Issues

I share the concerns of those who have contacted me recently regarding rail fare rises and services.  Our railways should be run under public ownership, in the public interest and with affordable fares.

Rail Fare Increases - support affordable fares and public ownership

I share the concerns of those who have contacted me recently regarding rail fare rises and services.  Our railways should be run under public ownership, in the public interest and with... Read more

Lots of constituents me about the Fix Britain's Internet campaign, which is calling for Openreach to be separated from British Telecom (BT).

Give us the internet we need

Lots of constituents me about the Fix Britain's Internet campaign, which is calling for Openreach to be separated from British Telecom (BT). Read more

I have been contacted by many constituents recently regarding the UK Government's commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) each year on Official Development Assistance (ODA) and the related Tearfund campaign.  I strongly support the campaign, not least because of my previous experience as a cabinet minister.

Please keep our 0.7% aid promise

I have been contacted by many constituents recently regarding the UK Government's commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) each year on Official Development Assistance (ODA) and the related... Read more

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding family reunification rules for refugees and the related campaign by the British Red Cross.

We must stop families being torn apart

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding family reunification rules for refugees and the related campaign by the British Red Cross. Read more

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Lots of people have written to me about the decision the British people will take on 23 June about whether we should remain in the European Union or leave.

General elections settle who will run the country for the next five years but this referendum on Europe will affect the future of our country for the rest of our lifetimes. It's a choice that will really matter.

EU Referendum

Lots of people have written to me about the decision the British people will take on 23 June about whether we should remain in the European Union or leave. General... Read more

The revelations in the Panama papers are extremely serious and many people feel very strongly about the injustice uncovered.  That’s why there needs to be decisive action against global tax avoidance.

Panama Papers and Tax Havens

The revelations in the Panama papers are extremely serious and many people feel very strongly about the injustice uncovered.  That’s why there needs to be decisive action against global tax... Read more

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about the Government's intention to force all local authority maintained schools to convert to academies.

I will oppose the Government's plan, as will all Labour MPs. It is badly thought out, unnecessary and a distraction from the real challenges facing our schools

Why I will oppose the Government’s plan to force all schools to become academies

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about the Government's intention to force all local authority maintained schools to convert to academies. I will oppose the... Read more

The introduction of the New State Pension in April 2016 by the Government unfairly affects women born in the 1950s, and I fully share the concerns many people have about the new legislation. A debate was held on Monday 1st February about the issue, prompted by an online petition signed by thousands of people calling for fair transitional state pension arrangements. Women Against State Pension Inequality believe that there has been too little notice of the government’s changes to pensions, and that these changes happened faster than promised, leaving little time for women to plan for retirement.

State Pension Equalisation for Women

The introduction of the New State Pension in April 2016 by the Government unfairly affects women born in the 1950s, and I fully share the concerns many people have about the... Read more

I strongly support extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year olds. Scotland has given us a glimpse of what enfranchising 16 and 17-year-olds can mean. Over 80% registered to vote in the referendum in 2014 and they brought energy and vitality to the debate. And all of us who already have the right to vote and who value the opportunity it gives us to decide how we are governed should be hugely proud that young Scots voters showed that they had thought long and hard about the world they want to inherit.

Votes at 16

I strongly support extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year olds. Scotland has given us a glimpse of what enfranchising 16 and 17-year-olds can mean. Over 80% registered to vote... Read more

I have been contacted by many constituents recently about the need for the UK to welcome more refugees. 

Concerns have been raised over the current family reunion criteria for refugees and those with humanitarian protection status in the UK, and about whether these criteria may be keeping families apart.  As you may be aware, the Government's Immigration Bill returned to the House of Commons on 1st December for its Report Stage and Third Reading, and I know that organisations such as Refugee Council called for the Bill to be amended to extend the refugee family reunion criteria.

Welcome more refugees

I have been contacted by many constituents recently about the need for the UK to welcome more refugees.  Concerns have been raised over the current family reunion criteria for refugees and... Read more

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