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Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the announcement that Southeastern will increase off-peak fare prices, said:

“This further fare rise is another slap in the face for long-suffering rail passengers. Fares have sky rocketed since 2010, passenger satisfaction is plummeting and punctuality has fallen to a ten year low.

“A railway works best as an integrated network, but privatisation and franchising have meant breaking it up to create opportunities for companies to extract a profit, resulting in costly inefficiencies resulting in sky high fares.

“The current system is broken. It is time for our railways to be run under public ownership, in the public interest as an integrated national asset with affordable fares for all and long-term investment in the railway network.”

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This further fare rise is another slap in the face for long-suffering rail passengers- McDonald

Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the announcement that Southeastern will increase off-peak fare prices, said: “This further fare rise is another slap in the face for long-suffering...

 

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has been selected to be the Labour parliamentary candidate for Slough.

Tan is the Chair of Gravesham Constituency Labour Party, the former Mayor of Gravesham and is a seasoned campaigner for the Labour Party in the South East.

Tan Dhesi said:

“It is a privilege and an honour to be selected as Labour’s candidate for Slough, the town I was born and brought up in, and a place I love so much.  

“I want to thank Fiona Mactaggart for her 20 years of dedication to Slough and the Labour Party.

“I am determined to be a strong voice for Slough after 7 years of damaging Tory cuts. 

“This General Election is a choice between a Labour Party, who will stand up for the many and a Conservative Party, which only looks after the privileged few.

“If elected, I will work tirelessly for the people of Slough.”

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Selection is subject to NEC endorsement – the NEC meets to endorse candidates next week

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has been selected to be the Labour parliamentary candidate for Slough

  Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has been selected to be the Labour parliamentary candidate for Slough. Tan is the Chair of Gravesham Constituency Labour Party, the former Mayor of Gravesham and...

Following the retirement of Andrew Smith, Anneliese Dodds has been selected to be the parliamentary candidate for Oxford East.

Anneliese is a Labour MEP for the South East of England and is a seasoned campaigner in Oxford.

Anneliese lives in the heart of Oxford East, where she is raising her young family.  

Anneliese Dodds said:

“It is a privilege and an honour to be selected as Labour’s candidate for Oxford East, my home seat and a place I love so much.  

“Andrew Smith has been an outstanding MP for our area, working tirelessly to deliver for people across our community. I want to thank him for his 40 years of dedication to Oxford East as both Cllr and MP.

“His are big shoes to fill, but I am determined to be the strong voice our area needs after 7 years of damaging Tory cuts.

“My main priority for Oxford East is countering the Tories' extreme and chaotic approach to Brexit. If elected I would use my contacts across Europe to protect trade and scientific links which are so important to the local economy. “ 

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Note to editors

Selection is still subject to final NEC approval – NEC meets next week to approve candidates.

 

Anneliese Dodds has been selected to be the parliamentary candidate for Oxford East

Following the retirement of Andrew Smith, Anneliese Dodds has been selected to be the parliamentary candidate for Oxford East. Anneliese is a Labour MEP for the South East of England...

Reading Borough Labour council has been praised for its pioneering housing scheme in a new report showcasing the innovative work that Labour councils are doing on housing around the country.

Local Housing InnovationsThe Best of Labour in Power profiles 20 Labour councils at the leading edge in cutting homelessness, building new homes for first time buyers, investing in super-energy efficient homes and delivering new council housing.

Reading Council is buying 500 existing (and potentially new) residential properties to rent over a five-year period, funding the investment through a cost-neutral model of subsidising sub-market rent with the provision of full market rent units.

The ground-breaking ‘Homes for Reading’ project has been picked as one of 20 stand-out schemes from across the country by Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey who edited the report.   

This comes as new analysis by the House of Commons Library, reveals that Labour councils have out-built Tory councils by an average of 1000 new homes since 2010. 

It shows that in Conservative-led local authority areas there were 1,679 new homes built on average between 2010 and 2016, while under Labour councils 2,577 were built on average – more than 50% more homes.

