Running the Sport Relief Mile

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

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Did you ‘take the leap’ on No Smoking Day?

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 […]

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Living Standards

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

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Notification of Office Closure

Due to staff leave the Constituency office at Lord Chambers on 11 Church Lane will be shut on Monday 13th Feb for staff  leave. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this might cause. All emails and telephone messages will be responded to on return.  

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Cold Weather Payments ‘Triggered’ in Oldham

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,

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Holocaust Memorial Day

This week I signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to pledge my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honour those who died during the Holocaust. Friday January 27th will mark the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination

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Contribution to Food Poverty Debate

Read my contribution to the Opposition Day Debate on Food Prices and Food Poverty, referencing the Oldham Foodbank. The entire debate is available on the parliamentary website here. Is my hon. Friend aware that in Oldham a food bank has been established for the first time? That was in the paper

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Enterprise zones won’t help Oldham’s unemployed

New unemployment figures released on 18 January show a shocking rise of 106% for Oldham’s 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance for longer than 6 months.  This is bound to have a damaging effect on our young people and is a result of this government’s lack of action. Labour has been

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It’s Big Energy Week 16th – 21st January 2012

Yes it’s Big Energy Week 2012! Many of you across the constituency are telling me that big hikes in energy prices are a real worry and you are looking for ways to cut costs. During Big Energy Week charities, consumer groups, energy companies, switching sites, and Ofgem are working

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