Grahame Morris MP welcomes new Sport England funds to get Easington more active

cropped-attachment-21.jpgGrahame Morris MP has welcomed news that Easington is to benefit in the latest round of grassroots sports funding from Sport England. Seaham Harbour Activity Centre is to receive £149,532 of National Lottery funding to help get more people active.

Grahame Morris MP said: “This investment by Sport England is a real boost for Seaham Harbour Activity Centre and for people in Easington. Thanks to this funding, even more local people can get involved in playing sport and being active.”

This investment in the Seaham Harbour Activity Centre is an exciting development in watersports for people in the area. It will provide fully accessible opportunities to try canoeing, rowing, angling and sailing, and aon dry land, sports like cycling, running, and orienteering will also be on offer.

This latest investment brings Sport England’s total funding of community sport projects and facilities in Easington to £286,376 since 2010.

Announcing the funding, Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper said: “Our fund is about helping communities to use their local knowledge to design the right actives for people living in their area. There are many reasons why people shy away from being active, and sometimes the solutions require thinking outside of the box – I am confident the funding announced today does that.”

The People’s Post

People's PostEasington MP Grahame Morris is supporting the Communication Worker’s Union People’s Post campaign, as they take their message to Manchester in the week of Conservative Party Conference.

Grahame Morris MP said:

“I am delighted to support the People’s Post campaign, which highlights six simple steps the Government need to take to defend a universal postal service and protect employment standards in the industry, which are at threat from privatisation and aggressive regulation.

The Labour Party Conference supported renationalisation, as returning the Royal Mail to public ownership is the only way to guarantee the future of a universal one price goes anywhere service.

I will continue to support the CWU as we campaign to prevent a Tory Government causing irrecoverable damage to our Royal Mail, undermining vital public services and attacking the terms and conditions of postal workers.”

The People’s Post calls for:

  1. New and Stronger Legislation to Safeguard Daily Deliveries

Privatisation and years of regulation promoting competition and cost cutting are putting the UK on a path that leads to the end of daily deliveries. The Postal Services Act must be amended to put protecting the Universal Service Obligation front-and-centre of regulation, including a ban on competitors cherry-picking in the letter market. The government must publish a review of the regulatory provisions in the Act in 2016, which should be the gateway for this.

  1. An Overhaul of Regulation to End Ofcom’s Push for a Race to the Bottom

When the body in charge of protecting and promoting an industry for the country sees its duty as promoting zero-hours minimum wage employers, at the expense of decent employment standards and the service for the public, something has gone fundamentally wrong. Ofcom’s starting point that Royal Mail is inefficient and overpaying its staff is disproved by the fact Whistl could not survive despite being free to cherry-pick the profitable parts of the market.

  1. The Government to Retain a Public Voice in the Company

We want Royal Mail to be renationalised as agreed at Labour Party Conference, but as a minimum we want to retain a public voice in the company and increase the workers’ stake. The government has a 15% stake in Royal Mail. Selling this off will threaten daily deliveries and service standards, pressure the company to engage in a race to the bottom on terms and conditions and will mean the loss of any public voice in an important public service.

  1. Fair Employment Standards with the Living Wage as a Legal Minimum in the Postal Sector

Royal Mail currently sets the high benchmark for pay, terms and conditions, but the wider postal industry, and particularly the parcels market, is rife with insecure employment models from zero-hours and short term contracts, piece-rate pay below the minimum wage, bogus self-employment and a lack of basic rights (from holiday and sick pay to pensions). This comes at a cost to the public through poor service standards and the welfare system and puts pressure on companies like Royal Mail to join a race to the bottom.

  1. Protection for Consumers – New Products and Services and safeguarding access to Post Offices

The postal service exists to serve the public and businesses throughout the UK but regulation and privatisation have not been driven by their interests. Rather than managed decline, we want to see new and innovative services with an enhanced role for postal workers in their communities, and continued access to Post Offices. There must be sensible protections for consumers to guarantee affordability and quality of service. There also needs to be consumer protection in the parcels market – no credible approach to regulation can ignore this as Ofcom has done.

  1. The Establishment of a Workers Trust in Royal Mail that gives staff a Meaningful Collective Voice

When it announced the sale of half of its remaining stake in June, the government said it would give ‘up to 1 per cent’ of its final 15 per cent to employees. When the government awarded employees free shares in the initial sale, it designed the trust to deny them the ability to exercise a collective voice. If it wants employees to have a long-term stake and a proper voice in Royal Mail it must reverse this and set up a meaningful workers trust.

