(LONDON) Labour Party Reshuffle Report: Keir Starmer kicks off Labour reshuffle – blindsiding his deputy Angela Rayner #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.29: Keir Starmer today kicked off a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet – blindsiding his own deputy leader: Cat Smith was the first casualty of the shake-up, resigning as Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and marking the exit of one of Jeremy Corbyn’s last loyal shadow cabinet members.

#AceDailyNews says according to Mirror Online News Report: Left-winger Cat Smith quit with a broadside at Sir Keir over Jeremy Corbyn – as deputy leader Angela Rayner said she had been unaware the reshuffle was taking place

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner was unaware the reshuffle was taking place
Image:Daily Mirror)

She quit despite being offered to stay, launching a broadside into Keir Starmer over the restore the Labour whip to ex-leader Mr Corbyn. 

She wrote: “You will be aware that we had a meeting scheduled for later this week, during which I wanted to raise the issue of, and my concerns about, Jeremy [Corbyn] not being readmitted to the Parliamentary LabourParty after he was readmitted into our party membership following due process. 

“This position is utterly unsustainable and it is important that you truly understand how much damage this is causing in Constituency Labour Parties and amongst ordinary members, a number of whom are no longer campaigning.”

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner was blindsided by the reshuffle, with shadow ministers getting phone calls while she was giving a major speech on kicking sleaze out of politics.

The last time there was a reshuffle, Sir Keir attempted to move her, only for her to win a job title more than 20 words long when she fought back.

Questioned at the event, she told journalists:

” I don’t know the details of any reshuffle, I’ve been concentrating on the job I have been doing.”

She added Labour had to “show that we are a government in waiting”.

Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Ms Smith was one of the longest-serving members of the Shadow Cabinet, keeping her job since 2016.It’s understood Cat Smith had planned to resign later this week (

In her letter, Ms Smith – who it’s understood had planned to resign later this week – said she also wanted to quit because of Labour’s failure to back proportional representation for the voting system.

She wrote: “You will also be aware that I am a longstanding advocate of proportional representation.

“I am disappointed that we, as a party, have not adopted a position which I believe to be fundamentally fairer and very much in keeping with the views of many of my constituents.”

A motion on backing PR was put to Labour’s conference but failed due to the opposition of unions.

It is understood Ms Rayner knew a reshuffle was imminent – but not exactly when it would take place. 

Her spokesman said: “Keir and Angela had a short conversation in between her media round and her speech.

“I’m not aware of the contents of that conversation but she wasn’t aware of the detail of the reshuffle and she wasn’t consulted on the reshuffle.”

Asked about the timing of the reshuffle, Ms Rayner’ spokesman said: “Angela thinks it’s important that the public hears what we said about the government being corrupt.”

Developing report more soon ………..

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.29: 2021:

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(WALES) Welsh Labour & Plaid Cymru’s Report: Ruling bodies have approved a co-operation deal between the parties in the Senedd #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.22: Plaid Cymru’s national executive committee also backed the deal but it will require the support of the party’s members.The “very wide-ranging” deal includes a pledge to extend free school meals to all primary school pupils.

#AceDailyNews says Labour & Plaid Cymru approve Wales government deal according to BBC Wales who has been told there was “solid support” for the deal at Welsh Labour’s executive committee.

By James Williams
BBC Politics Wales

Child plays with toys
The deal includes expanding free childcare for two year olds

Some of the main points of the deal include:

  • Introducing local tourism taxes
  • Publishing proposals on rent controls to make properties affordable for locals
  • Reforming housing law to end homelessness
  • Creating an NHS style free-at-point-of-need National Care Service
  • Plans to change council tax
  • Changes to the number of Members of the Senedd 

Parents share their experiences of paying for childcare.

It also includes plans to expand the free childcare offer for two year olds, and for all primary age children to be entitled to free school meals in Wales.

The deal includes a cap on second and holiday home numbers, amid concerns those living in seaside and rural communities are being “priced out” of buying in their areas.

There is also a commitment to “work towards” parity of “reward and recognition” for health and care workers, and to reform building safety and provide more cash to help people in flats with cladding problems.

It includes plans to provide more cash for people with cladding problems

Broadcasting ‘should be devolved’

BBC Wales has been told the deal also includes a commitment to “explore the creation of a shadow Broadcasting and Communications Authority for Wales, to address our concerns about the current fragility in the media and attacks on its independence”.

“This body would support the use of the Welsh language, particularly in digital and encourage media plurality.

“We believe broadcasting and communication powers should be devolved to Wales,” the deal adds.

It comes as the process to appoint the new chairman of the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom is to be re-started.

It is expected that the deal will be published in full on Monday.

Mark Drakeford (left) had been in talks with Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price over the deal

In a blog post, Darren Williams, a member of Labour’s executive committee, said the agreement included free childcare for all two-year-olds, creation of a national care service, limits on second home ownership, and the creation of a publicly-owned construction company and an energy company.

He also said it would include changes in the Senedd’s size, “including a statutory guarantee of gender balance”.

The first minister has previously explained the talks were necessary because Welsh Labour has no overall majority to deal with “challenging and ambitious issues” as it has 30 of the 60 seats in Cardiff Bay.

Talks were publicly announced in September after Labour and Plaid Cymru had been in discussions over the summer around policies they could work together on.

In mid-October, Mark Drakeford said the “discussions need to come to a conclusion” and they could not “continue forever”.

No Plaid ministers

The deal would not amount to a coalition between the parties, and Plaid Cymru members of the Senedd will not be entering government.

But BBC Wales has been told Plaid would be able to appoint special advisers to work on the deal in government.

A Welsh Conservatives spokesman said the “deal is remarkable for its absence of solutions to fix the NHS – currently experiencing its worst performance on record – or improve the economy in Wales”.

“Labour’s latest deal with the nationalists does not deliver on the priorities of working families across Wales, and will only cause constitutional chaos that risks holding back our economic recovery.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.22: 2021:

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(NETHERLANDS) JUST IN: Europol Report: Twelve people have been arrested in a Europe-wide investigation into human trafficking for labour exploitation on farms and vineyards #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: The week-long operation, which was led by France and supported by Europol, involved law enforcement bodies from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands and Spain…….

#AceDailyNews reports that a major Europe-wide sting operation identifies ‘human trafficking for labour exploitation on farms & vineyards …..

