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Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Policing Minister said:

“New figures show police recorded crime has now gone up across the country and some of the most serious crimes have soared to the highest levels in years. Knife crime has risen for the first time in four years, sexual offences have risen by 37 per and fraud is up by 17 per cent.

“In the North East recorded violent crime has gone up by 28 per cent. To make matters worse, the region’s police forces have lost over 1400 police officers in the past five years, with more set to go.

“Theresa May is failing to recognise the true picture of crime in the UK. She plans to scrap another 17,000 police officers nationally on top of the 17,000 that have already gone. This comes at the worst possible time. Our depleted police forces are facing increasingly complex demands to tackle current and historic child exploitation and abuse, a serious and growing threat of terrorism and sexual and violent crime.

“By failing to heed the warning signals, the Home Secretary is taking a reckless gamble with public safety and security.”

 

RECORDED VIOLENT CRIME SOARS BY 28% IN THE NORTH EAST AS POLICE ARE CUT

Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Policing Minister said: “New figures show police recorded crime has now gone up across the country and some of the most serious crimes have soared to...

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Labour has launched today the “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the TransPennine route.

Just seven weeks after the election, the Government announced that it was shelving the vital electrification upgrades - projects that Ministers repeatedly promised to deliver ahead of, and throughout, the General Election campaign.

Labour is demanding a real commitment from the Government that it will deliver these projects within a clear and published timetable.

As part of the campaign, Labour has launched an online petition to put pressure on the Government to live up to its promises: www.labour.org.uk/dont-pull-the-plug

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

 

“David Cameron has broken his election promise to electrify key rail lines in the Midlands and the North.   After five years of fare rises, which Ministers claimed would fund investment, two of the country’s most important rail projects have effectively been cancelled.

“The Tories said they would deliver a Northern Powerhouse, but they have inflicted a Northern power cut instead.

“The Government should now live up to their election promises, reinstate the work on electrification and not pull the plug on these vital upgrades for the North and the Midlands.

 “It is also becoming increasingly apparent that Ministers knew all along that they were going to shelve these projects, but continued to con the public before the election.  So we are also calling on the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, to come clean and tell everyone exactly what they knew, and when.”

Labour launches Don’t Pull the Plug Campaign

Labour has launched today the “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the TransPennine route.

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Members of Parliament from the North East and Cumbria have today reacted to the Chancellor’s Summer Budget.

Newcastle North MP and Shadow Treasury Minister, Catherine McKinnell, said:

‘A Labour Budget today would have focused on working people – supporting those on middle and low incomes, and taking the steps needed to ensure Britain can become a more productive, higher earning economy.

‘Instead, the Chancellor’s cuts to tax credits will hit millions of families across the country – with some 21,400 children from working families across Newcastle alone currently benefiting from this support.

‘What our region needed from George Osborne was a real plan to deliver the better paid, sustainable jobs of the future. All we got was more flannel from Osborne about his Northern Powerhouse which still doesn’t appear to even acknowledge the North East exists.

‘By continuing to insist on a directly-elected Mayor for an entire region, the Chancellor is holding up the devolution of funding and powers the North East wants and needs.

‘People are rightly cautious about one person having powers over an area stretching from the Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire, and insisting our region sets up another tier of government regardless of public support is a shabby way to do politics.

‘It can’t be right for Cornwall to be given devolution without a Mayor, but the North East is being forced into having one.’

Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar said:

“The test for this Budget was whether it supported working families and protected the vulnerable whilst building a more productive economy to pay down the deficit and create more jobs. Instead it has hit working families and offers nothing to boost the economy in the North.

“The increase in the personal tax allowance and a higher minimum wage is welcome support for the low paid, but cuts to tax credits will have a huge impact on low income and working families in Teesside. The Chancellor’s ‘living wage’ of £7.20 is below the £7.85 that experts calculate is needed to meet the cost of living – after his announced tax credit cuts it would need to be even higher to enable families in Redcar to get by. He is giving with one hand and then taking more away with the other.

“Public sector workers who have already had to deal with 5 years of redundancies and pay freezes face another 5 years of the same and far from encouraging aspiration, scrapping university grants for students from low incomes families will saddle the next generation with even more debt.

“The deficit does need to be paid down but it can be done in a much better way than hitting people who are working hard to support their families.

“The Budget also needed to tackle Britain’s productivity problem with delivery on infrastructure and investing in a skilled workforce with more high quality training and apprenticeships. It failed on that too. The government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse is in doubt after it paused rail electrification in the North. The only thing this Budget has to offer our region was changing the name of the A1!

“All the government has to offer our region is empty promises on devolution and making life harder for low paid families.”

Sue Hayman, MP for Workington said:

“The Chancellor talks of a High Wage Economy, but has capped public sector pay increases at 1% below inflation for the next four years. This is a cut in real terms, and sends a message that nurses, doctors, teachers and local government workers are not valued as much as those in the private sector.

“His plans for connecting the north of England suggests that the Chancellor has little idea of where Cumbria actually is, as we have been neglected once again in terms of investment in infrastructure and support for our communities.”

A budget that leaves the working people of Cumbria & the North East worse off

Members of Parliament from the North East and Cumbria have today reacted to the Chancellor’s Summer Budget.

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