Shadow Secretary of State for Housing John Healey MP said:

“The approach of Reading Borough council shows that the Labour party in power can make a real difference.

“After seven years of Tory failure on housing, from falling home-ownership to rising homelessness, Britain has a housing crisis and needs many more good homes.

“And while Tory Ministers talk about getting Britain building but their own local councils are lagging behind.

He added that the report alongside the new analysis on council housebuilding figures showed that “Labour doesn’t just build more, we build better too. Labour councils across the country are pulling out all the stops to help people with the day-to-day housing pressures they face.”

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Reading Borough Council hailed for pioneering housing scheme, as new analysis shows Labour councils are out-building Tory councils by 50%

Reading Borough Labour council has been praised for its pioneering housing scheme in a new report showcasing the innovative work that Labour councils are doing on housing around the country....

On Saturday, during a visit to Gravesend to campaign in the upcoming local elections in Kent on the 4th May, John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, reaffirmed a pledge made last summer by Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, to invest in essential communications and energy infrastructure in the South East.

Labour has pledged to rebalance investment across the country after new figures show that the South East has just £1,081 spent per person on essential infrastructure, compared to £3,114 per person in London.

Mr McDonnell highlighted how the South East is one of the regions worst hit by rising rail fares and in a speech to Labour Party members John talked about Labour’s policy to take back control of our railways by bringing them back under public ownership.

Speaking to members at the Labour Party office in Gravesend, John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

 “After seven years of Tory failure on the economy, too much of our country is being held back. There’s a huge potential in places like Gravesend and across Kent for investment in new technologies like renewable energy. We’re committed to rewriting the rules so that investment decisions made in Whitehall don’t just focus on what’s good for a few people in the City of London.

“Labour will deliver the long-term patient investment needed to create the jobs of the future in new technologies, renewable energy and in transport infrastructure fit for the 21st century.

“On 4th May people across Kent will have the chance to vote for their next county council. Labour is the only party that are serious about achieving the investment that is needed to restore pride and prosperity to Kent and we will take back control of our railways.”

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John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor reaffirms promise to invest in South East

On Saturday, during a visit to Gravesend to campaign in the upcoming local elections in Kent on the 4th May, John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, reaffirmed a pledge made...

The Tories famously pledged to be the “most family friendly Government we’ve ever had” before the 2010 election. As part of this claim they said they would protect Sure Start, the transformative early year years programme introduced by Labour to give young children the best start in life. But new research, based on Freedom of Information requests to councils, reveals that there are now over 1,240 fewer designated Sure Start children’s centres than when the Tories took office- a fall of around 34 per cent since 2010.

In the South East, 150 Sure Start Centres have been slashed.

Angela Rayner MP: Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the closures, said:

“The Tories claim they’re protecting Sure Start, but they’re not. They use tricky accounting methods- like pointing to buildings which are still open but which are running much reduced services-to try to pull the wool over people’s eyes. But the facts speak for themselves.

“There are a third fewer designated centres than there were when the Tories came to office. We know that because we asked local authorities, those tasked with running these vital services, and that’s what they told us.

“The Tories are taking us backwards. It’s a scandal that parents and children are paying the price.”

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The Tories have slashed Sure Start. There are now 150 fewer centres in the South East

The Tories famously pledged to be the “most family friendly Government we’ve ever had” before the 2010 election. As part of this claim they said they would protect Sure Start,...

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:

 

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... Read more

Duncan Enright has been selected as Labour’s candidate in the Witney by-election taking place on 20 October.

Duncan, a West Oxfordshire Councillor since 2012, also stood against the then Prime Minister David Cameron at the General Election in 2015, coming a clear second with a record swing and almost winning more votes than UKIP, Lib Dem, Green and other candidates put together.

Duncan has pledged to put the issues that are important to Witney at the heart of his campaign.

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Duncan Enright selected as Labour's candidate for Witney

Duncan Enright has been selected as Labour’s candidate in the Witney by-election taking place on 20 October. Duncan, a West Oxfordshire Councillor since 2012, also stood against the then Prime... Read more

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