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Friday 18 November 2016
Council praised for balancing the books - Pendle Today



Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Labour Leader of Pendle Council, said:

“These are tough times as we balance the budget each year with fewer resources, but I’m happy the auditors acknowledge that we do a good job.

“We produced the audited accounts two months earlier than last year and were among the earliest councils in Lancashire to do so.”

Read more on the Pendle Today web site

Tuesday 11 October 2016
Fracking Motion – Pendle Council




Reedley ward labour Councillor Yasser Iqbal has tabled a motion at the Pendle full council meeting on 20 October regarding the decision by the government to allow fracking in Lancashire.

Cllr Iqbal said "I am very concerned that the conservative government is supporting fracking in Lancashire and they granted a licence last year for Burnley and Pendle. I know that people living in the top part of Brierfield and Reedley are very worried the effect of possible fracking will have on the area. I'm calling on our member of parliament to stand up for the people of Reedley and join my campaign to stop any fracking in Reedley" Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 05 October 2016
In memory of John David.

Pendle Labour Party wishes to offer our condolences to the family and friends of John David. John was a much respected figure in the Pendle community and will be missed by all.

There is further information on the Pendle Today web site.
Monday 03 October 2016
Labour Party members from across Pendle took part in The Party’s national day of campaigning for “Education Not Segregation” last weekend.



Campaigners took to Colne Town Centre to publicise Labour’s call for action on childcare to ensure early learning for all children; an education maintenance allowance for 16-18 year olds in full-time education to help students from low and middle incomes; grants for university students to help with living costs and a halt to new grammar schools that divide our children at age 11. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 13 September 2016
Proposed Parliamentary Boundary Changes



Commenting on the proposed changes, Mark Porter President of Pendle CLP said:

Pendle Labour Party has received notification of the electoral commission's proposal regarding the parliamentary boundary changes; we are currently reviewing what this all means for the Labour Party in Pendle and the impact on the wider Pendle electorate.

Whilst we make no comment on the details of the said proposal at this time, but reducing the number of MP's after the EU referendum result whilst increasing the number of unelected peers to the House of Lords, in addition to the difficult negotiations concerning Brexit that lie ahead, does raise some concerns that require serious consideration, they need to be factored into the discussions.
Wednesday 24 August 2016
Cllr Iqbal to Host Civic Reception for Olympic Champion Steve Burke.



Pendle Council welcomes home triple Olympic cycling champion and one of the borough’s greatest sporting ambassadors.

Steven Burke represented Britain in the Men’s Team Pursuit, scooping the gold medal and setting the new team pursuit world record, alongside Ed Clancy, Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull, in Rio.

And the Council is planning to mark the latest Olympic achievements of the 28 year old former Park High School pupil, known locally as the Colne Cyclone, in October. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Tuesday 02 August 2016
Members of The Labour Party in Pendle have voted overwhelmingly to oppose any proposals for fracking in the area.



The vote took place at the Constituency Labour Party’s Annual General meeting where it was noted that recent opinion polls show that only 19% of the population supports fracking, while 81% support increased use of renewable energy.

Barrowford member, Sue Nike, said that fracking is “unwanted, unnecessary and unsafe, involving risks to workers, local residents and the wider population.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Thursday 30 June 2016
Pendle Labour Party statement

Pendle Labour Party is becoming increasingly concerned about the continued undemocratic attacks on Jeremy Corbyn the leader of the Labour Party. This statement is not seeking to provide any commentary on the merits of who is or indeed who should be leading our party, however, we are deeply upset at the manner in which the current turmoil has arisen when strong opposition is what the country needs most at these uncertain times. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
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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Friday 02 December 2016
There is nothing patriotic about trying to get away with not paying your taxes - Rebecca Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on the Committee of Public Account’s annual report on HMRC’s performance, said:

“Today’s damning report shows that while the Government talks tough about tackling tax avoidance and evasion in reality they’re doing very little about it.

“The numbers of full-time HMRC staff have been significantly cut by the Tories which has devastated any efforts to crackdown on tax evasion. More>>
Thursday 01 December 2016
The Tories are failing in their duty of best by all children - Rayner



Commenting on the Ofsted Annual Report 2015/16, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said:

“Any news of school standards rising is welcome, but we ignore the fact that this is very much concentrated in one area of the country and problems remain.

