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Wednesday 17 December, 2014


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



Organisations from across Lancashire are uniting against violence towards women.

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

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

Friday 21 November 2014
Restoration Tour



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

In his letter Robert wrote:

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

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



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

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



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

Monday 17 November 2014
Barrowford hit by further housing shock



Nearly 700 units planned for Barrowford


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



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

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

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



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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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




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

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

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



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

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



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

Monday 06 October 2014
Outrage at Murder of Alan Henning



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

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

Saturday 27 September 2014
Nelson Leader Series Publication



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

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

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



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

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



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

Azhar Ali said

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

Thursday 11 September 2011
Lancashire smokers urged to quit in Stoptober

Read this article on the LCC web site

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

Read this article on the LCC web site

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

Monday 28 July 2014
Eid ul Fitr



Pendle Labour Party wishes you Eid Mubarak. May you be blessed with peace.
Tuesday 27 May 2014
Pendle Borough Council and EU Parliamentary Elections



Within Pendle, the Labour Party had the highest share of votes cast in both the borough and EU elections. Further information is available on the "Elections Page" of this web site.

Friday 16 May 2014
Tory and UKIP collusion!



Commenting on Pendle Borough Council nominations, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of the Labour Group said:

"It is interesting to read that the Tory party candidate in Bradley ward - Bernard Variam has signed the nomination paper of the UKIP candidate in the same ward - Tony Leather. This is a clear case of collusion between UKIP and the Tory party who allegedly say they disagree with UKIP policies but their own candidate supports the UKIP candidate".

Tuesday 13 May 2014 
Time has come for landlord licensing - Malcolm Birks



Speaking to a recent meeting of activists, Malcolm Birks, Vice-Chair of Pendle Labour Party said:

" A lot of people in Pendle have told my colleagues and I that they have a problem with landlords who don’t keep their properties up to a decent standard and also respond very slowly to problems. In many other local authorities, such as Burnley and Blackpool, licensing schemes have been used in targeted areas to try and address this problem. The blight of poor quality rental properties is clearly affecting many families up and down the country. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 May 2014
Increase in Pendle residents claiming help with their rent – Mohammed Iqbal



Commenting on the number of residents claiming help with their rent, Leader of the labour group Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said:

“it is an absolute scandal that Pendle has the country’s third highest increase in the number of hard-working people being forced to claim help with their rent. We have a Tory and Lib-Dem council who returned to the government over £50,000 of available cash, which was intended to help families who are struggling to make ends meet due to the cost of living crisis.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Saturday 03 May 2014
Potential plans to tender out GP out-of-hours service – Robert Oliver



Robert Oliver, the Labour candidate in Boulsworth ward, responding to an article in the Colne Times dated 25 April 2014, has written to the newspaper, with the following comments:

The ‘statutory duty to ensure that we receive value for money’ mentioned in the local Clinical Commissioning Group’s statement is a cover for the privatisation that Labour fought against when debating the Tories’ Health and Social Care bill two years ago (along with the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing). Sadly the bill was passed with the help of the Liberal Democrats, with only minor amendments. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 02 May 2014
Michael Dugher meeting Colne residents



Today (Friday 02 May), Michael Dughar joined Pendle Labour Party activists, including prospective parliamentary candidate Azhar Ali and local candidate Russell Tennant, for canvassing in Vivary Bridge, Colne. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 01 May 2014
Labour’s response to unwarranted and divisive insinuations from Paul White.

Pendle Labour Party strictly follows the electoral commission code of conduct which is very clear in terms of guidance for campaigners. We do not see what additional power the local agreement brings to the table as every sentence starts with "I urge", there needs to be actual powers used by the Chief Executive and the Police.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 25 April 2014
Labour vows to scrap ‘Garden Tax’ in Pendle



Pendle Labour Councillors have today made a public pledge that they will scrap the deeply unpopular ‘Garden Tax’ of £25.00 per bin if they take control of the Council in May 2014.

Leader of the Labour group Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said:

"I make a public promise to scrap this tax on garden waste if Labour takes control of the Council after the local elections 22nd May 2014. This Tory led Council is out of touch with the struggles of Pendle's people.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 21 April 2014
Pendle Labour Party Congratulates Nelson FC



And of course our congratulations to Nelson FC on their promotion to NW Counties Premier League - well done!
Monday 21 April 2014
Pendle Labour Party offer our congratulations to ‘The Clarets’



What an absolute tonic for Burnley and the surrounding area, with ‘The Clarets’ winning a well-earned promotion to the Premiership, in front of a massive home crowd.

