Monthly Archives: November 2011

LABOUR LAUNCH £1 MEMBERSHIP FOR VETERANS AND SERVING ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL

In recognition of the unique role that the forces play in our country, Labour became the first Party ever last week to offer a reduced membership rate of just £1 to the Armed Forces.
 
The new rate demonstrates the value Labour places on the defence community and was launched alongside Labour Friends of the Forces, a new organisation dedicated to campaigning on the issues that matter to the Armed Forces, their families and the wider service community.
 
If you are keen to participate within politics and work with Labour to use your experience to help build the best possible policy programme for our Armed Forces, please get in touch. You’ll be helping Labour campaign to uphold and strengthen the Military Covenant – our bond between the nation and the Services.

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Bob writes an article on Europe for the Coventry Observer

You can view the article on page 10 of the Coventry Observer

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YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT HITS 1 MILLION

Figures released today show that youth unemployment has hit a record high, with a dramatic increase in the number of young people on the dole long term.

The total number of young people out of work has hit 1.02 million; the highest level since comparable records began. This comes on the same day that overall unemployment increased to 2.62 million and female unemployment hit its highest level for 23 years.

Commenting on today’s figures, Bob said:

“Today’s unemployment statistics are a damning indictment of the Tory-led Government’s economic policy.  These figures are a wake-up call for the Government and show they need change course on the economy now. 

“The real worry is that we are seeing the scar of long term youth unemployment return to our area.  Since January there has been nearly a 300% increase in the number of young people on the dole for six months or more in Coventry. 

“It’s clear we need urgent action to tackle this problem now.  Labour’s 5 point plan for jobs and growth would get Coventry moving again. Labour’s youth jobs fund, paid for by a £2 billion tax on Banker’s bonuses, would fund 100,000 jobs nationwide and could get 8,500 young people back into work in the West Midlands alone

“We need to get people back to work and off benefits, or the scar of unemployment will do long term damage.”

 You can view labour’s plan for jobs and growth here

 

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Bob Ainsworth calls for urgent action to tackle youth unemployment

Bob Ainsworth has called for greater action to tackle the dramatic rise in youth unemployment in Coventry.  Bob’s call for action comes on the same day that Labour is due to lead a debate in the House of Commons on youth unemployment.

Today’s debate follows the release of figures by Labour which shows there has been a massive 64% increase in young people on the dole for a period of six months or more since January.

Bob said:

“We need urgent action to tackle long term youth unemployment, which is reaching crisis levels in areas up and down our country. Since January there has been more than a 300% increase in young people on the dole for a period of six months or more in Coventry alone.

“Youth unemployment has already hit a record level of 991,000.  How much higher does it have to get before the Tory-led Government decide to act and change tack on the economy?       

“Labour has shown there is a better way.  As part of our 5 point plan to create jobs and economic growth, we would introduce a £2 billion tax on bank bonuses to fund 100,000 jobs for young people.

“In the West Midlands region this would create 8,500 jobs and help stop long term youth unemployment scarring our area.”

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GOVERNMENT NEED TO ACT NOW ON RISING FOOD BILLS

The Tory-led Government remain out of touch with ordinary families and pensioners up and down the country who continue to feel the squeeze from higher food prices, rising energy bills and stagnant wages.

OECD figures out last week confirmed that British families have seen their food bills rise by 6.4 per cent over the last year compared to an EU average of 3.35% (or 4.55% in the G7).  This means the UK now has the second highest food price inflation in the EU, just behind Hungary on 6.6%. 
 
Labour recognises how difficult it is in the current economic climate for families to make the books balance at the end of each week.

That’s why we’re calling for a temporary reversal of the Tory-led Government’s VAT rise as part of our five point economic plan, which would provide a much needed £450 boost for families with children.

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BOB AINSWORTH WELCOMES MINISTERS COMMITMENT TO VISIT CRUMBLING COVENTRY SCHOOL

Bob Ainsworth – Member of Parliament for Coventry North East – has welcomed the news that Nick Gibb MP – Minister of State for Schools – has given a commitment to visit Richard Lee Primary School in Coventry on the 9th February 2012 at 10am.  Bob intends to join the Minister during his visit to the school. 

The visit comes after teachers and pupils took their campaign for funding for a full school rebuild to the Department for Education and Downing Street earlier this year.  

Bob said:

“I explained to education Ministers the appalling conditions that teachers and pupils were being forced to work and learn in during a debate in Westminster Hall in March.  At the time I was adamant that words alone could not adequately convey the full scale of the dreadful conditions of the school building and I therefore invited the Minister to visit the school.  A similar invitation was later extended to Lord Hill during a meeting that the headteacher, governors, local Councillors and I had with him in July.  Unfortunately, these invitations were declined.       

“It is therefore welcome news that Nick Gibb has agreed to visit Richard Lee Primary School early next year.  I hope that once he has recovered from the shock, because the condition of the school building is shocking, he will provide us with some certainty over capital funding allocations.

“The school is well led with an engaged and supportive governing body and teaching staff and fantastic pupils and it is a real shame that the building is threatening to undermine all the good work that is going on there”.            

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