Supporting the Usdaw ‘Keep Your Cool’ Campaign

Last week in Parliament I joined with John Hannett, General Secretary of the retail union Usdaw, to campaign for respect for shopworkers as part of the Freedom From Fear Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff. The campaign event took place in

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Legal Aid at 64 – Manchester’s Rally

Following my recent speech and previous questions in Parliament opposing the Government’s proposed legal aid changes, I was delighted to be asked to speak at the Legal Aid Rally in Manchester on Tuesday 30th August.  There was a great turn out from people across Greater Manchester, to

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Access to Justice

The Government’s proposed changes to legal aid have caused a great deal of concern.  The Government intends to introduce changes through secondary legislation, that won’t be subject to a parliamentary vote.  The proposals would result in defendants being unable to choose their legal

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Ed Miliband’s Conference Speech

Reacting to Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour Annual Conference, Debbie said, “This was a fantastic speech! Not only inspiring but brave too. “Ed is serious politician, driven by a sense of duty to make the world a better, fairer place for everyone. I’m lucky to have spent time

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Saddleworth Whit Friday Band Contest Concerns

Following approaches from constituents, sharing their concerns about the future of the Whit Friday Band Concerts, I will do everything I can to support the organisers of Saddleworth’s Whit Friday Band Concerts, as these events are such an important part of the area’s heritage and

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London Bombings (inquest)

On 12 December I raised a question in Parliament on the Government’s implementation of the report of the coroner inquest into the London bombings of 7 July 2005.   You can read the transcript below. Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab):What progress she has made on

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