Everyone at Turf Moor must be absolutely delighted. We bet that out old friend Peter Pike will be absolutely ecstatic. Well done to all concerned.

Tuesday 15 April 2014
Brierfield Town Hall & Community Centre Closure


Councillor Mohammed Hanif outside the Town Hall

Meeting: 23 April 2014 Time: 6.00-7.30pm Venue: Brierfield Community Centre, Colne Road, Brierfield

Brierfield Town Council is calling upon all Brierfield and Reedley residents to attend a meeting on the above date to discuss the future of two buildings in the town.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 10 April 2014
Cut in help for vulnerable residents



Pendle Council has received a reduction of over 7% in Discretionary Housing Payment money given by the government to help residents struggling to pay their rent/council tax due to a shortfall based on their entitlement or as a direct result of the Bedroom Tax.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 08 April 2014
Nelson Commitee budget reduced by 40%



The Chairman of Nelson area committee has attacked the reduction in the budget for the area committee which has dropped from £112,100 in 2012/13 to £66.650 in 2014/15. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 07 April 2014
Why Andrew Stephenson should call for Maria Miller’s resignation



Mark Porter, President of Pendle Labour Party has written to the Nelson Leader explaining why Andrew Stephenson MP should be calling for Maria Miller’s resignation regarding her over claimed expenses and subsequent behaviour. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 04 April 2014
There is a choice – Malcolm Birks



Malcolm Birks Vice-Chair of Pendle Labour Party and Labour’s candidate in Horsfield has written to the Colne Times regarding the future of Trawden Community Centre.

Malcolm’s letter is reproduced below:

The sad news that Pendle Council is to abandon Trawden Community Centre (Colne Times 28/3) is yet another example of the impact of the cuts forced by central government upon local services. The grant to Pendle Council from central government has been cut by 60%
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 01 April 2014
Questions over transparency of planning application



The Labour Councillor for Vivary Bridge ward on Pendle Borough Council, Cllr Ian Tweedie has questioned the issue of Conservative Councillors voting on a major planning application by Libra Textiles to build a garden centre, café and farm shop in Colne.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Thursday 28 March 2014
Opening of the new Urgent Care Centre at Burnley General Hospital




The plaque was unveiled by the Chair of East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, Professor Eileen Fairhurst who thanked everyone involved in particular the support the Trust has received from Lancashire County Council and asked Lancashire's Health & Wellbeing Board Chairman, Councillor Azhar Ali to say a few words. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 24 March 2014
Government Road Repair Fund “Too Little Too Late”



Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, and senior County Councillor, Azhar Ali has this week launched a staunch criticism of plans announced by the Government to release just £2.2 million of a £173 million pound pot to Lancashire in a move which he describes as “just another example of the Conservative’s leaving Lancashire and Pendle behind.”


The fund has been granted to Councils throughout England to tackle the entire country's escalating pothole and damaged roads crisis following this year’s bad weather. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 03 March 2014
Pendle Council News Release - On Housing Benefit but struggling to pay your rent? There may be help available – claim it now!



Leader of the Pendle Labour group, Cllr Mohammed Iqbal has challenged the manner in which the Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Cooney is on the verge of returning money back to the government due to this money not being spent
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Thursday 27 February 2014
East Lancashire children urged to stay clear of 'NekNominate' craze - Lancashire Telegraph



LANCASHIRE County Council's health chief, Azhar Ali, launched a campaign to tackle dangerous internet craze Neknominate at Colne Park high school.

The cabinet member for health and wellbeing warned the students, parents and teachers about Neknominate and similar games on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
More>>
Monday 10 February 2014
Consultation Update – Subsidised Bus Services



Labour Party members who took part in the recent consultation regarding Barnoldswick and Pendle Witch bus services have received the following reply:

“Thank you for your recent letter concerning proposals to reduce the amount of subsidy available for non-commercial bus services.

