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
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill was one of the many controversial Bills introuduced by the coalition government. You can read my contribution to the parliamentary debate below. The full debate is available on the parliamentary website. I shall be brief. I pay
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 […]
On 26 March, I spoke in the Budget Resolution and Economic Situation debate in parliament following the Chancellor’s budget. The full text of my speech is below. You can read the entire debate on the parliamentary website here. Last week’s Budget did little to address the current issues
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