John Spellar

Labour MP for Warley

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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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LOCAL MP HELPS DOG WELFARE CHARITY IN FIGHT AGAINST PUPPY SMUGGLING

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Today Black Country MP John Spellar was one of the key sponsors of a 10-minute Rule Bill by Sir Oliver Heald MP which would see tougher sentences given to people who attack police animals.

Currently, those who attack police animals can be charged under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which makes it a criminal offence to subject an animal to unnecessary suffering. The maximum punishment is six months in prison or a fine of up to £20,000, lower than the maximum penalty of 10 years available under the Criminal Damages Act.

Mr Spellar said: “I am glad that Finn’s Law has passed its first stage. I will be pressing the Government to ensure it rapidly passes through Parliament and becomes law.”

“Police dogs and horses are not merely police property; they are sentient beings who bravely and loyally serve the public. I believe the law should recognise them as such and give them the protection they undeniably deserve.”

John Spellar MP backs Bill to protect police animals

Today Black Country MP John Spellar was one of the key sponsors of a 10-minute Rule Bill by Sir Oliver Heald MP which would see tougher sentences given to people...

Electricity causes half of all fires in England’s homes. And recent tragic events at Grenfell Tower have made everyone much more aware of the risks from electrical products – items we use unthinkingly, every day. That’s why John Spellar MP has joined forces with leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First, to help protect constituents in their home. 

John Spellar MP said: “White goods[i], such as dishwashers, tumble dryers, and fridge freezers, are one of the leading causes of electrical fires in England’s homes. Last year, they caused almost 2,000 fires - the equivalent of over five fires per day.[ii] I attended Electrical Safety First’s recent reception to find out more about how I can help my constituents stay electrically safe at home – especially now, as winter has arrived and older people in particular, are at greater risk of an electrical accident. I would like to encourage people to sign up and support this campaign by visiting www.supportsaferhomes.com.”

Electrical fires in the home are generally caused by misuse of appliances, poor regulation of electrical safety checks - particularly in the private rented sector - faulty appliances and electrical distribution faults. Electrical Safety First believes these issues must be tackled in tandem to make a real impact on the problem. So it is calling on the Government to establish a package of measures to reduce electrical fires by 10% over the next five years.  These include introducing compulsory, five-yearly electrical checks in privately rented homes and boosting the Fire Kill’s campaign to focus more on electrical fires.

In the meantime, the charity has developed a range of resources  to help check the safety of a property. This includes a mobile phone app, which provides a quick visual check of the electrics in a home, plus a link to find a registered electrician in your area.



[i] White good includes domestic fire data for: washing machines, tumble dryers, spin dryers, electric cookers including ovens, dishwashers, fridge/freezers and combined washer/dryers. Only fires caused by faulty appliances and leads and faulty fuel supplies are included.

[ii]1,873 fires is the equivalent of 5.13 fires per day.

 

JOINING FORCES TO PROTECT CONSTITUENTS IN SANDWELL

Electricity causes half of all fires in England’s homes. And recent tragic events at Grenfell Tower have made everyone much more aware of the risks from electrical products – items...

The Department for Transport has said that around £107 Million could be being lost in unpaid tax – in one year – as a result of the abolition of the paper tax disc and that since the scrapping, the amount of untaxed vehicles on Britain’s roads have trebled.

This was despite Government claims at the time that scrapping the tax disc would save around £10 Million.

In 2014, John Spellar MP warned of the problems this could create, saying:  “I feel the Government has underestimated the teething problems and also the danger that tax evasion will increase. I fear that they are being complacent about this”.

In 2016 and earlier this year he had asked questions about the cost benefit of removing paper tax discs.

Commenting on the revelations, Mr Spellar said: “The Government’s short-sightedness in decision making is inexcusable. At the time, I warned the Government that they were underestimating potential problems”

“Those who made the decision to get rid of paper discs, which will cost millions of pounds to the exchequer, should be made to answer for it.” 

Black Country MP slams Government over Millions lost after tax disc abolition

The Department for Transport has said that around £107 Million could be being lost in unpaid tax – in one year – as a result of the abolition of the...

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

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...

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John Spellar MP stands with the RSPCA on commitment to post-Brexit animal welfare

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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...

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