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Labour supports calls for an immediate commitment to pay talks for NHS workers

Speaking at a virtual NHS rally this afternoon, Labour Leader Keir Starmer will say:

“This weekend we celebrate the anniversary of our National Health Service and the incredible staff who make our NHS what it is: our nation’s proudest achievement, and our greatest asset.

“In recent months, NHS staff have served selflessly on the frontline against Covid-19. For every life tragically lost, many more have been saved by the actions of our NHS heroes.

“That’s why Labour supports those calling on the Government today to make an immediate commitment to pay talks for NHS workers.

“We know that valuing our NHS workforce, through fair pay and conditions, is crucial to tackling the many vacancies across the NHS.

“And we urge the Government to agree this deal as soon as possible, in recognition of the bravery and sacrifice shown by our healthcare heroes during this crisis.

“We cannot clap our carers for weeks, then fail to back it up with meaningful action. We must show our NHS staff the same commitment they have shown our country in its hour of need.”

Labour backs the youth sector’s call for young people to be allowed to question the Prime Minister on coronavirus

Labour is calling for young people to be allowed to put questions to the Prime Minister, as part of a wider plan for the government to better engage with and support them during the crisis.

This comes after Keir Starmer engaged with young people from across the country last week, to discuss the devastating impact of Covid-19 on youth mental health, employment and opportunities.

Cat Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Young People stated:

“Voices of young people cannot continue to be ignored by this Government. Labour supports the youth sector’s call for the Prime Minister to hold a dedicated press conference for young people to address their questions on Covid-19. The government’s slow response to the Coronavirus crisis has overlooked the concerns and circumstances of young people.

“The Tories’ radio silence on the issue of young people’s future after Covid is unacceptable. Not one of the Government’s support packages have focused on the specific issues young people are facing.

“It is time the Government started listening to the young people still waiting to be heard.”

Keir Starmer: Coronavirus and Government inaction have created a perfect storm for local councils

Keir Starmer will today [Wednesday, 1st July] warn that the Coronavirus crisis and the Government’s inaction have created the “perfect storm” for local councils across the country, risking the decimation of local services.

In a speech via Zoom to the Local Government Association (LGA) Annual Conference, the Labour leader will highlight a “black hole of around £10bn” in council finances if government fails to act.

Setting out a vision to “build a new relationship between national and local government” Starmer will pledge that a Labour government would:

“Give local government a much bigger say over investment and services, not through plans devised by someone in an office on Whitehall, but ones created and rooted in communities, so that they truly serve the people.”

Starmer will also reiterate his commitment to replacing the House of Lords with “a democratic second chamber representing the nations and regions of the UK.”

In his speech to the LGA, Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party will say:

“A Labour government would win power in order to hand it back to the nations, regions, cities and towns across our country.

“We would give local government a much bigger say over investment and services, not through plans devised by someone in an office on Whitehall, but ones created and rooted in communities, so that they truly serve the people.

“We would put local government, its power and its innovation, straight at the heart of Westminster by replacing the House of Lords with a democratic second chamber representing the nations and regions of the UK.

“And we would give councillors, communities and people on the front line in our public services a bigger say over the decisions that affect them.

“Because at the heart of the broken trust in national politics and politicians is a feeling that we aren’t listening.”

He will add:

“But working with you, we want to prove this wrong. And truly empower local communities.

“So, where services people use in their daily lives are no longer a source of convenience but frustration – let’s make them truly accountable to the people they serve.

“And where politics feels distant or remote or like something that is ‘done to’ people rather than ‘with them’ and ‘for them’ – let’s break down those barriers to make sure people have the power to make their voices heard.

“And where government in Westminster imposes decisions and cuts that trample on innovation, put business out of action or damage people’s lives and livelihoods without fully understanding the consequences – let’s offer a vision of a fairer Britain that will be better for everyone.”

Starmer: Economic recovery must be built on “solid foundations” after lost decade of Tory inaction

Starmer: Economic recovery must be built on “solid foundations” after lost decade of Tory inaction

Labour leader Keir Starmer has urged the Prime Minister to deliver an economic recovery built on ‘solid foundations’ after a lost decade of inaction and broken promises under the Conservatives.

Ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech on Tuesday, the Labour leader has warned that the country cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past ten years.

Starmer cites the Tories’ 2015 ‘Starter Homes’ initiative that promised 200,000 affordable homes but failed to produce a single property.

The warning comes as new analysis by Labour reveals that under the Tories:

  • The rate of home ownership has fallen, and almost 800,000 fewer households under 45 own their own home now compared to in 2010.
  • Seven of England’s nine regions saw a reduction in public capital investment per person over the past ten years.
  • In some parts of the country, including Yorkshire, East Midlands and the South West, investment per person is still less than half that seen in London.
  • All regions have seen a decrease in both health and education investment per person.
  • Average wages last year were still lower than they were in 2010 across England.

Keir Starmer has urged the Prime Minister to plot a route to recovery that works for the whole of Britain.

Speaking ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech, Keir Starmer said:

“For much of the country, the Tories’ record on building and investment has been a lost decade.

“Much-hyped plans such as the Starter Homes initiative – which built zero houses despite having £2.3 billion allocated to it – barely even made it beyond the press release. It’s been talk, talk, talk rather than build, build, build.

“Our recovery from the coronavirus crisis needs to match the scale of the challenge. It must be built on solid foundations. It has to work for the whole country and end the deep injustices across the country.

“We are on the cusp of one of the biggest economic crises we have ever seen. The Government must immediately prioritise protecting people’s lives and livelihoods. That’s why Labour has called for a ‘Back to Work’ Budget that has a laser-like focus on one thing – jobs, jobs, jobs.”