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Grahame Morris MP supports campaign to clean up problem pavement parking

Guide Dogs - SeahamGrahame Morris MP took on the challenge of cleaning up the streets at the Labour Party Conference this week, when the charity Guide Dogs offered him the chance to learn more about the daily difficulties faced by people living with sight loss.

Guide Dogs is calling on MPs and the public to back a new Bill to outlaw irresponsible parking. According to the charity, badly parked cars are putting the lives of pedestrians up and down the country at risk every day. These vehicles are forcing people to step out into the road, without being able to clearly see on-coming traffic.

The charity used a unique twist on the fun-fair game, Hook-a-Duck, to highlight the campaign and Mr Morris became the guide when he helped a rubber duck navigate a stream full of obstacles.

The MP for Easington is supporting Guide Dogs campaign on pavement parking, including a proposed law to restrict it to designated areas.

There are nearly two million people in the UK who are living with sight loss and by 2050, there could be nearly four million. So it’s more important than ever that our streets are safe for people who are blind or partially sighted.

Mr Morris commented: “I am delighted to meet Guides Dogs and support this important campaign to keep our pavements clear to protect the most vulnerable road users such those with mobility issues and blind and partially sighted people who are put at great risk when forced onto the road by cars parked on the pavement.

These changes are common-sense, the proposals provide flexibility to councils, where pavement parking is unavoidable due to the nature of the road, and new rules would also provide clarity for drivers as to when they can and cannot use part of the pavement to park their cars”

James White, Senior Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs, said: “Parking on pavements is blighting Britain’s streets. It puts all pedestrians in danger, particularly those living with sight loss.

“It is terrifying for someone who cannot see oncoming traffic to take the risk of stepping out into a road because someone has decided to park on the pavement. We hope this year will see this dangerous practice outlawed once and for all, and call on all MPs to back a change in the law.”

More than platitudes needed to restore our Manufacturing Base

East Durham TrustWe live in a deeply divided country.

The gaps between wealth and poverty have never been so pronounced.

We live in a country where financial speculators who gamble with our economy are rewarded with excessive incomes many of us could not make in a life-time.

Our economy, politics and public investment are all tailored towards maintaining an over-reliance on the financial sector of the City of London. This has led to vast regional inequality, with Britain being home to nine out of ten of Northern Europe’s poorest regions.

Our Northern Regions, once the engine room of our country’s prosperity, have been scarred by generations of de-industrialisation, unemployment and lack of investment.

The Government’s promise to rebalance the economy has never materialised. There is no better illustration of the gap between the rhetoric and reality than the failure to support our steel industry.

The loss of steel production would cement the decline in UK manufacturing and undermine our long-term competitiveness.

I want to see the same commitment to UK manufacturing as we saw to the financial crisis to ensure that thousands of jobs depended on the steel industry are not lost to short term factors, such as Chinese steel dumped on the market driving down prices.

There is a role for Government to support our manufacturing sector and reverse the decline which has seen manufacturing dramatically fall as a share of economic output from 27% in 1970 to just 10% today.

The loss of manufacturing has a wider impact, not only reducing the number of skilled jobs in our economy, but also cutting investment on research and development which is almost exclusively based in our manufacturing sector.

We need a Government committed to supporting UK manufacturing, which means more than platitudes, with changes to public procurement away from the short-term, lowest bidder approach to maximising social benefit and supporting domestic industries.

A revival of manufacturing in our industrial heartlands is only possible if government rhetoric is matched by infrastructure investment.

The current disproportional investment directed towards London will only exacerbate regional inequalities.

IPPR North found that London received twenty-four times the transport infrastructure investment per head than the North East. In fact, a single project, Crossrail, is earmarked to receive nine times more funding than all the rail projects in the north’s three regions combined.

Even when it comes to projects such as HS2, considered to be of national importance, regions like the North East have been excluded. In fact, a consultation by Network Rail suggested that only 11 minutes would be cut from journey times between Durham and London, while we would lose direct services to major Scottish cities.

Connectivity to major national lines as well as within our own region continue to be a problem. While money is no object in relation to Crossrail, the North East is running a Metro service starved of investment with an increasing number of faults as some of our trains approach forty years old. However, the extension of this service across the region would have a much greater transformative impact than HS2.

The failure to rebalance the economy does not only create inequality between the regions, but within London itself there is a stark contrast between the wealthiest and poorest within the capital.

