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Saturday 26 December 2015
Message from Mark Porter, President, Pendle CLP



As 2015 draws to a close and we take time to reflect on the events of the last 12 months and how these events have not only changed the shape of UK politics but the world in which we all live. More>>
Wednesday 23 December 2015




Tuesday 22 December 2015
In Memory of Trevor Walsh



Pendle Labour Party is saddened by the loss of Trevor Walsh, who's funeral took place today.

Trevor was Immensely respected as a comrade, Councillor, School Governor, and campaigner for the disabled.

We are saddened at losing Trevor and offer our condolences to his family.

Saturday 12 December 2015
Fracking in Lancashire Yvonne Tennant - Vice Chair, Membership.



Yvonne Tennant recently wrote to the local press stating her concerns regarding Lancashire County Councils decision to reject fracking in Lancashire being "called in" by National Government. Her letter is reproduced below:

I am sure that many of your readers will be appalled to learn that central Government have announced that they will make the decision about whether to allow fracking in Lancashire. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark has called in the decision made by Lancashire County Council to reject the two applications to frack, submitted by Cuadrilla Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 27 November 2015
Letter from The Council Leader to the Press - 27 November 2015

Core Strategy


Dear Sir,

I have been contacted by a number of residents in Pendle concerned about the level of development proposed in Pendle’s Core Strategy, the plan which will guide development over the next 15 years. They have asked why we need so much housing and industrial land when they are told that Councils are allowed by Government to decide for themselves what is right for their area. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 18 November 2015
Tax Credit Cuts and how it will affect families in Pendle



If you are wondering how many families in Pendle will be affected we have provided a hyperlink to the data setting out how many thousands of families could lose money.

The data is on the Government's own web site, pages 16 & 23 show the numbers that will be affected in Pendle, if the cuts go ahead.

We believe that Andrew Stephenson’s first duty is to the people of Pendle and that he should be voting down these savage cuts – but will he?
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 12 November 2015
Kate Green MP visits Pendle



Great Pendle Labour Women's Group get together this evening. Huge thanks go to our Women's Officer, Laura Blackburn, for organising it all - and of course to Kate Green MP who was our guest of honour.
Friday 23 October 2015
(Labour) MP fights for free hospital parking for carers - Pendle Today



Burnley MP Julie Cooper has launched a new national campaign to Park the Charges for Carers. Mrs Cooper has linked up with Carers UK and will propose new legislation to exempt carers eligible for Carer’s Allowance from hospital parking charges in England. More from Pendle Today>>
Tuesday 20 October 2015
MPs challenged to vote with Labour today to avert damaging tax credit cuts



Seema Malhotra MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary have written to non-Labour MPs ahead of today’s opposition day debate on tax credits.

In Pendle 6,900 working families claim Tax Credit and Labour calls on Andrew Stephenson to vote to stop these damaging cuts.

Read more about the letter here

Tuesday 13 October 2015
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Tuesday 13 October 2015
Labour to oppose Tories elected Mayor proposals in Pendle



Labour Councillors will vote against a motion tabled by Conservative Leader Joe Cooney at the Full Council meeting in Pendle on Thursday 15th October 2015.

Leader of the Council Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said

“At a time when the Tory government has reduced funding to Pendle Borough Council by over 50% since 2010, here we have a display of internal civil arguments within the Tory party as to who wants to be a one man/woman Mayor of Pendle which will cost tens of thousands of pounds to run elections and administer the office of the Mayor. This is a silly ill-thought idea and makes a fool of the residents of Pendle we are here to serve” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 10 October 2015
One million UK citizens set to lose their vote



Changes in the voter registration system mean around one million additional people will be taken off the electoral register this year.

Are you one of them?

Pendle Labour Party are concerned that Pendle residents will not be able to vote in elections and referendums if they are not registered to vote.

Next year there will be major elections in Pendle. And soon we have a big choice to make about whether Britain should stay in the European Union, but if you don’t register, you won’t be able to have your say. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 October 2015
Stop the Tax Credit Cut hurting 7,900 Pendle families



Tory changes to tax credits will leave working families £1,300 a year worse off.
Across the UK 3 million working families will be affected This tax credit cut will hit working families in the wallet. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 October 2015
Nelson Health Class gets a financial boost!



