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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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




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

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

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



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

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



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

Monday 06 October 2014
Outrage at Murder of Alan Henning



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

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

Saturday 27 September 2014
Nelson Leader Series Publication



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

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

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



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

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



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

Azhar Ali said

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

Thursday 11 September 2011
Lancashire smokers urged to quit in Stoptober

Read this article on the LCC web site

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

Read this article on the LCC web site

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

Monday 28 July 2014
Eid ul Fitr



Pendle Labour Party wishes you Eid Mubarak. May you be blessed with peace.
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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Friday 31 October 2014
A plan to spread the recovery to the town square – not leave it stuck in the Square Mile



Ed Miliband will today unveil the next steps in Labour’s Plan to spread power and prosperity across England’s regions so that the economic recovery benefits everyday working people – not just a wealthy few. More>>
Thursday 30 October 2014
Chris Leslie asks UK Statistics Authority to investigate David Cameron’s misleading tax claims



Chris Leslie MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in a letter to UK Statistics Authority Chairman Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE sent this morning said:

Dear Sir Andrew, The Prime Minister’s article in The Times today contains a number of highly misleading references to the Government’s policy on public spending and taxation. The article states that:

“In this parliament we will have made £100 billion of savings while cutting income tax by £10.5 billion. In the next parliament we plan to make £25 billion of savings while making £7.2 billion in income tax cuts.

”Since the British people deserve an honest debate on public spending and tax plans, I would be grateful if you could investigate the claims made by the Prime Minister today. More>>
Wednesday 29 October 2014
Labour will enshrine the Military Covenant in the NHS Constitution - Doyle



Labour’s Shadow Minister for Veterans, Gemma Doyle MP, responding to reports that medical experts who treat injured soldiers have said the Government is not meeting its obligations to veterans, said:

"This is a damning indictment of a government that has failed to meet its obligations to our Armed Forces and veterans. More>>

Wednesday 29 October 2014
Lib Dem health minister admits: lack of GP access in poor areas is “ridiculous” - Labour List

Read and listen to this admission here

Tuesday 28 October 2014
Response to Mind report on mental health - Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Public Health, responding to today’s Mind report on mental health, said:

“Mental health should be treated no differently to physical health but these findings are further evidence that mental health is clearly at a disadvantage when it comes to allocating funds.

“The Government is failing to honour its promise of treating mental health with the same importance and attention as physical health. “David Cameron must urgently tackle the crisis in mental health services. Ministers must do more to ensure that services needed by people with mental illness are in place and patients get the help and support that they need.”
Monday 27 October 2014
Tory ‘Broken Housing Ladder’ revealed David Cameron’s failure is locking out thousands of families and young people from the housing market.



Only Labour will tackle the housing crisis and help people get a home of their own – Reynolds

Just days after the launch of the Lyons Housing Report, Emma Reynolds, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, will today (Monday) outline further details of Labour’s plan to tackle the housing crisis and help the next generation get a home of their own. More>>
Sunday 26 October 2014
Resolution Foundation figures show that too many people are in low-paid jobs under this Government - Catherine McKinnell



Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, to a report from the Resolution Foundation report showing the number of employees in low-paid work across Britain increased to just over five million people, said:

“These figures show that too many people are in low-paid jobs under this Government. Working people are over £1600 a year worse off since the last election which is why most people are still not feeling the recovery. More>>
Friday 24 October 2014
Response to proposed increase in UK contribution to EU budget - McFadden



Pat McFadden MP, Labour’s Shadow Europe Minister, said:

“It’s unacceptable that the outgoing EU Commission should spring a backdated bill on member states in this way, but UK Ministers have known about this since last week. More>>

Thursday 23 October 2014
NHS five-year view endorses Labour’s plan for the NHS – and raises big questions for David Cameron



A major NHS review has warned that Tory spending plans for the NHS would leave a large funding gap and would not be enough to prevent an NHS crisis in the next Parliament.

This follows a warning this week by the Conservative Chair of the Health Select Committee that a continuation of current Conservative plans could lead to “top-ups and charges” for NHS treatment. More>>
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Tory MEPs ignored David Cameron’s pleas and voted against his own choice of candidate for the UK’s Commissioner - Pat McFadden



Pat McFadden MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Europe, speaking after Conservative MEPs defied David Cameron and split three ways in voting on the European Commission, said:

“Today Tory MEPs ignored David Cameron’s pleas and voted against his own choice of candidate for the UK’s Commissioner.

