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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>>
Tuesday 05 May 2015
Ed Miliband in Colne!



On Wednesday (06 May 2015), the eve of the General Election, Ed Miliband will be at the Colne Muni to speak with the people of Pendle about the decision that lies ahead of our country on the following day — and how we can build a better, fairer Britain together.

The event starts at 1130; doors open at 1100. If you'd like to be there to see our next Prime Minister then please call 01282612573 or email azhar@azharali.org.uk to arrange.

For security reasons only people who have booked with us will be allowed entrance.
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Pendle Vale College Election Project



"I find it really encouraging that young people at Pendle Vale are engaging with our British democratic process," said Azhar Ali, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Pendle, on visiting the school on Monday. More>>
Friday 24 April 2015
Churches Hustings



A hustings event was held on 23 April at St Paul's, Nelson, for Parliamentary candidates. Present at the hustings were, Azhar Ali, Mick Waddington and Andrew Stephenson. The meeting was chaired by Rev Canon Ed Saville, the Church of England local Area Dean and Blackburn Diocese Social Responsibility Lead Officer (seen standing in the picture). More>>
Wednesday 22 April 2015
Ed Balls at Open Door, Colne



Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, was in Colne on Tuesday visiting the Open Door Centre with Azhar Ali, Pendle's Labour Parliamentary Candidate. The pair met staff and individuals who use the centre which assists the poor and marginalised people living in Pendle.

There has been a huge increase in people having to rely on resources such as Open Door as a direct result of the misguided policies of the Tory government.

Ed Balls pledged a Labour Government would introduce a five point plan to tackle the root causes of rising food bank dependency: More>>
Sunday 19 April 2015
The sun shines on Eddie Izzard in Colne



What a day! We had an enormous turnout for Eddie Izzard's visit to Colne. Eddie spoke briefly from a soap-box outside the Labour Party's Colne office on the main road before meeting many voters in the street, signing autographs, posing for selfies and chatting. He walked on to the James Goodship Memorial Garden on Market Place and met with the group supporting this good cause, "Dying for a Dip". More>>

  Saturday 18 April 2015
Complaint against prominent Tory Doctor for abuse of trust

Pendle Labour Election Agent, Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, has sent an official complaint to NHS England regarding Pendle GP Dr Qazi M Jehanghir over alleged abuse of patient records at his surgery to pressurise patients into hosting meetings for the Tory candidate, Andrew Stephenson. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 13 April 2015
Andy Burnham visits Pendle



Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, was in Pendle's Ace Centre on 13 April talking with a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and patients. He spoke at length about Labour's 10-Year Plan for health and care.

Azhar Ali (Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle) welcomed Andy Burnham's plans and contributed his own experiences as cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing at Lancashire County Council. More>>

Friday 10 April 2015
Azhar Ali in Barnoldswick



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Saturday 28 March 2015
Rushton Street crossing success for Barrowford



Labour’s Parliamentary candidate, Azhar Ali, working with Sue Nike and Mark Porter, has secured funding for a pedestrian crossing on the main road by Rushton Street School, to be installed this year.

Mark Porter commented:

“We have been pressing for a solution to the dangerous traffic situation around the school for years and this is great news.” Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Cancer patients in Pendle waiting longer for treatment



Hundreds of local NHS patients diagnosed with cancer last year waited longer than the expected two-month period before starting treatment, a new analysis of official figures reveals.

In East Lancashire NHS Trust over the course of 2014, 148 patients waited too long for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other forms of treatment for cancer – an increase of on the previous year. Labour’s analysis of official NHS cancer care statistics shows over 20,000 patients waiting too long for treatment last year across England. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 12 March 2015
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls MP, has visited a Nelson firm this afternoon to tour the business and chat to staff.



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Tuesday 10 March 2015
Azhar backs Labour's pledge to support thousands caring for family members in Pendle



Azhar Ali was joined last week by Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, in meeting the Alzheimer's Society support group for Pendle and talking with carers about the struggles they face.

