In Britain, 6.5 million unpaid carers make a vital contribution to those with care needs, our local communities and our economy. For too long carers have been ignored and that too many carers remain unable to get the help and financial support they need in order to help others. This includes the 116,000 [...]
The contaminated blood scandal was the biggest disaster in the history of the NHS. We can never forget all those who contracted HIV and hepatitis C nor their families. For them, this is not an historical issue, it is an ongoing tragedy which continues to have a devastating impact on their lives, including my [...]
Earlier this week I spoke in the debate on the Budget in which the Chancellor had tried to tell us that the Government’s economic plan was working and that people were better off. The truth is that the Government has failed to balance the books as they promised, with borrowing at £90 billion this [...]
In questions to the Department of Communities and Local Government this afternoon, I reminded Ministers that in December of last year, the Prime Minister had said that he wanted to help hardworking young people to “enjoy the security of being able to own their own home.” But under this Government there are [...]
In Praise of Citizens Advice Bureaux impact on improving people’s health and saving the NHS money This week I attended an event, hosted by national charity Citizens Advice, which brought together MPs from all parties and health professionals, to highlight the positive impact of advice on people’s health. Research from the charity [...]
Teachers in this country are being overworked according to the Government’s own Teacher Workload Diary Survey, which found that the average primary school teacher is now working nearly 60 hours a week. This excessive workload is undeniably having a negative impact on teachers; an NUT survey found that 90 per cent of teachers had [...]
I welcome the news that multiple organisations in Bolton have joined together in a mental health concordat in an attempt to join-up mental health provisions in Bolton. The main aim of this agreement is to ensure that regardless of which branch of health care provision someone turned to in a mental health crisis, they would [...]
Today I have called for the government to make available a new drug which would help save the lives of children with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy – a progressive muscle-wasting condition for which there is no cure. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a severe muscle-wasting condition caused by the lack of a muscle protein called dystrophin. Around [...]
Today I voted in Parliament to introduce pay transparency across large companies. The measure, put forward by Labour will require companies which employ over 250 staff to publish their own gender pay gap in their annual report. We were joined in Parliament by Gwen Davis, Sheila Douglass, Vera Sime and Eileen Pullen – four of [...]
The way Ministers in the Tory-led Government have handled firefighters’ pensions has been deeply irresponsible. They have presided over 47 separate periods of strike action by firefighters in England since September 2013 and, after more than three years of dispute, they have failed to negotiate a fair and sustainable solution. The new Fire [...]
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