The operation identified 269 possible victims of exploitation as well as 54 suspected traffickers
The operation identified 269 possible victims of exploitation as well as 54 suspected traffickers

The action week resulted in:

  • 12 arrests (8 in France and 4 in Spain)
  • 54 suspected traffickers identified (27 in France, 21 in Italy, 2 in Latvia, 4 in Spain)
  • 269 possible victims of exploitation identified, 81 of which of trafficking of human beings (17 in Cyprus, 91 in France, 134 in Italy, 24 in Spain and 3 in Latvia)
  • 704 locations (vineyards, farms and others) checked
  • 273 vehicles checked
  • 4 014 people checked
  • 126 new investigations initiated (14 in Finland, 93 in France, 2 in Italy, 9 in Latvia, 4 in the Netherlands and 4 in Spain)

Focus on seasonal workers

Law enforcement authorities carried out inspections in working places identified as more vulnerable to exploitation, such as farms and vineyards. The checks focused on the working conditions of the employees. Non-EU nationals have been identified as most vulnerable to exploitation in seasonal employments, while EU nationals are reported to be exploited in the agricultural sector year-round. The action days targeted criminal networks and facilitators involved in the trafficking of human beings, specialised in ‘brokering’ employment on the illegal market. Labour exploitation is a very lucrative criminal activity, damaging the health and rights of the victims. A successful operation in France dismantled a criminal network, which has generated an estimated € 5 million in damages for victims and authorities. During the actions against this network, authorities searched 25 locations and arrested winegrowers, service providers and intermediaries.

The fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation requires a consolidated, cross-border effort by different authorities. During this action week, the European Labour Authority organised the first joint inspection, which took place in France and involved officers from the Bulgarian General Labour Inspectorate. 

Europol coordinated the action days and facilitated the information exchange between the participating countries. Europol provided analytical and operational support 24/7 and facilitated the real-time exchange of communication between the participating authorities.  

Headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europol supports the 27 EU Member States in their fight against terrorism, cybercrime, and other serious and organized crime forms. Europol also works with many non-EU partner states and international organisations. From its various threat assessments to its intelligence-gathering and operational activities, Europol has the tools and resources it needs to do its part in making Europe safer.

EMPACT

In 2017 the Council of the EU decided to continue the EU Policy Cycle for the 2018 – 2021 period. It aims to tackle the most significant threats posed by organised and serious international crime to the EU. This is achieved by improving and strengthening cooperation between the relevant services of EU Member States, institutions and agencies, as well as non-EU countries and organisations, including the private sector where relevant. Trafficking of human beings is one of the priorities of the Policy Cycle. From 2022, the mechanism becomes permanent under the name EMPACT 2022+.

In France, a criminal network, which generated an estimated €5 million, was dismantled. Twenty-five locations were searched and a number of winegrowers, service providers and intermediaries were arrested.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Oct.05: 2021:

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(BRIGHTON) Labour Conference Report: Sir Keir Starmer is at the centre of a row over left-wing demands to back increasing the minimum wage to £15 an hour as minister for employment resigns #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: Labour’s conference is expected to pass a motion later calling for this to be party policy:

#AceDailyNews says that U.K Media reports Keir Starmer in row with Labour’s left over minimum wage increase as Frontbencher Andy McDonald resigned on Monday, saying the leadership had ordered him to argue against the rise, making his position “untenable”………….The leadership is keen to avoid an open row on the issue………It says it will not encourage members to back or reject the motion, which, if it passes, will not automatically become Labour policy.

By Justin Parkinson
Political reporter, BBC News

Sir Keir Starmer

Arguments between the left, including supporters of former leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Labour members loyal to Sir Keir have dominated the conference in Brighton.

Sir Keir pushed through reforms to the party election rules, seen as unfavourable to left-wing members of Labour, in a vote on Sunday.Andy McDonald MP: “Is it unreasonable to expect our key workers not to have that level of pay?”

The Unite union is putting the motion, calling for the minimum wage to increase to £15, to a vote on Tuesday.

The current minimum wage is £8.91 for those 23 and over, £8.36 for those aged 21 and 22, and £6.56 for 18 to 20-year olds. 

The wide-ranging Unite motion also says that, for Labour to win the next election, it “must be an anti-austerity party, defending jobs and improving living standards”.

It includes demands for stronger union rights, higher taxes “on the very wealthiest”, an end to zero-hour contracts and a “better work-life balance”.

Today’s conference motion is not binding so the argument over it is symbolic. The left argue it is more proof that they are radical where Sir Keir Starmer is lukewarm. And it’s a way of fighting back after Sir Keir changed the party’s rules to make it harder for a Corbynite candidate to get into a future leadership contest. The leadership is turning down the invitation to have a fight about this vote, saying it’s not bothered if the motion passes. Nonetheless, there’s a war between Starmer and the far left and this is today’s battleground. There will be another one soon. Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Labour’s current policy was to raise the minimum wage at “at least” £10 per hour. He insisted that the party leadership was “perfectly happy” for conference delegates to back the £15 motion.However, he said Labour would only reassess its current policy closer to the next general election, adding this was the “responsible thing to do”.Raising the minimum wage was not one of the 10 pledges Sir Keir made when running for the Labour leadership last year.But he supported a campaign in 2019 for fast food chain McDonald’s to improve pay and conditions.At the time, he said: “They’re not asking for the Earth. They’re asking for the basics – £15 an hour, the right to know their hours in advance and to have trade union recognition. That ought to be the norm in 21st Century Britain.”But, in a scathing resignation letter, Mr McDonald claimed the leader’s office had instructed him go to a meeting at the party conference and “argue against a national minimum wage of £15 an hour and against statutory sick pay at the living wage”.”After many months of a pandemic when we made commitments to stand by key workers, I cannot now look those same workers in the eye and tell them they are not worth a wage that is enough to live on, or that they don’t deserve security when they are ill,” he added.Labour pledges £28bn a year to make economy greenerLabour: Has Starmer stood by his pledges?Meanwhile, former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the party’s current leadership of wanting to “prop up, not challenge” wealth and power. Writing for the i news website, he added: “If our leadership won’t champion that path, our movement must and will.”Mr Thomas-Symonds told the Today programme he rejected Mr Corbyn’s analysis, adding Sir Keir had a “passionate sense of social justice”.Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a senior figure on Labour’s left, said: “Questions have got to be asked about Keir Starmer… the conference is falling apart.”And former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, also on the left of the party, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was “nonsense” to suggest there was a campaign to undermine Sir Keir.She added: “Andy’s not the sort of person to say anything the leadership wants to keep his job.”Mr McDonald was one of only a few members of previous Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench team who continued to serve after Sir Keir took over.Responding to his resignation, Sir Keir said: “I want to thank Andy for his service in the shadow cabinet. “Labour’s comprehensive New Deal for Working People shows the scale of our ambition and where our priorities lie.” 

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(BRIGHTON) Labour Party Conference Report: Votes in favour of Sir Keir Starmer’s plans to overhaul the party’s rules after a number of proposals were put forward #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.27: The changes give MPs more of a say in choosing its future leaders and make it harder for members to deselect MPs.

#AceDailyNews says BBC reports that Labour backs Sir Keir Starmer over party rules reforms and left-wing Momentum group called these changes a “self-inflicted blow to democracy in our party”.