“We know that David Cameron can’t control his own backbenchers in Westminster on Europe, and now it seems he’s lost control of his MEPs too. More>>
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Public sector finance figures a serious blow to George Osborne - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to today’s public sector finance figures, said:

“These figures are a serious blow to George Osborne. Not only is he set to break his promise to balance the books by next year, but borrowing in the first half of this year is now 10 per cent higher than the same period last year. As the OBR said last week, stagnating wages and too many people in low-paid jobs are leading to more borrowing. More>>
Monday 20 October 2014
The right road for Britain is change in Europe, not exit from Europe – Douglas Alexander



Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to today’s speech from President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said:

“Labour believes that Europe can and must be made to work better for Britain, but we understand that the right road for Britain is change in Europe, not exit from Europe. More>>


Sunday 19 October 2014
Behind closed doors David Cameron’s Conservatives are celebrating tens of thousands of lost jobs - Dugher



Michael Dugher, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to Francis Maude’s description of huge jobs losses as “good” and “popular”, said:

"The mask is slipping from David Cameron’s Conservatives. Behind closed doors they are celebrating tens of thousands of lost jobs. More>>
Saturday 18 October 2014
We must not allow the farce created by Theresa May to distract us from confronting the horrifying scale of abuse that was allowed to happen in Rotherham - Diana Johnson



Diana Johnson, Shadow Home Affairs Minister, in response to the report from the Home Affairs Select Committee report on child sexual exploitation, said:

"This report, once again, shows that Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police 'ignored numerous, credible warnings about the scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham'. It is clear that numerous senior figures allowed this to happen with shocking indifference to the abuse of girls. That is why Labour is backing a change in the law to introduce clear sanctions for those who don’t follow allegations up. More>>

Friday 17 October 2014
Putting fans at the heart of football’s future – Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has today welcomed the warm response to Labour’s plans to give football fans a voice in every boardroom and buy a significant slice of the shares when the ownership of their club changes.

Ed Miliband said:

“Millions of people in our country love their football and love their football clubs. Our national game will only succeed in the long term if the voices of fans are heard in every boardroom and they are given the chance to hold owners to account and play their part. More>>
Thursday 16 October 2014
Only Labour will build the homes that first-time buyers need



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, today heralded sweeping reforms to help communities build hundreds of thousands of new homes where families want to live - and ensure that first time buyers from the area are given priority access rights when these houses go on sale. More>>
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Cameron forced into another panicky promise of pie-in-the-sky tax cuts with no idea about how they will be paid for - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to David Cameron’s comments on inheritance tax, said:

“There’s already a £7 billion black hole in Tory spending plans. Now David Cameron has been forced into another panicky promise of pie-in-the-sky tax cuts with no idea about how they will be paid for. More>>
Tuesday 14 October 2014
Squeeze on working people continues despite this fall in the rate of inflation - Catharine McKinnell



Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to today’s inflation figures, said:

“The squeeze on working people continues despite this fall in the rate of inflation. Total pay is rising at just 0.6 per cent, which is half the rate of CPI inflation announced today. More>>
Monday 13 October 2014
NAO should urgently conduct a value-for-money enquiry into sale of Eurostar stake - Creagh



Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the government sell-off of its 40% Eurostar stake said:

"Eurostar is a national strategic asset that is set to grow and to return increased profits to the UK taxpayer with new routes to Geneva, Lyon, Marseille and Amsterdam. After the staggering incompetence of the Royal Mail sale fiasco, which lost taxpayers a billion pounds, people will worry that this is yet another rushed and undervalued sell-off. More>>
Sunday 12 October 2014
Boris Johnson should focus on explaining what plans are in place instead of speculating about an Ebola outbreak - Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, responding to the Boris Johnson’s comments about Ebola on the Andrew Marr Show, said:

"People don’t want to see politicians on TV speculating about an Ebola outbreak, before passing the buck. After the past week they want reassurance that robust preparations are being made. Boris Johnson should focus on explaining what plans are in place."
Friday 10 October 2014
Remarks by Ed Miliband in Heywood and Middleton



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking in the Heywood and Middleton constituency following yesterday’s by-election, said:

“I want to start by thanking the people of Heywood and Middleton for making Liz McInnes the Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton. Liz, over more than 30 years you have served the National Health Service tirelessly and I know that you will now do the same for the people of Heywood and Middleton in parliament. I want to congratulate you on the campaign you ran and for putting the NHS on the ballot paper. More>>
Thursday 09 October 2014
CMA proposals for payday lending - response from Cathy Jamieson



Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury,

responding to Competition and Market Authority proposals for payday lending, said:

“Labour has consistently called for greater competition and more transparency across retail finance, including in the payday loan market. Pay day lenders must clearly state the interest, fees and charges associated with their products, to allow customers to make an informed choice. More>>
Wednesday 08 October 2014
Clegg’s speech was that of a man trying desperately to justify the decision he and his party took to back the Tories - Harriet Harman



Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader, said: “Nick Clegg’s speech was that of a man trying desperately to justify the decision he and his party took to back the Tories all the way.