“The Tories are failing in their duty of best by all our children. Some of the most disadvantaged children and those in the North are suffering the most. More>>
Wednesday 30 November 2016
Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and understaffed - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to findings from a BBC investigation into ambulance service response times, said:

“This is yet again more evidence of the huge pressures facing the NHS.

“Labour has been warning for weeks now of patients being forced to wait in long ambulance queues outside overcrowded A&E departments across the country.

“Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and understaffed. The astonishing failure of the Chancellor to provide extra funding for the NHS and social care is proven to be more and more misguided every day.”

Tuesday 29 November 2016
Spiralling executive pay and poor corporate governance have escalated under the Tories - Clive Lewis



Clive Lewis MP, Shadow Business Secretary, responding to new government proposals on corporate governance said:

“The problems of spiralling executive pay and poor corporate governance have escalated over the last six years while the Government sat idle. The Prime Minister already rowed back on her flagship policy of putting workers on boards. Sadly, this Green Paper looks like offering tokenism rather than a much-needed call to action. More>>
Monday 28 November 2016
The Tories appear stuck in a low-skill, low-wage, low-productivity race to the bottom - Chi Onwurah



Chi Onwurah, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation, commenting on an EEF report on the fourth industrial revolution, said:

“We welcome the EEF’s report which demonstrates that British manufacturing is embracing the fourth industrial revolution. But yet again the Government is shown to be lagging behind our businesses and the real world. More>>
Sunday 27 November 2016
2.7 million on National Living Wage to be over £1,300 worse off by 2020



Labour analysis of the Autumn Statement this week reveals that, following the last six wasted years of Tory economic failure, six million working people on low incomes will see a reduction in pay.

The decision by the Chancellor to cut the National Living Wage this week could see 2.7 million people now directly face a cut in their incomes of up to £1,324.96 by 2020, with a further three million effected indirectly further up the pay ladder More>>

Saturday 26 November 2016
Launch of Labour’s ‘Care for the NHS’ campaign poster



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the launch of Labour’s ‘Care for the NHS’ campaign poster, said:

"The Conservatives are failing our health service, which has been pushed into financial crisis and soaring deficits. Patients are facing longer waits, with hospitals overcrowded, understaffed and threatened with closure. Labour will stand up for the NHS. We will always make sure the NHS has the funding it needs and will join up services from home to hospital with a properly integrated health and social care service. Labour created the NHS to care for us all, now it’s time to care for the NHS.” More>>
Friday 25 November 2016
Rebecca Long-Bailey comments on business investment figures that show a 1.6 per cent decline over the year



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on business investment figures that shows a 1.6 per cent decline over the year, said:

“Today’s fall in business investment shows that even before the referendum, this Conservative Government had six wasted years that failed to support the investment we need to create well-paid, secure jobs. They are now heaping error on error with their shambolic handling of Brexit and refusing to guarantee the full, tariff-free access to the single market to support jobs and the economy. More>>
Thursday 24 November 2016
Only Labour can be trusted to give our young people the support they need to realise their potential – Margaret Greenwood



Margaret Greenwood MP, Shadow Minister for Employment and Inequalities, commenting on today’s ONS statistics on young people not in education, employment or training, said:

“Today’s figures showing a 14,000 rise in the number of young people not in work, education or training are yet another warning sign of Tory mismanagement of the economy. More>>
Wednesday 23 November 2016
Autumn Statement is set to fail our first test to provide actual support for those on low and middle incomes – John McDonnell



Today’s announcement suggests the majority of cuts to Universal Credit will remain in place, hurting working people.

Today the Chancellor will announce that the Universal Credit taper rate will be reduced from 65 per cent to 63 per cent. This suggests that deep and damaging cuts to Universal Credit will still go ahead, potentially leaving millions of families worse off. ‎Such a reduction in the taper still leaves people in low paid work worse off, and does not offset the negative effects on incomes of lower work allowances and other cuts to Universal Credit in the pipeline. More>>

Tuesday 22 November 2016
The NHS is supposed to be free at the point of need, not free at the point of ID - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, commenting on reports that patients could be forced to bring two forms of identification to hospital to prove they are eligible for free treatment, said:

“It’s testament to the desperate squeeze on our NHS finances that we have civil servants publicly talking about patients being forced to show not one but two forms of identification before they are treated. The NHS is supposed to be free at the point of need, not free at the point of ID. More>>
Monday 21 November 2016
The Government’s commitment to start reversing the decline in R&D spend is woefully inadequate and risks being too little too late - Clive Lewis



Clive Lewis MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responding to the Prime Minister’s speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference, said:

“While I welcome the Government’s commitment to start reversing the decline in Research and Development (R&D) spend, this is woefully inadequate and risks being too little too late.

