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Friday 18 April, 2014


Tuesday 15 April 2014
Brierfield Town Hall & Community Centre Closure


Councillor Mohammed Hanif outside the Town Hall

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

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

Thursday 10 April 2014
Cut in help for vulnerable residents



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



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

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



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

Friday 04 April 2014
There is a choice – Malcolm Birks



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

Malcolm’s letter is reproduced below:

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



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




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



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


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



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



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

Lancashire county council cabinet member Azar Ali said:

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

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

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



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

County Coun. Ali said:

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

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



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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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



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

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

Sunday 08 December 2013
Petition against the 'Gagging Bill'



David Foat, a Labour Party member present at the petition handover said:

“I have signed the petition against this Bill. Mainstream political parties - the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems - concentrate on winning the centre ground vote all the time. The marginal constituencies like Pendle and the swinging centre-ground voters. How can pressure groups with concerns about specific issues exert any influence on the democratic system? Poor and vulnerable members of society have their rights side-lined in an unconscionable manner. The only way these matters can be made election issues is through lobbying and spending on non-party election campaigning in order to attract a percentage of the electorate sufficient to make the difference between winning and losing for the mainstream party candidates.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 06 December 2013
Pendle CLP is saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela

We find his own words more fitting than anything that we could say:

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” ― Nelson Mandela

Friday 22 November 2013
New funding to provide winter warmth in Lancashire



Lancashire County Council has finalised a decision to provide £480,000 to help warm up the county's coldest homes. Last winter, 560 extra deaths and more than 2,000 emergency hospital admissions were caused by winter-related illnesses in Lancashire.

People living in cold homes is a major reason for this and
County Councillor Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing has approved funding for each district to make it easier for them to keep their homes warm....

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County Councillor Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "Rising energy prices will make life very, very difficult for many people this winter. More>>
Wednesday 20 November 2013
Small firms in Pendle would benefit from Labour’s business rate cut - Azhar Ali



Commenting on Chuka Umunna’s speech to the Association of Convenience Stores Heart of the Community Conference, County Councillor Azhar Ali, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle said:

“Times are tough for small businesses in the Pendle and across the North West. There is a cost of living crisis but this out of touch Government doesn’t seem to care.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 18 November 2013
Silverman Lecture: questions still to come on HS2 - and brickbats for the local railways



Colne’s Lesser Municipal Hall was packed on Thursday evening (14 November) for Pendle Labour Party’s 29th Sydney Silverman Memorial Lecture, given by Louise Ellman.

A former leader of Lancashire County Council, Louise Ellman is now MP for Liverpool Riverside and Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee. She spoke firstly on the persistence of Sydney Silverman in achieving his aims and went on to talk of the work of her committee, concentrating on the future of the railways.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 16 November 2013
Nelson volleyball club welcomes £700 grant


Cllr Julie Henderson presenting Mohammed Suleman with the cheque.

Nelson area committee granted Nelson Volleyball Club £700 at their last meeting to help with training facilities for team members


Club Treasurer, Mohammed Suleman said "the club has been in existence for over 30 years and we represent our town at national competitions
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 16 November 2013
Philippines Typhoon Appeal



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If not we urge you to consider making a donation,

There are millions of people who have been affected, including hundreds of thousands who have been forced from their homes. There are countless dead. Those who have survived now need urgent help including emergency shelter, clean water and food. 

Donate now at the Disasters Emergency Committee web site.

Monday 11 November 2013
Lest we forget



On this day, Pendle Labour Party respectfully remembers the men and women of all nations who have lost their lives or been injured in wars and conflicts.
Friday 25 October 2013
Sydney Silverman Memorial Lecture



The annual Sydney Silverman Memorial Lecture will take place on Thursday 14 November at the Lesser Municipal Hall, Colne.

The principal speaker will be Louise Ellman MP. She is the Labour/Co-operative MP for Liverpool Riverside & Chair of the Commons Transport Select Committee.

Supporting speakers include County Councillor Azhar Ali, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle.

This lecture is an open meeting and is scheduled to commence at 7.00 p.m.

Saturday 19 October 2013
M65 to Foulridge bypass bid ‘closest it has ever been’ - Pendle Today



Lancashire County Council is the closest it has ever been to making the £40m. “Villages Bypass” a reality.

