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Thursday 19 May 2016
Many of our initiatives will soon come to fruition and the opportunity to continue and build on this work is vital.



Councillors have tonight voted to re-elect Councillor Mohammed Iqbal as leader of Pendle Borough Council.

This will see the continuation of the Labour / Liberal Democrat Executive of the Council which has been in place for the past year.

Councillor Iqbal said:

“I am delighted that the councillors have once again put their faith in me and I look forward to building on our last 12 months achievements where Labour and the Liberal Democrats have worked together for the benefit of the residents of the Borough. Many of our initiatives will soon come to fruition and the opportunity to continue and build on this work is vital.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 07 May 2016
Well done Champs!



3-0, what a way to win the Championship. Great for the team, great for the fans.

Friday 06 May 2016
Pendle Borough Council Elections



Information about the 2016 election results can be found on the Elections page and the Pendle Borough Council web site.

Tuesday 03 May 2016
Pendle Labour Party congratulates Burnley FC on their return to the Premiership



What a day yesterday - a terrific speech by Jeremy Corbyn at Towneley Park, followed by a good result for the 'Clarets' at Turf Moor.

Burnley are back in the Premiership, where they deserve to be and we are all holding our breath untill next saturday.

Monday 02 May 2016
Jeremy Corbyn delights the people at Burnley May Day celebrations



Applause and cheering from trade unionists and Labour supporters accompanied Jeremy Corbyn's address at the East Lancs Trades Council's May Day celebrations in Towneley Park, this afternoon.

Speaking to an audience of several thousand supporters from Lancashire and Yorkshire, he laid out his vision of how life would be better for working people under a future Labour Government.

Sunday 10 April 2016
Pendle Labour Party names their candidates for the Pendle Borough Council elections.



We will be contesting all the seats listed for elections in Pendle on the 5th of May.

We have a diverse group of candidates who between them have a wealth of experience within the Pendle community including experience in local government, retail, health, education and charity sectors. Further information is available on the "Election Page"
Friday 01 April 2016
Presentation to recognise Barnoldswick’s St Joseph’s RC Primary School’s dementia role



County Councillor and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Azhar Ali and Pendle Councillor David Whalley who has Executive responsibilities for Health and Wellbeing recently made a presentation to mark the work of Barnoldswick’s dementia friendly school. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 01 April 2016
Pendle Labour Councillor Sheila Wicks and former County Councillor Tim Ormrod have taken the Fairtrade message to Blacko Primary School



Councillor Wicks is the Deputy Chairman of the Pendle Fairtrade Group.

Mrs Wicks and Mr Ormrod shared their wealth of knowledge with the children.

The children learnt that Pendle was the first Fairtrade accredited borough in the country and that Lancashire was also a Fairtrade county. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 25 March 2016



Tuesday 22 March 2016
Pendle Labour Party shares Jeremy Corbyn's condolences to the people of Belgium



We stand by the statement of the Leader of the Labour Party and extend out sympathies to the Belgian people.

Thursday 18 February 2016




Tuesday 16 February 2016
Public Statement from Pendle Labour Party in response to Lancashire County Council Budget 11th February 2016



Labour rescues County Council from Tory plans to bankrupt the Council.

Lancashire County Councillors, last Thursday, passed a legal budget for 2016/2017 despite a number of attempts by the Conservative group of Councillors to “kick the can down the road” and their refusal to even mention that the Tory government has cut the money it gives to Lancashire by almost 80%.

Since 2010, the Conservative Government has cut the money it gives to Lancashire County Council by £685 million up to 2020. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Tuesday 09 February 2016
Pendle Conservative councillors failed to appear at a meeting organised to discuss Lancashire County Council’s cuts to services in Pendle.




Proposed cuts include possible library closures, children’s centres, youth centres, local bus services, highways management, and Countryside Services which include Wycoller Country Park, Whitehough Camp School, and reducing the number of buildings the county council owns or uses.Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 08 January 2016
Labour Councillors support allotment initiative



The Valley Mills Allotment Society covers eight allotments in the Southfield Ward in Nelson.

They were purchased by the allotment holders themselves some years ago. There is an ongoing programme to maintain and improve them. The Southfield councillors have donated £300 to the society using their ward initiative money.

The photo shows Councillor Sheila Wicks along with Councillor David Whalley presenting the cheque for £300 to members of the society.
Saturday 26 December 2015
Message from Mark Porter, President, Pendle CLP



As 2015 draws to a close and we take time to reflect on the events of the last 12 months and how these events have not only changed the shape of UK politics but the world in which we all live. More>>
Wednesday 23 December 2015




Tuesday 22 December 2015
In Memory of Trevor Walsh



Pendle Labour Party is saddened by the loss of Trevor Walsh, who's funeral took place today.

Trevor was Immensely respected as a comrade, Councillor, School Governor, and campaigner for the disabled.

We are saddened at losing Trevor and offer our condolences to his family.

Saturday 12 December 2015
Fracking in Lancashire Yvonne Tennant - Vice Chair, Membership.



