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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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Tuesday 27 September 2016
Labour’s new Childcare Taskforce will help transform early years provision for every family in the 21st century - Angela Rayner MP



Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, speaking at Labour Party Conference 2016, said:

Conference, it is an honour for me to stand before you today as Shadow Secretary of State for Education. To some, it is a surprise.

Some Tories look down their noses at me because, as you can hear, I wasn’t born with a plum in my mouth. I get snobbery too from some pundits and commentators, from the hate-filled trolls on social media. More>>
Monday 26 September 2016
Our economy is failing on productivity because the Tories are failing to deliver the investment it needs - John McDonnell MP



John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor, speaking at Labour Party Conference 2016, said:

Now the leadership election is over, I tell you, we have to become a government in waiting. An election could come at any time. Theresa May has said that she will not be calling an early election, but when could anyone trust a Tory leader?

We have to prepare ourselves not just for fighting an election but for moving into Government. To do that successfully we have to have the policies and the plans for their detailed implementation on the shelf, in place for when we enter government whenever that election comes. More>>
Sunday 25 September 2016
We are facing the biggest housing crisis in a generation and the Tories have no answers - Teresa Pearce MP



Teresa Pearce MP, Shadow Housing Minister, speaking at Labour Party Conference 2016, said:

"Conference, it is an honour to stand here as the Shadow Housing Minister and with a temporary wider brief including Communities and Local Government.

"It’s a huge portfolio so forgive me for the ground that I will not cover this afternoon. But first I want to say to Labour councillors up and down the country, thank you.

"New and demanding responsibilities have been transferred to local government, but without the funds to deliver. More>>
Saturday 24 September 2016
Let’s work together for real change - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the Leadership Announcement, said:

I want to thank the more than 300,000 members and supporters who have given me their support and trust in this Labour leadership election.

I am honoured to have won the votes of a majority of members, of affiliated supporters and of registered supporters, who have given me the second mandate in a year to lead our party.

I want to thank the volunteers on my campaign, on Owen Smith’s campaign, and to Owen himself and to all the Party staff who worked so hard over the summer. More>>
Friday 23 September 2016
Lord O'Neill’s resignation is a huge blow for the Prime Minister and she only has herself to blame - Ashworth



Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, commenting on the resignation of Lord O’Neill from the Tory Government, said:

“This is a huge blow for the Prime Minister and she’s only got herself to blame. More>>

Thursday 22 September 2016
I am deeply concerned by our current workplace pension system - Debbie Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, commenting on today’s ONS figures on occupational pensions, said:

“I am deeply concerned by our current workplace pension system; the public’s interest is not being protected by the existing regulatory framework. One of the weaknesses of the survey is that it does not report on pension outcomes; it is critical to measure these if we are to have any idea of the level in the decline of living standards for those retiring within a defined benefit scheme as well as those in a defined contribution scheme. More>>
Wednesday 21 September 2016
“A damning indictment of Government policy” - Diane Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, speaking in response to the launch of a report from the Royal College of Physicians, said:

“This report is a damning indictment of Government policy. It confirms that the Tory Government is systematically underfunding the NHS. More>>
Tuesday 20 September 2016
Tory academy plans are in complete chaos - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the findings of the Reform report, Academy chains unlocked, said:

“This is an extremely concerning report which highlights yet again that Tory academy plans are in complete chaos.

“The impossible job the Department for Education has set itself in trying to directly run thousands of schools from Whitehall is fully exposed as we learn over half of existing academy chains have refused to take on schools and 70% of inadequate academies have been left languishing with poor academy chains. More>>
Monday 19 September 2016
Customers will rightly fear inflated prices from companies seeking profit for water services - Rachael Maskell



Rachael Maskell MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responding to reports that regulator OFWAT has proposed opening the market for water suppliers, said:

“We know from recent reports that customers are paying too much for their water supply. As we have seen with the rail network, the solution for customers isn’t to carve the water industry up further, bringing in more private suppliers. More>>
Sunday 18 September 2016
Liam Fox seems to think he can ignore the rules and Brexit negotiations will suffer - Gardiner



