This morning Philip Hammond made his - delayed - Mansion House speech. Its messages were clear - austerity will continue, the Chancellor is not in agreement with the PM over Brexit. John McDonnell has responded - below. 'The Tories have learnt nothing. . . Only a Labour Government will secure a Brexit for the many … Continue reading McDonnell’s response to Hammond: Only Labour can deliver Brexit for the many
Yesterday Leeds' Judith Blake joined over 60 other Labour Council leaders to warn that Brexit would cause “a further funding black hole” in their budgets, which are already strained after six years of cuts to local government by the Tories.'It is our communities which would be hardest hit", they warned - “the disastrous economic effects … Continue reading Leeds Council Leader, Judith Blake’s warning on Brexit: “It is our communities which would be hardest hit”
As new child poverty figures are published amid increasing Tory pressure to change the way we measure it, we publish here a piece by Jonathan Bradshaw, which he wrote for The Conversation. Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York There has been no real change in the proportion of children living in poverty in the past year, … Continue reading Tinkering with child poverty won’t help end it
Since 2010 the LibDems and Tories have been telling you a story – that the World Financial Crisis – which hit the US, Europe – devastated Detroit, California, Ireland, Latvia, Greece – was Labour’s fault, because they spent too much on welfare – or whatever. It’s enough to have you rolling in the aisle – … Continue reading Labour and the Economy – a LibDem/Tory story, and the dangers of believing it.
7000 families in Leeds have been hit by the bedroom tax. 40,000 families in Leeds have been hit by real terms tax credit cuts. Under this LibDem/Tory Coalition, millions are paying more - while millionaires are paying less. Today in Leeds Ed Balls laid out Labour’s Better Plan. “ We will not raise VAT. We will … Continue reading Ed Balls speech in Leeds today: Tax cuts for the millions, or the millionaires? Labour’s Better Plan.
Ed Miliband was in West Yorkshire yesterday. Here’s what he had to say to an audience member about Zero Hours’ Contracts https://twitter.com/Ed_Miliband/status/583265158278967296 And here’s what he had to say about Zero Hours’ Contracts in general. ‘There is one big question for me above all: who does our country work for? There is no greater symbol … Continue reading I couldn’t live on a zero hours’ contract – if it’s not good enough for me, it’s not good enough for you. Ed Miliband
The BBC headline yesterday morning was – ‘average incomes back to pre-crisis levels says IFS [Institute of Fiscal Studies]‘ We were interested – interested enough to go back and look at the report of the IFS for ourselves. Below is the Report’s OWN summary briefing. We have added emphasis – and, unlike BBC reporting, you … Continue reading So just what did the IFS report say about incomes – everyone under 60 has lost out.
Today is the first day of Fairpay fortnight – in which the TUC will be trying to raise awareness of Britain’s growing cost of living crisis. Last week saw the Tories’ Black and White Ball – where hedge fund managers, pornographers and a lapdance club owner paid huge sums to the Tory election campaign. Last … Continue reading Average weekly wages in Yorkshire and Humber are lowest in England – TUC Fairpay fortnight highlights ever-growing inequalities
Women in Leeds NW still earn on average just 81p for every pound a man earns. The UK Gender Pay Gap in the UK is still higher than in most other EU countries. That’s why the last Labour government passed the Equality Act in 2010. The incoming LibDem/Tory Coalition ditched elements of that act – … Continue reading Alex Sobel demands action from Vince Cable on equal pay for women in Leeds NW – will Greg Mulholland turn up to back it?
“I want to wish you a very Happy New Year, from my family to yours. This is the season for new beginnings and hopes for the future. And Britain is ready for a new beginning. Because I don’t have to tell you that all over our country today, there are people working harder and harder, … Continue reading A Recovery that reaches your kitchen table, from the architects of NHS and creators of Welfare State. Miliband’s New Year message