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...

Black Country MP John Spellar yesterday confirmed his support for Channel 4 moving to Birmingham.

During his speech introducing his Planning (Agent of Change) Bill to help save Britain’s music venues, Mr Spellar declared that “Birmingham is the best venue for Channel 4”.

Yesterday, Peaky Blinders writer Steven Knight wrote an impassioned article on why Birmingham should be the new home of Channel 4. 

Mr Spellar commented: “Birmingham is increasingly being recognised as a centre for creative industries with a young, vibrant and diverse population.

“Moving Channel 4 to Birmingham makes a lot of sense and will bring additional high-skilled jobs to the West Midlands.”

“It is right that public broadcasters become less London-centric; and that the Government act decisively to stop the drift of talented youngsters to London from West Midlands conurbations – by creating attractive jobs outside of London.”

John Spellar MP backs Channel 4 move to Birmingham

Black Country MP John Spellar yesterday confirmed his support for Channel 4 moving to Birmingham. During his speech introducing his Planning (Agent of Change) Bill to help save Britain’s music...

Black Country MP John Spellar is urging the Government to back legislation to preserve Britain’s iconic music venues and back the music industry.

On Wednesday in the House of Commons Mr Spellar is bringing forward the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill.

The Bill is designed to protect existing music venues from facing closure or crippling cost arising from development of new residential properties in their vicinity.

Writing in the Huffington Post today, Mr Spellar said:

“Many Parliamentary colleagues have examples of much loved venues in their area that have been closed or are under threat.  That is why there has been such widespread and cross-party support for this Bill.”

“The Bill is not anti-development either, in fact it seeks to stop the loss of character and iconic places in neighbourhoods – a significant part of what made areas in question attractive to developers in the first place.” 

“As Brexit is happening and we face an uncertain future, it’s vitally important that Britain is made more efficient and effective across the board and that we maximise every possible advantage that Britain has.”

“The British music industry is one hell of an advantage for the UK, providing many jobs and enhancing the attractiveness of our country.”

“Not only are domestic music sales rising, but we are second to the United States in international reach and sales.  It’s a huge boost to Britain’s standing around the world and our soft power, let alone it being a crucial part of our tourism offer.”

John Spellar MP urges Government to save music venues

Black Country MP John Spellar is urging the Government to back legislation to preserve Britain’s iconic music venues and back the music industry. On Wednesday in the House of Commons...

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John Spellar MP backs TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign

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John Spellar MP meets Police Dog Finn – backs law to protect police dogs

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  • John Spellar MP for Warley backs leading consumer rights campaign for consumers to have the right to choose, without disadvantage, how they are contacted by banks, utility companies and other service providers.
  • John met the campaign’s chair, Judith Donovan CBE, in the Houses of Parliament (on 29th November) to discuss the campaign and the importance of consumer choice.
  • The Keep Me Posted campaign has introduced the Keep Me Posted “Mark of Distinction.” The Mark has been awarded to over thirty service providers such as HSBC and Natwest who offer consumers the ability to choose paper statements and bills without being charged for the privilege.

 

John Spellar MP praised the Keep Me Posted campaign’s efforts to ensure that service providers who offer consumers the choice of how they receive bills and statements.  

John Spellar MP for Warley, said: “The Keep Me Posted Campaign’s findings demonstrate that consumers manage their financial affairs more effectively when they receive bills in paper format, particularly those who are considered vulnerable such as people living with disabilities or in poverty. I support the consumer’s right to choose.”

Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of the Keep Me Posted campaign, said: “Since the launch of Keep Me Posted four years ago, over 100 organisations have pledged their support in ensuring that consumers retain the right to receive paper statements without penalties.

We really appreciate the support of John which takes us one step closer to making sure that the people of Warley have the right to choose.”

JOHN SPELLAR MP PLEDGES HIS SUPPORT TO CONSUMER CHAMPION CAMPAIGN, KEEP ME POSTED

John Spellar MP for Warley backs leading consumer rights campaign for consumers to have the right to choose, without disadvantage, how they are contacted by banks, utility companies and other...

More than 60 MPs including Warley MP John Spellar joined Cats Protection at its annual Christmas parliamentary reception to celebrate the charity’s work speaking up for cats, held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 5December.

There was the chance for MPs and peers from across all parties to come together to play a fun ‘find the sleeping cat’ game and to personalise a bauble for a cat-themed Christmas tree.

John Spellar MP said: “I was pleased to recognise the work of Cats Protection on behalf of so many of my constituents who have much loved cats as not just pets but part of the family.” 

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity, helping around 190,000 cats every year through a network of over 250 voluntary-run branches and 34 centres.

The charity’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Cats are one of the nation’s favourite pets so it was wonderful to welcome so many politicians to our Christmas Reception.

“Our annual reception is our way of saying thank you to our elected representatives and to the many other animal welfare charities and professional organisations we work with.

“It has been a busy year with our major campaign on kitten sales, our 2022 Agenda for Cats launched ahead of the General Election, and our petition calling for licensing of air guns in England and Wales in line with the new licensing regime in Scotland.

“More than 47,000 supporters joined us in calling for better regulation of commercial kitten sales. We have also received over 75,000 signatures for our air guns petition and are delighted the Government has announced it will be reviewing air gun licensing. Sadly, air guns are frequently used to deliberately inflict harm and suffering on cats.

Politicians feline festive at Cats Protection’s Westminster reception

More than 60 MPs including Warley MP John Spellar joined Cats Protection at its annual Christmas parliamentary reception to celebrate the charity’s work speaking up for cats, held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 5December. There was...

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Sandwell MPs support GMB Union’s #Paypinch campaign

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