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Wednesday 21 December 2016




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



Read the update here>>

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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Thursday 19 January 2017
Councils up & down the country are in a desperate situation - Teresa Pearce



Teresa Pearce, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, commenting on Surrey County Council’s decision to hold a council tax referendum to fund adult social care, said:

“This Government’s continuing failure to address the crisis in social care funding has left councils up and down the country in a desperate situation.

“Despite repeated warnings from experts across the sector, the Government has yet again offered no fresh ideas and not a penny in extra funding to stem the crisis facing elderly, disabled and vulnerable people this winter. More>>
Wednesday 18 January 2017
Debbie Abrahams responds to today’s Labour Market Statistics



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on today’s Labour Market Statistics, said:

“While we welcome today’s fall in unemployment, it’s concerning that jobs in this country are increasingly low paid and insecure. More>>


Tuesday 17 November 2017
Working people deserve better than this - Rebecca Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on the ONS inflation figures, which show CPI has risen to 1.6 per cent in December, up from 1.2 per cent on the previous month, said:

“Today’s inflation figures mean people will be facing a squeeze on their pay, on top of the six wasted years of flat and falling living standards under the Tories. More>>
Monday 16 January 2017
Political rhetoric must not be allowed to get in the way of proper scrutiny and a tough negotiation - Barry Gardiner



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, commenting on President-elect Trump’s remarks about prospects for a UK-US trade deal, said:

“A strong bilateral trade relationship with the United States is very much in Britain’s interest. But the danger is that the Government ends up sacrificing key sectors of British industry in order to get a deal done quickly.

“Labour want a deal that creates opportunities for our SMEs to access the US market, not just a deal that works for big multinationals. More>>
Sunday 15 January 2017
A Tory Brexit would put the priorities of bankers, tax dodgers, and a wealthy few first - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on the Dutch Prime Minister’s warning that his country would block an EU-UK trade deal without tax avoidance measures being included, said:

“After six wasted years of the Tories opposing every Labour proposal to clamp down on tax avoidance, this reveals what our European neighbours believe is the main priority for Theresa May’s government. It also gives an insight into what a Tory Brexit would truly look like - a tax haven off the coast of Europe. More>>
Friday 13 January 2017
Today’s figures reveal intense pressure & strain on A&E - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the latest Winter Situation Report Data, said:

“Today’s figures reveal that the intense pressure and strain on A&E departments is increasing week on week. This crisis is only getting worse and with the cold weather due to set in, there will be deep concerns over the next days and weeks.

“Last week alone, there were 39 incidents across England where A&E departments had to close their doors to ambulances and direct to another hospital as they could not guarantee patients would get the level of care they needed. More>>
Thursday 12 January 2017
Privatisation fails our most valued national institution: the NHS - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on figures showing private provision in the NHS has more than doubled since 2010, said:

“The Conservatives are privatising our NHS by stealth despite the repeated failures and costs of private provision. The latest figures show private provision in the NHS has more than doubled under the Conservatives.

“Privatisation fails our most valued national institution: the NHS. It saddles us with an expensive and unnecessary internal market. It puts tax avoidance, not patient care, at the heart of its management. It also promotes excessive boardroom pay and grotesque inequality. More>>
Wednesday 11 January 2017
Theresa May in total denial about NHS crisis - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the evidence from Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, and Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, at the Public Accounts Committee, said:

“Just hours after the Prime Minister stands up at PMQs commending her Government’s funding of the NHS, the NHS England chief tells MPs that it would be stretching it to say that the NHS has got more money than it asked for.

"Theresa May is in total denial about the crisis the Tories have created in the NHS. More>>
Tuesday 10 January 2017
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech in Peterborough



Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party in speech in Peterborough today said:

Thank you for that introduction.

Whether you voted to Leave or to Remain, you voted for a better future for Britain.

One thing is clear, the Tories cannot deliver that. So today I want to set how Labour will deliver that vision of a better Britain.

