huge distress and hardship for hundreds of thousands of people and threatens to land taxpayers with a huge bill. More>>
Sunday 29 June 2014
Labour to bring forward Bill to repeal David Cameron’s market framework in the NHS



This week, Labour will back a Private Member’s Bill from Clive Efford MP to repeal the damaging competition rules that the Tory-led Government inflicted on the NHS in its Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The Bill would rewrite the rules that force market tendering of services and that are seeing millions of pounds wasted on competition lawyers that should instead be spent on patients. More>>
Saturday 28 June 2014
Labour sets out plans to tackle tax avoidance



Labour will next week publish proposals to tackle tax avoidance and deliver fairness in the business tax system.

This will be one of the four principles which will underpin Labour’s approach to business tax reform and supporting growing businesses – the others being promoting long-term investment and competitiveness, supporting enterprise and innovation, and simplifying the system. More>>
Friday 27 June 2014
Response to Mike Wright review on advanced manufacturing



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s shadow chancellor, responding to the independent review commissioned by Labour on advanced manufacturing and published today by Mike Wright, executive director of Jaguar Land Rover, said:

“I’m very grateful to Mike Wright for consulting widely with business and producing such a comprehensive report on how we make the UK a globally competitive investment environment for advanced manufacturing. More>>

Thursday 26 June 2014
We are not building enough homes and responsibility for that lies with the Chancellor, not the Bank of England- Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the Financial Policy Committee’s report, said:

“These measures, while welcome, simply reinforce the fact that it is the Chancellor who has to act to tackle the root cause of our unbalanced housing market. We are not building enough homes to match rising demand and responsibility for that lies with the Chancellor, not the Bank of England. As the Governor pointedly said last month the Bank of England can’t build a single house. More>>
Wednesday 25 June 2014
Response to Treasury analysis showing why leaving the EU would be a disaster for Britain



Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to Treasury analysis on the EU, said:

"This Treasury analysis shows why leaving the EU would be a disaster for jobs and businesses in Britain. More>>
Tuesday 24 June 2014
This new crisis is yet another astounding failure on Theresa May’s watch - Hanson



David Hanson MP Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to news that under this Government nearly 50,000 foreign students obtained English language certificates fraudulently, said:

“This new crisis is yet another astounding failure on Theresa May’s watch. For more than four years she has done nothing while nearly 50,000 people cheated in tests to stay in the country. More>>
Tuesday 24 June 2014
The remarks made by David Cameron’s Housing Minister are appalling - Emma Reynolds



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, said:

"It is appalling that David Cameron’s Housing Minister thinks it’s acceptable for someone to be evicted just because they are receiving social security, even if they are in work, paying the rent on time and looking after the property. Does he also think landlords should be able to evict people who have just lost their job through no fault of their own, or people receiving disability support? More>>
Friday 20 June 2014
Labour’s Zero-Based Review uncovers billions of pounds wasted by Tory-led government



Poor management of taxpayers’ money is costing billions of pounds, Labour’s Zero-Based review of public spending has found.

Labour’s Zero-Based Review, being led by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie MP, has uncovered a trend of over-payments and poor financial oversight of taxpayers’ money under this Tory-led government.

From benefit payments to Christmas bonuses, this government is failing in its stewardship of public funds and failing the British people. More>>
Sunday 15 June 2015
Labour calls for Government to compensate people affected by passport delay



Labour is calling for the Government to compensate people who have been told to pay additional fees to have their passport applications upgraded owing to delays at the passport office in the last few weeks. This should be a one-off pay-out introduced as part of Theresa May’s temporary measures to tackle the crisis that has engulfed the Home Office in recent weeks. More>>
Saturday 14 June 2014
Even David Cameron’s Ministers know that he has failed to modernise the Conservative Party - Ashworth



Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, responding to Damian Green’s admission that the Conservative Party is preforming “appallingly” among minority ethnic voters, said:

“Even David Cameron’s Ministers know that he has failed to modernise the Conservative Party. The Tories remain out of touch with modern Britain and stand up for the wrong people.
More>>
Friday 13 June 2014
Cameron’s Government needs to answer why so many criminals are waltzing out of open prisons - Sadiq Khan



Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports that there are 90 inmates on the run from Ford Open Prison, said:

“It is shocking that so many have absconded from Ford Prison. “David Cameron’s Government needs to answer important questions about why so many serious and violent criminals are waltzing out of open prisons and continue to remain at large.

“Ministers’ decisions have meant that the wrong sort of criminals are being sent to open prisons without the proper checks being made. Public safety is being put at risk because Ministers are failing to get the basics right.”

