Issues

A number of you have contacted me about how we can tackle sexism, improve the representation of women in Parliament and tackle violence against women.  These are very important issues, and while we have made some real progress as a society, there is still a long way to go.

Gender Equality, Women's Representation and Tackling Violence

A number of you have contacted me about how we can tackle sexism, improve the representation of women in Parliament and tackle violence against women.  These are very important issues,... Read more

A lot of people in Leeds Central contact me about their housing problems. Young people and families starting out who feel that the dream of having a home of their own is disappearing into the distance. We require a lot of new homes in Leeds, and yet nationally we are building less than half the number of homes we need and young people are being priced out of the market with the average house price now eight times the average wage.

Housing

A lot of people in Leeds Central contact me about their housing problems. Young people and families starting out who feel that the dream of having a home of their... Read more

The introduction of the National Minimum Wage was one of the proudest achievements of the last Labour Government but there is a continuing need to tackle the problems of low pay in our economy after five years of the Coalition. Five million people are in low-paid jobs earning less than the Living Wage. Average wages have fallen £1,600 a year since 2010. There are more and more people on precarious zero-hours contracts 1.3 million people are working part-time because they cannot get a full-time job. Half of all those in poverty live in working households. And 900,000 people, many of them in work, used food banks last year. This is completely unacceptable; not only is this bad for individuals and families, but it’s also bad for business.

National Minimum Wage

The introduction of the National Minimum Wage was one of the proudest achievements of the last Labour Government but there is a continuing need to tackle the problems of low... Read more

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about benefit sanctions.

I share your worry, not least because of the number of constituents who have been sanctioned who have been to see me in my advice surgeries.

Benefit Sanctions

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about benefit sanctions. I share your worry, not least because of the number of constituents who have been sanctioned... Read more

Many of you have been in touch with me about tax dodging following the recent revelations about HSBC.

On HSBC, what was reported was shocking and the Bank has now apologised.  There are, however, a lot of questions about how this happened and who knew what in the UK about the Swiss Bank's activities.

Tax Avoidance

Many of you have been in touch with me about tax dodging following the recent revelations about HSBC. On HSBC, what was reported was shocking and the Bank has now... Read more

Tackling Climate Change

The Natural Environment

Climate Change is the greatest threat facing our world, and every nation has a responsibility to play its part in tackling it.

Environment and Climate Change

Tackling Climate Change The Natural Environment Climate Change is the greatest threat facing our world, and every nation has a responsibility to play its part in tackling it. Read more

Lots of you have contacted me about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

TTIP

Lots of you have contacted me about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Read more

A number of people, including supporters of CAMRA, have raised their worries about community pubs and the difficulties that local pubs are currently facing.  I am deeply concerned about the plight of local pubs up and down the country.  Pubs are a cherished British institution and are often at the heart of our community life, no matter where we live.  It's shocking that over the past couple of years, an average of 30 pubs a week have closed down, despite 634 million pints of cask ale being sold each year.  And the Government has made a bad situation worse by reforming the planning system in such a way that pubs can be demolished or changed to other uses - including betting shops and supermarkets - without the need for planning permission.

Community Pubs and Real Ale

A number of people, including supporters of CAMRA, have raised their worries about community pubs and the difficulties that local pubs are currently facing.  I am deeply concerned about the... Read more

Thank you to all of you who have contacted me recently about Palestinian human rights.

I share your concern at the lack of progress on the Middle East peace process and, therefore, on Palestinian human rights. Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal, unjustifiable and immoral and their continued expansion remains a major obstacle to resolving the conflict.

Palestinian Human Rights

Thank you to all of you who have contacted me recently about Palestinian human rights. I share your concern at the lack of progress on the Middle East peace process... Read more

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