“And it comes on the same day that the Prime Minister announced she is ditching her flagship policy to put workers on company boards - just one month after committing to it. Tory promises don’t last until Christmas. More>>
Sunday 20 October 2016
Labour announce £155 per week for WASPI women



Labour has today outlined their plans to help end the plight of the hundreds of thousands of women abandoned to live in poverty by the Tory Government’s changes to their state pension age.

Under the plan, Pension Credit will be extended to those who were due to retire before the chaotic pension age increase of the Conservative-led Coalition Government. This would alleviate the worst of the impacts for the most vulnerable women, and restore some of the dignity many of them feel they have been robbed of. It would provide support worth up to £155 per week to half a million of the most vulnerable WASPI women. More>>
Saturday 19 October 2016
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, speech to National Policy Forum 19 November 2016



We meet at the most important moment in politics for a generation. Political upheaval is becoming the norm. The old certainties are dramatically falling away and we are coming to expect the unexpected. People know there can be no more business as usual. But the question is what will replace it.

Since the financial crash of 2008 it has been clear that the economic and political system is unable to meet people’s needs and deliver the prosperity and security it promised - not just here in Britain, but across much of the world. More>>
Thursday 17 November 2016
We are now building the lowest number of social rented homes since records began - John Healey



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing responding to new official statistics showing that fewer affordable homes are being built than at any time in more than two decades, said:

“These figures are disastrous. They show we are now building the lowest number of social rented homes since records began. And the number of affordable homes to buy has fallen by two-thirds since 2010. More>>
Wednesday 16 August 2016
Some unscrupulous employment agencies are exploiting loopholes in the law - Rebecca Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the revelations by the Guardian into aggressive tax avoidance recruitment agencies, said:

‘’This is yet another example of how some unscrupulous employment agencies are exploiting loopholes in the law in their pursuit of profit.

“Not only do these kind of tax avoidance schemes places workers employed by agencies involved in an unacceptably precarious position, not knowing what will happen to their jobs should the company be investigated, it denies the Exchequer of significant revenue. More>>
Tuesday 15 August 2016
This is just another example of Government dithering and delaying on a key infrastructure decision - McDonald



Responding the Government’s confirmation of the route for the second phase of the high-speed rail line HS2, Andy McDonald, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, said:

“This is just another example of Government dithering and delaying on a key infrastructure decision. The benefits HS2 can bring to the country are significant but the Government must urgently get a grip in order to keep the project on track. More>>
Monday 14 November 2016
It would appear prison breaks are becoming a weekly occurrence under the Tories - Yasmin Qureshi



Yasmin Qureshi MP, Shadow Justice Minister, commenting on the escape of three prisoners from HMP Leyhill and an inspection report into HMP Bedford, said:

“It would appear prison breaks are becoming a weekly occurrence under this Tory Government. Questions will be asked about why three men described as a risk to the public were being held in open conditions? More>>
Saturday 12 November 2016
Jeremy Corbyn speaking at Labour’s South East Regional Conference



We meet after the global wake-up call of Tuesdays US presidential election.

Whether in the US or the UK people feel left behind. Marginalised by an economic system that makes them work harder for less, while hoovering up ever greater rewards for a small elite.

People are right to be angry with our failed economic system, falling living standards and rising inequality.

Young people today find it ever harder to get a home of their own. Harder to find good secure jobs. Landed in lifelong debt simply for trying to get an education. More>>
Friday 11 November 2016
John Healey responds to Government’s new funding for housing announcement



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, responding to the Government’s announcement of new funding for housing, said:

“This is a drop in the ocean compared to what’s needed to deal with the housing crisis. Ministers are set to spend around £2 billion less this year on housing than under Labour. So an £18 million fund won’t come anywhere near compensating for previous short-sighted cuts. More>>
Thursday 10 November 2016
These figures are bad news for patients and the Government needs to take urgent action - Jonathan Ashworth



Commenting on the latest combined performance data from NHS England, Jonathan Ashworth MP Shadow Minister for Health said:

