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ü Abolish the bedroom tax because it’s unjust

ü Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and reverse the privatisation of the NHS – integrate physical health, mental health and social care

ü Freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017 and reorganise the energy market to help families, pensioners and businesses

ü Cut taxes for 24 million working people by introducing a lower 10p starting rate of tax

ü Make work pay by expanding free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds to 25 hours a week for working parents

ü Build 200,000 homes a year by 2020 including new towns and action against land banking – use it or lose it

ü Get young people and the long-term unemployed back to work with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee - a paid job they will have to take up or lose benefits

ü Vote for 16-17 year olds

ü End the abuse of zero hours contracts and strengthen the minimum wage.  Increase fines for employers who deliberately break minimum wage laws from £5,000 to a maximum of £50,000

ü Back small businesses by cutting business rates in 2015 and freezing them again in 2016

ü Require large companies to train a new apprentice for each skilled worker they hire from outside the EU;  creating up to 125,000 high quality apprenticeships over the next parliament

ü Primary schools would be forced by law to look after pupils from 08:00 until 18:00 to help working parents – but no other announcements about education policy

ü No increases in borrowing for day to day expenditure but Labour will make different choices

ü Introduce a mansion tax for properties worth over £2 million

ü An increased levy on banks

  • Ø No blank cheque for HS2
  • Ø Consultation regarding membership and relationship with the TUs started
  • Ø Submit all plans to the Office for Budget Responsibility for an affordability audit

û Conference called for a pledge to renationalise the Royal Mail, but this was rejected by the leadership

  • Ø We’re Britain - we can do better than this

New policies announced at conference

ü Abolish the bedroom tax because it’s unjust ü Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and reverse the privatisation of the NHS – integrate physical health, mental health and...

Yvette Cooper MP Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement that Ad Vans will not be rolled out across the country, said:
 
“What was the Home Secretary thinking of? Theresa May should apologise for this massive error of judgement. She signed off the vans, the slogans and the funding, and she has defended them for months. Yet everyone else could see from the start these would be ineffective and divisive.

“This was never a serious policy to tackle illegal immigration - the Home Secretary only supported them for divisive political reasons, and it is no surprise to everyone else that reportedly only one person returned.

“Did she really think people here illegally, ignoring Home Office letters, would decide to return just because of a poster on a van?

“The Ad Vans were worse than ineffective. They were sent to London boroughs with the highest proportion of ethnic minority British citizens, driving past the homes and offices of families whose parents and grandparents had to endure those same slogans scrawled high in National Front graffiti forty years ago. The Home Secretary should be ashamed of the decisions she took. We need practical solutions, not divisive gimmicks.”

Theresa May should apologise for this massive error of judgement

Yvette Cooper MP Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement that Ad Vans will not be rolled out across the country, said: “What was the Home Secretary thinking of?...

Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office minister, responding to Sir John Major’s comments, said:

“It’s deeply embarrassing for David Cameron that a man famous for not wanting to criticise his successors would come out and say what everyone else is thinking: this Prime Minister is completely out of touch. David Cameron stands up only for a privileged few and has no answers to the cost of living crisis he’s created.

“John Major has become the latest voice to recognise that people are sick and tired of being left out of pocket because of David Cameron’s failure to stand up to the energy companies. That’s why we desperately need a Labour government which will freeze energy bills to save money for 27 million households and 2.4 million businesses and reset the market to deliver fairer prices in the future.

Sir John Major comments deeply embarrassing for Cameron

Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office minister, responding to Sir John Major’s comments, said: “It’s deeply embarrassing for David Cameron that a man famous for not wanting to criticise...

Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the OBR’s commentary on today’s public sector finance figures, said:

“It’s significant that the OBR has pointed out that very high earners delayed their bonuses to take advantage of David Cameron’s top rate tax cut.

“While this artificially boosts this year’s borrowing figures, overall the Treasury will have lost millions of pounds as a result of the highest earners deferring income to pay tax at a lower rate.

