John Spellar

Labour MP for Warley

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Black Country MP John Spellar called on the Government to press ahead with expanding Heathrow Airport, saying that there had “never been a clearer political consensus on such a large industrial issue.”

He noted that, “expanding Heathrow enjoys the support of both the business community and trade unions” and that “over 30 Chambers of Commerce have expressed their support for the expansion of Heathrow, including Birmingham and the Black Country.”

In a submission to a consultation following the publication of the second draft of the National Policy Statement on a new runway at Heathrow, Mr Spellar blasted the Governments dithering and delaying regarding the decision, pointing out that, as transport minister he played a considerable role in drawing up the White Paper which recommended expanding Heathrow Airport - in 2003.

He further added that: “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 “finally” get on with Heathrow expansion

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A recent report by Westminster’s Justice Select Committee called for rules governing the disclosure of childhood criminal records to be relaxed.

According to the report, violent offences committed under the age of 18 should not always be automatically flagged up in checks, because this prevents youngsters from moving on from their past and “creates barriers to rehabilitation”.

The report was welcomed by John Spellar MP who said:

“I have been campaigning for a very long time against the automatic production of criminal records.  Very often this means that offences and stupidities committed when people are young and foolish blights their lives.  Not only is this particularly unfair on them it’s enormously economically inefficient for the country.”

“I hope that the report is taken seriously by ministers, so that we can properly protect people against those who could commit harm, but enable thousands of others to properly provide for themselves and their families. Stupid actions committed by people when young should not blight the rest of their lives”.

John Spellar MP welcomes Justice Committee report on childhood criminal records

A recent report by Westminster’s Justice Select Committee called for rules governing the disclosure of childhood criminal records to be relaxed. According to the report, violent offences committed under the...

New research from British Gas has highlighted that having no heating or hot water would be the number one disaster for households this winter. Even so, many people in Warley have not taken action to ensure their homes are winter-ready.

Despite the autumn chill, a national survey* shows that more than a third of households (36%) have not checked that their central heating is working and four in ten have not prepared their home for winter by getting their boiler serviced. Having an annual boiler service carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer is crucial as it detects problems with the boiler and controls, including whether it is leaking poisonous carbon monoxide.

Keeping homes safe is an important part of winter preparation, yet only a third of people (33%) have checked that their carbon monoxide alarm is working. Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’, because the gas has no odour or taste, and is invisible. Fitting an audible alarm is the second line of defence against carbon monoxide poisoning.

Being energy efficient is particularly important during the winter months, and technology can help with this. Whilst nearly half of households (47%) acknowledge that technology could help their home to run more smoothly during winter, just over a third (36%) have smart meters.

Having smart meters installed can help keep household energy in check, as they automatically send readings to the energy supplier.  Smart meters also come with a display that shows you how much energy is being used, in pounds and pence, in near real-time, and identify where savings can be made.

John Spellar MP said: “It’s really important to keep a step ahead of winter. I want everyone in Warley to understand what help is available for them, and for their family and friends. Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is really important, so I’d encourage people to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.”

British Gas engineer Andy Robertson, who fixes and repairs boilers, said: “Winter can be a challenging time for households, but there are some practical steps that you can take, with our help, to make sure that you are prepared:

Get the best deal

We have been working hard to ensure buying energy is simple, transparent and fair for customers – for every customer on a standard variable tariff they will get an Annual Energy Health Check to make sure they’re on the right tariff.  This will highlight other ways we can help our customers save money like replacing old and inefficient boilers or insulating their homes for free.

Get smart meters

Your energy supplier will be able to install smart meters, which mean an end to estimated bills. A smart energy monitor shows how much energy you are using, and what you are spending. British Gas customers are provided with online tools to help them manage their energy usage. Find out more by visiting www.britishgas.co.uk/smartmeters  

The British Gas Energy Trust

This independent trust gives face-to-face advice, financial support and grants to help clear energy and household debts. The average grant is around £600 and you don’t have to be a British Gas customer.  Find out more by visiting: www.britishgasenergytrust.org.uk

Bleed your radiators: to make sure they are working properly. If your radiators have cold spots at the top, this means you have air in the system, so you will need to bleed them to get them working efficiently.

  1. To do this, turn the system off and when cool turn the radiator key until the air stops and water runs consistently. Once you have turned the system back on, the problem should be solved.
  2. Cold spots in the bottom or centre of the radiator may be an indication of sludge build up and the need for system flushing.
  3. Bleeding your radiator may result in pressure dropping. If you have a pressure gauge, make sure the boiler is at the right pressure and top up as necessary.