Shaista Arshad is a Project Worker working with the scheme at Williams Hall in Nelson. She says the project is a woman's exercise class which brings women together to improve health and tackle obesity.

As well as getting people fit it also brings people together in a social capacity. Healthy eating is also covered to improve the lives of themselves and their families. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Saturday 03 October 2015
Pendle Labour Party is saddened by the death of Dennis Healey

We send our condolences to his family and mourn the passing of a substantial figure of the Labour Movement.

Lord Healey was Labour's defence secretary from 1964 to 1970 and chancellor of the exchequer from 1974 to 1979 before becoming deputy party leader in opposition in 1980. The former Leeds MP's family said he died peacefully at his Sussex home on Saturday, after a short illness. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was "a Labour giant". Read more on the BBC web site.

Jeremy Corbyn Statement on the death of Dennis Healey
Saturday 12 September 2015
Pendle Labour Party congratulates Jeremy and Tom on winning the Leadership Elections.



Jeremy Corbyn has been elected Leader of the Labour Party and Tom Watson has been elected Deputy Leader. Pendle

Labour Party congratulates Jeremy and Tom and thanks all of the other candidates for the part they have played in a stimulating contest. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 24 August 2015
MP launches fight to save fracture clinic - Pendle Today



Burnley MP Julie Cooper has launched her campaign to oppose the permanent closure of Burnley General Hospital’s Fracture Clinic.

The Burnley Express revealed recently that the clinic would be moved to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for a six-month trial.

Mrs Cooper, who has been meeting the chief executive of the Trust and other healthcare officials, responded angrily to their claims the existing clinic in Burnley is ‘under used’ and therefore not sustainable. More>>

Saturday 22 August 2015
Sold down the Riverside



Barrowford’s green fields must be sacrificed so that Pendle can meet government housing targets.

That’s the message Pendle’s Planning Department is giving village residents – as Barrowford Labour Party has repeatedly warned.

The decision to identify the Trough Laithe fields (all the fields between the Riverside Business Park on the bypass up to Wheatley Lane Road) as Pendle’s only Strategic Housing Site has made it simple for Peel Investments to put in for the massive development that they have wanted all along. Download Barrowford Labour Party's latest newsletter (PDF - 200KB)
Friday 21 August 2015
MP and council at loggerheads over ‘petulant’ jibe - Pendle Today

MP Andrew Stephenson has hit back at claims his behaviour was “petulant and infantile” in refusing to attend a Pendle Council meeting.

Pendle’s Liberal Democrat leader Tony Greaves made the accusation and said he was “astonished” Mr Stephenson refused to attend the meeting with Pendle Council’s Strategic Director Dean Langton and all three party leaders on the council which was scheduled for Tuesday this week. More>>


Monday 03 August 2015
Theresa Griffin MEP - North West July European Update



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Wednesday 29 July 2015
Yvette Cooper wins Pendle Labour Party nomination




At a packed meeting of Pendle Constituency Labour Party on 28 July, members debated and voted on the local party’s supporting nominations for the next Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Party Chair Mark Porter said

“It was great to see so many new members coming to contribute to the vigorous debate on the merits of the four leadership candidates. Many members told me they had been undecided at the start of the meeting but after listening to the speakers were able to make up their minds.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 29 June 2015
Pendle Council’s Executive has agreed to transfer the Fleece public toilets in Barrowford to Barrowford Parish Council.



Councillor Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, explained:

“This means that the toilets which have been closed for more than 18 months will be re-opened for shoppers and visitors.

“We’re delighted that the Parish Council has agreed to take on the facility and we’ll be working closely with them to ensure a smooth transfer, including paying their business rates for two years.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 29 May 2015
Tour of Britain is just 100 days away - Pendle Today



There are just 100 days until the Tour of Britain visits “God’s Own Country” for its Ribble Valley and Pendle stage.

Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said:

“This is the toughest route on the Tour of Britain. “I’m looking forward to the tens of thousands of visitors that will be turning up to Pendle and to Ribble Valley to watch this spectacle and I’m sincerely hopeful they come back month after month, year after year to spend some money in this area. More from the Pendle Today web site

Monday 25 May 2015
North West MEP calls on EU to protect Rolls Royce jobs



Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels, Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP for the North West of England, has called on the Commission to act to protect jobs in Rolls-Royce in the UK.