“This is yet more proof that David Cameron stands up for the wrong people. While those at the top are reaping the benefits of a huge tax cut, ordinary people on middle and low incomes are seeing their living standards fall.”

Significant OBR pointed out very high earners delayed bonuses to take advantage of Cameron’s top rate tax cut

Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the OBR’s commentary on today’s public sector finance figures, said: “It’s significant that the OBR has pointed out...

Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, in response to official figures showing the NHS has lost 445 nurses in the last month, totalling 5,890 since May 2010, said:

“The NHS simply cannot continue to take nursing cuts on this scale.

“Report after report has warned David Cameron of the central importance of nurse numbers in providing safe care. But today’s figures show he is ignoring these warnings and allowing hospitals across England to operate without safe staffing levels.

“On David Cameron’s watch, the NHS has now lost almost six thousand nurses and A&Es across England have struggled to cope. He has given six-figure pay-offs to managers and P45s for nurses.

“This is further proof you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.”

Fall in nurse numbers shows you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS

Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, in response to official figures showing the NHS has lost 445 nurses in the last month, totalling 5,890 since May 2010, said: “The NHS...

Labour to table amendments to the Immigration Bill to tackle exploitation in the labour market and address problems with border controls and enforcement

The Government’s Immigration Bill is doing nothing to tackle exploitation in the labour market and nothing to address problems with border control and enforcement.

Labour will today put forward major amendments to the Immigration Bill in both areas.

Labour’s plans include:

• Making it illegal for recruitment agencies to only target and recruit foreign workers.
• Making it illegal for employers to deliberately run shifts only for foreign workers or segregate shifts by nationality.
• An increased civil penalty of up to £50,000 for not paying National Minimum Wage and exploiting to undercut.
• Trebling the fine to £30,000 for illegally employing foreign workers and introduce a statutory minimum fine of £10,000. 
• A requirement that every large firm hiring a migrant worker from outside the EU has to offer an apprenticeship in return.


Labour will also set out sensible measures to prevent illegal immigration - in contrast to the divisive gimmicks and incompetence of Tory Ad Vans and text messages.

Labour’s plans are the first serious attempt by any party to deal with some of the problems created by European migration - and the exploitation of migration to undermine local wages and jobs.

The amendments form part of Labour’s continued determination to debate public concerns about immigration, and to put forward a sensible and distinctive approach.


Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

"The Government is failing to address the exploitation of low-skilled immigration in the labour market. Nor do they have any serious strategy for tackling illegal immigration.

“That’s why we are setting out sensible and practical policies, instead of the Tory-led Government approach of resorting to ineffective and offensive Ad Vans, gimmicks or incorrect text messages to people who have lived here for 30 years.

"At a time when there is real pressure from a cost of living crisis, people are really concerned that low-skilled immigration is being exploited to undercut wages.

"We need a system that is fair for all and a labour market that works for all. That’s why we need practical measures to close loopholes in the minimum wage, or deal with agencies recruiting only from abroad, or gangmasters exploiting illegal labour.

"And we need more sensible measures to address illegal immigration. The Government is doing little to deal with problems at border control which have been getting worse, with fewer people stopped at the border, and more absconding.

"The Tories set out to play divide and rule, but they have been left with a net migration target nobody trusts, falling levels of confidence and increased public concern."

Labour to table amendments to the Immigration Bill to tackle exploitation in the labour market and address problems with border controls and enforcement

Labour to table amendments to the Immigration Bill to tackle exploitation in the labour market and address problems with border controls and enforcement The Government’s Immigration Bill is doing nothing...

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Jeremy Hunt’s announcement on overseas visitors’ and migrants’ use of the NHS, said:

“We are in favour of improving the recovery of costs from people with no entitlement to NHS treatment.

"But it’s hard not to conclude that this announcement is more about spin than substance. The Government’s own report undermines their headline-grabbing figures, admitting they are based on old and incomplete data.

