Karl Turner MP calls for Osborne to axe PIP changes

Karl Turner MP  with disability rights campaigners

Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation has revealed a Government in disarray over their cruel cuts to support for disabled people. As opposition grows to these cuts, East Hull MP, Karl Turner, is calling on residents to back a petition calling for a halt to the changes.

Karl Turner MP said:

“With 862 people being helped by the Personal Independence payment in East Hull, people here will be deeply worried about the impact of these changes by George Osborne.

“These changes will hit those affected by on average £3,500 per year, at the same time as the Tories are giving helping the wealthiest with a Capital Gains Tax cut. 

“It just isn’t fair and that’s why I want people to sign Labour’s petition to stop these changes.”

Labour’s petition can be signed at: https://donation.labour.org.uk/page/content/pip



Welcome Investment From Government For Hull’s City of Culture Year – but budget 2016 holds misery for many.


Today’s budget from George Osborne saw announcements in investment into Hull for the City of Culture year. The £13m investment will be split between refurbishing Hull’s New Theatre as well as making sure that there are funds to create a legacy for the city.

Alongside this there was also the announcement that there will be £1.23m for a British Mercantile Marine Memorial Collection, a unique collection of international maritime art in Hull.

These investments in the cultural infrastructure in Hull are welcomed and are a massive vote of confidence in the City and its ability to deliver an eventful City of Culture year in 2017.

This investment is a result of the hard work from the City of Culture Company, Hull City Council led by Steve Brady as well as the 3 Hull MPs.

Whilst there was good news culturally in Hull, there was still misery for many as the Chancellor did nothing for people that are struggling to get by and announced no new improvements in infrastructure that the City is crying out for.

London has got a new multi-billion pound investment in Crossrail 2, whilst the people of Hull wait to hear if we will enter the 21st Century and have the Hull to Selby rail line electrified. Osborne has failed to end his years of under-investment in the essentials of a modern economy for the North.

Only a week after the Tories voted for cuts to the Disability Living Allowance, the Chancellor has managed to find money down the back of the sofa for tax cuts to big businesses and higher earners. Osborne’s priorities are clear, take money from the poor and give to the rich.

This budget is the culmination of 6 years of failure. The Chancellor has failed on all his own forecasts, failing on the deficit, failing on debt, failing on investment, failing to tackle inequality and failing the people of East Hull.

This is a Chancellor for tax dodgers not tax payers, a Chancellor for hedge fund managers, not small businesses. Osborne has failed to provide a future for the next generation.

As the dust settles on this budget and the details are pored over, we can be sure that the people of East Hull deserve better than a Chancellor who has left them behind.

Budget Based On Failure

Karl Turner Supporting Junior Doctors

CdNVU4oW0AAJfAtToday, Karl Turner MP joined doctors striking against changes to their contracts, imposed on them by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP.

The doctors were out in force at Hull Royal Infirmary, with plenty of support from well wishers.

After speaking to the doctors, Karl Turner, Labour MP for East Hull said “We shouldn’t be glib about junior doctors going on strike, this is a serious situation.

“I have been in hospital twice in recent times and both times it was a hard working Junior Doctor that treated me.

“Junior doctors have been forced into this action by a Government that does not listen and a Health Secretary who has lost the trust of the profession.

“A number of royal colleges have warned against imposing a contract on junior doctors because of the damage it will do to staff morale and staff retention in the NHS. It beggars belief that the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, thinks that he know better”.

Karl Turner speaks below on why he is supporting junior doctors.

Whilst on strike, the doctors will be providing emergency care. To learn more about why junior doctors are striking please visit http://oneprofession.bma.org.uk/


Labour stands up for businesses and workers by opposing Government changes to Sunday trading laws

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Picture: Jerome Ellerby

Karl Turner, MP for East Hull is standing up for business and workers by opposing the Government’s proposals to relax Sunday Trading Laws.

The Tories are proposing to devolve Sunday Trading regulations to local authorities, which is likely to lead to an extension of Sunday opening hours. These proposals have been slipped in at the eleventh hour as part of the Government’s Enterprise Bill.

There has been a complete lack of scrutiny and consultation for an issue that has the potential to change the British way of life – making Sundays just like any other day. In contrast, the Sunday Trading Act 1994 took 2 years of Parliamentary scrutiny to reach a compromise that has worked well for over 20 years.

Karl Turner, MP for East Hull said:

“The Sunday Trading Act keeps Sundays special, and gives everyone a little bit of what they want. The current arrangements work well in East Hull and across England, meaning that retailers can trade, customers can shop, and shop workers can spend time with their families.

“I am convinced that shops are currently open long enough for people to do their shopping and that Sunday should remain a special day, different to any other. I am therefore standing in solidarity with businesses, workers, trade unions and faith groups in opposing the extension of Sunday Trading Laws.”

Angela Eagle, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, said :

“I am strongly opposed to the Government’s proposals to relax Sunday Trading Laws by devolving them to local authorities. These proposals were not in the Tory manifesto, and will do little to drive economic growth.

The current arrangements work well, providing time for customers to shop, and for shop workers to spend time with their families. The proposed reforms amount to an attach on British Workers, and will contribute  to the gradual erosion and diminution of worker’s pay and rights across the UK.

I believe that Sundays should be kept special, and I am proud to be standing up for businesses, workers and consumers by opposing these reforms.”