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Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the launch of a consultation into the South Eastern franchise, said:

“Under the Tories, punctuality has fallen to a 10 year low, passenger satisfaction is plummeting, fares have risen three times faster than wages and promised upgrades have been delayed by years or scrapped altogether.

“Privatised rail has failed and it will take more than tinkering around the edges to deliver much needed improvements for passengers.” 

South Eastern Consultation

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the launch of a consultation into the South Eastern franchise, said: “Under the Tories, punctuality has fallen to a 10 year...

South East Labour MEP Anneliese Dodds has joined Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, in calling to protect the rights of the UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK.

 Anneliese Dodds

 

With the British government likely to trigger Article 50 in the coming weeks and negotiations around Britain’s future relationship with the EU about to begin, millions of people across the EU are uncertain and fearful about what the future holds for them. 

Last night the Government suffered a damaging Brexit Bill defeat in the House of Lords. This defeat means that the EU Bill will have to return to the House of Commons for further consideration by MPs.

Theresa May has resisted Labour calls for the Government to act unilaterally to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK. It currently looks like the Government will take the issue of rights for EU migrants in the UK and British migrants in the EU into what could be a difficult and unpredictable period of negotiations.

Jeremy has written to leaders of seven European socialist parties, allied to Labour and in government, to lobby, at every level of the EU, for the rights of British citizens abroad and to reaffirm Labour's commitment to the rights of EU residents in the UK.

Meanwhile, in a debate in the European Parliament on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, Anneliese Dodds has urged the British government to give EU citizens living in the UK peace up of mind by upholding their rights to remain in the UK after Brexit.

Anneliese Dodds, Labour MEP for the South East, said: 

“I am fearful of what the future might hold for the thousands of EU citizens living in the South East, many who have worked and studied here, contributed to society, contributed to the economy, and started families.

“The Prime Minister herself has said that EU citizens living in the UK make a “vital contribution to our society and economy” and that without their contribution Britain would be “poorer” and public services “weaker”. 

“In no sector is this issue more topical than within the NHS and Social Care, with 22,300 EU nationals working as care workers in the South East, that’s 10% of the workforce, and 9,542 NHS workers, 6.1%.  The uncertainty surrounding their future represents one of the biggest risk factors facing our NHS.

The Prime Minister needs to act without delay.”

Labour calls to end the uncertainty for EU Citizens living and working in the South East

South East Labour MEP Anneliese Dodds has joined Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, in calling to protect the rights of the UK citizens living in the EU and...

62 Labour Council Leaders and Directly Elected Mayors have written to the Prime Minister to seek assurance that any deal given to Surrey County Council to support their social care obligations, will be offered to all councils. The full text of the letter is below:

 

The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA

Prime Minister,

We are writing regarding funding arrangements for Conservative-run Surrey County Council. Specifically, the alleged reason behind David Hodge’s decision to drop a planned referendum on increasing council tax by 15 per cent to cover the severe shortfalls in social care, after apparently holding ‘several conversations’ with Whitehall figures.

It has been widely reported in leaked texts, sent by David Hodge supposedly intended for Nick King, Sajid Javid’s special advisor, that DCLG was working on a ‘Memorandum of Understanding.’

In response, as Leaders of Labour councils and council groups, we have a series of questions:

a) Was a deal struck for Surrey County Council?

b) If so, what are the details of the deal?

c) Why was a special deal struck with Surrey behind closed doors?

d) Does the Government finally recognise that local Government is grossly underfunded and is that why they have given a special deal to Surrey?

e) Does the Government now recognise that there will be a £2.6bn shortfall in social care funding by 2020?

f) If a deal was struck, will Ministers offer the same deal given to Surrey to all councils, regardless of political affiliation, when the Local Government finance settlement is published on 22nd February?

We have a crisis in social care, resulting from the Conservative Government’s cuts to local authority funding. Secret backroom deals are not the answer. We urgently need a proper solution, which means providing councils with the funding they needed to solve this crisis.

Given the public interest in this matter we will be publishing this letter.

Yours sincerely,

Barrie Grunewald St Helen's Council
Mohammed Butt Brent Council
Richard Watts Islington Council
Stewart Young Cumbria County Council
Simon Henig Durham County Council
Nick Forbes Newcastle City Council
Lewis Herbert Cambridge City Council
Peter Martland Milton Keynes Council
Warren Morgan Brighton & Hove City Council
Jaz Athwal Redbridge Council
Sharon Taylor Stevenage Council
Simon Greaves Bassetlaw Council
Peter John Southwark Council
Sam Dixon Cheshire West and Chester Council
Steven Brady Hull City Council
Iain Malcolm South Tyneside Council
Ray Oxby North East Lincolnshire Council
David Budd Middlesborough Council
Jean Stretton Oldham Council
Simon Letts Southampton Council
Sue Jeffrey Redcar and Cleveland Council
Doug Taylor Enfield Council
Susan Hinchcliffe Bradford Council
Mark Townsend Burnley District Council
Hazel Simmons Luton Council
Alan Rhodes Nottinghamshire County Council
Claire Kober Harringey Council
Peter Box Wakefield Council
Christopher Akers-Belcher Hartlepool Council
Richard Leese Manchester City Council
Judith Blake Leeds City Council
Bob Price Oxford Council
Tom Beattie Corby Council
Sachin Shah Harrow Council
Bob Cook Stockton Council
John Clancy Birmingham City Council
Julian Bell Ealing Council
Julie Dore Sheffield City Council
Steve Bullock Lewisham Council
Shaun Davies Telford & Wrekin Council
Terry O'Neill Warrington Council
Stephen Lydon Stroud Council
Phil Davies Wirral Council
Alexander Ganotis Stockport Council
Steve Eling Sandwell Council
Sarah Hayward Camden Council
Peter Lamb Crawley Council
Simon Blackburn Blackpool Council
Steve Houghton Barnsley Council
Jon Collins Nottingham City Council
Robin Wales Newham Council
Alistair Bradley Chorley Council
Stephen Alambritis Merton Council
Darren Rodwell Barking and Dagenham Council
Ian Maher Sefton Council
Ros Jones Doncaster Council
Roger Lawrence Wolverhampton Council
Martin Gannon Gateshead Council
Tim Swift Calderdale Council
Cliff Morris Bolton Council
Pete Lowe Dudley Council
Tony Newman Croydon Council
Kieran Quinn Tameside Council
Anne Western Derbyshire County Council

Labour South East Council Leaders seek assurances that whatever “deal” offered to Surrey will be offered to all local authorities

62 Labour Council Leaders and Directly Elected Mayors have written to the Prime Minister to seek assurance that any deal given to Surrey County Council to support their social care...

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