“Yet again, these shocking figures paint a picture of an NHS in crisis. These figures are especially worrying as we go into what is expected to be an very challenging winter for our overstretched hospitals. More>>
Wednesday 09 November 2016
A Labour Government will scrap the disgraceful bedroom tax, ending the misery faced by thousands across the country – Debbie Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to the Supreme Court ruling on the bedroom tax, said:

“I would like to pay tribute to all the families for their tireless work on bringing this issue to court. The true cruelty of the Tories bedroom tax has been exposed in today’s judgement. More>>
Tuesday 08 November 2016
Report showing that in some areas of the UK 47 percent of children are living in poverty is shocking - Margaret Greenwood



Margaret Greenwood MP, Shadow Minister for Employment and Inequalities, responding to the End Child Poverty Coalition’s report said:

“The End Child Poverty Coalition’s report showing that in some areas of the UK 47 percent of children are living in poverty is shocking.

"Over half of those living in poverty are in working households. It’s clear that low pay, insecure work and the lack of affordable housing are taking their toll on UK families and the children of this country are suffering as a result. More>>
Monday 07 November 2016
The UN report confirms that, despite Theresa May’s warm words, this Government is failing sick and disabled people - Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to the inquiry findings by United Nations Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities said:

“The United Nations has found today that there is reliable evidence that shows this Tory Government is responsible for grave violations of the rights of disabled people under its failing austerity plan. More>>
Sunday 06 November 2016
If Hunt wants to support doctors and nurses to deliver a world class service he needs to start with the finances - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, responding to comments made by the Health Secretary today, said:

“Jeremy Hunt is right to say we’ve got to be supporting doctors and nurses to deliver the highest quality healthcare in the world, but with student nurse bursary cuts and picking a fight with junior doctors, the reality is that the Tory Government just aren’t doing that at the moment. More>>
Saturday 05 November 2016
May needs to give Indian businesses confidence in the UK economy - Esterson



Bill Esterson MP, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Minister, commenting on the Prime Minister’s trip to India, said:

“Theresa May needs to give Indian businesses confidence in the UK economy. Foreign investors want certainty and the British Prime Minister should tell her Indian counterpart what her plan is for international Trade. Otherwise UK based Indian businesses will look elsewhere for their certainty with damaging consequences for U.K. jobs and our economy.”
Friday 04 November 2016
Labour is committed to delivering a world-class education system for all children, not just the privileged few – Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, responding to new research by the National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said:

“This is yet more evidence of the Tory’s empty promises on helping the children most in need. As they obsess over bringing back the bad old days of grammars, schools are sinking under the Tory failure to properly fund them. More>>
Thursday 03 November 2016
Jeremy Corbyn’s comment on the High Court ruling on triggering Article 50



Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party commenting on the High Court ruling on triggering Article 50 said:

“This ruling underlines the need for the Government to bring its negotiating terms to parliament without delay. Labour respects the decision of the British people to leave the European Union. But there must be transparency and accountability to parliament on the terms of Brexit. “Labour will be pressing the case for a Brexit that works for Britain, putting jobs, living standards and the economy first.”
Wednesday 02 November 2016
Rachael Maskell responds to concerns from EFRA Committee over Government’s flooding strategy



Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responding to concerns from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, over the Government’s flooding strategy, said:

“The EFRA committee have highlighted many of the same concerns and solutions that Labour has been raising, including the Committee Chair’s feeling that the Government’s Flood Resilience Review offers ‘limited solutions’. More>>
Tuesday 01 November 2016
The wheels are coming off PM’s promise of making Tories the party for working class people - Clive Lewis



Clive Lewis MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responding to reports in the Financial Times today that Theresa May is potentially rowing back on her corporate governance plans she announced only last month in her conference speech, said:

“The wheels are clearly starting to come off the Prime Minister’s promise of making the Tories the party for working class people. And it is clear that Theresa May does not have the authority to stand up to her own Cabinet and implement the policies she announced only last month. More>>
Monday 31 October 2016
Orgreave victims and their families deserve a full Inquiry - Diane Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting ahead of the imminent announcement of the terms of the Orgreave Inquiry, said:

“The Orgreave victims and their supporters deserve justice. Their demands for a proper Inquiry are fully justified. More>>
Sunday 30 October 2016
Theresa May needs to take responsibility for her part in these disastrous social security reforms - Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to the government’s announcement of consultation on the Work Capability Assessment, said:

