Brexit: crunch time

There’s no doubt that the fallout from the 2016 EU Referendum, when the country voted to leave membership of the European Union by 51.9% to 48.1%, is the most serious our country has faced over the last forty years or so. The arguments the Remain camp have against the Referendum result are many

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June’s edition of my E-Newsletter

Check out the recent edition of my e-newsletter here. This edition contains information on the EU Withdrawal Bill, recent #RailFail for passengers from Greenfield, my Annual Summer School as well as constituency and parliamentary news, including an update on ShopDirect. For more regular

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Update on Shop Direct

As I have previously mentioned in my statements on Shop Direct, I am bitterly disappointed that Shop Direct failed to engage with the council, Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, or myself about their plans to move to the East Midlands, including over the 18 months that this was being

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MP reacts to Shop Direct redundancies in Shaw

Online retailer Shop Direct has announced it will be closing down three sites in Greater Manchester to create a new distribution centre in the East Midlands. The affected sites are Chadderton, Salford and Shaw, which is in my constituency. It is devastating news for the Shop Direct staff,

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TUC Pensions Conference

I spoke at the TUC pensions conference as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary and detailed the alternative Labour can provide. My speech, based on the issue of “In from the pension fringes: when will social and green issues go mainstream?” is below, in full. “I welcome the

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Carillion Pension Scheme

As Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary I have recently written to both the Government and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to ask why a funding shortfall at Carillion’s pension scheme was allowed to widen before the construction group’s collapse. My letters (which you can read below) ask a series of

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