Showing his support, County Coun. Azhar Ali said: “I have been campaigning for the bypass for the past 15 years, and this is the nearest we have got. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that the people of Pendle, and in particular the people of Colne, cannot afford to miss. More>>

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Saturday 05 October 2013
Ed Miliband jokes about dad controversy in Darwen - Lancashire Telegraph



The government is using the Keogh report into failures at East Lancashire hospitals to score political points and damage the reputation of the NHS, according to Labour leader Ed Miliband.

The leader of the opposition visited Darwen yesterday ((FRI)) with Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Rossendale and Darwen, Will Straw, to meet members of the public and discuss their concerns about the cost of living.
More from the LT>>

Wednesday 02 October 2013
Shadow Education Secretary to Visit Pendle Schools
Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg, will be visiting two Pendle Secondary schools tomorrow, 3 October.

At 9.30 he will be meeting staff and pupils at West Craven High Technology College in Barnoldswick, and at 1.00 pm at Fisher More High School, Colne.

Monday 30 September 2013
Pendle Labour congratulates Mark Porter on his election to become the President of Pendle Labour Party



Mark has taken over the reins from Azhar Ali who will be concentrating his efforts on contesting the Pendle Parliamentary seat for Labour in 2015.

Mark, who is 41 years of age, was born in Burnley and is an avid supporter of Burnley FC.

Mark lives in the Borough of Pendle with his family and also works in Pendle’s manufacturing sector. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Sunday 15 September 2013
Pendle Labour Party select Azhar Ali as its Prospective Parliamentary Labour Party Candidate for Pendle



At a hustings meeting held today (15 September) at the Silverman Hall in Nelson, members of Pendle CLP voted to select County Councillor and Pendle Labour Party President Azhar Ali as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to fight the General .Election in May 2015.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 14 September 2013
Birtwistle Avenue Rat Run Update



Vivary Bridge Labour Councillor Ian Tweedie says:

"On Friday I met Simon Bucknell of Lancashire County Council at their offices in Burnley with Pendle Labour Party Chairman Azhar Ali".

"Our meeting followed public consultations about the Birtwistle Ave rat-run problem including two residents' meetings at the North Valley Community Centre. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Saturday 07 Septemebr 2013
Former Labour Councillor wanted by the Conservative Party




Following the news that a suspended Labour councillor has joined the Pendle Conservatives, Labour Group Leader on Pendle Council, Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said:

“Cllr Aziz was suspended for an indefinite period a number of months ago for his actions which had brought him into disrepute with the Labour group".
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Wednesday 04 September 2013
Pendle CLP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate selection process



Please follow this hyperlink for details of further meetings for Pendle CLP Labour Party members.

Monday 12 August 2013
Mike McIlroy, 1958-2013

Sadly we record the loss of another comrade

Alan Newbould recalls Mike’s role in Pendle Labour Party.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 August 2013
Gordon Prentice records some of his memories of Labour stalwart Bob Wilkinson (1951-2013) who died recently
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 02 August 2013
North West Labour MEP Candidates



Labour unveils its candidates to fight the 2014 European Elections

Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said


Like the people they seek to represent, they come from all walks of life and from all different communities across the North West.
Find out who are Labour's candidates.

Saturday 13 July 2013
Birtwistle Avenue Rat Run



Vivary Bridge Labour Councillor Ian Tweedie says:

"I have been asked to comment on a very nasty accident today (12 July 2013) on the Birtwistle Avenue Rat Run. A resident getting out of his car was hit by a VW camper van travelling at speed. His car door was ripped off and he was dragged for a distance and has been rushed to hospital. I'm sure your reporters will have more information about this terrible incident from the Police involved. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 12 July 2013
Ill-conceived Taxi Parking idea – Ian Graham



Commenting on the proposal for taxi parking on Midgley Street Car Park,Labour Party Member and School Governor, Ian Graham said:

“Pendle Council are considering a Planning application for a portable cabin Taxi Office and 5 taxi parking spaces on Midgley Street Car Park in Colne. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Tuesday 09 July 2013
Barrowford and Western Parishes Branch – Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Nomination Meeting

Barrowford and Western Parish Branch are holding a meeting to consider nominations for a suitable Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle.