“The reductions were considered as a result of the local government finance settlement and existing budget pressures, where Lancashire County Council (LCC) need to find further estimated savings of £300m between 2014 and 2018. This means that the council has to consider making these savings by reducing costs and reshaping the way services are delivered. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Saturday 08 February 2014
Barkerhouse Road zebra crossing work to start next week



Following extensive work by Labour Councillors in Southfield, work on the much needed zebra crossing on Barkerhouse Road, Nelson is due to start on Monday 17th February 2014.

Nelson South County Councillor and the Labour Party’s candidate for the General Election , Cllr Azhar Ali said “ I have been working with local Labour Councillors to fund this zebra crossing and despite the government cuts, Lancashire County Council believes this zebra crossing is much needed and I congratulate all involved in finally seeing their efforts coming to fruition”
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 07 February 2014
Lake Burwain footpath repairs



Labour Pendle Borough Councillor for Vivary Bridge Ward, Ian Tweedie, is delighted that funding has finally been found for essential repairs to the footpath round Lake Burwain.

The footpath is popular with locals and tourists alike as well as anglers and an agreement between Pendle Council and Canal & Rivers Trust to share the cost of repairing the footpath comes as very welcome news. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Saturday 01 February 2014
Public opposition forces £38m Colne to Foulridge bypass rethink - Lancashire Telegraph



Public opposition has forced a rethink on plans to build a £38million Colne to Foulridge bypass. Lancashire County Council revealed the proposal to construct the long-awaited link road by 2021 along with a preferred ‘Brown route’ in October.

Lancashire county council cabinet member Azar Ali said:

“We are mounting a study to see if spending £38million on this bypass is justified. If it can’t be justified and the problem can be dealt with without one, there will be no-bypass.”

Coun Ali said the meeting of 400 residents at Colne Library was very divided between supporters and opponents of a new bypass. Read more at the Lancashire Telegraph Web site

Saturday 25 January 2014
Bid to bring HS2 college to Brierfield – Pendle Today



Nelson county councillor Azhar Ali has written to the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, calling for a meeting to discuss the Government’s plans to build a dedicated college to train engineers.

County Coun. Ali said:

“Everything is in place here to make a success of the new skills college. “In Nelson and Colne College and the UCLan campus in Burnley, we have outstanding higher and further education facilities in this area and the perfect venue at Brierfield Mills. Read more on Pendle Today

Friday 17 January 2014
‘Rat-run’ victory for concerned Pendle residents - Lancashire Telegraph



Residents in the Birtwistle Avenue and Harrison Drive areas had faced years of traffic misery as motorists used the streets as a short-cut to the busy North Valley Road.

In July last year, pensioner Eric Judson suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a van while getting a shopping bag from his car.

Pendle county councillor Azhar Ali took up the residents’ fight at county hall and a £60,000 traffic calming scheme for the area has now been secured.
More>>


Saturday 11 January 2014
Condolences to the family of Paul Goggins MP



Mark Porter, President of Pendle CLP, speaking after the news of the unexpected death of Paul Goggins MP said:

“Pendle CLP would like to pass their sincere condolences on to Paul's family at this very sad time our thoughts are with them.

“There are many within the local party that remember Paul came to support Gordon Prentice's campaign at a rally held just before the 2005 General Election.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 03 January 2014
Pendle Labour Party mourns the death of Alan Evans, who died on Christmas Day 2013 at Victoria Hospital Blackpool.

Alan served on Nelson Council from 1963 to 1974 and Pendle Council from 1974 to 1991.
He served as the Mayor of Nelson 1971/72 and Mayor of Pendle in 1989/90.

Alan was also a member of the of Pendle Twinning Association and served on the committee from 1974 until his death. He was chairman from 1989 to 2002.

The funeral arrangements are:
Committal at Burnley Crematorium on Monday,13 January, followed by a Memorial Service at Christ Church, Carr Road, Nelson.


Wednesday 01 January 2014
Pendle hardship funds could be returned - Lancashire Telegraph



"A Senior councillor has voiced fears that around half of a major hardship fund, awarded to Pendle Council, could be returned to the Government

Under its discretionary housing payments scheme, the borough council has £142,000 to give to the hardest-hit households, including those left worse off by the Government’s controversial bedroom tax." More>>

Tuesday 17 December 2013
The Season’s Greetings from Mark Porter, President of Pendle Labour Party



Reflecting on the past year as 2013 draws to a close, I know that for many families across Pendle the last twelve months have been extremely challenging, not least because of the strain on household budgets caused by rising energy costs and food prices, and real term pay cuts as wages have failed to keep pace with inflation.

