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Keir Starmer, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, has urged ministers to meet the deadline for handing over the 58 Brexit impact studies to MPs tomorrow [Tuesday 28 November] or risk being held in contempt of Parliament.

Earlier this month, MPs unanimously backed a Labour motion for the economic impact studies to be released to the Select Committee for Exiting the European Union. MPs on that Select Committee will then have the right to review the impact studies and determine what information is put in the public domain.

The Speaker of the House of Commons said motions of the kind tabled by Labour “have in the past been seen as effective or binding.”

Responding to the decision, the Brexit Secretary, David Davis, said on Tuesday 7 November: “The Government is committed to providing the information to the Committee as soon as possible. I have made plain to the House authorities that we currently expect this to be no more than three weeks [Tuesday 28 November].”

If ministers fail to respond to Labour’s motion, then they risk falling in contempt of Parliament.

Parliament’s rulebook Erskine May states that “actions which…obstruct or impede” the Commons “in the performance of its functions, or are offences against its authority or dignity, such as disobedience to its legitimate commands.”

Labour is calling for the papers to be handed over, unredacted before Parliament rises tomorrow.

Keir Starmer said:

“There is huge anxiety across the country about the impact of the Government’s Brexit approach on jobs and the economy.

“Labour fully understand the importance of protecting the UK’s negotiating position with the European Union. However, the decision agreed unanimously by MPs earlier this month was about transparency and ensuring Parliament had the information it needs to hold ministers to account during the Brexit process.

“Ministers have accepted that the vote was binding and they must now respect Parliament’s decision. That means releasing the impact studies to the Brexit Select Committee in full and unredacted before Parliament rises on Tuesday. If ministers fail to act then we will have no choice but to raise this matter with the Speaker of the Commons.“

Labour urge ministers to meet deadline for releasing Brexit impact studies

Keir Starmer, Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary, has urged ministers to meet the deadline for handing over the 58 Brexit impact studies to MPs tomorrow [Tuesday 28 November] or risk being...

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responding to the publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, said:

“This is a White Paper made up of re-announced policies and old spending commitments, showing once again that this is a Government short on details and new ideas.

“Nothing in the White Paper will help give businesses the certainty or incentives they need to invest in the face of the Government’s catastrophic handling of Brexit.”

“What detail there is concentrates on a few elite industries in which Britain already has an advantage, and will do nothing to help the millions of people who work in low productivity and low wage sectors such as retail, hospitality and social care, or those based outside the “Golden Triangle” made up by London, Oxford and Cambridge.

“After the Budget last week, the Government’s economic credibility has been shot to pieces. This White Paper falls far short of the change of direction needed to improve our dire productivity, income and GDP growth. Labour’s Industrial Strategy set out a radical programme of investment and genuine partnership between industry and government, to build an economy for the many, not just the few.”

Government’s Industrial Strategy is just re-announced policies & old spending commitments

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, responding to the publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, said: “This is a White Paper made up of re-announced...

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the analysis today by the IFS, said:
 

“The analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has today exposed the appalling failure of seven years of this Government’s austerity economics and its grim consequences for working people.
 
“Seven years of austerity has not only blighted lives and plunged our public services into crisis, it has also trashed productivity growth and dragged down living standards.
 
“The NHS faces its toughest ever decade, whilst the IFS expects those on average earnings to be around £1,400 a year worse off by 2021, with workers facing two decades without earnings growth.
 
“The Tories are overseeing the worst economic growth of any comparable G7 country, while the outlook for real wages and salaries looks dire for generations to come.
 
“The IFS has also lifted the lid on Philip Hammond’s attempt to fiddle the figures, exposing his failed attempts to meet his own targets and admitting his chances of balancing the budget are ‘remote’. This means austerity is still top of the Tory agenda and looks set to continue well into the next decade.
 
"The confirmation that the stamp duty cut will in fact increase house prices, helping sellers and pricing some people, including first-time buyers, out of the market, will come as a major disappointment to many hoping to get onto the housing ladder.
 
“This is a government and an economic policy that has completely failed by any conventional standard, they can serve no further purpose in office. Labour stands ready to govern in the interests of the many, not the few.”

Labour Press IFS analysis exposes the appalling failure of seven years of this Government’s austerity economics

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the analysis today by the IFS, said: “The analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has today exposed the appalling failure of seven years...

An application to build an additional 400 houses on White Moss Quarry near
Alsager was refused by Cheshire East Council. The developers appealed. It is
welcome news that the Planning Inspectorate have dismissed the appeal.

