The Labour Party has today launched a consultation with businesses, trade unions and the public about the priorities of its proposed Industrial Strategy. Launched by Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Shadow Secretary Clive Lewis and Shadow Industrial Strategy Minister Chi Onwurah, the six-week consultation includes sustainability as a main objective to reach a “prosperous” and “competitive” low-carbon economy. The document seeks contributions on how to achieve productivity based on a transition towards reduced energy consumption, green innovation, a balanced energy policy, and meeting the goals set under the Paris Agreement.
Edie 5th Jan 2017 read more »
Labour chiefs are quietly urging voters to ignore Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-nuclear views in a crunch by-election. The Labour leader, a veteran anti-nukes campaigner, faces his biggest electoral test when voters go to the polls in Copeland, Cumbria. The constituency is home to the Sellafield nuclear plant and next-door to Barrow-in-Furness, home to the shipyard building the Navy’s new Trident nuclear submarines. Labour is defending a slim 2,564 majority in the vote triggered by the resignation of MP Jamie Reed. The Tories are favourites to win. Copeland council’s Labour group leader Lena Hogg, who voted for Mr Corbyn in his successful leadership campaigns, hoped he would accept nuclear was popular locally. Pro-nukes Mrs Hogg told the Mirror: “We have got it and it’s staying and people are quite happy about the fact we have had it since 1952. “It doesn’t matter what people feel about it, it’s not going anywhere.” Asked about suggestions he could be “sidelined” in the campaign, she added: “I really can’t see anybody concentrating on anything that Jeremy Corbyn does or says.” Mrs Hogg was “very positive and confident” Labour would win.
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Labour face a tricky test to hold the seat of Copeland, which will be left vacant when the incumbent MP, Jamie Reed, steps down to take up a post at Sellafield, the nuclear power plant that is the seat’s largest employer. In addition to the political problems posed due to the Labour leader’s longstanding opposition to nuclear power, Labour’s biggest worry is if the Brexit effect, that has pulled away voters in both directions in the two post-referendum by-elections, persists into this by-election. That has led some party strategists to consider attempting to recruit Ed Balls for the seat. He has a loose family connection as his father in law, the trade unionist Tony Cooper, hails from Whitehaven. But one ally of Balls described the idea that the former shadow chancellor would stand for the seat as “mad”, as it is difficult to reach both from London and from Yvette Cooper, his wife’s, constituency of Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford. Instead, the leader’s office have found a candidate who they believe may have the stuff necessary to keep the seat: Rachel Holliday, the founder of Calderwood House, a homelessness charity. Among her opponents for the seat: Thomas Docherty, the former Labour for West Dunfermline and Fife, who is from the party’s right, is preparing the ground for a bid for the seat.
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