Abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board is blocked

Labour members of the House of Lords were congratulated today when they blocked a government proposal to abolish the AWB.

Beverley and Holderness Labour Party Spokesman George McManus welcomed the news saying,

‘This is good news. Many hundreds of poorly paid workers will welcome this even though the National Farmers Union will be disappointed.’

Guest Blog from Trevor Whatmore

I see refreshing new policies being put forward by the SNP in their bid for Scotish independence: A written constitution, a housing guarantee, free care for the elderly, free education (lower and higher) and so on.


Scotland will break away from the United Kingdom because of what their people see as our dated ideas of tradition and preserving the status quo being of utmost importance. Human endeavour is about moving forward and progress.


Radical thinking about what is best to improve the lot of the mass of working people is what is needed for our Labour Party to succeed. Only when those entitled to vote can see that there is something out there worth voting for will England and Wales start to move forward.

Beverley Cobbles Plan on National News

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On Radio 4 earlier today and in the Daily Mail and The Times (£) is East Riding Council’s decision to remove Saturday Market’s cobbles, or setts.

I believe that East Riding Council should think again before removing the cobbles, and is out of touch with the people of the town.

In November the Beverley Labour Party issued 6000 leaflets saying the decision was a waste of money and we ran a street survey asking people what it should be spent on.  People told us that if it needed to come out of the highways budget, it should go on repairing potholes.  They also highlighted cutbacks in youth services and community centres.



Image courtesy @martinshovel

A GOVERNMENT OF MILLIONAIRES JUST MADE THE POOR POORER – and laughed as they did it” (Owen Jones, The Independent Thursday 10th January)

An unemployed single person gets £71 a week – this is the amount the Government says is needed to live on. Though how anyone can manage on this pitiful amount I find it difficult to understand. To keep to this standard it has always been increased in line with the cost of living.

This year the Coalition has decided to to abandon this promise and only increase the £71 by 71p (1%) instead of the £2.13 (3%) that should have been awarded so total weekly income will be £71.71 instead of the £73.13 it should have been. That is a few loaves of bread that the unemployed will not be buying.

So all those people recently made unemployed by Comet or soon to be Jessops or the people made redundant by Hull City Council last year or the youth workers soon to be made redundant by the East Riding are in for a shock. These people most of whom have paid tax and national insurance for years will not only receive less than the government thinks people need to survive, but also have to suffer constant bullying by the government, the media and many of their neighbours as they are labelled scroungers and other derogatory terms.

We used to have compassion for those less fortunate than we. Have we become so cruel a nation that we cannot feel a sympathy “that there but for the grace of god go I”?

Shame on us all.

Labour’s response to Coalition relaunch

Labour’s response to Coalition relaunch

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on the Tory-led Government’s relaunch, said:

“The problem is that if you’re a young person looking for work, if you’re a family whose living standards are being squeezed, if you’re a small business that is looking for a loan, today’s relaunch changes nothing.

“What people need in tough times is a government on their side, fighting their corner, not a government that promised change but has actually made things worse not better. That’s the problem with today’s relaunch.”

The link will take you to a document outlining the full horror of what the Conservatives have failed to do nationally.