Following the announcement by Rolls-Royce of 3,000 job losses across the UK, Labour MEPs including Labour MEP for the North West Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP and leader of the Labour Group in the European Parliament Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the South East Clare Moody and Labour MEP for the North East Jude Kirton-Darling, met with representatives of workers, union representatives and the European Commission to call for urgent European action to tackle this crisis.More>>

Friday 22 May 2015
Pendle’s new Mayor – Pendle Today


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Labour’s Coun. Nawaz Ahmed – was elected at the Annual Council Meeting last night. Coun. Ahmed, who is a Brierfield councillor, will be joined by his wife and daughter Mrs Azmat and Usma Ahmed who will be the joint new Mayoress. More>>
Friday 22 May 2015
Pendle Council has a new leader - Pendle Today



The leader of the council’s Labour group, Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, took over the role at last night’s annual council meeting after Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors voted through a vote of no confidence in the authority’s leader of the past three years, Conservative Coun. Joe Cooney. More>>


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Sunday 07 February 2016
Heidi Alexander letter to Jeremy Hunt on junior doctors’ contract



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, has today written to Jeremy Hunt urging him not to impose a new junior doctors’ contract and to make concessions to avoid further industrial action in the NHS.

"I write regarding the deadlock in the ACAS facilitated negotiations on a new junior doctors’ contract.
The involvement in recent weeks of Sir David Dalton in the negotiations has been welcome. I am however disappointed that talks have broken down again without an agreement, leading to this week’s industrial action."  Read full text
Friday 05 January 2016
People today will be worrying whether their local library will be open next year because of this Tory Government’s cuts to local councils - Chi Onwurah



Ahead of National Libraries Day, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Chi Onwurah MP, said:

“Labour believes libraries have an important future in our communities as an integral part of the social and cultural life of this country. They are vital public spaces where people can access books, the internet and other shared resources in a safe space. More>>
Thursday 04 February 2016
The Tory Government must take action against anti woman ‘pro rape’ group, ‘Return of Kings’ - Kate Green



Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities today demanded the Tory Government take action against anti woman ‘pro rape’ group ‘Return of Kings’

The group’s leader, ‘Roosh V’, has called for the legalisation of rape, and advertised meetings for his ’followers’ in a number of cities in the UK and abroad this weekend. Subsequently the group announced the meetings had been cancelled, although Roosh V said he ‘could not stop men from meeting in private groups’ More>>
Thusday 04 February 2016
If true, this is truly shameful behaviour by the Chancellor - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor responding to the reports today that the Tory tax deal with Google suggests a large part of the settlement had nothing to do with Google’s profits but share options for staff, said:

“If true, this is truly shameful behaviour by the Chancellor. He dressed this deal up as a ‘major victory’, when in reality it was a defeat. More>>
Wednesday 03 February 2016
IFS report leaves Iain Duncan Smith’s claims for Universal Credit in tatters - Owen Smith



Owen Smith MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the new analysis by IFS on Universal Credit said:

“This IFS report leaves Iain Duncan Smith’s claims for Universal Credit in tatters. Everyone can now see that successive cuts to Universal Credit have destroyed many of the work incentives that were supposed to be the very reason for the scheme, hitting single parents particularly hard. More>>
(IFS - Institute for Fiscal Studies)
Tuesday 02 February 2016
Alan Johnson comment on the publication of the draft plan for the UK’s membership of the EU



Alan Johnson MP, Chair of Labour In For Britain, commenting on the publication of Donald Tusk’s letter outlining a draft plan for the UK’s membership of the EU, said:

“Britain’s membership of the EU is much bigger than any changes David Cameron hopes to make.

“The sooner these reforms are agreed, the sooner we can we can step up the campaign to keep Britain in Europe and end the uncertainty around our EU membership. More>>
Monday 01 February 2015
Labour reveals 800,000 missing from the electoral register - Gloria De Piero



Labour reveals 800,000 missing from the electoral register

Preliminary analysis conducted by Labour has revealed that 800,000 people have fallen off the electoral register, with university areas showing particularly high drop off rates.

Labour’s Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, Gloria De Piero MP, has written to Minister John Penrose, to call on the Government to issue guidance to all Vice Chancellors to ensure that students are given the opportunity to register to vote upon enrolment. This is already being used to great success at Sheffield University and other higher education institutions. More>>
Sunday 31 January 2016
We wish David Lammy well in leading review; it is important that the government ensures this review leads to real change



“We wish David Lammy well in leading this review into discrimination and racism in the criminal justice system.