“Instead of grand-standing, the Government need to focus on delivering practical changes. 

“Labour would not support changes that make doctors and nurses surrogate immigration officials.”

The Government’s own report undermines their headline-grabbing figures on health tourism

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Jeremy Hunt’s announcement on overseas visitors’ and migrants’ use of the NHS, said:“We are in favour of improving the recovery of...

Kevin Brennan MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, speaking ahead of a Westminster Hall Debate on Free Schools tomorrow, said:

"Clearly David Cameron and Michael Gove’s policy of allowing masses of unqualified teachers to educate our children is unravelling before us. We only have to look at the chaos at Al-Madina Free School to see the dangers- OFSTED found that school to be inadequate on every single measure and unqualified teachers were at the heart of its failure.

“But Nick Clegg is locked into this failure too. He ordered his party through the lobbies in favour of unqualified teachers and his schools minister, David Laws, said he was “100% behind” the policy in Parliament last week. This is just more proof that you can’t trust a word the Lib Dems say.

“Labour knows that teaching quality makes the biggest difference to our children’s education, which is why we would improve standards for all by making sure that all teachers are properly qualified.”

David Cameron and Michael Gove’s policy of allowing masses of unqualified teachers to educate our children is unravelling before us

Kevin Brennan MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, speaking ahead of a Westminster Hall Debate on Free Schools tomorrow, said: "Clearly David Cameron and Michael Gove’s policy of allowing masses of...

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the announcement of an agreement between the Government and EDF in respect of Hinkley Point C, said:

"Labour supports the development of new nuclear power stations in Britain as part of a balanced, secure and clean energy mix. We will scrutinise the details of this deal to ensure it delivers value for money for consumers.

"The potential costs of this agreement make it all the more crucial that we end the rip-offs and have an energy market that people trust. Labour will freeze energy bills through to the start of 2017 while we reset the energy market to make it more competitive, transparent and fair for consumers.

"This agreement shows that long-term certainty is what really matters to unlock the investment we need to keep the lights on, not allowing overcharging to continue now. David Cameron is now in the ridiculous position of saying that they can set prices 35 years ahead for the companies producing nuclear power, while insisting they can’t freeze prices for 20 months for consumers while much-needed reforms are put in place."

Nuclear power deal exposes Cameron’s ‘ridiculous’ position over Labour’s energy price freeze

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the announcement of an agreement between the Government and EDF in respect of Hinkley Point C, said: "Labour...

  1. Labour launch ‘Realising One Nation: Developing a new race equality strategy’ consultation

    Today Labour are launching ‘Realising One Nation: Developing a new race equality strategy for Labour’, a new consultation as part of Labour’s Policy Review.

    Gloria De Piero MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, said:

    “We have come a long way since Labour introduced the Race Relations Act in 1968, but under this Government progress has stalled.

    “It is unacceptable that as a non-white person today, you are twice as likely to be unemployed as the national average in the UK, and educational attainment is still linked to ethnic background.

    “On so many fronts this Government is failing our BAME communities. We should be supporting entrepreneurship opportunities for ethnic minority businesses and helping the police to increase recruitment from minority communities.

    “This is why Labour is today launching the ‘Realising One Nation’ consultation. We need a new race equalities strategy to address all these challenges and support stronger community cohesion.”

    Editor’s notes:

    The outcomes of the consultation on developing a new race equality strategy will feed into the Shadow Cabinet’s work on equalities policy and to Labour’s Politics Policy Commission.

    Responses to the consultation can be submitted via Your Britain, Labour’s online home of policy development, at yourbritain.org.uk. The document and submission form can be found in the Policy Review section of the website here.

Race equality strategy consultation

Labour launch ‘Realising One Nation: Developing a new race equality strategy’ consultation Today Labour are launching ‘Realising One Nation: Developing a new race equality strategy for Labour’, a new consultation...

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