The 2011 census shows 42,000 people in East Lancashire caring for elderly or disabled relatives. Unpaid carers make a huge contribution to their families and society as a whole, yet too many feel pushed to breaking point, seeing their own health and income suffer too. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>
Monday 09 March 2015
Labour Candidate opens new nursery school



Labour's Parliamentary candidate, County Councillor Azhar Ali, has opened Nelson's newest childcare facilities in the former St Paul's School building.

Smartypants Nursery, originally set up on Romney Street, has expanded into the vacated primary school on Hibson Road. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>

Sunday 08 March 2015
Sign up to help Labour win in Pendle



We have had a number of enquiries from people in Pendle asking how they can volunteer to help on the lead up to the elections on 7th May.

The simplest way is to sign up on Azhar's web site. Please tick the small box at the bottom to protect your confidentiality.
Friday 06 March 2015
“No To Fracking” says Parliamentary Candidate



Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali has spoken out against plans for fracking in East Lancashire.

Azhar who, as County Councillor and Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, commissioned the world's first independent health impact assessment on fracking, says that he is extremely concerned about any plans to extract natural gas from shale rock. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>
Tuesday 03 March 2015
Bolton South East MP encourages women to vote.



Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East visited Pendle last weekend to encourage women from the Asian Community to use their vote in the coming elections.

Some nine million women did not vote in the 2010 General Election and both Yasmin's visit to Nelson and the visit of the “Woman to Woman” bus to Colne, last week, aimed to turn this around and encourage women to have their say at the ballot box. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Thursday 26 February 2015
Labour's much talked about “Woman to Woman” campaign bus rolled into Colne on Thursday with not one, but two, female MPs on board.



Luciana Berger, (Shadow Public Health Minister) and Yvonne Fouvarge, (Shadow Children's Minister) were welcomed to Colne by Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali.

The trio came to talk with mums and families who use the local Children's Centre to listen to their concerns about the rising costs of childcare and to discuss Labour's pledge to increase free childcare and save Sure Start Centres. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>
Saturday 21 February 2015
Ed Miliband answers the people’s questions at Nelson & Colne College



On Thursday 19 February, the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, joined over 250 people from across Pendle to answer questions and discuss concerns on a broad spread of issues.

The areas covered included Europe, Immigration, Education, Employment Law, NHS, Mental Health and Social Care. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>

Monday 16 February 2015
Pendle high school's bid for urgent repair cash is rejected



In 2014 the government asked local authorities to submit funding bids for schools considered to be in most need of rebuilding or refurbishment.

In Pendle, three schools - Fisher More, West Craven and Park High Schools - had missed out on Building Schools for the Future funding when the Conservative led government cancelled the programme in 2010. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also Visit Azhar's web site>>
Thursday 12 February 2015
Parliamentary candidate slams drop of 280 apprenticeship places in Pendle



New figures have highlighted the failure of the government’s flagship apprenticeships policy in Pendle.

They show that while there was a tiny increase of 20 apprenticeships in the Under-19 age group between 2012/13 and 2013/14, this was dwarfed by drops of 50 in the 19-24 and 250 in the 25+ age groups in the same period. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Also visit Azhar's web site>>
Friday 06 February 2015
Barrowford Post Office bombshell



The whole of Barrowford was shocked to hear today of the closure of the Spar shop in the centre of the village and the village’s only Post Office which was based in the Spar premises.

Former post al worker, Parish Councillor Sue Nike said “We warned about this possibility last year but the suddenness of the decision to close has come as a bolt out of the blue. Losing our only Post Office is going to massively inconvenience everyone in the village. It was extremely well used and popular, and for elderly residents the closure will turn what was a short walk down to the village into a time-wasting bus journey up to Nelson or Colne and back. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 02 February 2014
The battle for Pendle hots up



The battle for Pendle started to hot up last Saturday (31st January) as Labour's General Election campaign for the constituency was launched at the Ace Centre in Nelson.

Labour's prospective candidate, Cty Cllr Azhar Ali, was joined by Jack Straw, MP for Blackburn, Theresa Griffin from the European Parliament and around 100 supporters from across the constituency. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Friday 30 January 2015
Labour would change green energy policy



Future energy needs and government policy were on the table for debate when Labour's Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change visited Pendle.

