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Speaking in the House of Commons following the publication of the report “Lessons still to be learned from the Chilcot Inquiry” by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Jon Trickett MP, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said:

On Iraq, The British Cabinet, the overwhelming majority in the House, much of the media, three select committees, the civil service, the MOD and the security services all came to the same false conclusion, resulting in a disastrous military adventure and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

Subsequently there has been the predictable procrastination, prevarication and obfuscation which has failed to reveal the truth to the British people.

The select committee is clear that the Chilcot report has failed to allow them to answer the central question as to whether parliament was misled, leaving a gaping chasm in the credibility of the British establishment.

What a damning judgement.

I welcome the various recommendations in today’s report. But they are timid.

Does the chair agree with me that it will require root and branch trans formative change of our whole political structures and culture before we can honestly say that there will never be such a failure again?

Statement to parliament on the “Lessons still to be learned from the Chilcot Inquiry” report

Speaking in the House of Commons following the publication of the report “Lessons still to be learned from the Chilcot Inquiry” by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Jon...

URGENT UPDATE – RELOCATION OF CROFTON HS2 INFORMATION DAY

I have been informed that HS2 have changed the venue for the upcoming Information Day on the 20th of February. It was due to be held at the Crofton Community Centre but has now been relocated to the Cedar Court Hotel on Denby Dale Road in Wakefield. 

I am utterly appalled at this deliberate attempt to alienate Crofton and surrounding communities from the HS2 project. It seems HS2 are running scared of the clear outrage that people in our area feel towards the proposals and the way the development process has been handled by HS2 and the Department for Transport. In fact it appears the Information Day being held at Burntwood Court Hotel with no easy bus links and was also incorrectly advertised to start at 12pm rather than 11am causing difficulties for those without transport. 

HS2 Ltd are a total shambles – they couldn't sell a flat cap on Barnsley Market on a cold Saturday morning let alone build a railway.

As a result of an urgent conversation today with the Minister for Transport, I have been given firm assurances that HS2 has agreed to hold two further events in Crofton in the future. I will be sure to update residents with developments when I receive them. 

In the meanwhile the full details for the new venue are listed below and there is information regarding a free shuttle bus service which will be available for those without access to transport attached to this post:

Venue: Cedar Court Hotel, Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, WF4 3QZ

Date:                   Monday 20 February 2017

Time:                   12pm – 8pm

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URGENT UPDATE - HS2 INFORMATION DAY 20 FEBRUARY

URGENT UPDATE – RELOCATION OF CROFTON HS2 INFORMATION DAY I have been informed that HS2 have changed the venue for the upcoming Information Day on the 20th of February. It was due...

Many of you have contacted me about the future of the Green Investment Bank. Here's my view:

This government is pursuing yet another disastrous policy, the proposed privatisation of the Green Investment Bank (GIB).

The GIB has proved to be successful in public hands.

It has funded innovative technology to fight climate change and created export opportunities for a decarbonising world. In public hands, the GIB can play an important economic role, helping to drive innovation, green energy and infrastructure in the UK.

The Government should think again and stop its proposed sale.

The Australian bank Macquarie, which is believed to be the preferred bidder for the GIB, reportedly has a track record of breaking up companies and selling their profitable assets. The Government has also confirmed that 11 new companies have been set up within the GIB to enable the introduction of private finance into a number of GIB assets.

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee is worried that this restructuring would enable a new owner of the GIB to break up the company and sell off its most profitable assets.

I believe the Government should have a rethink that and ensure that the green purpose of the GIB is protected.

The Privatisation of the Green Investment Bank

Many of you have contacted me about the future of the Green Investment Bank. Here's my view: This government is pursuing yet another disastrous policy, the proposed privatisation of the...


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