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy and Climate Change, commenting on the leaked documents setting out the danger of fines by the EU Commission if the UK attempts to start trade talks that are explicitly prohibited under the existing treaty, said:

“It is precisely this mixture of arrogance and incompetence by Liam Fox that will cause major problems for the UK in our Brexit relations with Europe. Fox seems to think he can just ignore the rules and that the EU will neither notice nor seek to retaliate in any way. Mr. Fox has a record of acting as if the rules do not apply to him. More>>
Friday 16 September 2016
Paris climate change deal: Tory Government out of excuses and holding back progress



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Energy & Climate Change and Europe, responding to the Tory Government’s continued refusal to start the domestic process for ratifying the Paris climate agreement, said:

“The Government’s dithering and delay has made it now impossible for the UK to ratify the Paris climate deal before the next global climate summit at the beginning of November. More>>
Thurday 15 September 2016
This crisis in social care is a direct result of Tory cuts to local authorities - Diane Abbott



Diane Abbott, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, speaking in response to a report from the King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust on the crisis in elderly care, said,

“This report confirms that after six years Tory cuts, our social care system is in crisis, putting elderly people at risk. More>>

Wednesday 14 September 2016
Chi Onwurah accuses the Government of failing to rise to the challenge of the digital economy



The Conservatives Digital Economy Bill risks Britain falling behind by failing to ready the country for the changes of the digital age.
The Conservatives have let the country down on digital infrastructure data rights, transparency over algorithms, labour rights in the digital economy, digital identities and digital inclusion.

Ms Onwurah, Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, said:

“It is a disgrace to a 21st Century economy that so many can’t even download an email. More>>
Tuesday 13 September 2016
Current proposals to redraw constituency boundaries are unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable - Jon Ashworth



Commenting on the publication of the Boundary Commission proposals, Jon Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, said:

“The current proposals to redraw constituency boundaries are unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable. They are based on an out-of-date version of the electoral register with nearly two million voters missing. More>>
Monday 12 September 2016
This investigation shows the Tory Government is allowing the cost of using our railways to spiral out of control - Andy McDonald



Responding to a BBC investigation which revealed that some commuters spend more than a tenth of their disposable income on annual rail season tickets, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Andy McDonald MP, said:

“This investigation shows the Tory Government is allowing the cost of using our railways to spiral out of control with fares having risen by a quarter since 2010, more than twice as fast as wages.” More>>
Sunday 11 September 2016
Independent voices confirm Tory underfunding is causing crisis in NHS - Diane Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, responding to comments by Chris Hopson, Head of NHS Providers on Government underfunding of the NHS, said:

“Years of Tory underfunding of the NHS has made it is impossible to provide the right quality of service and meet performance targets. “Independent observers and key practitioners have all made the same point. The Government needs to properly fund the NHS if it is to function properly. This is what Labour would do.”

The article by Chris Hopson, CEO of NHS Providers is here
Saturday 10 September 2016
We welcome the progress made by John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov - Emily Thornberry



Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on the agreement between the US and Russia on Syria, said:

“We welcome the progress made by John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, and at the very least, let us hope this agreement will ensure that the people of Aleppo get the emergency humanitarian aid that they so desperately need. But let us also hope this agreement shows what is possible if people negotiate in good will towards a political settlement that will isolate Jihadist extremists, and bring a lasting peace not just to the city of Aleppo but to all the people of Syria. Their suffering has gone on long enough, and if this agreement provides just the small glimmer of an opportunity for that suffering to end, then it must be seized.” More>>
Friday 09 September 2016
Labour will oppose this regressive Tory education policy every step of the way - Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, in response to Theresa May’s speech today, said:

“It’s utterly ludicrous for Theresa May to stand up and talk about creating a "great meritocracy” and then in the next breathe announce a return to grammar schools.