Jonathan Reynolds MP visited Dales Renewables in Earby on Monday to discuss the future make-up of the UK's energy resources and how government support for the growing number of small businesses in the energy sector could be improved. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 26 January 2015
Labour pledge 25 hour’s free child care



Alison McGovern, Labour's Shadow Minister for Children and Families, visited Pendle recently when she and Azhar officially opened the new extension to Acorns Nursery in Reedley which has been backed by a grant from Lancashire County Council.

“I very much enjoyed being here”, she said “It was wonderful to see the children enjoying their play and great to chat to them.”

During the visit, Alison also took the opportunity to chat with staff and parents about what Labour's promise of 25 hours, free, weekly childcare, for three and four year olds, would mean to them. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Wednesday 14 January 2015
Pendle vigil for Peace and Unity

A Pendle vigil for Peace and Unity will be held in Brierfield on Friday night (16 January) for those who have lost their lives in Paris and who are losing their lives on a daily basis throughout the world as a result of acts of terrorism.

The vigil, organised by local councillors, is open to everybody across Pendle and will be held at Brierfield Community Centre at 7pm and is open to all the people of Pendle regardless of gender, disability and faith. Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>
Monday 12 January 2015
Labour withdraw from Tour of Britain working group



Pendle Labour Councillors David Whalley and Robert Allen have withdrawn their names from the working group set up by the Tory led Pendle Council over a proposed £100,000 cost of one day Tour of Britain to pass through Pendle in September 2015.
Follow this link to the Pendle News Page to read more>>

Friday 09 January 2015
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Tuesday 01 September 2015
David Cameron’s government has failed to make work pay - Stephen Timms



Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Acting Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to David Cameron’s article on low pay, said:

“On any measure it is clear David Cameron’s government has failed to make work pay. The number of people earning less than a Living Wage has risen by 45 per cent since 2009. The Tory low-wage economy has led to a 50 per cent rise in housing benefit spending for people in work since 2010. And Tory plans to cut tax credits will take money away from people who work hard.

“It is time for David Cameron to make work pay by dropping George Osborne’s plan to cut tax credits.”

Monday 31 August 2015
The Government must focus on getting Europe to step up to meet this challenge - Hanson



David Hanson MP, Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to the EU emergency migration summit said:

“This is an international humanitarian crisis. What is causing migrant deaths are illegal people traffickers and the dangers brought on by the sheer desperation of people to leave their home areas due to war and threats by ISIS to cross the Mediterranean to seek safe refuge.

"The Government must focus on getting Europe to step up to meet this challenge by identifying at first port of entry those who seek asylum or refuge, putting a plan in place to assess for asylum and to put people traffickers in jail.”
Friday 28 August 2015
Solar panel subsidy change likely to cost jobs and investment in the green economy - Caroline Flint



Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary, responding to Government plans to reduce solar panel subsidies, said:

“In the run up to the vital Paris climate conference this year, the Government should be fulfilling their pledge to decarbonise at least cost, but instead they have severely undermined the two cheapest forms of clean energy, solar and onshore wind.

“Amber Rudd promised to unleash a solar revolution, but this change is likely to cost jobs and investment in the green economy.”
Thursday 27 August 2015
Comment on today’s mortality statistics - Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions



Commenting on today’s mortality statistics of those who have died after claiming Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance, Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions, said:

“Ministers have been trying to suppress these statistics for more than three years, even going as far as appealing a ruling by the Information Commissioner that they were acting unreasonably in doing so. More>>
Wednesday 26 August 2015
Increase in written complaints another sign NHS is going backwards under Cameron - Berger



Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, commenting on figures showing an increase in the number of written complaints in the NHS, said:

“These figures are yet another sign of how the NHS is going backwards under David Cameron.

“It is no wonder record numbers of patients are writing formal complaints when operations are being cancelled, the waiting list is at a seven-year high, and A&E departments are in crisis.