The economic pull of London and the South East draws in education and skills from the regions. For every graduate who moves from London to the North, twelve travel in the opposite direction. This migration deprives the regions of the skills and training required to help grow our economy, but also leads to overcrowding in London driving up house prices and rents and impacting quality of life in the capital.

The transformation required to rebalance our economy requires nothing short of a new industrial revolution.

We need to redesign our economy with the clear social and economic objective of rebuilding our industrial base in order to address the worrying insecure, low pay, zero hour economy created over recent years.

The Government speak of a Northern Powerhouse as an abstract concept which even Ministers cannot define.

We do not need any more slogans but real solutions, such as the National Investment Bank proposed by Jeremy Corbyn.

The new National Investment Bank would be tasked with funding vital infrastructure in education, transport and housing as well as directly to industry in order to develop the modern manufacturing job and high skill technology careers which are currently missing in our regional economies.

The National Investment Bank principal aim would be to create full employment through higher waged and better skilled jobs. It would end the current focus on financial services which has over-heated London’s economy at the expense of the rest of the UK.

The Bank would facilitate access to local finance as we seek to replicate the success of the German ‘Lander’ model which has sustained manufacturing and German industry making them world leaders.

These policies may sound radical but it shows the deficiency of our politics that such a modest proposal for real investment in our regional economies can be characterised as extreme.

Unfortunately, five years of austerity has conditioned us to expect little from our politicians. However, the election of Jeremy Corbyn is an opportunity to transform our politics, renewing hope and making people expect more from our politicians.

A new economic and industrial policy which rejects the political austerity consensus has been long overdue. It is the only option if we are ever to see our industrial heartland renewed for the 21st Century with the quality jobs and skills required to sustain our communities into the future.

Grahame Morris MP calls on insurers to stop ripping-off Easington drivers by £1,568,279

  • Research shows insurers are automatically renewing policies of thousands of drivers in Easington
  • Easington drivers could save £1,568,279 by not being auto-renewed
  • Grahame Morris MP calls on insurers to stop the auto-renewal rip-off

InsuranceWith the Financial Conduct Authority set to report within weeks on the use of auto-renewals in the motor insurance market, Grahame Morris MP is taking action to save Easington drivers £1,568,279 on their car insurance.

Research by price comparison website MoneySuperMarket found auto-renewal of car insurance policies is costing UK drivers £1.3 billion and that practices used by many insurers make it harder for consumers to get a better deal. Grahame Morris MP is calling on the regulator to require insurers to clearly ask consumers whether they want to opt-in to auto-renewal when they first buy their policy.

MoneySuperMarket’s report shines a light on the poor practices of insurers, revealing that people often have no idea that they’re agreeing to auto-renewal when they first buy their policy, and would have no way of opting out even if they did. When renewal time arrives, the letter or email they get from their insurer can be confusing and misleading, and even conceal significant changes to their policy.

Cancelling an auto-renewed policy can be difficult and costly, with some providers charging cancellation fees or driving customers to expensive premium rate telephone numbers. Most insurers do not provide an online cancellation process, despite allowing customers to buy their policies online in the first place.

62 per cent of consumers say auto-renewals deter them from shopping around for a more affordable policy. And almost six million drivers (23 per cent) automatically renewed their car insurance with their existing provider when their policy was last up for renewal, without checking a single other quote.

Grahame Morris MP is calling on the Financial Conduct Authority to take decisive action to stop the auto-renewal rip-off.

Grahame Morris MP said:

“It’s unacceptable that drivers in Easington are losing £1,568,279 because of unfair practices by the insurance industry. This is money that many can’t afford to waste. The regulator must take decisive action to put drivers back in control of their insurance. People shouldn’t have payments taken automatically from their accounts unless they have given their explicit consent. Insurers need to do more to ensure it doesn’t happen”.

Dan Plant, Editor-in-Chief at MoneySuperMarket, said:

“As our report lays bare, auto-renewal is far from fair, it reduces proper competition and ultimately costs consumers big money. Our Eight Point Plan shows how insurers can make the auto-renewal process fairer and clearer, helping customers to save money, and we urge the FCA to take action to fix the market. Simple changes such as writing renewal notices in plain English, asking consumers to explicitly opt-in to auto-renewal when they buy their policy, and providing a click-through cancellation button on renewal emails will help drivers to make sure they are not paying more than they need to.”

Northern Powerhouse – The gap between reality and rhetoric

Dalton ParkThere is no better illustration of the gap between the rhetoric and reality than the Government’s failure to support our steel industry.