“Whilst I welcome the Government’s acknowledgement that their callous Work Capability Assessments cause needless misery and stress for thousands upon thousands of sick and disabled people, Theresa May needs to take responsibility for her part in these disastrous social security reforms. To suggest that these have been a success is derisory. More>>
Saturday 29 October 2016
It is high time the Government started providing some answers on Nissan - Clive Lewis MP



Clive Lewis MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on the Government’s ongoing refusal to provide again details of the deal made with Nissan to maintain their production in Sunderland, said:

“It is high time the Government started providing some answers. The public, and the many other businesses and employees facing turbulent times ahead, have a right to know what Nissan was offered to stay in the UK. Secret backroom deals are unfair, unsustainable, and are no way to run an economy.”
Friday 28 October 2016
Debbie Abrahams responding to the news that Iain Duncan-Smith has called on the government to reverse cuts to Universal Credit



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to the news that the Tories’ former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith has called on the government to reverse cuts to Universal Credit, said:

“Even the man who introduced the Tories’ cruel and ineffective social security reforms is backing Labour’s call for the government to reverse these nasty cuts to work incentives in the social security system. More>>
Thursday 27 October 2016
John McDonnell speech on how only a Labour Government can make an economic success of Brexit



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking this morning at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in London, said:

I’m very pleased to be here at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers this morning.

There are presently a lot of fine words, from all corners of the political spectrum, on how essential engineering and manufacturing will be in the wake of Brexit. More>>
Wednesday 26 October 2016
Tories concede defeat on Concentrix - Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca



Long-Bailey MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, speaking after the Opposition Day Debate on Concentrix, where the Government refused to push the debate to a vote, said:

“The Government continues to be on the back foot on this issue. First came the announcement that they were not renewing the contract in response to pressure from Labour. Then last week Concentrix staff were informed that the service was being brought back in-house after this was raised also by Labour. Today we welcome again that the Government now has conceded to Labour in our call for a comprehensive investigation into the performance of Concentrix and the chaotic handling of the contract. More>>
Tuesday 25 October 2016
The government must act soon to rescue our social care system - Teresa Pearce



Teresa Pearce MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, commenting on the news that 9 out of 10 councils in the UK are unable to afford the cost of adult social care, said:

“The Tory cuts to local authority budgets have left the vast majority of councils unable to pay for a fragmented and costly social care system. More>>
Monday 24 October 2016
Liz Truss needs to urgently address the Tory prisons crisis which is only getting worse under her watch - Yasmin Qureshi



Yasmin Qureshi MP, Shadow Justice Minister, responding to the release of the RSA’s report ‘A Matter of Conviction’, said:

“This is the latest in a long line of reports which highlight the crisis that has developed in our prisons under the Tories, while all the Justice Secretary can do is repeatedly promise she will set out plans in the coming weeks. More>>

Sunday 23 October 2016
Reports that leading UK banks are preparing to leave the UK are ‘extremely concerning’



Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow City Minister, responding to reports in the Observer that leading UK banks are preparing to leave the UK at the start of next year due to the Tories shambolic Brexit plans, said:

“This is extremely concerning news for customers and for the thousands of workers, many of whom are not on large salaries, who would be affected by these plans if they come to fruition. And that’s before we come to the potential impact this could have on our economy and the public finances More>>
Friday 21 October 2016
Chi Onwurah comments on a SPERI manufacturing report



Chi Onwurah MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, commenting on a SPERI manufacturing report, said:

“Making and building things has to be at the heart of Britain’s post Brexit future but the decline in wages and job quality in British manufacturing shows the Government has no industrial strategy for it.

“We were told the Tories had an economic plan, but this is the latest demonstration that the Conservatives can never be the party of working people. They have simultaneously lumbered this country with poorer jobs while starving communities through austerity. More>>
Thursday 20 October 2016
This shocking poll is yet more evidence of the crisis engulfing our NHS as a result of Tory underfunding - Justin Madders



Commenting on figures from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) showing that 38.6 percent of maternity units had to temporarily shut during the last year, Justin Madders, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister said:

“This shocking poll is yet more evidence of the crisis engulfing our NHS as a result of Tory underfunding.

