Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, commenting on the appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as the UK’s new Permanent Representative to the EU, said:

“I welcome the appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as the UK’s new Permanent Representative to the EU. It is of course vital that there should be no vacuum in such an important role and that the new Permanent Representative should be someone with a strong and distinguished record of service as a diplomat.

“But a number of fundamental questions remain unanswered. In particular, Sir Ivan Rogers’ confirmation that the Government lack a plan for Brexit (“We do not yet know what the government will set as negotiating objectives for the UK’s relationship with the EU after exit”), and his statement that the UK does not have a proper and effective negotiating team in place (“the structure of the UK’s negotiating team and the allocation of roles and responsibilities to support that team needs rapid resolution”).

“These are the most important negotiations we have faced for generations and it is unacceptable to have this level of preparation and accountability just 10 or 11 weeks before Article 50 is triggered.

“That is why Labour have called for David Davis to make a statement to parliament on Monday on the state of the Government’s preparations for Brexit.”

Keir Starmer comments on appointment of Sir Tim Barrow

Keir Starmer MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, commenting on the appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as the UK’s new Permanent Representative to the EU, said:...

Writing for The Guardian Keir Starmer argues that Labour's future lies not only in fighting hard Brexit; but also in radical and bold answers to root causes of Brexit. 

Read the full article here. 

Keir Starmer: Labour can tackle the challenges of Brexit in a way Theresa May cannot

Writing for The Guardian Keir Starmer argues that Labour's future lies not only in fighting hard Brexit; but also in radical and bold answers to root causes of Brexit.  Read the full article...

On 15th December 2016 the House of Lord's Select Committee on High Speed Rail published their report.

Keir Starmer's statement below:

Statement on the Lord's Report about HS2

On 15th December 2016 the House of Lord's Select Committee on High Speed Rail published their report. Keir Starmer's statement below: Read more

On 13th December Keir Starmer delivered a major speech at Bloomberg about Brexit.

You can read the full speech here.

Keir Starmer's speech at Bloomberg

On 13th December Keir Starmer delivered a major speech at Bloomberg about Brexit. You can read the full speech here.

In a parliamentary debate about the Government's Brexit plans, Keir Starmer outlined five points for the Government's Brexit plans.

The shadow Brexit secretary says Labour's second requirement is for there to be enough detail in the plan for Parliament to undertake its duty of scrutiny.

The third requirement is for there to be enough detail to allow the OBR to do its job properly and check the government's cost plans; calling this a very important check and balance in the system. 

The fourth requirement is that the plan must have enough detail to allow the relevant devolved authorities to see if their specific concerns are being addressed; saying that "Brexit means Brexit" does not "come close" to addressing these concerns.

The final requirement is for there to be enough detail to build a "genuine consensus" on the plan - saying that the future of this country is bound up with these negotiations.

He says it is "wrong in principle" for the government to act solely in the interests of the 52% (who voted for Leave) or for a group within it. 

The referendum was not a vote to write those who voted to Remain out of their own history, he says; and calls on ministers to act in the national interest - "for the 100%

See full BBC coverage of the debate here.

Keir Starmer lays out five points for Government's Brexit plans

In a parliamentary debate about the Government's Brexit plans, Keir Starmer outlined five points for the Government's Brexit plans. The shadow Brexit secretary says Labour's second requirement is for there...

The Government has accepted a Labour motion that calls for the Government to publish a plan for Brexit before Article 50 is invoked.

Facing a likely rebellion on their own backbenches, the Government has made a significant 11th hour concession. The motion will be debated tomorrow in the House of Commons.

Labour have consistently emphasised they will not delay or frustrate the process of triggering Article 50, but that the Government need to publish a plan for Brexit before Article 50 is invoked. 

Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and who is leading the debate for Labour tomorrow said:

“This is a welcome and hugely significant climb down from the Government.

“For the last two months Labour have been pushing the Government to put their plan for Brexit before Parliament and the public. Without that plan, we have had unnecessary uncertainty, speculation and a running commentary on the Government’s likely approach.

“The Government have now agreed to publish that plan, and to do so before Article 50 is invoked.