The UK steel industry is in crisis. While George Osborne is in Shanghai this week selling the UK energy sector to the Chinese Government, steel production on Teesside could come to an end after 160 years. One of the main reasons cited for the steel crisis is the action of China dumping excess steel onto international markets.

Eurofer – the organisation that represents European steel producers, stated

“Chinese import pressure and unfair trade practices are certainly the root causes underlying the pressures that steel plants, such as Redcar, are facing. China now sells its excess steel to the EU at prices that do not even cover the costs for raw materials and material transformation.”

The closure of the UK steel industry would result in the direct loss of 30,000 skilled jobs as well as impacting thousands of jobs in the supply chain.

The loss of steel production in the UK would be acutely felt in our industrial heartlands, which are already blighted with high unemployment and a lack of highly skilled jobs. The North East would be particularly vulnerable, with steel production already suspended on Teesside.

There will be irrecoverable damage to our regional economy with the weakening of our manufacturing sector undermining efforts towards rebalancing the economy.

The UK Government cannot continue to watch from the sidelines uninterested. Other countries have recognised the importance of steel. In Italy the steel industry has been nationalised, while other countries have addressed issues relating to costs, taxes and imports.

While other countries intervene to support their industry, UK steel producers face a financial penalty in excess of £400 million a year compared to competitors due to exchange rates, energy costs, air pollution targets and business rates.

These additional costs, alongside Chinese steel dumping have limited the export market, while also undermining the UK’s domestic market.

Despite promising to rebalance the economy, the financial and service sector led recovery has left steel consuming sectors like construction at below recession levels. A failed unbalanced recovery has left UK steel demand at 75 per cent below pre-recession levels.

The Government’s insistence on a fully open domestic market has left UK steel production vulnerable to unfair trade practices and a refusal to support the industry by promoting smart local procurement to address the decline in domestic use of UK steel which now accounts for only 20% of the market, compared to 90% in the 1970s.

The loss of UK steel would further erode the UK’s manufacturing base and leave the Government’s promise of a Northern Powerhouse in ruins.

The economy will never be rebalanced if the Government sits idle during a crisis in UK manufacturing and allows the long-term competitiveness of the UK economy to be undermined.

It would cement the decline of UK manufacturing, resulting in the further loss of skilled employment, as well as damaging research and development within the UK, which is nearly wholly based in the manufacturing sector.

The Chancellor has chased headlines with his Northern Powerhouse rhetoric and now families in steel producing communities are demanding real action. Therefore, I would urge the Chancellor to use his time in China to do more than just sell off UK energy production and access to our financial markets, but to support and promote the real economy and ensure the UK retains what is remaining of our manufacturing base.

The Peoples’ Question Time

Jeremy CorbynPrime Minister Questions was transformed last week after Jeremy Corbyn delivered on his promise of a new kind of politics.

In a first for PMQs, Jeremy Corbyn asked the public for the questions they wanted put to the Prime Minister and received over 40,000 responses.

He recognises there is a unique opportunity to create a new politics, a genuine peoples’ parliament that deals with and answers the issues that matter to ordinary people.

In a more thoughtful approach to Prime Ministers Questions, Jeremy Corbyn raised concerns relating to the housing crisis, tax credit cuts and the lack of consistent, good quality mental health services across the country.

This more considered approach to PMQs did not last with David Cameron reverting back to personal attacks when questioned by the SNP and Ulster Unionists.

David Cameron, the master of spin, must acknowledge that he can no longer abuse and insult his way through PMQs.

There is no guarantee this new format of Prime Ministers Questions will last but Jeremy Corbyn has been clear that he will not engage in personal attacks and will respect the wishes of the public for a more thoughtful and dignified politics that addresses real issues of public concern.

There is no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn faces a difficult challenge to get a fair hearing in the press and the media.

The Government attacked the democratic and human rights of working people with the introduction of their pernicious Trade Union Bill and cut the incomes of millions of working families by thousands of pounds through the Tax Credit cuts. The media, however, chose instead to focus on Jeremy Corbyn not joining in during the singing of the national anthem and on the colour of the poppy he will wear on Remembrance Sunday.

The media’s failure to hold the government to account for their actions and their ambivalence to the plight of working people and the biggest attack on incomes for a generation is appalling. Where possible Jeremy Corbyn intends to speak to the public directly at meetings, rallies and via social media.

There are few opportunities to transform our politics and I am delighted the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is at the forefront of making this change.

He has attracted thousands of people to the Labour Party during the leadership election, and since becoming leader over 60,000 people have joined. More people have joined the Labour Party since Jeremy Corbyn was elected than the total of individual members of the Liberal Democrats.