The meeting is arranged for Sunday 28th July, the meeting will commence at 7.30 p.m. The venue is the Rising Sun, Gisburn Road, Blacko.

All Barrowford and Western Parishes members are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday 03 July 2013
Pendle Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Selection



The process for selecting Labour's parliamentary candidate to contest the 2015 General Election is underway
. Details of the timetable for the selection of candidates can be downloaded by following this hyperlink (PDF 81KB)
Saturday 08 June 2013
Birtwistle Avenue Rat Run         



For years people living along Harrison Drive and Birtwistle Avenue have complained about speeding traffic taking a short cut through the estate. Now, Cllr Ian Tweedie is saying that Speed Indicator Devices (SPIDS) will shortly be installed along the route of the rat run. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Monday 03 June 2013
Lake Burwain Path Funding



Labour Pendle Borough Councillor for Vivary Bridge Ward, Ian Tweedie, is seeking funding for essential repairs to the footpath round Lake Burwain. The footpath is popular with locals and tourists alike as well as anglers. There is a long-standing agreement between Pendle Council and British Waterways for the Council to maintain the footpath as a recreational amenity since its inception, but the Council has failed to provide routine maintenance it seems. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>


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Friday 18 April 2014
David Axelrod will play a key role in Labour’s general election campaign



David Axelrod will play a key role in Labour’s general election campaign as a Senior Strategic Adviser, the Party can announce today.

The strategist who masterminded Barack Obama’s back-to-back presidential victories in 2008 and 2012 has agreed to work with Labour to get Ed Miliband elected as Prime Minister in 2015. More>>

David Axelrod's video message to members and supporters

Thursday 17 April 2014
Under David Cameron, waiting lists for operations are at their longest in years - Andrew Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on the Government missing its NHS treatment waiting time target for first time since March 2011, said:

“Under David Cameron, waiting lists for operations are at their longest in years. More>>


Wednesday 16 April 2014
While this fall in overall unemployment is welcome, today’s figures show nearly 900,000 young people are unemployed and long-term youth unemployment has soared under David Cameron- Reeves



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

The government should introduce Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get young people into work. More>>

Tuesday 15 April 2014
It would be deeply complacent and out of touch for Ministers to try and tell people the cost-of-living crisis is over - Shabana Mahmood 



Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, responding to today’s inflation figures, said:

"At long last it looks like average wages will soon be rising faster than CPI inflation. But after four years when wages have fallen sharply in real terms, a huge turnaround is needed to ensure people aren’t worse off than when David Cameron came to office. More>>
Monday 14 April 2014
Response to Unison’s report on over-stretched nurses and under-staffed wards - Liz Kendall



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to Unison’s report on over-stretched nurses and under-staffed wards, said:

“Sadly, this report is right to warn that nurses don’t have enough time with their patients. David Cameron failed to learn the lessons of the Francis Review and handed out P45s to thousands of nurses and frontline staff. More>>
Saturday 12 April 2014
'For all the tough talk, this Government is failing to tackle tax avoidance and evasion - Mahmood



Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour’s shadow exchequer secretary to the Treasury, responding to the announcement of a Treasury consultation on tax evasion, said:

"For all the tough talk, this Government is failing to tackle tax avoidance and evasion. The amount of uncollected tax rose last year and the Chancellor’s Swiss tax deal has raised less than a quarter of the revenues promised. At a time when families are facing a cost-of-living crisis and the deficit is still high, this simply isn’t good enough."
Friday 11 April 2014
Chris Leslie comment on George Osborne’s Washington speech



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, commenting on George Osborne’s speech in Washington, said:

“The last thing millions of people facing a cost-of-living crisis want to hear is an out of touch Chancellor trying to tell them everything is going well.