Thursday 12 June 2014

Osborne is still failing to tackle the root cause of the housing crisis - Ed Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to extracts from George Osborne’s Mansion House speech, said:

"George Osborne is still failing to tackle the root cause of the housing crisis which is that we are not building enough homes to match rising demand. More>>
Wednesday 11 June 2014
Official figures contradict Home Secretary claim over Passport Office staffing - Yvette Cooper



Official figures contradict Home Secretary claim over Passport Office staffing


 •Home Secretary hacked away at Passport    Office at very time when workload increased
•Theresa May said: “It is not true that the number of staff at the Passport Office has gone down; the number has gone up.”
•But official figures show HM Passport Office still 600 staff down on previous levels

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to this data, said: "Theresa May’s response to this fiasco appears to be crisis, what crisis? More>>

Tuesday 10 June 2014
Europe needs to change but Cameron has been unwilling to set out detailed EU reform plans of his own - Douglas Alexander



Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to David Cameron’s press conference in Harpsund, Sweden, said:

“Of course Europe needs to change, but David Cameron has so far been unwilling or unable to set out any detailed EU reform plans of his own. More>>

Monday 09 June 2014
Rachel Reeves, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to a report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission



Rachel Reeves, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to a report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, said:

"This damning report highlights the Government’s failure to tackle child poverty. Every child deserves a good start in life but under David Cameron child poverty is set to rise not fall, and millions of families facing a cost-of-living crisis are struggling to make ends meet. A Labour Government will freeze energy prices, raise the minimum wage, extend free childcare provision, scrap the Bedroom Tax and introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get people off benefits and into work."
Saturday 07 June 2014
Gove’s proposals are an attempt to distract from failure, Tristram Hunt MP Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary



Tristram Hunt MP, responding to Michael Gove’s education proposals, said:

"Good Numeracy and literacy form the foundations for a quality education and for that you need great teaching. That’s why Labour would end Michael Gove’s policy of unqualified teachers. More>>

Friday 06 June 2014
IMF is right to warn of the risks from an imbalanced housing market - Ed Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the IMF’s report on the UK economy, said:

“The IMF is right to warn of the risks from an imbalanced housing market where housing demand is outstripping supply. But the Chancellor cannot simply pass the buck to the Bank of England, which has rightly said that it cannot build a single home. More>>
Thursday 05 June 2014
Important questions need answering as to why in this instance the whole case needs be held in secret - Sadiq Khan



Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, said:

“A cloak of secrecy on this scale is unprecedented. Open justice isn’t some optional add on – transparency and openness are absolutely critical to the way our courts run. Deviating from this runs the risk of undermining the public’s confidence in justice being done and is a slippery slope. While there will always be exceptional circumstances in which parts of cases may need to be held in secret, very important questions need answering as to why in this instance the whole case needs be held in secret.”
Wednesday 04 June 2014
Ed Miliband on Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech Ed Miliband, speaking ahead of the Queen’s Speech, said:



"The local and European elections show the depths of discontent with the direction of our country which people increasingly feel does not work for them. More>>


Tuesday 03 June 2014
On Cameron’s watch energy companies have increased their profits on the back of spiralling bills and a cost-of-living crisis - Caroline Flint



Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, responding to reports that energy companies are have doubled profits on gas and electricity bills, said:

“However you look at it, there’s no hiding the fact that on David Cameron’s watch the energy companies have increased their profits on the back of spiralling bills and a cost-of-living crisis for hard-pressed consumers. More>>
Monday 02 June 2014
Tony Blair speech response - Europe faces a reform moment which must be seized, not squandered - Gareth Thomas



Gareth Thomas MP, Labour’s Shadow Europe Minister, commenting on Tony Blair’s speech to the CBI this morning:

“Europe now faces a reform moment which must be seized by David Cameron, not squandered.

“In that spirit, Labour has set out our clear and achievable European reform objectives which are focused and practical measures to help ensure that the EU works better for Britain. More>>
Saturday 31 May 2014
This government just can’t get a grip on its immigration policy - Hanson



David Hanson MP Shadow Minister for Immigration said:

"This government just can’t get a grip on its immigration policy. They are failing badly to meet their own chosen net migration target which David Cameron promised "no ifs, no buts" they would meet by the end of the Parliament. Simply making more vague promises won’t help, they need to set out practical policies that will work and build confidence. More>>
Friday 30 May 2014
Missed cancer wait target - another warning sign NHS is heading in wrong direction - Andy Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to NHS England figures showing that the cancer waiting time target has been missed, said:

“David Cameron claimed his NHS re-organisation would improve cancer care. The reality is that he has in fact made it worse.

“Families across England are now facing longer, agonising waits for treatment. Experts are now warning that lives will be put at risk. More>>
Thursday 29 May 2014
A better deal for savers - Helping ordinary workers secure decent living standards in retirement



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, in a speech to the Resolution Foundation, said:

"Thank you all for coming and my thanks also to Vidhya and the Resolution Foundation for hosting us today.

" In a speech gave earlier this year on the Labour Party’s approach to social security reform, I said that our starting point was Labour’s history as the party of work and our founding belief in the dignity of labour. More>>
Wednesday 28 May 2014
Under David Cameron child poverty is set to rise, not fall - Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to Save The Children’s report on children in poverty, said:

"The last Labour government lifted over one million children out of poverty, built children’s centres and introduced child tax credits. Under David Cameron child poverty is set to rise, not fall, and the cost-of-living crisis has left millions of families struggling to make ends meet. A Labour government will freeze energy prices, raise the minimum wage, extend free childcare provision, scrap the Bedroom Tax and introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get people off benefits and into work."
Tuesday 27 May 2014
Britain needs real change, not false promises - Ed Miliband



A speech by Ed Miliband in Thurrock today

Today I have come to Thurrock to talk to you about Thurrock’s future and the country’s future.