Looking forward to the New Year, 2014 will be just as challenging, but I and the other members of Pendle Labour Party are still committed to trying to secure a better deal for the people of Pendle.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>


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Wednesday 17 December 2014
Fall in overall unemployment welcome, but wages remain sluggish - Rachel Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s Labour Market Statistics, said:

“Today’s fall in overall unemployment is welcome, but after four years when prices have risen faster than wages, working people are over £1,600 a year worse off since 2010. There is a huge amount of lost ground to catch up. And while falling global oil prices have led to the rate of inflation going down, wages remain sluggish. More>>
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Labour will call Parliamentary vote on female pay gap as new figures show women hundreds of thousands of pounds worse off



Today (Tuesday 16 December) Sarah Champion MP will propose legislation on ‘pay transparency’ to make publication of the difference between men and women’s pay by big companies mandatory, to tackle the causes of the continued pay gap once and for all.

To coincide with the vote Labour is releasing new analysis of official figures which show that – because of the gender pay gap, women earn an average £209,976 less over their lifetime than men. More>>

Monday 15 December 2014
Labour will make it a criminal offence for employers to undercut wages of workers by exploiting migrants



Ed Miliband will today announce plans for a new law to stop the exploitation of workers, which leads to workers’ wages and conditions being undercut.

Speaking in Great Yarmouth, where he will host a Q & A event with voters, he will say that the next Labour government will introduce fair rules to tackle people’s concerns about the impact of immigration in our economy, our social security system and our communities. More>>
Sunday 14 December 2014
Labour calls for inquiry into petrol pricing to ensure motorists are not getting ripped off at the pumps - Dugher



Labour is calling on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to act and start the process of launching an inquiry into petrol pricing on the forecourt.

The CMA has the power to launch an initial ‘market study’ leading to a full ‘market investigation’. This initial inquiry would judge whether competition is working and make sure that falls in the price of oil are being passed on to motorists. If they find that price falls are not being passed on, then there should be a full investigation recommending actions to make the market competitive. More>>
Friday 12 December 2014
Response to record-breaking low performance in A&E departments



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to today’s figures from NHS England on record-breaking low performance in A&E departments said:

“Last week was the worst week on record for patients waiting at A&E but the Government is acting as if it’s not happening. Ministers can’t carry on like this.

“Before the Commons breaks for Christmas, Ministers need to come and set out the measures they will take to help the NHS cope over the Christmas period. More>>
Tuesday 09 December 2014
Labour will tackle scandal of cancer patients denied life-saving treatment - Burnham



  • £330 million fund for all types of cancer treatment – including latest forms of radiotherapy, surgery and drugs
  • A new cancer strategy to be published within six months of a Labour Government and a plan to tackle ageism in cancer treatment
  • Expanding Teenage Cancer Trust’s awareness programme to every school in England
Labour will create a new annual Cancer Treatments Fund to improve access not just to the latest drugs but also to the latest forms of radiotherapy and surgery that are too often not available for thousands of people with cancer. More>>
Friday 05 December 2014
ILO report exposes scale of the cost-of-living crisis under David Cameron’s Government - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the ILO Global Wage Report, said:

“This report exposes the scale of the cost-of-living crisis under David Cameron’s Government.

“Not only are working people worse off under the Tories, we’re also doing worse than all other G20 economies. On average working people are now £1600 a year worse off since 2010.
Thursday 04 December 2014
Response to the IFS briefing on the Autumn Statement - Ed Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the IFS briefing on the Autumn Statement, said:

“The continuing squeeze on living standards is the reason why George Osborne has failed to get the revenues in to balance the books.