“The Prime Minister can talk all she wants about delivering for everyone but what matters is what she does, and her actions reveal the Tories’ true colours: working in the interests of the few while everyone else is left behind. More>>
Thursday 08 September 2016
The scale of the crisis of insecure work under the Tories is getting worse with every passing year - Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on new figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that the number of people working on zero-hours contracts has increased by a fifth since last year and more than five-fold since 2010, said:

“The scale of the crisis of insecure work under the Tories is getting worse with every passing year. More>>
Wednesday 07 September 2016
Plan for Paperless NHS is a shambles – Diane Abbott



Diane Abbott, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to an Professor Robert Wachter’s independent Report to the Government on a ‘paperless NHS’, said:

“This report is a damning indictment of Tory mishandling of the NHS. “The Government will fail to achieve its stated aim of a paperless NHS by 2020. The project is also underfunded. This report sums up this Tory Government’s record on the NHS. Jeremy Hunt should come clean with the public about this Government’s underfunding and mismanagement of the health service.

“This shows once again that the Tories are failing patients and our NHS. Labour will stand up for the NHS and always give it the money it needs.”
Tuesday 06 September 2016
It is vital for Britain’s prosperity that the Tory Government get a grip on apprenticeships - Gordon Marsden



Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Education Minister, commenting on the National Audit Office Reports on the apprenticeships, said:

“In the wake of the country’s decision to Brexit it is absolutely vital for Britain’s prosperity that the Tory Government get a grip on apprenticeships and plug the skills gulf that has emerged over the last five years. But this damning report from the NAO confirms what we and the sector have suspected for a while: the Tories are failing to prepare Britain for the future.” More>>
Monday 05 September 2016
This is an embarrassing rebuke for the Tories and their obsession with grammar schools - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments on the return of Grammar Schools, said:

“This is an embarrassing rebuke for the Tories and their obsession with grammar schools.

“The Tories should be concentrating instead on raising standards in all schools and improving education for all our children, regardless of their backgrounds. They are failing to do so. But they want to return to a system in which children were branded as failures at the age of 11 and which only increased division in our society. More>>
Sunday 04 September 2016
No answers in building a Britain that works for all - Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, commenting on Theresa May’s interview on the Andrew Marr show, said:

“In her first set piece interview Theresa May gave us no answers on the issues facing working people.

“She told us she wants a country that ‘works for everyone’, yet admitted over last few years the majority of people have seen no benefit from the government she has been part of. Crucially she offered no plan whatsoever to help those losing out. More>>

Saturday 03 September 2016
Today’s climate change annnouncement by China and USA is good news for the security of the planet but a sad sign that UK is falling behind the curve - Gardiner



Labour’s Barry Gardiner, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Energy & Climate Change and Europe, responding to the US-China joint commitment to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement this year said:

“Today’s announcement is good news for the security of the planet, but a sad sign that under the Tories the UK is falling behind the curve. More>>

Friday 02 September 2016
Southern rail’s long suffering commuters will be shocked to learn that that the worst franchise operator in the country has declared profits up 27 per cent - Andy McDonald



Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, responding to the news that the co-owner of the Southern rail franchise, the Go-Ahead Group, announced a 27 per cent rise in profits, said:

“Southern rail’s long suffering commuters will be shocked to learn that that the worst franchise operator in the country has declared profits up 27 per cent on last year. With fares up over 25 per cent up since 2010 and yesterday’s announcement of £20 million of taxpayer’s money going in to prop up this failed franchise, no wonder Southern passengers are at their wits end. This franchise has failed and taxpayers and passengers have had more than enough and it should be brought to an end now. This Tory sponsored rip off of the public simply has to stop.”
Thursday 01 September2016
Tories talk about a 7-day NHS, but they are causing 5-day strikes - Diane Abbot



Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, responding to Theresa May’s comments over planned Junior Doctors’ strikes, said:

“Junior doctors have absolutely no confidence in Jeremy Hunt and this Tory Government. If Theresa May was serious about prioritising the NHS she would be working to solve this dispute and properly fund our National Health Service.

“The NHS is only as strong as the morale of its staff. The Junior doctors’ decision to carry out the very first five-day strike in NHS history reveals that morale and trust in Theresa May’s Government is at rock bottom.