“Nick Clegg was right about one thing in his speech: the Lib Dems should be judged on their record. It is a record of broken promises and weakness. More>>
Tuesday 07 October 2014
New video reveals true colours of the nasty party



A new video shows Eric Pickles behind closed doors at Conservative Conference asking a crowd of young Tory activists whether they are all “unapologetic, unreformed Thatcherites” - and they respond with huge, ecstatic cheers. Watch the video here
Tuesday 07 October 2014
A message from Maria Eagle



Did you hear what Liz Truss - the Tory Environment Secretary - announced was top of her priority list last week?

Bringing back fox hunting. That's right - instead of sorting out the mess they've made of our country, the Tories are fixating yet again on overturning the decade-old ban on this brutal bloodsport.

I'm not going to stand by and let this happen. Let's make so much noise that the Tories have to leave fox hunting in the dustbin of history.

Will you sign my petition against bringing back fox hunting now?

Monday 06 October 2014
Response to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission - Tristram Hunt



Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to today’s report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission said:

“On David Cameron’s watch, the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers has widened. This report gives a damning verdict of the Tory-led government’s failures in education. More>>


Sunday 05 October 2014
The Tories’ unfunded tax commitments - letter from Chris Leslie to George Osborne



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has written to George Osborne to ask him to urgently clarify how the Prime Minister’s unfunded tax commitments will be paid for. More>>
Sunday 05 October 2014
This week Labour will expose the truth behind the Lib Dems to expose record of broken promises and failure - Harriet Harman



You can’t trust Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats. They broke their promises and have been too weak to stand up to the Tories.

This week the Lib Dems will be running away from their record as part of the Tory- led Government and trying to pretend that Tory policies are nothing to do with them – even though they voted for them. The Tories couldn’t have done it without them. More>>

Friday 03 October 2014
Statement from Ed Miliband following the murder of Alan Henning



Ed Miliband said:

"The murder of Alan Henning by ISIL is appalling and barbaric.

"He was an aid worker, helping those in need. Those who killed him have revealed only their lack of humanity and brutality.

"My thoughts and deepest condolences are with his wife Barbara, his children and all those who knew him.

"We will do everything we can to support the efforts of the Government to bring those guilty of this terrible act to justice."
Friday 03 October 2014
There are so many contradictions, inaccuracies and myths within this document, it can only have been cobbled together on the back of an envelope - Khan



Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on Conservative human rights plans, said:

"There are so many contradictions, inaccuracies and myths within this document, it can only have been cobbled together on the back of an envelope. Once again David Cameron is pandering to UKIP instead of standing up for the rights and best interests of the people of Britain. More>>
Thursday 02 October 2014
This dose of reality from the Royal College of GPs completely undermines David Cameron’s Party Conference rhetoric - Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the Royal College of General Practitioners’ findings on the shortage of GPs and over 500 surgeries at risk of closure, said:

“This dose of reality from the Royal College of GPs completely undermines David Cameron’s Party Conference rhetoric. “The truth is that this Prime Minister has presided over a crisis in general practice and collapse in GP morale.
Wednesday 01 October 2014
The Tories can’t build a better future for working people because they stand up only for a privileged few- Ed Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to David Cameron’s speech to Conservative Party Annual Conference 2014, said:

"David Cameron’s speech showed no recognition that working people are £1,600 a year worse off under the Tories nor that the NHS is going backwards on their watch. More>>

Tuesday 30 September 2014
Under Cameron and May there has been no action on illegal immigration, no action on exploitation undercutting local wages and no support for frontline policing - Cooper



Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Theresa May’s speech to Conservative Party Conference 2014 said:

"Theresa May is right to recognise the importance of tackling extremism, which is why she must reverse some of the changes she made four years ago which weakened counter terror powers.

