A clip from the past. Enjoy!
A clip from the past. Enjoy!
The LabourList website has an illustration of how [in]effective the Tory Liberal Government have been since inheriting a growing economy from Labour – LINK
Their policy of cutting too far too fast has had a negative impact on economic growth. As a result, this Tory Liberal Coalition Government has increased public debt in this country.
While cutting Brent’s budget by £104 million, reducing the Brent Police budget by 20%, spending money on top down reorganisation of the NHS, trebling tuition fees, scrapping EMA and much more, the Liberal Democrats have reached a new hypercritical low in Brent. They have distributed an attack leaflet on the Labour Party in Dollis Hill Ward which asks the question, “who can you trust to stop the cuts?” All this while Lib Dem Sarah Teather, MP for Brent Central is a Minister in the Tory Liberal Coalition Government and is responsible for not only cutting too far too fast, but disproportionately harming and damaging our community in Brent with front-loaded cuts and more cuts to us compared to other Boroughs and areas in the country.
On the inside of the leaflet….
Using red text, no mention of any Lib Dem candidate or the MP Sarah Teather and nowhere in the leaflet is it admitted that it is from the Brent Liberal Democrats apart from in very small text, size 6 (or perhaps even size 4!!!!), where it says Printed by xxx (address in Brent) Published and Promoted by R Wharton on behalf of A Hopkins (Liberal Democrat) both at xxx (address in Brent). In an additional twist, the address provided is the address of none other than leader of the Brent Council Liberal Democrats Cllr Paul Lorber.
This sort of campaigning, which if anything is more likely to turn people away from the ballot box altogether rather than using persuasive, genuine arguments to inspire people to support your party is something we are used to from the Liberal Democrats in Brent. The politics of hatred and negative campaigning is very much embedded into their ethos here.
The Labour Party has developed a five point plan for jobs to get the economy moving again. Lessons of history should have taught us by now that unemployment is not a price worth paying. The unemployment figure is not a statistic but it is the life of an individual and their family affected. That is why it is right that attention is drawn to the lack of activity from this Government in growing the economy and creating jobs for people.
Last week I attended Labour Party conference 2011 for the first time.
One thing that I was moved by was by how far the Young Labour movement had come and is progressing. The Labour Party is the natural home for young people and the Party has recognised the importance of young people and the role they play in the Party.
In Refounding Labour, the Party has given Young Labour the power of an affiliate vote so that in future leadership and deputy leadership elections, Young Labour will be able to nominate a candidate as an autonomous group.
At a Young Labour fringe meeting, Ed Balls also revealed that one in four members of the Labour Party were under 27! The Tory equivalent, ie. one year after they lost the 1997 election, the average age of their party was nearly 70!
I was also delighted with the amount of very young Councillors that Labour has. I thought I was young when I was elected at the age of 24 last year; but I was meeting Councillors in their teens!
The future’s bright, bright red, the future’s Labour!
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has commented on what the Government can do to help families cope with financial pressures they are facing.
Revolutions in Egypt and Libya have driven up oil prices but there are four things George Osborne can do now.
While he gave banks a tax cut compared to last year, they are now going to pay £800million more than this Government was planning. He should use the extra money to reverse the VAT rise on petrol.
Secondly, he should look at April’s annual fuel duty rise. Labour often postponed planned duty rises when world oil prices were rising.
Thirdly, he must work with finance ministers globally to keep the oil supply flowing and get prices down.
Finally, he must get our economy moving and get more people in work and paying taxes.
Rt Hon Ed Balls MP
The Lib Dems have instantly attacked the appointment of Ed Balls as Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor (LINK). Come on guys… show a bit of courtesy and at least congratulate or welcome the appointment. The Lib Dems know no meaning of the word respect. They are quaking in their boots at the prospect of Ed Balls having such a high profile role.
After all, these links show how effective Ed Balls is at providing scrutiny to the Coalition Government.
I’ve met Ed quite a few times and voted for him as my first preference for the Labour Leadership elections in 2010. I think he will do a splendid job at holding the economic measures from this Coalition Government to account.
I’d like to wish Alan Johnson all the best in dealing with the personal problems that led to his resignation.
After a long leadership contest, Ed Miliband was today elected leader of the Labour Party. It must have been difficult for all contenders and hats off to all who have proven that they are all assets to our party.
I for one am glad it is over as it allows for the Leadership candidates and their volunteers and supporters to move on from the contest and concentrate on providing effective opposition and challenging the unfair, unjust and discriminatory actions of this Coalition Government.
Ed Miliband is the change candidate. Untarnished by the Blair vs Brown battles, and a critic of some of Labour’s failings in Government, as well as a supporter of our successes and I fully support him as the new leader of our Party.
After her Department stopped the rebuilding programme from the Building Schools for the Future programme, which as part of its roll out included several of our schools in Brent, Sarah Teather was very quick to place the blame on Labour Party and said that we made promises that we could not afford – LINK
This is WRONG! In a letter from the Permanent Secretary in Sarah Teather’s own department, David Bell, written to Labour leadership candidate Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, shows that all spending decisions for when Ed Balls was Secretary of State in the Department for Education Skills and Families were appropriately covered. The letter says that if any actions on this, or any matter were in breach of the requirements of propriety or regularity, the Permanent Secretary would have sought Ministerial Direction and it is confirmed that no such requests were made.
LINK TO ACTUAL LETTER – David-Bell-letter-to-Ed-Balls (courtesy of Left Foot Forward).
Labour Party’s Yvette Cooper claimed that it was women that would bear the brunt of the cuts that we will experience. I think she’s wrong. These cuts are targeted at children who can’t vote and therefore do not have a say or voice in being the victim of Sarah Teather’s Government’s cuts.
Labour leadership candidate Rt Hon Ed Balls MP takes the theme of University Challenge to ask some uncomfortable questions to the Con / Dem Government Education Ministers, One of which is Brent Central MP, Sarah Teather.
Also highlighted was the two Education Ministers’ Oxbridge backgrounds with Michael Gove being referred to as ‘Gove, Lady Margaret Hall (Oxford University)’and Sarah Teather as ‘Teather, St John’s (Cambridge University)’. It will now be interesting to see if Teather now implements the same Tory policies that a few months ago she said they don’t have a clue about.