“Instead of dismissing these figures, Ministers should be listening to patients who are unhappy about the care they have received, and make sure their concerns are addressed.”
Tuesday 25 August 2015
Commenting on the impact on the UK of the fall in Chinese share price



Commenting on the impact on the UK of the fall in Chinese share prices, Chris Leslie, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

“The Chancellor is too complacent about the impact a slowdown in China and emerging markets might have on the UK, particular for our exporters. Britain’s trade deficit has been consistently poor over the past five years and George Osborne’s promise of a ‘march of the makers’ will fall a long way short of his £1 trillion exports pledge. More>>
Monday 24 August 2015
Response to Iain Duncan Smith’s speech - Kate Green Kate



Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minster for Disabled People, speaking ahead of Iain Duncan Smith’s speech this morning, said:

“In the last Parliament the Tories overspent by £8.7 billion on incapacity benefit, and their disastrous Work Capability Assessment has been plagued with problems with contractors, poor assessments, and costly appeals.

"Ministers need to focus on providing tailored support for disabled people who can work in order to help them do so. Cutting the benefits of those who aren’t able to work, such as those with Parkinson’s or Cancer, is punishing sick and disabled people for the Government’s own failures."
Friday 21 August 2015
Public Sector Finances - the Chancellor should not be complacent - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to ‘Public Sector Finances, July 2015’ published by the Office for National Statistics, said:

“With the national debt now more than £1.5 trillion and the costs of debt interest so far this year rising to £17.9 billion, the Chancellor should not be complacent about the need for sustained productivity to deliver healthier public finances in the long run.

“When ‎the OECD has warned of the impact of ‎'continued weak productivity’, and productivity has been revised down, there should be a far greater focus on the pressures on exporters and infrastructure constraints facing Britain’s economy.”
Thursday 20 August 2015
GCSE results - I want to extend my very best wishes to all of those young people who have received their results - Tristram Hunt



Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the publication of GCSE exam results, said:

“I want to extend my very best wishes to all of those young people who have received their GCSE results. Today marks the culmination of years of perseverance, enquiry, joy and – at times – very real pressures and stress. Also, to extend my congratulations to all of the school and college staff across the country and to recognise their hard work. More>>
Wednesday 19 August 2015
Response to the agreement on further humanitarian support for Calais - David Hanson



David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to the agreement on further humanitarian support for Calais, said:

“We will look at the details of this new agreement. But we have been calling for much greater cooperation to solve this problem for some time so would welcome any move in this direction. It is also positive if - at last - the government is acknowledging humanitarian support is needed to tackle this issue – as well as further fencing."

Tuesday 18 August 2015
Response to the DWP using fake comments in benefit sanctions leaflets

Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Acting Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Government admitting that it made up comments in benefit sanctions leaflets, said:

“You couldn’t make it up – but it seems Iain Duncan Smith can. The only way he can find backers for his sanctions regime is by inventing them. Instead of fabricating quotes pretending the system is working, he should scrap unfair sanctions targets for jobcentre staff and do more to protect vulnerable people from facing benefit sanctions.”
Monday 17 August 2015
Comment on the Government announcement today that the young unemployed will have to attend ‘job boot camps’



Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Acting Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Government announcement today that the young unemployed will have to attend ‘job boot camps’ said:

“After five years of the Tories youth unemployment remains unacceptably high and young people are three times more likely to be out of work than the overall population. We urgently need more and better training to skill young people up, but the government needs to do far more to make sure there are jobs and apprenticeships at the end of it so that these young people can build a future.”
Saturday 15 August 2015
Cameron claims on making work pay patently false - Chris Leslie



Commenting on David Cameron’s claim on the Today Programme to want to ‘make work pay’, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie MP said:

“By introducing a clawback of up to 93p for every extra £1 earned, David Cameron’s claim to want to “make work pay” is patently false. The Prime Minister shouldn’t pretend that the minimum wage change can offset the far greater cuts in working tax credit which will penalise those who want to work and earn more. More>>
Thursday 13 August 2015
Response to first monthly publication of NHS stats



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the first monthly publication of NHS stats, said:

“David Cameron knows that the NHS is going backwards on his watch so he is resorting to cynical news management, changing the way statistics are published to try and minimise negative headlines. More>>

