Save the NHS!

Yesterday I received a 232,000 signature ‘Save the NHS’ petition from Shaw constituent  Dr Steve Watkins who volunteers on behalf of campaigning website 38 Degrees…sign up now at www.38degrees.org.uk. I‘ll be passing the petition on to the Department of Health via the Petition Bag which hangs

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100th International Women’s Day

I went to a wonderful celebration of the 100th International Women’s Day organised by the Indian Association. Many thanks to Trupti Patel for inviting me along as the guest of honour. To see photos visit Trupti’s Facebook site:

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TV Detective joins the campaign to stop the police cuts

THE campaign opposing the cuts to Greater Manchester Police received celebrity backing today. Kevin Whately – who plays TV detective Inspector Lewis – has signed the petition against plans to axe nearly 1,400 police officers. The campaign is being championed by Labour’s candidate for the

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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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Reogranisation of the NHS

You can read the speech that I made to the House of Commons on the reoganisation of the NHS on 26 March 2011, the full text of which is below.  You can read the entire debate on the parliamentary website. This costly reorganisation of the NHS has no mandate from the British people, and no […]

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Welfare Reform Bill

I raised my concerns about the Government’s Welfare Reform  Bill when it was debated in the House of Commons on 9 March.  I highlighted that levels of incapacity benefits and health data are an indication of the health of the population as well as the need for sustained economic growth as a

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Education Bill

On 8 February I spoke in Parliament on the Education Bill.  You can read the text below and you can read the full debate here. This Bill fails our children and young people. In spite of what the Secretary of State claims, many of its measures are grossly unfair, and I will not support it. […]

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Maiden Speech on the Health and Social Care Bill

I had the pleasure of using the occassion of the Health and Social Care Bill to give my Maiden Speech before Parliament on 31 January 2011.  The full text of my speech is below and you can read the remainder of the debate on the parliamentary website here. Thank you for calling me to make […]

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