This government is in disarray over Brexit. More>>
Sunday 08 January 2017
Theresa May offers no solutions - Jon Trickett



Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s National Campaign Co-ordinator, responding to Theresa May’s interview with Sky News’ Sophy Ridge, said:

“Six failed years of the Tories have given us a crisis in the NHS, economic failure and working people worse off, and Theresa May clearly has no idea what to do about it. The only thing she offers is an empty slogan.More>>
Saturday 07 January 2017
The Red Cross being called in to help in our hospitals is just the latest staggering example of how the NHS is now being pushed to breaking point - Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the Red Cross being called in to help our hospitals, said:

“The Red Cross being called in to help in our hospitals is just the latest staggering example of how the NHS is now being pushed to breaking point. For the Red Cross to brand the situation a ‘humanitarian crisis’ should be a badge of shame for government ministers. More>>
Friday 06 January 2017
Tories are failing on productivity growth - Jonathan Reynolds



Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, commenting on today’s ONS productivity figures, said:

“Today’s productivity figures again confirm the Tories’ abject failure on productivity growth.

"The ONS says the ‘productivity puzzle’ remains, and there is little sign of an end to the UK’s productivity stagnation.
More>>
Thursday 05 January 2017
Labour launch industrial strategy consultation



Today, Labour launch a wide-ranging consultation with businesses, trade unions, the third sector, the public and others about the priorities, interventions, institutions and processes that will shape our industrial strategy. Led by Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Clive Lewis MP, and Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Chi Onwurah MP, the consultation will be open for six weeks and invites contributions on a broad range of questions crucial to the future of Britain’s economy. More>>
Wednesday 04 January 2017
This Tory Government are failing to address the pay gap’s underlying long-term causes – Sarah Champion



Sarah Champion MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, commenting on a report from the Resolution Foundation which claims that young women starting in the world of work will still earn “significantly” less than their male counterparts over their careers, said:

“It is encouraging to see the pay gap closing while people are in their 20s, but it is also clear that this Tory Government are failing to address its underlying long-term causes. More>>
Tuesday 03 January 2017
This report from Change Britain is pure diversion - Barry Gardiner



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, commenting on a report from Change Britain that 400,000 jobs could be created if we withdraw from the Customs Union and conclude trade agreements with those countries that have expressed an interest in doing so already, said:

“This report from Change Britain is pure diversion. They are attempting, yet again, to mask Brexit as an exercise in pursuing free trade whilst calling for us to leave the largest free trade area in the world. The economic cost and the sheer volume of jobs at risk in the immediate aftermath of a withdrawal from the Customs Union has been ignored whilst celebrating jobs which may or may not be created in the future. More>>

Monday 02 January 2017
Tory cuts to Corporation Tax, worth £15 billion, is the equivalent cost of employing 10,000 teachers, 10,000 police officers and 12,000 nurses



New analysis by the Labour Party, using official data, shows cuts in Corporation Tax under the Tories could have paid for much needed teachers, police officers and nurses.

The cost of Corporation Tax cuts worth almost £15 billion by 2021 is equivalent to the cost of employing 10,000 teachers, 10,000 police officers and 12,000 nurses, full-time, every year, for a decade. More>>
Friday 30 December 2016
Jeremy Corbyn’s New Year message



In his New Year message, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, takes stock of “a year that will live long in all of our memories.” Jeremy will say:

“2016 will be defined in history by the referendum on our EU membership”, before adding: “people didn’t trust politicians and they didn’t trust the European Union.”

“I understand that. I’ve spent over 40 years in politics campaigning for a better way of doing things, standing up for people, taking on the establishment, and opposing decisions that would make us worse off.” More>>
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Thursday 29 December 2016
Our priority must be to protect these children, many of whom have had to live through the very worst conditions and have lost all hope - Abbott



Diane Abbott, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on reports that a legal challenge has been launched against the Home Secretary over the handling of asylum claims, said:

“Our priority must be to protect these children, many of whom have had to live through the very worst conditions and have lost all hope.

“It is morally unacceptable that children are being left in a miserable limbo.” More>>
Wednesday 28 December 2016
This is an important report which should be taken seriously by ministers - Ashworth



“This is an important report which should be taken seriously by ministers. The reality is alcohol, smoking and rising obesity is costing the NHS billions.

“That’s why Labour is calling for a total focus on improving the public health of the nation. Sadly Ministers have delivered cut after cut to public health budgets. What’s more one of Theresa May’s first acts as Prime Minister was to completely water down sensible proposals in the obesity strategy. These ministerial decisions will only increase long term demands on the NHS.”
Tuesday 27 December 2016
Requiring voters to produce specific forms of photo ID risks denying millions of electors a vote - Cat Smith



Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, commenting on Government plans to require voters to show proof of identification before casting their ballot, said:

“Labour supports measures to tackle electoral fraud and will be backing a number of the reasonable proposals planned by the Government. However, requiring voters to produce specific forms of photo ID risks denying millions of electors a vote. More>>
Saturday 24 December 2016
Christmas message from Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, delivering his Christmas message, said:

“Happy Christmas. I’d like to send greetings from myself and on behalf of the Labour Party.

