07/10/2019

Kamran Hussain demands government protect Leeds sports fans from Brexit.

Following revelations from the organisers of the Commonwealth Games, Kamran Hussain has written to the Secretary of State for DCMS, Nicky Morgan, to demand answers as to what steps government is taking to protect Leeds Sports Fans from the effects of Brexit.

This follows revelations about the organisers of the Commonwealth Games’ deepest fears about the potentially crippling effects of Brexit on the Games.

Concerns include workforce attrition and cost inflation and also possible increases in crime and disorder that result in reprioritised staff to deliver ‘BAU’ services (e.g. civil disobedience requires more operational policing) resulting in less resource availability for Games activity.

The organisers also have fears over a potential lack of available workforce. They state that they use suppliers that have traditionally relied upon small numbers of EU workforce to supplement their UK-based workforce for the 10 day period of the Games. If they are no longer permitted to employ EU workers without a visa, this could result in a shortage of resources and/or a delay to recruitment to fill these roles or inflate the market price.

Kamran Hussain has written to Nicky Morgan to express concern that similar issues will affect the day-today running of sports venues in Leeds and to demand to now what steps the government is taking to protect fans in Leeds in the face of Brexit.

Commenting on the worrying findings, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Leeds North West Kamran Hussain said

“Leeds has a rich sporting culture, our communities all come together to support the local teams, but the people of Leeds also know better than most the damaging effects of clubs struggling with finances and the impacts that can have on supply chains and supporters.

“We cannot sit by while the government races towards no-deal Brexit and jeopardises the future of our local football, cricket and rugby teams. That is why, while the Tories and Labour continue to facilitate Brexit, I have written to the secretary of State demanding to know what action is being taken to defend our clubs.”

30/09/2019

School Cuts’ data shows funding still an emergency

Responding to the relaunch of the National Education Union’s ‘School Cuts’ website, which reveals that more than 15,000 schools will have less money per pupil in real terms in 2020 than they did in 2015, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Leeds North West Kamran Hussain said:
 

“The Conservatives have spent a lot of hot air trying to persuade people they care about education, these latest figures expose these hollow claims for what they are.

“Schools in Leeds are faced with difficult choices about where to cut spending and the government isn’t doing enough to help.

“A generation of children are having their education undermined.”

Layla Moran Lib Dem Education Spokesperson said:

“The money in the Spending Round won’t reach all schools until next September. Even then, it will probably take until around 2022 for the cuts since 2015 to be reversed. That’s seven years wasted – the length of time a child is at primary school.

“Liberal Democrats demand better for our children’s futures. We need an emergency cash injection this year to reverse school cuts, so that teachers have the resources they need to help their pupils succeed in life.

26/09/2019

Tories starve Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust of £8,154,135

 

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Tories as “heartless” for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing Leeds Teaching Hospitals paid £8,154,135 in interest on outstanding debt over the last five years.

 

Former Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, warned taxpayers money being spent “lining the Government’s coffers instead of training more doctors and nurses” was “an absolute slap in the face to all of us that rely on the NHS”.

 

The figures from the Department for Health and Social Care, uncovered by a Liberal Democrat Freedom of Information request, revealed £607,404,854 worth of interest on outstanding debt was paid by over NHS Trusts to the Department for Health and Social Care in the last five years.

 

According to calculations by the Liberal Democrats, that money could have paid for 22,000 Nurses, 13,850 Clinical Psychologists or 6,700 Consultants.

 

The same statistics also show that the NHS Trusts, which service a local area or specialised function to deliver aspects of healthcare, paid almost £63m of interest on outstanding debt in 2013/2014. In 2017/2018, it dramatically rose to over £205m.

 

The revelation reinforces concerns from the National Audit Office which warns “the underlying financial health in some trusts is getting worse”, despite the Government’s commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to “reducing year-on-year the number of trusts and CCGs individually in deficit, so that all NHS organisations are in balance by 2023/24.”

 

Liberal Democrat spokesperson Kamran Hussain for Leeds North West said:

“While hard working doctors and nurses are being forced to work with insufficient resources, it’s frankly heartless that the Conservatives have starved Leeds Teaching Hospitals of £8,154,135

 

“If the Conservatives were actually giving our hospitals the funding they need then health trusts wouldn’t be forced to run a deficit in the first place and hospitals like the Wharfedale in Otley would benefit greatly.”

 

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron added:

“That taxpayers money is being spent lining the Government’s coffers instead of on training more doctors and nurses is an absolute slap in the face to all of us that rely on the NHS.

 

“People deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats demand better. That is why Liberal Democrats are committed to a transformational investment in public health with a modest penny on income tax.”

26/09/2019

Kamran Hussain: Parliament must return after illegal shut down

 

Responding to the Supreme Court ruling that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds North West Kamran Hussain said:

 

“This verdict has been unanimously agreed by experienced judges who have considered the case on its merits, acting as impartial guardians of our democratic system.

 

“People in Leeds will be rightly disgusted that while they are expected to keep on working hard and showing up every day; Parliament was suspended, and MPs sent on a break based on a lie. Parliament must return after this illegal shutdown.

 

“We are told the Prime Minister will be flying back from New York early to return to parliament. He probably won’t be very happy about this, but he would do well to remember that many people from Leeds and around the country are still stranded on Thomas Cook holidays.

 

“Meanwhile yesterday Labour voted at their conference not to take a position on Brexit at all!”