East Yorkshire Labour - still on your side in tough times
Abandoning the four hour target?
Total admission of failure by the Government
Commenting on Jeremy Hunt's suggestion that the four hour A&E target no longer apply to minor illnesses, Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:
"Abandoning the four hour target is a total admission of failure by the Government.
"It's extraordinary that their only response to the Winter crisis is neither a cash injection for social care, nor clear moves to put the NHS on a proper financial footing but to instead to suggest a downgrade of the four hour A&E target.
"Doesn't this show the extent to which Theresa May and ministers are completely out of touch with what's happening in our NHS this Winter."
Tory Industrial relations disasters
Chris Grayling's fingerprints all over them
Clive Lewis MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, commenting on the recent spate of industrial disputes, said:
"We're in the midst of a string of industrial relation disasters that have Chris Grayling's fingerprints all over them. The British public now understand all too painfully why he's known in government circles as 'Captain Calamity'. Not content with causing havoc at DWP, he moved on to prisons and is now at Transport. His calls for a strike ban are a smoke screen to hide his own failings.
"Labour is calling on the Government to intervene in both the Southern Rail and Post Office disputes. The Government has a major financial interest in the Southern Rail franchise and is the owner of the Crown Post Office network. Such a dominant shareholder should take a more pro-active role in resolving these disputes and the disruption they are causing to both passengers and customers.
"It's within the Government's gift to bring about a suspension of strikes this week and resolve this Christmas chaos.
"What we've seen over the past few days is more shambolic handling of industrial relations by this Conservative Government. Ministers seem more interested in demonising the legal action of trade unions than helping to find a resolution to help the travelling public and post office customers at this busy time of year."
Crisis in the funding of social care
Caused by savage Tory cuts
Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Social Care, commenting on reports of proposed council tax rises to fund social care, said:
"There is a crisis in the funding of social care caused by savage Tory cuts to the budgets of local councils. £4.6 Billion has been cut from adult social care since 2010, meaning 400,000 fewer people now have publicly funded care.
"The right solution would be for Theresa May to admit the Tories have got it wrong and deliver the needed funding for social care. Asking taxpayers and councils to pick up the bill for the Tories' failure is no substitute for a proper plan.
"It is time for Tory Ministers to deal with the crisis they have created in funding social care and to develop a sustainable way of funding the social care on which vulnerable and frail older people depend."
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."
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