One of the last Labour Government’s real successes was to preside over an increase in life expectancy. In addition, the gap in life expectancy between the rich and poor decreased. Fast forward nearly 8 years, to March 2018 the Office for National Statistics published data showing that under
I spoke at the Socialist Health Association Annual General Meeting about inequalities in income, wealth & power and how this relates to our welfare state as a whole. Before I became an MP, I was a public health consultant. It was a pleasure to speak alongside my former colleague and
Last Saturday, I was invited to give the key-note speech at the North West Women’s conference. It was fantastic to see so many women in attendance and taking part in a day filled with speeches, workshops, training and discussion. My speech from the conference, titled
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
I have called for a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit after hearing first-hand accounts of people from my constituency who have been faced with eviction and being unable to feed their children because of delays in payments of Universal Credit. In my speech at the Labour Party conference
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This week, I was in Brighton for the annual Labour Party Conference. On Monday, I addressed conference as the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary. My speech in full can be watched on the link below.
In my speech to Labour Conference as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, I announced new proposals for 1950s born women. As a starter and in addition to our plans to extend Pension Credit I called on the Government to immediately allow those affected by state pension age equalisation the chance
Yesterday was the first full day’s debate on the Queen’s Speech – a remarkably thin set of legislative measures for the 2 years of this Parliament which bears little resemblance to the Tories’ manifesto pledges. The debate was on Housing and Social Security and many
As Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions I have been working to oppose the Government’s emergency PIP regulations since they were introduced by negative statutory instrument on 23rd February. Worryingly, this type of legislation can become law without a debate or a vote in