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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Localism Bill: the speech that never was…

After burning the midnight oil to write a speech for the third reading of this Bill time ran out and I wasn’t called! So, here is the speech that never made it into the public domain…until now! THIRD READING, LOCALISM BILL, 18TH MAY 2011 Thank you, Mr Speaker. I’m grateful to you

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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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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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