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Sunday 14 September, 2014


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.
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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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Sunday 14 September 2014
Statement on the murder of David Haines

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“I am sickened at the disgusting, barbaric killing of David Haines. “He was somebody whose only purpose was to help innocent people, themselves victims of conflict.

“That ISIL would choose to kill him says everything about their warped logic and murderous ways.

“Acts like this will not weaken but strengthen the resolve of Britain and the international community to defeat ISIL and their ideology.

“My deepest condolences and thoughts are with his family as they cope with this terrible crime. And the hearts of the British people will go out to them.”
Friday 12 September 2014
Hilary Benn response to Clegg speech on English devolution



Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to Nick Clegg’s speech on English devolution, said:

“Labour has long called for English devolution and has set out detailed plans for the biggest decentralisation of power and funding for a century. As part of this New Deal for England a Labour Government will devolve £30bn of investment for economic development and infrastructure to City and to County Regions so they can take their own decisions.

“There is now an unstoppable tide running in favour of passing power down, but Nick Clegg seems to be waking up late to the call for less centralisation. What people want is not warm words but substance to back it up.”
Thursday 11 September 2014
Response to increase in prosecutions for harassment and stalking - Emily Thornberry



Emily Thornberry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, responding to figures showing an increase in prosecutions for harassment and stalking, said:

“Labour has been pressing the Government to reverse the slide in harassment prosecutions and welcomes today’s CPS announcement. But behind the headline figures it’s clear how far off we still are from being able to say that the criminal justice system offers an adequate response to victims of stalking and harassment. More>>
Tuesday 09 September 2014
Labour’s vision for a national health and care service has mental health at its heart, not relegated to the fringes- Luciana Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, responding to the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report, said:

"The Chief Medical Officer is right to remind us that failing to support individuals is detrimental to our economy as well as to those affected, with soaring numbers of working days lost to mental illness. More>>

Monday 08 September 2014
People will judge the Lib Dems on their record of broken promises and failure - Harman



Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the publication of the Lib Dem pre-manifesto, said:

“Nick Clegg has once again shown what we all know - his government has let down working people. People will judge the Lib Dems on their record of broken promises and failure.

“The Lib Dems cannot escape responsibility for the policies they have voted for in support of David Cameron and the Tories. More>>
Sunday 07 September 2014
Theresa May has been far too slow to clampdown on this - Yvette Cooper commenting on events at the Calais border



Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on events at the Calais border, said:

"What is Theresa May doing to stop the growing border crisis at Calais? The chaos of people storming the port, stowing in lorries, and jumping on to wheel arches is extremely dangerous and very bad for Britain. More>>

Saturday 06 September 2014
Ed Miliband message to the ‘Darlo mums’



Ed Miliband MP Leader of the Labour Party said:

“The Darlo Mums are a true inspiration to all of us and I’m proud the whole Labour movement has come together to support their campaign for the NHS.

“Their passion – and the passion of everyone taking part – shows how much we value our NHS, our most precious institution.

“And it shows the real anger people feel about what this Government is doing and the fears they have for the future of the NHS under the Tories. More>>
Friday 05 September 2014
Government should scrap the hated Bedroom Tax - Rachel Reeves


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

“The Government should scrap the hated Bedroom Tax following the overwhelming vote by MPs against the cruel tax on bedrooms today.

“David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax has hit hundreds of thousands of people across the country causing misery, hardship and forcing families to rely on food banks. If the government won’t ditch the Bedroom Tax, then the next Labour government will.”
Thursday 04 September 2014
Report is more worrying evidence of Cameron’s failure to create the good jobs we need to push up living standards - Rachel Reeves



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

“Today’s TUC report is more worrying evidence of David Cameron’s failure to create the good jobs we need to push up living standards and bring down social security bills.

“Since 2010, the Tory low-wage economy has led to millions of working people facing a cost-of-living crisis which has left them more than £1,600 a year worse off. More>>

Wednesday 03 September 2014
Labour’s plan for 25 hours free childcare for working parents of three and four-year-olds goes beyond the Lib Dems’ bogus promises - Lucy Powell



Lucy Powell MP, Shadow Minister for Childcare and Children, responding to Lib Dem announcements on child care, said:

“There’s no point the Lib Dems making more promises when people remember only too well the promises Nick Clegg and his party have already broken. More>>
Tuesday 02 September 2014
Statement from Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“The killing by ISIL of another hostage and the threat of more violence demonstrates again their murderous barbarism.