However, the appeal ruling includes some worrying comments that suggest
future appeals may be upheld because Cheshire East Council does not have a
5-year housing land supply. Under the rules introduced by the coalition
government (National Planning Policy Framework) if a local authority does
not have a 5-year housing land supply then a 'tilted balance' applies and
planning permission must be granted unless the local authority can prove
that the harmful effects of the development would 'significantly and
demonstrably' outweigh the benefits.

The Inspector considered whether Cheshire East Council had a 5-year housing
land supply and said,
"To my mind, even though the calculated supply includes a 20% buffer, the
5-year supply should be considered to be marginal and, potentially, in
doubt."

"I conclude that it would be both cautious and prudent in the circumstances
of this case to regard policies for the supply of housing to be considered
not up-to-date, thus engaging the tilted balance of paragraph 14 of the
Framework."

"Paragraph 14 of the Framework indicates that where relevant policies in the
development plan are out of date, in this case arising from the marginality
of a sufficiently convincing 5-year housing land supply, planning permission
should be granted unless any adverse effects of doing so would significantly
and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies
in the Framework as a whole."

In the case of White Moss Quarry, the Inspector noted that at least 300 of
the houses applied for would not be built within 5 years and so would not
contribute to the 5-year housing land supply. In this case the Inspector
rejected the application. The worry now is that any speculative developments
that are able to demonstrate that the houses would be built within 5 years
will be granted permission even if they breach the Local Plan and any
Neighbourhood Plan.


Janet Jackson, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield Central, said, "Although
Cheshire East Council does now, at last, have a Local Plan, the failure to
maintain a 5-year housing land supply could mean that permission for
speculative housing applications outside the Local Plan will be granted.
This is a disaster for local communities who relied on Conservative promises
that they would stop the flood of speculative housing. Sadly, under the
Conservative planning rules, Neighbourhood Plans can also be over-ruled if
Cheshire East Council fails to maintain a 5-year housing land supply."

Brian Roberts, Labour Councillor for Crewe West, said, "The Cheshire East
Local Plan includes an assumption of building 1800 new houses a year (or
9000 over 5 years). A recent government consultation suggested that Cheshire
East only needed 1142 houses a year (or 5710 over 5 years). Sadly, in July
the Conservatives rejected a Labour proposal to start work on a new Local
Plan so we are stuck with the higher requirement in order to demonstrate a
5-year housing land supply. The continued short sighted and arrogant
attitude of the Cheshire East Conservatives in refusing the Labour proposals
to continue developing the Local Plan to hold back speculative developments
will add further stain on local services and investment-starved
infrastructure."

Cllr Sam Corcoran, Labour & Co-operative Councillor for Sandbach Heath &
East said, "The five police investigations swirling around
Conservative-controlled Cheshire East Council should not be allowed to
distract attention from the ongoing problems over speculative housing
developments caused by national Conservative Party policies and local
Conservative incompetence. Developers are making millions out of housing on
greenfield sites and local communities have to suffer increasing traffic
congestion and overloaded services.
We need proper local government planning to ensure that houses are built in
the places where they are needed and that appropriate infrastructure
improvements are provided.
Under the Conservatives private developers build houses in the places and
styles that make them most money, without regard for local residents.

"The White Moss Quarry site has had a colourful history. The Local
Government Ombudsman ruled that Cheshire East Council had knowingly and
persistently misled the public over a previous planning application. When
questioned at a Cabinet meeting in 2014 about White Moss Quarry the previous
Council Leader said "I am very concerned that certain sites historically in
the Council have come forward with strange decisions around them. That won't
happen on my watch. I'm not part of any secret group, masons or whatever."

White Moss Quarry Planning Appeal puts 5 year supply in doubt

An application to build an additional 400 houses on White Moss Quarry nearAlsager was refused by Cheshire East Council. The developers appealed. It iswelcome news that the Planning Inspectorate have...

Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on the UK losing its place on the International Court of Justice for the first time in its 71 year history, said:

“While we congratulate our friends in India on maintaining their place on the International Court of Justice, it remains a shocking indictment of Britain’s declining international standing that, for the first time in the history of the court, it will now be without a British judge. Theresa May and Boris Johnson like to proclaim their dream of a ‘Global Britain’, but here in the real world, her weak leadership and his repeated gaffes have left our country increasingly isolated and ignored.

“Only a Labour Government, which will restore values and principles to our foreign policy, and build bridges with our international partners, will allow us to recover our global influence, and re-take our rightful place as a leading player at the United Nations.”

Theresa May’s weak leadership has left our country increasingly isolated and ignored

Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on the UK losing its place on the International Court of Justice for the first time in its 71 year history, said: “While we...