"With black and ethnic minorities currently making up more than a quarter of prisoners and still more likely to receive custodial sentences than white offenders, it is clear that action needs to be taken. "It is now important that the Government ensures this review leads to real change.”
Saturday 30 January 2016
Nick Hardwick’s claim is deeply worrying and, if true, completely unacceptable - Falconer



Lord Falconer, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the claim by Nick Hardwick that Chris Grayling tried to interfere with a prison report, said:

“Nick Hardwick’s claim is deeply worrying and, if true, completely unacceptable. Chris Grayling must now urgently confirm whether he did seek to influence the Chief Inspector’s report and if he won’t David Cameron must order an urgent investigation into the matter. More>>
Friday 29 January 2016
Commenting on the OECD report highlighting English and maths results



Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on the OECD report highlighting English and maths results, said:

“This just goes to show that without a doubt our priority must be driving up standards for all children and young people, with a rigorous focus on literacy and numeracy More>>
Thursday 28 January 2016
Britain has lost over 18,000 police officers under this Tory Government, with the threat of many more set to go - Jack Dromey



Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Policing Minister, responding to today’s release of police workforce figures, said:

“Britain has lost over 18,000 police officers under this Tory Government, with the threat of many more set to go. Cameron has broken his promise to the public to protect frontline officer numbers. More>>
Wednesday 27 January 2016
Victory in the Court of Appeal is a massive blow to the Tories’ Bedroom Tax - Owen Smith



Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Court of Appeal’s decision to declare the Bedroom Tax ‘discriminatory’, said:

“This victory in the Court of Appeal is a massive blow to the Tories’ Bedroom Tax. It provides a glimmer of hope for the hundreds of thousands of people who have been hit by this cruel policy.

“Labour has long argued that the Bedroom Tax is deeply unfair and discriminatory, which is why we have campaigned so hard against it. Surely the time has now come for the Tories to discover a conscience, listen to the courts as well as the public, and scrap the hated Bedroom Tax.”
Tuesday 26 January 2016
John McDonnell writes to Osborne for answers over Google’s tax deal with HMRC



Dear George,

Since news of the tax deal between HM Revenue and Customs and Google broke on 22 January there has been much comment and discussion about the rights and wrongs of this case specifically, as well as the general principle of large companies being able to negotiate settlements such as this with the UK’s tax authorities. More>>
Monday 25 January 2016
British businesses large and small rely on full access to the European single market



Alan Johnson MP, Chair of Labour In For Britain, commenting on the report published today highlighting the value of the EU’s single market for the UK economy and British businesses, said:

“British businesses large and small rely on full access to the European single market. “There is no guarantee we could continue to access the world’s largest single market if we left the EU.

“The evidence is clear, Britain is better off in Europe. It brings us jobs, growth and investment and protects working people. That’s why Labour will campaign for a Britain that stays in Europe.”
Saturday 23 January 2016
Osborne must publish details of what HMRC believed Google owed - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor responding to the announcement that Google have reached an agreement on corporation tax with HMRC, said:

“We welcome Google reaching an agreement to pay additional tax. And it is a victory for those who have campaigned raising awareness of this issue.
More>>

Friday 22 January 2016
So-called living wage makes up for only around a fifth of the losses workers face from cuts to Universal Credit - Owen Smith



Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting in response to the OBR’s downgrading of the National Living Wage, said:

“The Government’s so-called living wage makes up for only around a fifth of the losses workers face from cuts to Universal Credit.

“With 2.6 million working families expected to be £1,600 a year worse off by 2020, it’s concerning that low-paid earners working full-time are now set to receive over £400 less a year. More>>
Thursday 21 January 2016
It is deeply concerning that a quarter of a million pupils are in failing secondary schools - Lucy Powell



Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, responding to the school performance tables published today, said:

“While I celebrate those schools that are performing well and I applaud teachers and others working tirelessly to get the grades, it is deeply concerning that a quarter of a million pupils are in failing secondary schools, and alarmingly the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has grown for the third year in a row. The attainment gap is now bigger than when David Cameron took office in 2010. More>>
Wednesday 20 January 2016
Comment on the Trade Union Bill Baroness Angela Smith of Basildon



Shadow Leader of the House of Lords, commenting on the Trade Union Bill, said:

“The Trade Union Bill is an extremely partisan piece of legislation so it is welcome that the Lords will now give the sections relating to party funding additional scrutiny.