Yvonne Tennant recently wrote to the local press stating her concerns regarding Lancashire County Councils decision to reject fracking in Lancashire being "called in" by National Government. Her letter is reproduced below:

I am sure that many of your readers will be appalled to learn that central Government have announced that they will make the decision about whether to allow fracking in Lancashire. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark has called in the decision made by Lancashire County Council to reject the two applications to frack, submitted by Cuadrilla Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 27 November 2015
Letter from The Council Leader to the Press - 27 November 2015

Core Strategy


Dear Sir,

I have been contacted by a number of residents in Pendle concerned about the level of development proposed in Pendle’s Core Strategy, the plan which will guide development over the next 15 years. They have asked why we need so much housing and industrial land when they are told that Councils are allowed by Government to decide for themselves what is right for their area. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 18 November 2015
Tax Credit Cuts and how it will affect families in Pendle



If you are wondering how many families in Pendle will be affected we have provided a hyperlink to the data setting out how many thousands of families could lose money.

The data is on the Government's own web site, pages 16 & 23 show the numbers that will be affected in Pendle, if the cuts go ahead.

We believe that Andrew Stephenson’s first duty is to the people of Pendle and that he should be voting down these savage cuts – but will he?
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 12 November 2015
Kate Green MP visits Pendle



Great Pendle Labour Women's Group get together this evening. Huge thanks go to our Women's Officer, Laura Blackburn, for organising it all - and of course to Kate Green MP who was our guest of honour.
Friday 23 October 2015
(Labour) MP fights for free hospital parking for carers - Pendle Today



Burnley MP Julie Cooper has launched a new national campaign to Park the Charges for Carers. Mrs Cooper has linked up with Carers UK and will propose new legislation to exempt carers eligible for Carer’s Allowance from hospital parking charges in England. More from Pendle Today>>
Tuesday 20 October 2015
MPs challenged to vote with Labour today to avert damaging tax credit cuts



Seema Malhotra MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary have written to non-Labour MPs ahead of today’s opposition day debate on tax credits.

In Pendle 6,900 working families claim Tax Credit and Labour calls on Andrew Stephenson to vote to stop these damaging cuts.

Read more about the letter here

Tuesday 13 October 2015
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Tuesday 13 October 2015
Labour to oppose Tories elected Mayor proposals in Pendle



Labour Councillors will vote against a motion tabled by Conservative Leader Joe Cooney at the Full Council meeting in Pendle on Thursday 15th October 2015.

Leader of the Council Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said

“At a time when the Tory government has reduced funding to Pendle Borough Council by over 50% since 2010, here we have a display of internal civil arguments within the Tory party as to who wants to be a one man/woman Mayor of Pendle which will cost tens of thousands of pounds to run elections and administer the office of the Mayor. This is a silly ill-thought idea and makes a fool of the residents of Pendle we are here to serve” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 10 October 2015
One million UK citizens set to lose their vote



Changes in the voter registration system mean around one million additional people will be taken off the electoral register this year.

Are you one of them?

Pendle Labour Party are concerned that Pendle residents will not be able to vote in elections and referendums if they are not registered to vote.

Next year there will be major elections in Pendle. And soon we have a big choice to make about whether Britain should stay in the European Union, but if you don’t register, you won’t be able to have your say. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 October 2015
Stop the Tax Credit Cut hurting 7,900 Pendle families



Tory changes to tax credits will leave working families £1,300 a year worse off.
Across the UK 3 million working families will be affected This tax credit cut will hit working families in the wallet. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 October 2015
Nelson Health Class gets a financial boost!



Shaista Arshad is a Project Worker working with the scheme at Williams Hall in Nelson. She says the project is a woman's exercise class which brings women together to improve health and tackle obesity.

As well as getting people fit it also brings people together in a social capacity. Healthy eating is also covered to improve the lives of themselves and their families. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 03 October 2015
Pendle Labour Party is saddened by the death of Dennis Healey

We send our condolences to his family and mourn the passing of a substantial figure of the Labour Movement.

Lord Healey was Labour's defence secretary from 1964 to 1970 and chancellor of the exchequer from 1974 to 1979 before becoming deputy party leader in opposition in 1980. The former Leeds MP's family said he died peacefully at his Sussex home on Saturday, after a short illness. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was "a Labour giant". Read more on the BBC web site.

Jeremy Corbyn Statement on the death of Dennis Healey
Saturday 12 September 2015
Pendle Labour Party congratulates Jeremy and Tom on winning the Leadership Elections.



Jeremy Corbyn has been elected Leader of the Labour Party and Tom Watson has been elected Deputy Leader. Pendle

Labour Party congratulates Jeremy and Tom and thanks all of the other candidates for the part they have played in a stimulating contest. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 24 August 2015
MP launches fight to save fracture clinic - Pendle Today



Burnley MP Julie Cooper has launched her campaign to oppose the permanent closure of Burnley General Hospital’s Fracture Clinic.

