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Thursday 26 February 2015
Labour's much talked about “Woman to Woman” campaign bus rolled into Colne on Thursday with not one, but two, female MPs on board.



Luciana Berger, (Shadow Public Health Minister) and Yvonne Fouvarge, (Shadow Children's Minister) were welcomed to Colne by Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali.

The trio came to talk with mums and families who use the local Children's Centre to listen to their concerns about the rising costs of childcare and to discuss Labour's pledge to increase free childcare and save Sure Start Centres.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>

Saturday 21 February 2015
Ed Miliband answers the people’s questions at Nelson & Colne College



On Thursday 19 February, the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, joined over 250 people from across Pendle to answer questions and discuss concerns on a broad spread of issues.

The areas covered included Europe, Immigration, Education, Employment Law, NHS, Mental Health and Social Care. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>

Monday 16 February 2015
Pendle high school's bid for urgent repair cash is rejected



In 2014 the government asked local authorities to submit funding bids for schools considered to be in most need of rebuilding or refurbishment.

In Pendle, three schools - Fisher More, West Craven and Park High Schools - had missed out on Building Schools for the Future funding when the Conservative led government cancelled the programme in 2010. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Also Visit Azhar's web site>>
Thursday 12 February 2015
Parliamentary candidate slams drop of 280 apprenticeship places in Pendle



New figures have highlighted the failure of the government’s flagship apprenticeships policy in Pendle.

They show that while there was a tiny increase of 20 apprenticeships in the Under-19 age group between 2012/13 and 2013/14, this was dwarfed by drops of 50 in the 19-24 and 250 in the 25+ age groups in the same period. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also visit Azhar's web site>>

Tuesday 10 February 2015
Sign up to help Labour win in Pendle



We have had a number of enquiries from people in Pendle asking how they can volunteer to help on the lead up to the elections on 7th May.

The simplest way is to sign up on Azhar's web site. Please tick the small box at the bottom to protect your confidentiality.


Friday 06 February 2015
Barrowford Post Office bombshell



The whole of Barrowford was shocked to hear today of the closure of the Spar shop in the centre of the village and the village’s only Post Office which was based in the Spar premises.

Former post al worker, Parish Councillor Sue Nike said “We warned about this possibility last year but the suddenness of the decision to close has come as a bolt out of the blue. Losing our only Post Office is going to massively inconvenience everyone in the village. It was extremely well used and popular, and for elderly residents the closure will turn what was a short walk down to the village into a time-wasting bus journey up to Nelson or Colne and back. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 02 February 2014
The battle for Pendle hots up



The battle for Pendle started to hot up last Saturday (31st January) as Labour's General Election campaign for the constituency was launched at the Ace Centre in Nelson.

Labour's prospective candidate, Cty Cllr Azhar Ali, was joined by Jack Straw, MP for Blackburn, Theresa Griffin from the European Parliament and around 100 supporters from across the constituency.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 30 January 2015
Labour would change green energy policy



Future energy needs and government policy were on the table for debate when Labour's Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change visited Pendle.

Jonathan Reynolds MP visited Dales Renewables in Earby on Monday to discuss the future make-up of the UK's energy resources and how government support for the growing number of small businesses in the energy sector could be improved.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 26 January 2015
Labour pledge 25 hour’s free child care



Alison McGovern, Labour's Shadow Minister for Children and Families, visited Pendle recently when she and Azhar officially opened the new extension to Acorns Nursery in Reedley which has been backed by a grant from Lancashire County Council.

“I very much enjoyed being here”, she said “It was wonderful to see the children enjoying their play and great to chat to them.”

During the visit, Alison also took the opportunity to chat with staff and parents about what Labour's promise of 25 hours, free, weekly childcare, for three and four year olds, would mean to them. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Wednesday 14 January 2015
Pendle vigil for Peace and Unity

A Pendle vigil for Peace and Unity will be held in Brierfield on Friday night (16 January) for those who have lost their lives in Paris and who are losing their lives on a daily basis throughout the world as a result of acts of terrorism.

