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Supporting the NHS Bill

Today’s National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill provides a great opportunity to undo many of the damaging policies that have been passed under this Government.  Whilst this Bill will not fully undo the damage that has been done to the NHS in recent years, most notably by the Health and Social Care Act, it [...]

Supporting World Diabetes Day

    In spite of my sweet tooth I’m taking on the challenge of not eating any sugar for 24 hours in support of World Diabetes day today. The day is a fantastic initiative which engages millions of people globally in recognising the escalating health risk that diabetes poses. Of course, having a sweet tooth, [...]

A pledge to end the scandal of cold homes

Today I have pledged my support to end the scandal of cold homes. Britain has among the least energy efficient housing stock anywhere in Europe. Poor energy efficiency is the single biggest reason why so many households are in fuel poverty. A household in the least energy efficient home is currently paying, on average, £965 [...]

Government cuts funding for those most in need

Reports that the Hardship Fund, which provides emergency help for low-income families who suffer sudden financial crisis, is to be scrapped by the Government is yet another blow to what is a critical safety net for families facing unpredictable and difficult circumstances. More than 150 English councils currently receive an annual grant to provide crisis [...]

Off-Patents Drugs Bill

Off-Patents Drugs Bill Currently, there are unnecessary barriers preventing lifesaving, low-cost and effective drugs from being made available. When a new drug is produced, it needs an advocate that will push for it to be licenced.  This is also the case for older drugs that are discovered to have benefits in another area, which need [...]

Failing Deaf Children

Failing Deaf Children   The ‘National Deaf Children’s Society’ (NDCS) recently launched a report on Audiology Services in the UK and found that a third of audiology services are failing deaf children. Too many deaf children are not receiving timely and quality support under the current system. Some of the problems mentioned in the report [...]

Important Progress, but More must be done for Young Witnesses

  As a qualified barrister, specialising in complex and sensitive cases, I have followed the NSPCC’s Order in Court campaign with interest. I have been concerned to hear about the variability in provision for young witnesses in the criminal justice system. In particular, I was shocked to hear how few Registered Intermediaries are available to [...]

Recognising Palestine

    Today was a historic moment in the Commons. The motion to recognise Palestine was overwhelmingly passed: 274 to 12. I feel honored to be among those who voted to support the motion. Voting in favour of Recognising Palestine was highly important symbolically. It’s a strong expression of support for recognition, from the Parliament of [...]

Invitation for Nominations to Paul Goggins Memorial Prize

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 [...]

Voting against the Bedroom tax

    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 [...]



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