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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Protect the NHS

Just had a great day with Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn and Derek Twigg MP talking to Chadderton shoppers about how we must protect the NHS. Sign the petition now Photo credit: Saddleworth News                  

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Future of the NHS

I have uploaded the speech that I made to the House of Commons in May on the Future of the NHS.  You can read the entire debate here.  (For clarity and flow I have included the interventions from other Members of Parliament made during my speech). It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for

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Lib Dems fees position now downright ridiculous – Wright

MP Iain Wright, Labour’s campaign manager for the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, responding to Elwyn Watkins latest comments on tuition fees, said: “Elwyn Watkins position on tuition fees has now gone from farcical to downright ridiculous. He is in danger of disappearing into his own

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Debbie Abrahams launches Fairness Guarantee

DEBBIE ABRAHAMS Labour Candidate for the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election has today (Wednesday) launched her Fairness Guarantee during a visit to Saddleworth Rangers Rugby League Club. She was joined at the launch by Ivan Lewis, Labour’s Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary and Andy

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Save the NHS!

Yesterday I received a 232,000 signature ‘Save the NHS’ petition from Shaw constituent  Dr Steve Watkins who volunteers on behalf of campaigning website 38 Degrees…sign up now at www.38degrees.org.uk. I‘ll be passing the petition on to the Department of Health via the Petition Bag which hangs

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100th International Women’s Day

I went to a wonderful celebration of the 100th International Women’s Day organised by the Indian Association. Many thanks to Trupti Patel for inviting me along as the guest of honour. To see photos visit Trupti’s Facebook site:

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