Issues

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's proposed cuts to financial support for new claimants in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

I sympathise profoundly with anyone who is affected by cancer, and I appreciate how devastating this can be. I also recognise that those recovering from or being treated for cancer need additional support at this very difficult time and share the concerns about the Government's proposed changes to WRAG, which would see the level of support for new claimants in WRAG cut by around £30 a week from April 2017. I oppose this unfair and unjust measure, as it will hurt vulnerable people who through no fault of their own are suffering from serious illnesses and are in and out of work intermittently. It also risks creating a perverse incentive for people with health problems to be placed in the more expensive Support Group of ESA, thereby making is less likely they will receive help and support to return to work and potentially increase social security costs.

Don't Push Disabled People into Poverty

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's proposed cuts to financial support for new claimants in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). I sympathise... Read more

I know from the large number of letters and e-mails I’ve received on the issue of tax affairs of multinational companies that many local people are concerned at the deal between Google and HMRC, first reported in the media on the 22nd January.

Google Need to Pay their Way

I know from the large number of letters and e-mails I’ve received on the issue of tax affairs of multinational companies that many local people are concerned at the deal between... Read more

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's decision to end student bursaries for nurses and Allied Health Professionals and the related campaign by the Royal College of Nurses (RCN).

Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals work long hours, often in difficult circumstances, and frequently take a direct role in caring for patients when they are at their most vulnerable. They deserve our respect, admiration and support. It is absolutely crucial that the Government does not put people off pursuing a career in these professions.

Bursaries for Nursing Students

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's decision to end student bursaries for nurses and Allied Health Professionals and the related campaign by the Royal College of Nurses (RCN).... Read more

I share the concerns of passengers who once again face increases on their rail fares. The announcement that fares have risen by an average of 1.1% from January 2016, confirms that fares will have risen by a quarter since 2010, and the cost of some season tickets will have risen by as much as nearly 40 per cent - leaving passengers paying thousands of pounds more in some cases than just five years ago.

Rail Fare Increases and Rail Privatisation

I share the concerns of passengers who once again face increases on their rail fares. The announcement that fares have risen by an average of 1.1% from January 2016, confirms... Read more

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Hilary campaigning to save student maintenance grants

Many constituents have contacted me about student maintenance grants.

The Government is wholly wrong to be abolishing them. The grants are vital for students from low income backgrounds and it will be very damaging if they go.  We are fighting this as the Labour opposition as hard as we can, and I am appalled that the Government has used a statutory instrument – which minimises scrutiny – to push this through.

Student maintenance grants

Hilary campaigning to save student maintenance grants Many constituents have contacted me about student maintenance grants. The Government is wholly wrong to be abolishing them. The grants are vital for... Read more

I condemn in the strongest terms, the decision of the Saudi government to execute Sheikh al Nimr and three young Shi’a men whose only alleged offences appear to have involved taking part in political protests and demonstrations against the Government.  As you may know, the Labour Party opposes the use of the death penalty in every circumstance.

Sheikh Nimr

I condemn in the strongest terms, the decision of the Saudi government to execute Sheikh al Nimr and three young Shi’a men whose only alleged offences appear to have involved... Read more

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the related campaign by the Campaign for Freedom of Information and 38 Degrees.

Protect Freedom of Information

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the related campaign by the Campaign for Freedom of Information and 38 Degrees. Read more

ISIL/Daesh poses a threat both regionally in its main area of military operations and internationally through terrorism.

Labour agrees that we must act to end the threat from ISIL/Daesh to the region and internationally and that it is a vital national interest to defeat ISIL/Daesh. The tragic events in Paris have emphasized just how important this is to us all.

Syrian Airstrikes

ISIL/Daesh poses a threat both regionally in its main area of military operations and internationally through terrorism. Labour agrees that we must act to end the threat from ISIL/Daesh to... Read more

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently about the Government’s Trade Union Bill.

I’m strongly opposed to this Bill because it undermines the basic protections that trade unions provide for people at work.   Trade unions are an important part of an open, democratic society.  I am very concerned, therefore, that the Government’s Bill seeks simply to weaken trade unions rather than to work with them in order to help boost economic efficiency and tackle Britain’s major economic challenges including our worrying productivity gap and skills shortages.

The Trade Union Bill

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently about the Government’s Trade Union Bill. I’m strongly opposed to this Bill because it undermines the basic protections that trade unions provide for people... Read more

I am only too aware of how strongly junior doctors feel about the proposed changes to their contracts, including a number who are my constituents.  The Government’s approach has been completely wrong and ministers should work with the BMA and junior doctors to find a fair agreement that avoids the threat of industrial action.  Junior doctors are vital to the future of the NHS and it is clear that, if we want to move toward a seven-day NHS and improved patient care, we need to ensure that the staff we rely on are supported and valued.

Junior Doctor Contracts

I am only too aware of how strongly junior doctors feel about the proposed changes to their contracts, including a number who are my constituents.  The Government’s approach has been... Read more

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