The vigil, organised by local councillors, is open to everybody across Pendle and will be held at Brierfield Community Centre at 7pm and is open to all the people of Pendle regardless of gender, disability and faith. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 12 January 2015
Labour withdraw from Tour of Britain working group



Pendle Labour Councillors David Whalley and Robert Allen have withdrawn their names from the working group set up by the Tory led Pendle Council over a proposed £100,000 cost of one day Tour of Britain to pass through Pendle in September 2015.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 January 2015
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Friday 19 December 2014
Tory Councillors vote to cut Parish Grant, whilst senior councillors told to stand outside chamber



Pendle Tory Councillors last nigh voted to cut 50% of the grant given to Town and Parish Councils and in a bizarre move, forced senior Tory Councillor Linda Crossley and Rosemary Carroll to stand outside the chamber rather than vote with a Labour amendment to maintain the current level of grant. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 18 December 2014
Seasonal Greetings from Pendle Labour Party and our Parliamentary Candidate Azhar Ali


Azhar Ali                                Mark Porter
Parliamentary Candidate       Pendle CLP Chair

Seasonal messages, details of our Xmas quiz and information on how to become involved with the Labour Party as we prepare for the General Election are included in our latest PDF e-bulletin which can be downloaded here.


Tuesday 25 November 2014
Red Rose County to become first White Ribbon County



Organisations from across Lancashire are uniting against violence towards women.

Today is White Ribbon Day, which marks an international campaign to help stop domestic violence against women.

The campaign encourages men of all ages to take a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, and to make their commitment public by wearing a white ribbon for 16 days. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 21 November 2014
Restoration Tour



Recently Robert Oliver a local Labour Party member wrote to the Nelson Leader in response to a visit from a government minister.

In his letter Robert wrote:

I refer to your “Restoration tour” report of 31 October on the visit of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to Nelson and Brierfield, which for some reason was splashed across a full page of the Colne Times and the Barnoldswick & Earby Times as well as the Nelson Leader. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 21 November 2014
Azhar backs Fisher More school’s bid for sports facilities



Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali, visited Fisher More R.C. High School this week to offer his support for their bids to Sport England and The Football Foundation to provide new sports facilities.

Azhar, who is currently Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, met with school staff to confirm the County Council’s backing for the project.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 19 November 2014
Labour’s Azhar Ali slams local MP for failing to stand up for local pubs



On Tuesday, Andrew Stephenson MP for Pendle voted against a new cross-party clause to the Small Business Bill which offered new protections for local publicans against the predatory practices of large pub owning companies (known as Pubcos) and opposing plans to give local pubs and landlords a fairer deal.Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 17 November 2014
Barrowford hit by further housing shock



Nearly 700 units planned for Barrowford


As if losing all the fields below the Barrowford part of Wheatley Lane Road to 481 housing units wasn’t enough, it’s reported that land to the rear of St Thomas’ School is being lined up for a further 197 units.
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Tuesday 11 November 2014
Child Poverty – Cllr Robert Allen



Reedley Councillor Robert Allen has written to the local press concerning the lack of response from leading political figures in Pendle.

The content of Cllr Allen’s letter is shown below:

"The recent child poverty figures for Pendle and particularly Brierfield are an absolute disgrace in the 21st century. Since the publication, in your paper, showing that 50% of children in Brierfield live in poverty I have waited a couple of weeks to see if our political leaders in Pendle were going to do anything. Nothing has been reported to date, no statements from our MP, Andrew Stephenson, no press release from the leader of Pendle Council Joe Cooney.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 07 November 2014
Shock at Rolls-Royce Aerospace Job Losses



Lancashire County Council Cabinet Member and Labour's Parliamentary Candidate in Pendle Azhar Ali has expressed his shock at the announcement by Rolls Royce that 2,500 jobs are to go from their Aerospace division. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 04 November 2014
Last night Councillors in Nelson rejected plans to build a 47 metre high structure at Back Lane Southfield.



Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and local County Councillor, Azhar Ali attended the meeting in the packed council chamber and spoke in support of the residents and asked Nelson Area Committee to reject outright this application. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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




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

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

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



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

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



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

Monday 06 October 2014
Outrage at Murder of Alan Henning



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

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

Saturday 27 September 2014
Nelson Leader Series Publication



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

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

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



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

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



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

Azhar Ali said

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

Thursday 11 September 2011
Lancashire smokers urged to quit in Stoptober

Read this article on the LCC web site

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

Read this article on the LCC web site

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

Monday 28 July 2014
Eid ul Fitr



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

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Thursday 26 February 2015
Response to today’s rough sleeping figures



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to today’s rough sleeping figures which show a 14 per cent annual increase and a 55 per cent increase since 2010, said:

“These shocking figures show a significant rise in the number of people sleeping on our streets since David Cameron became Prime Minister. Sleeping rough has a devastating impact on people’s lives and it is disgraceful the Tories have not only failed to act, but that their policies have made things worse. More>>
Wednesday 25 February 2015
Rise in zero hour contracts another stark illustration of recovery which is not working for working people - Chuka Umunna



Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on new ONS statistics on the number of zero-hours contracts, said:

“The Tories’ plan is failing working families. While they prioritise a few at the top, for others there’s a rising tide of insecurity. Ministers have watered down every person’s rights at work and zero-hours contracts have gone from being a niche concept to becoming the norm in parts of our economy. More>>
Tuesday 24 February 2015
Labour to hold Commons vote on MPs holding paid directorships or consultancies



The Labour Party will tomorrow call on all parties to back a motion in the House of Commons to stop MPs holding paid directorships or consultancies.

The vote comes as David Cameron rejected Ed Miliband’s call for him to follow Labour’s lead in banning MPs from holding paid directorships and consultancies, and the day after Malcolm Rifkind decided not to stand again as a Conservative MP.
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Monday 23 February 2015
Cameron’s government has let millions of pensioners down, failing to act on rising fuel costs and rip off pension fees and charges - Rachel Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting ahead of David Cameron’s speech, said:

“David Cameron’s government has let millions of pensioners down, failing to act on rising fuel costs and rip off pension fees and charges.

“Pensioners will find it hard to take pre-election promises seriously from a Prime Minister who has introduced the granny tax, increased VAT, and caused the Tory NHS crisis which has damaged social care services. More>>
Friday 20 February 2015
George Osborne has finally emerged, but he still hasn’t answered any of the key questions over the HSBC scandal - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to George Osborne’s remarks on the HSBC scandal, said:

“George Osborne has finally emerged, but he still hasn’t answered any of the key questions over the HSBC scandal. He cannot continue to duck responsibility for HMRC’s failure to act or the decision to make Lord Green a Conservative Minister. More>>
Thursday 19 February 2015
Hedge funds give Conservatives over £55m



Latest figures from the Electoral Commission reveal that in the last quarter (Q4 2014) hedge funds gave the Tories almost £2 million in donations, which means donations from the hedge fund industry to the Conservative Party now total over £55 million.

Hedge funds were given a tax cut worth £145m by George Osborne in 2013

Analysis of Conservative Party donations shows that almost £4 million of donations in the last quarter came from donors who have attended exclusive private dinners with David Cameron and other senior Ministers, taking the total to £11.65m from dinner donors in 2014. More>>
Wednesday 18 February 2015
These figures show that you can’t trust David Cameron with the NHS - Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to new cancer performance data from NHS England showing the cancer treatment target missed for a full year, said:

"These figures show that you can’t trust David Cameron with the NHS. "In the last year, thousands of cancer patients have waited too long for treatment to start and, in some cases, their chances of survival have been harmed. More>>
Tuesday 17 February 2015
Inflation is falling around the world because global oil prices have plummeted - Cathy Jamieson



Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, responding to today’s inflation figures, said:

"Inflation is falling around the world because global oil prices have plummeted. But in Britain wages continue to be sluggish and working people are £1,600 a year worse off under this government.

"A few months of falling world oil prices won’t solve the deep-seated problems in our economy. That’s why we need Labour’s better plan to build a more productive economy that will earn our way to higher living standards for all and so get the deficit down too."
Monday 16 February 2015
“I probably shouldn’t be advocating this on television”: the George Osborne TV appearance he probably regrets

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Monday 16 February 2015
A Better Plan for Britain’s Prosperity - Speech by Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech at Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands, said:

It is great to be here at Jaguar Land Rover. I want to congratulate you on your incredible success. Transforming this business into a world-beater. Creating jobs. Exports. And wealth for our country. That’s why there can be no better place to launch our plan for Britain’s prosperity. More>>
Sunday 15 February 2015
Labour’s plan to back Britain’s small businesses



Unleashing the full potential of small businesses to create more good jobs and so raise living standards for working people will be a key part of Labour’s better plan for Britain’s prosperity which will be published tomorrow.