“Labour will hold the Government to account on this. We will also push for a plan to be published no later than January 2017 so that the House of Commons, the devolved administrations, the Brexit Select Committee and the British people have a chance to scrutinise it.”

Government concede Labour’s calls to publish a Brexit plan

The Government has accepted a Labour motion that calls for the Government to publish a plan for Brexit before Article 50 is invoked. Facing a likely rebellion on their own...

It was a terrible mistake for chancellor, Philip Hammond, not to find additional funding for social care in the Autumn Statement. 

Speaking for 51 minutes, he said not a word about social care, despite the intense pressure that it is under.

Is it any surprise that even a former Conservative health secretary like Stephen Dorrell is leading a revolt against the government? He told the BBC: “There is no good going into this winter saying it is all going to be all right when we already have lengthening queues in A&E departments, we already have problems with hospitals unable to discharge people because of inadequate provision of social care.”

This is the critical issue. 

The cuts in funding for social care are now having a devastating knock-on effect on our health care. 

From hospitals to doctor’s surgeries the impact is being felt, even before the winter rise casework begins. 

Councils have had their funding eroded from them ever since the Conservative government took power in May 2010. Camden’s like-for-like funding from government has been cut by a 34 per cent, making it increasingly difficult to care for our elderly population.

The needs in our community are high. There are 3,200 people over 75 in Camden and a quarter of them rely on services from the council. And even among younger people there are needs that are crying out to be met. We have the third highest incidence of serious mental illness in the country.

Camden has done what it can. 

Efficiencies have been made. 

Budgets have been scrutinised and scrutinised again. 

The council has used its powers to raise additional money to invest in improving services. But this brings in just £1.89million. 

The answer is clear: the government has to provide the funds needed to provide our communities with the health and social services they deserve. 

This applies in Camden just as it does across the whole of the country. These are needs that cannot be postponed.


Keir Starmer QC MP

 

This was published as a letter in the Camden New Journal

Response to the Autumn Statement: Government has to provide funds fo health and social services

It was a terrible mistake for chancellor, Philip Hammond, not to find additional funding for social care in the Autumn Statement.  Speaking for 51 minutes, he said not a word...

This week, on LabourList Keir Starmer warned how the Governments planned Great Repeal Bill could become the device by which Tory backbenchers could make sweeping, deeply regressive changes to workplace laws and protections.

Keir said that David Davis' statements guarantee nothing of substance and Labour need a strong and united voice on the substance of guaranteeing basic rights.

Read Keir's full post for LabourList here.

Keir Starmer: Don’t be fooled by the Great Repeal Bill, the Tories’ insatiable contempt for workers’ rights is all too clear

This week, on LabourList Keir Starmer warned how the Governments planned Great Repeal Bill could become the device by which Tory backbenchers could make sweeping, deeply regressive changes to workplace laws...

 

Keir Starmer, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, confirmed that Labour will press for a Commons vote on Government plans for exiting the EU before Article 50 is invoked.

In addition, Keir asked David Davis to outline the Government’s intended timetable for publishing its basic plans for Brexit, and sought confirmation that the Government will assess the economic impact of its plans for exiting the EU as part of the process between now and March 2017 when the Prime Minister intends to invoke Article 50.

Read Keir Starmer's full letter to David Davis here:

http://labourlist.org/2016/10/keir-starmer-labour-will-demand-a-commons-vote-on-brexit/

 

Keir Starmer writes to David Davis about Government Brexit Plans

  Keir Starmer, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, confirmed that Labour will press for a Commons vote on Government plans for exiting the EU before Article...

It was a wonderful dinner for Gospel Oak Branch Labour Party on Wednesday 7th September. Lots of talk and laughter, all in the aid of a good cause: our Labour party. Very well done to the branch Chair Susie Gilbert and the branch Chair Dan Cousins for an intimate and fun occasion. Over £400 raised and a four course meal!

See more pictures from the evening below.

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Success at Gospel Oak fundraiser!

It was a wonderful dinner for Gospel Oak Branch Labour Party on Wednesday 7th September. Lots of talk and laughter, all in the aid of a good cause: our Labour... Read more

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