“It is important that such significant changes to party funding are evidence-based and do not have a detrimental impact on our democracy.

“Labour will continue to oppose the unfair Trade Union Bill.”
Tuesday 19 January 2016
George Osborne has proved today what we all suspected, that he’s really just the Bankers’ Chancellor - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking after Treasury Questions, said:

“Only eight weeks ago the George Osborne promised an “economic recovery for all, felt in all parts of our nation”, but on the day that the IMF has echoed Labour’s warnings about the global economy and called for the government to increase investment spending, the Chancellor decides to demean his office with school boy jokes about mental health. More>>
Monday 18 January 2016
Responding to David Cameron’s plans to set up English classes for Muslim women to ‘tackle’ radicalisation - Andy Burnham



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to David Cameron’s plans to set up English classes for Muslim women to ‘tackle’ radicalisation, said:

“In his desire to grab easy headlines, David Cameron risks doing more harm than good. His clumsy and simplistic approach to challenging extremism is unfairly stigmatising a whole community. There is a real danger that it could end up driving further radicalisation, rather than tackling it. More>>
Saturday 16 January 2016
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the Fabian New Year Conference 2016



The absence of fairness and the wish for more of it is what drives us into political activity. We want a fair treatment for all, a fairer society and a fairer world.

Fairness is easily to claim but hard to deliver. David Cameron makes the argument that cuts are fair because it is not fair to burden future generations with debt.

Superficially, a very compelling argument but how is cutting investment in, and opportunities for, tomorrow’s generation fair? It’s not. It’s deeply unfair. More>>
Friday 15 January 2016
This is yet another example of how George Osborne dances to the tune of whatever the bankers call for - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the reports today by the Evening Standard that George Osborne cut the Bank Levy following pressure from leading UK banks who have also been recently revealed to be paying no corporation tax, said:

“This is yet another example of how George Osborne dances to the tune of whatever the bankers call for, and everyone else is a second thought.” More>>
Thursday 14 January 2016
NHS performance stats - a worrying illustration of just how far the NHS has declined under the Tories - Heidi Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on NHS England’s latest combined performance summary which shows November 2015 was the worst November on record, said:

“Today’s figures are a worrying illustration of just how far the NHS has declined under the Tories. Key commitments to ensure people are treated swiftly have been missed so often that failure has now become the norm. More>>
Wednesday 13 January 2016
At a time when several million households are struggling to pay their bills, the water companies have grown their profits - Alex Cunningham



Alex Cunningham MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment, commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report into the role of the Water Regulator, OFWAT which showed that water companies had a net windfall of £800 million extra over the last five years, said:

“The Public Accounts Committee have confirmed the work done by the National Audit Office which helped reveal the £800 million windfall for the water companies over the last five years and is right to question why customers didn’t share in it. More>>
Tuesday 12 January 2016
Nobody wanted to see today’s industrial action take place, not least junior doctors - Justin Madders



Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on today’s industrial action by junior doctors, said:

“Nobody wanted to see today’s industrial action take place, not least junior doctors.

“However, Jeremy Hunt choose to pick a fight with the very people who keep our NHS running, and he has left them with no choice but to take this action. Junior doctors don’t want to become embroiled in a political dispute but the Government’s refusal to listen to their concerns has led to this point.

“Any patient who has had their operation cancelled or appointment postponed today should be clear – don’t blame the junior doctors, blame Jeremy Hunt.”
Monday 11 January 2016
The government should be ashamed of the findings in this report - Smith



Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned research showing cancer patients ‘risk losing homes over allowance cuts’, said:

“The government should be ashamed of the findings in this report. Being struck by this cruel disease is a worry for all families and it’s unacceptable that these cuts could force victims out of their homes.

