Syria: Vote on Air Strikes

I would like to thank all the constituents who have taken the time to contact me so far to express their views on the Government’s proposals for air strikes on Syria by UK forces. The decision about whether or not to deploy UK forces is one of the most difficult an MP can be asked to take […]

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Safeguarding Neighbourhood Policing for Every Area

At the launch of our Crime and Justice Manifesto today, the Labour Party is committing to keeping police on the beat – legislating to introduce a new ‘Local Policing Commitment’, which makes sure police forces guarantee neighbourhood policing in every area. We are setting out £800 million worth

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Dan Jarvis Visits PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund

I was pleased to introduce my colleague Dan Jarvis, shadow youth justice and victims minister, to Bryn Hughes earlier this week. Bryn’s daughter Nicola served with Greater Manchester Police and was killed in an attack whilst on duty three years ago. Dan and I met with Bryn Hughes at the

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Tackling Domestic Violence

This week I asked a question to the Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker, about the progress that the Government is making on tackling violence against women and why there has been an 21% rise in incidents of domestic violence in Greater Manchester, which has seen 10,000 more domestic

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Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

This week I was pleased to attend and support the launch of a report by my colleague Sarah Champion MP, supported by Barnardos, on tackling child sexual exploitation.  The report was a result of a backbench parliamentary inquiry which saw a cross-party panel of MPs and Peers hear evidence from

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Domestic Violence – 13% Fall in Prosecutions

During Home Office Questions last week, I challenged the Home Secretary Theresa May about the dramatic drop in the number of domestic violence cases being prosecuted. I said: “Two women a week die at the hands of their partners or former partners. In Oldham, between October 2012 and September

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Justice After Acquittal

Last week I co-Chaired the first ever parliamentary seminar on support for the families of victims of homicide who have experienced an unjust acquittal.  David Heyes MP gave the opening address and Stephen Dorrell MP was my fellow co-Chair. The seminar, organised by the support group Justice

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