As Ed Balls said on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, Labour’s plan means the tax burden on small businesses will be lower than under the Tories. We will put small businesses first in line for tax cuts and ensure smaller firms have the support they need to invest, innovate and raise their productivity. More>>
Saturday 14 February 2015
Miliband promises to shine a light into Britain’s tax system



Ed Miliband today announces that the next Labour government will begin an immediate independent review into the culture and practices of HMRC with regard to tax avoidance.

Speaking at the Welsh Labour Party conference, Mr Miliband says he and Ed Balls have decided that the review should have full investigatory powers and support from the Treasury. It will commence immediately after the General Election and report directly to the Chancellor. More>>
Friday 13 February 2015
Response to NHS England figures on cancelled operations that show performance deteriorating to a 13-year low



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to NHS England figures on cancelled operations that show performance deteriorating to a 13-year low, said:

“The Tory A&E crisis shows no sign of easing and too many patients continue to suffer poor care as it spreads through the rest of the NHS.

“These are the worst figures for well over a decade and that is another sign of how the NHS has gone downhill. More>>
Thursday 12 February 2015
A better plan for education today - for the economy of tomorrow



Ed Miliband will today set out Labour’s plan for an education which equips young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.

Speaking at Haverstock School in London, which he attended from 1981 to 1988, he will commit the next Labour government to: Cap class sizes for 5, 6 and 7 year-olds - Drive up standards in every classroom, in every school, in every region - Ensure all children in state schools are taught by high-quality qualified teachers - Raise the status and quality of vocational education and skills. - Give our children the creativity, character and resilience they need to succeed in the 21st Century More>>
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Ministers have questions to answer about when they knew about these dodgy practices from Capita - Lucy Powell



Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, commenting on reports that Capita is facing an investigation into allegations that it used a major government contract to short-change small companies, resulting in some going out of business said:

"Ministers have questions to answer about when they knew about these dodgy practices from Capita. Ministers lauded this contract as a boon for small business yet instead it has led to some going bust due to late payments and Departments being charged more for services than they were under previous arrangements. More>>
Tuesday 10 February2015
Response to Government announcement of the ‘Help to Grow’ business finance scheme Chuka Umunna MP,



Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement of the ‘Help to Grow’ business finance scheme, said:

“This is yet another announcement from a Prime Minister who has failed to get the banks lending to our small businesses. More>>

Monday 09 February 2015
Three key questions the Government must answer on HSBC and tax avoidance



Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour’s Shadow Exchequer Secretary, writing for Labour List on the questions the Tory-led Government has to answer over HSBC tax issues, said:

“The Government were today challenged to come clean over how they acted over the allegations of tax avoidance and evasion at HSBC. Treasury Minister David Gauke repeatedly failed to answer questions posed. More>>
Sunday 08 February 2015
Labour will save Sure Start and double child care places provided there - Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, today announces that a Labour Government will save Sure Start and double the number of childcare places provided at them to more than 118,000.

Labour will save Sure Start centres by introducing a new statutory obligation on them to provide access to child care - as well as giving them new powers to open up their doors to charities and local providers so the whole community can use them. More>>
Saturday 07 February 2015
Miliband tells tax havens: open your books in six months - or face being blacklisted



Ed Miliband warns the tax havens costing British families and businesses billions of pounds that they will have just six months to put their house in order and open their books - or face being placed on an international blacklist. More>>


Friday 06 February 2015
Andy Burnham response to the King’s Fund’s report David Cameron’s record on the NHS



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the King’s Fund’s report on David Cameron’s record on the NHS, said:

“Labour warned David Cameron that his reorganisation would damage the NHS and we now have independent authoritative evidence that that is what has happened. “People will remember patients, nurses, doctors and midwives lining up in their thousands and pleading with the Government to call it off. But they ploughed on and plunged the NHS into the chaos we see today. More>>

Thursday 05 February 2015
Miliband: the betrayal of young voters is a disaster for democracy.



Ed Miliband warns today that young voters are in danger of being denied a vote in this and future general elections.