Sir Keir Starmer

By Justin Parkinson
Political reporter, BBC News

He also backed setting up an independent complaints process for claims of racism, following the controversy over anti-Semitism.……..Sir Keir said: “This is a decisive and important day in the history of the Labour Party.I promised to tackle anti-Semitism in our party. We’ve now closed the door on a shameful chapter in our history.” The reforms followed an afternoon of impassioned debate at the Brighton Centre.

Sir Keir called the changes a “major step” towards Labour winning a general election, having lost four in a row: His party-rule changes mean that, in future, leadership candidates will need the support of 20% of Labour MPs – rather than the current 10% – to get on to a party-wide ballot: They also make it harder for local parties to deselect sitting MPs, while the rule allowing “registered supporters”, who pay a one-off fee to vote in leadership elections, is scrapped……….

Opposing these plans, James McAsh, from Camberwell and Peckham, south London, told Labour delegates the higher MPs’ support threshold for leadership candidates would make contests “maler and staler” and prevent “informed debate”.

Agnes Tolmie, of the Unite union, said: “Most people out there do not understand [the plans] and are not interested in them. They want to know what we are doing for them.”

But there were also heartfelt speeches in favour of Sir Keir’s plans, with supporters arguing they would allow the party to become less inward-looking and focus on winning elections.

Helena Dollimore, a councillor in Mitcham, south London, said: “We are at our best as a Labour movement when we are out in our communities, listening to residents and getting stuff done.”

She added: “I was at primary school the last time Labour won an election and I don’t want to be drawing my pension the next time.”

Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Small Heath, argued: “If you can’t persuade 20% of your Parliamentary colleagues to back you, you will struggle to persuade the people of this country to make you their prime minister.”

On Friday, Sir Keir was forced to drop more thorough constitutional reform proposals – including the replacement of the one-member-one-vote system for choosing leaders with more say for MPs and unions – amid widespread opposition from the party’s left wing.

‘Moral imperative’

The Labour conference also backed creating an independent complaints process to tackle racism, as recommended by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in its report last year saying the party was not doing enough to tackle anti-Semitism.

Mike Katz, national chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, said: “Passing this rule change is a moral, legal and political imperative for Labour.”……Many party members spoke in favour, including Susan Teddern, from Hove, whose father survived a World War Two concentration camp……..She said it was “vital to have an independent process, so people believe there is real change”.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.27: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) State Dept Report: Legislation on Wednesday to banned the import of products from China’s Xinjiang region, the latest effort to punish Beijing for what U.S. officials say is an ongoing genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim groups #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.15: Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Huocheng County in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

WASHINGTON: U.S. Senate passes bill UNDER ‘The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act’ that would create a “rebuttable presumption” assuming goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made with forced labor and therefore banned under the 1930 Tariff Act, unless otherwise certified by U.S. authorities.

Issuance of the Updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

The U.S. Department of State, alongside the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Department of Labor, issued an updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory in response to the government of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and the growing evidence of its use of forced labor there. The updated Advisory highlights the heightened risks for businesses with supply chain and investment links to Xinjiang given the entities complicit in forced labor and other human rights abuses there and throughout China.

Among other elements, the updated Business Advisory:

  • Includes information from the Department of Labor and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which are now co-signatories;
  • Notes that the PRC government is perpetrating genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang;
  • Provides specific information regarding risks related to investment in PRC companies linked to surveillance and forced labor in Xinjiang;
  • Strengthens recommendations for businesses regarding the risks and potential exposure related to supply chains and investment links to Xinjiang, including but not limited to surveillance;
  • Updates the list of U.S. government enforcement actions in and in connection to Xinjiang;
  • Adds information on silicon and polysilicon supply chains linked to Xinjiang; and
  • Provides a list of other countries’ relevant regulatory provisions and information on forced labor in supply chains.

Additional News: Reuters – Asia & China News

The United States will continue to promote accountability for the PRC’s atrocities and other abuses through a whole-of-government effort and in close coordination with the private sector and our allies and partners.

Reuters Asia & China News

Passed by unanimous consent, the bipartisan measure would shift the burden of proof to importers. The current rule bans goods if there is reasonable evidence of forced labor.

The bill must also pass the House of Representatives before it can be sent to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law. It was not immediately clear when that might take place.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who introduced the legislation with Democrat Jeff Merkley, called on the House to act quickly.

“We will not turn a blind eye to the CCP’s ongoing crimes against humanity, and we will not allow corporations a free pass to profit from those horrific abuses,” Rubio said in a statement.

“No American corporation should profit from these abuses. No American consumers should be inadvertently purchasing products from slave labor,” Merkley said.

Democratic and Republican aides said they expected the measure would get strong support in the House, noting the House approved a similar measure nearly unanimously last year. read more

The bill would go beyond steps already taken to secure U.S. supply chains in the face of allegations of rights abuses in China, including existing bans on Xinjiang tomatoes, cotton and some solar products. read more

The Biden administration has increased sanctions, and on Tuesday issued an advisory warning businesses they could be in violation of U.S. law if operations are linked even indirectly to surveillance networks in Xinjiang. read more

Rights groups, researchers, former residents and some Western lawmakers and officials say Xinjiang authorities have facilitated forced labor by detaining around a million Uyghurs and other primarily Muslim minorities since 2016.

Reuters: Reporting by Michael Martina; additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Leslie Adler

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.15: 2021:

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(KUALA LUMPUR) HRW REPORT: Workers at Malaysian palm oil company IOI Corp are mistreated by managers, face poor living conditions and pay high recruitment fees, according to a report to be published on Wednesday by human rights group Finnwatch #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: IOI faces the accusations days after saying it will assist in any investigation after the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a letter to an activist that it was investigating the firm over forced labour allegations.

CBP Report: Malaysian palm giant IOI faces labour abuse allegations in new report: IOI said it would comment on the report after its public release and directed Reuters to a “grievance tracker” on its website where it addressed the specific complaints raised by Finnwatch acording to Telegram Channel News Asia

29 Jun 2021 08:39: PM

Similar US investigations have in the past led to some Malaysian companies, including two palm oil producers, being banned from selling their products in the United States.

Helsinki-based Finnwatch has been tracking working conditions at IOI since 2014.

It said it found IOI estate workers from India paid up to 45,000 rupees (US$606.31) in recruitment fees, lived in poor housing conditions and were not given copies of their employment contracts. It also criticised its wage policy.

“The case also brought into light serious, persisting gaps in the IOI Group’s wider recruitment and wage policies, and commitment to respect for human rights,” Finnwatch said in the report.

The findings follow an investigation by Finnwatch at an IOI estate in Pahang state on Malaysia’s east coast. It opened an investigation after receiving complaints from a relative of an IOI worker.