“Their cold-blooded brutality against the innocent offends the values of people throughout the world, wherever they live.

“This shows, as we have recently have said, that they are a threat which cannot be ignored.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims.”
Monday 01 September 2014
Another Tory MP is giving up on David Cameron - Michael Dugher



Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to the announcement that yet another Tory MP is to stand down at the next election, said:

“Another Tory MP is giving up on David Cameron, who can’t even persuade his newest MPs that he has the answers. Confidence in the Prime Minister is collapsing even inside his own party, with MPs formerly loyal to David Cameron throwing in the towel rather than fighting on.

“Hardworking people desperately need a government which will deal with the cost-of-living crisis. Instead we have a weak Prime Minister and a divided Tory Party turning in on itself.”
Saturday 30 August 2014
Ed Miliband calls for “overarching inquiry into child abuse” and repeats call for Shaun Wright to step down - LabourLIst



Ed Miliband has released a statement this morning on the Rotherham child abuse scandal, in which he re-iterates calls for Shaun Wright to resign as South Yorkshire PCC. However, Miliband has gone further today, calling for an “overarching inquiry into child abuse” to examine what went wrong not just in Rotherham, but “in different institutions, in different parts of the country and stretching across different decades”. Here’s the statement in full>>

Friday 29 August 2014
Labour would reform the water industry to support those struggling to pay their water bills- Maria Eagle



Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responding to Ofwat’s draft publication of the amount the water companies can charge from 2015-2020, said:

“The water industry needs to be reformed if we are to tackle the real problems for consumers facing a cost-of-living crisis. But on David Cameron’s watch water companies have made huge profits while people have been struggling to pay their water bills. More>>
Thursday 28 August 2014
Tristram Hunt response to the publication of the report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission



Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the publication of the report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, said:

“David Cameron is failing on social mobility – he and his government stand up only for a privileged few. Under the Tories, the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and the rest is increasing, millions of hardworking people are seeing their living standards go backwards and child poverty is set to increase. More>>
Wednesday 27 August 2014
Permanent ceasefire deal welcome and much needed step forward - Douglas Alexander



Douglas Alexander, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to the agreement of a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, said:

"After months of fighting and thousands of casualties, this permanent ceasefire deal brokered by Egypt’s government is a welcome and much needed step forward and all sides must now fully respect and uphold its terms. More>>

Tuesday 26 August 2014
Labour table amendments to tighten fracking regulations - Greatex



Labour table amendments to tighten fracking regulations

The Labour Party has today tabled amendments to the Infrastructure Bill in the House of Lords to tighten existing regulations for shale gas extraction in the UK.

This comes after Tom Greatrex MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister, published 6 conditions for shale gas extraction in May 2012. Despite persistent campaigning from Tom Greatrex and Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Tory-led Government has ignored Labour’s calls to tighten regulation for shale gas extraction. More>>
Monday 25 August 2014
Government’s measures on zero hours contracts simply do not go far enough- Umunna



Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on the launch of a consultation by government regarding exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts, said:

"We have seen a rising tide of insecurity in the work place since David Cameron came to office with his Government watering down the rights at work of every working person in this country. So it is unsurprising the Government has put forward the minimum it thought it could get away with to deal with exploitative zero hours contracts. Their measures simply do not go far enough. More>>
Sunday 24 August 2014
Britain can do more to halt extremists - Sunday Times article by Yvette Cooper



A barbaric murder and a British voice; it is the starkest evidence yet of a problem that our security agencies have warned about for months. The rapid rise of Isil [also known as Isis] may be happening hundreds of miles away. But we cannot pretend the barbarism is none of our business when so many British citizens are being drawn in. A concerted international response is needed. But we need more action here at home too. More>>

Saturday 23 August 2014
Government scrapped Labour’s plans to phase out parking charges for patients and since then one in four hospitals have increased parking fees - Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to a government announcement on hospital car parking charges, said:

"The Tory-led Government scrapped Labour’s plans to phase out car parking charges for patients and Jeremy Hunt needs to take responsibility for the fact that since then one in four hospitals have increased parking fees.

