Do you work with or know a community project that has reduced poverty in Bolton? If you do then I’m interested in hearing from you! The All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty and the Webb Memorial Trust are awarding a prize, worth £3,000, in Memory of Paul Goggins, who was the Secretary of the Group [...]
The Bedroom Tax is cruel, unfair and clearly not workable. The Labour Party has been clear and consistent in our opposition to the Bedroom Tax, it is an unworkable policy that is hitting the most vulnerable, particularly the disabled and their carer’s, most of whom have nowhere to move to. Nor does it [...]
I am pleased that Parliament has been given the opportunity to debate the welfare issues surrounding the sale of puppies and kittens. Methods of selling puppies and kittens has changed considerably and it is important that the Government look at all the different ways people buy, deal and trade in these animals. Animals should [...]
On Monday I spoke in the debate on hospital parking charges, an unnecessary burden on anyone visiting a hospital. By allowing parking charges we are essentially taxing people when they are vulnerable and need our help the most. No one visits a hospital for pleasure, they go because they are unwell or someone they [...]
Today I attended an Interfaith Peace Vigil at Westminster Abbey in solidarity with those being persecuted in Iraq. #WeAreAllHuman Powerful moving speeches were heard from the Archbishop Of Canterbury Justin Welby, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Imam Ibrahim Moghra, Ayatollah Fazel Milani. As Faith leaders, NGOs, Parliamentarians and supporters we stand together with common humanity and [...]
Many people will have seen the comments from Claire Perry MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Transport who, this week, stated that commuters should enjoy “fair fares for comfortable commuting” following the announcement that next year’s rail prices are set to increase by 3.5%, which is 1% above inflation. This [...]
Today I visted the Bolton Citizens Advice Bureau where I met with staff and volunteers who provide support and advice to thousands of residents of Bolton. In the last year the Bolton CAB has assisted over 4,000 of my constituents with problems they have faced with debts, cuts to benefits and immigration. They do a [...]
In response to those who ask me why I am not protesting against Syria and ISIS, my answer is simple; the Government is already, rightly, speaking out against the abhorrent killings of Christians and minorities in Iraq and a deeply worrying humanitarian crisis in Syria. The question then is – where is the Government’s condemnation [...]
I am delighted that from tomorrow until the 10th August Bolton will have the honour of hosting the British Transplant Games. Hundreds of athletes from the ages of 2 to 80, who are all transplant recipients, will converge on Bolton and take part in numerous sporting events. The event has been held for over 30 [...]
Since the launch of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ on the 8th July almost 2,000 Palestinians, 450 of which were children, have been killed and 450,000 internally displaced within Gaza. This deadly battle has wreaked havoc, punishment and devastation on a sieged and suffering population. Like many I watch the daily streams of news coverage with great [...]
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