It was a pleasure to open the Redhill Academy new all-weather pitch earlier today, which will be a real asset to the area. The Football Foundation, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government through Sport England, is doing excellent work in delivering these facilities across England – helping to create jobs, provide a social outlet and get people fit. It is so important that pupils and community members alike have access to state-of-the-art grassroots sports sites locally, which will help to encourage people to enjoy being active.
This year's Conference has been a fantastic opportunity for the Labour party and important campaigns to come together and work on plans for the future. I have had the opportunity to meet and support a number of campaigns including Trades Union Congress (TUC) with their dying to work campaign, fighting to provide rights to those with terminal illness, Respect for Animals in their mission to eradicate the fur trade, I was able to meet with The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK) to hear about their training campaign and with the Fire Brigades National Union, to discuss the proper funding they desperately need to keep up their brave work. Continue reading
Yesterday I attended another IFAW campaign event to promote ending the illegal ivory trade. Whilst steps have been taken, the ivory trade is still very much in existence throughout the UK and the world. around 100,000 elephants were killed by poachers between 2010 and 2012, that is a rate of around one elephant every fifteen minutes. Continue reading
I am pleased to announce that I have been elected Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, alongside Co-chair Baroness Butler-Sloss and Vice Chairs Jess Phillips, Andrew Selous and Sarah Champion. Continue reading
The announcement by the Government, that they are removing the pay-cap for police and prison officers, must be exposed as the sham it really is. Theresa May announced police officers would get a 1% increase, plus a 1% bonus, with prison officers getting a 1.7% rise - both funded from existing budgets. Continue reading
I was proud to Wear Pink today in order to support Breast Cancer Now. With over 50,000 women being diagnosed with Breast Cancer every year in the UK, it is more important than ever that we are working hard to conduct as much research as possible to help cure this devastating disease. Continue reading
The Tories are getting the jobless to work for free in a DWP scheme. The programme, which sees job-seekers stacking shelves all day in Poundland for no pay, is nothing short of exploitation. This is not a short scheme to help build up a few skills, with participants claiming they are being made to work 30 hour weeks with no compensation. If the Government is serious about helping young people enter employment, they should focus on developing schemes to help with real working skills. Work experience can be a fantastic thing when executed correctly, this recent deal, unfortunately, does not have the participants interest at heart. Continue reading
The Tories have created a Britain that works for the wealthy, leaving the rest of Britain paying the cost. We need to introduce a real living wage for people now so that we can reduce the strain on the benefits system, and especially help those starting out in the world of work, who are already challenged by the housing crisis and student debt. Continue reading