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Supporting Equal Pay for Women

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 [...]

Government’s pension changes could put firefighters’ lives at risk

    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 [...]

Small Business Saturday

  Next Saturday I am pleased to be supporting Small Business Saturday to celebrate the contribution of small firms in Bolton South East as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday on 6 December. Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in the local community. [...]

Concern for Changes to Dialysis Commissioning

  This week I was very surprised to learn that the government has put forward proposals which would enable dialysis to be commissioned entirely by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) with no accountability remaining with NHS England. No details nor rationale for this recommendation have been given. There is expected to be a short, 6-week, consultation [...]

Carers Rights Day

  Today I’m supporting National Carers Rights Day a Carers UK’s campaign urging people caring for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical support they are entitled to. As someone who is a carer myself, for my elderly mother, I understand too well the challenges this can sometimes present. [...]

Urged Minister to address ‘PIP’ delays and chaos.

On 25 November I led a debate in Westminster Hall on the delays to PIP processing. Read my speech below.   “I am very grateful to have been granted this debate on the Processing of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Like many of my colleagues here today, concern on the time that is taken to process [...]

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 [...]



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