February and March edition of my E-newsletter

Check out the recent edition of my e-newsletter here. This edition contains information on Carillion and Government failure, , and constituency and parliamentary news including remembering my dear friend Councillor Sue Dearden and the inspirational work she did, at her funeral. Rest in

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Labour will create a radical system that works for women

On International Women’s Day, it is right that we celebrate the contribution of women in our society, and step up our fight for equality. But while we will hear warm words from the Prime Minister, the reality is that under her government women are being hit hard by austerity, from cuts to

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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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MP reacts to Oldham foodbank statistics 

From 1st January to 31st December 2017, 7,078 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Oldham Foodbank, compared to 5,554 during the same period in 2016. Of this number, 2,425 went to children.  The dedication shown by the volunteers

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Debbie: help us defend free school meals

I am backing calls by The Children’s Society for the Government to rethink their plans around free school meals under Universal Credit. Currently, as Universal Credit is rolled out, all children who live in a household receiving this new benefit will receive a free school meal. 

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New Year’s Message

A happy new year to everyone in Oldham and Saddleworth!  I hope, like me, you were lucky enough to spend some time with family and friends over the Christmas holidays and had a chance to relax a little as we say goodbye to 2017. And what a year 2017 was! In political terms the highlight

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