Karl explains why he voted against the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Karl voted against the EU Withdrawal Bill last night and speaking before the vote said, “I voted to trigger Article 50 but the ‘Withdrawal Bill’ is a blatant attempt to take law making away from Parliament. People in East Hull didn’t vote on 23rd June for Parliament to have less power they voted to make Parliament more sovereign. To take law making away from the EU and allow MPs in Parliament make the laws. This Bill allows a few out of touch incompetent Tory Ministers propped up by the DUP to make laws at the stroke of their pen without so much as referring it to Parliament for debate. At the same time the Government have tried to rig the make up of Parliamentary Committees to give them an overall majority in an attempt to side step the result of the General Election. This Bill would make Henry VIII blush. I can’t  vote for that.

The Government needs to make significant changes to shameless unprecedented power grabbing Bill, to give respect to the electorate and allow MPs elected to Parliament do the job of scrutinising legislation”.

The bill passed  and now moves onto the next stage of the parliamentary process where Labour will seek to amend and remove the worst aspects of the bill.

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Karl Turner supports Unite Cabin Crew Workers in their struggle with British Airways

Karl Turner joined striking cabin crew from British Airways’ mixed fleet outside parliament yesterday to show solidarity with the workers who are involved in a long running dispute over pay and the sanctioning of striking cabin crew.

Workers have been in dispute with British Airways over pay and raised the issue of ‘wet leasing’, a practice of undermining striking workers with temporary crew and fleet from other airlines.

Speaking after the event, Karl Turner, Shadow Minister for Aviation said “I am proud to give my support to striking British Airways workers in their struggle for fair pay and conditions.

“This is a long running dispute and I am shocked that British Airways have chosen to undermine striking workers through wet leasing and taking on temporary crew.

“Unite the Union have done some great work in support of these striking cabin crew and it is about time that British Airways recognised their hard work”.

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Karl Turner with Labour MPs who are supporting BA workers

Jeremy Corbyn welcomes Karl Turner MP to Labour’s Shadow Transport Team

Karl Turner MP has joined Labour’s Shadow Transport Team as Shadow Minister for Shipping, Aviation and Road Safety.

Karl got straight into the action yesterday responding for the frontbench for the Air Travel Organiser’s Licensing Bill in Parliament. You can see Karl’s response here.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, said: “I am pleased to welcome Karl Turner to the Shadow Transport team. With his strong family connections to the shipping industry, and as MP for a key maritime constituency, I know he will be a strong addition to the team.”

Karl Turner, Labour’s new Shadow Transport Minister, said: “I am delighted to join the Shadow Transport team led by Andy McDonald. Coming from a city that is crying out for better transport investment and with a strong shipping heritage I know all too well the challenges that our country faces when it comes to transport. I look forward to getting stuck in and taking on the Tories”

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Karl Turner attends unveiling of Mick Ronson tribute in East Park

Karl Turner today attended the unveiling of a sculpture and garden of reflection in Hull’s East Park to commemorate the life of legendary rock icon, Mick Ronson. The 8ft sculpture was unveiled in East Park by Mick’s sister Maggie and was designed by Hull College student Janis Skodins.

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General Election called for June 8th

A General Election has been called for June 8th.

I am not currently an MP, as Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election.

During this period I am unable to take on casework unless it is pressing and urgent.

During the General Election I can be contacted by email at KarlTurner4EastHull@Gmail.com or by phone on 01482 781019.

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Note to East Hull residents

Dear resident,

You will have heard the news that there is to be an early General Election on 8th June.

I will be voting tomorrow for an early election in order to take on the Tories and put forward a positive socialist programme for government.

Labour has been on an election footing since Theresa May first entered Downing Street and with a mass membership of over half a million people we will be able to mobilise our supporters to take the message out on the doorstep.

Being East Hull born and bred I have seen what has happened to our constituency under vicious right wing Tory Governments. East Hull needs a Labour Government and I will be fighting hard to make that happen.

I look forward to working with colleagues in the coming weeks to campaign hard in East Hull, to take on the Tories and to return a Labour Government.

Karl Turner MP

A note of thanks to Alan Johnson

My close friend and colleague Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP has announced that he will not stand for re-election in the upcoming June election.

Alan was the first person to contact me when I was selected as the candidate in East Hull in 2008. We have worked closely on a number of issues, most importantly on bringing Siemens to Hull as well as backing the City of Culture bid.

Alan has been a constant source of support in my time in Parliament, providing me with valuable insight and experience.

Next month will see Alan mark 20 years since that momentous day that Labour won a landslide in 1997 when Alan entered the House of Commons. The House of Commons has benefitted greatly from Alan’s thoughtful approach to politics and his dogged determination to do right by the people of West Hull and Hessle.

Alan has had a long and distinguished career in Parliament and has achieved more than most. The Labour Party in government was the better for Alan’s expertise, with Alan reaching the dizzying heights of Home Secretary from humble beginnings as a postman.

Hull owes Alan a debt of gratitude and I for one will be grateful for the service that he has given the city over the past 20 years.

Karl Turner pledges to help charity raise awareness of screening in East Hull during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April

Karl Turner, MP for Hull East is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign to urge more people to take part in bowel cancer screening and save lives, as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.