“It’s a time of year where many of us get time off, where we spend time with our family and our loved ones. But for others, it’s a time of increased loneliness and despair. On the streets of our cities and towns there has been a shocking rise in homelessness.

“That’s why I visited Centrepoint, a charity that does vital work in London, Bradford and Sunderland, giving opportunities to homeless young people and helping them off the streets. More>>
Friday 23 December 2016
I am angered that three striking primary school cleaners from Kinsley have been sacked - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the sacking of three cleaners from Kinsley primary school who had been on strike, said:

“I am angered that three striking primary school cleaners from Kinsley have been sacked. When I met them, they explained how their wages were cut following the outsourcing of their contracts to a private company.

“Outsourcing is bad for our public services and workers. The cleaners’ jobs must be brought back in-house with fair pay and conditions. “The race to the bottom in wages and working conditions faced by huge numbers of workers right across Britain is a national disgrace and Labour would put a stop to it.”
Thursday 22 December 2016
Additional investment in our broadband network is welcome but we still have a long way to go - Haigh



Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, commenting on today’s broadband announcement, said:

“Additional investment in our broadband network is welcome but the announcement today is not going to get us anywhere near the level of coverage we need.

"There are still significant issues around take-up with Broadband Delivery UK and too many people in rural areas are still paying the same for 1mbps as 100mbps elsewhere. "We still have a long way to go.”
Wednesday 21 December 2016
Much needed cash is being diverted from mental health services - Barbara Keeley



Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health and Social Care, commenting on reports from YoungMinds charity and NHS Providers, which show that funding for mental health is being used elsewhere, said:

“Jeremy Hunt pledged that these local health bodies would increase their investment in mental health services but it is now clear he has failed to meet that pledge. Much needed cash is being diverted from mental health services to acute hospitals. More>>
Tuesday 20 December 2016
Our thoughts are with all those killed & injured in horrific incident in Berlin - Emily Thornberry



Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on today’s events, said:

“Our thoughts are with all those killed and injured in the horrific incident in Berlin, and with their families. We stand united in sorrow and solidarity with all the people of Germany, as well as with all those affected by today’s attacks in Switzerland and Turkey. More>>
Monday 19 December 2016
Jeremy Corbyn response to PM’s statement on European Council Jeremy Corbyn MP,



Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the Prime Minister’s statement on the Council of Europe today, said:

Mr Speaker, I would like to thank the Prime Minister for advance copy of this statement, and as we approach the end of 2016, I think we can all agree, this has been a year of huge change for this country and for the rest of the world.

But with change has come a great deal of division. So as we move swiftly towards the triggering of article 50. I want to appeal to the Prime Minister to not only work harder to heal those divisions in the UK, but to also make sure her New Year’s resolution includes a commitment to build better relations with our European partners so we get the best deal for the people of Britain. Not just a Brexit that benefits big business and bankers. More>>
Sunday 18 December 2016
There is no evidence that an oath of allegiance to British values would solve any problems - Teresa Pearce MP



Teresa Pearce, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, responding to Sajid Javid’s suggestion of an oath to British values to promote community integration, said:

“Dame Louise Casey’s report discusses some of the most difficult and uncomfortable issues facing communities across Britain in 2016. Complex and sensitive issues such as these require a measured and thoughtful response. More>>
Saturday 17 December 2016
Jeremy Corbyn letter to the Prime Minister regarding the deepening crisis in social care



Jeremy Corbyn has written to the Prime Minister to ask for urgent talks on action to avert the deepening crisis in social care facing older people this Christmas.

In his letter to Theresa May, the Labour leader calls for “emergency top-up funding” to protect elderly and vulnerable people from a social care system that is breaking down from lack of support. More>>
Friday 16 December 2016
More reports of increased hospital pressures as we head into winter - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, commenting on a report from the Nuffield Trust, which warns of the pressure on beds in the NHS during winter, said:

“Yet again, more worrying reports of increased pressures on hospitals as we head into winter. More>>
Thursday 15 December 2016
Theresa May should back our plans to deal with this growing crisis - John Healey



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, commenting on new official statistics showing that homelessness has risen again, said:

“After six years of Conservative housing policies, over 100,000 children will be homeless this Christmas – up almost two-thirds since 2010.