I have come after the local and European elections. In ordinary times, the point of me being here would be to come and tell you that these elections show Labour can win.

That’s the typical politician thing to do. More>>
Monday 26 May 2014
Labour can bring the change that this country desperately needs - Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

"Labour made real progress in these elections, pushing the Tories into third place for the first time ever in a national election. But I think what last night also reflects – including among those who voted for UKIP – is a desire for Europe to work better for Britain, and also a deep sense of discontent with the way this country is run and the way our economy works. I am absolutely determined over the next year to show people that Labour can bring the change that this country desperately needs."
Saturday 24 May 2014
Ashcroft’s poll confirms that we are making real progress in seats where we need to do well and that Labour can win next year’s General Election - Alexander



Douglas Alexander MP, Chair of Labour’s General Election Strategy, commenting on Lord Ashcroft’s poll in marginal seats, said:

"Lord Ashcroft’s poll confirms that we are making real progress in seats where we need to do well and that Labour can win next year’s General Election.

"In the year ahead we will continue to show how we can make a difference to people’s lives and engage directly with voters conversation by conversation, doorstep by doorstep.”
Thursday 22 May 2014
David Cameron and Theresa May’s flagship immigration pledge is in shreds - Yvette Cooper



Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the latest immigration figures from the ONS, said:

"David Cameron and Theresa May’s flagship immigration pledge is in shreds.

"They promised ‘no ifs, no buts’ to get their net migration target down to the tens of thousands by the end of the Parliament, and the actual figure is over twice that. More>>
Wednesday 21 May 2014
Response to Shelter’s report on eviction and repossession - Emma Reynolds



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to Shelter’s report on eviction and repossession, said:

“These figures show just how many households and families are struggling with their finances and at risk of losing their home.

“While the Tories try to deny it even exists, a Labour Government would address the cost-of-living crisis by getting 200,000 homes built a year, implementing longer-term tenancies with predictable rents in the private rented sector, acting to freeze energy prices, help more employers to pay a living wage, and expand free childcare to help more parents earn a living for their family.”

Tuesday 20 May 2014
Recovering the assets of criminals to pay for neighbourhood policing



Labour today set out how a future Labour government will give law enforcement agencies new powers to force criminals to handover the profits of their criminal activity.

Despite all their tough-sounding rhetoric, the Government is failing to make criminals pay. The National Audit Office has found that under the current system, only 26p of every £100 of criminal proceeds ever gets confiscated. Meanwhile, local policing is being hollowed out, with neighbourhood police teams across the country being scaled back. More>>
Monday 19 May 2014
Only Labour will tackle the scandal of low pay - Miliband



Ed Miliband will today (Monday) back radical new proposals to raise the value and restore the ambition of the National Minimum Wage.

He will say that Labour is determined to make the biggest changes to the National Minimum Wage since its creation 15 years ago so that it meets the challenges of the 21st Century where hard work must once again be the route to a decent life. More>>
Sunday 18 May 2014
These latest allegations of abuse at Yarl’s Wood are of a shocking and despicable nature - Cooper



Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the latest reports of abuse not being taken seriously at the Yarl’s Wood Immigration removal centre, said:

“These are shocking allegations of a despicable nature. “We asked the Government to instigate a joint inquiry of Serco operations by the prisons and borders inspectors over 2 months ago. That action is now unavoidable and the Government must accept our case and hold that inquiry. More>>
Saturday 17 May 2014
This government’s running of the immigration system is turning into a shambles - Hanson



David Hanson MP, Labour’s shadow Immigration Minister, responding to reports that people are able to fraudulently obtain ‘secure’ English language certificates, said:

”This government’s running of the immigration system is turning into a shambles. ”The Home Office needs to urgently examine these allegations of fraud and, if proved, take action against the centres and individuals concerned. More>>
Friday 16 May 2014
A&E target missed and number of cancelled operations highest for a decade - Andy Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on figures showing the A&E target has been missed and the number of cancelled operations is the highest for a decade, said:

“David Cameron was boasting about the performance of the NHS this week, but these figures show he is shockingly complacent and completely out of touch with what is happening on the frontline. More>>
Thursday 15 May 2014
Conservative Party bankrolled by the privileged few

  • Half of Tory donations in Q1 2014, over £3.2 million, came via David Cameron’s millionaire donor dinners
  • In the most recent quarter hedge fund donors gave the Tories £3.27 million
​Analysis of Conservative Party donations in the most recent quarter, Q1 2014, shows that half of the Tories’ money came from donors who attended private dinners with David Cameron and other senior Ministers. These donors, who include financiers, hedge fund managers and bankers, have given a total of £3.2 million in the last quarter according to new figures. More>>
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