“Six years ago the Tories promised 3,000 more midwives, but they failed to deliver them. This has left maternity units across England operating without enough staff and unable to cope with rising demand. More>>
Wednesday 19 October 2016
The truth is that the Tories are failing on NHS funding - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, responding to Theresa May’s comments on NHS funding at PMQs, said:

“It is truly remarkable that the Prime Minister can stand in front on the House of Commons and say that the Tory government has given the NHS what it asked for when it was made crystal clear by Simon Stevens just yesterday that the NHS is not getting the funds it asked for over the next three years. In fact in 2018-19 the NHS will experience real terms negative growth in funding for the first time ever.

“Rather than pretending the funding crisis in the NHS isn’t happening and saying that there’s no more money, the PM needs to face up to the reality and do something about it.”
Tuesday 18 October 2016
House prices rising much faster than wages is more bad news for first-time buyers – John Healey



Commenting on the release of new ONS/Land Registry house price data, John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, said:

“House prices rising much faster than wages is more bad news for first-time buyers. Since 2010, the price of the average home in England has grown three times faster than the average pay packet. As the Prime Minister Theresa May has admitted, the Conservatives’ economic approach has made things worse. More>>
Monday 17 October 2016
It’s simply not good enough for Theresa May to ignore the warning signs and turn her back on the NHS – Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Jeremy Hunt on the Today Programme, said:

“Any measures to improve the quality and safety of maternity care is welcome.

“However, the Government is offering no plans to address the serious financial crisis now facing the NHS and the shortage of midwives. It was the Tory government who promised us 3000 more midwives but have actually presided over a shortage of 3500 midwives in England.

“It’s simply not good enough for Theresa May to ignore the warning signs and turn her back on the NHS when patient care is suffering and services are at growing risk of closure.” More>>
Sunday 16 October 2016
The rocketing reliance on agency midwives is totally unsustainable and is a legacy of six years of Tory under investment – Justin Madders



Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the increased reliance on agency midwives in the NHS, said:

“These figures show a shocking increase in reliance on agency midwives. “They are symptomatic of a growing staffing crisis in our NHS which has been exacerbated by the Tory government cutting nurse training places in the last Parliament and now scrapping nurse bursaries in this one.

“The rocketing reliance on agency midwives is totally unsustainable and is a legacy of six years of Tory under investment. There has been a total failure to recognise that it is the NHS staff who keep the health service going and they need to be respected and motivated properly.” More>>
Saturday 15 October 2016
UK government must now drive forward with its long-awaited ‘Carbon Plan’ - Gardiner



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for International Climate Change, responding to today’s announcement on a global deal to reduce HFCs said:

“The reason today’s deal is so important is that HFCs are 3,000 times more powerful than CO2 in causing global warming.

“I salute the efforts of President Obama who has made this deal a priority in the final days of his administration and ensured his legacy in combatting dangerous climate change will make a difference for decades to come. More>>
Friday 14 October 2016
Responding to reports that the Department of Health is planning to cut funding to community pharmacies by 12 percent – Julie Cooper



Responding to reports that the Department of Health is planning to cut funding to community pharmacies by 12 percent, Julie Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Community Health, said:

“Local pharmacies are part of the life blood of communities up and down the country and many people depend on their local pharmacy. More>>
Thursday 13 October 2016
This report should set alarm bells ringing right across government about the very real crisis facing health and care services in England today - Keeley



Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health and Social Care, commenting on the Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care report, said:

“This report should set alarm bells ringing right across government about the very real crisis facing health and care services in England today.

"Labour have been warning for years that if the Government ploughed ahead with its cuts to local authority budgets then people’s care would suffer as a result. The arrogance of ministers to ignore these warnings has led to the desperate state social care services are now in. More>>
Wednesday 12 October 2016
The Tories need to get a grip & at the very least set out objectives for Brexit - Rebecca Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to today’s Resolution Foundation report which predicts Brexit could limit National Living Wage growth, said:

“The uncertainty caused by the lack of a plan for Brexit from the Government is unravelling further and further by the day.

"This prediction that we will see a smaller living wage rise next year is bad news for workers who are already worried about their future due to a chaotic Tory Brexit and the impact this could have on our economy. More>>
Tuesday 11 October 2016
An extremely concerning case which further exposes the Tories’ failure to properly oversee academy schools - Mike Kane



Mike Kane MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, commenting on the Durand Academy, which has today been issued a termination notice by the Department for Education, said:

“This is an extremely concerning case which further exposes the Tories' failure to properly oversee academy schools and make sure taxpayers’ money is being spent where it should be.

