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Rosie Winterton MP, Labour’s chief whip, speaking after launching the European and Local elections campaign in Dewsbury, said:

"People have the chance in these elections to vote for a Labour Party on their side tackling the cost of living crisis - freezing energy bills, cutting business rates for local businesses, extending free child care and today we're announcing new help for the 9 million people living in private rented accommodation

"The staff ad service users at Fusion Housing we met today were very supportive of our commitment to stop letting agents charge huge fees, create new longer tenancies to give people security and limit rent increases.

"David Cameron's Tories stand up for the privileged few, but Labour's European and local election candidates will be strong voices for everyone in our society."

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Yorkshire and the Humber Labour European and Local elections launch

Rosie Winterton MP, Labour’s chief whip, speaking after launching the European and Local elections campaign in Dewsbury, said: "People have the chance in these elections to vote for a Labour...

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Labour’s shadow energy minister has called on the government to do everything in its power to save Kellingley pit.

Following an announcement by the government that they’re to provide a £10m fund to help with a managed closure of the put in 2015, Labour said it’s now crucial to use that time to work relentlessly towards finding an alternative private sector company to provide the investment the pit needs to survive longterm.

Tom Greatrix said:

“As two of the UK’s last three deep coal pits, the loss of Kellingley and Thoresby will have a significant detrimental impact on the communities and local economies. There are 1300 direct jobs which will be lost with closure, and hundreds of other indirect jobs in the affected areas also likely to go.

“The Government’s decision to avert immediate closure means that there is now a final, short and pressing time to secure the private investment needed for these pits to continue to operate beyond 2015. If that support cannot be secured by the end of May, the Government’s £10m commercial loan will lead to the managed closure of these pits with many of the jobs likely to be gone this year before the closedown is completed next year.

“Even at this late stage, the Government should be doing everything in their power now – before the closure effectively begins at the end of May - to seek, and work with, potential alternative operators to secure an economically viable future for both pits and their loyal and dedicated workforces.”

Labour calls on government to do all it can to save Kellingley Pit

Labour’s shadow energy minister has called on the government to do everything in its power to save Kellingley pit. Following an announcement by the government that they’re to provide a...

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Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Dugher, has announced that Labour would appoint a Minister for Yorkshire and Humber in Government to support Labour’s city-region growth agenda.

In a speech to the IPPR on Tuesday, Michael Dugher said that only Labour can offer a One Nation platform and deliver jobs and growth in every region.

As part of Labour’s devolution of power to England’s great towns and cities, Regional Ministers would facilitate relationships between Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and central government; advise Ministers on the impact of local and regional policy; bring existing structures and the private sector together to encourage investment; and would be a visible representative of their area in Whitehall.

Regional Ministers would be critical in delivering Labour’s agenda to devolve more power to city-regions and Local Authorities.

Labour would set up a Regional Committee sitting in the Cabinet Office, made up of all Regional Ministers and Chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office to monitor local and regional policy outcomes.

Announcing that Labour would introduce Regional Ministers, Michael Dugher said:

“Our belief is that regional growth demands sub-regional initiatives, co-ordinated and driven forward at regional level.

“Labour is pledging to introduce Regional Ministers to put the voice of the English regions at the heart of Labour decision-making. They will help to shape policy around local and regional interests with a view to correcting the regional inequalities that have arisen under the Tories.

“Regional Ministers would not be a replica of what came before, but rather would be complementary to our agenda to devolve more power to city-regions.

“Regional Ministers would bring together central government, business and local authorities, advise Ministers on the impact of government policy in the regions and promote inward investment.”

Michael Dugher also critiqued David Cameron’s modernising project, pointing to early totemic policies which have been abandoned in government. He contrasted David Cameron with Harold Macmillan, showing how he has undermined the Conservatives’ One Nation heritage.

Critiquing David Cameron’s record in government, Michael Dugher said:

“Like Cameron, Harold Macmillan went to Eton, but Macmillan’s political outlook was shaped by his serving in the First World War, a misery he shared with men from all backgrounds, and as MP for the northern industrial constituency of Stockton-on-Tees. David Cameron stands up for a privileged few not because of where he went to school, but because, unlike Macmillan, he has never really been anywhere else.

“David Cameron has failed to convince his party, because he preferred instead to regularly compromise with his party. One Nation Conservatism now appears little more than a PR exercise that has given way to the re-emergence of divide and rule, core-vote Conservatism.

“David Cameron now clings to the outdated ideology of ‘trickle-down’ economics - a model whereby growing prosperity of a few at the top eventually benefits others, in spite of growing inequalities between classes, ages and regions.

“The result is not just that David Cameron’s Government now occupies the political territory against which he once defined his modernising project. Far worse, the aspirational majority who work hard, pay their taxes, who want to get on and do well, are working harder for less.”

Labour will appoint a “Minister for Yorkshire”

Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Dugher, has announced that Labour would appoint a Minister for Yorkshire and Humber in Government to support Labour’s city-region growth agenda.

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