“As the IFS says tax receipts have been revised down by £25 billion by 2018/19, largely because of weak wage growth. This is why the public finances are even more challenging in the next Parliament and now George Osborne has chosen to pencil in even deeper cuts. He also wants us to believe he can find £7 billion a year to pay for his unfunded fantasy tax promises. No wonder everyone is now saying the Chancellor’s sums don’t add up. More>>
Wednesday 03 December 2014
Recording shows that Tory MPs don’t like Cameron’s promise to protect the NHS and will fight it if they win the next election - Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, responding to Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng’s comments in the Independent, said:

“This recording shows that Tory MPs don’t like David Cameron’s promise to protect the NHS and will fight it if they win the next election. It just proves what we’ve always said: You can’t trust the Tories on the NHS. More>>

Tuesday 02 December 2014
thousands of families and young people locked out from the housing market



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to reports on Government announcements on housing and Garden Cities, said:

“David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s failure to build the homes our country needs is central to the cost-of-living crisis and has locked out thousands of families and young people from the housing market. More>>

Monday 01 December 2014
Pothole Britain - funding crisis hits local roads



Statistics from the Department for Transport show that there has been a big increase in the number of local roads that need fixing since 2010.

Since the Tory-led government came in, another 2,262 miles of local roads are now in such poor condition that they need maintenance work.

The extra distance is further than going from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again. More>>


Sunday 30 November 2014
"This week George Osborne will have to admit that he has broken his promises" - Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, commenting ahead of the Autumn Statement, said:

“This week George Osborne will have to admit that he has broken his promises. He has failed to deliver rising living standards and that failure is why he’s also set to break his promise to balance the books by next year. More>>

Saturday 29 November 2014
"Jeremy Hunt must come clean on his plans and the true scale of financial crisis in NHS" - Burnham



Leaked letter outlining plans to cut costs of clinical trials only one of number of drastic measures under consideration that could damage research Health Secretary to be asked to clarify policy on medical research following U-turn

Labour is calling on Jeremy Hunt to make an urgent statement on the state of NHS finances - and Government policy on medical research - following a dramatic u-turn from NHS England on plans to cut funding for experimental drugs and clinical trials. More>>


Friday 28 November 2014
Carers Rights Day - It’s not right that people who do so much get so little in return - Liz Kendall

Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, commenting on research released on Carers Rights Day by Carers UK said:

“Millions of families are already looking after their elderly or disabled relatives, and today’s research shows 6,000 more become carers every single day.

“This can often be a real struggle and many carers say they feel pushed to breaking point. More>>
Thursday 27 November 2014
Labour’s new deal with the water industry to tackle the cost-of-living crisis - Maria Eagle



Today, 25 years since the privatisation of the water industry, Labour will announce a series of sweeping reforms to strengthen the industry regulator (Ofwat) and ensure consumers get a fairer deal from the water companies.

Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Environment Secretary, speaking at a debt advice centre in Thurrock, Essex, will announce Labour’s new deal with the water industry that puts the consumer first.

Under the Tory-led Government water bills are rising and companies are continuing to increase their debt levels. More>>
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Response to ‘Winterbourne View: Time for Change’ - Liz Kendall



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Care Minister, responding to Sir Stephen Bubb’s review of services for people with learning disabilities “Winterbourne View: Time for Change” said:

“After the appalling scandal at Winterbourne View, Ministers promised to move people out of Assessment and Treatment Units and into the community by 1st June 2014. Yet almost three and a half years later there has been barely any change.

“This failure is a total disgrace. People with learning disabilities and their families don’t want yet another review, they want action. More>>
Tuesday 25 November 2014
Universal Credit has become a complete shambles - Rachel Reeves



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

“Iain Duncan Smith’s claim this morning that almost 40,000 people are claiming Universal Credit shows why this programme has become a complete shambles.

The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show just 17,850 people are claiming Universal Credit, less than two per cent of the million people Iain Duncan Smith said would be on the new benefit in April 2014. More>>

Monday 24 November 2014
Labour’s plan to crack down on cowboy employment agencies who exploit workers



Labour’s plan to crack down on cowboy employment agencies who exploit workers.

Ed Miliband promises that the next Labour government will halt the exploitation of Britain’s million-strong army of agency workers. More>>


Sunday 23 November 2014
These findings demonstrate just how much mental health services have gone downhill under David Cameron - Luciana Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Public Health Minister, responding to the Royal College of Nursing’s report on mental health services, said:

“These findings demonstrate just how much mental health services have gone downhill under David Cameron. “This Tory-led Government promised that physical and mental health services would be treated with the same importance but instead all we have seen is a drop in the number of mental health nurses, a loss of over 1,500 mental health beds and seriously ill people not getting the help that need. More>>
Saturday 22 November 2014
Labour calls for £1 billion of banking scandal fines to be invested in the NHS



Labour is today calling for funds raised from banks found guilty of manipulating the foreign exchange market to be invested in the National Health Service.