“The Tories need to get a grip of the academy system as it stands, rather than make the problem any bigger by adding more schools and academy trusts. It’s clear what we need: good teachers in good schools but every day that goes by shows the Tories can't deliver the change we need.”
Monday 10 October 2016
CBI are right to warn of the dangers of a Hard Tory Brexit - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to warnings from the CBI and Anna Soubry on the impact of a ‘Hard Brexit’ said:

“The CBI and Anna Soubry are right to warn of the dangers of a Hard Tory Brexit and the devastating impact it could have.

"Losing access to the single market would seriously damage our economy but the Conservative Government is prepared to risk people’s jobs and livelihoods and place party political gains ahead of the clear national interest.

"Instead of divisive foreign worker lists, Theresa May and her Government should listen to British businesses when they insist Britain needs to remain an open economy.”
Sunday 09 October 2016
Can’t build a 21st Century education system with 1950s education policies - Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the Justine Greening’s remarks on Peston on Sunday, Shadow Education, said:

“You cannot build a 21st Century education system with 1950s education policies. “The Tory argument that reintroducing selection at eleven provides more choice for parents are a nonsense. You do not choose a grammar school, the school chooses you. More>>
Saturday 08 October 2016
Yet again, it seems like another multinational company thinks it can play by different rules to the rest of us - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on reports that Ebay paid just £1.1m in tax in the UK last year, said:

“Yet again, it seems like another multinational company thinks it can play by different rules to the rest of us. Taxpayers will be sick of stories like this where it appears they are paying much higher tax rates than multinational corporations. More>>
Friday 07 October 2016
John McDonnell responds to today’s ONS trade & manufacturing statistics



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to today’s ONS trade and manufacturing statistics and the fall in value of the pound, said:

“Today’s trade and manufacturing figures demonstrate the immense challenges facing the UK economy after years of Tory failure.

“Unfortunately, it comes off the back of the Conservative Party Conference were we heard nothing about the Tories’ plans to boost UK exports and support the UK economy. More>>
Thursday 06 October 2016
Barry Gardiner responds to Tory Government’s decision to override Lancashire county council’s rejection on fracking



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, responding to the Tory Government’s decision to override Lancashire county council’s rejection on fracking, said:

“The Government’s decision bulldozes local democracy and risks locking Britain into an old-fashioned dirty energy infrastructure when we should be seizing the opportunities for new long-term jobs and investment in a clean energy future. More>>
Wednesday 05 October 2016
Barry Gardiner responds to the latest government u-turn on access to the Single Market



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy & Climate Change, responding to the latest government u-turn on access to the Single Market, said:

“On Tuesday, we were told the Government had ruled out transitional arrangements until a new trade deal can be negotiated with the EU. Today, we are told this option has neither been ruled in or out. They are literally making up their policy on Brexit one day after another. More>>

Tuesday 04 October 2016
Rudd had depressingly little to say about the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War - Andy Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Amber Rudd’s conference speech, said:

“It sounded like the Prime Minister had a heavy hand in drafting the Home Secretary’s speech. We’ve heard these conference promises on net migration and child migrants before and they haven’t come to anything - people will take them with a pinch of salt. On Theresa May’s watch, net migration reached record levels. More>>
Monday 03 October 2016
Labour is now the only national party with a fiscal frame work that supports patient long-term investment - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the Chancellor’s speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this morning, said:

“This morning Philip Hammond may have performed a u-turn on investment spending, admitting that the failed ‘long-term economic plan’ never really existed, he still intends to go ahead with cuts to in-work benefits, and local authority funding. More>>
Sunday 02 October 2016
Warm words on a ‘country working for everyone’ are meaningless if you’re pursuing policies which do the opposite - Ashworth



Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, responding to Theresa May’s interview on the Andrew Marr programme said: “Theresa May said she was providing ‘clarity’ but that’s exactly what we aren’t getting from the Tories. There were very few answers from her this morning either on the big questions facing us. She gave very little detail on her supposed big idea of a 'Great Repeal Act’ other than it’s an ambition; there was no answer on what would be in it, how it would work or, vitally, how she intends to deliver Brexit while protecting our workers and businesses. More>>
Saturday 01 October 2016
Too many sick and disabled people will remain subject to this harmful, ineffective assessment - Debbie Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement of changes to Work Capability Assessments, said:

“We welcome the Government’s climb down on the Work Capability Assessment following my calls to scrap this disastrous Tory policy at our Conference last week. More>>
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