Issues

A lot of constituents have contacted me recently regarding protests outside abortion clinics and the related ‘Back Off’ Campaign from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).

This is an extremely sensitive and emotive issue that engenders passionate views on both sides. I think it’s important that anyone considering an abortion receives impartial, non-directive and clinical information on pregnancy in order to make an informed choice.

The Back Off Campaign to protect women outside British abortion clinics

A lot of constituents have contacted me recently regarding protests outside abortion clinics and the related ‘Back Off’ Campaign from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). This is an extremely sensitive... Read more

A number of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s regulations on fracking.

As you may be aware, the Government’s weakened regulations would allow fracking in drinking water protection zones and important wildlife sites, as well as under the ground below protected areas such as national parks and areas of outstanding national beauty. I share the concerns about these regulations, which I believe are totally inadequate.

Fracking underneath National Parks

A number of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s regulations on fracking. As you may be aware, the Government’s weakened regulations would allow fracking in drinking water protection zones and... Read more

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Last week Jeremy Corbyn and I attended a voter registration event at Leeds University to support the Missing Million campaign.

Nationally, about one million people are at risk of being taken off the register in December if the Government go ahead with their plans to end the transition period to individual electoral registration a year earlier than previously proposed. In Leeds there are 40,000 properties with no-one registered and of those over 16,000 are in Leeds Central alone. It is also alarming that certain groups of voters – students, those living in private rented accommodation and those in sheltered housing – may be particularly likely to be disenfranchised by this timetable.

The Missing Million

  Last week Jeremy Corbyn and I attended a voter registration event at Leeds University to support the Missing Million campaign. Nationally, about one million people are at risk of... Read more

A lot of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s regulations on fracking.

As you may be aware, the Government’s weakened regulations would allow fracking in drinking water protection zones and important wildlife sites, as well as under the ground below protected areas such as national parks and areas of outstanding national beauty. I share your concern about these regulations, which I believe are totally inadequate.

Fracking in National Parks

A lot of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s regulations on fracking. As you may be aware, the Government’s weakened regulations would allow fracking in drinking water protection... Read more

During the general election the Prime Minister told the country the Conservatives would not cut tax credits. However in July the Chancellor announced the changes which will come into effect next April.

Tax Credit Cuts

During the general election the Prime Minister told the country the Conservatives would not cut tax credits. However in July the Chancellor announced the changes which will come into effect... Read more

We are all horrified by the loss of over 200,000 lives in the Syrian civil war which has resulted in the greatest humanitarian crisis of our age.

Syria

We are all horrified by the loss of over 200,000 lives in the Syrian civil war which has resulted in the greatest humanitarian crisis of our age. Read more

I want a world in which there are no nuclear weapons and no-one wants to be in the position of having to contemplate their use. We all know from Hiroshima and Nagasaki about their terrible destructive power.

Trident

I want a world in which there are no nuclear weapons and no-one wants to be in the position of having to contemplate their use. We all know from Hiroshima... Read more

I am very concerned about the Government’s changes to tax credits that were announced in the July Budget.

Tax Credits

I am very concerned about the Government’s changes to tax credits that were announced in the July Budget. Read more

I have been a proud trade union member for 40 years and spent 22 years working for a union. I believe in the right of trade unions to represent their members – a fundamental freedom – but sadly we have a Government which wants to attack them rather than work together in a spirit of social partnership.

Trade Union Bill Second Reading

I have been a proud trade union member for 40 years and spent 22 years working for a union. I believe in the right of trade unions to represent their... Read more

A large number of my constituents contacted me about the Assisted Dying Bill. As some of you will know, the House of Commons debated the Bill on 11th September and it was defeated by 330 votes to 118.  The Hansard record is available here so you can see what was said. I did vote for the Bill, but I respect the fact that there was a clear majority against it.

Assisted Dying

A large number of my constituents contacted me about the Assisted Dying Bill. As some of you will know, the House of Commons debated the Bill on 11th September and it was defeated... Read more

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