“The Tories talk about a 7-day NHS, but they are causing 5-day strikes.”
Wednesday 31 August 2016
Theresa May should focus on putting working people first when Brexit planning - Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, commenting on the Cabinet meeting to discuss Brexit, said:

“As Theresa May and her Cabinet meet today the country faces big challenges. After six years of Tory Government, working people are feeling the pinch, public services are under pressure and the Tories have no plan to deal with the vote to Leave Europe. More>>
Tuesday 30 August 2016
Pay rises for David Cameron’s advisers are über-cronyism, totally unacceptable and Theresa May should claw the money back - Tom Watson



Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, responding to Civil Service World analysis showing that David Cameron’s Special Advisors received large pay rises in his last year as Prime Minister, said:

“We knew David Cameron was guilty of cronyism by doling out honours to his mates and closest supporters, but the decision to award advisors huge pay rises in his final year in office is an insult to the thousands of hard-working civil servants who were forced to endure years of pay freezes under his Government.

“It also resulted in Cameron’s advisors receiving far larger pay-outs when they left their jobs in June. It’s über-cronyism, it’s totally unacceptable and Theresa May should claw the money back.”

Monday 29  August 2016
Labour launches new race equality consultation



Labour is today launching a new nationwide consultation to develop the Party’s policies to fight discrimination and promote racial equality.

The consultation will be in partnership with the Race Equality Advisory Group, chaired by Patrick Vernon OBE and will engage Britain’s diverse communities and experts in a series of special events all over the country and online through the Your Britain policy website: http://goo.gl/9Ghhe1
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Sunday 28 August 2016
International aid should not be used as a slush fund to bail out the underfunding of defence - Kate Osamor



Kate Osamor MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, responding to reports that the Government is to cut spending on traditional aid projects, said:

“Priti Patel has made it clear that the Government now has no plans to deliver on the UK’s 0.7 per cent aid budget. More>>
Saturday 27 August 2016
Parliament cannot be side-lined from the greatest constitutional change our country has debated in forty years - Gardiner



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy & Climate Change, commenting on reports that Theresa May may use Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50 without parliament, said:

“Those commentators who argue that the Prime Minister should circumvent a parliamentary vote and use the Royal Prerogative to leave the EU should consider what constitutional precedent they seek to invoke. More>>
Friday 26 August 2016
This analysis is a damning indictment of this Government’s underfunding and mismanagement of the NHS - Diane Abbott



Speaking in response to the 38 degrees report on Government Stability and Transformation Plans (STPs) for NHS Trusts, Shadow Secretary of State for Health Diane Abbott said:

“This analysis is a damning indictment of this Government’s underfunding and mismanagement of the NHS. More>>

Thursday 25 August 2016
The Tory promise on immigration lies in tatters - Harris



Carolyn Harris MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister, commenting on the release of the Office for National Statistics UK Migration figures, said:

“These figures are a reminder of Theresa May’s failings as Home Secretary. Once again, the Tory promise on immigration lies in tatters and net migration remains more than three times their target. For all the rhetoric, it is clear the Government failed to devise either a fair or firm approach to immigration. More>>
Tuesday 23 August 2016
There is a real risk the Government’s complacency will lead to our next pension crisis - Debbie Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to a Citizen’s Advice survey finding that three in five people taking money out of their pension have no plans for costs of care, said:

“The Tory Government has failed to ensure workers understand the hidden costs of pension schemes, and have independent, good quality advice available to help them make informed decisions about their retirement needs which may include the cost of being cared for. More>>
Monday 22 August 2016
The radicalisation of vulnerable inmates & growing extremism in our prisons has been ignored by the Tories - Jo Stevens



Jo Stevens MP, Labour’s Shadow Prisons Minister, responding former prison governor Ian Acheson’s review into extremism in prisons, said:

“The urgent issue of radicalisation of vulnerable Muslim inmates and growing extremism in our prisons has been ignored by the Tories for over five years.