Finnwatch shared the report on the investigation with Reuters ahead of its publication on Wednesday. It has also shared the findings and the full report with IOI, and has engaged with IOI since August 2020.

In the “grievance tracker” on its website, IOI said it had suspended recruitment of workers from recruitment agencies in India after Finnwatch said workers were forced to pay high fees to secure a job. IOI said the fees paid by its workers were illegally collected by unknown actors, cannot be verified and were beyond the firm’s jurisdiction.

US CBP SCRUTINY

Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, relies on migrants to produce the edible oil found in products from food to fuel.

The US CBP has banned three Malaysian companies in the last year, including palm oil producers FGV Holdings and Sime Darby Plantations, for allegedly practicing forced labour including abusive working and living conditions.

Both companies have appointed auditors to evaluate their labour practices and said they would engage with the agency to address the concerns raised.

Following Finnwatch’s investigation, IOI said on its website it had demoted an employee for mistreating a worker, and released guidelines on providing basic amenities and verifying work hours.

IOI told Finnwatch that some workers are paid less as they do not reach the set work targets, according to the company’s response that is also published in the report.

Finnwatch found that IOI had a complex piece-rate wage policy that it said has led to abuse, errors and some being paid below the minimum wage.

IOI told Finnwatch that some workers are paid less as they do not reach the set work targets, according to the company’s response that is also published in the report.

In its response to Finnwatch, IOI said workers were given decent housing, but conditions deteriorated “because of a lack of cleanliness by the workers.”

IOI also said it has ordered all estates to give workers a copy of their employment contracts.

(Reporting by Mei Mei Chu, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.02: 2021:

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Article: David Miliband: Labour 'has turned the page backwards'

#AceNewsReport- Headlines: Britain:June.10: David Miliband has said:
Labour ‘has turned the page backwards’
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/10/david-miliband-labour-has-turned-the-page-backwards

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‘ David Cameron Military Action at Invitation of Iraq ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – September 23 – David Cameron supports the latest air strikes by the US and five other countries from the Gulf and Middle East, Downing Street has said.

The UK prime minister, in New York for a UN General Assembly meeting, will be holding talks about “what more the UK can do to contribute”, No 10 added.

The UK is already providing arms to the Kurds as well as surveillance support.

The BBC’s Nick Robinson said Parliament could be recalled by Friday if Labour and Lib Dems back UK military action.

The involvement of UK forces could be restricted to Iraq, where they would be operating at the invitation of the government in Baghdad.

Nick Robinson said Mr Cameron would only put the issue to a House of Commons vote, if he was confident of support from Labour, the Lib Dems and his own backbenchers.

“David Cameron will not risk a repeat of the Commons defeat he faced last summer over air strikes in response to President Assad’s use of chemical weapons.”

Fair wind’ for action:

Former Labour foreign secretary Jack Straw said under the right circumstances there could be support for Britain joining air strikes in Iraq.

He said the situation was different from when the Commons voted against intervention in Syria last year.

“If Mr Cameron comes to Labour and there’s a clear proposition I think he’ll get a fair wind,” he said.

Several Conservative MPs who opposed air strikes in Syria last summer have told the BBC they would now support military action.

Crispin Blunt, a former minister and one of the Tory rebels at the time, said there was “no great controversy” about the UK’s military involvement – short of a significant ground commitment – and there was no need to recall Parliament.

“Any military strategy against ISIS, which is necessary, must involve taking them on in Iraq and Syria,” he said.

Another of last year’s Tory rebels, Sarah Wollaston, said if Syrian strikes were the only way to hit IS effectively she would support them.

She has explained her position in an open letter to constituents on her website.

Conservative Julian Lewis said he “would be in favour” of military action if there was “a coherent and sensible plan”.

Another backbencher who rebelled last year, Charles Walker, said he would support action against IS with or without the recall of Parliament.

Other Conservatives have privately confirmed they would support strikes.

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‘ Row Over Plan to Ban Scottish MP’s Voting on English Law Erupts ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 22 – A row over plans to ban Scottish MPs from voting on English laws has threatened to derail Labour’s final party conference before the general election Telegraph reported.

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Ed Miliband refused 13 times to say whether he would back plans set out by the Prime Minister for “home rule” in England in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum.

The Labour leader has been backed into a corner over the issue after he signed up to a “vow” alongside Mr Cameron and Nick Clegg to give Scotland greater powers over tax and welfare ahead of the independence referendum.

After having supported new powers for Scotland, Mr Miliband is faced with campaigning against devolution in England because it could leave him unable to form a parliamentary majority.

Labour has 40 Scottish MPs and would be left with the possibility of being unable to secure a parliamentary majority on English issues such as the Budget if they are banned from taking part in votes.

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Local Elections: UKIP Makes Significant Gains

Nigel Farage has claimed his party will win double the number of seats predicted as UKIP makes significant gains across the country. Early on Friday morning UKIP had already surpassed the 80 seats it had been expected to take, dealing a significant blow to the main parties. UKIP took seats of both Labour and the Conservatives in their heartlands, which was particularly damaging to Ed Miliband, who has been accused by his own party of running a “unforgiveably unprofessional” campaign.


A ballot box is emptied at Trinity School in Croydon

Labour lost its grip in the north and, in a serious blow, the party lost control of Thurrock, a key marginal for the General Election in 2015, to no overall control, losing two seats to UKIP. Douglas Alexander, Labour’s election co-ordinator, was forced to deny fighting a “lacklustre” campaign. He told Media the only way to tackle the march of UKIP was by deploying an “army of activists” on the doorsteps and said that Labour had knocked on seven million doors.

Mr Alexander said there was a “deep antipathy to how politics has been done” and UKIP had scooped up that vote but that “strengthening and growing the ground operation” was the only strategy for 2015. UKIP made its greatest gains in Essex, where Margaret Thatcher once identified the “Essex Man”, a man who moved out of London, once voted Labour but switched to the Tories. UKIP took seats from Labour in Hartlepool, won 10 seats in Rotherham and polled more than a third of the vote in wards in big cities, such as Sunderland, Birmingham and Hull, where it previously had little or no presence.


Mr Farage casts his vote in Cudham, Kent

On Friday morning Mr Farage said he was “very pleased” with the result, which showed UKIP was now a “serious player” and said the party was now expecting to win double the 80 seats that had been predicted. He said: “The idea the UKIP vote just hurts the Tories is going to be blown away by this election” and added: “The UKIP fox is in the Westminster henhouse.” However, he admitted that the party was unlikely to be successful in London.


Mr Miliband and his wife Justine in Yorkshire after casting their votes

According to the latest Media projection, the results so far would give a hung parliament at the 2015 General Election. Media election analyst Professor Michael Thrasher said on the basis of the early results, UKIP looks likely to make significant gains in next year’s poll. Prof Thrasher said UKIP’s success suggests the party would claim at least one seat in the House of Commons in 2015.


Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha vote in Westminster

Conservative Education Secretary Michael Gove said the results had not been as bad as expected. He categorically ruled out any chance of a pact with UKIP. Most councils will not declare their results until later on Friday. The Liberal Democrats suffered significant loses, particularly in Portsmouth where it lost control with UKIP gaining six seats. However, it managed to hold on in Eastleigh, where UKIP had been expected to make gains, which was a significant victory for the party. Business Secretary Vince Cable admitted it would be a bad night, adding: “We take a kicking for the things that government does that are unpopular.” He argued supporters would be “pleasantly surprised” in areas where the party is organised. Brentwood – constituency of the Tory secretary of state for local government, Eric Pickles – has slipped from the Conservatives to no overall control.

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“Georgia court convicts former prime minister `Vano Merabishvili’ of `embezzlement & abuse of office’ is Sentenced to Five Years”

#AceWorldNews says that a court in Georgia has convicted a former prime minister, Vano Merabishvili, of embezzlement and abuse of office and sentenced him to five years in prison, AP reported.

The top ally of former President Mikhail Saakashvili served for nearly eight years as interior minister before he became the head of government ahead of a parliamentary election in 2012.

After Saakashvili’s party suffered a defeat, prosecutors filed charges against many of the ex-president’s allies. Merabishvili was arrested in May 2013 and accused of putting nearly 22,000 party campaign workers on the Labour Ministry payroll.

He also was accused of illegally appropriating a seaside residence.

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” Switzerland will not be able to sign a `Labour Market Pact’ with Croatia following a Shock Referendum”

#AceWorldNews says after immigration vote, Swiss have to rework Croatia labour deal according to ZURICH (Reuters).
Switzerland has told the newest European Union member, Croatia, that it will not be able to sign a labour market pact as planned on July 1, following a shock referendum vote in favour of immigration curbs.

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#UK : ” Storms have been `Lashing our Coastline for Days’ Now `Sink Hole’s’ Open Up”

#AceNewsServices says that “A `Thirty Five Foot Sink-Hole’ has opened up in flooded UK‘ as storms lash coastline”

Published time: February 15, 2014 16:09
 
Large waves hit the lighthouse and harbour at high tide at Newhaven in Sussex, southern England February 15, 2014. (Reuters / Toby Melville)Large waves hit the lighthouse and harbour at high tide at Newhaven in Sussex, southern England February 15, 2014. (Reuters / Toby Melville)
A 35-foot-wide sinkhole has opened up in the storm-battered UK as two people have died in a wave of floods spreading havoc across the southern England. A total of 17 flood warnings, denoting a “danger to life,” are in place.

One woman died after part of a building crushed a car driving past Holborn tube station in central London. The concrete front of the structure collapsed onto her car late Friday night. A further two people in their mid-20s – who were also in the car – were injured and hospitalized as a result of the incident, which is being investigated by police.

“Sadly, despite extensive efforts to resuscitate her, a woman was pronounced dead at the scene,” a London Ambulance Service spokesperson said Saturday.

Ten more people were evacuated from buildings in the area as a precautionary measure.

A passenger on a cruise ship in the English Channel also died after a massive wave struck the British vessel Marco Polo as it headed toward Tilbury in Essex late Friday, smashing through a window, and injuring several passengers. The 85-year-old man was airlifted to hospital, but didn’t survive.

“My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the people killed in the storms last night,” Labour Party chief Ed Miliband, the opposition leader, tweeted.

Strong waves posed a danger to the public in a seaside restaurant in Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire. Thirty-two people were evacuated when a tidal surge flooded the ground floor and windows were smashed by airborne shingle.

Members of the Army move a tree which was blown down in a flooded street in Egham, southern England, February 15, 2014. (Reuters / Paul Hackett) Members of the Army move a tree which was blown down in a flooded street in Egham, southern England, February 15, 2014. (Reuters / Paul Hackett)

Over 140,000 homes nationwide are without power and severe weather warnings remain in place across the country, which has seen its wettest January in two and a half centuries. Gales of around 80 miles (129 km) per hour have swept through the country, according to the country’s Met Office.

Seventeen families were forced to evacuate their homes after a sinkhole measuring some 35 feet wide appeared in Hertfordshire on Saturday – the largest of three such sinkholes in the space of a week.

“Police are currently in attendance in Oatridge Gardens, Hemel Hempstead after receiving a report of a sink-hole appearing in the road at 7:30am,”Hertfordshire police said in a statement. They confirmed that the depth of the hole had reached 20 feet.

“The road, and surrounding roads, have been closed for the safety of residents,” police said.

The M2 – a motorway in the south-eastern county of Kent – also developed a sink-hole 15 feet deep earlier in the week, while a garden, also in Kent, saw another crater – 10 feet deep – opening up.

Low-lying areas in the south-west – specifically Somerset – have been submerged in flood water since December. Train lines have been subject to delays and cancellations – some because of landslides – while a sea wall in the southwest collapsed as storms battered the coast last week, forcing the closure of the specific part of track that lay behind it.

Police officers walk down a street in Egham after the River Thames burst its banks in southeast England February 14, 2014. (Reuters / Paul Hackett)Police officers walk down a street in Egham after the River Thames burst its banks in southeast England February 14, 2014. (Reuters / Paul Hackett)

The UK has not yet applied for financial help from the EU to cope with the crisis. Prime Minister David Cameron declared Tuesday that money would not be an issue when it came to dealing with the floods. He has denied that there is a political motivation – in an increasingly anti-EU atmosphere in right-wing UK politics – behind the absence of a call for aid, despite the country having had its 10 weeks from the “first damage caused” by a natural disaster.

“We are ready to consider the possibility of providing the UK with help – both in their struggle against the elements, and to contribute to the elimination of its effects – but for this we need to receive an official request from the British government, which we do not have,” the news service of the European Commission stated on Saturday, according to Itar-Tass.

“As Labour and the Lib Dem’s have killed the Wharton Bill, the one way to guarantee a referendum is to vote Conservative at the Gen Election.”

MEPs addressed a letter to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Patterson, on January 8, reminding him that: “The fund has been given a budget of 414 million pounds in 2014 ($693 million), but your department must apply within 10 weeks of the date on which the natural disaster struck in order to be eligible. Several weeks have already gone by…We also urge you to ensure that the full grant is used for repairing the damage from the floods in accordance with EU rules and does not get diverted or returned by HM Treasury, as was allegedly the case with 79 million pounds ($132 million) of the 110 million pounds ($184 million) granted to the UK by the fund in 2007.”

On Friday, Welsh Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans reiterated her call to the UK government to apply to the EU Solidarity Fund which was set up with the intention of providing aid in such times of crisis, despite the deadline having technically passed.