"Any action to ease the burden of car parking charges on patients and their visitors is welcome. When people go to hospital, the last thing they want to worry about is parking fees."
Friday 22 August 2014
This is yet another example of the big energy companies failing their customers - Flint



Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, commenting on EDF’s £3m fine, said:

"It is right that EDF are fined after such poor treatment of their customers.

"But this is yet another example of the big energy companies failing their customers. That is why we would replace Ofgem with a new regulator with the powers to revoke energy companies’ licenses where there are repeated, serious and deliberate breaches of their licence conditions and which harm the interests of consumers.”

Ofgem’s statement available here
Thursday 21 August 2014
Borrowing figures confirm Osborne set to break his promise to balance the books by next year - Chris Leslie



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

“Today’s public borrowing figures confirm that George Osborne is set to break his promise to balance the books by next year, and on top of that so far this year he has borrowed £37 billion - more than the same period last year. More>>
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Mental health services are getting worse not better - Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Shadow public health minister, in response to Norman Lamb’s comments on mental health services, said:

"Norman Lamb is not a commentator; he has been the minister responsible for mental health for the past 2 years. "On his watch child and adolescent mental health services are in crisis. Funding has been cut, the number of doctors and nurses has been reduced and we are seeing more and more children being treated on adult wards. More>>
Tuesday 19 August 2014
While this fall in the rate of inflation is welcome, the squeeze on working people continues - Jamieson



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

“While this fall in the rate of inflation is welcome, the squeeze on working people continues. “The latest figures show regular pay rising by just 0.6 per cent - less than half the rate of inflation announced today. Wages after inflation have now fallen by over £1,600 a year under this government.

“Labour’s economic plan will deal with the cost-of-living crisis, make Britain better off and earn our way to higher living standards for all, not just a few.”
Monday 18 August 2014
Serious Fraud Office to investigate alleged misuse of loans to businesses - Response from Chuka Umunna



Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to reports the Serious Fraud Office is to investigate alleged misuse of loans to businesses, said:

“These are very serious allegations indeed and it is welcome that the Serious Fraud Office is looking into them to determine if there has been any criminal wrongdoing. More>>
Saturday 16 August 2014
11th hour conversion to extending Freedom of Information legislation doesn’t go far enough - Sadiq Khan



Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports of an ‘overhaul’ of Freedom of Information rules, said:

“This 11th hour conversion to extending Freedom of Information legislation doesn’t go far enough. Labour has already committed to extend the law so it covers the delivery of public services by private companies such as in the NHS, education and prisons.

“David Cameron has failed to improve transparency by strengthening Freedom of Information rules and only Labour will rectify that.”
Friday 15 August 2014
Douglas Alexander - statement on Iraq



Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP, said:

"The acceptance of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s prime minister-designate potentially offers a new direction. His challenge is now to promote an inclusive, sovereign and democratic Iraq that can push back on ISIL advances and restore stability and security across the country.

"But the humanitarian crisis continuing to unfold in Iraq requires an ongoing and urgent response from the international community. More than one million Iraqis are now displaced from their homes according to the UN. More>>
Thursday 14 August 2014
Cameron’s policy on AS levels will close window of opportunity for many young people wanting to go to university – Hunt



Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt MP, responding to the publication of AS and A level results said:

“For thousands of people across the country, today brings the culmination of years of hard work and perseverance. Congratulations to all of those who have got the grades that will take them on to the next chapter in their lives. More>>

Wednesday 13 August 2014
Mount Sinjar - Britain must act to help the refugees in their hour of need - Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the situation on Mount Sinjar, said:

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s statement on further action to bring to safety those on Mount Sinjar. It is right to recognise the terrible crisis affecting refugees stranded there. Britain must act to help the refugees in their hour of need.