On National Voter Registration Day, Labour is publishing new data revealing a dramatic rise in the number of fall young people aged 16 to 18 losing their democratic rights.

This suggests that, from March to May 2015, the number of 16 to 18 year-olds being added to the electoral register will be down by over 100,000 compared to 2014. More>>
Wednesday 04 February 2015
Emma Reynolds response to The Homelessness Monitor: England published by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to The Homelessness Monitor: England published by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on homelessness, said:

“This report reveals the extent of rising homelessness in England. It’s a tragedy that so many people are without a home or struggling to keep a roof over their head.
More>>

Tuesday 03 February 2015
Generation Rent will be £2.5 billion better off – an average of £624 each - if there is a Labour government.



Ed Miliband and Emma Reynolds today (Tuesday) set out the action a Labour government will take to help Generation Rent.

  • Ban rip-off letting agent fees for tenants
  • Legislate for three-year tenancies giving renters a security and peace of mind
  • End excessive rent rises by putting a ceiling on rent increases during the new three-year tenancies.
    More>>

Monday 02 February 2015
Labour sets out plans for biggest devolution of economic power and funding for generations – Ed Balls



Labour will deliver the biggest devolution of economic power and funding to England’s city and county regions for generations, Ed Balls will pledge today.

The Shadow Chancellor will say that plans to devolve £30 billion of funding over five years - including funding for housing, transport, business support, employment and adult skills – will be at the heart of the next Labour government’s Spending Review. More>>
Sunday 01 February 2015
£3,800: the cost of another Tory Government to families forced to pay Bedroom Tax



New figures from the House of Commons Library have shown families hit by the Bedroom Tax would pay £3800 over the course of another five year Parliament under David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

The Bedroom Tax is a flagship Tory policy and will be continued if they win in May 2015. Without the votes of Lib Dem MPs there would be no Bedroom Tax. More>>

Friday 30 January 2015

Labour activists target over 100 seats as part of NHS campaign weekend



Following the launch of Labour’s NHS pledge this week, Labour activists will be out campaigning in well over a hundred key seats this weekend, setting out our 10 year plan for the health service. Labour’s 10-Year Plan will:
  • Invest in staff so the NHS has time to care
  • Integrate care from home to hospital
  • Give patients’ new rights to access care
  • End the neglect of mental health
  • Prevent ill-health
  • Restore the right values to the NHS
    More>>

Thursday 29 January 2015
Response to the publication of school performance tables



Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to publication of school performance tables said:

“Both parents and teenagers will be greatly concerned by chaos in the exam system brought about by David Cameron’s schools policy. It is taking the country backwards and threatening standards. Parents deserve to know exactly how their child’s school is performing – but under this Tory-led Government, all they’ve got is confusion surrounding school results year on year. More>>


Wednesday 28 January 2015
Opposition day - Our health service is in crisis under the Tories - Chris Leslie



Labour will today hold an Opposition Day Debate in the House of Commons on NHS funding, following the launch of Labour’s third election pledge on the National Health Service yesterday.

Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, speaking ahead of the debate, said: “Our health service is in crisis under the Tories and the NHS as we know it cannot survive another five years of David Cameron. More>>

Tuesday 27 January 2015
Ed Miliband speech on the NHS



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech in Trafford on the NHS, said: In just 100 days’ time, you, your friends and neighbours will join with people all over Britain to decide our future as a country.

" Will we be a country in which everyday working people can get ahead and have real hope for their children and the future?

" Will we build a prosperity that extends from the City of London to kitchen tables across our country?

" Or will we continue down the Conservative path, in which an ever-shrinking circle of people do well, while everyone else is forced to work harder and harder just to keep up with the bills and the weekly shop? More>>
Monday 26 January 2015
This is a huge u-turn by the Government and big victory for the protection of Britain’s environment - Flint



Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the Government’s u-turn and decision to accept Labour’s amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to introduce new protections before fracking can go ahead, said:

“This is a huge u-turn by the Government and big victory for the protection of Britain’s environment. Labour has always said that shale gas extraction cannot go ahead unless there is a system of robust regulation and comprehensive inspection, but David Cameron has repeatedly ignored people’s genuine and legitimate environmental concerns over shale gas. More>>
Sunday 25 January 2015
Before anyone even *thinks* of voting UKIP, they need to know just what Nigel Farage has got planned for our country.