“The EU Solidarity Fund was set up as an emergency fund to be used by countries hit by natural disasters to help them recover. Welsh citizens, like all EU citizens, pay into the Solidarity Fund…the UK government should have applied immediately,” Evans wrote in a statement.

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#NHS : ” Tales of Neglect Increase Under this Conservative Government”

Ann Clwyd (Labour, Cynon Valley MP), photo by ...

Ann Clwyd (Labour, Cynon Valley MP), photo by Aberdare Blog. Photo taken at a ceremony to unveil the Keir Hardie bust, at Rock Grounds, Aberdare, December 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceHealthNews says `Tales of Neglect on the NHS now amount to  3,000 as `MP Exposes Shocking Care of the Elderly’ `

  • Ann Clwyd was put in charge of investigation into NHS complaints after exposing the shocking care her husband received
  • Said she was inundated with patients‘ letters about a ‘lack of compassion’

Elderly patients are still routinely being neglected and abused by NHS nurses, an MP has warned.

Ann Clwyd, who was put in charge of an investigation into NHS complaints after exposing the shocking care her husband received, said she was inundated with patients’ letters about a ‘lack of compassion’ – 3,000 in the past year alone.

Nurses were telling elderly patients they ‘do not have time’ to administer pain relief, and making them and their families feel like intruders, she said.

The MP also told how families contacting her claimed patients were routinely left to starve on NHS wards ‘because food was taken away’. The weight of one woman in her 90s dropped to just five stone.

Another woman, aged 88, was left in a chair in A&E for seven hours ‘in agony’ and expected ‘not to make any demands’, she said.

Mrs Clwyd, the Labour MP for Cynon Valley, South Wales, broke down in the Commons in December 2012 when she described how her husband Owen had died in hospital ‘like a battery hen’.
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#UK:` Financial Crisis for the Poor’ Meanwhile the `Wealthy Gain Rich Pickings’ from this Government’s Strategy’

#AceGuestNews says Financial crisis for many, bonanza for the few.  

Beginning his working life in the aviation industry and trained by the BBC, Tony Gosling is a British land rights activist, historian & investigative radio journalist.
Published time: February 03, 2014 13:42
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Despite what the UK’s ruling politicians or statisticians from palm-greased think tanks may say, the UK’s economic “recovery” is visible nowhere on the country’s streets.

The opiate of Quantitative Easing (QE) or Printing Money, the £375 billion fraudulently spirited up so far, is making some of the figures look good, but it is killing the patient.

The effect of QE is to propel the nest eggs of the rich from prudent “savings accounts,” where interest rates are at an all-time low, into capricious stock and bond markets to be managed by hedge funds and other pushy players. Meanwhile, everything with half a brain that moves, including the Parliamentary Commission on Banking, chaired by Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, is demanding to see clear blue water between public-facing banks and the casino economy. However, precisely the opposite is happening, as billions of savings leaves the safe ground in search of higher returns.

The London media have no excuse to talk of a “recovery.” They don’t have to look very far to see the tell-tale signs of a nation falling apart: Try looking down next time you’re in the street. None of the infrastructure of the nation is being maintained. From jutting-out high street paving slabs to potholed roads and even silted up rivers in the Somerset Levels that have been flooded since Christmas, the vital systems of the nation are clogged and breaking.

For a country with one of the highest living standards in the world to have 20 percent of its population, ticking up every month, existing below the poverty line, something must be very wrong. And the “democratic” strings that are supposed to tie Britain’s 65 million people to the cosseted elite that spend the nation’s taxes are also horribly frayed. The period before a general election is when a government courts its voters.

And what is the role of Britain’s third-party in all this? The Liberal Democrats (with 56 MPs) hold the balance of power between Labour (256) and the Conservatives (303). Any party in such a position should call the shots, as Irish MPs did with the 1885 Ashbourne Act which forced absentee English landowners to hand over land to Irish farmers who had been impoverished by the famine: A dramatic change in ownership that was one of the main catalysts for Irish Home Rule.

A broken labour market

Like the “Balance of Payments,” which compares British exports to imports, taking stock of the “Cost of Living” has fallen out of fashion in the London media. Maybe it’s the lack of the feel-good factor in both sets of statistics – but that doesn’t make either of them any less crucial to understanding whether or not the economy is working. Cost of living is rarely mentioned because an enormous, economically driven, social engineering by the power elite has been played out in our lives in a generation. Britain has fallen from a high-wage, unionized, high-job security economy, from a developed world to a third-world economy in those 30 years.

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A broken housing market

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) has a “great plan” to exterminate Britain’s welfare benefits. So as Work and Pensions Secretary he has put the onus on the claimant, however disabled, mentally ill or otherwise infirm, to prove they are in need, and many are struggling to do so. Scores have already taken their own lives because the vulnerable cannot endure his“survival of the fittest” ATOS test. Duncan-Smith’s own family, though, continue to receive around £1.2 million in annual welfare benefits – in the form of agricultural subsidies for their inherited land.

IDS’s other “flagship” policy is the Bedroom Tax. So vicious is this tax that it puts the most vulnerable in constant fear of eviction and, unbelievably, costs the government more! Both to pay the higher rents the private sector demands and in eviction fees. Meanwhile, Britain is encouraging mass economic migration and building fewer homes than any time since the 1920s, so as to keep property prices artificially high. Now Britons who don’t get Housing Benefit are, on average, paying a staggering 45 percent of their income on rent or mortgage costs.

A broken food market

The international grain trade, according to Oxfam, is now dominated by only five multinational companies. ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Glencore and Louis Dreyfus control 90 percent of this fundamental trade. Through the unregulated derivative markets’ ability to speculate on a future collapse in world food supplies, a hideous profit motive is being whispered of which enriches the few by pushing billions of people to the edge of starvation.

With the demise of the biggest traditional fish, meat and fruit and vegetable markets, deals are now cut behind closed doors for vast quantities of food, the economies of scale suiting buyer and seller alike. With only seven supermarket chains in the UK (Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose) selling 85 percent of the country’s food they are able to coax almost every consumer with other basic essentials on the same site: petrol, banking and pharmacies, for example, driving traditional, locally owned shops to the wall.

As historian E.P. Thompson wrote in his 1979 book, “Writing by Candlelight,”quoting from an Elizabethan diary he found behind an oak panel in his library:

Fruit cannot go to Markett, not for Money nor even yett as Charitye for the Poor. Some say it be through a Sort of Monopolisers in the Dealing Trade, wch wd keep all Price at its Customary Heighth as it is set in any Leen Yeer. And that these Dealers wd rather that the Poor Starve, the Fruits fall Rotted and Wormey, and the Husbandmen & their Familys Toile & Swinke for no Reward – all so that their Proffits be not Sunke.