"Labour opposed these plans in the Commons, so we are calling on Tory ministers to look at their consciences and come back before Parliament with plans to drop these cuts from the Bill.”
Sunday 10 April 2016
Comment on reports that the government is set to reinstate feminism on the A level Politics curriculum



Kate Green MP, Labour’s shadow minister for women and equalities, commenting on reports that the government is set to reinstate feminism on the A level Politics curriculum, one day before a Labour debate in parliament led by Rupa Huq MP on the matter, said

‘Reports of a government U-turn are welcome but Nicky Morgan has to explain why minsters ever thought it was a good idea to scrap feminism from the syllabus in the first place. It’s part of a wider pattern from this Conservative government of treating women as an afterthought.’ More>>
Friday 08 January 2016
This report highlights the shambles the Tories have made of outsourcing health and disability assessments - Debbie Abrahams



Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled People, commenting on the report from the National Audit Office showing that the DWPs outsourced health and disability assessments are in a ‘cycle of optimistic targets, contractual underperformance and costly recovery’, said:

“This report highlights the shambles the Tories have made of outsourcing health and disability assessments. The independent experts at the NAO have rightly shown that under this government the system, like so many other projects, is stuck in a cycle of underperformance. More>>
Thursday 07 January 2016
This speech today only tells the public what they already know George Osborne has warnings but no solutions - McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor responding to George Osborne’s speech today in Cardiff warning of a “cocktail of threats” facing the economy, said:

“This Chancellor has mixed his own cocktail of rising consumer debt, an over reliance on borrowing from overseas, with a lack of sustained investment, while failing to support manufacturing, and topping it all off with lighter regulations for the banks. The problem is that the rest of us taxpayers will be the ones left with the hangover.More>>
Wednesday 06 January 2016
Debate about how we reform and fund health & care services cannot be left to politicians alone - Heidi Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on calls for a cross-party commission to review the future of the NHS and social care in England, said:

“This decade is likely to be marked by the longest and deepest squeeze on NHS finances in a generation. George Osborne’s promise of extra money to the NHS has already unravelled, with most of it going towards fixing hospital deficits and paying higher pension costs. More>>
Tuesday 05 January 2016
Comment on reports that David Cameron is expected to give Ministers permission to campaign to leave the EU



Alan Johnson MP, Chair of the Labour In For Britain campaign, commenting on reports that David Cameron is expected to give Ministers permission to campaign to leave the EU, said:

“While the Tories are divided on Europe, Labour is clear that Britain’s national interest is best served by campaigning for Britain to stay in the EU. Our place in the world and our economic future are far more important than any internal Conservative issues or jockeying for position in a post-David Cameron leadership contest. Labour will campaign clearly and firmly for a vote to remain in the EU.”
Monday 04 January 2016
2010 to 2020 are set to be the worst decade for pay growth in almost a century - Owen Smith



The ten years between 2010 and 2020 are set to be the worst decade for pay growth in almost a century and the third worst since the 1860s.

That’s according to new analysis from the House of Commons Library commissioned by Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.

Smith says the figures show ‘workers are being served a raw deal under the Tories’ and that planned cuts to the incomes of working families through Universal Credit are ‘indefensible’. More>>
Sunday 03 January 2016
Labour calls on Government to end all discussions on judicial cooperation with Saudi Arabia and publish Memorandum of Understanding

Labour is calling on the Government to end all discussions on judicial cooperation with Saudi Arabia and to publish the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the UK Secretary of State for Justice and the Saudi Minister of Justice on 10 September 2014.

This comes in response to the mass executions carried out by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 1 January and concerns these cases raise about due process and fair trial in the Saudi judicial system. More>>
Saturday 02 January 2016
To police our communities we need our police to reflect our communities - Jack Dromey



Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Police Minister, commenting on figures that show that people from ethnic minorities are represented in disproportionately low numbers in the Police, said:

“These figures are deeply worrying. To police our communities we need our police to reflect our communities. More>>
Friday 01 January 2016
Jeremy Corbyn’s New Year message



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“I’d like to wish everybody a Happy New Year. “There’s been a great spirit during the Christmas period: of families coming together and communities supporting each other, helping out neighbours, helping the homeless, helping out victims of floods in so many parts of the country.