Block the breeze: Make sure all of your windows and doors seal properly to stop warm air escaping. For those that don’t, fitting draught excluders, which you can buy from most DIY stores, is a quick and cheap way to cut down on your energy bills.                                                

Stay safe: It’s vital to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted and that you test it regularly.

Love your boiler: Check to make sure that your boiler is working properly before winter sets in. The older your boiler, the more inefficient it will be. If you have a pressure gauge, make sure the boiler is at the right pressure and top up as necessary.

Insulate your pipes: Burst pipes are a huge issue during winter months. To help prevent burst pipes, ensure all pipes are properly insulated by using lagging, which can be bought cheaply from most DIY shops.

Maintain your drains: If you're trying to keep your drains outside well maintained, it's a good idea to make sure they are clear of debris at the point at which they enter the ground. This involves checking your gullies for autumnal leaves and twigs in order to ensure that they don't restrict water flow at any point.

Control your heating remotely with Hive Active Heating:  Using Hive Active Heating means you can control your heating and hot water remotely from your smartphone with the Hive app, so you can ensure your home is warm when you need it to be. Find out more: www.britishgas.co.uk/hive

Peace of mind: British Gas has a range of HomeCare products to help keep your home a step ahead of winter with protection for your boiler, heating, electrics and plumbing. With HomeCare you can have your boiler serviced every year for less than 40p a day. Find out more: www.britishgas.co.uk/homecare

Warley MP John Spellar urges households to ‘Keep a Step Ahead of Winter’

New research from British Gas has highlighted that having no heating or hot water would be the number one disaster for households this winter. Even so, many people in Warley...

Black Country MP John Spellar gave a cautious welcome to Government plans to build some of the trains for the new West Midlands rail franchise in Bombardier’s Derby factory.

81 out of 107 new trains are set to be manufactured in Derby while the other trains will be made by Spanish company Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF).

John Spellar said: “Unlike previous rail contracts, it is finally welcome to see some of a manufacturing contract awarded to a UK-based firm, supporting British workers.”

“We should not have to celebrate the fact Government awards a contract to British-based workers – this should be standard operating procedure for all Government departments.”

“The Whitehall elite still don’t understand that one of the main reasons people voted for Brexit is the way the bureaucrats routinely refuse to back British jobs.”

“No other country in Europe behaves like this – and I hope that the Government will continue to listen to myself and other Labour colleagues and back British jobs.”

John Spellar MP – Government must do more to buy British

Black Country MP John Spellar gave a cautious welcome to Government plans to build some of the trains for the new West Midlands rail franchise in Bombardier’s Derby factory. 81...

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John Spellar is proudly supporting Organ Donation Week and an appeal for their constituents to talk about organ donation.

Nearly 19,000 people in Warley are on the NHS Organ Donor Register but Hundreds of lifesaving transplants are being missed around the country every year because families don’t know what their relative wanted.

During the week, NHS Blood and Transplant, hospitals, charities and supporters of organ donation are encouraging people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their relatives and friends.

John Spellar said: “I’m proud to support this lifesaving appeal and it’s really easy for everyone to take part – just have a chat.

“That chat might be the next time you sit down for a meal, when you are shopping or working, or when you are just driving in the car. If you want to be a donor, your family’s agreement is still needed for donation to go ahead, even if you are on the NHS Organ Donor Register.”

Families who agree to donate say it helps with their grief and that they feel enormous sense of pride at knowing their relative gave others the chance of a new beginning.

Fiona Loud, Policy Director of Kidney Care UK, commented: “At least one person dies every single day whilst waiting for a kidney transplant and of the 13 people on the waiting list in Warley, around 90% of them are waiting for a kidney. You are more likely to need a transplant than to be a donor so please, this Organ Donation Week, just take a few minutes to have a think about what you would do if you needed a transplant, and have that life-saving chat with your family so they know your wishes.”

Anthony Clarkson, Assistant Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We are really grateful for John Spellar’s support because hundreds of lives are being lost every year.

“This Organ Donation Week, tell your family you want to save lives.  A few words now can make an extraordinary difference.

“If you are unsure about donation, please ask yourselves as a family; what would you do if one of you needed a transplant?  Would you accept a life-saving organ? If you’d take an organ, shouldn’t you be prepared to donate?”

There is a particular need for more black and Asian people to talk about donation. Patients from ethnic minority communities make up 29% of the national transplant waiting list but people from these communities are less likely to agree to donate. Organs from people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a close match and give the best chance of a positive outcome.

John Spellar MP supports appeal for families in Warley to have a lifesaving talk during Organ Donation Week

John Spellar is proudly supporting Organ Donation Week and an appeal for their constituents to talk about organ donation. Nearly 19,000 people in Warley are on the NHS Organ Donor...

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