Contribution to Food Poverty Debate

Read my contribution to the Opposition Day Debate on Food Prices and Food Poverty, referencing the Oldham Foodbank. The entire debate is available on the parliamentary website here. Is my hon. Friend aware that in Oldham a food bank has been established for the first time? That was in the paper

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Late Payments to SMEs debated by MPs

On 14th September 2011 I initiated an adjournment debate in Westminster Hall to highlight the issue of late payments for small and medium businesses (SMEs). The debate was constructive and welcomed by MPs from across political divides. You can watch the whole debate at the

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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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