“During that period, the prison population has grown, thousands of prison officers have been sacked, violence is at record levels and our prisons are at breaking point. It’s little wonder overstretched prisons have been unable to address the problem. More>>
Saturday 20 August 2016
Disgrace that Tory’s ‘Help to Buy ISA’ cannot be use to pay for a deposit - Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on reports that the Help to Buy ISA scheme does not let first-time buyers use the savings for a deposit, said:

“Today’s reports that the Tory’s much vaunted ‘Help to Buy ISA’ cannot be used to pay for a deposit is a disgrace. People up and down the country are struggling to buy their first home and are being let down by the Government’s failure to act. More>>
Friday 19 August 2016
Abandoning the National Living Wage would be a huge step backwards - Jon Trickett



Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to calls from the Institute of Economic Affairs for the Government to abandon the National Living Wage, said:

“With workers in Britain suffering poor wage growth and record levels of in-work poverty, a living wage has never been more urgent. Let’s be clear, the Government’s living wage does not go far enough but, for millions of workers, it will mean not having to choose between heating the house and putting food on the table. More>>
Thursday 18 August 2016
Congratulations to all the young people up and down the country receiving their results today - Angela Rayner



Commenting on the publication of the A-level results, Angela Rayner, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary said:

“Congratulations to all the young people up and down the country receiving their results today. For many this will be a day of joy and opportunity, allowing them to pursue new chapters of their lives whether that be work, training, or further study. More>>

Wednesday 17 August 2016
Treasury figures show impact of Brexit on the UK economy



Today, official HM Treasury comparisons of independent economic forecasts show a dramatic revision downwards in growth and upwards in inflation, unemployment and public sector net borrowing.

Institutions including City forecasters, such as Capital Economics, and non-City forecasters, such as the IMF, have downgraded GDP for 2017 from an average of 2.1 per cent in June to just 0.7 per cent now. More>>
Tuesday 16 August 2016
Barry Gardiner responds to Government’s belated efforts to resolve concerns over future Chinese investment



Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy & Climate Change, responding to the Government’s belated efforts to resolve concerns over future Chinese investment, said:

“It is right that the Government take steps to address the burgeoning diplomatic fiasco resulting from their plans to delay proceeding with Hinckley Point. More>>

Monday 15 August 2016
Labour will ensure we build workplaces fit for the future - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, following his visit to Greggs bakery distribution centre in Enfield this morning, where he met workers, managers and union representatives, and discussed Labour’s Workplace 2020 consultation about the world of work in the 21st century, said:

“The recent scandals at Sports Direct and BHS have underlined the insecurity faced by many workers in Britain today. But they are just the tip of the iceberg as workers have endured a 10 per cent decline in real wages since 2007. More>>
Saturday 13 August 2016
We welcome Phillip Hammond’s decision to agree with Labour’s calls for EU structural funds to be protected - John McDonnell



Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said, responding to Philip Hammond’s guarantee of Government funding for projects backed by the EU:

“ We welcome Phillip Hammond’s decision to agree with Labour’s calls for EU structural funds to be protected post-Brexit. This will help to give some reassurance to communities and businesses right the way across the UK”.

“However, we also want to urgently hear the Chancellor speak up on the importance of keeping Britain’s membership of the European Investment Bank as we have set out in Labour’s five red lines for negotiations.”
Friday 12 August 2016
Decline in construction figures highlights the Tories’ failed economic plan - Long-Bailey



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to today’s ONS construction figures, said:

“The continued decline in construction figures again highlights the Tories’ failed plan for our economy. Britain is crying out for investment in infrastructure and housing yet these figures show construction falling by 0.9% in just one month. More>>
Thursday 11 August 2016
It is absolutely clear from these figures that the NHS is not safe in Tory hands - Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, responding to today’s figures on NHS England’s Combined Performance summary, said: “It is absolutely clear from these figures that the NHS is not safe in Tory hands. Once again, the Government has failed to meet key standards and is putting patients at risk. More>>
Wednesday 10 August 2016
We support the report’s recommendation to reinstate Section 40 of the Equality Act 2010 that was shamefully abolished by the Tories - Angela Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education Secretary and Labour’s equalities spokesperson, commenting on the TUC and Everyday Sexism report on sexual harassment said:

“I am shocked to hear that in 2016, 52 per cent of women still experience sexual harassment in the workplace. There is nothing funny about one in three women being subjected to inappropriate jokes of a sexual nature when they simply trying to do their jobs. More>>

