Jon Ashworth

The Government's Approach To NHS Pay Is Chaotic, Unstable And Unsustainable

Jon Ashworth | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

The Government's approach is chaotic, unstable, and totally unsustainable. If they can find a £1billion for the votes of the DUP then they ought to find the money needed to properly staff the NHS as well. This isn't just about doing what's right for the brilliant staff who are working so hard to keep the service going. It's about doing what's right for patients too. Every day that goes by more and more talented and hardworking people are leaving NHS professions because of the neglect of this Government.

Number Of Cancer Patients Waiting Longer For Treatment Has Skyrocketed, Labour Says

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics

The number of cancer patients waiting longer than they should for treatment has skyrocketed in the last five years, Labour says. Analysis of latest qu...

Without Improving Early Years Support Our Children Cannot Be The Healthiest In The World

Jon Ashworth | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

At the very heart of my ambition to make child health and wellbeing a national priority is my determination to drastically improve early years support for children and parents, and a national breastfeeding programme must be at the heart of this strategy.

Our Children's Health Must Be Our National Priority

Jon Ashworth | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

It was Nelson Mandela who told us: "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." If that great man was right, then our country is in a great deal of difficulty. The state of children's health in the UK, and in England in particular, should be a matter for profound concern and concerted action. Sadly under Theresa May's government is isn't.

Labour Now 'United' Behind Jeremy Corbyn, Says Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Politics

Labour is now “united” behind Jeremy Corbyn as leader, Jon Ashworth has said. The shadow health secretary was asked by BBC’s Andrew Marr program...

Labour Is Forcing A Commons Vote To End Health Workers' Misery

Jon Ashworth | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

The Government has created a workforce crisis in the NHS which is causing financial chaos for hospitals and causing misery for patients. We are 10,000 GPs, 3,500 midwives and now 40,000 nurses short of the number we need. Nurses are being forced to use foodbanks to make ends meet and NHS Providers say that staff are quitting the NHS to stack shelves instead. The Health Secretary says he has sympathy for underpaid health staff but sympathy won't put food on the table.

Theresa May Has Failed Patients On A Record Scale - Only Labour Can Restore Our Health Service To Its World Class Status

Jon Ashworth | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

The latest fiasco in Theresa May's shocking mishandling of our NHS has been revealed. Leaked documents show that the number of people waiting more than four months for non-emergency surgery could double to a record peak of 5.5million by 2019. That's the equivalent of nearly one in ten people in England being stuck on waiting lists for treatments on our NHS. It's a disgraceful illustration of the Tories' complete failure to put patients first.

Hundreds Of NHS Staff Are Sharing Why They Fear A Tory Election Victory

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK

Hundreds of hard-pressed NHS staff have issued a blistering appraisal of the Conservative’s management of the health service in a coordinated wave o...

Protest Votes Are So Passe

Commons People | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Commons People

On this week's Commons People, the team consider if Labour is on the verge of yet another leadership contest after Clive Lewis quit the Shadow Cabinet. Labour's Gisela Stuart is dubbed a "liar" by a former colleague after she voted against an amendment calling for the rights of EU nationals in the UK to be protected in any Brexit deal.

Tory Health Minister Slammed For Dismissing Closure Of NHS Walk-In Centres

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics

A Tory Health Minister was slammed on Tuesday for dismissing closures of NHS walk-in centres. In a letter to the Health Secretary seen by The Huffingt...

Number Of Urgent NHS Operations Cancelled Reaches Record High

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.12.2016 | UK

The number of urgent NHS operations cancelled in England has reached a record high, almost double the figure reported just a year ago. New statistics ...

The NHS - Labour's Greatest Achievement

Jon Ashworth | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

We cannot continue to allow decisions about future funding of health and care to be put in the 'too difficult to deal with' pile. It is incumbent on our generation of Labour politicians to have an honest debate and come up with the solutions that will protect the NHS for our children and for our children's children. And it's a debate I want to lead.

If The Boundary Review Goes Ahead In Its Current Form, It Will Leave Two Million Voters Without A Voice

Jon Ashworth | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

The proposals published today by the commission are based on an electoral register with a two million gaping hole. By using the electoral register as of 1 December 2015 the review will discount the two million people who signed up to have their voices heard in the run-up to the EU referendum, therefore leaving them out of the constituency calculations.