Prices paid to farmers today, they say, are driven down by the supermarkets while what the consumer pays is ratcheted up. The small grocers go to the wall and the poor cannot afford to eat, while the multinational food cartels become more powerful every day. With an exponential threefold rise in food bank use this Christmas, and food bank users set to top the 1 million mark in 2014, it seems that monopolies – after 400 years, the crooked markets of Elizabethan times – are back.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

A broken energy market

One of the most damning indictments of Coalition Britain is the obscene way in which the destitute have been quietly and gradually made to pay the energy bills of the rich. An investment now in an energy company of £20,000, peanuts for the rich, delivers annual share dividends which will pay the annual gas and electricity bill of the average two or three-bedroom home. That investment grows above inflation too and will provide a tidy sum if the investor ever tires of his free energy. Through the privatization of the utilities, indentured servitude has been hardwired into the economy and the suffering.

At the other end of the spectrum, those living hand to mouth are forced off cheap direct debit payment schemes onto key meter energy tariffs, where they can pay as much as double what the rich are paying, or not paying, for each unit of energy they use. Such injustice and cruelty is scarcely conscionable in a nation proud to suit among the top ten wealthiest in the world. One can only speculate that this must be worked out on average wealth, a handful of billionaires surrounded by hoards of 16th Century destitute.

Perhaps these markets are not ‘broken’ at all?

Given that Britain’s plutocrats are doing very nicely, thank you, out of the £850 billion bank rescue in 2008 and the subsequent financial “crisis,” and that their friends in the London media have promised not to tread on their toes, let’s take an educated guess at what the real game might be here.

Perhaps there is no democracy? Perhaps all the political parties are bought and paid for lock, stock and barrel by the power elite who have no conscience, letting accountants run their affairs.

And when they have filled all their garages with the most ostentatious sports cars money can buy, the next thing up the pecking order perhaps is a government department or a newspaper or two?

“Nobody wants a crash,” some might say. But they’d be wrong. One of the unintended, or intended, consequences of deregulation in financial markets is that it’s now easier than ever to make a fortune from betting on disaster. What Naomi Klein calls “Disaster Capitalism” – economic warfare and deliberate sabotage of a nation’s economy – is more profitable than ever before.

The ordinary people of the world had better wise up and look sharp, because we are swimming in shark-infested waters. What the power elite don’t seem to have realized, though, is that we are teaching our children to watch those overnight subjects like hawks. The younger generation are good swimmers, and getting ready with their rocket harpoons.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and full editorial rights to print have been obtained.

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#UK : " If `David Cameron' is `Prime Minister' after next `Election' there will be an `EU Membership' Referendum"

#AceUKNews says the British Foreign Secretary William Hague' has said there will be a referendum onEU Membership’ if the Tories win the next general election in 2015.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday morning Andrew Marr show, Hague said, “If David Cameron is Prime Minister after the next election there will be a referendum.”

The Labour Party is currently well ahead of the Conservatives in virtually all opinion polls.

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#Austerity for Everyone Unless Your Are A Minister of Parliament #Rich/Poor

English: MPS Logo

English: MPS Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceNewsServices says plans to award MPs an 11% pay rise have been criticised across Westminster, with one minister describing them as “utterly incomprehensible”. 

BBC NEWS: 

Parliamentary watchdog Ipsa is set to recommend a rise of £7,600 to £74,000, to come in after the 2015 election.

Ipsa does not need to get the agreement of Parliament to bring in the changes.

But Treasury minister Danny Alexander urged it to reconsider, saying it would be “wholly inappropriate” at a time of curbs on pay in the public sector.

The rise – to come into effect in May 2015 – comes as part of a package of changes to MPs’ salary and benefits which would see some allowances scrapped.

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MPs currently earn a basic salary of £66,396 but the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is expected to say on Thursday that their pay has fallen behind in recent years and a substantial “one-off” rise is justified.

The BBC’s political correspondent Gary O’Donoghue said Ipsa would conduct a statutory review of pay at the start of the next Parliament, at which point the rise could theoretically be reversed, but this remains unlikely.

‘Preposterous’

All three party leaders disagreed with the move when it was first proposed earlier this year but the watchdog is expected to say it will press ahead with the rise – expected to cost the public purse £4.6m.

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What I’m concerned about is to ensure that the pay is sufficient to attract people from modest backgrounds ”

Jack StrawLabour MP

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English: East entrance of HM Treasury Français : Entrée Est de HM Treasury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mr Alexander, Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, urged the watchdog to reconsider, saying it must take into account public opinion as well as “the wider economic climate and the climate of people’s living standards”.

It would be “wholly inappropriate for MPs to get such a large pay rise when every other public sector worker sees their pay rises capped at 1%,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.

Conservative defence secretary Philip Hammond said he would not personally be accepting the pay increase, saying it was the “not the moment” to do so.

“Whatever the rights and wrongs of whether MPs’ pay is too high, too low, comparable to other people, at a time when we are asking people across the public sector – nurses, doctors, teachers – to accept pay restraint, members of Parliament have to be seen to be leading the way,” he told BBC Five Live’s Pienaar’s Politics.

He suggested the Cabinet would take a “collective line” on the issue of whether to accept the rise or not.

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Analysis

image of Alan SoadyAlan SoadyPolitical reporter, BBC News

It is regarded as a no-brainer by MPs that many voters loathe the idea of politicians being paid more, especially at a time of austerity.

The main party leaders conclude that it’s too politically toxic.

But privately a lot of MPs believe a pay rise, however unpalatable to taxpayers, is justified.

Like so many workers, they have seen real-terms pay cuts in recent years (albeit on salaries at least three times the average).

Other perks have also been trimmed since the expenses scandal.

Few are keen to put their head above the parapet, but those who have argue that MPs’ pay has fallen behind that of head teachers, doctors or local council leaders.

The argument goes that people from those middle class professions could be deterred from running for Parliament.

“We could end up with a Commons full of toffs and nerds,” a former MP once said to me, adding that this would not be an unedifying combination.

But no matter how many arguments are put forward in favour of a hefty pay rise for MPs, it’s not going to be an easy one to sell to the public.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls told the Dermot Murnaghan show on Sky News that the proposed increase was “preposterous” and he could not defend it at a time when people were facing a “cost of living” crisis.

But former Labour foreign secretary Jack Straw, who is retiring as an MP in 2015, said the party leaders could not complain about the decision after handing responsibility over to an outside body.

“What I’m concerned about is to ensure that the pay is sufficient to attract people from modest backgrounds who have not inherited a house, who don’t have family or personal income, but who are going to make a career out of politics,” he said.

And Conservative backbencher Sir Peter Bottomley said it was sensible for MPs’ pay to be set by an outside body at the start of each Parliament, with a regard to how to attract MPs from all walks of life.