The Burnley Express revealed recently that the clinic would be moved to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for a six-month trial.

Mrs Cooper, who has been meeting the chief executive of the Trust and other healthcare officials, responded angrily to their claims the existing clinic in Burnley is ‘under used’ and therefore not sustainable. More>>

Saturday 22 August 2015
Sold down the Riverside



Barrowford’s green fields must be sacrificed so that Pendle can meet government housing targets.

That’s the message Pendle’s Planning Department is giving village residents – as Barrowford Labour Party has repeatedly warned.

The decision to identify the Trough Laithe fields (all the fields between the Riverside Business Park on the bypass up to Wheatley Lane Road) as Pendle’s only Strategic Housing Site has made it simple for Peel Investments to put in for the massive development that they have wanted all along. Download Barrowford Labour Party's latest newsletter (PDF - 200KB)
Friday 21 August 2015
MP and council at loggerheads over ‘petulant’ jibe - Pendle Today

MP Andrew Stephenson has hit back at claims his behaviour was “petulant and infantile” in refusing to attend a Pendle Council meeting.

Pendle’s Liberal Democrat leader Tony Greaves made the accusation and said he was “astonished” Mr Stephenson refused to attend the meeting with Pendle Council’s Strategic Director Dean Langton and all three party leaders on the council which was scheduled for Tuesday this week. More>>


Monday 03 August 2015
Theresa Griffin MEP - North West July European Update



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Wednesday 29 July 2015
Yvette Cooper wins Pendle Labour Party nomination




At a packed meeting of Pendle Constituency Labour Party on 28 July, members debated and voted on the local party’s supporting nominations for the next Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Party Chair Mark Porter said

“It was great to see so many new members coming to contribute to the vigorous debate on the merits of the four leadership candidates. Many members told me they had been undecided at the start of the meeting but after listening to the speakers were able to make up their minds.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 29 June 2015
Pendle Council’s Executive has agreed to transfer the Fleece public toilets in Barrowford to Barrowford Parish Council.



Councillor Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, explained:

“This means that the toilets which have been closed for more than 18 months will be re-opened for shoppers and visitors.

“We’re delighted that the Parish Council has agreed to take on the facility and we’ll be working closely with them to ensure a smooth transfer, including paying their business rates for two years.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 29 May 2015
Tour of Britain is just 100 days away - Pendle Today



There are just 100 days until the Tour of Britain visits “God’s Own Country” for its Ribble Valley and Pendle stage.

Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said:

“This is the toughest route on the Tour of Britain. “I’m looking forward to the tens of thousands of visitors that will be turning up to Pendle and to Ribble Valley to watch this spectacle and I’m sincerely hopeful they come back month after month, year after year to spend some money in this area. More from the Pendle Today web site

Monday 25 May 2015
North West MEP calls on EU to protect Rolls Royce jobs



Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels, Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP for the North West of England, has called on the Commission to act to protect jobs in Rolls-Royce in the UK.

Following the announcement by Rolls-Royce of 3,000 job losses across the UK, Labour MEPs including Labour MEP for the North West Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP and leader of the Labour Group in the European Parliament Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the South East Clare Moody and Labour MEP for the North East Jude Kirton-Darling, met with representatives of workers, union representatives and the European Commission to call for urgent European action to tackle this crisis.More>>

Friday 22 May 2015
Pendle’s new Mayor – Pendle Today


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Labour’s Coun. Nawaz Ahmed – was elected at the Annual Council Meeting last night. Coun. Ahmed, who is a Brierfield councillor, will be joined by his wife and daughter Mrs Azmat and Usma Ahmed who will be the joint new Mayoress. More>>
Friday 22 May 2015
Pendle Council has a new leader - Pendle Today



The leader of the council’s Labour group, Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, took over the role at last night’s annual council meeting after Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors voted through a vote of no confidence in the authority’s leader of the past three years, Conservative Coun. Joe Cooney. More>>


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Wednesday 25 May 2016
More evidence of the Tories’ abject failure to support disabled people into work - Owen Smith



Owen Smith, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on new statistics showing a steep fall in the numbers of disabled people helped in to work through the ‘Work Choices’ programme, said:

“Another set of data, and yet more evidence of the Tories’ abject failure to support disabled people into work.

“It’s increasingly clear that the Tories have no serious plan to deliver their manifesto pledge to halve the disability employment gap by 2020. More>>
Tuesday 24 May 2016
Another body blow for a Chancellor whose reputation for fiscal management is now in shreds - Rebecca Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to today’s public sector finance figures from the ONS, which show that the deficit is £3.8bn larger than the OBR forecast and that public sector net debt has increased by £49.6bn to £1,596bn, said:

“The news that George Osborne’s deficit was even larger than thought in 2015-16 is another body blow for a Chancellor whose reputation for fiscal management is now in shreds. More>>

Monday 23 May 2016
Today is a crucial day for UK steel - Angela Eagle



Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow First Secretary of State and Business Secretary, responding to the deadline for submission of bids for the Tata UK steel business, said:

“Today is a crucial day for UK steel, a vital strategic industry. We sincerely hope a suitable bid can be found which preserves the blast furnaces, the 15,000 high-skill jobs, and our domestic steel-making capacity.