“ISIL bears the responsibility for these dreadful events. It is a brutal organisation which is terrorising and killing innocent people. More>>
Tuesday 12 August2014
'Cost of a Child' report shows the cost-of-living crisis facing millions of families - Shabana Mahmood



Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to the Child Poverty Action Group and Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s third ‘Cost of a Child’ report, said:

“This report shows the cost-of-living crisis facing millions of families. While millionaires have been given a huge tax cut families with children have been hit hardest of all by this government’s choices.

“Labour would back families and make work pay by expanding free childcare for working parents, increasing the minimum wage and introducing a lower 10p starting rate of tax.” More>>
Monday 11 August 2014
The Choice: The Environment - Speech by Maria Eagle MP



Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, speaking at WWF UK in Woking this morning, said:

Thank you very much Trevor* for that introduction and thank you to WWF for hosting me today.

I’m pleased to hear from Trevor that I am making the first political speech in this wonderful new space. I am absolutely certain that it won’t be the last. Since it was established in 1961, the work of WWF has been an inspiration to the environmental movement all over the world. More>>
*Trevor Hutchings Director, WWF - UK
Sunday 10 August 2014
Disgrace that a double murderer is being let into the country because Theresa May has mismanaged her department - David Hanson



David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Immigration, responding to news that a double murderer is being allowed into the country due to incompetence and the missing of deadlines by the Home Office, said:

“The fact is a double murderer is being let into the country because Theresa May has mismanaged her department so badly they can’t meet basic deadlines.More>>

Friday 08 August 2014
Women Should Not Have to Wait More Than 100 Years For Equal Pay, Glora De Piero



MP Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, sets out The Choice facing working women between Labour and the Conservatives.

Under the Tories it will take more than 100 years to deliver equal pay, a promise made in 1970 when the Equal Pay Act was passed. This is a fact that should shame us all. Women still earn just 80 pence for every pound a man earns in Britain. More>>
Thursday 07 August 2013
The Prime Minister promised to keep NHS waiting times down but these figures show he has failed the test he set himself - Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to new NHS figures showing the Government has missed the operation waiting time target, with thousands more patients waiting too long for treatment and 160,000 missing patients,said:

“The Prime Minister promised to keep NHS waiting times down but these figures show he has failed the test he set himself. More>>
Wednesday 06 August 2014
Today’s reports are deeply worrying and show a distinct lack of respect for our Armed Forces- Gemma Doyle



Gemma Doyle MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, responding to reports of serious delays in the processing of compensation claims for injured Armed Forces veterans, said:

“Today’s reports that the Government is taking months and sometimes over a year to process compensation claims for injured veterans are deeply worrying and show a distinct lack of respect for our Armed Forces. More>>
Tuesday 05 August 2014
Most reasonably minded people across Britain will agree with the sentiments expressed by Baroness Warsi in her resignation statement today - Alexander



Douglas
Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to the resignation of Baroness Warsi, said:

“Most reasonably minded people across Britain will agree with the sentiments expressed by Baroness Warsi in her resignation statement today. More>>

Monday 04 August 2014
Cameron promised to protect patient care, but instead he has lost control of waiting times - Liz Kendall



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister,responding to Jeremy Hunt’s speech on NHS waiting times, said:

“David Cameron promised to protect patient care, but instead he has lost control of waiting times. More>>

Saturday 02 August 2014
British government must send “clear and unequivocal message” to both sides in Gaza conflict - Ed Miliband



In a statement on the situation in Gaza, Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, called on David Cameron to send out for the first time a “clear and unequivocal message” to both sides in the conflict.

The British government must speak with “one voice” , Mr Miliband added. Britain must take a “leading role” in pressuring both Israel and Hamas to end the violence. More>>
Friday 01 August 2014
Miliband calls for a tough cap on fares and radical reforms to get a better deal for commuters



On a visit to Hastings today, Ed Miliband will warn that commuters could face fare rises of up to 5.6 per cent next year. This is on top of inflation busting fare rises of nearly 20 per cent since David Cameron came to power.

