Transforming the workplace for women PDF Print E-mail

Labour unveils a series of reforms to transform the workplace for women.

14th November is 'equal pay day'

Dawn Butler, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Women and Equalities, unveiled a series of reforms last week to transform the workplace for women.

Chris Peace, Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North East Derbyshire, highlights how important these reforms will be after years of Labour concerns being ignored.

Chris Peace said: "These changes will bring about a transformation in how women in North East Derbyshire are paid and are treated at work. Labour will also extend the time a mother spends with her new baby and extend Statutory Maternity Pay so that all mothers and their newborns can spend those vital early months together.

"14th November is 'equal pay day'. This is the symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap - the day when women are effectively not getting paid for the rest of the year compared to their male counterparts. Labour will boost women's pay, increase flexible working and also strengthen protections against harassment and discrimination. It's time for real change."


Labour will:

* Create a new Workers’ Protection Agency working in partnership with HMRC with powers to fine organisations that fail to report their gender pay;

* Publish action plans to reduce pay gaps or take satisfactory measures to close the pay gap;

* Increase Statutory Maternity Pay from 9 to 12 months, allowing all working mothers or parents to spend a full year with their new born babies before going back to work;

* Give all workers the right to choose working hours that suit them from day one of the job;

* Require large employers to introduce a menopause workplace policy to break the stigma associated with the menopause;

* Tackle sexual harassment in the workplace;

* Enshrine the role of equalities reps in law so they have time and support to protect workers from discrimination;

* Open a Sure Start centre in every community with 1,000 new centres across England as part of a radical expansion of childcare provision;

* Roll out 30 hours of free childcare a week for 2-4 year olds.

Labour will permanently ban Fracking PDF Print E-mail


2nd November 2019

Chris Peace, Labour's candidate for North East Derbyshire, responding to the government's temporary halt to fracking, said: "The Tories' temporary pause of fracking is a result of inspiring campaigners like those in North East Derbyshire who've come together to protect our community and environment.

"Sadly this is not a permanent ban and the Tories are fooling no one in North East Derbyshire. This temporary halt does not reassure me, nor should it reassure any residents in here or in other areas living under the threat of fracking.

"The fact remains the Tories have been perfectly happy to allow fracking within metres of a primary school at Marsh Lane and now they've agreed to pause their plans within days of an election campaign starting.

"It is over eight years since fracking caused earthquakes near Blackpool and the Tories owe the public an apology, and an explanation of how much public money they wasted while ignoring the science.

"The Tories think they can pull the wool over people's eyes but we will not be fooled. We will ban fracking on day one of a Labour government."

School Transport Costs Assistance PDF Print E-mail

Derbyshire County Council Cuts Transport Costs Assistance To Vulnerable Young People

24th October 2019

North East Derbyshire Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate,  Chris Peace has been contacted this month by anxious and concerned parents who, without warning, have been landed with a £400 bill from Conservative Derbyshire County Council for transport costs. Their disabled daughter attends a Special School in Derbyshire in order to enable her to receive the support she and her family desperately need. For vulnerable children with special needs, the ‘local’ school very often isn’t the most appropriate, as their needs are very specialised and they often have to travel a considerable distance to attend an appropriate school.

Nicky Morley, the young person's parent said:  "Now, I feel like I’m being penalised for putting my child’s safety first. Having to pay for transport seems a ludicrous addition to an ever growing expense in caring for a vulnerable, disabled child. The pressure on families from every angle, whether it’s medical, educational, social or financial is immense already, and this is just something that special families shouldn’t have to be negotiating or fighting about"

Chris Peace said: "Local Authority financial help with transport costs to enable our young people to travel is essential. Conservative Derbyshire County Council has the discretion to pay for the transport and instead has chosen to transfer the costs to the families and carers without sufficient warning due to cuts in young people's advice and guidance workers. This is completely unacceptable. Many Councils are being inadequately funded by central government and have already called for more government money to match growing demand."

