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 […]
See my contribution to the Parliamentary debate on living standards which was held on 5 March. Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab): I have been a Member of Parliament for just over a year now, during which time I have seen the significant impact of this Government’s devastating
Up to 650 couples with 1560 children between them who are- in part-time work in Oldham East and Saddleworth could lose around £4,000 a year from this April, following a change to tax credit rules being introduced by the government. I am urging the Conservative-led government to reconsider a
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A Department of Work and Pensions Cold Weather Payment has been triggered by the Met Office for eligible residents in parts of the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency covered by postcodes OL1, OL16, OL2, OL3, OL4, OL5. These payments should go straight to those who are eligible but if you,