In a speech in Ipswich today, Ed Balls will say that in next month’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor should allocate £1 billion from the fines for an immediate boost to health and care. More>>

Friday 21 November 2014
NHS figures show further deterioration in A&E performance



Official statistics released this morning by NHS England on the performance of England’s Accident and Emergency departments last week reveal:
  • 108,301 patients admitted to hospital last week – an all-time high for a single week;

  • 30,102 patients waited over 4 hours for treatment – the highest number for 18 months and twice as many as this week last year; and

  • 6,587 patients waited between 4 and 12 hours on trolleys for a ward bed – the highest number for 18 months and more than twice the number in same week last year. More>>

Thursday 20 November 2014
Astonishing that George Osborne’s priority has been to spend taxpayers’ money fighting a cap on bankers’ bonuses - Cathy Jamieson



Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice’s opinion on the government’s legal challenge against the EU bonus cap, said:

“While working people face a cost-of-living crisis and lending to business is falling it’s astonishing that George Osborne’s priority has been to spend taxpayers’ money fighting a cap on bankers’ bonuses. More>>
Wednesday 19 November 2014
David Cameron’s fire sale of Royal Mail has put essential services which consumers and small businesses rely on at risk - Chuka Umunna



Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on Royal Mail’s warning on the future of the Universal Service Obligation is at risk, said:

“The Tory-led government’s fire sale of Royal Mail has put the essential services which consumers and small businesses rely on at risk. David Cameron’s promises to protect services are looking less and less credible by the day. This warning is deeply concerning and comes after consumers have already been hit with changes in collection times, with many last collections moving earlier in the day at the same time as stamp prices have risen. More>>

Tuesday 18 November 2014
While Ministers deny there’s a cost-of-living crisis figures show unexpected rise in inflation - Catherine McKinnell



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

“While Ministers deny there’s a cost-of-living crisis these figures show an unexpected rise in inflation.

“Working people are £1,600 a year worse off under David Cameron’s government because for four years wages have lagged behind price rises. And working people face a further hit if the Tories win the election. They’ve pledged to cut tax credits again and refuse to rule out another VAT rise. More>>
Monday 17 November 2014
Social security spending £25 billion more than planned under Tory-led government



Social security spending by the Department for Work & Pensions has been £25 billion higher than George Osborne planned in this Parliament, according to new analysis.

The figures were commissioned from the independent House of Commons Library by Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves. More>>

Sunday 16 November 2014
George Osborne needs to come clean about his secret deal in Brussels over the EU budget - Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the Sunday Times’ story on the EU budget, said: "George Osborne needs to come clean about his secret deal in Brussels over the EU budget. More>>
Saturday 15 November 2014
Once again David Cameron has refused to rule out another VAT rise to pay for his £7 billion of unfunded promises - Leslie



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

"Once again David Cameron has refused to rule out another VAT rise to pay for his £7 billion of unfunded promises.

"He says people will judge him on his record. But that record is one of raising VAT on families and pensioners while cutting taxes for millionaires. It’s a record of saying he has ‘no plans’ to raise VAT before an election and doing exactly that after the election. More>>


Friday 14 November 2014
Response to government announcement on funding for struggling A&E departments - Andy Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement on funding for struggling A&E departments this winter, said:

“We’ve been telling David Cameron for more than two years to get a grip on the crisis he created in A&E. Throwing money at it when winter’s about to start is not good enough. More>>


Thursday 13 November 2014
Hedge Funds give Conservatives over £50 Million



Latest figures from the Electoral Commission reveal that in the last quarter (Q3 2014) hedge funds gave the Tories £1.34 million in donations, which means donations from the hedge fund industry to the Conservative Party now total £51.1 million.

