Debbie appointed to shadow ministerial role

I’m delighted to have been appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People in the Work and Pensions shadow ministerial team. I’m thrilled to be working on such an important issue and one which I feel passionately about. I have been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee

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Older people: Reflections on winners and losers in 2015

Earlier this year, during one of my regular door knocks, I called at a house and the door was opened by an elderly woman in her late 70s. She was dishevelled, distressed and clearly confused. She had an empty bubble wrap pack of medication in her hands and she said to me ‘I don’t know […]

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Creating Dementia-Friendly Communities

Working for a dementia-friendly Oldham is one of my top local priorities which I have worked towards since 2011 and tremendous progress has been made in recent years.  Locally, over 4,000 people have become dementia friends and the diagnosis rate has increased from 52% to 73% between 2012 and

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Keep the ban on bee-harming pesticides

I spoke out against proposed plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides last week as government ministers look at requests to let dangerous pesticides – known as neonicotinoids – back into UK soil this autumn. This is despite clear evidence of how much damage they do

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Marking Motor Neurone Disease awareness month

I was delighted to attend a reception hosted by the Motor Neurone Disease Association on Tuesday 16 June to mark MND Awareness Month. I met people affected by MND and heard about the impact of this devastating disease. More than 130 volunteers from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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Important Notice

Parliament will be dissolved on the 30th of March 2015 prior to the General Election on 7th May 2015. During this time there will be no MPs and no MPs’ offices. I will only be able to support the most urgent cases, e.g., imminent homelessness. I will be posting news of my election campaign on

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Welcome from Debbie

I am honoured to be the Labour candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth. Over the coming weeks I look forward to meeting as many local residents as I can. The LibDem-Tory Government is making the wrong cuts, at the wrong time. In Oldham East and Saddleworth they’ve let down local people. The

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