“The only way MPs could overturn this is to defy their leaders and pass a law saying Ipsa is abolished or it will be ignored,” he said. “That’s impractical given the public interest in setting up Ipsa first.”

Tea and biscuits

A Downing Street spokeswoman said MPs’ pay was “a matter for Ipsa” but ministers believed the “cost of politics should be going down, not up”.

Ipsa previously said it had looked at increasing the current salary of £66,396 to anywhere between £73,365 and £83,430, but opted for a lower figure “in recognition of the current difficult economic circumstances”.

After 2015, it proposes that MPs’ wages would increase annually in line with average UK earnings.

At the same time as recommending a pay rise, the watchdog is also expected to announce a squeeze on pensions and the resettlement grants that MPs are given when they leave Parliament.

The amount that MPs have to contribute to their pensions is set to increase while MPs’ final salary scheme is expected to be downgraded to a career average in line with the rest of the public sector.

Other changes would also see a £15 dinner allowance and claims for tea and biscuits scrapped. And it would mean taxpayer-funded taxis were only permitted after 23:00.

There would also be a crackdown on claims made for running second homes, with costs such as TV licences and contents insurance no longer being met.

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Universal Credit Simplifying the Welfare System by Making People Pay

Ace News Group For a while l have followed the roll-out  by the UK Government of  their “Universal Credit” scheme, its is billed by politicians as the way to simplify the welfare system ,by guiding people back into work!

Of course as with all “Government Initiatives” there is a person tasked to front this policy in this case it is Iain Duncan Smith and so far he is keeping a lot of people in this country happy with the result! The reason being that the emphasis is for those that work and pay their taxes, whilst the scroungers get it all for free! Now everyone wants a government to spend their taxes wisely, so it is a winner as far as it goes!

So concept good on the face of it, but as my personal investigations have uncovered, behind what looks good for some, hides the real truth for others! In this instance the part in this latest system about “Making Sure Work Pays” well my insider source says it does, for the contracted service companies that get paid for providing a job, any job, as long as you work!  Now the pay can be low, the conditions can be unfair and the consequences can lead to tribunals and even dismissal ,as my source has confirmed. But as long as you do not turn up on the unemployment register as an applicant claiming welfare benefits ,that suits this government just fine!

As a lot of people are aware a number of employers have signed up to this contract and it enables these companies to get cheap labour, on short-term contracts and unburden the register for the unemployed, massaging the figures and making this government, look as if they are looking after the people’s interest.

So it is a real vote winner for the government, welfare system and unemployment!

But these companies do not care about all that, they just want you to work in any job, and of course they get paid for providing such a service, but according to my source their tactics are not very humane, their interview techniques are questionable and their methods would lead one to believe we are back in the 1930’s not living in this day and age. The problem is that my source had to take a job working on a third-party contract for a Property and Maintenance Services company ,providing their services to the NHS and on a 24 hour call-out arrangement, being told  that he would receive a vehicle, mobile phone and only be on call-out every two weeks. Sounds great and so with no choice he took it ,against my best advice as the contract was exceptionally onerous, to say the least!

That was 6 months ago, since that time the mobile phone, has one feature the employer can ring him, no call back or checking procedure, the van never arrived, he now works every weekend using his own vehicle, and never sees his wife ,or his very ill house bound mother! His time at the company has gone from bad to worst as refusal to do these hours, has brought him into conflict and recently before the disciplinary board, and he is now awaiting an appeal!

Now upon reading this you would think that these are all excuses ,he does not want to work! Well l can tell you l have known this person all of my life, and he is nearly 60 years old now! He has worked all his adult life from the age of 16, but has been unlucky like so many to be made redundant 4 times, and he has always done his job to the best of his ability!

So you might say, why is this situation not well-known, well of course these so-called interviews are carried out behind closed doors, so nobody gets to see or hear how they get you to agree to a job! This can include standing you in the middle of a room full of people and publicly humiliating you, saying you are lazy and a burden on the state, so if you do not take the job we offer you, we can make a phone-call and stop your benefits! Of course they couch it in such a manner, saying words like we could, as we have been given the job of getting you off the unemployment register and into work.

What they do not say is that for everyone who takes a job they received a payment, so the incentive to get people a job, any job is paramount as more that stop taking benefits, the more money they make!

Conclusion: 

At present there is an appeal under-way and the story of this tribunal will be written in part two, but suffice to say for now my source has asked me not to share his name ,or the name of the company! Also l will eventually after more investigation name the company tasked by this government to carry-out these recruitment services and where in the country this took place!

Of course for all those that want to look at the government’s way of providing Universal Credit here is a link explaining it all, together with a small  snippet the scheme:

Department of Work and Pensions Introducing Universal Credit:

We are introducing Universal Credit in 2013 for people who are looking for work or on a low-income. Universal Credit brings together a range of working-age benefits into a single payment. It will:

  • encourage people on benefits to start paid work or increase their hours by making sure work pays
  • smooth the transitions into and out of work
  • simplify the system, making it easier for people to understand, and easier and cheaper to administer
  • reduce the number of people who are in work but still living in poverty
  • reduce fraud and error

Read More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/simplifying-the-welfare-system-and-making-sure-work-pays

or download this PDF: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/253919/uc-faqs.pdf

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Does the Latest NHS Recruit to the Ranks Simon Stevens-Sound the Death Knell for our Healthcare System

NHS Employers stand

NHS Employers stand (Photo credit: NHSE)

I was just listening to the BBC today about the latest recruit in the UK NHS healthcare system ,namely a man called Simon Stevens! This person was recruited from none other than United Healthcare and had previously work under the previous labour government, in healthcare! His main objective was to privatise healthcare, but this was not possible under labour, so he left the UK to work for this  private healthcare company. He has now been recruited by the providers of the NHS service company, to make vast changes and proposals in the area of delivery of services! What is a bet that his first will be providing delivery of all services through a private healthcare initiative! I wait and see in the very near future!

The Independent news today stated: A former adviser to Tony Blair who has spent a decade at the top of an American private healthcare giant has been appointed to run the NHS in EnglandSimon Stevens, the architect of Labour’s health reforms who left the UK in 2004 to take up a lucrative post at the American company United Health, was welcomed by the Health SecretaryJeremy Hunt, as a “reformer and an innovator”. But his choice as chief executive of NHS England will raise concerns among critics who claim the NHS is being “softened up for privatisation”.

NHS Warning

NHS Warning (Photo credit: michaelhenley)

The future from April 2014 for the NHS will be massive reforms built on providing healthcare at the point of delivery or providing healthcare through designated and contracted healthcare companies, with one eye on the balance sheet and the other on the profit margin. The person of individual paying will be the taxpayer and the taxpayer when ill will be paying again, if this government wants to fulfil Mrs Thatcher‘s legacy!

Well more soon: Ed #AceHealthNews

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