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Constituency Caseworker – Job Vacancy

Richard Burden MP is looking for a full-time caseworker to join his busy constituency office team in Northfield, Birmingham. 

 

The caseworker will provide advice and support to Richard’s constituents on a range of financial, housing, welfare, immigration, health and other issues, helping to resolve problems through liaison with government agencies and other organisations. The successful candidate will be motivated, organised, and will also provide administrative support within the constituency office. 

 

Depending on experience, the annual salary of the successful candidate in accordance with IPSA pay scales circa £20,500 for 37.5 hours per week. 

 

You can download the job description and person specification here. 

 

To apply for this role, please download the application formhere and return completed, either via email to richard.burden.mp@parliament.uk or via post to Richard Burden MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA by 5pm on Monday 29th April 2019. 

 

Interviews will be held on Friday 10th May 2019. 

THREATENED CLOSURE OF GKN AEROSPACE KINGS NORTON

In PMQs today, I asked the Prime Minister to tell Melrose PLC she expects them to abide by the spirit and letter of the promises they made last year to back UK manufacturing, and not reduce GKN’s capacity as a defence contractor:

Closure Threat to GKN Aerospace Kings Norton

My press release today in response to announcement on future of the GKN Aerospace factory in Kings Norton:

 

CLOSURE OF GKN AEROSPACE KINGS NORTON A BREACH OF FAITH SAYS MP

Richard Burden MP has described as a “breach of faith” the announcement by GKN Aerospace that its Kings Norton factory in his constituency is to close with the loss of over 170 jobs. The factory produces high performance windscreens and windows for both civilian and military aircraft. The company says that the factory will be run down over the next two years with its work being transferred to “other GKN Aerospace sites or low cost areas”.

Last year the future of GKN was the subject of intense debate when Melrose Industries successfully mounted a hostile takeover bid for the company, prompting fears that it would undermine the UK’s manufacturing base in key areas such as aerospace and automotive. In response, Melrose made a series of undertakings to reassure the Takeover Panel of its commitment to UK manufacturing. In a letter to Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on 13th March 2018, Melrose Chief Executive, Simon Peckham said his company’s commitments included:

“Returning GKN to be a British Manufacturing powerhouse, competitive on the global stage”;

“Committed to innovation investing in skills, R&D, and productivity to support the Industrial Strategy”; and

“Working with suppliers and customers to boost Britain’s Industrial base and the wider economy” [See note 1]

Richard Burden said today:

“Barely a year has passed since Melrose were falling over themselves to tell everybody how committed they were to UK manufacturing, but their words ring hollow today. Not only do they want to close a UK plant which is a key part of the supply chain for the aviation industry but their warning that production could move to “low-cost areas” means they plan to shift this specialised work out of the UK altogether.

In the light of the legally-binding undertakings Melrose gave to him last year I will be asking the Business Secretary to make urgent approaches to GKN about its latest announcement.

Whether or not the closure of GKN Aerospace breaches the letter of those undertakings, it runs contrary to the impression that Melrose sought to give of its intentions at the time. It is a breach of faith with GKN employees, with my constituents and with UK manufacturing as a whole.”

ENDS

  1. A letter from the Chief Executive of Melrose Industries to the Business, Energy and Industrial Select Committee regarding the takeover of GKN Aerospace can be found here.
  2. Richard Burden is MP for Birmingham Northfield. More information about Richard can be found on his website: http://richardburden.com/

 

 

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STATEMENT ON UK GOVT VOTES AT HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Any viable peace deal for Israel and Palestine needs to be based on respect for international law and human rights. Today’s decision by the UK Government to vote against all but one resolution on Israel-Palestine at the UN Human Rights Council is an unwelcome step away from that rights-focused peace.

In one day, the Government has reversed years of policy on the self-determination and human rights of the Palestinian people, on the illegality of settlements on occupied land and on the importance of accountability for violations of international law. In doing so, they have undermined not only multilateral institutions like the UN but their own commitments to human rights in the Middle East and across the world. If the UK truly believes in those principles and universal rights and responsibilities, it cannot pick and choose where they are applied, nor can they be undermined for the sake of grievances with UN structures.

The time has come for the UK to stop posturing and issuing hollow statements in response to Israel’s violations of international law. There must be consequences for what the UN HRC has itself described as potential war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Gaza. If Israel is given licence to breach international law with impunity then what hope is there of discouraging countries from doing so in future?