“In 2010 George Osborne promised sustained rises in living standards, a secured rather than choked off recovery and the books balanced by 2015. On every single pledge he has badly failed.
More>>

Thursday 10 April 2014
Labour will tackle the exploitation of migrant workers that undercuts local jobs and wages



In a major speech today, Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper set out a new progressive approach to immigration with action to tackle abuse in the labour market at its heart. She said a Labour Government would do more to enforce the minimum wage, and double fines for employers who break the law. She also said a Labour Government would clampdown on agencies who solely recruit from abroad.
More>>


Wednesday 09 April 2014
Response to Maria Miller’s resignation from the Cabinet


A Labour Party spokesperson, responding to Maria Miller’s resignation from the Cabinet, said:

“It is welcome that Maria Miller has finally done the right thing. By resigning she has recognised that the public expect and deserve the highest standards from politicians. More>>

Local Note:
Perhaps she now needs to clear the air with the electorate in Basingstoke More>>
Tuesday 08 April 2014
Ed Miliband and Ed Balls letter to Local Government leaders & LEPs as part of Labour’s plan to close Britain’s productivity gap



Today we are setting out Labour’s objective for a radical devolution of economic power to unlock the growth potential of all of the country. This is a core aspect of the next Labour government’s plan to earn our way out of the cost-of-living crisis with a stronger economy that works for working people. Over the past year Lord Adonis has been developing a roadmap for how we would achieve this and today we are announcing the first conclusions from this review. More>>
Monday 07 April 2014
David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith have nothing to say about the cost-of-living crisis - Rachel Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to Iain Duncan Smith’s speech, said:

“It’s clear that David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith have nothing to say about the cost-of-living crisis which has meant working people have seen their pay fall by £1,600 a year since 2010. Their programme is in complete disarray. Ministers promised there would be a million people on Universal Credit by April, yet the latest figures show fewer than 4,000 people are. Long-term youth unemployment has doubled under David Cameron. More>>
Sunday 06 April 2014
Government’s flagship export schemes have not helped a single firm in two years - Umunna



The government’s two flagship export schemes for businesses announced two years ago are both yet to helped a single firm, it has emerged.

The £5bn Export Refinancing Scheme was launched in July 2012 as part of the Treasury’s UK Guarantees scheme. At the time ministers claimed it would be up and running by the end of 2012 but answers to Parliamentary Questions tabled by Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna reveal it has still not helped a single business and is not yet operational. More>>
Saturday 05 April 2014
Latest revelations raise further serious questions for Maria Miller and David Cameron - Angela Eagle



Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, commenting on reports today about the actions of Special Advisers related to reporting about Maria Miller, said:

“The latest revelations and the release of a recording raise further serious questions for Maria Miller and David Cameron. More>>
Friday 04 April 2014
Tax and benefit changes mean families will be £974 a year worse off by next election, IFS figures show


Households will be £974 a year worse off by the time of the next general election because of tax and benefit changes since 2010, according to Labour analysis of figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). More>>

Thursday 03 April 2014
46 Liberal Democrat peers vote to keep the Bedroom Tax - Rachel Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, speaking after 46 Liberal Democrat peers voted to keep the Bedroom Tax, said:

“24 hours after the Lib Dems said they were withdrawing their support for the Bedroom Tax, 46 Lib Dem peers have voted with the Tories to keep it. More>>
Wednesday 02 April 2014
Top NHS directors cash-in on wasteful Government reorganisation



Ten senior NHS managers shared over £300,000 in pay increases without even changing jobs, following David Cameron’s NHS re-organisation a year ago this week.

Department of Health directors kept identical posts when the NHS re-organisation came into force last April, but the rises came with fresh contracts from NHS England – the new quango responsible for large numbers of senior staff previously employed by the Department. More>>


Tuesday 01 April
Speech by Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, to the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference



Please follow this hyperlink to read the speech>>

Monday 31 March 2014
Monthly NHS charge not something Labour would ever consider - we believe in an NHS free at the point of use - Jamie Reed



Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to a suggested monthly charge for the NHS, said:

“This is not something Labour would ever consider. We believe in an NHS free at the point of use, and a Labour government will repeal David Cameron’s NHS changes that put private profit before patient care. The truth is that after wasting £3 billion on a damaging reorganisation and causing a crisis in A&E, it is David Cameron you can’t trust with the NHS.” 
Saturday 29 March 2014
Policy Review



Labour's Policy Review is a comprehensive process of discussion looking at every aspect of Labour’s policy in order to support the development of our manifesto for 2015. Through the Policy Review, Labour`s Shadow Cabinet team are looking at how we can create the change needed in our economy and society to achieve fairness even with less money to spend, and to build and economy that works in the interests of working people. Visit the online home of Labour ideas and policy development. By joining in you can play a part in developing our next manifesto>>
Friday 28 March 2014
Childminder agencies are not the silver bullet Ministers think they are to tackle David Cameron’s cost-of-living crisis - Lucy Powell



Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Childcare and Children, commenting on the Government consultation on childminder agencies, said:

“Childminder agencies are not the silver bullet Ministers think they are to tackle David Cameron’s cost-of-living crisis. They could increase, not reduce costs for mums and dads. Parents facing a cost-of-living crisis have seen costs rise 30 per cent since 2010 and at the same time wages are down £1,600. The number of childminders has fallen by 2601 since 2011. More>>
Thursday 27 March 2014
Response to announcement that there will be a full market investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into the energy market - Flint



Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the announcement that there will be a full market investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into the energy market, said:

"Yesterday’s price freeze from SSE showed that a price freeze is possible. Today’s confirmation that the energy market is broken shows that it’s needed for all customers. More>>
Tuesday 25 March 2014
No one wants to see job losses and today’s announcement will be unwelcome news for Royal Mail’s employees - Ian Murray



Ian Murray MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, commenting on the announcement by Royal Mail today of a consultation on job losses, said:

“No one wants to see job losses and today’s announcement will be unwelcome news for Royal Mail’s employees. It is crucial that Royal Mail’s management works closely with employees and unions to mitigate the impact of these changes and to prevent redundancies. More>>
Monday 24 March 2014
Once again chaos surrounding the Bedroom Tax has been laid bare - Chris Bryant



Chris Bryant MP, Labour’s Shadow Welfare Reform Minister, speaking following the revelation that even more people are eligible for refunds under the Bedroom Tax loophole, said:

“Once again, the chaos surrounding the Bedroom Tax has been laid bare. Neither Iain Duncan Smith nor his Minsters have any idea how many people have been illegally charged the Bedroom Tax and are due refunds. More>>
Sunday 23 March 2014
Confirmation that it’s getting harder to get a GP appointment under David Cameron - Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the Royal College of GPs’ warning on deteriorating primary care, said:

“We now have confirmation that it’s getting harder to get a GP appointment under David Cameron. It is simply unacceptable that any patient has to wait up to a week.

“This is putting patients at risk and flies in the face of personal promises made by the Prime Minister. More>>
Friday 21 March 2014
Osborne’s promise to balance the books by next year now lies in tatters - Chris Leslie



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

“George Osborne will be disappointed that he borrowed more last month than the same month last year. His promise to balance the books by next year now lies in tatters.

“The Budget revealed borrowing is now forecast to be £190 billion more than planned under this government. This is the cost of the three damaging years of flatlining and falling living standards we have seen since the election. More>>
Wednesday 19 March 2014
Another Tory budget that does nothing for the north
By John Healey



The chancellor claimed in his Budget speech, “today we back all regions of our country”.

He said the same thing in 2010 in his first Budget, pledging to rebalance the economy so that it “generates local economic growth… in all parts of the country”.

But his fifth Budget this afternoon simply confirms that this ambition is dead – filed away under ‘too difficult’ or perhaps ‘don’t care’. More>>

Wednesday 19 March 2014
Response to the Budget by Ed Miliband MP



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking in response to the Budget statement in the House of Commons, said:

"The Chancellor spoke for nearly an hour. But he did not mention one central fact:

The working people of Britain are worse off under the Tories.

Living standards down: month after month, year after year. 2011 - living standards down. 2012 - living standards down. 2013 - living standards down. And since the election working people’s living standards £1,600 a year - down.

You’re worse off under the Tories. More>>
Tuesday 18 March 2014
David Cameron and his insulated inner circle have done their best to help their friends - Ashworth



Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, commenting on reports of open warfare in David Cameron’s Tory Party, said:

“Wages are down an average £1,600 a year since David Cameron became Prime Minister, but the people he’s close to, the people he governs for, don’t feel it. That’s why he and George Osborne are happy to crow that the economy has been fixed – and why most people in the country listen to their complacent boasts with disbelief. More>>

Monday 17 March 2014
The number of NHS managers made redundant during the Government’s re-organisation rehired by NHS organisations has now reached 3,950



It has almost doubled in the last year - from 2,200 managers - Ministerial responses to Parliamentary Questions have revealed.