“But the Tory Government must address the underlying challenges to the industry; on energy, business rates, procurement, and most importantly, preventing Chinese dumping. The Government must stop kow-towing to China and start standing up for our steel.”

Sunday 22 May 2016
Simon Stevens is absolutely right: leaving the EU could have very serious consequences for the NHS - Heidi Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Simon Stevens’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show, said:

“Simon Stevens is absolutely right: leaving the EU could have very serious consequences for the NHS.

"I would be the first to criticise the Tories’ appalling record on the NHS. However, if we vote to leave the EU on 23 June we risk plunging the NHS into an even deeper crisis. A crisis that could leave us with fewer doctors, fewer nurses and frontline services at risk of closure. More>>
Saturday 21 May 2016
Labour will start to layout the foundations of the economy of the future



Labour will today (Saturday) launch its annual ‘State of the Economy’ conference at Imperial College in London, which plans to raise the level of economic discussion while also providing a platform for Labour to start to lay out the foundations of the economy of the future.

During a keynote speech at Labour’s first 'State of the Economy’ conference Labour’s Shadow Chancellor will announce plans for the next Labour Government to introduce a National Investment Bank, set up a 'Mayors Economic Forum’ alongside an Economic and Innovation Forum, and plans to tackle the housing crisis in the UK. More>>
Friday 20 May 2016
Britain’s continued membership of the European Union is essential to our creative industries - Maria Eagle



Commenting on the publication of the Creative Industries Federation’s survey of members on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Eagle MP said:

“Britain’s continued membership of the European Union is essential to our creative industries, providing access to the world’s largest single market as well as essential grants and funding. More>>
Thursday 19 May 2016
Tory Government have been the roadblock to reform that will protect our steel industry - Angela Eagle



Angela Eagle, Labour’s Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, commenting on the US Government’s decision to raise tariffs on cold rolled steel from China to 522%, said:

“With the Americans taking robust action against illegally dumped Chinese steel, it is now even more urgent than ever for our Government to act. More>>
Wednesday 18 May 2016
The priority for Ministers now must be to repair the damage this dispute has done - Heidi Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on Acas’s update on the junior doctors’ dispute, said:

“The announcement of an agreement between the Government and the BMA is very welcome and will come as a huge relief to anyone who cares about the NHS. “Sir Brendan Barber, who has been chairing talks, deserves credit for the role he has played in finding a way forward. More>>
Tuesday 17 May 2016
Councils up and down the country, not just in Cameron’s back yard, are having to make tough choices - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, commenting on the news a Conservative council at the centre of a cuts row involving the prime minister has announced it will close more than half its children’s centres, said:

“Councils up and down the country, not just in David Cameron’s back yard, are having to make tough choices because of his Tory Government’s unfair spending cuts. More>>
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Monday 16 May 2016
This Government has been asleep at the wheel when it comes to illegal schools - Lucy Powell



Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on Sir Michael Wilshaw’s letter to Nicky Morgan about illegal schools, said:

“This Tory Government has been asleep at the wheel, allowing extremely worrying and potentially dangerous practices to evolve in our schools system."More>>

Friday 13 May 2016
Despite Osborne’s rhetoric on construction the industry shrank by 1.1 per cent - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on construction figures published today, said:

“It is deeply disappointing that despite George Osborne’s rhetoric on construction the industry shrank by 1.1 per cent in the first quarter of the year.

“Output in the construction industry has fallen since Osborne claimed at last year’s Tory party conference that ‘we are the builders’, and comes on the back of ONS figures earlier this week showing UK industrial production in recession. More>>
Thursday 12 May 2016
The Tories have been forced to backtrack on many of their most extreme proposals for the BBC



Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, responding to the publication of the White Paper into the BBC Charter, said:

“The Tories have been forced to backtrack on many of their most extreme proposals for the BBC because they were out of step with the overwhelming majority of the public. “We know that John Whittingdale is hostile to the BBC, and there is still much in this White Paper which falls short of the three tests Labour has set on editorial independence, financial independence, and the BBC’s core mission. More>>
Wednesday 11 May 2016
The fact that we have 209,000 jobs not paying the NMW in our economy should bring shame to Osborne - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the NAO report out today that reveals an estimated 209,000 jobs not paying the NMW and a hike of 32,000 people who are still owed pay due to breaches of the national minimum wage in last year, said:

“The fact that we have 209,000 jobs still not paying the minimum wage in our economy plus we have seen a hike of 32,000 in the past year of the number of people still waiting for the money they are owed for a hard days work should bring shame to George Osborne and this Tory Government who pretend to be on the side of working people. More>>

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Working people will take Iain Duncan Smith’s warnings about social injustice with a large pinch of salt - Jon Ashworth




Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, commenting on Iain Duncan Smith’s speech today, said:

“Working people will take Iain Duncan Smith’s warnings about social injustice with a large pinch of salt. After all, this is the Tory minister behind the Bedroom Tax and the man who opposed the introduction of the minimum wage and once warned that increased workers’ rights through the European Union would lead to ‘turmoil on the streets’. More>>
Monday 09 May 2016
John Whittingdale seems determined to diminish the BBC - Maria Eagle



Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, commenting on reports of the forthcoming White Paper on the BBC Charter, says:

“John Whittingdale seems determined to diminish the BBC and deliver a Charter that ignores the wishes of the public and is not in the interests of the BBC, license fee payers or our broadcasting industries. More>>

Friday 06 May 2016
Academies - a humiliating climb down for David Cameron and his Education Secretary - Lucy Powell



Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the government’s u-turn on forced academisation said:

“It is welcome news that the Tory Government has finally listened to Labour and the alliance of head teachers, parents and local government who opposed these plans, and dropped the forced academisation of all schools. It is frankly a humiliating climb down for David Cameron and his Education Secretary, who just weeks ago were insisting they would plough on with the policy regardless. More>>
Thursday 05 May 2016
Yet again this Health Secretary is at risk of putting his pride ahead of patients - Heidi Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the Department of Health’s response to a proposal to restart talks on the junior doctor contract, said:

“This was a sensible and reasonable proposal, put forward by the Royal Colleges, and Jeremy Hunt’s response is irresponsible. More>>
Wednesday 04 May 2016
We won’t have the truth about Hillsborough until we have the full truth about Orgreave - Andy Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the unredacted IPCC report confirming links between Hillsborough and Orgreave, said:

“As I’ve always said, we won’t have the truth about Hillsborough until we have the full truth about Orgreave.

"Finally, this report provides proof of what has long been suspected - that underhand tactics were used first against South Yorkshire miners before being deployed to much more deadly effect against Liverpool supporters. More>>
Tuesday 03 May 2016
Resolution Foundation’s report confirms the devastating impact of Tory cuts to Universal Credit - Owen Smith



Owen Smith MP, Shadow Work and Pension Secretary, commenting on the publication of the Resolution Foundation’s Universal Challenge report, said:

“This report confirms the devastating impact of Tory cuts to Universal Credit that will leave 2.5 million working families over £2,100 a year worse off. This will completely undermine the work incentives that were supposed to be at the heart of Universal Credit. More>>
Monday 02 May 2016
Chief Inspector’s warning is another wake up call for Michael Gove - Lord Falconer



Lord Falconer, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to comments by the Chief Inspector of Prisons on synthetic cannabis, said:

“The Chief Inspector’s warning and call for a clear strategy to tackle the scourge of legal highs could not come at a more opportune time. A rise in violence, self-harm and overcrowding has led to a prison service on the brink of collapse.

“This is another wake up call for Michael Gove who must now put forward plans to deal with the Tory prison crisis and start to deliver the radical reform that our jails so sorely need.”
Saturday 30 April 2016
Jeremy Corbyn launches action plan on tackling anti-Semitism and other forms of racism



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Leader, today announced he will be proposing a new code of conduct on anti-semitism and other forms of racism to Labour’s national executive committee next month. This will make explicitly clear for the first time that the Labour will not tolerate any form of racism, including anti-semitism, in the party. It will include initial guidance on acceptable behaviour and use of language. More>>
Friday 29 April 2018
The Public Accounts Committee rightly challenges the value-for-money of government decisions - John Healey



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and Planning, responding to a new report by the Public Accounts Committee criticising the Government’s plans to force the sale of council homes to fund the extension of the right to buy, said:

“The Government’s mass forced sale of council homes to pay for new right to buy discounts will mean the loss of thousands of affordable homes at a time when they have never been needed more. Many will be bought up by overseas investors and buy-to-let landlords. More>>
Thursday 28 April 2016
The Government is letting children with mental health problems down - Luciana Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, commenting on the Education Select Committee’s report on the mental health and well-being of looked-after children, said:

“This Tory Government promised to prioritise young people’s mental health but this damning report shows that too many vulnerable children are being turned away from the help they need. More>>
Wednesday 27 April 2016
There is clearly a growing Tory threat to our economy - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to both the OECD report and the GDP figures published today, said:

“There is clearly a growing Tory threat to our economy, whether from the Conservative backbenchers screaming for Brexit despite the mounting evidence against the case, or a Tory Chancellor who is also refusing to listen to the expanding coalition of international organisations that not only warn of the risks of Brexit, but also the risks of his policy of under investing in our economy. More>>
Tuesday 26 April 2016
Once again the Tories have shown that on tax avoidance and evasion they say one thing and do another - Seema Malhotra



Seema Malhotra MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the revelation that Tory MEPs have voted against a European Parliament proposal calling for companies to publish where they pay their taxes, just two weeks after George Osborne said he was in favour of it, said:

“Once again the Tories have shown that on tax avoidance and evasion they say one thing and do another. Today, if two Tory MEPs had voted for an amendment to a European Parliament report, put forward by Anneliese Dodds and other Labour MEPs, which called for a ‘move towards public country-by-country reporting’, it would have passed. Instead they voted against it and the vote was lost 29-26. More>>
Monday 25 April 2016
With a strike just a matter of hours away, this issue is now above party politics - Heidi Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on tomorrow’s industrial action by junior doctors, said:

“Jeremy Hunt’s handling of these negotiations has been nothing short of a disgrace. He has undermined staff morale, destroyed trust and alienated a generation of junior doctors." More>>
Sunday 24 April 2016
Britain can and should be doing more to help refugee children - Yvette Cooper



Ahead of the vote on unaccompanied child refugees tomorrow, Yvette Cooper, Chair of Labour’s Refugee Taskforce said:

“95,000 child refugees are alone in Europe. In Greece and Italy, children’s homes are full and thousands of children and young people are sleeping rough, at serious risk of exploitation and abuse. MPs on all sides believe Britain can and should be doing more to help these children, it’s time we do so by voting for Alf Dubs’ amendment on Monday."
Friday 22 April 2016
Poor planning by the cabinet office is costing UK taxpayers dear - Tom Watson



Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on reports from the Public Accounts Committee that spending on temporary Whitehall staff rose to £775m in 2014-15, said.

“We’ve got a government that claims to spend taxpayers’ money wisely but wastes huge amounts of cash on temporary workers, some of whom are paid a thousand pounds a day. “The amount the government spends on short term staff is rising significantly because it isn’t recruiting civil servants with the right skills. Poor planning by the cabinet office is costing UK taxpayers dear.”

Wednesday 20 April 2016
Rather than plough on regardless, David Cameron should drop these plans - Lucy Powell



Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on David Cameron’s failure to justify his policy to turn all good and outstanding primary and secondary schools into academies, said:

“David Cameron and Conservative Ministers are desperately scrabbling around trying to justify their plans to force thousands of good and outstanding schools to become academies. More>>
Monday 18 April 2016
Tory Government needs to stand up to China and stand up for our steel industry - Angela Eagle



Angela Eagle MP, Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, speaking following the international summit on steel, said:

“The UK is facing a steel crisis. This is in large part due to the dumping of Chinese steel at below the cost of production. It is undermining the industry in the UK, it is not fair, and it needs to stop. More>>


Saturday 16 April 2016
Response to the Government’s student registration letter - Gloria De Piero MP



Speaking after the Government wrote to universities and colleges encouraging student registration with no mention of the local elections in May, and with just days to go until the deadline to register, Gloria De Piero, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, said:

“I’m pleased to hear that the Government has finally changed their mind. But I’m so disappointed that colleges and universities will only be receiving Government guidance days before the deadline to register for next month’s crucial elections - so many won’t have time to act before their students miss their chance to have a say. More>>
Friday 15 April 2016
No-one should trust a word Boris Johnson says on the NHS - Heidi Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on Boris Johnson’s claims leaving the EU could help address the NHS funding crisis, said:

“No-one should trust a word Boris Johnson says on the NHS – especially when his claims are as misleading and simplistic as this.

“The NHS funding crisis has nothing to do with our membership of the European Union, and everything to do with years of underfunding by the Tory Government supported by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. More>>

Thursday 14 April 2016
Jeremy Corbyn Leader of the Labour Party Speech to Senate House



The people of this country face a historic choice on 23rd June whether to remain part of the European Union, or to leave. I welcome the fact that that decision is now in the hands of the British people. Indeed, I voted to support a referendum in the last Parliament.

The move to hold this referendum may have been more about managing divisions in the Conservative party. But it is now a crucial democratic opportunity for people to have their say on our country’s future, and the future of our continent as a whole. More>>


Wednesday 13 April 2016
This unnecessary and unfounded distraction to ‘academise’ all schools is irresponsible and reckless - Lucy Powell



New independent analysis reveals schools must find £7.5 billion of savings over the Parliament, as school budgets face the first real terms cut since mid-1990s

New analysis by the House of Commons Library reveals that over the course of this Parliament schools will need to make £7.5 billion of savings. School budgets now face real terms cuts for the first time since the mid-1990s.

To cope with this cut, school leaders will have little choice but to make staff redundancies, increase the number of pupils per teacher and cut back on courses offered and extra-curricular activities. More>>


Tuesday 12 April 2016
How can Tory Ministers claim to be prioritising mental health when they have no idea about the crisis that is unfolding on the ground? - Luciana Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, responding to the BBC Panorama programme investigation into children’s mental health services highlighting research from the charity Inquest showing that nine young people have died while receiving in-patient psychiatric care since 2010, said:

“Every one of these deaths is a tragedy. They all deserve to be acknowledged and properly investigated, so lessons can be learned. More>>


Monday 11 April 2016
Osborne has turned the clock back on women’s economic independence & equality - Kate Green



Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, commenting on analysis published by the Women’s Budget Group today, which shows female lone parents and single female pensioners will, on average, have seen their living standards fall by 20 per cent annually by 2020, said:

“Women have now borne a staggering 86 per cent of the cost of changes and cuts to taxes, tax credits and benefits since 2010, yet this Tory Government continues to refuse to conduct a proper gender impact analysis of its policies. More>>


Sunday 10 April 2016
Labour releases new data revealing fewer than one in four under-35s set to own a home by 2020



Labour has branded government attempts to address plummeting home-ownership as “a complete failure” as new figures project that fewer than one in four under-35s will own a home of their own by 2020 – 614,000 fewer than in 2010.