"The Government should immediately reintroduce measures such as relocation powers for terror suspects and strengthen the weak TPIM regime. More>>
Monday 29 September 2014
George Osborne claims he has fixed the economy, but he’s only fixed it for a privileged few at the top - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting ahead of George Osborne’s speech to the Conservative Party Annual Conference, said:

"George Osborne claims he has fixed the economy, but he’s only fixed it for a privileged few at the top. "While millionaires have got a huge tax cut, working people are £1600 a year worse off under the Tories. More>>

Saturday 27 September 2014
Mark Reckless defection hammer blow to Cameron’s authority - Michael Dugher



Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to Mark Reckless MP defecting to UKIP and resigning from Parliament, said:

“This is a hammer blow to David Cameron’s already weakened authority. More>>

Friday 26 September 2014
The 91 year old whose speech lit up Labour Conference - LabourList



If you were at Labour Party Conference in Manchester this week, you probably already know about this speech – even if you didn’t see it. 91 year old Harry Smith disarmed delegates with his touching, personal and erudite defence of the NHS, and earned him two standing ovations in the process.

Painting a picture of life before the welfare state, and the tragedies he encountered, he sent a stark warning to the room. More>>
Thursday 25 September 2014
UKIP: More Tory than the Tories



UKIP claim to be on the side of working people, but on the two key issues that will define the election – the NHS and living standards – UKIP are more Tory than the Tories.

Analysis of UKIP’s tax plans show they are standing up for millionaires and the richest, not ordinary hardworking people, and are offering a tax cut worth more than £100,000 to more than 16,000 millionaires.

Analysis of UKIP health policy shows that they support increased privatisation and GP charging.

UKIP is a party of Tory money, Tory people and Tory policies. More>>
Wednesday 24 September 2014
Speech by Harriet Harman MP to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester



Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said:

Conference, it’s great to be here in mighty Manchester.

And we meet in historic and difficult times. It’s a time of crisis in the Middle East with ISIL causing misery to hundreds of thousands of innocent people. We must learn lessons from the past and ensure that the world’s approach to dealing with the crisis includes not just military but also diplomatic and humanitarian action. More>>
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Speech by Ed Miliband to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said:

Thank you for that incredibly kind welcome.

I want to start by talking about somebody who’s from Salford, just down the road from here and that’s Alan Henning, a British hostage taken by Isil. His wife, Barbara Henning, made an incredibly moving appeal for his release just over the weekend. More>>
Monday 22 September 2014
Speech by Ed Balls MP to Labour Party Annual Conference in Manchester



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said:

" Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution.

" The result is on the back of our membership cards today.

"Our goal: ‘a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many not the few." More>>

Sunday 21 September 2014
Labour’s Plan for Britain’s Future: an £8 national minimum wage



Ed Miliband has today (Sun) announced Labour’s plan to raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of the next Parliament.

He will tell the Labour Party conference in Manchester that his Plan for Britain’s Future will rebuild the link between working hard and sharing in our national wealth.

The planned increase would take the NMW from £6.50 in October this year to £8 by 2020 – a rise of £1.50 an hour for Britain’s lowest paid workers worth £60 a week or £3,000 a year More>>
Saturday 20 September 2014
Harriet Harman speech to Labour’s National Women’s Conference 2014 in Manchester



Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech to Labour’s National Women’s Conference 2014 in Manchester, said:

It’s often a cliché to say we meet in historic times. But at this moment that is exactly what it is. We’ve had the historic vote in Scotland to stop the UK breaking up and next May we’ve got the chance to make history by making this just a one term coalition and getting Labour back into government. More>>
Friday 19 September 2014
A Constitutional Convention for the UK; a dynamic new political settlement for England and for Britain



Ed Miliband today announces proposals for a full Constitutional Convention rooted in our nations and regions, to address the need for further devolution in England and political reform of Westminster.

It is the next stage of Labour’s plan to ensure decisions are taken closer to the families and businesses they affect following proposals for further devolution to Scotland and new devolution to the English regions. More>>

Sunday 14 September 2014
Statement on the murder of David Haines

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

“I am sickened at the disgusting, barbaric killing of David Haines. “He was somebody whose only purpose was to help innocent people, themselves victims of conflict.

“That ISIL would choose to kill him says everything about their warped logic and murderous ways.

“Acts like this will not weaken but strengthen the resolve of Britain and the international community to defeat ISIL and their ideology.

“My deepest condolences and thoughts are with his family as they cope with this terrible crime. And the hearts of the British people will go out to them.”
Friday 12 September 2014
Hilary Benn response to Clegg speech on English devolution



Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to Nick Clegg’s speech on English devolution, said:

“Labour has long called for English devolution and has set out detailed plans for the biggest decentralisation of power and funding for a century. As part of this New Deal for England a Labour Government will devolve £30bn of investment for economic development and infrastructure to City and to County Regions so they can take their own decisions.

