My job this week has brought me into contact with an inspirational man called Nigel Lewis-Baker. Nigel has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and yet he’s raising money for research by walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End with his friends, father and daughter
On 24 April I spoke in parliament on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The Bill has since received Royal Assent and is now an Act of Parliament. I shall be brief. I pay tribute to the Government for the moves that they have made on the Bill and I welcome the […]
In Oldham and across the country ordinary, hard working families are struggling to get by and yet the Chancellor’s big budget announcement yesterday is that he is cutting taxes for those earning over £150,000 a year; the richest 1% of the population! This is a regressive,
As a member of the Hannah Mitchell Foundation I’ve spoken out against suggested plans to scrap national pay rates for some public sector workers in the UK. The North needs good quality, well-rewarded jobs to put spending power back into the economy. The Chancellor’s suggestion will result
On 19 March Andy Burnham and I handed in a 475 signature Drop the Bill petition collected by Labour party supporters in Oldham over the weekend of 10th and 11th March. Many thanks to Phil Gaul for setting up the stall and the rest of the team who helped me collect signatures for the petition.
Figures released yesterday (14/3/12) show that long term youth unemployment in Oldham East and Saddleworth has risen by 137% in the last year and there are now 12.8 people chasing every job vacancy. This jobs crisis shows no signs of letting up yet complacent government ministers are failing to
On Wednesday 14th March several MPs ran the Westminster Mile for Sport Relief! I came in at 7 minutes and 5 seconds and was the second fastest female MP! It was a great afternoon with MPs from all sides of the House pulling together to do their bit for a wonderful charity. You can donate or
I hope many of Oldham’s smokers decided to ‘take the leap’ and stop smoking on No Smoking Day on 14th March. To help with the campaign I posed with a giant cigarette stub as you can see from the photo! As a former chair of North West Ash (Action on Smoking and Health) I know […]