Rolls-Royce announces 4,600 job cuts

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on the job losses at Rolls-Royce, said: “This is deeply disturbing news for Derby. Despite making a profit of £4.9bn last year this restructuring means over 4000 people will lose their jobs which is of major economic significance both locally and nationally.

“There is a real risk that redundancies of this scale will have a detrimental effect not just on the lives of workers and their families but on the future of skills in this much needed sector and the health of the local economy.

“Today they must provide significant support for employees and discuss with local leaders in Derby what measures they will take to directly support a reinvigorated local industrial strategy.

“It is also imperative that the Company honours previous commitments to no compulsory redundancies.”

Ministers must take action to shape an NHS that is properly resourced to keep children safe – Jonathan Ashworth MP

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the new Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report, Facing the Future: Standards for Children in Emergency Care Settings, said:

“It should be a top priority for our NHS to offer safe care to children but this new report exposes the shocking impact of underfunding and short staffing, with children in danger and the quality of services damaged.

“The huge rise in emergency department attendances by very young children is a clear signal that hospitals are beset by pressures that should be dealt with elsewhere. The fact is that huge Government cuts to out-of-hospital services have increased the pressure on hospitals and have left children worryingly at risk in under-resourced emergency units.

“The Government’s failure on the NHS has created a system which is increasingly fragmented and unfit for purpose. To keep children safe, Ministers must take action to shape an NHS that is properly resourced and joined up across urgent and community care settings.”

Labour calls on Michael Gove to drop opposition to ban on fur sales ahead of Parliamentary debate 

Labour is calling on the Government to drop its opposition to the banning of fur sales in the UK, after a public petition triggered a Westminster Hall debate on the issue.

The Government has refused to ban the sale of animal fur, instead simply proposing to work at the ‘international level’ to improve animal welfare standards. Labour’s Shadow DEFRA Secretary, Sue Hayman, has described this refusal as yet another example of the gap between what Michael Gove says and does when it comes to animal welfare.

Labour in government banned fur farms in Britain and is now calling for a ban on the import and sale of fur in the UK.

Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow DEFRA Secretary, said:

“Michael Gove has been hard at work trying to convince the public that he and the Tory party give two hoots about animal welfare, but his refusal to ban the import and sale of fur in the UK exposes the gap between what he says and does.

“It’s shameful that the Government continues to refuse to listen to the Labour party, animal welfare organisations and public opinion on banning fur sales.”

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