East Yorkshire Labour - still on your side in tough times
It with sadness that we have to report the death of Ian Male, who worked hard for the Labour Party in several capacities over many years. He was a long-term Party member who served on East Yorkshire Borough Council and Humberside County Council. He then became leader of the Labour Group on East Riding of Yorkshire Council at a time when Labour was the largest group on the council with 23 councillors out of 67. He was a General Election candidate who came the nearest anyone has ever been to taking the local seat from the Tories. He also served as a JP for many years.
There will be a service for Ian at the Octon crematorium on the 7th December, at 12 o’clock, and then in the Seabirds Inn, Bridlington, Ian's local pub.
More Tory economic failure
So much for the long-term economic plan
Statement by John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Today's Autumn Statement underlines the abject failure of the Tories' economic policy. The 'long term economic plan' lies in tatters and the choices the Conservatives have made will leave millions worse off.
The downward spiral of austerity and the failure to invest have left the economy in such a fragile state that growth has now been revised downwards, whilst borrowing and debt will now be higher than expected.
Families will already be facing the pinch, with average earning estimates cut for last year, this year and in the next three years. And despite all this, the Conservatives are pressing ahead with their huge cuts to Universal Credit, hitting working people hard.
Where the Tories have failed, Labour will build an economy that ends austerity, supports investment, supports those in work and properly funds our public services.
Despite the largest deficit and longest waiting lists in NHS history, there was not a single extra penny in the Chancellor's speech to deal with the crisis in the NHS and social care. The Chancellor didn't even mention social care in his speech once.
While the Conservatives ignore the impact of leaving our NHS underfunded and understaffed, Labour supporters across Britain will this Saturday be campaigning for the NHS to receive the funding it needs.
We know that only a Labour government will have the ambition and vision to rebuild and transform our economy so that no-one and no community is left behind.
Failure on housing is damaging life chances
John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, responding to the recommendations on housing in the Social Mobility Commission's 'State of the Nation report on social mobility in Great Britain', said:
"This report from the Government-backed Social Mobility Commission makes clear that Ministers' failure on housing is damaging life chances in Britain.
"Even more concerning, their findings show that the Government's ambitions for housing are entirely inadequate: Tory Ministers are aiming to build too few homes, and far too few genuinely affordable homes.
"I welcome the Commission's backing for Labour's plans to build 100,000 affordable public homes a year to rent and buy. In the Autumn Statement next week the Chancellor should turn the page on six years of failure and do the same."
Tories protecting newspaper owners
Consultation on whether cover-up should be covered up
Tom Watson MP, Labour Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture Secretary, commenting on the government's announcement of a consultation on press regulation, said:
"It is five years since David Cameron said the victims of press intrusion should not be 'thrown to the wolves'. And it is over 1,000 days since every political party agreed to implement the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry in full. The culture secretary announced we must wait another ten weeks while those reforms are discussed all over again in the context of a wider consultation on the press. They should have been implemented years ago.
"Karen Bradley also cast doubt on whether the second part of the Leveson Inquiry, which will investigate how phone-hacking was covered up, will take place. She has announced a consultation on whether the cover-up should be covered up."
Tories will try to scrap workers' rights
Brexit Bill could be used for social engineering
Jack Dromey MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Labour, commenting on reports of Grant Shapps' plan for "sunset clause" amendments to the Great Repeal Bill, said:
"We have repeatedly warned that the Tories cannot be trusted on rights at work. Nobody voted leave to lose basic rights like paid holidays, parental leave and protections for pregnant workers. Yet now we know that the Tories are plotting to u-turn on promises to protect workers.
"Only Labour can be trusted to fight for a Brexit for working Britain."
1. In his speech during the Brexit debate in the House of Commons on 12 October, Jack said:
"The second point is about workers' rights. The Secretary of State said, "Don't worry. All will be okay." I do not believe that. I was a Brexiteer back in the 1970s. What changed my mind was social Europe in the 1980s. I remember taking the case of the Eastbourne dustmen to the European Court of Justice, because the then Conservative Government had refused to extend TUPE to cover 6 million public servants, with the terrible consequences that tens of thousands of jobs were privatised without protection, pay was cut in half and the workforce was sometimes cut by a third.
Now, as in the 1980s, some of the leading Brexiteers are the ones who talk forever about red tape. I call that workers' rights. When they say, "Trust us", I reply, "What? Trust the same people who ran a disreputable campaign?" They promised £350 million a week for the National Health Service, when they knew damn well that there was no possibility of delivering it.
2. In response to Parliamentary Question 49479 from Jack seeking assurances on EU-derived protections for workers, a Government Minister responded:
"As a Government, we have been clear that we will do nothing to undermine workers' rights. All law in this area at the time of exit will be brought under UK law as part of the Great Repeal Bill, ensuring continuity"
3. But, in a speech during the referendum campaign, 17 May, Priti Patel, now International Development Secretary said:
"If we could just halve the burdens of the EU social and employment legislation we could deliver a £4.3 billion boost to our economy and 60,000 new jobs."
Victory for families
Disgrace for Concentrix who unfairly targeted them
Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour's Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the decision by HMRC to bring the Concentrix tax credits contract back in-house, said:
"This is a great victory for those families who have been unfairly targeted by Concentrix and for Labour and the trade unions, who have mounted immense pressure on the Tory Government to bring this operation back in house.
"I am pleased to hear that Concentrix employees will not be losing their jobs as a result of their company's and this Government's failures and will simply be transferred to HMRC.
"However, this Government still has a lot of questions to answer about how this mess came about in the first place and why they were so slow to take action. Labour will be holding a debate in Parliament next week calling for an immediate investigation into the Government's handling of the contract and for urgent action to compensate families who have unjustly had their tax credits stripped away."
We don't know how long for, but
At the moment, You still have 2 hard-working MEPs
Linda McAvan & Richard Corbett
They just get on with the work