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Friday 17 June 2016



Thursday 16 June 2016
Pendle Labour Party are deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of Jo Cox



We would like to echo the sentiments of Jeremy Corbyn who said:

"But for now all our thoughts are with Jo's husband Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up without their mum, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for."
Monday 13 June 2016
Local voters are saying why they are voting IN



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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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Monday 27 June 2016
Statement from Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“Our country faces a huge challenge following Thursday’s vote to leave the European Union. And the British people have a right to know how their elected leaders are going to respond.

“We need to come together to heal the divisions exposed by the vote. We have to respect the decision that has been made, hold the government to democratic account over its response, and ensure that working people don’t pay the price of exit. More>>
Friday 24 June 2016
Labour’s initial economic response to Brexit vote

The shock of exit from the European Union requires immediate and urgent action from the relevant authorities.

This is needed to stabilise the situation given the weakness of the economy after six years of Tory austerity and failure.

Labour will not allow the costs of exit to be borne by working people and their families.

The vote to leave the European Union represents a decisive rejection of the Conservative’s economic policy, resulting in stagnant real wages for a decade and widespread disaffection where people have not shared in prosperity. More>>
Wednesday 22 June 2016
It’s fantastic to see an extra two million people have been added to the electoral register - Gloria De Piero
 


Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Registration, commenting on the news an extra two million people have been added to the electoral register said:

“It’s fantastic to see an extra two million people have been added to the electoral register since December 2015. It shows the significance of this vote and that so many people know the impact it will have on their everyday lives. We hope they will all get out on Thursday and vote remain for jobs, rights at work and our NHS.”

“These new figures prove that we were right to draw attention to the failings of the Tories’ rush to IER and how it might distort the Boundary Review Process”.
Tuesday 21 June 2016
Vote Remain for jobs and rights at work - Jeremy Corbyn



‘Vote Remain for jobs and rights at work’ – Jeremy Corbyn and other leading Labour figures launch last 48 hours call to action, urging people to vote for their and their families’ future

As the referendum campaign enters its final two days of campaigning, Jeremy Corbyn will lead a rallying call to Labour members, supporters and the country as a whole, urging them to vote remain to protect jobs and rights at work.

This call will be echoed across the day as Labour coordinates a range of activity.More>>
Friday 17 June 2016



“The whole of the Labour Party and Labour family - and indeed the whole country - will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox today.

Jo Cox had a lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity. She worked both for Oxfam and the anti-slavery charity, the Freedom Fund, before she was elected last year as MP for Batley and Spen – where she was born and grew up. More>>
Thursday 16 June 2016
Households could be better off to the equivalent of £1,300 by voting for a Labour Remain and rejecting a Tory Brexit



Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown will team up today to address a Labour IN campaign event in Manchester to set out the positive case to remain in the EU and reject a Tory Brexit.

They will also both address Labour’s economic case for Britain to remain in a reformed Europe, spelling out that UK households would be the equivalent of £1,320 better off if they vote for a Labour Remain next Thursday. More>>

Wednesday 15 June 2016
The experts are clear: a vote to leave the EU is serious threat to our NHS - Heidi Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the NHS Confederation’s warnings about the cost of Brexit to the NHS, said:

“The experts are clear: a vote to leave the European Union is serious threat to our National Health Service.

“The warnings of the NHS Confederation and others cannot be ignored. If we leave the European Union, the chances are the economy suffers a serious blow, tax revenue falls and there will be less money to spend on a whole range of public services, including the NHS. More>>
Tuesday 14 June 2016
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech on the risk of Brexit to the NHS at the TUC



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speech on the risk of Brexit to the NHS at the TUC 14 June 2016

Thank you Angie for that introduction.

We are here today to defend our NHS. Before I became an MP, I was a representative for NHS workers for the National Union of Public Employees. I got to know many staff; nurses, doctors, porters, cleaners, security and admin staff - the NHS team. More>>
Monday 13 June 2016
Thoughts are with the families of those killed and the injured in appalling attack in Orlando - Hilary Benn



Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on the shooting in Orlando, said:

“This was a shocking and appalling attack on members of the LGBT community in Orlando. “All our thoughts are with the families of those killed and the injured, as we stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of the United States in opposing such murderous hatred.”

Sunday 12 June 2016
Brexit risks charges in NHS, Labour warn



The cost of Brexit to NHS finances could lead to patients being charged for seeing their GP and staying in hospital, Labour has warned.

Last week, the Labour Party revealed that the Department of Health could face a £10.5 billion blackhole at the end of the decade if Britain voted to leave the European Union. More>>
Saturday 11 JUne 2016
Sir Philip Green must appear in Parliament to account for his actions - Angela Eagle MP



Angela Eagle MP, Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, commenting on Sir Philip Green’s refusal to participate in the joint Select Committees inquiry into the BHS scandal, said;

"The 11,000 former BHS workers expect answers from Sir Philip Green. And they deserve them. More>>
Friday 10 June 2016
Labour sets out what Tory Brexit Budget would mean



Labour has today set out new analysis showing what a Tory Brexit Budget would look like if the UK were to leave the European Union.

The hit to the UK economy caused by leaving the EU would weaken the public finances and leave a Tory Government committed to austerity being forced to set out how they would meet their discredited fiscal targets.

