John Spellar

Labour MP for Warley

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This website was established when Rt Hon John Spellar was the Member of Parliament for Warley. As Parliament has now been dissolved there are no MPs until after the General Election on 8 June 2017. John Spellar is standing as the Labour Candidate in Warley.

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This website was established when Rt Hon John Spellar was the Member of Parliament for Warley. As Parliament has now been dissolved there are no MPs until after the General Election...

This morning, Black Country MP John Spellar urged the Environment Minister not to demonise diesel drivers and called on the Government to develop a proper national scheme on pollution.

Speaking in Parliament today, Mr Spellar said:Can I echo the call for a national framework rather than ad hoc local solutions and in drawing that up, can I urge the Minister to look at all causes of air pollution, to properly cost alternatives, especially the cost to drivers and the taxpayer and urge the government to stop demonising diesel drivers.”

Mr Spellar was also in action yesterday in a Westminster Hall debate where he lamented the Transport Minister over the Government’s lack of strategy on pollution:

Birmingham City Council is proposing a purge of diesel taxis. Taxi driving is entry-level employment for many in this country in all communities. Are we telling them we will take them off the road and put them on the dole? That is certainly not an attractive proposition for many constituents who are active in the taxi trade.

I have already mentioned the question of where people will charge their cars. Even if we have fast chargers, how many can we put through the average service station on the motorway compared with how many can fill up there? How many can we have at any other service station? What about city centre areas? I accept there is probably a lower percentage of car ownership in some of those areas, but there are still a hell of a lot of cars. How will we have a charging system on the congested urban streetscape of Britain? And what will we do in isolated and rural areas?

Mr Chope, I am aware that we want to hear from the Front-Bench spokespeople, and, as you rightly drew to my attention, one other speaker wishes to participate, so I shall end now. This is a big debate. I do not think we should move forward with disconnected local schemes or without a well-thought-out, well-costed Treasury-backed scheme. We should not rush into this. The matters are serious. They are about international competitiveness, people’s financial welfare, and, as people have rightly said, about people’s health and welfare. This is a big issue. We should not go ahead on prime ministerial whim or just on what local government decides. We need a proper national debate and proper national answers.

Spellar tells Minister to stop demonising diesel drivers

This morning, Black Country MP John Spellar urged the Environment Minister not to demonise diesel drivers and called on the Government to develop a proper national scheme on pollution. Speaking...

In a submission to the Department for Transport’s consultation on Airport Capacity, Black Country MP and former Transport Minister John Spellar urged the Government to go ahead with the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

He pointed out that as Transport Minister he had considerable input into drawing up the White Paper which recommended expanding Heathrow Airport – as far back as 2003.

In a sharp criticism of the Conservative Government’s delays and dithering on airport capacity, Mr Spellar said it was “welcome to see the Conservative Party at long last come round to an idea proposed by the Labour Government well over a decade ago, finally putting the national interest ahead of petty political games.”

His submission pointed out the support for expanding Heathrow of both the business community and trade unions, as well as the benefits expanding Heathrow will bring to the West Midlands, which he said “is forecast to receive an increase of £9.7 billion GDP from Heathrow along with 12,000 new jobs by 2050.”

Mr Spellar concluded by saying: “There has never been a clearer political consensus on such a large industrial decision. In the post-Brexit environment, it is even more essential to ensure that secure, well-paid jobs are available to hard-working British people as well as signalling to the world that Britain is open for business.”

John Spellar MP calls on Government to ‘get on with’ Heathrow Airport expansion

In a submission to the Department for Transport’s consultation on Airport Capacity, Black Country MP and former Transport Minister John Spellar urged the Government to go ahead with the expansion...

Black Country MP John Spellar today called on the Prime Minister to commit to buying British.

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Spellar said: “As we enter the world of Article 50, can the Prime Minister say what she is doing to ensure national and local Government prioritises buying British goods and services? Although I have to say her record as Home Secretary on Police vehicles doesn’t give us much cause for optimism.”

He later added: “If we are to make a success of Brexit, British manufacturing and jobs need to be treated as a top priority. An important first step will be for the Government to prioritise buying British. Workers across the country, and especially in the West Midlands, want to know whether the Government will improve its frankly woeful record of supporting British industry and jobs.”

“It was the most disappointing reply from the Prime Minister, which shows that she does not have a clue about the scale of the issue. I will continue to battle for British industry and British jobs.”

John Spellar MP calls on PM to commit to “buying British”

Black Country MP John Spellar today called on the Prime Minister to commit to buying British. At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Spellar said: “As we enter the world of Article...

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Black Country MP makes Earth Hour pledge for climate change

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The Chancellor’s hike in beer duty went through the Commons last night despite votes from Black Country MPs to block it.

Warley MP John Spellar said: “British beer drinkers pay the highest rate of tax in Europe. Cutting back on that has helped to revive the industry which plays out a part in community life. It’s not only the brewers, but also pubs and clubs which are affected.

Given the Brexit uncertainties, I wasn’t looking for a reduction this time, but a freeze would have been the right thing to do. Unfortunately the Chancellor of the Exchequer ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ as he is known to his Tory colleagues has set this progress back.”

John Spellar MP criticises Chancellor over beer duty rise

The Chancellor’s hike in beer duty went through the Commons last night despite votes from Black Country MPs to block it. Warley MP John Spellar said: “British beer drinkers pay...

Sandwell MP John Spellar is supporting the launch of a new campaign by Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) aiming to break down the barriers that people with a hearing loss face when trying to find employment.

 

The charity has launched their new employment report, Working for change, improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace, which urges businesses and Government to work closer together to help people with a hearing loss to find and stay in work. Currently there are 11 million people in the UK having hearing loss with almost five million who are of working age, the number, which set to rise considerably in the near future.

John Spellar MP said: ‘It’s been great to support Action on Hearing Loss’ campaign to help people who are deaf or have hearing loss to have equality in finding work and I would urge all businesses and organisations in Sandwell to use the charity’s myth-busting report which will really assist in guiding and sign-posting them to the support that is available to help them in employing people with disabilities.’

Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss Chief Executive, said: ‘We are delighted that John Spellar MP is backing the launch of our Working for Change report which will help businesses to support people with hearing loss to maximise their valuable skills as it makes no sense that people have to retire or give up work due to their hearing loss owing to an unsupportive working environment. This is costly to employers as they lose highly-skilled staff and will need to spend to recruit again.’

 
The reports Working for change, improving attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace and Working for change, and increasing confidence in employing people with hearing loss are available to download via https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/supporting-you/policy-research-and-influencing/research/working-for-change.aspx

John Spellar MP supports launch of employment report to help people with hearing loss into

Sandwell MP John Spellar is supporting the launch of a new campaign by Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) aiming to break down the barriers that people with a hearing...

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Black Country MP meets Irish Prime Minister as part of cross-party delegation of MPs

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John Spellar MP shows support at Westminster for disease killing at least 44,000 people a year

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John Spellar MP joins Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to demand tougher punishments for animal abusers

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