Official data show that to date there are 340,000 fewer home-owners aged under 35 since 2010. More>>
Saturday 09 April 2016
Clear that the PM has misled public about his personal involvement in offshore tax avoidance schemes - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “It is now clear that the Prime Minister has misled the public about his personal involvement in offshore tax avoidance schemes. It took five weasel-worded statements in five days for the Prime Minister to admit that he has personally profited from an undeclared Caribbean tax haven investment deal.

“After years of calling for tax transparency and attacking complex offshore tax arrangements as “morally wrong”, the Prime Minister has been shown to have personally benefited from exactly such a secretive offshore investment. More>>
Friday 08 April 2016
After days of repeatedly avoiding the issue this is an extraordinary admission from the PM - Tom Watson



Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, responding to David Cameron’s admission he had a stake in father’s offshore trust, said:

“After days of repeatedly avoiding the issue, this is an extraordinary admission from the Prime Minister.

"David Cameron, who described the use of complex tax avoidance schemes as "morally wrong”, has been forced to admit that he held shares in a fund now linked to tax avoidance. More>>

Thursday 07 April 2016
It’s time the Tories treated tax avoidance as the serious matter people across Britain know it is - Richard Burgon



Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to the reports that the Prime Minister personally intervened to block the revealing of the beneficiaries of trusts, which undermined EU efforts to clamp down on tax avoidance, said:

“Another day and another story emerges which exposes what the Conservative Party really thinks in its heart of hearts about tackling tax avoidance. “The Prime Minister can’t raise a finger to save our steel industry but at the drop of a hat he can personally intervene to undermine EU efforts to clamp down on tax avoidance. More>>
Wednesday 06 April 2016
Labour writes to Liz Truss to call for a debate on the plans to revoke the statutory farm animal welfare codes



Kerry McCarthy MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary, said:

“Abolishing statutory animal welfare codes flies in the face of common sense and risks a return to dangerous days in Britain when animal welfare standards were lax and food scares were rife. More>>
Tuesday 05 April 2016
Cameron should not let human rights slip down his Government’s list of prioirities - Hilary Benn



Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee report, ‘The FCO’s administration and funding its human rights work overseas’, said:

“When the FCO’s Permanent Secretary says that human rights are “not one of our top priorities” there is clearly a problem. Tory ministers need to realise that Britain’s standing in the world is diminished if we fail to speak out against the death penalty and abuses of the rule of law or fail to speak up for the rights and freedoms that all human beings are entitled to. More>>
Monday 04 April 2016
Revelations in the Panama Papers are extremely serious and frankly repulsive - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on the “Panama Papers” revelations, said:

“The revelations in the Panama Papers are extremely serious and frankly repulsive. HMRC should treat this with the utmost priority and urgently launch an investigation.

"But HMRC cannot operate with their hands tied behind their backs due to George Osborne’s cuts to staffing numbers. The OBR reported in the Budget only last month that HMRC are saying that they lack the resources to tackle offshore tax disclosures. More>>
Sunday 03 April 2016
New figures reveal a funding blackhole of more than £1 billion in Tories’ plan for forced academisation - Lucy Powell



Analysis of new figures published in an answer to a Parliamentary Question reveal that the Tories’ plans to force every school to become an academy could come at a cost of £1.3 billion – yet just £140 million was allocated for these plans in the recent budget, leaving a funding shortfall of more than £1.1 billion. More>>
Saturday 02 April 2016
“More warm words but no action” – Labour writes to Sajid Javid



Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Business Secretary, has today written to Sajid Javid asking him to:

· Urgently ‘pick up the phone to Beijing’ to discuss reports of proposed Chinese tariffs on British steel

· Set out how many weeks there are to save the British steel industry

· Set out what interventions the Government has made to help British steelworkers

· Clarify a range of other issues surrounding the Government’s handling of the steel crisis More>>
Friday 01 April 2016
Startling gaps in data puts Government claims of equality for mental health to shame - Luciana Berger



Startling gaps in the information the Government collects on mental health calls into question Ministers’ claims to treat mental health with the same importance as physical health, Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, warns today.