Tuesday 09 August 2016
This is yet another decline in manufacturing, contributing to a further widening of the trade deficit - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on today’s manufacturing and trade figures, said:

“This is yet another decline in manufacturing that is contributing to a further widening of the trade deficit. The evidence is now clear, claims by Philip Hammond that the fundamentals of the economy were strong going into the referendum were pure fantasy. More>>

Monday 08 August 2016
Paying top executives 140 times the average pay of employees makes no economic or moral sense - Jon Trickett



Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on a survey from High Pay Centre, said:

“Paying top executives 140 times the average pay of their employees makes no economic or moral sense. There is simply no excuse for the wealthiest people in this country to award themselves a 10% pay rise while the rest of the country saw their pay increase by just 2% last year. More>>

Sunday 07 August 2016
Response to the government’s proposal to make cash payments to families living close to fracking wells



In response to the government’s proposal to make cash payments to families living close to fracking wells, Labour’s Barry Gardiner, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change has said:

“An incentive to do the wrong thing is properly called a bribe and Theresa May is using this bribe to set neighbour against neighbour. It is not right for communities and it is not right for the country.

"We need a clean, secure, low-carbon future in the UK not a dirty fossil fuel one. More>>
Friday 05 August 2016
Government wants to plan the NHS on an imaginary scenario - Diane Abbott



Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, responding to a new report by the Nuffield Trust on the NHS’s financial circumstances said:

“The report is damning. It’s a very serious warning that we could see a rationing of health services if the financial crisis in the NHS is not addressed. More>>
Thursday 04 August 2016
This new study paints a frightening picture of endemic child abuse in England and Wales - Champion



Sarah Champion MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse and Domestic Violence, responding to new official statistics on historic child abuse in England and Wales, said:

“This new study paints a frightening picture of endemic child abuse in England and Wales. “The figures reveal the true extent of child abuse in our country, including thousands of previously unreported crimes dating back to the 1960s. It exposes the trauma that so many people have silently lived with for decades. More>>
Wednesday 03 August 2016
It’s time the Chancellor stepped up & told us what he is planning to do - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to NIESR analysis showing that the UK could be heading for a recession following Brexit, and the biggest monthly PMI fall in 20 years, said:

“The economic outlook for the UK is uncertain, and it’s time the Chancellor stepped up and told us what he is planning to do. More>>

Tuesday 02 August 2016
Report shows that for all the Government’s rhetoric they have failed to tackle the UK’s housing crisis - Morris



Grahame Morris MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Communities and Local Government, commenting the Resolution Foundation’s report on home ownership, said:

“This research shows that for all the Government’s rhetoric they have failed to deliver on one of their key promises to build the homes needed to tackle the UK’s housing crisis. Building more homes is part of the solution that involves increasing the housing mix we need to deal with the chronic housing crisis we face today. The report highlights that we have the lowest level of new builds for generations. At the same time more and more people are being forced into the private rented sector, paying higher rents with little protection from unscrupulous landlords.”
Monday 01 August 2016
Tories are letting young people down with the trebling of tuition fees and scrapping of grants - Rayner



Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the end of maintenance grants for students, said:

“The Tories are letting young people down. First they trebled tuition fees, now they’re scrapping the grants thousands of young people rely on, forcing them to pick up the bill for the failure of Theresa May’s government. For young people the reality of the Tories is soaring levels of debt and limits on aspiration. Young people deserve better than this unfair Tory Government.”

