Dods at Party Conference 2018

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18 September 2018

FENSA, the largest and longest established Competent Person Scheme (CPS) within the replacement window and door industry, is pleased to announce that it has appointed CMDi –built environment brand specialists, to explore the ‘grey’ market.

The scale and form of the ‘grey’ market is one the construction industry’s great unknowns but it is a recurring issue for many installers who are doing everything by the book only to find there are “competitors” who are winning business but are not operating legally or ethically. FENSA’s role is to enable member companies to self-certify compliance under the Building Regulations, without the need for a separate assessment from Building Control. In the past few years FENSA has been made aware of companies not registering window or door installations and in some cases installing windows that are not complying with Building Regulations. FENSA’s Managing Director, Anda Gregory, commented: “As the market leader, FENSA has a responsibility to ensure that our brand is well positioned to clearly communicate the role FENSA plays, not only to build value for our members, but to provide protection for homeowners. We have appointed CMDi to work with us as long-term partners to carry out a...
18 September 2018
Declan Curry

Almost 100 delegates attended an enjoyable and informative day at as the GGF hosted its Annual Members’ Day at The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

The exclusive Members event hosted by GGF President, John Agnew, opened on a sombre note, as the Federation paid tribute to Maurice Anders of T A Anders Co. Ltd, a Founder Member of the Federation. The programme then opened with a business review by Kevin Buckley, GGF Group Chief Executive who highlighted the GGF’s work on the political, technical and training side as well as revealing that the GGF has recruited a record 54 companies into the membership this year. Kevin then held the formal Annual General Meeting with the Federation’s 2017 accounts approved and the GGF’s bankers and auditors re-elected by the Members present. Delegates then heard presentations by keynote speakers from the very different fields. Broadcaster and journalist, Declan Curry gave his take on the political and economic landscape ahead of Brexit and Steve Wycherley, Management Coach and Director of The Continuum, showed why good motivated employees matter are critical to business success and highlighting...
18 September 2018

The NFB warns that shortage occupation lists must be responsive and visas for self-employed workers need to be clear and comprehensible. 

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has released its Government-commissioned study, “EEA migration in the UK: Final Report”. The report set out to establish the current and likely future patterns of EEA migration. Key recommendations include: No preference for EU citizens, assuming that immigration will not be part of the UK-EU withdrawal agreement; Reviewing how the sponsor licensing system works for SMEs; Maintaining existing salary thresholds and extending Tier 2 (General) visas to all jobs at RFQ  (Regulated Framework of Qualifications) Level 3 and above; Reviewing the shortage occupation list; Retaining and revaluating the Immigration Skills Charge; Abolishing the cap on the number of migrants under Tier 2 (General) visas. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes the report, which highlights the value of migration to small and medium-sized (SMEs) builders and the construction industry. However, the NFB warned that shortage occupation lists must be...
18 September 2018
Kevin Buckley

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce Kevin Buckley has accepted the permanent position of GGF Group Chief Executive.

The news should be welcome to GGF Members as it confirms the stability and long term commitment the GGF Board has made, to ensure the Federation moves forward in the right direction with a permanent and experienced leader heading up the organisation. John Agnew, GGF President added, “On behalf of the GGF Board and the Members, I would like to congratulate Kevin in his new permanent role and I have no doubt, he will continue the sterling work he has done for the GGF Group over the past year. We all look forward to him leading the GGF and our subsidiary companies onto greater achievements for the benefit of all connected to the Federation.”  With close to thirty years senior management experience, Kevin has been instrumental in growing and developing international companies such as technology and telecoms giant NEC and in various strategic and leadership roles with diverse organisations such as Hertfordshire Local Authorities and university start-ups. Kevin aims to use his...
18 September 2018

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has submitted evidence to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights warning that cuts to local authority budgets in England are having a negative impact on social care providers, and the support they are providing to vulnerable adults.

Professor Philip Alston, the UN Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has called for information on the impact of austerity ahead of his visit to the United Kingdom in November. Since February 2016, Hft has run the It Doesn’t Add Up campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of increasing financial pressures on the learning disability sector. The charity has previously submitted evidence to a Call For Information from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities regarding the provision of services for disabled people and, last year, two members of Hft’s speak out group, Voices to be Heard, gave evidence to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at a committee hearing in Geneva.   Billy Davis, Public Affairs and Policy Manager at Hft, commented: “Our latest research shows that the number of providers in the learning disability sector reporting that they are running at a deficit has more than trebled over the...
18 September 2018
Vince Cable

Jeremy Corbyn should quit as Labour leader if he refuses to back for a second referendum on leaving the EU, Sir Vince Cable declared today.

