Daniel Kawczynski Criticised for Misleading Comments

Daniel Kawczynski, the Conservative MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, has been criticised for making misleading comments about the UK’s relationship with Europe. He claimed that there was “no Marshall Plan” for the UK, when it was actually the largest beneficiary.

Kawczynski said on Twitter:

“Britain helped to liberate half of Europe. She mortgaged herself up to eye balls in process. No Marshall Plan for us only for Germany. We gave up war reparations in 1990. We put £370 billion into EU since we joined. Watch the way ungrateful EU treats us now. We will remember.”

David Allen Green, a journalist and lawyer, wrote on Twitter about Kawczynski’s post:

“It was a vile and inflammatory tweet – accusatory and base. The sort of thing no decent and responsible politician would want to send, even if their facts were correct. But Daniel Kawczynski does not even have the wit to be an adequate demagogue. Because far from the UK getting no Marshall Plan, the UK as a matter of fact was the greatest recipient. So not just an untruth, but the opposite of the truth.”

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, said:

“Is this a parody account? Britain received billions from the Marshall Plan and significantly more than West Germany or any other nation. Pick up a history book and you will learn that this brand of jingoistic nationalism is what tore our continent apart twice in one century.”

Kawczynski refused to apologise, saying that:

“The tweet was actually talking about all the things that Britain has done for Europe. Let’s not forget we liberated part of Europe in the Second World War.”

Asked on Talk Radio to explain the tweet Kawczynski refused to answer and instead terminated the interview.

Grenfell Tower Survivors Will Need to Bid Against Each Other Properties

Kensington Council have confirmed that survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy will be required to bid against each other for new accommodation. The council has been purchasing accommodation in the borough and has said that it will attempt to prioritise those who have specific housing requirements.

Kim Taylor-Smith (pictured above), the deputy leader of the council, said in a statement:

“The council has acquired more than 100 properties for Grenfell survivors and is in the course of spending tens of millions more to add to our property stock. The fairest and quickest way for people to view and choose a home we believe is using the website”.

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, said:

“Grenfell survivors should not be forced into bidding against each other for properties whilst they grieve for their loved ones and try to rebuild their lives. It is incumbent on the local authority to find appropriate permanent accommodation for each and every family and support them through this process, not wash their hands of this responsibility so that traumatised and vulnerable people are bidding against each other for properties online”.

A Number of Labour MPs Campaign for Freedom of Movement

A number of Labour MPs and trade union leaders have called on Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, to change Labour Party policy to support freedom of movement. A group has been created called the Labour Campaign for Freedom of Movement and supporters include Clive Lewis, David Lammy and Geraint Davies.

The MPs said:

“A system of free movement is the best way to protect and advance the interests of all workers, by giving everyone the right to work legally, join a union and stand up to their boss without fear of deportation or destitution. Curtailing those rights, or limiting migrants’ access to public services and benefits, will make it easier for unscrupulous employers to hyper-exploit migrant labour, which in turn undermines the rights and conditions of all workers”.

The Labour Party 2017 General Election manifesto pledged to end freedom of movement in 2019, although the party hasn’t announced what system would replace it.

First Stage of Lammy Report Comes to an End

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The first stage of the Lammy Report has been completed, an enquiry led by David Lammy to ascertain why there is an over-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system.

Lammy said:

“My team has been working to determine the facts, visiting our prisons and courts to understand why over a quarter of the prison population comes from a BAME background.

The call for evidence has generated a huge response from a wide range of voices. We are now carefully considering the findings to make sure all suspects and offenders are treated equally, regardless of ethnicity”.

The inquiry has received 300 responses from interested parties and Lammy said:

“We’ve had hundreds of responses from across the criminal justice system, from prisoners to judges, as well as from important groups fighting for equality in our courts and prisons. My team will use this evidence to help focus the review on the areas which matter most”.

Lammy is expected to publish its full report in early 2017.

Labour MP David Lammy Fined for Making over 35,000 Nuisance Phone Calls

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David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, has been fined £5,000 by the Information Commissioner for making over 35,000 nuisance phone calls.

Lammy had made 35,629 recorded calls as part of his campaign to become the Labour candidate for London Mayor. Lammy authorised calls to be made in August 2015 to Labour Party members but he didn’t perform the required checks on whether the party had permission from members to receive calls.

Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, said:

“The rules apply to political groups canvassing for votes in the same way they apply to salespeople offering a discount on double glazing. If you want to call someone in this way, you must follow these rules. Mr Lammy did not, and that is why he has been fined.

It’s not good enough to assume the people you’re contacting probably won’t mind. The law requires you to have permission before making calls with recorded messages. And if the law isn’t followed, the regulator will act”.

Graham added:

“Mr Lammy’s team should have known there were special controls in place around calls with recorded messages. Not only have we published detailed guidance on political campaigning on our website, but we have contacted political parties directly to remind them of the rules”.