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The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones passed away.  Leading Labour Party figures have paid tribute to and offered their condolences to Bob's family.

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Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband MP, said:

 

“It is terribly sad news that Bob Jones has passed away.

 

“He was a dedicated public servant, who cared deeply about his local community.

 

“He served with distinction both as a councillor and – more recently – as West Midland’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

“Bob Jones was respected across the political spectrum for his service and huge contribution to improving policing.

 

“My thoughts today are with Bob’s wife Sarah and his family.

 

“I know he will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues in the Labour Party and by people from across the West Midlands.”

 

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

 

“This is very sad news and comes as a terrible shock to us all. My thoughts are with Bob’s wife Sarah and his family and friends at this tragic and difficult time.


“Bob was a very kind and intelligent man who cared deeply about the communities he represented. He served with great distinction as Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, and before that led the West Midlands Police Authority, always championing neighbourhood policing and victims’ rights. I have benefited from his advice and wisdom over the years and he was rightly awarded a CBE last year.


“He was also dedicated to the Labour Party and had served as a councillor for 33 years, right near where he was born and in the community he served so diligently.


“He will be badly missed in the Labour Party and in the West Midlands as a caring public servant and a friend.”

 

Shadow Policing Minister Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, said:

 

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of West Midlands PCC Bob Jones. Bob was a great champion of all that is best in British policing and a thoroughly decent man. I had the honour to launch his campaign for election to the post of PCC and I worked closely with him as he stood up in tough times for Neighbourhood Policing. Kind, gentle, always courteous, he will be remembered with great affection as a man who made a real difference.” 

Statement on the death of Bob Jones, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones passed away.  Leading Labour Party figures have paid tribute to and offered their condolences to Bob's family.

A potteries MP has accused the Government of having “lost control of the NHS’s finances” after highlighting figures showing nationally the NHS is more than £100 million in the red.

University Hospital of North Staffordshire

Rob Flello, who represents Stoke-on-Trent South for Labour, spoke as reports suggest ministers are using emergency funds to tackle an unprecedented summer crisis in accident and emergency departments and an increasing backlog of operations.

He said: “For the Government to have allowed the NHS to rack up a deficit of £108 million is almost beyond belief and smacks of appallingly bad management.”

The MP spoke as it emerged that the NHS in England faces a funding gap of up to £2 billion – about two per cent of its budget – for the next financial year.

 “This astonishing figure, and deficits at English trusts including six in the West Midlands, including the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UNHS - £25 million), Mid-Staffordshire (£13.56 million) and Burton (£0.79 million), shows ministers have lost control of the NHS’s finances,” said Mr Flello.

The figures, obtained from foundation trust regulator Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and the House of Commons Library, highlight deficits up to the third quarter and at the end of the 10th month of the previous financial year.

Overall, the data illustrates a marked deterioration of NHS finances in the past year, with one in three acute trusts (58) now in deficit compared to one in 10 (16) at the time of the last General Election in 2010, shortly after the global economic crisis hit.

Two thirds of hospitals that have slipped into the red since the poll (27 out of 42) have done so in the last financial year, with the worsening most advanced in four regions, including the West Midlands.

Mr Flello said: “What I find particularly hard to bear is that these financial difficulties, including those at the UHNS, have followed a Government re-organisation of the NHS which was unwanted, unnecessary, cost £3 billion and was against their key pledge.

Government has "lost control of NHS finances”, says Potteries MP

A potteries MP has accused the Government of having “lost control of the NHS’s finances” after highlighting figures showing nationally the NHS is more than £100 million in the red.

Analysis of the latest Council Tax figures for 2014/15 shows that households in Labour-controlled council areas pay less Council Tax on average than households in Tory or Liberal Democrat-controlled council areas.

Hilary Benn

 Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hilary Benn
  • Where Labour controls the local council, households pay on average £334 less per year than those living in Tory areas and £300 less than those in Lib Dem areas.
  • This will come as an embarrassment to David Cameron who claimed that Tory councils run the best-value councils and have the lowest council tax and who promised to freeze council taxes.
  • This year over a quarter, 47 in total, of Tory-controlled councils increased council taxes.


In the West Midlands the following Conservative run councils are increasing Council Tax in 2014/15:

Tamworth, Lichfield, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire and Wychavon.

Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:

"David Cameron once claimed that Tory councils offered best value-for-money but this official data shows that this isn't the case.

"Families with a Labour-run council have lower Council Tax bills than those living under Tory or Lib Dem control.

"At a time when so many households are facing a cost of living crisis under this Tory-led Government, Labour in local government is doing its best to help local residents by keeping Council Tax bills down.

"The truth is that while David Cameron cut the top rate of tax for people earning over £150,000, hardworking families are on average £1,600 worse off under him. This Tory-led Government stands up for the wrong people every time."

Figures Show Tories Charge Most Council Tax

Analysis of the latest Council Tax figures for 2014/15 shows that households in Labour-controlled council areas pay less Council Tax on average than households in Tory or Liberal Democrat-controlled council...

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