Has the new Free Childcare Scheme been thought out?

  The fact that 30 hours of free childcare is to be introduced for three and four-year-olds in September is fantastic news for both children and parents. This being said, I do have concerns that the plan has not been thoroughly thought out by the Government, and will leave child care facilities cash-strapped. Continue reading

Fantastic NHS account from Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

   Extremely moving to hear from my colleague Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and her time returning to work a shift in A&E.It is clear to see the different priorities of Labour and the Conservatives, with people like Rosena utilising her medical experience to highlight issues for our doctors and nurses, and the Tories cheering when they passed the motion to keep the cap on the public sector pay caps. Continue reading

200 Years for Accessible Trains

   It is an outrage that it will take more than two centuries for all of our train stations to be made accessible.Less than 20% of our stations have step-free access and the number of fully accessible stations has increased by a mere 2% over the last four years - meaning it would take until 2218 for all stations to be brought up to the same standard. Continue reading

We must not forget about Social Care

   After Theresa May’s U-turn on her ‘Dementia Tax’ during the election, all over the country people were talking about the importance of social care. Continue reading

Tories are failing transport passengers

    The Tories are failing to stand up for millions of passengers, road users and pedestrians. Fares are rising, public money is being wasted, and promised investment is not being delivered. Continue reading

Tories have deserted energy cap promise

    The Conservatives have deserted their promise of the energy price cap they stated in their manifesto, and now it has been confirmed that British Gas will be raising their prices. Continue reading

Passchendaele 100 Years

Today we commemorate the brave men and women from all over the world, both on the front line and in the hospitals who died in the third Battle of Passchendaele, which commenced on this day 100 years ago. Continue reading

NHS Staffing Crisis

    The NHS is under unprecedented financial pressure and is struggling to cope with filling staff vacancies. This is leading to excessive sums being spent on agency staff. More than 86,000 posts were vacant between January 2017 and March 2017. Continue reading

Union Ends Tribunal Fees

    It is fantastic that Unison has won the legal case that now means an end to employment tribunal fees and a reimbursement for the £27m that has been paid by employees in a variety of workplace issue cases since 2013. Continue reading

Gedling Borough Arts Festival

Last weekend was full of entertainment all over the constituency as part of the second Gedling Borough Arts Festival 2017. On Friday evening, I had a fantastic time as one of the judges for the Gedling’s Got Talent competition. Thank you to everyone who came to view, and congratulations to all who participated. Continue reading