He will call on the Government to adopt Labour’s policy of capping annual fare rises on every route to take the pressure off commuters next year. More>>
Thursday 31 July 2014
Douglas Alexander comment on the ongoing violence in Gaza



Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on the ongoing violence in Gaza, said:

“The killing of sleeping Palestinian children taking shelter in a school has horrified even those hardened to sustained suffering.

“The reaction of people across the world to these scenes of bloodshed is to ask how many more children will die before a cessation of violence is achieved. More>>

Wednesday 30 July 2014
The Choice: Economy - Speech by Ed Balls Ed Balls MP,



Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, in a speech in Bedford, said:

It’s great to be back here in Bedford supporting your campaign.

Because it’s vital that we win here in this marginal constituency – and in seats across this region from Stevenage to Ipswich, Watford to Waveney – if we are to get the Tories out, elect a Labour government and start to rebuild our country for the future. More>>

Tuesday 29 July 2014
The Choice on the NHS - Andy Burnham speech



When people look back, this could turn out to be no ordinary summer for the NHS.

In just over two weeks, a group of mums from Darlington will set out from the North East, retracing the steps of the Jarrow marchers.

The People’s March for the NHS aims to raise awareness about, in their words, “the Government’s assault on our most prized possession”.

It remains to be seen whether it catches the public mood. But I think it might.

There is growing anxiety about where the NHS is heading - and anger that people have never voted for such changes. More>>
Monday 28 July 2014
Response to Government announcement on fracking - Greatrex



Tom Greatrex MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister, commenting on the Government’s announcement of an onshore licensing round, said:

"With 80% of our heating coming from gas and declining North Sea reserves, shale and other unconventional gas may have the potential to form a part of our future energy mix. "There are legitimate environmental concerns that must be addressed before extraction is permitted. Robust regulation and comprehensive monitoring are vital to ensure the public acceptability test is met. David Cameron’s Government must take these issues seriously rather than drawing simplistic and irresponsible comparisons with the USA."
Saturday 26 July 2014
Connections between Big Society Network organisations that squandered public money and the Conservative party are deeply concerning



Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Civil Society, commenting on David Cameron’s flagship Big Society Network being investigated by the Charity Commission over allegations that it misused government funding and made inappropriate payments to its directors, said:

“It’s bad enough that millions of pounds of public money were squandered, but the connections between these organisations and the Conservative party are deeply concerning. More>>
Friday 25 July 2014
The mounting death toll of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza simply cannot be justified - Douglas Alexander



Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary said:

“The killing of innocent children sheltering at the UN school in Gaza shames our shared humanity, and serves as a tragic reminder of the human suffering this conflict is causing hour by hour, and day by day.

“The mounting death toll of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza simply cannot be justified. Labour opposes the Israeli incursion into Gaza. More>>
Thursday 24 July 2014
Boris Johnson reveals on LBC that Conservative Party used the Foreign Office to check its donors



Chris Bryant MP, responding to revelations from Boris Johnson on LBC that David Cameron asked the Foreign Office to conduct checks on Conservative Party donors, said:

"Boris has let the cat out of the bag about the hundreds of thousands of pounds the Tories have taken. David Cameron suggested the Tory Party were doing proper background checks on these Russian donors, but now it’s clear they’ve done nothing of the kind. This is deeply inappropriate. More>>
Wednesday 23 July 2014
Work Capability Assessments are failing to help disabled people into work and the system needs urgent reform - Kate Green



Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, responding to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s call for an overhaul of Work Capability Assessment system said:

"Work Capability Assessments are failing to help disabled people into work and the system needs urgent reform. Ministers must listen and act on the Work and Pensions select committee’s criticism of Work Capability Assessments. More>>
Tuesday 22 July 2014
As a result of this Government’s policies fuel poverty is getting worse under David Cameron - Flint



Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the Government’s fuel poverty strategy, said:

“A target to cut fuel poverty is only as good as the policies to deliver it. But this Government’s policies fall badly short and as a result fuel poverty is getting worse under David Cameron. More>>
Monday 21 July 2014
Douglas Alexander response to the latest events in Gaza



Douglas Alexander MP Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary said:

“Following the deadliest day of the conflict in Gaza so far, I welcome the decision by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to travel to Cairo now to help secure an urgent ceasefire.

