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Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the North East Combined Authority’s vote for a Quality Contract, said:

“Buses are the forgotten backbones of our villages, towns and cities yet this Government has allowed bus fares to rise by an inflation-busting twenty five per cent since 2010.

“By voting to take back control of their buses, the North East Combined Authority is on a path to a cheaper, more frequent and more reliable bus service.

“A Labour government will make it easier for areas to improve their bus services through a Quality Contract."

North East Combined Authority is on a path to a cheaper, more frequent and more reliable bus service - Creagh

Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the North East Combined Authority’s vote for a Quality Contract, said:“Buses are the forgotten backbones of our villages, towns and cities...

NHS ambulance services across England are now spending close to double the figure on private ambulances when compared to 2012, with parts of the country seeing a ten-fold increase. 

Labour Freedom of Information requests to all ambulance trusts reveals an increase of 82% between financial years 2011/12 and 2013/14 - from £37 million to £67.5 million last year. 

Data released earlier this month by NHS England shows ambulances in some regions taking an average of almost four minutes longer to reach patients in a life-threatening condition. Parts of the country where private ambulance spending is highest are among the slowest responders to calls. 

In the North East region, spending on private ambulance services more than quadrupled to hit £2.9 million.

Yet other ambulance services maintained lowest levels of spending across the period while one even reduced its reliance on private vehicles.

Over the same period, average ambulance response times - the period between a logged call and the vehicle's arrival - increased by 51 seconds in the North East area.

Official NHS figures show that across the country even ambulances for the most serious cases are taking over a minute longer to reach patients than three years ago.

In cases where a life is threatened, the vehicle should arrive within eight minutes. The average ambulance in England now takes 6 minutes 36 seconds to reach callers - 78 seconds longer than in August 2011.

Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary said:

"These figures show just how quickly the NHS is changing under David Cameron. Blue-light ambulance services have traditionally been considered part of the public core of the NHS. It is clear that no part of the NHS is now immune to privatisation.

"When people dial 999, most would expect an NHS ambulance crew to turn up. People have never been asked whether they think blue-light ambulance services should be run by private companies. Before this practice goes any further, there should be a proper public debate about it.

"NHS paramedics have raised concerns over whether private crews have sufficient training, competence and are fully equipped. The Government needs to provide urgent answers to these questions and provide assurances that this practice is not compromising patient safety.

“Cameron's Government is driving the private sector into the core of the NHS without the permission of the public. It is wrong and should be stopped. If the Prime Minister wants to continue to subject the NHS to increasing privatisation, he must seek a specific mandate for it at the coming Election."

NHS SERVICE SPENDING ON PRIVATE AMBULANCES SOARS IN THE NORTH EAST

NHS ambulance services across England are now spending close to double the figure on private ambulances when compared to 2012, with parts of the country seeing a ten-fold increase.  Labour...

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Local MPs and parliamentary candidates have welcomed Labour’s announcement today (FRIDAY) on plans to give football fans a voice in every boardroom and buy a significant slice of the shares when the ownership of their club changes.

Clive Efford, Labour’s Shadow’s Sports Minister, will launch the proposals for the biggest legislative shake-up in the governance of English and Welsh football clubs since the advent of the game.

The plan, which has been drawn up in consultation with 95 football supporters’ organisations, including fans groups in Newcastle, would require supporters to come together to form a single accredited trust in return for the right to:

appoint and remove up to a quarter and not less than two of a football club’s board of directors;purchase up to 10 per cent of the shares when a club changes ownership, if they so wish.

Supporters have told us that this is the only way to ensure those running clubs share information, power and responsibility with them. Labour's proposals mean fans could hold the owners of their club to account on all issues on and off the field including ticket prices, shirt sponsorship, ground naming rights, and changing the colour of the strip or the name.

Labour will now consult further on the detail of these proposals with supporters.

Clive Efford MP said:

“Too often fans are treated like an after-thought as ticket prices are hiked-up, grounds re-located and clubs burdened with debt or the threat of bankruptcy. Only this week, the BBC’s Price of football survey showed how average prices have risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011. We have reached a tipping point in the way football is run.

“The Labour party has listened to the views of fans about changing the way football is run in England and Wales. And we want to ensure they are heard by the owners of the clubs too. We will now consult further on proposals to enshrine on the statute books the idea that football have a special place in people’s hearts – and should be the heart of our communities.”

Welcoming the plans, Newcastle Central MP, Chi Onwurah, who is an honorary board member of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust said:

“This is great news for football fans. One of the major frustrations for Newcastle fans is the sense of being shut out from the Club, powerless to influence decisions and met largely by a wall of silence. Under Labour’s proposals, should the club’s ownership change hands, fans would have a real say, and that should encourage the club to show fans more respect now. We've got to give power back to the fans if we're ‎going to reclaim the beautiful game.”

Anna Turley, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Redcar said:

"So many real fans now feel the game they love is leaving them behind. It’s right that we give supporters the chance to have an influence over local their club. These proposals would mean that if the ownership of the Boro changes in the future then fans could take a stake in the club and have their voices heard.” 

Jon Cruddas, head of Labour’s Policy Review, said:

‘The Premier League is a huge success. But football is more than a business. Football clubs are part of people’s identity and sense of belonging. Our plan is to give fans a stake in their clubs. Labour believes in sharing power and responsibility with people, and giving football fans a voice is part of our plan to change our country by devolving power to our cities, towns and communities. We believe in a society that gives power to people.”

WELCOME FOR LABOUR’S PLANS TO PUT FANS AT THE HEART OF FOOTBALL’S FUTURE

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Market_Square__Penrith.jpgCould you be our candidate in Penrith & The Border at the next General Election?

We've just opened up our selection process to pick our candidate in one of the most beautiful constituencies in England. 

Applications Close: Fri 6 Jun 2014

Shortlisting Interviews: Mon 09 Jun 2014

Final Hustings and Count: Thu 10 Jul 2014

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You can download the standard parlimentary cv from the Labour Party website at http://members.labour.org.uk/parliamentary-selections (Labour Party members only) 

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A selection of images from Labour North Regional Conference 2014

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