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Badger Cull

The Badger Cull It was interesting to see that the Environment Minister, Owen Paterson, abandoned his policy to role out the badger cull nationwide.  He had pledged to extend the current cull, which was tested in two pilot areas in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, but has now performed a climb-down on the issue. These [...]

Standardised Tobacco Packaging

Standardised Tobacco Packaging On Friday 11 July 2014, I met young people from Bolton who asked me to call for the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging – a campaign backed by social enterprise Tobacco Free Futures , who recently helped over over 60,000 people in the North West to have their say on the Government’s [...]

Backing plans for New Technical Degrees

LABOUR WILL GIVE THE ‘FORGOTTEN 50 PER CENT’ OF YOUNG PEOPLE THE SKILLS TO SUCCEED For too long there has been an assumption that the best path to success for young people is via the conventional academic route. That kind of thinking is now out of date. For a 14 year old following the traditional [...]

Wild Animals in Circuses

Wild Animals in Circuses For several years, the Government has said that it will ban the use of wild animals in circuses, yet it has, so far, failed to do so.  It wasn’t even mentioned in the Queen’s Speech at the opening of this last Parliamentary Session, so time is running out for the Goverment [...]

Disabled Student’s Allowance

Disabled Student’s Allowance I was shocked to learn that the Government is looking to cut the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA), which helps disabled students to study at university by paying for essential services and equipment.  I joined with Labour, Lib-Dem and Green MPs to condemn this proposed cut, because this allowance is a lifeline for [...]

My concerns on the ‘fast-tracked’ DRIP Bill

I regret that I was unable to be in Parliament today to participate in the the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP) both to debate and vote.  The ‘whirlwind’ short notice given to MPs meant that I was unable to reschedule a scrutiny committee visit to Birmingham planned some time ago. I have serious concerns about [...]

Spell out your Organ Donation decision

This week I have been supporting ‘National Transplant week’ in Parliament. Do you have a donor card? We generally don’t tend to think about it unless we have to. People are scared and they are squeamish. Despite thousands of life-saving transplant operations taking place every year, around 10,000 people are still in need of an [...]

Constituents express outrage on Collective Punishment of Palestineans

It is ironic that on the very day we are reflecting on lessons from Srebrenica we are overwhelmed by scenes of carnage in Gaza as the Humanitarian crisis continues to deepen. What we see unfolding before our eyes is the Collective Punishment of many innocent Palestineans, a brutal and disproportionate use of force on an oppressed [...]

Capping Rent Increases

Capping Rent Increases: Good news for over 16,000 homes in Bolton: Ed Miliband has pledged that a future Labour government would cap the excessive rent increases in the private sector and scrap letting fees to give a fairer deal to tenants. This week, Ed Miliband has pledged that a future Labour government would cap the [...]

Stop and Search Reforms

Stop and Search: I am pleased that the Home Secretary has noticed the problems caused by ‘stop-and-search’ and wants to take action to curtail the abuses of this power. However, I expressed my concerns, along with many others in the House of Commons, that the Home Secretary’s proposals will not be sufficient.  A recent inquiry [...]



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