Non-clinical NHS staff made redundant in the reorganisation received average pay-offs of £43,000 and 2,300 received packages worth six figures. More>>

Sunday 16 March 2014
Ministers have failed to reassure patients that their NHS data will not be misused - Jamie Reed



Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to reports that a billion NHS records have been sold, said:

"Ministers have so far failed to reassure patients that their data will not be misused and they dismissed Labour’s plans for tougher penalties.

"Unless the Government gets a grip on the care data scheme - which could potentially have real benefits for patients - it will be increasingly at risk of failing."
Friday 14 March 2014
Ed Miliband statement on Tony Benn



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

“The death of Tony Benn represents the loss of an iconic figure of our age.

“He will be remembered as a champion of the powerless, a great parliamentarian and a conviction politician.

“Tony Benn spoke his mind and spoke up for his values. Whether you agreed with him or disagreed with him, everyone knew where he stood and what he stood for. More>>
Thursday 13 March 2014
Lords report on care of vulnerable adults and the Mental Capacity Act response - Luciana Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, responding to the House of Lords Committee report on the care of vulnerable adults and the Mental Capacity Act, said:

“This betrayal leaves the most vulnerable people in society at even greater risk. It’s making their lives harder, not easier.

“Individuals won empowering rights and recognition with this legislation – it’s distressing and wrong that safeguards are not being observed. More>>
Wednesday 12 March 2014
Sadiq Khan response to G4S agreeing to pay back £109million to the Ministry of Justice



Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the news that G4S have agreed to pay back £109million to the Ministry of Justice, said:

“This large sum of money G4S are repaying taxpayers shows the true scale of the wrongdoing that went on. This, in addition to its poor performance on a number of other contracts, has led to huge damage to the public’s confidence in our criminal justice system. More>>
Tuesday 11 March 2013
Ed Miliband statement following the death of Bob Crow



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

“Bob Crow was a major figure in the labour movement and was loved and deeply respected by his members.

“I didn’t always agree with him politically but I always respected his tireless commitment to fighting for the men and women in his union. He did what he was elected to do, was not afraid of controversy and was always out supporting his members across the country.

"He was a passionate defender of and campaigner for safe, affordable public transport and was a lifelong anti-fascist activist.

“My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues in the RMT and wider union movement at this difficult time.”
Monday 10 March 2014
Zero-hours contracts have trebled since 2010



New data obtained from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) by Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP reveals that the number of employees on zero-hours contracts has increased more than threefold since 2010 and is more than double what the government has recently claimed.

The newly-revised estimate, based on the ONS’ Labour Force Survey, shows that there are 583,000 people currently employed on zero-hours contracts, up from 183,000 in 2010. More>>
Sunday 09 March 2014
Nick Clegg and his Liberal Democrats have broken their promises and backed the Tories all the way and hardworking people are paying the price - Harman



Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on Nick Clegg’s speech to the Liberal Democrat Conference, said:

"Nick Clegg talks about fairness but the truth is the Lib Dems voted with the Tories to cut tax for people earning over £150,000 while raising it for everyone else. He says they have fixed the economy but working people are on average £1,600 worse off since the Lib Dems joined the Tories in government. More>>
Friday 07 March 2014
Response to today’s prison population figures showing lack of spaces available in prisons - Sadiq Khan



Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on today’s prison population figures showing the lack of spaces available in our prisons, said:

“With the number of places left in our prisons falling to a startling low, the incompetence of David Cameron’s Government is laid bare for all to see. They’ve closed down so many prisons so quickly they’ve left themselves teetering on the edge of having nowhere left to lock up criminals. Prisons are now operating way beyond the danger level and still Chris Grayling stays silent on what he’ll do if there is no space left. More>>
Thursday 06 March 2014
Where the cuts fall - Labour List



It’s not been easy to make fair comparisons between the different forms of English local government: London Boroughs, Metropolitan Boroughs, Unitary Authorities and two tier County/Districts. But now, an interactive map and database built for John Denham by the House of Commons Library lets you compare spending more accurately than ever before.