“It’s that spirit of community and solidarity we need to bring into the heart of our politics and the way our country is run.
Thursday 31 December 2015
Scrapping of the FCA’s review into banking culture sends the wrong message at the wrong time - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the scrapping by the FCA of their review into banking culture, said:

“This will be a huge blow to customers and taxpayers who are all still paying the price for the failed culture in the banking sector that’s been widely attributed to be among the main causes of the crash and the scandals over Libor and price fixing. More>>
Wednesday 30 December 2015
Flooding shows why climate change should be national security priority - Nandy



Flood risk projections produced for the government and published in October this year conclude that annual damages caused by flooding in the UK will rise by 50% if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees centigrade - even assuming continued investment in flood defences.
More>>

Tuesday 29 December 2015
The Government should urgently consider what more can be done to ensure that the provision of insurance for businesses is accessible, affordable and keeps pace with evolving threat from climate change - Eagle



Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, commenting on the difficulty of businesses in getting insurance, said:

“Many businesses, including those most at risk from flooding, find getting affordable insurance difficult or are refused cover altogether. More>>

Sunday 27 December 2015
John McDonnell calls for cross party agreement on flood defence funding



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the flooding across many parts of the country is calling for cross party agreement on flood defence funding. John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

“It is truly terrible what many are suffering at this time of year, despite the excellent work of the emergency services. It is in this light that as politicians we must not just sit idly by watching these awful scenes on TV, but come together to act. More>>
Thursday 24 December 2015
Housing benefit changes could have devastating impact on elderly, disabled and homeless - John Healey MP



New analysis showing the devastating impact housing benefit changes in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement could have on the elderly, disabled and homeless has been released by Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Housing and Planning, John Healey MP. More>>
Wednesday 23 December 2015
Osborne has no serious answer to the problem of tax avoidance - John McDonnell



J
ohn McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the reports today that seven leading UK-based investment banks paid little or no tax last year despite earning large profits, said:

“George Osborne has no serious answer to the problem of tax avoidance. And by closing 153 HMRC offices he gives the impression that he doesn’t really want to offer one either. More>>
Tuesday 22 December 2015
ONS public sector finance figures - the year is ending with borrowing and debt both going up - John McDonnell



John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the ONS monthly public sector finance figures that show public sector net borrowing and debt have gone up, said:

“George Osborne promised in 2010 that this would be the year the books would be balanced and austerity would come to an end, but instead the year is ending with borrowing and debt both going up. More>>

Monday 21 December 2015
FIFA - clear there is no prospect of reform by anyone associated with the old regime - Clive Efford



Clive Efford MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Sport, responding to the suspension of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, said

“It is clear that there is no prospect of FIFA being reformed by anyone associated with the old regime.

“FIFA needs new leadership and should place itself in administration under a body led by someone with no history of involvement in its corrupt past to clean up its reputation. This is the only chance left of restoring credibility to the governance of world football.”
Sunday 20 December 2015
Osborne needs to get a grip of this issue - Burgon



Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to the reports today over the tax arrangements of Netflix, said:

“George Osborne needs to get a grip of this issue in the new year, as after being Chancellor for 5 years he has no one else left to blame but himself.

"Many families will be paying to sit down together this Christmas to watch programmes on Netflix and won’t expect that the money they give may be undermining British businesses. More>>

Saturday 19 December 2015




Friday 18 December 2015
David Cameron is governing from the shadows - speech by Tom Watson



Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party & Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said:

Throughout my 14 years as an MP I have grappled with notions of privacy and transparency, trust and accountability.

We don’t need to look much further than previous police inquiries – stretching back decades and reaching into every corner of our country to see institutional failure. More>>

Thursday 17 December 2015
Local Government Finance - These cuts are a political choice and not an economic necessity - Jon Trickett



Jon Trickett MP Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to the Local Government Finance provisional settlement, said:

“The message of this settlement is the same as every other one under the Tories: cuts, cuts and more cuts. More>>
Wednesday 16 December 2015
Cutting in-work support even further is the very last thing the government should be doing - Smith



Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on ONS Labour Market Statistics and on DWP Statistics on Universal Credit, said:

“These figures show pay continues to bump along the bottom so it’s especially concerning the government has also confirmed today even more working families will be hit by their cuts next April.

