Speaking after Theresa May waltzed into Leeds to deliver a speech to Tory activists this evening, Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves said:
“Theresa May has been Prime Minister for nine months, yet this is the first occasion in all that time she’s bothered to come to Yorkshire. People here aren’t fools – she can’t just rock up at election time and demand their vote after completely neglecting our area throughout her time in office.
“In my constituency alone the school cuts her Tory government’s planning will mean 100 fewer teachers. Our A&E departments have patients waiting hours on trolleys. Nestle in York is losing 181 jobs as we start to feel the impact of the extreme Tory Brexit – why isn’t she there trying to do something about that?
“The people of Yorkshire have never needed strong Labour voices to stand up for them in parliament more than they do now.”
Speaking after Theresa May waltzed into Leeds to deliver a speech to Tory activists this evening, Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves said: “Theresa May has been Prime Minister for nine...
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the government to respect the vote in the Lords amending the Article 50 legislation to protect the status of EU Nationals living in Britain.
In Yorkshire and the Humber alone, almost 7,000 EU nationals work in social care or the NHS.
The government has signalled its intention to seek to overturn the Lords' amendment in the Commons.
Jeremy Corbyn is continuing to coordinate EU-wide efforts by socialist parties to protect the rights of UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK.
The Labour Leader said:
"EU nationals, who have made their lives here, are welcome here, their rights should be guaranteed. Labour voted for it in the Commons; we beat them in the Lords.
“And now it is time for Theresa May to guarantee the rights of all EU nationals in this country. People are not bargaining chips.
“Over 50,000 EU nationals, including 10,000 doctors, work in our NHS.
“Our NHS needs all their talents.”
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the government to respect the vote in the Lords amending the Article 50 legislation to protect the status of EU Nationals living in...
Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Minister for Devolution, commenting on the publication of the first report by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership:
“Labour is the party of devolution, and Labour councils have welcomed the breaking down of barriers to ensure power flows from Westminster into regions across the UK. Done right, devolution can empower our communities. But done wrong, it’s just cover for more cuts.
"It is deeply ironic for George Osborne to highlight the North-South divide in our country when it is his failed economic plan which has deepened that regional inequality. George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse failed to devolve real freedoms, genuine financial reform and sufficient funding to redress the economic and social imbalances which exist. It quickly became seen as a toxic brand and a hollow exercise in political PR to boost Osborne’s reputation.
"George Osborne’s version of devolution was used as a smokescreen for devolving cuts. By giving piecemeal powers to local authorities, along with huge budget reductions, central government forced the blame for cuts on to local councils. The Tories give with one hand and take away with the other. Ten of the twelve “struggling” cities in the UK are located in the Northern Powerhouse, but this government’s destructive and counter-productive cuts to local services are making the Northern Powerhouse look more like a Northern Poorhouse.
"You simply cannot empower local government if you impoverish it. George Osborne’s – and now Phillip Hammond’s – brutal and punishing cuts have left local government facing a £5.8 billion funding gap by 2020. The IFS predicts a 79% cut in direct funding for local government between 2010 and 2020, with the local authorities with the highest levels of deprivation receiving some of the greatest cuts. The move towards “financial self-sufficiency” for local councils is looking more and more like an ideological drive to make the poor areas poorer and the rich areas richer.
"The £2.6 billion hole in social care funding is leaving 1.2 million elderly people without the care they need, libraries, museums and youth centres have closed and there is a national housing crisis, with rough sleeping on the rise. And £2 billion worth of EU Structural Funds in the Northern Powerhouse are at risk after we leave the EU and are not guaranteed to be replaced by Government. Government is devolving responsibilities whilst cutting resources to the bone.
"Furthermore, it is crucial that all of the North feels the warmth of growth and prosperity - not just the city-regions who will be electing Mayors this year. The Government’s devolution agenda has failed to reach the smaller cities and towns, let alone rural areas.
"A Labour government will introduce a radical devolution agenda which sees power handed back to communities, giving councils, residents and business the opportunity to shape the way their services provided. This will be backed up by Regional Investment Banks, including a Bank of the North, which will complement rather than complicate, existing local government structures.”
Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Minister for Devolution, commenting on the publication of the first report by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership: “Labour is the party of devolution, and Labour councils...