Everyone knows what Nigel Farage thinks about immigration and Europe, but what far fewer people know is just how extreme Nigel Farage's plans for the NHS really are — and there is no revelation more shocking than the fact that he wants to privatise the NHS.
Meet Nigel Farage>>
Saturday 23 January 2015
Number of GPs has fallen under this Government - Jamie Reed



Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, said:

"The number of GPs has fallen under this Government as medical students have seen the pressure Ministers have put on general practice. GP morale has collapsed and now twice as many are emigrating and 60 per cent said they were considering early retirement. It’ll take more than a video to undo years of Tory damage. More>>
Friday 23 January 2015
Response to IFS report on the government’s tax and benefit changes



Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to the IFS’s report on the government’s tax and benefit changes, said:

“This report shows that tax and benefit changes under this government have left households £1,127 a year worse off on average. Families with children have been hit hardest of all by David Cameron’s choices - a clear betrayal of his promise to lead the most family-friendly government ever. More>>
Thursday 22 January 2015
These figures show George Osborne has broken his promise to balance the books by this year and national debt is still rising - Chris Leslie



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

“These figures show George Osborne has broken his promise to balance the books by this year and national debt is still rising.

“His failure on the deficit is because falling living standards over the last five years have led to tax revenues falling short. This government is now set to have borrowed over £200 billion more than planned. More>>
Wednesday 21 January 2015
A&E attendances increase 10 times faster under Tory-led government - Andy Burnham



Hunt challenged to come clean on the real causes of the A&E crisis

- Failure to face up prevents solution, says Labour

The number of patients turning to A&E has risen 10 times faster under the current Government, House of Commons Library analysis reveals. More>>

Tuesday 20 January 2015
Nigel Farage has confirmed a vote for UKIP is a vote for the privatisation of the NHS - Andy Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Nigel Farage’s comments on the NHS in an interview with BBC political editor, Nick Robinson, said:

“Nigel Farage has confirmed that a vote for UKIP is a vote for the privatisation of the NHS and for a full American healthcare system. More>>
Monday 19 November 2015
UK launch of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity’s report



Ed Balls will today (Monday) join senior politicians and policy-makers from around the world for the UK launch of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity’s report.

The report will be launched by the Commission’s Co-Chairs: Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor and Larry Summers, former US Treasury Secretary and former Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama. More>>
Sunday 18 November 2015
Second jobs soar as cost-of-living crisis hits 



The number of people working second jobs has increased by over 100,000 since the General Election, according to figures from the Labour Force Survey. New figures show that, within this, the number of self-employed people with a second job has risen by 68,000 or 22 per cent since 2010, fuelling fears of growing insecurity in the labour market.

Commenting on the figures Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves said: “The huge increase in the number of people in second jobs is further evidence of David Cameron’s failure to deliver a recovery that benefits working people. More>>
Saturday 17 January 2015
Ed Miliband’s speech to Fabian Conference



Full text of Ed Miliband's speech to the Fabian Society

Friday 16 January 2015
Ed Miliband speech at Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union



"It is great to be here with Paul Blomfield, the local MP and Ollie Coppard, our candidate in Sheffield Hallam who is running such a brilliant campaign.

"And I want to thank Ivan Lewis and Lisa Nandy for being here and leading this process of giving young people a chance to shape their future.

"The reason I’m here is that there is nothing more pressing at this election than the future of young people. More>>
Thursday 15 January 2015
Labour’s new approach to public health - Andy Burnham



Ensuring a sustainable NHS for the 21st century will mean helping people take more responsibility for their own health, Labour will say today.