The Liberal Democrat boss said the veteran left-winger was “letting down the many people in Labour heartlands who now see Brexit for what it is”. And he blasted Mr Corbyn for allowing others to “do his dirty work” - including "bullying" colleagues and “indulging anti-Semitic bigots”. In his keynote address to the annual Lib Dem conference, Sir Vince also took aim at Boris Johnson - saying his “treatment of women” was akin to that of US president Donald Trump. And he lamented that the rise of “crap” jobs brought about by the ills of unregulated capitalism had contributed to the Brexit vote. Addressing the party faithful on the final day of their get-together in Brighton, Sir Vince reiterated the Lib Dem call for a referendum on the final Brexit deal Theresa May strikes with Brussels. He urged the Prime Minister to “shock us all” and commit to a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ so the nation has the chance to back out. But he reserved his most damning criticism for Mr Corbyn - who he argued...
18 September 2018
Vince Cable

Sir Vince Cable was left humiliated today after he made a mess of a controversial sex joke in his keynote speech to the Lib Dem conference.

Journalists had been briefed in advance that the party leader would describe Brexit as an "erotic spasm" for eurosceptics. But in a bizarre gaffe, he fluffed his big moment and said "exotic spresm" instead. His predecessor as Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker were among those to mock him online. Sir Vince was set to say: "For the ‘True Believers’ – the fundamentalists – the costs of Brexit have always been irrelevant. "Years of economic pain justified by the erotic spasm of leaving the European Union. Economic pain felt – of course – not by them but by those least able to afford it." Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson questioned the use of the sexal imagery while some activists were said to have been left furious at the immature humour. But when he came to the line in his keynote address, Sir Vince in fact said: “Years of economic pain justified by the exotic spresm of leaving the European Union.” Mr Farron swiftly tweeted: “An *exotic* spasm.  Is that an...
18 September 2018
Gina Miller

Vince Cable has proposed radical reforms to the Lib Dem membership system in a bid to find the next Emmanuel Macron. But what do party members really think? 

Three years after departing government, the Liberal Democrats are struggling for attention. Their eight-seat showing at the 2015 election and their little-improved performance last year naturally saw their column inches fall off a cliff. It is a sorry state of affairs when party leader Vince Cable has to resort to absurd sexual language to get any attention - telling Brexiteers their dream was nothing more than an “erotic spasm” in his keynote speech (although in the end he fluffed the climactic line). Indeed, many journalists may not have bothered coming to the annual party conference in Brighton this year without the hope of furious rows over a set of sweeping rule changes announced by Cable in the preceding weeks. The 75-year-old wants to modernise the party by creating a new type of membership: a ‘supporters’ scheme. Cable wants supporters to be...
18 September 2018
Bex Bailey

An activist who claims she was raped by a senior Labour official has been targeted by Twitter trolls after she accused the party of dragging its feet over a probe into her case.

Bex Bailey has been accused of lying about the attack, which is alleged to have happened at a Labour event in 2011, when she was aged 19. When she went public over her ordeal nearly a year ago, Labour asked top QC Karon Monaghan to carry out a probe.  But Ms Bailey said she was angry that the outcome of the investigation remains under wraps nearly five months after it was delivered to Labour bosses. She went public with her frustrations in a BBC interview on Monday, ahead of a crunch meeting of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee. Ms Bailey said: "To be honest I don't know why the party is dragging its feet on this, I know that the NEC tomorrow can at least start the ball rolling, at least pass a rule change that would make it possible for an independent system to exist, as the report has recommended." It has now emerged that she has been subjected to a wave of abuse after speaking out, with some accusing her of timing her complaints to damage Labour. She lying. — Bob...
18 September 2018
Kevin Buckley

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce Kevin Buckley has accepted the permanent position of GGF Group Chief Executive.

The news should be welcome to GGF Members as it confirms the stability and long term commitment the GGF Board has made, to ensure the Federation moves forward in the right direction with a permanent and experienced leader heading up the organisation. John Agnew, GGF President added, “On behalf of the GGF Board and the Members, I would like to congratulate Kevin in his new permanent role and I have no doubt, he will continue the sterling work he has done for the GGF Group over the past year. We all look forward to him leading the GGF and our subsidiary companies onto greater achievements for the benefit of all connected to the Federation.”  With close to thirty years senior management experience, Kevin has been instrumental in growing and developing international companies such as technology and telecoms giant NEC and in various strategic and leadership roles with diverse organisations such as Hertfordshire Local Authorities and university start-ups. Kevin aims to use his...