Councillor Anne Western, Derbyshire County Council Labour Group Leader, said: "There is a crisis across the country facing families of children with SEND, due to government funding falling far short of the growing need for services. Unfortunately Conservative Derbyshire County Council is taking a hard line approach and is spending many thousands of pounds in legal costs battling with families in tribunals rather than working with them to help meet their needs. As Labour county councillors, we are meeting parents, school staff and the children concerned to better understand the challenges they face. But the fundamental solution to this nightmare is for the government to provide more money, not just empty promises."


Labours Manifesto plan is to deliver a strategy for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) based on inclusivity, and embed SEND more substantially into training for teachers and non-teaching staff, so that staff, children and their parents are properly supported. Labour recognises that special  needs services are a lifeline for our young people and that children, particularly in rural areas, have to travel long distances to school and their services adequately funded.

World Food Day 16th Oct 2019 PDF Print E-mail


Initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), World Food Day 16th October 2019 is organised to bring awareness to how our changing planet affects food production and distribution. This week is UK Malnutrition Awareness Week set up to raise awareness and campaign to take action to identify and prevent malnutrition. On 17th October it is also the International Day of the Eradication of Poverty.

There is plenty of statistical and anecdotal evidence proving that poverty and hunger blights many British families lives. This has not been seen as widely in our society since before the Second World War. This national scandal means the growing number of food banks and food parcels being doled out to our citizens ensures their lives are sustained by charity rather than well paid jobs and a welfare state. Over 3 million people across the UK are either malnourished or at risk of becoming malnourished, and an estimated one million of these people are over the age of 65.

Chris Peace, North East Derbyshire Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, said:  "Many people in receipt of pensions and benefits, including those in work on low wages, are having to choose between 'heat or eat'. This is seriously damaging the lives of many children, pensioners and families in North East Derbyshire. As the 5th richest country in the world a Labour Government would build a fairer Britain where everybody is able to get on in life, have security at work and at home, be decently paid for the work they do, and to live their lives free from hunger, with the dignity they deserve"

North Derbyshire Unite Community organiser, Colin Hampton said: "The administration of the Tories damaging Universal Credit system has plunged people into further poverty. Delayed payments are causing hunger and debt, making people more reliant on food banks and welfare rights advice. Our ability to support and advise people is also being sabotaged by recent Tory funding cuts to the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre. Hunger and food poverty is cruelty beyond belief"


The Trussell Trust

According to the Trussell Trust: In 2009/10 the Trussell Trust handed out 41, 000 food parcels. the past year, (April 2018 – March 2019) 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis in the UK; More than half a million of these (577,618) went to children. Over 75,000 were handed out in the East Midlands (covering N.E. Derbyshire). This is an 18.8% increase on the previous year. In the past 5 years foodbank use has increased by 73%.

Malnutrition Awareness Week

World Food Day

International Day of the Eradication of Poverty

Citizens Advice, North East Derbyshire, Foodbanks

Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre

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Go ahead given to fracking exploratory drilling at Marsh Lane

Chris Peace said:

Sad news today - go ahead given for exploratory drilling at Marsh Lane

I know many of you have already seen the news that today the Planning Inspectorate published their report that exploratory drilling will go ahead at Marsh Lane. Despite a strong and determined campaign, which I know many of you have been actively involved with, the report overrules the decision of Derbyshire County Council. Our local Labour Councillors at Parish, District and County level have played a leading role in fighting this application from day one but until we have a government that bans fracking altogether this dirty industry is now a step closer to becoming a clear and present danger to our environment and local communities. You can read the report of the Planning Inspectorate by going to this site -

We know that the Tory MP, Lee Rowley, has also taken an anti-fracking in NED stance, but despite this, his government remains firmly committed to fracking. We need to all do all we can to spread the word that only a Labour government will ban fracking, not just here but everywhere.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, our Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said -


“Today’s Planning inspectorate decision for exploratory fracking at Marsh Lane flies in the face of overwhelming national and local opposition to fracking. Many people remain unconvinced that the risks posed by fracking to our natural environment and the purity of our water can be addressed. There are also grave concerns that the aggressive championing of fracking at the same time as consistently undermining renewable energy projects shows that this Government is not serious about meeting our Paris Agreement commitments. Labour will ban fracking, instead committing to building our renewables sector and sourcing 60% of our energy from clean, green sources by 2030."


August 2018

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