For example you can compare the extent of cuts in Pendle with East Cheshire, in which George Osborne's Tatton Constituency lies. Follow this hyperlink to the Labour List web site and using the interactive map, work it out for yourself.
Wednesday 05 March 2014
Cameron falling short of promise to ban internet rape porn- Diana Johnson PMQ



Diana Johnson MP Labour’s Shadow Home Office Minister, speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, asked the Prime Minister:

“Last July, the Prime Minister rightly promised legislation banning internet rape porn. So, can he explain to parents why Clause 16 of his Criminal Justice and Courts Bill doesn’t ban simulated child abuse or staged rape online?” More>>
Tuesday 04 March 2014
Leaked letter: Tory council leader accuses Cameron of placing party in “impossible position” 



A leaked letter from a Tory council leader has accused David Cameron of placing local government Tories in an “impossible position”, says there are “being controlled at every turn” and claims that whole branches of the local Tory Party have been lost during Cameron’s leadership. Here is the full letter
Monday 03 March 2014
After 4 years of downgrading vocational education Gove is now desperately trying to play catch up - Hunt



Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to Michael Gove’s speech, said:

"After 4 years of downgrading vocational education, Michael Gove is now desperately trying to play catch up. His and David Cameron’s ambivalence towards vocational education shows a shocking complacency about the challenges we face as a country, with the number of 16 to 18 year olds in education or training falling by 19,200 in the last year. More>>
Sunday 02 March 2014
Delivering for the ‘Forgotten 50%’ - recommendations from Labour’s independent Skills Taskforce



Labour’s independent Skills Taskforce will tomorrow (Monday) recommend major reforms to the 14- 19 education system, including:

Helping to tackle the ongoing scandal of the near one million young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) by making an element of school funding conditional on pupils progressing post-16; More>>


Saturday 01 March 2014
Ed Miliband’s closing words to Labour’s Special Conference



Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in his closing words to the Labour Party’s Special Conference, said:

Well friends, first of all, thank you. You know, I took a big risk last July but I did it because I believed, and I believe today that we can only face up to the big challenges that our country faces if we face up to the challenges in our party. That is what we have done today and we should all be proud of the Labour party that has shown the courage to change. More>>


Friday 28 February 2014
This is just the latest example of an energy market that is not working for Britain’s households and businesses- Flint



Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on analysis from Ofgem suggesting that energy suppliers hold £400 million in credit from closed accounts, said:

"This is just the latest example of an energy market that is not working for Britain’s households and businesses. There is no excuse for these companies to hoard their customers’ cash - if people are paying by direct debit their supplier will have their bank details and should be able to refund any balance when the account closes. More>>
Thursday 27 February 2014
Child poverty set to rise by 400,000 under Cameron’s Government, while ministers squabble over the way poverty is defined



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

“Child poverty is set to rise by 400,000 under David Cameron’s Government, while ministers squabble over the way poverty is defined. “The row between George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith does nothing to help working people who are £1,600 worse off a year because of the cost-of-living crisis. If David Cameron was serious about cutting child poverty he would scrap the Bedroom Tax, introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee, strengthen the Minimum Wage, incentivise the Living Wage and extend free childcare for working parents.” More>>
Wednesday 26 February 2014
Ofgem’s proposals yet again fall well short of what is needed - Caroline Flint



Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on Ofgem’s proposals on wholesale market liquidity and financial transparency, said:

“Any reforms to improve transparency and competition in the energy market are to be welcomed, but Ofgem’s proposals yet again fall well short of what is needed.

“Instead of simply stopping energy companies doing secret trades between the generation and retail parts of their businesses, as Labour has proposed, Ofgem is tinkering around the edges with a whole host of complicated interventions which will be difficult to properly monitor and enforce. More>>
Tuesday 25 February 2014
Tories can’t pose as the ‘workers’ party’ when working people £1,600 worse off - Jonathan Ashworth



Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, responding to the Conservative Party describing themselves the ‘worker’s party’, said:

“You can’t pose as the ‘workers’ party’ when you’ve made working people £1,600 worse off while cutting taxes for the wealthiest. Under David Cameron, for the first time more than half of households in poverty are in work. He has made his choice: standing up for a privileged few, not for working families. More>>

Monday 24 February 2014
However much out-of-touch Tories try to shift the goalposts, child poverty is set to rise by 400,000 under Cameron - Rachel Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on reports that the Government is to publish a child poverty strategy this week, said:

“However much out-of-touch Tories try to shift the goalposts, child poverty is set to rise by 400,000 under David Cameron’s Government, and for the first time since records began, there are more people in poverty who are working than who are out of work.