Wednesday 12 August 2015
Rise in unemployment for second month in a row worrying and shows we cannot afford to be complacent about the recovery - Stephen Timms



Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Acting Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the publication of new unemployment figures showing unemployment has risen by 25,000 to more than 1.85 million, said:

“The rise in unemployment for a second month in a row is worrying and shows we cannot afford to be complacent about the recovery. With productivity stagnating, David Cameron and George Osborne must take bolder action to raise jobseekers’ skill levels to get more back into work and help build the high-skilled workforce Britain needs. More>>

Tuesday11 August 2015
This is nothing more than smoke and mirrors ‎from a Government that has broken its promises to the north time and time again - Lilian Greenwood



Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister, responding to the Government announcement on northern transport today, said:

“This is nothing more than smoke and mirrors ‎from a Government that has broken its promises to the north time and time again.

"For all their talk of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’, under the Conservatives fares in the north have been hiked by up to 162 per cent, modern trains have been transferred to the south and pre-election pledges to electrify key lines have been cynically dropped.

"Instead of recycling old press releases, the Government should honour its commitments and get on with delivering electrification of the north TransPennine route and the Midland Main Line."
Monday 10 August 2015
Cooper calls for protest-free zones outside abortion clinics



Yvette Cooper has called for a ban on pro-life protests outside abortion clinics. Many anti-abortion groups encourage as many people as possible to target clinics as part of their strategy, and Cooper says this leads to harassment of both women using the services and staff. More>>

Yvette Cooper is Pendle CLP's prefered candidate for the Leader of the Labour Party. The other candidates are Jeremy Corbyn, Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall.


Friday 07 August2015
Any closure of the Channel Tunnel will be very damaging to the business and tourist economy - David Hanson



David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to reports on overnight closures of the Channel Tunnel, said:

“Any closure of the Channel Tunnel will be very damaging to the business and tourist economy and confidence, and is a clear sign of the failure of David Cameron’s approach to tackling the challenges at Calais. More>>
Thursday 06 August 2015
Comment on the Tories’ announcement on union check-off today



Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, commenting on the Tories’ announcement on union check-off today, said:

“The Government should be focused on improving workers’ rights and avoiding dispute, not mean spirited and ideological attack on the rights of ordinary trade union members in the workplace.

“Trade union members have the right to organise in the work place and this measure is wholly aimed at undermining that right.

“Labour is committed to check-off and the Tories should abandon plans to scrap it.” More>>
Tuesday 04 August 2015
Jeremy Corbyn slams Government’s devolution promise as a “cruel deception” as he unveils plans for the North



The leadership contender is today beginning to outline his’ Vision for Britain 2020 in Leeds, where he will explain what Britain would look like under his stewardship. Corbyn has explained that he would shift the base of the economy with new programmes to build affordable housing, create high-skilled jobs and apprenticeships, launch innovative methods of tackling climate change and take a new approach to foreign policy based on peace and social justice. More>>

Note: Pendle CLP has made a supporting nomination for Yvette Cooper for the Leader of the Labour Party. The other candidates are Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall. This item has been included on the web site because of its relevance to the “Northern Powerhouse” debate.
Monday 03 August 2015
The Government seriously need to get a grip - David Hanson



David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to the latest reports from Calais, said:

“The Government seriously need to get a grip on this situation. A series of panicky announcements on policies that were planned before this crisis emerged just won’t cut it. Telling landlords to act as a second tier border force and removing support from asylum seekers already in our country will not stop so many desperate people putting themselves and others in danger to get across the border. More>>
Saturday 01 August 2015
Harman calls for Cameron to demand compensation from French government for Britons hit by Calais chaos Interim



Labour Leader Harriet Harman MP has today written to the Prime Minister to call for compensation from the French government to be paid to Britons affected by the chaos at Calais.

In the letter, she says David Cameron’s government has ignored repeated warnings from Labour and hauliers about the growing crisis at the port. More>>
Friday 31 July 2015
Harriet Harman MP demands David Cameron halts his back-door plans to cut tax credits



Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Acting Leader, has written to David Cameron calling on the government to bring forward primary legislation on the substantial planned changes in tax credits.