Sunday 31 July 2016
Ending pension ‘triple lock’ would be a shocking broken promise hitting pensioners in the pocket - Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on reports that the Tories may consider dropping the ‘triple lock’ on pensions, said:

“Just months ago the Tories went to the country on a solemn promise to protect pensioners, saying their ‘triple lock’ was guaranteed, that people could trust them, now we hear they’re considering dumping it. Make no mistake, this would be a grand betrayal - a shocking broken promise hitting pensioners in the pocket. The lesson here is that for all their words about doing the right thing, the Tories don’t stand up for ordinary people.”
Saturday 30 July 2016
The public hold a stake in RBS & should be demanding an end to weak bank governance - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to reports that Royal Bank of Scotland performed poorly in the European Banking Authority stress test results, said:

“RBS’ poor performance in today’s stress tests shows that even with six years as Chancellor, George Osborne did not get on top of problems in one of Britain’s largest banks. The public hold a stake in RBS and should be demanding an end to weak bank governance from new Chancellor Philip Hammond. More>>
Friday 29 July 2016
This Government is incapable of managing large scale infrastructure projects - Barry Gardiner



Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary responding to the Government announcement that they will delay a decision on the Hinkley Point C power station, said:

“The Tories are in chaos. Delaying the decision on Hinkley at the eleventh hour shows a disregard for the 25,000 British jobs that depend on it and sends a disastrous message to the investor community that this Government is incapable of managing large scale infrastructure projects. More>>
Thursday 28 July 2016
Rebecca Long-Bailey responds to job losses at Lloyds Bank



Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the job losses at Lloyds Bank, said:

“The announcement of these job losses on such a large scale is a terrible blow to the already uncertain economic landscape. My thoughts go out to the many people who are now unfairly burdened with worries and anxieties about the future.”

"It is disgraceful that these job losses should be made by a bank that has doubled its annual profit. Customers from homeowners to small businesses know the value of bank branches, but Lloyds is planning to make huge further closures.” More>>
Wednesday 27 July 2016
This is the worst performance of any major developed country other than crisis-ridden Greece - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to today’s figures on GDP and real wages, said:

“Today’s GDP figures provide a stark contrast with the grim news on real earnings which remain 10 percent below their 2007 level. This is the worst performance of any major developed country other than crisis-ridden Greece and mean the Conservatives’ have created an economy where too many people and communities are left behind. More>>
Monday 25 July 2016
Statement from Iain McNicol, General Secretary of the Labour Party



Iain McNicol, General Secretary of the Labour Party said: “Over the summer the party will embark on a big debate about our future. Labour members and supporters will choose our candidate for next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

“The Labour Party should be the home of lively debate, of new ideas and of campaigns to change society.

“However, for a fair debate to take place, people must be able to air their views in an atmosphere of respect. More>>
Saturday 23 July 2016
Comment from Emily Thornberry on the Munich shootings



Responding to the Munich shootings, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, said:

“Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with the people of Munich, and we send our support to the German police, intelligence and emergency services who are dealing with these unfolding and tragic events. More>>
Friday 22 July 2016
This report is a damning indictment of unscrupulous “Victorian” employment practices - Jon Trickett



Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on today’s BIS Select Committee report into employment practices at Sports Direct, said:

“This report is a damning indictment of unscrupulous “Victorian” employment practices. The Tory Government has utterly failed to protect ordinary people from systematic exploitation. Good businesses who do the right thing by their employees are being undermined. More>>
Thursday 21 July 2016
Andy Burnham responds to the publication of crime statistics



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the publication of crime statistics, said:

“At long last, we have the true picture of crime in England and Wales and it puts the former Home Secretary’s record in a new light.

"Our new PM was fond of saying that crime is falling but, as people can see, crime has moved online and until now the official statistics haven’t shown that.

"Her complacent claims do not read well alongside these worrying increases in violent crime, sexual crime and homicide. More>>
Wednesday 20 July 2016
The Government must do much, much more to support low income families - Debbie Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s report showing that Tory failures mean families with children are unable to have a decent living standard, said:

“These figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation again highlight the failure of the Tory government over the last six years. More>>
Tuesday 19 July 2016
I welcome Simon Stevens’ intervention - Diane Abbott MP



Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, speaking in response to calls from Simon Stevens, CEO of the NHS, that NHS staff from overseas must be assured their jobs will be protected after Brexit, said:

“I welcome Simon Stevens’ intervention. The NHS and the social care sectors are just two of the key parts of our economy which are dependent on the skills and dedication of workers from overseas. Our NHS would struggle to cope without them and patients would be put at risk.

“NHS staff and all overseas workers here should be given assurances that they have the right to work and stay here as long as they wish.”
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