“Last week I said that there could be no military solution to this conflict and that a ground operation into Gaza would be counterproductive. Today, as rockets continue to be fired at Israel, and Hamas militants are infiltrating across the border with Gaza, there is little evidence that this incursion is delivering the safety that citizens on both sides deserve. More>>

Sunday 20 July 2014
David Cameron Needs To Set Out What Background Checks Were Made In Solicitor General’s Appointment, Emily Thornberry MP



Labour’s Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry said:

“Both the Attorney General and the Solicitor General are supposed to be senior lawyers of high standing who are required to give the Prime Minister legal advice that he may sometimes not want to hear. It makes a mockery of that position to have it occupied by someone who has been found guilty of professional misconduct and who also failed to disclose that to the Prime Minister. More>>
Saturday 19 July 2014
A new settlement for a new era - Speech by Ed Miliband



A speech by Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, to Labour’s National Policy Forum>>
Friday 18 July 2014
A&E waiting time target missed for full year



New figures released this morning by NHS England confirm that the Government’s A&E waiting time target was missed for 52 consecutive weeks.

Last week, as many as one in five patients in some parts of the country waited longer than the four-hour target as hospitals struggle with a summer A&E crisis.

Record numbers of patients - who have been let down elsewhere - are turning to hospital A&Es for support this summer. Older people who have lost social care or patients who struggle for GP appointments under David Cameron now come through the doors of A&E departments. More>>
Thursday 17 July 2014
European Court of Human Rights story response - Sadiq Khan



Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to reports on Conservative proposals on the role of the ECHR, said:

“The role of the Attorney General is to give honest and frank advice to the Government. He needs to speak the truth to those in power. It is now clear that David Cameron sacked Dominic Grieve as he didn’t like the advice he was receiving from an experienced lawyer who knew that the Tory’s half-baked plans would leave our international standing in tatters. More>>
Wednesday 16 July 2014
It’s clear working people still aren’t seeing signs of recovery in their pockets - Reeves



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

"While today’s fall in overall unemployment is welcome, the figures show pay increasing at 0.3 per cent falling far behind inflation. It’s clear working people still aren’t seeing signs of recovery in their pockets with the cost-of-living crisis leaving them over £1,600 a year worse off since 2010. More>>
Tuesday 15 July 2014
Labour calls for two-year deadline to move people with learning disabilities out of hospitals and into the community

Labour has called on the Government to commit to a two-year deadline to end the practice of placing vulnerable people with learning disabilities in Assessment and Treatment Units – like the former Winterbourne View – for long periods of time. Instead, people should be given appropriate care and support at home or in the community, so that they can be closer to their friends and families and safe from the risk of abuse and neglect. More>>
Monday 14 July 2014
No time to lose, millions of lives to save – Murphy



Today in New York representatives from across the world will come together to finalise their proposals for global development for the next 15 years.

The event represents a real opportunity to help eradicate extreme poverty, boost education, tackle disease and fight climate change – but only if we get it right.

Ahead of that meeting Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary, Jim Murphy is calling on the UK to do much more in three key areas to ensure that the 2015 SDG agreement is ambitious as well as achievable. More>>
Sunday 13 July 2014
Official: It pays to be in a union



Trade union members are paid on average almost £4,000 a year more than non-union members according to the latest government statistics.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills report (May 2014) found the average hourly rate for unionised workers was £14.45 last year compared to £12.42 for unorganised ones.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady commented:

"There's more to this than wages. Unionised workers have better working conditions, shift and overtime premia, holiday entitlement, sick pay, paternity pay, pensions, and most important of all job security."

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Saturday 12 July 2014
This is a crisis that demands not revenge, but statesmanship motivated by justice - Douglas Alexander



Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary said:

"The spiral of violence that has engulfed Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank is bringing untold suffering to innocent people.