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on Public Sector Finance figures published today by the ONS, which show borrowing has increased by £500 million to £8 billion from last year, and that £147.8 billion has been added to the national debt since October 2016, said:

“These figures are a reminder of the continued failure of both Philip Hammond and Theresa May over these past seven years. The deficit has still not been eliminated as they promised it would be by 2015, and the national debt continues to grow. The rise in the Government’s deficit over October shows once again that seven years of Tory spending cuts have caused pain and misery for millions with little to show for it.

“It further highlights why it is so vital that we see a change of course in the Budget tomorrow, halting the growing emergency in our public services and ending their failed austerity policies.

“The next Labour government will set out a serious plan for the public finances with strategic investment underpinned by our Fiscal Credibility Rule, to help build a high-wage, high-skill economy for the many not the few.”

Comment on latest Public Sector Finance figures

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on Public Sector Finance figures published today by the ONS, which show borrowing has increased by £500 million to £8 billion from last year,...

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the European Council’s decision to relocate the European Medicines Agency from London to Amsterdam, said:

“This decision is extremely disappointing. Labour has been clear all along that Britain should seek to maintain membership of the European Medicines Agency.

“Not only will this relocation see the loss of almost 900 jobs from London, but Britain’s reputation as a world leader in the life sciences is under serious threat and patients will likely suffer from longer waits for new medicines.

“Ministers must urgently reassure the House that the UK will not become a second-tier market as a result of their reckless handling of Brexit, and that the best possible deal for patients and staff remains at the forefront of negotiations.”

European Medicines Agency to relocate away from London

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the European Council’s decision to relocate the European Medicines Agency from London to Amsterdam, said: “This decision is extremely disappointing. Labour...

John Healey MPLabour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, responding to comments made on housing in the Chancellor’s interview with the Sunday Times, said:

“After seven years in Government, it’s clear the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis and still can’t see that their policy failures are making the crisis worse.

"More big targets, small changes in funding and yet another review into the housing market fall far short of what is needed.

"The hard truth is that housebuilding is still below the level it was before the global financial crisis and affordable housebuilding has fallen off a cliff, with the lowest number of new social rented homes built last year since records began.

"Rather than more small-scale tinkering, the Chancellor should back Labour’s long-term plan to invest to build the homes we need, help first-time buyers and give private renters the protections they need.”

The Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, responding to comments made on housing in the Chancellor’s interview with the Sunday Times, said: “After seven years in Government, it’s clear...

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to Phillip Hammond on the Marr show saying there are no unemployed people, said:

“The Chancellor is living on another planet. If the person in charge of the country’s finances doesn’t know, or chooses to ignore, the fact that nearly 1.5 million people are unemployed, and almost a million people are on zero-hours contracts, then he is clearly losing a grip on reality.

"The Tories have become even more out of touch and are now so inwards looking that they have no clue of the experiences of ordinary people suffering from seven years of Tory austerity.”

The Chancellor is living on another planet

Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responding to Phillip Hammond on the Marr show saying there are no unemployed people, said: “The Chancellor is living on another...

The Sandbach Town Council Skatepark Working Group was formed in comprising
of councillors Sam Corcoran, Geraint Price-Jones, Martin Forster, Paula
Eaton and youth councillor Mollie Burns. The working group membership has
since expanded to include local skateboarders and others with expertise or
interest in a skatepark/bmx track in Sandbach.

A short consultation has now been launched at
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HRYPGPW to gauge the extent of public
demand for a skatepark/bmx track in Sandbach. If there is public demand then
there will be further consultation on possible sites.

The next meeting of the skatepark working group will take place on Wednesday
6th December at 7.15pm in the town council offices in the Sandbach Literary
Institute. All are welcome to attend.

Sam Corcoran said, "I am very pleased to see this working group making
progress. The idea of a skatepark in Sandbach has been under discussion for
many years, with sites previously considered in Sandbach Town Park, Newall
Avenue play area, Church Lane play area, Ettiley Heath playing field and
Wheelock playing fields. At its first meeting the new group decided to look
at possible sites at Belmont Avenue, the corner of Salt Line Way/Moss Lane
and on the Capricorn site. I hope that the new group will make some progress
on this issue and will make recommendations to Sandbach Town Council within
6 months and produce a detailed report within a year."

Sandbach Skatepark/BMX Track Consultation Open

The Sandbach Town Council Skatepark Working Group was formed in comprisingof councillors Sam Corcoran, Geraint Price-Jones, Martin Forster, PaulaEaton and youth councillor Mollie Burns. The working group membership hassince expanded...

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