Labour’s analysis of figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that a Tory Brexit Budget will hit our public services and family finances hard. More>>
Thursday 09 June 2016
These figures pass a damning judgement on the Tory Government’s stewardship of the NHS - Justin Madders



Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on NHS England’s combined performance summary for April 2016, said:

“These figures pass a damning judgement on the Tory Government’s stewardship of the NHS.

“The last Labour Government dramatically reduced NHS waiting times and got waiting lists down to a record low, thanks to record investment and the hard work of dedicated staff. More>>

Wednesday 08 June 2016
£10bn Brexit threat to our NHS - Heidi Alexander



Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Heidi Alexander, will today (Wednesday) warn that a vote to leave the European Union is a “very real threat to the NHS”.

The warning comes as new analysis by the House of Commons’ Library, commissioned by the Labour Party, reveals the scale of potential cuts to the Department of Health’s budget if Britain were to leave the European Union. More>>
Tuesday 07 June 2016
Today the mask slipped as the Chancellor refused to instruct Tory MEPs to vote for anti-tax avoidance measures - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor speaking after Treasury Questions today where the Tory Treasury Ministers refused on two separate occasions to commit Tory MEPs to support EU proposals on tax avoidance, said:

“Today the mask slipped as the Chancellor and his Ministers refused on two occasions to instruct their MEPs at the European Parliament to vote for anti-tax avoidance measures. More>>

Monday 06 June 2016
Looking after women’s mental health during pregnancy and the early years of their child’s life is critical - Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, commenting on the launch of the first Infant Mental Health Week, said:

“Looking after women’s mental health during pregnancy and the early years of their child’s life is critical in ensuring the best start for all children. More>>

Sunday 05 June 2016
‘Remain and Reform’ the EU and you could build 160,000 new homes - John McDonnell MP



Labour is today providing a positive alternative to a Tory Brexit by setting out plans to use the EU to double the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) commitment to funding social housing provision (currently 20,000 homes) in order to bring the UK’s per capita share of funding in line with the EU average. More>>
Thursday 02 June 2016
Jeremy Corbyn MP leader of the Labour Party, speech at the Institute of Engineering Technology, London



The EU referendum is ‘era-defining moment’ for workers’ rights

Today, we want to set out the positive case for remaining in Europe and for reforming Europe.

There are just three weeks to go until the referendum vote on 23 June but too much of the debate so far has been dominated by myth-making and prophecies of doom.

In the final stage of this referendum, as we get closer to what is expected by many to be a very tight vote, it does not help the debate over such a serious issue if the hype and histrionic claims continue or worse intensify. More>>
Wednesday 01 June 2016
OECD report once again shows the absolute failure of the Chancellor’s economic policy - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the report today from the OECD, which has dramatically slashed UK growth forecasts from 2.1% to 1.7%, said:

“Today’s OECD report once again shows the absolute failure of the Chancellor’s economic policy. Not only has productivity slumped, but the OECD also highlight the risk of further bubbles in the housing market whilst housebuilding continues at too low a level. Further proof that George Osborne’s recovery is built on sand. More>>

Monday 30 May 2016
Crime Chiefs know better than Boris how important Europe is to Britain’s national security



Labour Crime Chiefs around the country to warn of Brexit security risks, as Home Office reveals “no precedents” for non-EU members being able to cooperate fully in security measures

• Letter from all Labour Police and Crime Commissioners says Brexit would endanger our country and communities, not protect them.

• Police chiefs say “it is the police who see day to day how EU agencies play a crucial role in keeping us safe.” More>>
Sunday 29 May 2016
Alan Johnson: Leave campaign need to spell out what Brexit would mean for UK tourism industry



On Sunday (29 May 2016) Alan Johnson, Chair of the Labour in for Britain campaign, will visit the Olympic Park in London and call on the Leave campaign to set out what impact leaving the European Union would have on the UK tourism sector.

He will highlight how more than half of the visitors to the London 2012 Olympics were from the European Union and that they spent more than £300 million in total in the UK. More>>
Saturday 28 May 2016
EU and NATO “two sides of the same coin” - EmilyThornberry



Both NATO and the European Union are vital pillars of British security, the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Emily Thornberry has said, following a visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels.

During two days of meetings with senior officials from across the alliance – both military and civilian – Mrs Thornberry was told repeatedly that co-operation between the EU and NATO is vital at an operational level, and that ongoing work to strengthen ties between the two institutions is a top priority for the transatlantic alliance. More>>
Friday 27 May 2016
Damning cross-party report is another stark warning of the chaos in our courts and the crisis in our criminal justice system - Charlie Falconer



Charlie Falconer, Labour’s Shadow Lord Chancellor, commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report warnings that the criminal justice system is close to breaking point, said:

“This damning cross-party report is another stark warning of the chaos in our courts and the crisis in our criminal justice system as a consequence of Tory mismanagement. More>>
Thursday 26 May 2016
Lord Blunkett speech for Labour In for Britain



Lord Blunkett, former Home Secretary, making a speech for Labour In for Britain, said:

"The 23 June referendum could be and still might be, the opportunity to demonstrate the gritty grasp of reality which is surely the hallmark of the British people. A reality which has been displayed time and time again, in the glories and the tragedies of the past. In creating and developing alliances, in making sacrifices on behalf of others and yes, calling on others to rally to our defence in times of need. More>>
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>>
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