"I condemn the firing of rockets into Israel by Gaza based militants. No government on earth would tolerate such attacks on its citizens but ‎the rapidly growing number of Palestinian civilians killed in Gaza by Israeli air strikes risks fuelling yet more extremism and conflict. More>>
Friday 11 July 2014
Damning BIS committee report reinforces significant criticisms of botched Royal Mail fire sale - Ian Murray



Ian Murray MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry, commenting on the BIS Select Committee’s report on Royal Mail, said:

“Ministers pressed ahead with their unnecessary and botched fire sale of Royal Mail, despite widespread opposition and warnings. As a result, taxpayers have been short changed by hundreds of millions of pounds while the government’s ‘priority’ City investors made a killing at the public’s expense. More>>
Thursday 10 July 2014
PAC social care report is wake-up call to Ministers to stop burying their heads in the sand - Liz Kendall



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s report Adult Social Care in England, said:

“This very senior group of MPs is absolutely right to warn of the crisis facing social care. “The Committee is right to draw attention to the low pay that care workers are receiving, with hundreds of thousands paid less than the minimum wage. More>>
Wednesday 09 July 2014
Beggars belief that the Secretary of State had to be dragged to the floor of the Commons to confirm the business case for implementation of Universal Credit has yet to be signed off - Bryant



Chris Bryant MP Labour’s Shadow Welfare Reform Minister said:

“Today Iain Duncan Smith continued to beat about the bush on Universal Credit. The Government’s flagship welfare reform is still in a state of disarray, and no lessons have been learned about the need for openness and accountability to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent effectively. More>>
Tuesday 08 July 2014
Equipping Britain, young people and business for future success - Ed Miliband



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, will announce that the next Labour government will work with universities and business to introduce new Technical Degrees.

In remarks to a summit on vocational education organised by the Sutton Trust he will say making such courses available for young people is essential for Britain to succeed in the future with a high-skill, high-wage, high-quality economy. More>>
Monday 07 July 2014
Response to government’s Local Growth Fund announcement of funds for LEPs - Chuka Umunna



Commenting on the government’s Local Growth Fund announcement of funds for Local Enterprise Partnerships, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said:

“This week Labour has announced bold plans to decentralise powers and budgets to give local areas the tools they need to power local jobs and growth. Andrew Adonis’ Growth Review recommended devolving £30bn of spending to local areas. more>>
Saturday 05 July 2014
It’s not good enough for Ministers to admit in private that they’ve left NHS finances in a dire state - Reed



Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to Health Minister Norman Lamb’s comments on NHS finances, said:

"It’s not good enough for Ministers to admit in private that they’ve left NHS finances in a dire state. Labour’s warned of this for years - it’s hitting patient care standards and the Government must take action. More>>
Friday 04 July 2014
This a damning verdict for David Cameron as well as Andy Coulson - Michael Dugher



Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to the sentencing of Andy Coulson for his conviction for conspiracy to hack phones, said:

“This a damning verdict for David Cameron as well as Andy Coulson. “David Cameron brought a criminal into the heart of Downing Street. He was warned, ignored mounting evidence and refused to act. Now, not only is trust in the Prime Minister’s judgement deeply damaged, his Government is tainted. More>>

Thursday 03 July 2014
NHS annual survey confirms it’s getting harder to get a GP appointment under David Cameron - Andy Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the publication of NHS England’s annual survey of 900,000 patients on GP services, said:

“This survey confirms what Labour has been saying - that it is getting harder to get a GP appointment under David Cameron and there is growing public dissatisfaction with GP services. People are waiting days and even weeks for appointments and that is forcing people in to A&E in record numbers. More>>
Wednesday 02 July 2014
ADASS figures show the true scale of the care crisis unfolding under this Government - Kendall



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to the publication today of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ annual budget survey, said:

“Today’s figures from ADASS show the true scale of the care crisis unfolding under this Government.

“More and more elderly and disabled people are being denied vital services to help them get up, washed, dressed and fed. Families are left struggling to cope and seeing their own health suffer too. More>>
Tuesday 01 July 2014
Figures show Government’s child poverty strategy is failing abysmally with no progress for the millions of children still living in poverty - Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to DWP Households Below Average Income statistics, said:

“These figures show the Government’s child poverty strategy is failing abysmally with no progress for the millions of children still living in poverty. They also include extremely worrying signs that rising housing costs are set to push more children into poverty and that severe poverty is on the rise. More>>
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