Reinvigorating the grassroots of the Labour Party is a great achievement but the real work is now to transform our politics and win popular support for Labour’s progressive policies. There has been no better start than Jeremy’s new people focused approach to PMQs.

Trade Union Bill

Commons ChamberI am proud to be a Trade Union Member, one of six and a half million people who are part of the UK’s largest voluntary organisation.

Trade Union’s already have a level of oversight and scrutiny of their activities which is demanded of no other organisation.

The Bill attacks the civil liberties and democratic rights of Trade Union members, it is politically motivated, and will deepen the most restrictive Trade Union laws in the Western world.

It will worsen industrial relations and push us further down the path to a more confrontational labour policy, which could potentially criminalise firefighters, nurses and teachers fighting to create fair and safer workplaces.

The Government are demanding a democratic standard not sought by any other organisation in relation to balloting, including many of the members in this House. In fact only 56 out of 330 Tory MPs elected at the 2015 General Election would have been elected had the same criteria been applied.

If the Government wish to enhance workplace democracy, they should engage with Trade Unions on the introduction of e-balloting and secure workplace balloting, which would help to increase participation and turnout in Trade Union ballots.

Concerns have been expressed about the Government’s proposals by Liberty, Amnesty International UK and the British Institute of Human Rights who have characterised this Bill as an unprecedented attack on workers basic civil liberties and human rights.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development that condemns the Government’s outdated response, which is targeting yesterday’s problems instead of addressing the reality of modern workplaces.

Trade Union Reform is in reality a smokescreen to divert attention away from the Government’s policies of austerity and to limit the response of working people to object to the assault on their pay, pensions and working conditions.

Trade Union BillIn comparison, the Hedge Funds, Banking System and Financial Sector that promoted the casino economy that brought Britain and the World to the brink of financial disaster are allowed to wield their immense financial and political influence unfettered.

The disenfranchisement of working people over the last thirty years, with restrictive Trade Union laws, has seen real incomes fall as a share of GDP.

Our ‘recovery’ is once again being built on a private debt bubble, as austerity fails to eradicate the deficit or improve the income or standards of living for people in the UK.

The Government are imposing a level of scrutiny on Trade Unions by extending the powers of the Certification Officer, changing its role from an independent adjudicator into a ‘state spy’ allowing the Government to monitor how unions use their resources.

In addition to the significant and unnecessary new burdens, Trade Unions will also be expected to pay a levy to fund the Certifications Officers’ new role.

The Certification Officer will have new powers to impose financial penalties, scrutinise how unions use their political funds and for what purpose. They will be able to initiate their own investigation without a complaint from a Union member, as well as having the ability to seize union documents from national offices and branches.

It is a level of state interference that would not be accepted in any other sector.

Trade Unions do not only operate under the strictest rule in the Western World, their spending on political activities is also highly regulated in a manner not expected by any other organisations.

In order to fund political activities a separate political fund must be maintained.

Unions must secure the continued consent of members to maintain a political fund every ten years.

All union members currently have the opportunity to opt out of paying the political levy.

Despite these restrictions, Clause 10 of the Trade Union Bill will place further limitations on Trade Unions, changing union political funds from an ‘opt out’ to an ‘opt in’ system.

As happened in 1927, we are witnessing an ideologically motivated attack by the Tory Party to dramatically restrict  funding to  the Labour Party, limit the capacity of working people to be heard, as well as interfering in the internal affairs of democratically elected and accountable organisations.

If the Government are concerned about party funding, it is an issue in itself that should be debated.

However, the only political funding that concerns the Tories is that of opposition parties.

If this is a matter of principle, the Government should extend the existing restrictions and those proposed in this Bill to the Financial Sector, Hedge Funds and Investment Banks which bankroll the Tory Party.

If this is a matter of principle why shouldn’t shareholders be consulted on a regular basis and asked to opt-in prior to any donations, as well as coming under the scope of the Certification Officer to scrutinise how their corporate donations are used and for what purpose.

I do not believe the vast majority of MPs came into Parliament to curtail civil liberties. In relation to trying to damage and defund the Labour Party I would ask Tory MPs them to consider the words of their former leader, Sir Winston Churchill

“It has become a well-established custom that matters affecting the interests of rival parties should not be settled by the imposition of the will of one side over the other, but by an agreement reached either between the leaders of the main parties or by conferences under the impartial guidance of Mr. Speaker.”

