John Spellar

Labour MP for Warley

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In the House of Commons today former Defence Minister and Black Country MP John Spellar blasted the Government’s recent defence statement.

He argued it marked a loss for the armed forces, the defence industry and Britain’s security and a victory for bean counters in the Treasury.

In his comments, Mr Spellar took aim at the Chancellor Phillip Hammond saying that “while the voice was the voice of [Defence Secretary Gavin] Williamson, the hands were very clearly the hands of Hammond.”

He added: “why won’t he [Williamson] just confirm that the winners are in fact the Treasury and their view that there are no votes in defence. In spite of his warm words, won't the real losers be our superb troops, our excellent defence industry and the defence and security of our nation.”

John Spellar MP blasts Government defence statement

In the House of Commons today former Defence Minister and Black Country MP John Spellar blasted the Government’s recent defence statement. He argued it marked a loss for the armed...

Black Country MP John Spellar warned that failure to restart work on Midland Metropolitan Hospital could result in spiralling cost to the taxpayer as well as delaying the completion of a much needed local hospital.

Speaking to the industry journal Construction News, Mr Spellar said:

“My concern is if they leave it too long, the subcontractors and particularly the workforce will start to head off on other jobs, they can’t just wait around week on week.

“This is all going to end up costing a tonne of money, you cannot leave this as a towering monument of failure.”

Black Country MP warns against delays to restarting work on Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Black Country MP John Spellar warned that failure to restart work on Midland Metropolitan Hospital could result in spiralling cost to the taxpayer as well as delaying the completion of...

Today, Black Country MP John Spellar called on the Government to secure the completion of Midland Metropolitan Hospital and to ensure the project would not be affected by the liquidation of Carillion.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Spellar said:

“The new Midland Metropolitan Hospital now towers over the terraced housing in the Smethwick part of my constituency. Despite a delay due to a design failure, work is now proceeding apace and is 2/3 completed.

So, what is the Government going to be doing about ensuring the flow of funding and work, so that the contract can be completed and we can look forward to the opening of this new - much needed - hospital?”

John Spellar MP calls on Government to ensure no delays to Midland Metropolitan Hospital construction

Today, Black Country MP John Spellar called on the Government to secure the completion of Midland Metropolitan Hospital and to ensure the project would not be affected by the liquidation...


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