At the start of a month-long campaign to expose the lack of transparency, Luciana Berger reveals that gaps in data have left the mental health system unaccountable and struggling to meet people’s needs. More>>
Thursday 31 March 2016
Response to the ONS publication today of UK trade figures



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the ONS publication today of UK trade figures, said:

“Today’s shocking figures for Britain’s current account deficit, which is now the largest since modern records began, are a damning indictment of this Government’s failure to deliver which has led to an economic recovery built on sand. More>>

Wednesday 30 March 2016
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Leader, has today written to the Prime Minister to demand the recall of Parliament to debate the threat to the steel industry and steelmaking at Port Talbot



Jeremy Corbyn said:

“I have written to the Prime Minister to press for the recall of Parliament to debate the threat to the British steel industry and steelmaking at Port Talbot.

“The news that Tata is preparing to pull out of steelmaking in Britain puts thousands of jobs across the country and a strategic UK-wide industry at risk. MPs must have the chance now to debate the future of steel and hold ministers to account for their failure to intervene. More>>
Tuesday 29 March 2016
The skills emergency has contributed to the growing productivity crisis - Angela Eagle



Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, responding to the EEF Manufacturing Skills Survey, said:

The fact that three out of four manufacturing employers struggle to recruit the skilled staff they need just goes to demonstrate the scale of the skills emergency. More>>

Monday 28 March 2016
Yet another example of the Tories failing to be straight with people about the impact of their pensions policy



Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on news that millions of workers will soon see an unexpected fall in their take home pay as a result of changes to National Insurance pensions contributions, said:

“This is yet another example of the Tories failing to be straight with people about the impact of their pensions policy. More>>
Sunday 27 March 2016
Burnham tells May: Drop these dangerous cuts to our borders



Labour has uncovered Government plans to inflict severe cuts on the UK Border Force - despite the need for heightened security following attacks in Brussels and Paris.

The Home Office has so far refused to disclose the budget for the Border Force days before the financial year that begins later this week. However, whistleblowers working within the Force have told Labour that, at an internal meeting last week, they were told to expect cuts of six per cent in both 2016/17 and 2017/18.

In cash terms, this would equate to cuts of £88 million over the next two years. More>>
Saturday 26 March 2016
It beggars belief the Tories are slashing support for low-paid, self-employed workers by nearly a billion pounds a year, more than £1,000 each - Smith



Owen Smith, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on new Labour analysis showing 800,000 self-employed workers set to lose another £1,000 a year under Universal Credit, said: “It beggars belief the Tories are slashing support for low-paid, self-employed workers by nearly a billion pounds a year, more than £1,000 each. “If Universal Credit was in chaos before Iain Duncan Smith left the Government, it’s now in meltdown. More>>
Friday 25 March 2016
“The alliance against the plans to force all primary and secondary schools in England to become academies is growing” – Powell



Responding to the news that Conservative Councillors have attacked plans to force all schools to become academies Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education Lucy Powell MP said:

“The alliance against the plans to force all primary and secondary schools in England to become academies is growing as grassroots Conservatives raise important concerns about this this top-down, costly reorganisation of our schools. More>>
Thursday 24 March 2016
Government decisions are leading to a huge loss of genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy - John Healey



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing and Planning Minister, responding to new government statistics showing just one home is being built or acquired to replace every eight homes sold under right to buy said:

“Tory Ministers have repeatedly promised that every home sold under right to buy will be replaced one-for-one, but these figures show that they are failing by a huge margin. Only one home is being built for every eight sold. More>>
Wednesday 23 March 2016
This action is avoidable and the Government now has four weeks to avert this walkout - Heidi Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the BMA’s decision to escalate planned industrial action by junior doctors, said:

“Nobody wants to see an escalation of industrial action – not least the junior doctors – which is why this announcement is worrying. It demonstrates just how badly the Tories have handled these negotiations. More>>
Tuesday 22 March 2016
We must defend our security and values in the face of such terrorist outrages - Jeremy Corbyn



“Today, our thoughts and sympathies are with the people of Brussels.

“We stand in solidarity with the victims of these horrific attacks, their friends and families, and the men and women of the emergency services.

“We must defend our security and values in the face of such terrorist outrages, and refuse to be drawn into a cycle of violence and hatred.

“We take pride in our societies of diverse faiths, races and creeds and will not allow those who seek to divide us to succeed.“ More>>
Monday 21 March 2016
Today yet another thread of George Osborne’s Budget has unravelled - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor responding to the reports that George Osborne is not responding to Labour’s Urgent Question on the chaos around the Budget, said:

“It’s unacceptable to the country and insulting to Parliament that the Chancellor is not turning up to respond to my Urgent Question on the chaos of his making around a Budget he delivered only last week which had collapsed by Friday night.

"This has meant hundreds of thousands of disabled people will have been worried needlessly by George Osborne. More>>
Sunday 20 March 2016
The Conservative Party is tearing itself apart over an unfair Budget - Owen Smith


Owen Smith, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on Iain Duncan Smith’s interview on the Andrew Marr show, said:

“The Conservative Party is tearing itself apart over an unfair Budget. David Cameron and George Osborne’s claim that ‘we’re all in this together' now lies in tatters. More>>
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