Winston Churchill
House of Commons, 16th February 1948

In the Commons last week at Second Reading I ask all MPs to vote against the most partisan and political Bill I have seen in my time in the House.

Those with a genuine interest in enhancing workplace democracy and improving industrial relations  should engage and work with Trade Unions, do not see them as the enemy.

As Pope Francis highlighted

“Trade unions have been an essential force for social change, without which a semblance of a decent and humane society is impossible under capitalism.”

Trade Unions aim to create safer and fairer workplaces for our constituents and address grievances in an amicable manner as and when they do arise.

Parliament should not limit Trade Union’s ability to undertake this invaluable work and therefore reject this Bill when it comes back to the Commons for Third Reading.

Grahame Morris MP urges people to step up and join the Big Pathwatch

Coast PathEasington MP Grahame Morris is encouraging people in the area to step up and help survey their local paths as part of the Ramblers’ Big Pathwatch.

With an enviable 140,000 miles of rights of way in England and Wales people can enjoy walking, the Ramblers needs people to step out in East Durham and walk their favourite paths and report back on what they find using a free smartphone app.

Easington MP Grahame Morris is encouraging as many people as possible in East Durham to get involved in the project.

He said: “The Big Pathwatch is the perfect opportunity for people to get involved in protecting the places they love to walk, as well as enjoying the health benefits of walking. We’re incredibly lucky to have so many beautiful areas for walking in East Durham from historic woodlands like Castle Eden Dene to the newly opened England Coast Path trailing the award winning East Durham Heritage Coast. We all need to do our bit to make sure our paths are well cared for and I am encouraging as many people as possible to support the Big Pathwatch.”

People can download the free Big Pathwatch app and share their experiences as they walk every right of way within a specific grid square. They’ll be asked to share the positive features of the walk, the beautiful views or interesting landscapes they see, as well as noting any problems they encounter.

The results of the Big Pathwatch will allow the Ramblers to create a comprehensive report on the state of the path network, which will be used to help identify ways to keep paths open. Where possible, Ramblers’ path maintenance teams will be heading out to fix problems found through the survey, clearing brambles and other overgrown vegetation, improving path surfaces and fixing bridges and gates.

Importantly, the results will enable the Ramblers to come up with the long term solutions to ensure the path network is protected for years to come.

Those who don’t have a smartphone can still get involved by downloading materials from the Ramblers website. To find out more, or to take part in the Big Pathwatch, visit

Trade Union Bill

FBUAn effective, credible and principled opposition has never been needed more.

The Cameron Government have resumed their assault on working people in the Commons this week.

The Trade Union Bill seeks to remove the democratic rights of working people and has been condemned by human rights organisations including Liberty, Amnesty International UK and the British Institute of Human Rights.

New ballot thresholds effectively remove the right to strike. In the limited circumstances when they are achieved the Government will use agency workers to break strikes, in contravention of International Labour Organisation rules.

The Trade Union Bill risks criminalising firefighters, nurses and teachers fighting to create fairer and safer workplaces. The police will be required to monitor strikes with organisers required to provide their name and contact information as well as details of their campaign activities including any online content.

The Government’s Bill also limits political activity and burdens Trade Unions with onerous regulation and new reporting requirements which is intended to waste time and resources.

There is no justification for this Bill.

There is no industrial relation crisis.

So, why has the Government introduced new restrictions on Trade Unions at a time when days lost to industrial action is at an historic low?

The result of the UK’s restrictive Trade Union laws has seen real incomes fall as a share of GDP over the last thirty years. Trade Unions have been one of a few organisations opposing austerity, recognising that our ‘recovery’ is being built on a private debt bubble, as austerity fails to eradicate the deficit, increase incomes or improve living standards.

While gagging Trade Unions, the Tory Government will allow Hedge Funds and the Financial Sector, to wield unlimited political power, bankrolling a Tory Party rewarding them with tax cuts and tax exemptions.

As in 2010, David Cameron has abandoned pre-election promises once in Number 10. This week he has also introduced legislation to cut tax credits, making millions of working families’ worse off.

Austerity is failing. In a letter by leading economists, including a former member of the Bank of England’s monetary-policy committee, the Government were warmed their spending cuts will increase child poverty and remove support for the most vulnerable. The cuts to investment will prevent growth, innovation and improved productivity, and will over time increase debt due to lower tax receipts.

David Cameron is the real threat to your security taking away your human rights, labour rights, legal rights and welfare rights.

The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn will be clear in our opposition to a Tory Government abusing our democracy, taking away your rights, and cutting your standard of living.