As We Begin to Exit the European Union, the Government's Commitment to Fighting Corruption Must Not Take Its Leave as Well

Jon Ashworth | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

If Theresa May is serious about her promise of the UK remaining an "outward-looking and globally-minded and big-thinking country", it is vital that we continue to play a leading role in fighting corruption across the world. But we've had early warning signs that the Government's previous commitment to tackling corruption might be on the wane.

The EU Has Done More for Social Justice Than Any Tory Government Ever Has

Jon Ashworth | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

Iain Duncan Smith's line in his Brexit speech today was that the European Union is a 'force for social injustice'. This might be a nice soundbite but it could not be more wrong... Iain Duncan Smith may present himself as an authority on social justice but his record in Government tells us otherwise.

The Lesson From the Beckett Report? Labour Needs to Reach Out to Ex-Labour Voters Again

Jon Ashworth | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

It's clear that just focusing on turnout will never be enough. In the marginal Tory-held seats, persuading non-voters to vote and vote Labour would clearly be a welcome step but statistically it would not change the result. The reality is without rebuilding a coalition and regaining the trust of ex-Labour voters who in recent elections moved to the Tories, the SNP and Ukip, we will not get out of the starting blocks in 2020.

Is the Government Finally Waking Up to Britain's Huge Trade Problem?

Jon Ashworth | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

The Tories have an appalling record when it comes to meeting their own targets and delivering on what they promise. For that reason, I was interested to read yesterday that one Government minister is finally waking up (and owning up) to the UK's huge trade problem.

It's Time for the Chancellor to Accept Responsibility for the Economic Crisis That Has Developed on His Watch

Jon Ashworth | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

Thursday's speech from George Osborne is nothing short of astounding. After five and a half years in charge of the UK's economy he's reaching for excuses to explain his own failure. And while he is right to warn how what is happening in China and the rest of the world could affect Britain, the truth is that he's been far too late to wake up to this threat... It is too little, too late for George Osborne to warn about the risks to our economic recovery, including those coming from China. Now is not the time for him to line up excuses for his own failure - if there is a cocktail of risks lined up for the British economy, it's one Osborne has helped to mix.

The Tories Are Governing From the Shadows and This Week's Information Dump Proves It

Jon Ashworth | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

While in opposition David Cameron famously claimed that "sunlight is the best disinfectant". But as 2015 draws to a close this will go down as the year when the Prime Minister's commitment to open and transparent government was finally abandoned. As Parliament rose for Christmas recess the Tories slipped out no fewer than 36 ministerial statements and 424 reports and releases. And 'taking out the trash day', as this practice has come to be known, didn't fail to disappoint.

Despite Their Rhetoric We Won't Let the Tories Escape Reality

Jon Ashworth | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

The Tories are attempting to steal progressive rhetoric but they can't escape the reality of their policies. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party will hold the Tories to account, stand up for the many and oppose their unfair cuts to tax credits. The only party of the common ground in British politics is the party that will truly stand up for working people. That's the Labour Party.

You Still Can't Trust the Lib Dems

Jon Ashworth | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

Now represented in Parliament by just a handful of white, middle-aged men the Lib Dems are becoming even more of an irrelevance in today's modern world... The party leader may have changed but you still can't trust the Lib Dems - they have lost all credibility for good.

Is Osborne Complacent on China?

Jon Ashworth | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

In August 2007 the storm clouds that gathered ahead of the global financial crises came out of a clear blue sky. Eight years later, fixed on Greece we anxiously monitor the horizon for signs of another downturn but could we be facing the wrong way, with the hurricane coming from the east?

Skeleton Found In Richard III Dig Could Be Female Founder

PA | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK

A second skeleton found by archaeologists searching for the remains of King Richard III could be that of a friary's female founder. The team carryi...

Burying Richard III At Leicester Cathedral 'Would Be A Monstrous Act'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK

If the bones found beneath a Leicestershire car park belong to King Richard III they will be buried in the city's cathedral, the government has confir...

Bury Richard III At Leicester Cathedral, Says MP

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.09.2012 | UK

If remains unearthed in a car park are verified as those of King Richard III, they should be laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral, a Labour MP suggeste...