Alex Sobel slams Universal Credit in House of Commons Speech

Alex Sobel MP slammed Universal Credit in yesterday’s  Opposition Day debate on Universal Credit in the House of Commons. The Labour Party called the debate to demand a pause to the rollout of Universal Credit to allow time to fix the numerous problems with the new system. In the vote that followed the debate, MPs … Continue reading Alex Sobel slams Universal Credit in House of Commons Speech

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McDonnell’s response to Hammond: Only Labour can deliver Brexit for the many

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

May 1 1997: best for Britain, Best for Leeds NW. What Labour Governments 1997-2010 achieved

Twenty years ago today, the British elected a Labour government at Westminster - and here in Leeds NW we elected a Labour MP, Harold Best. Harold was a great local MP, who worked tirelessly for all his constituents. And the combination of Labour MP and Labour government brought real benefits for Britain and for the … Continue reading May 1 1997: best for Britain, Best for Leeds NW. What Labour Governments 1997-2010 achieved

Tory Tax Credit Cuts will cost 3+m working families average £1300 p.a. – sign up to Labour’s campaign to stop them

In the run up to Christmas, over 3 million families will receive news that they are facing an average loss of well over £1,000 a year. There are currently just over 3 million in-work families receiving tax credits, of whom 2.7 million have children - almost every one of them will be hit by the … Continue reading Tory Tax Credit Cuts will cost 3+m working families average £1300 p.a. – sign up to Labour’s campaign to stop them

Judge parties by their long-term records: Labour’s proposed extra paternity leave has a proud history

We’re often told these days that parties ‘are all the same’. At least that’s the message right-wing media feed to people. But one way to judge political parties is by their longer-term record. What kind of thing has consistently mattered to them over a long period of time? What are their long-term values? On parental … Continue reading Judge parties by their long-term records: Labour’s proposed extra paternity leave has a proud history

Alex Sobel: The Coalition has produced a crisis in childcare. I welcome Labour’s plans to double Sure Start places

In Coalition Britain – don’t be a family with children • As a result of the Government’s tax and benefits policies since May 2010, households are on average £1,127 worse off. But families with children have seen their incomes fall twice as far as the average. Working lone parents are £1,600 worse off a year … Continue reading Alex Sobel: The Coalition has produced a crisis in childcare. I welcome Labour’s plans to double Sure Start places

The State of the Nation – and the Condition of Leeds: City Council tackles poverty, but we need to reverse rising inequality

The clocks went back last night. Winter is on its way. Christmas is coming – the shops are already preparing. Christmas is coming – but all that’s growing fat for many people in Leeds is debt. For many of our fellow-citizens all that Christmas will mean is an ever greater headache – and desperation – … Continue reading The State of the Nation – and the Condition of Leeds: City Council tackles poverty, but we need to reverse rising inequality

Labour Women – Labour and Women – Labour for Women: Conference 2014 and May 2015

Labour Women had a good Conference. It started with the Women’s Conference on Saturday – aptly flagged as ‘Amplify the Voice of Labour Women’. There childcare, equal and low pay and domestic violence were major concerns. Labour’s shadow team contains several women – and they were also very prominent in Manchester. Angela Eagle was widely … Continue reading Labour Women – Labour and Women – Labour for Women: Conference 2014 and May 2015

Tackling low pay and in-work poverty- Labour’s plans for £8 per hour National Minimum Wage

Labour has announced plans to raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of the next Parliament. This will ensure that those doing a hard day’s work are rewarded for doing so. It will bring the minimum wage closer to average earnings and affect over one million workers. The problem – … Continue reading Tackling low pay and in-work poverty- Labour’s plans for £8 per hour National Minimum Wage

Equality, Fairness and British Values – Sadiq Khan addressing GMB on Labour’s vision.

This week Sadiq Khan staked out Labour’s pitch on equality in a speech he delivered to the GMB - on economic equality - on power equality - on workers’ and human rights And on the essential partnership of Labour and the Trade Unions in this fight. You can read the speech in full HERE We … Continue reading Equality, Fairness and British Values – Sadiq Khan addressing GMB on Labour’s vision.