“Changing the definition of poverty won’t do anything to help the children whose lives are being damaged by the rise in poverty we are seeing under this Government.”
Sunday 23 February 2014
Andy Burnham responds to news from the Royal College of GP’s that 34million patients will fail to get an appointment with a GP in 2014



Responding to news from the Royal College of GP’s that 34 million patients will fail to get an appointment with a GP in 2014, Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, said:

"Within days of taking office, David Cameron scrapped Labour’s guarantee that all patients shou​ld be able to get a GP appointment within two working days. In December, Labour called on the Government to reverse this decision but Tory MPs voted against. It is one of the reasons why A&E departments are now under such pressure. More>>
Saturday 22 February 2014
Teather accuses Clegg over welfare - Lancashire Telegraph



Nick Clegg was accused of a "patronising" attitude to critics of the Government's welfare reforms by a former Liberal Democrat minister, who said the system was leaving people "destitute".

The Deputy Prime Minister accused the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, of exaggerating the effects of the coalition's welfare reforms.

But Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather said Mr Clegg's intervention was not "very helpful" or "well informed" as she backed the Archbishop's stance.
Read more from the Lancashire Telegraph


Friday 21 February 2014
Value of the minimum wage has been eroded since the Tory-led Government took office - Ian Murray



Ian Murray MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, commenting on a report on the National Minimum Wage by the Resolution Foundation published today, said:

“The value of the minimum wage has been eroded since the Tory-led Government took office as prices have risen faster than wages and families have been left £1,600 worse off, so Ministers need to act now. More>>
Thursday 20 February 2014
Under Cameron number of homes built has slumped to the lowest level in peacetime since the 1920s - Emma Reynolds



Emma Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to this morning’s house building statistics which show a fall in the number of homes built over the last 12 months, said:

“This is yet more evidence of the Government’s failure to build the homes the country needs and failing to act on the cost-of-living crisis. With the market beginning to recover, today’s increase in housing starts is welcome but the number of homes built over the past year is down five per cent compared with the year before. More>>

Wednesday 19 February 2014
David Cameron’s so-called ‘moral crusade’ on welfare has been a disaster - Reeves



Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to David Cameron’s claims that his welfare changes have given people ‘hope’, said:

"David Cameron’s so-called ‘moral crusade’ on welfare has been a disaster.

"There’s nothing moral about working people paying more and disabled people being hit hardest. More>>

Tuesday 18 February 2014
Atos - Work Capability Assessment needs fundamental reform - Kate Green



Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, responding to reports about the Work Capability Assessment contract and Atos, said:

“It is becoming increasingly clear that disabled people are being badly let down by Atos which is why Labour has called on the Government to sack them with immediate effect. More>>
Monday 17 February 2014
Which? survey - Cameron still allowing train companies to hit passengers with inflation-busting fare rises - Mary Creagh



Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to today’s Which? passenger satisfaction survey, said:

“It’s no surprise that eight in 10 commuters think fares are too high, when season tickets have gone up by 20 per cent under this Government. Fare rises are costing hard-working commuters hundreds of pounds, contributing to Cameron’s cost-of-living crisis.

“David Cameron is still failing to stand up for working people, allowing train companies to hit passengers with inflation-busting fare rises of up to nine per cent a year.” More>>
Sunday 16 February 2014
Nearly a third of two year olds are missing out on the free childcare they were promised - Lucy Powell ​



Commenting on news from the Family and Childcare Trust that 30,000 disadvantaged two year olds are missing out on the governments flagship15 hours free childcare, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Childcare and Children Lucy Powell MP said:

"This is further evidence that the government are failing the most vulnerable children and their families. Nearly a third of two year olds are missing out on the free childcare they were promised. Ministers pie in the sky plans for schools to take up the slack will not work as schools are already facing a primary places crisis.More>>

Friday 14 February 2014
Speech by Mike Kane after winning Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election



Mike Kane, Labour’s MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, speaking after tonight’s result was declared, said:

"Tonight the people of Wythenshawe and Sale East have sent a very clear message – they want a government will to stand up for us all – a One Nation Labour government.

"It’s a result which emphatically demonstrates that people here know the NHS is not safe in David Cameron’s hands, and that we’ve had enough of his utterly out of touch government." More>>


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