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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

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Mobile phone customers need reliable coverage and a genuine choice of affordable, high-quality services.

Make the Air Fair

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The Government must take action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

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"This is no way to run a prison system in the 21st century.”

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Yasmin Qureshi responds to the Prison Governors Association’s call for public inquiry into prison violence

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A Sad Day for Lancashire.

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Fracking Gets the Go-Ahead

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Confusion and fear are unacceptable tactics, especially when they are targeted at some of the most vulnerable in Bolton, but this is exactly what HMRC employed through their American debt-collecting firm, Concentrix.

HMRC debt-collecting firm Concentrix contract cancelled

Confusion and fear are unacceptable tactics, especially when they are targeted at some of the most vulnerable in Bolton, but this is exactly what HMRC employed through their American debt-collecting... Read more

A MUST for Dolakha (AMFD) is a Farnworth-based charity and its work was brought to my attention by one of my constituents, who is a founding member, active campaigner and fundraiser.

 

Championing constituent’s cause for earthquake aid

A MUST for Dolakha (AMFD) is a Farnworth-based charity and its work was brought to my attention by one of my constituents, who is a founding member, active campaigner and... Read more

Transport chiefs have failed to do more to tackle bus, train and tram accessibility for blind and partially-sighted residents in the region. 

Bolton blind left behind by ‘London-centric transport system'

Transport chiefs have failed to do more to tackle bus, train and tram accessibility for blind and partially-sighted residents in the region.  Read more

New Community Law Centre is to provide free legal advice and representation for the people of Greater Manchester, but they need your help.

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Greater Manchester Law Centre

New Community Law Centre is to provide free legal advice and representation for the people of Greater Manchester, but they need your help. Read more

I'm very concerned about findings in the recent Save the Children report showing that boys are nearly twice as likely to fail to meet expected standards in early language development as girls. 

The evidence shows that many of these boys will struggle to catch up and that they’re much less likely to do well at school, a pattern of underachievement which continues to GSCE level. 

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In Bolton, South East only 71 percent of children achieved the expected standards of speech and language skills at age five last year – well below the national average of 80 percent. There is also evidence of a significant gap in performance between boys and girls at this age -  with 65 percent of boys and 78 percent of girls achieving the expected level of speech and language at age five. This represents a 13 percentage point gap which again puts Bolton South East in poorer position than the national average of 11 percentage points.

We know that strong early development is an essential component of a child’s life chances and it is concerning that any children should be failing to meet the expected standard. But I am particularly shocked to learn that 290 five year old boys in Bolton were already behind when they started school – if they had performed as well as the girls, 109 more boys would have met the expected standard. Falling behind in this way is likely to have long-term consequences for their school attainment, their earning potential and opportunities in later life.

Today I have written to new Education Secretary, Justine Greening calling on her to invest more in children's early years.

Boys in Bolton falling behind

I'm very concerned about findings in the recent Save the Children report showing that boys are nearly twice as likely to fail to meet expected standards in early language development as... Read more

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