“This should shame us all. In a country as decent and well off as ours, high and rising homelessness is not inevitable, but the number of homeless households has risen by nearly half, and the number of people sleeping on the streets has doubled. More>>
Wednesday 14 December 2016
The Tories are cutting school budgets - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the NAO report on the Financial sustainability of schools, said:

“This is the reality: the Tories are cutting school budgets.

“Theresa May can try to distract the public with grammar schools all she likes, but she will not be able to hide from this for much longer.

“We are reaching a point where the only thing schools will have left to cut in order to make the savings are qualified teachers. All we have seen from this government is six years of turmoil in our schools and nothing to show for it. It is time they started concentrating on delivering an excellent education for all children, not just a lucky few.”
Tuesday 13 December 2016
Rebecca Long-Bailey commenting on the rise in CPI



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on the rise in CPI to 1.2 percent said:

“After six wasted years of Tory economic failure we cannot continue with tax giveaways to a wealthy few and spending cuts for everybody else while the cost of living goes up.

"This rise in inflation, following many independent forecasts expecting it to go up further while earnings are set to fall back in coming years, only continues to underline why Labour have been calling on the government to change direction and reverse their cuts to in-work benefits such as Universal Credit, and disabled people on ESA.”
Monday 12 December 2016
The Prime Minister could and should end unnecessary uncertainty for EU nationals in the UK - Starmer



Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, commenting on the release of British Future’s cross-party enquiry, said:

“This cross-party inquiry underlines what Labour has been saying for months: That the Prime Minister could and should end unnecessary uncertainty for EU nationals in the UK by unilaterally guaranteeing their legal status. More>>
Sunday 11 December 2016
Tory Chancellors have damaged social care by failing to fund it adequately - Keeley



Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Cabinet Member for Social Care, commenting on an Observer investigation which found the Government’s flagship policy to keep elderly people out of hospital is failing, said:

“It is now clear that Tory Ministers’ plans have starved social care of funds to a point where the system is now failing to operate effectively.

“Leaders of local government and health organisations pleaded with the Chancellor to put the funding right in the Autumn Statement but he failed to do so. More>>
Friday 09 December 2016
The bid must be judged on its likely impact on the UK news market and the provision of robust and independent journalism - Watson



Tom Watson, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, commenting on the Fox bid for BskyB, said:

“This bid has been expected since 2011, when Rupert Murdoch withdrew his original bid for BSkyB at the height of the phone-hacking scandal. If the independent committee set up by the board of Sky agrees to accept the offer from 21st Century Fox it will be incumbent on the regulatory authorities, including Ofcom, to ensure that media plurality is upheld and that competition concerns are addressed. More>>
Thursday 08 December 2016
These shocking figures present a bleak outlook for the coming winter months - Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, commenting on NHS England’s Combined Performance data for October, said:

“These shocking figures present a bleak outlook for the coming winter months. Delayed discharges are at their highest level since 2010 and this is having a severe knock on effect on overwhelmed A&E departments.

“Patients are being forced to wait too long in A&E departments, and thousands are being left stranded on trolleys waiting for beds to become available on overcrowded hospital wards. More>>
Wednesday 07 December 2016
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has shown the true impact of six wasted years of Tory austerity - Debbie Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, responding to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Monitoring of Poverty and Social Exclusion 2016 report said:

“The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has shown the true impact of six wasted years of Tory austerity, with 7.4 million people in poverty in working households. More>>
Tuesday 06 December 2016
Governor has made an important intervention about the future direction of our economy - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on the speech by the Governor of the Bank of England in Liverpool last night, said:

“The Governor has made an important intervention in the discussion about the future direction of our economy. He is right to point out that there have been losers as well as winners from free trade. More>>

Monday 05 December 2016
Labour welcomes the Casey report as it provides an opportunity to address the big social challenges facing our country - Champion



Sarah Champion MP, Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, commenting on the release of the Casey report, said: “Labour welcomes the Casey report as it provides an opportunity to address the big social challenges facing our country.

“This report demonstrates that the government cannot continue to hollow out social infrastructure, local councils and public services that do so much to encourage integration, without paying a much higher price in the long term. More>>
Saturday 03 December 2016
Privatising our rail infrastructure would be an irresponsible move - Andy McDonald



Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the news that the Government is to force Network Rail to hand control of tracks to private train operating companies, said:

“Privatising our rail infrastructure would be an irresponsible move. The last thing our railways need is another layer of fragmentation and complexity. More>>
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>>
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