More than 44 people die from bowel cancer every day in the UK, it’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer.  However, it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Bowel cancer screening can save lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the chance to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat.

Karl Turner MP said, “As the local MP, I am totally committed to improving uptake rates for bowel cancer screening, both locally and nationally. I would urge my constituents who are sent a bowel screening test to use it.  Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early.  If you are over 60, take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the people over 60 in your life to take the test. Early diagnosis really can save lives.”

Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said, “I’d like to thank Karl Turner for supporting our campaign during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to raise participation levels for bowel cancer screening. One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime but it is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.”

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme can detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms when it is easier to treat. If you’re registered with a GP and aged 60-74, you will receive a test in the post every two years. You carry out the simple test at home in private and it comes with step by step instructions. The test looks for hidden blood in your poo, which could be an early sign of bowel cancer.

Visit Bowel Cancer UK’s website to find out how you can get involved in their campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: bowelcanceruk.org.uk.

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Karl Turner’s Response to the Budget

Yesterday the Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered his first budget. This is a budget that does not address the problems created by seven years of Tory failure. There was nothing to deal with the living standards crisis, it won’t solve the state of emergency in our NHS and social care system, and it doesn’t do enough to build a fair economy for all.

While doing nothing to fix the crisis in the NHS, Philip Hammond has used his first Budget to continue tax giveaways for those at the top, while hitting self-employed workers on low and middle earners for £2 billion.

After years of cuts disproportionately affecting women, this Budget did nothing to address that inequality. This is a budget built on unfairness and the people of East Hull will be left cold by spreadsheet Phil’s continuation of Tory austerity.

In the 2015 manifesto, the Tories promised “no increases in National Insurance contributions”. Yesterday Phillip Hammond broke that promise with an unprecedented attack on the self-employed. These people who are the backbone of our economy will now be clobbered with a bill of an extra £350 per year for those who are on average earnings.

The Tories have tried to spin this change as a matter of fairness but their words will ring hollow to hard pressed workers who have seen their standard of living fall as pressures on wages start to bite.

The budget also showed the Government’s ideological approach to education with over £1bn given to new ‘free schools’ whilst the rest of the schools in the country get just £260m between them. Many of these new free schools will be selective, therefore introducing the first new grammars in around 30 years. This will do nothing for the educational attainment of children in East Hull whose resources are already stretched and who are receiving no new money.

On top of all this the Local Government budget is set to decrease nationally by over 20% from £8.2bn to £5.5bn by 2019. This will pile even more misery on Hull City Council which has already had its budget slashed by around £130m since 2010.

This government has failed the people of East Hull. Real pay is still lower than before the financial crash and the so called ‘National Living Wage’ has been downgraded before it has even had the chance to be implemented. Labour has called for a ‘real living wage’ of £10 per hour that would mean a decent pay rise for millions.

The Government injection of cash for social care will not touch the sides of what is needed. The Tories, in coalition with the Lib Dems cut funding for social care by £4.6bn in the last parliament and there is expected to be a shortfall of £13bn by 2020. This sticking plaster approach from the Tories ignores the consequences of failing to act and surely puts those in need of care at great risk.

Hammond’s first budget is built on unfairness and failure. It is working people- with a squeeze to their living standards and the undermining of the public services they rely on-that suffer because of the Tories’ economic failure. Sluggish growth, soaring debt and stagnating pay: that’s the true legacy of seven years of Tory failure.

Labour pledges to save local businesses in East Hull

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Karl Turner is concerned about the effect of business rate revaluation on businesses in Hull

It is a great tragedy that businesses who have formed part of East Hull’s trade for many years could be forced to relocate due to rising rates and Tory mismanagement. In particular, the business rates revaluation due to come into effect on 1 April has left many small businesses in East Hull at risk of going under.

Here in East Hull, we know that our businesses play a vital role in our dynamic and vibrant local landscape – not least in providing employment and opportunities. And yet, at the moment, many are just about surviving.

It is clear that businesses  have been let down by this Conservative Government. From delaying the revaluation to their failure to put adequate transitional arrangements in place, the Government have mishandled this whole process, and should provide immediate emergency relief to stop thousands of businesses going under.

Labour is therefore calling for a complete overhaul of business taxation to create the conditions for enterprises of all sizes to prosper.

Our five point plan on business rates will help local businesses survive the Tories’ devastating revaluation of business rates – including setting up an emergency transitional relief fund for businesses facing “cliff edge” increases in their rates; revising the appeals process to ensure businesses get a fair hearing; bringing forward CPI indexation so that businesses aren’t paying more because of inflation; excluding new investment in plant and machinery from future business rates valuation; introducing more regular valuations to stop businesses facing periodic, unmanageable hikes; and implementing a fundamental reform of the business rates system to better reflect the structure of the retail sector in the age of online shopping (reviewing the inclusion of the NHS and schools).

Additionally, my colleagues, the Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, will be holding an emergency roundtable discussion with leading business organisations, including the Federation of Small Business, the British Retail Consortium, and the British Chamber of Commerce.

East Hull businesses are fed up of the business rates rollercoaster – they need stability and fairness to be at the heart of the Government’s business rates agenda.

That’s why Labour are working closely with business to radically reform our business taxation system so it is fit for the 21st Century” and serves best the interests of East Hull.