At the moment tax credit changes costing working families £1,000 a year could be imposed with the scantest possible parliamentary scrutiny, through a Statutory Instrument which will not be debated by the whole House of Commons.

Labour is calling for changes to tax credits to be first examined by the Treasury Select Committee and thereafter included in primary legislation. More>>

Thursday 30 July 2015
Safety in Custody statistics show ministers must urgently get a grip on state of prisons - Jenny Chapman



Jenny Chapman MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, responding to the publication of the latest Safety in Custody statistics, said:

“These shocking figures reveal the true state of the crisis in prisons, with severe staff shortages preventing many from functioning safely. More>>
Tuesday 28 July 2015
Revelation that police officers may not be able to attend burglaries reveals a disturbing picture of the police’s capability to protect the public - Jack Dromey



Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minster, responding to comments by Sara Thornton, Head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, that the public should not expect to see a police officer after crimes such as burglary, said:

“The revelation that police officers may not be able to attend burglaries reveals a disturbing picture of the police’s capability to protect the public and respond to serious crimes. More>>
Friday 24 July 2015
Ministers have covered up the extent of Network Rail’s problems for months - Lilian Greenwood



Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister, responding to revelations that the Government has refused to release rail upgrade documents and that Network Rail informed the Department for Transport back in March that key improvements could be put on hold, said:

“Ministers have covered up the extent of Network Rail’s problems for months and they are still failing to come clean with passengers and the public. More>>
Thursday 23 July 2015
It is completely unacceptable that the government has not been transparent with savers - Keith Bradley



Keith Bradley, Labour’s Shadow Pensions Minister, responding to confirmation that two in three people who reach retirement age next year will receive less than the full “flat-rate” pension, said:

“David Cameron promised that the new state pension system would be ‘more generous’ to savers. But this new analysis has shown two-thirds of people will not receive the full state pension next year. It is completely unacceptable that the government has not been transparent with savers. People who work hard and save for their retirement deserve better.”
Wednesday 22 July 2015
Renewable subsidy announcement creates further uncertainty right across the renewable sector - Caroline Flint




Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, responding to the Government’s announcement on renewable energy, said:

“This announcement creates further uncertainty right across the renewable sector. Renewables should move towards being free of subsidy, but retrospective changes that cost jobs and cut investment will make that harder to achieve. More>>
Tuesday 21 July 2015
Under this Chancellor national debt has soared and he has failed to build a more productive economy - Chris Leslie




Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to today’s update on the public sector finances, said:

“Today’s update cannot hide George Osborne’s broken promise on the deficit or the fact the national debt now stands at £1.51 trillion.

“Under this Chancellor the national debt has soared and he has failed to build a more productive economy based on higher living standards and better wages. More>>
Monday 20 July 2015
Response to David Cameron’s speech on extremism - Yvette Cooper



Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, in response to the Prime Minister’s speech on extremism, said:

“Rising extremism in Britain and across the world is a major challenge for democracy. The Prime Minister is right to set out new action in this area as it is important that the Government strengthens counter extremism work and leads a strong argument against both violent and non-violent extremism. More>>
Sunday 19 July 2015
David Cameron’s decision to give radiotherapy and surgery lower priority than drugs has led to thousands of patients missing out on life-saving treatment - Andrew Gwynne



Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the report of the Independent Cancer Taskforce, said:

“Labour welcomes this report by the Independent Cancer Taskforce, which highlights important priorities for improving cancer care that are desperately needed.