“There is now an unstoppable tide running in favour of passing power down, but Nick Clegg seems to be waking up late to the call for less centralisation. What people want is not warm words but substance to back it up.”
Thursday 11 September 2014
Response to increase in prosecutions for harassment and stalking - Emily Thornberry



Emily Thornberry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, responding to figures showing an increase in prosecutions for harassment and stalking, said:

“Labour has been pressing the Government to reverse the slide in harassment prosecutions and welcomes today’s CPS announcement. But behind the headline figures it’s clear how far off we still are from being able to say that the criminal justice system offers an adequate response to victims of stalking and harassment. More>>
Tuesday 09 September 2014
Labour’s vision for a national health and care service has mental health at its heart, not relegated to the fringes- Luciana Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, responding to the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report, said:

"The Chief Medical Officer is right to remind us that failing to support individuals is detrimental to our economy as well as to those affected, with soaring numbers of working days lost to mental illness. More>>

Monday 08 September 2014
People will judge the Lib Dems on their record of broken promises and failure - Harman



Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the publication of the Lib Dem pre-manifesto, said:

“Nick Clegg has once again shown what we all know - his government has let down working people. People will judge the Lib Dems on their record of broken promises and failure.

“The Lib Dems cannot escape responsibility for the policies they have voted for in support of David Cameron and the Tories. More>>
Sunday 07 September 2014
Theresa May has been far too slow to clampdown on this - Yvette Cooper commenting on events at the Calais border



Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on events at the Calais border, said:

"What is Theresa May doing to stop the growing border crisis at Calais? The chaos of people storming the port, stowing in lorries, and jumping on to wheel arches is extremely dangerous and very bad for Britain. More>>

Saturday 06 September 2014
Ed Miliband message to the ‘Darlo mums’



Ed Miliband MP Leader of the Labour Party said:

“The Darlo Mums are a true inspiration to all of us and I’m proud the whole Labour movement has come together to support their campaign for the NHS.

“Their passion – and the passion of everyone taking part – shows how much we value our NHS, our most precious institution.

“And it shows the real anger people feel about what this Government is doing and the fears they have for the future of the NHS under the Tories. More>>
Friday 05 September 2014
Government should scrap the hated Bedroom Tax - Rachel Reeves


Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:

“The Government should scrap the hated Bedroom Tax following the overwhelming vote by MPs against the cruel tax on bedrooms today.

“David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax has hit hundreds of thousands of people across the country causing misery, hardship and forcing families to rely on food banks. If the government won’t ditch the Bedroom Tax, then the next Labour government will.”
Thursday 04 September 2014
Report is more worrying evidence of Cameron’s failure to create the good jobs we need to push up living standards - Rachel Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said:

“Today’s TUC report is more worrying evidence of David Cameron’s failure to create the good jobs we need to push up living standards and bring down social security bills.

“Since 2010, the Tory low-wage economy has led to millions of working people facing a cost-of-living crisis which has left them more than £1,600 a year worse off. More>>

Wednesday 03 September 2014
Labour’s plan for 25 hours free childcare for working parents of three and four-year-olds goes beyond the Lib Dems’ bogus promises - Lucy Powell



Lucy Powell MP, Shadow Minister for Childcare and Children, responding to Lib Dem announcements on child care, said:

“There’s no point the Lib Dems making more promises when people remember only too well the promises Nick Clegg and his party have already broken. More>>
Tuesday 02 September 2014
Statement from Ed Miliband



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

“The killing by ISIL of another hostage and the threat of more violence demonstrates again their murderous barbarism.

“Their cold-blooded brutality against the innocent offends the values of people throughout the world, wherever they live.

“This shows, as we have recently have said, that they are a threat which cannot be ignored.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims.”
Monday 01 September 2014
Another Tory MP is giving up on David Cameron - Michael Dugher



Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to the announcement that yet another Tory MP is to stand down at the next election, said:

“Another Tory MP is giving up on David Cameron, who can’t even persuade his newest MPs that he has the answers. Confidence in the Prime Minister is collapsing even inside his own party, with MPs formerly loyal to David Cameron throwing in the towel rather than fighting on.

“Hardworking people desperately need a government which will deal with the cost-of-living crisis. Instead we have a weak Prime Minister and a divided Tory Party turning in on itself.”
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