“It appears that now Universal Credit has become a vehicle for cuts, the Tories are rolling it out quicker than ever. Iain Duncan Smith has allowed £6bn a year worth of cuts to be made to Universal Credit, and the Tory Treasury is clearly in a hurry to introduce those cuts. More>>
Tuesday 15 December 2015
After spending the last five years blaming Labour, the Tories have their own track record in Government, and on housing it’s five years of failure across the board - John Healey



John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Housing and Planning, ahead of today’s opposition day debate in Parliament, released a new and updated set of figures demonstrating the Conservatives’ five years of failure on housing, said: “After spending the last five years blaming Labour, the Tories have their own track record in government, and on housing it’s five years of failure across the board. More>>
Sunday 13 December 2015
The Prime Minister has been undone by his own failure to build alliances and goodwill through patient diplomacy - Hilary Benn



Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on reports that David Cameron has changed his demands on migrant benefits in the EU negotiations, said:

“The Prime Minister has been undone by his own failure to build alliances and goodwill through patient diplomacy.
More>>
Saturday 12 December 2015
For the first time ever the nations of the world have come together to agree that every single one of them will act to cut carbon pollution - Lisa Nandy



Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy & Climate Change Secretary, reacting to the news that the first truly international climate agreement has been reached involving all of the world’s major economies, said:

“For the first time ever the nations of the world have come together to agree that every single one of them will act to cut carbon pollution. More>>

Friday 11 December 2015
Jeremy Corbyn, speaking at the Stop the War Coalition Christmas Fundraising Dinner



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party,speaking at the Stop the War Coalition Christmas Fundraising Dinner, will say:

“The Stop the War Coalition has been one of the most important democratic campaigns of modern times.

“It has brought hundreds of thousands of people on to the streets time and again. It has organised protests and lobbies in every part of the country, including by military families. More>>
Thursday 10 December 2015
This research should act as a warning signal to Tory Ministers - Alexander



Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the Nuffield Trust’s warning about winter pressures in the NHS, said:

“This research should act as a warning signal to Tory Ministers about how difficult this winter is going to be for the NHS.

"Hospitals right across the country are facing unprecedented levels of demand, with more and more older people arriving at A&E looking for treatment. More>>
Wednesday 09 December 2015
It’s absurd that taxpayers and commuters in the North will be effectively subsidising rail networks in Germany - Lilian Greenwood



Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to the Northern and TransPennine Express franchise awards, said:

“It’s absurd that taxpayers and commuters in the North will be effectively subsidising rail networks in Germany when those profits could be reinvested in better local services. Once again the Government is happy for any public sector operator to run our railways as long as it isn’t British. More>>
Tuesday 08 December 2015
The Tories need to learn from their u-turn and stop playing political games with the police - Jack Dromey



Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Police Minister, response to a speech by Theresa May at a Police Reform Summit organised by the Home Office.

In the speech Theresa May once again took a combative tone with the police, warning them that her u-turn on police cuts did not mean they were “off the hook”. Today instead saw confirmation that, under the shock announcements in the spending review, forces will not see their budgets fully protected as George Osborne had misleadingly suggested but will still see real-terms cuts by 2020. The Government’s claims also rely on police forces charging local people extra to keep police on the beat. More>>
Monday 07 December 2015
Further evidence that the Government’s plan to fund social care is completely inadequate - Barbara Keeley



Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care, Carers and Older People, responding to The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust’s warning about growing inequalities in social care provision, said:

“This report is further evidence that the Government’s plan to fund social care is completely inadequate. More>>
Sunday 06 December 2015
Iain Duncan Smith is completely wrong to say nobody loses a penny from his cuts to in-work support - Smith



Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to Iain Duncan Smith’s claim on the Andrew Marr show that “nobody loses a penny” from cuts to Universal Credit, said:

“Iain Duncan Smith is completely wrong to say nobody loses a penny from his cuts to in-work support. More>>
Friday 04 December 2015
Comment on Jim McMahon’s election as the new MP for Oldham West and Royton - Jeremy Corbyn



Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on Jim McMahon’s election as the new MP for Oldham West and Royton, said:

“Labour victory in Oldham West and Royton is a ringing endorsement for Jim McMahon and the campaign we have been running since September against this Government’s cuts to Tax Credits and policing - and its damaging austerity policies. More>>
Wednesday 02 December 2015
This is a desperate attempt to supress bad news about the NHS’s performance over the Christmas period - Heidi Alexander



“This is a desperate attempt to supress bad news about the NHS’s performance over the Christmas period. It is entirely unacceptable for patients to be kept in the dark because Ministers are worried about negative headlines.

“The NHS is facing its most difficult winter in a generation and patients have the right to know how their local hospitals are performing. This decision also makes a mockery of Jeremy Hunt’s commitment to transparency in the NHS.More>>
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