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

Analysis of Conservative Party donations shows that almost £3 million of donations in the last quarter came from donors who have attended exclusive private dinners with David Cameron and other senior Ministers, taking the total to £7.7 million from dinner donors in 2014. More>>
Wednesday 12 November 2014
Yet another shocking scandal involving banks underlines need for fundamental reform and cultural change - Ed Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the FCA report on foreign exchange market manipulation, said:

“This is yet another shocking scandal involving the banks and underlines the need for fundamental reform and cultural change. More>>
Tuesday 11 November 2014
ECJ benefits ruling - We welcome today’s ruling - now time for ministers to act - Rachel Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s European Court of Justice ruling on EU migration and benefits, said:

“Labour welcomes today’s European Court of Justice ruling on restricting benefits to immigrants from EU member states who travel simply to claim benefits.

“Labour has repeatedly called on the Government to act to ensure that the UK benefit system is only there for those prepared to contribute, including extending the three month waiting time EU migrants have to wait before claiming benefits and ending the unfair practice of child benefit being sent abroad. It’s now time for ministers to act.”
Monday 10 November 2014
Ed Miliband’s speech to the CBI



Read the speech of Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, to the CBI here>>
Sunday 09 November 2014
Remembrance Sunday statement – Ed Miliband MP & Vernon Coaker MP



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Opposition, said: “Remembrance Sunday is an important opportunity for us all to ensure that those who served and sacrificed to protect the freedoms we enjoy today are never forgotten.

“This year is a particularly poignant year of remembrance. We’ve seen our Union flag lowered for the final time in Afghanistan, as our country’s combat mission there came to an end. We’ve commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, and we’ve marked 70 years since the Normandy landings. More>>
Saturday 08 November 2014
The British people don’t like being taken for fools and everybody has now seen through George Osborne’s smoke and mirrors - Ed Balls



Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to George Osborne’s interview on the Today programme on the EU Budget, said: "The British people don’t like being taken for fools and everybody has now seen through George Osborne’s smoke and mirrors. "No other EU Finance Minister or independent commentator has gone along with his attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes. More>>
Thursday 06 November 2014
Labour calls out Cameron on misleading GP statistics



Following yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron has been referred to the chief of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, for his use of figures on the number of General Practitioners in England.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has written to Dilnot to ask him to investigate the Prime Minister’s and Health Secretary’s repeated claims that the number has risen since the General Election, despite the most recent official NHS data showing fewer GPs than in Labour’s last year in office. More>>
Wednesday 05 November 2014
Labour to challenge Ministers on £3 billion tax cut for top one per cent of earners



Labour will today (Wednesday) highlight the unfairness of giving a £3 billion a year tax cut to people earning over £150,000, while working people are still seeing their living standards fall and not feeling the recovery.

In an Opposition Day Debate this afternoon, Labour will say that a fair plan to balance the books in the next Parliament would reverse David Cameron’s tax cut for the top one per cent of earners. More>>

Tuesday 04 November 2014
Gender pay gap means women work for free until 31st December - Three extra days this year



Equal Pay Day - the day when women across the UK effectively start working for free due to the gender pay gap comes three days earlier this year because the pay gap is back on the rise. That means women will work for free for the next 57 days.

Women still earn just 80p for every pound earned by a man. More>>
Monday 03 Novemebr 2014
Chuka Umunna comment on Living Wage Week



Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on Living Wage Week 2014 said:

“At a time when families have been hit by a cost-of-living crisis, we need to see more better-paid, high-skilled jobs which pay a Living Wage. The majority of people living in poverty in Britain today have a job, and there are more than five million people in work who are earning less than a Living Wage. More>>

Sunday 02 November 2014
Climate Change Will Have A Devastating Impact If Urgent Action Is Not Taken To Reduce Emissions, Jonathan Reynolds MP



Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, commenting on the IPCC report on climate change, said:

"This report provides overwhelming and compelling scientific evidence that climate change is happening, is caused by human activity and will have a devastating impact if urgent action is not taken to reduce our carbon emissions. It highlights the need for a global, legally binding treaty to cut carbon emissions at the Paris Conference in 2015. More>>
Friday 31 October 2014
A plan to spread the recovery to the town square – not leave it stuck in the Square Mile



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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Read and listen to this admission here

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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


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



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

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



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

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

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



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

Ed Miliband said:

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



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, today heralded sweeping reforms to help communities build hundreds of thousands of new homes where families want to live - and ensure that first time buyers from the area are given priority access rights when these houses go on sale. More>>
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