Labour’s new approach to public health, launched today, forms part of a wider plan to improve health and ensure the NHS remains affordable and sustainable in the century of the ageing society. More>>
Wednesday 14 January 2015
Labour pledges new support for families caring for elderly and disabled relatives



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, today set out the Party’s plans to improve support for England’s 5.4 million unpaid family carers. More>>


Tuesday 13 January 2015
It is shocking complacency that the Education Secretary thinks it is ok for class sizes to exceed the ideal limit of 30 pupils - Tristram Hunt



Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to Nicky Morgan’s interview on the Today programme this morning, said:

“It is shocking complacency that the Education Secretary thinks it is ok for class sizes to exceed the ideal limit of 30 pupils. David Cameron made a promise to parents in 2010 that he would deliver smaller schools and smaller class sizes. More>>


Monday 12 January 2015
Response to the Prime Minister’s comments on counter-terrorism powers - Yvette Cooper



Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the Prime Minister’s comments on counter-terrorism powers, said:

"The ongoing terrorist threat to the UK, particularly as a result of ISIL, does mean more needs to be done to tackle extremism including strengthening Prevent, using TPIMs and relocation powers against those who pose a threat as they are not currently being used, and making sure policies protect both our security and our freedoms. More>>
Sunday 11 January 2015
Ed Miliband challenges Cameron over rip-off energy bills



Ed Miliband today challenges the Government to back fast track legislation next week giving Ofgem the power to cut energy bills.

Speaking on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, Ed Miliband promised to force a vote on the issue this Wednesday in what might be the last meaningful decision by this parliament.

The Labour Leader’s challenge follows recent comments from George Osborne in which the Chancellor accepted that the energy market was broken, but failed to set out any action to ensure families see cheaper gas and electricity prices because of falling wholesale energy costs. More>>
Saturday 10 January 2015
Response to the Tory announcement on unions



Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to today’s Tory announcement on unions said:

"The Tories have run out of ideas for the country so are resorting to playing political games with the unions. They should be finding solutions to reach negotiated settlements to avoid industrial action.

"Most government ministers don’t manage to get 40 per cent of all eligible voters voting for them at elections, the Tories didn’t get anywhere near a majority at the last election and turnout in the elections they called on Police and Crime Commissioners was below 15 per cent. More>>
Friday 09 January 2015
Response to the publication of A&E performance data from NHS England



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the publication of A&E performance data from NHS England, said:

“These figures show the Tory A&E crisis is intensifying and putting thousands of patients at risk.

“Last week was the worst week the NHS has experienced in living memory. More>>
Thursday 08 January 2015
New figures show 68,000 older people would benefit from Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, and Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Shadow Employment Minister, will today set out a five-point plan for older workers. The plan - which a Labour government would introduce - would give older people the support they need with the chance to learn new skills, find work and contribute. More>>
Wednesday 06 January 2015



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Tuesday 06 January 2015
You can’t trust a word the Lib Dems say - more empty promises from Nick Clegg are the last thing the NHS needs - Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Liberal Democrat announcements on the NHS, said:

“Nick Clegg has copied the Tories at reannouncing money from within the NHS. Labour’s fully funded plan will invest an extra £2.5 billion each year in the NHS to recruit a new workforce, including 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 GPs. More>>
Monday 05 January 2015
Ed Miliband speech in Salford



Read the speech made today at the Lowry Centre, Salford Quays by Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party.
Sunday 04 January 2015
Ed Balls writes to HM Treasury Permanent Secretary on manifesto costing process



Dear Nick,

As you know, we have been proposing for some time that the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) should be allowed to independently audit every spending and tax commitment in the manifestos of the main political parties.

The failure of this Government to meet its fiscal plans, the fact that borrowing has again been revised upwards in the Autumn Statement, and recent unfunded tax promises made by the Conservatives, all make it more important than ever that the policies of all the parties are properly costed and funded.
Full text of the letter>>
Saturday 03 January 2015
Four years of higher VAT has cost families £1,800



On the fourth anniversary of the Tory-led Government’s VAT rise, new figures show that families have paid on average £1,800 more in tax as a result.

In January 2011 David Cameron and George Osborne’s decision to increase VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent took effect.

The Treasury’s own figures show that a 2.5 per cent increase in VAT costs a couple with children £450 a year on average. Over four years, that means these families have paid a total of £1,800 more in VAT. More>>

Friday 02 January 2015
Youth apprenticeships fall in last year as one in five apprentices receive no training - Umunna



The latest apprenticeship figures show that the number of under 25 year olds starting an apprenticeship has fallen by over 1,000 in the last year. The number of 19-24 years starting one has fallen by over 6,000.

Meanwhile, between 2009/10 and 2013/14 the number of over 60s starting an apprenticeship increased by 520 per cent – 25 times more than the figure for under 25s, which grew by 21 per cent. More>>
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