Starmer launches new Labour Friends of the Forces programme on Armed Forces Day

Starmer launches new Labour Friends of the Forces programme on Armed Forces Day

Keir Starmer today [Saturday 27th June] opens up the Labour Party to Britain’s military, as the country celebrates Armed Forces Day.

The Labour Party leader will launch Labour’s most ambitious programme of engagement with the service community at a virtual roundtable meeting with former Forces personnel. The event is the first of a UK-wide programme of discussions led by Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey and Labour’s shadow defence team.

The new Labour Friends of the Forces scheme will host events in every region and nation with veterans, active personnel and forces families. The purpose is to link those in the Forces and forces communities directly with Labour’s decision-makers.

In a video message to the Forces community published today, Starmer praises the military for stepping up to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“I am proud of my country and proud of those who serve it.

“I want to open up Labour again to our Armed Forces, their families and veterans across our country.

“Today’s event marks the start of an exciting new dialogue with forces communities with an ambitious new Labour Friends of the Forces scheme.

“As we celebrate Armed Forces Day, I say thank you to our forces communities for the role they play both at home and abroad. I will make sure we listen to you and learn from you.”

John Healey, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Defence said:

“Armed Forces Day celebrates the pride we share in the excellence and professionalism of Britain’s service men and women. They represent the values the British people admire most – integrity, discipline and service.

“As Britain faces a period of greater global risk and conflict, I want Labour to hear their voices and views, and I want them to play a bigger part in our Party.

“We’ve got to understand the hopes and aspirations of the Armed Forces community, as well as the problems they face after a decade of declining numbers, morale and pay.”

Labour calls on Prime Minister to take personal responsibility for leading the national response to this weekend’s protests

Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary has called on the Prime Minister to rise to the challenge of this national moment of crisis, ahead of concerns around violent scenes this weekend, said:

“Over the past week, Keir Starmer and I have held several meetings with police representatives in England about this weekend’s protests.

“It is clear that the weekend ahead is likely to cause major challenges, with the risk of violence in our streets, not least as far-right extremists seeking to exploit the situation and sow hate for their own divisive ends.

“I have no doubt that police across the country have the skills, experience and dedication to respond as well as possible to the challenge, and the vast majority of protestors intend to be peaceful.

“However, the Prime Minister should be showing national leadership, by coordinating the Government’s response to the complex issues underpinning these protests.

“This means recognising the deep hurt so many Black people in our country have spoken so powerfully about, and setting our steps for meaningful action against racism in our country.

“This is a powerful moment in our history and it is important the Prime Minister is not found to be wanting.”

Keir Starmer writes to the Government on George Floyd and US Govt response

Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, has written to the Prime Minister calling on the Government to urge the United States and President Trump to “respect human rights and the fundamental democratic right to peaceful protest.”

In a letter sent today, Keir Starmer writes that the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent response of the US authorities to peaceful protests has “shone a spotlight on the racism, discrimination and injustice experienced by those from black and minority ethnic communities in the US and across the world.”

In addition to asking the Government to answer how they have raised concerns over the United States response to these events, Starmer asks what steps the Government is taking to reassure black communities in the UK.

Starmer ends the letter saying:

“The UK must be clear in showing that we understand this frustration and that we are ready to stand together with those who seek to tackle the injustice and inequality that remains within all our societies.”

Full text of the letter reads:

Continue reading Keir Starmer writes to the Government on George Floyd and US Govt response

Nick Thomas-Symonds reacts to reports about Durham police’s investigation into Dominic Cummings

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to reports about Durham police’s investigation into Dominic Cummings, said:

“The police have confirmed what we all knew, that Dominic Cummings broke the rules he helped to write. The country cannot afford for this saga to carry on. Only Boris Johnson can draw a line under it.

“Keir Starmer has said that if he was Prime Minister, he would have sacked Dominic Cummings. Boris Johnson should follow that advice.

“If he does not act then he will send a clear message that there is one rule for his closest adviser and another for the British people.”

David Evans appointed new General Secretary

The Labour Party has today appointed David Evans as the incoming General Secretary.

Evans, who is the founder of The Campaign Company and a former Assistant General Secretary, will take up his post as soon as possible.

David Evans said:

“It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed General Secretary of the Labour Party.

“We face a defining period in the history of our great party, with a global pandemic, an imminent recession and a mountain to climb to win the next election. Through the strength of our movement, I know we can rise to this challenge.

“I look forward to working with our party, trade unions and members to build a team that can win us the next general election and give us the opportunity to once again serve the British people in government.”

Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“I want to congratulate David on his appointment as General Secretary. He brings a wealth of experience to this crucial role and a clear understanding of the scale of the task ahead of us.

“I look forward to working with David to build a team that can help us restore trust with the British people and build a team that can win the next election.”

Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“David will make a fantastic General Secretary of the Labour Party.

“Last year’s election result was devastating for our movement. It is now our duty to work as a team to unite our party, reconnect with the British people and offer the better future that our country deserves.”

This was a test of the Prime Minister and he has failed it – Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the Prime Minister’s press conference, said:

“This was a test of the Prime Minister and he has failed it.

“It is an insult to sacrifices made by the British people that Boris Johnson has chosen to take no action against Dominic Cummings. The public will be forgiven for thinking there is one rule for the Prime Minister’s closest adviser and another for the British people.

“The Prime Minister’s actions have undermined confidence in his own public health message at this crucial time.

“Millions were watching for answers and they got nothing. That’s why the Cabinet Secretary must now launch an urgent inquiry.”