“The last Labour Government made huge progress on improving cancer care, but sadly that progress has stalled in recent years. Cancer budgets have been cut, while experts say the Tories’ disastrous NHS reorganisation led to services standing still for two to three years.More>>
Friday 17 July 2015
Delay in care costs cap a shameful broken promise from David Cameron and devastating news for older people and their families - Liz Kendall



Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to reports that the care costs cap could be delayed until 2020, said:

“This is a shameful broken promise from David Cameron, and devastating news for older people and their families who have been trying to plan for the future. Not only has he failed to tackle the crisis in social care, David Cameron is now going back on the already watered-down proposals to protect people from catastrophic costs of care at the end of their lives. More>>
Thursday 16 July 2015
Comment on the crime statistics published today - Yvette Cooper



Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the crime statistics published today, said:

“Today’s figures issue a fresh warning against complacency from this Government, with some troubling rises in recorded crime on the same day we learn that 17,000 police officers have been cut over the last five years. More>>
Wednesday 15 July 2015
Trade Union Bill attempt to stifle democracy and campaigning & will do nothing to improve productivity - Umunna



Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to the publication of the government’s Trade Union Bill said:

“This Bill is the latest in a long line of attempts by the Government to stifle reasonable democratic scrutiny, protest and challenge – put simply, this is another Gagging Bill.

“This Bill does nothing to tackle the pressing national challenge our public services, businesses and industries alike are facing; that of addressing Britain’s productivity gap and skills shortages. More>>

Tuesday 14 July 2015
Labour demands answers from Network Rail over when Ministers knew about rail upgrade delays



The BBC reported yesterday that despite new evidence that Network Rail discussed back in March 2015 the need for a joint decision to be taken with the Department for Transport on delaying key rail upgrades, the Government is still denying they were aware before the election and claim they were “kept in the dark”.

Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister, has now written to the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne, demanding that he set the record straight on what Ministers were told and when. More>>
Monday 13 July 2015
Comment on the Government’s announcement on ending the gender pay gap - Gloria De Piero



Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, commenting on the Government’s announcement on ending the gender pay gap, said:

“It’s good news that the Government have finally embraced pay transparency after shelving the Labour legislation for five years. But for pay transparency to make a real difference, we need to have an annual equal pay check which measures progress and recommends what action needs to be taken - a move the Government voted against earlier this month.” More>>
Friday 10 July 2015
Comment on reports Cameron is seeking to opt-out of the European Working Time Directive - Pat McFadden



Pat McFadden MP, Labour’s Shadow Europe Minister, commenting on reports that Cameron is seeking to opt-out of the European Working Time Directive, said:

“There will be a lot of speculation about what the Prime Minister is trying to negotiate but as with much of the Government’s European agenda this looks more like an attempt to keep different factions of the Conservative Party on board than to make a case for reform in the national interest.More>>
Thursday 09 July 2015
People on low and middle incomes will pay the price for the Chancellor’s choices - Chris Leslie



Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the IFS’s analysis of the Budget, said:

“The IFS has exposed the harsh impact of George Osborne’s work penalty in the tax credits system.

"Working people have been hit by a Budget which delivers the opposite of the Chancellor’s claims.

"Overall the changes to the minimum wage and tax credits will leave working people worse off and it is ‘arithmetically impossible’ for the Chancellor to claim otherwise.

"People on low and middle incomes will pay the price for the Chancellor’s choices.”
Wednesday 08 July 2015
Cameron is resorting to desperate measures to bring back fox hunting - Maria Eagle



Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary, responding to reports that David Cameron is seeking to use a statutory instrument to water down the ban on fox hunting:

“David Cameron is resorting to desperate measures to bring back fox hunting. The Tories had to abandon their plans to bring forward a free vote in the last parliament because they knew they’d lose and today’s news shows they still don’t have the numbers. More>>
Thursday 02 July 2015
Response to GP Patient Survey



Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to figures published today in the GP Patient Survey showing that over 14 million people now wait a week or more for a GP appointment or can’t get one at all, said:

“These figures are clear proof of how the NHS is sliding backwards under David Cameron. Patients can see that his repeated promises on improving access to GP services are pure spin. More>>
Wednesday 01 July 2015
David Cameron’s government is trying to make child poverty go away by pretending that if you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist - Stephen Timms



Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Acting Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the government’s announcement on Child Poverty, said:

“David Cameron’s government is trying to make child poverty go away by pretending that if you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist. The Tory manifesto promised to ‘eliminate child poverty’. But now Tory ministers are trying to change the definition of child poverty to hide the government’s lack of progress. More>>

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