Parkinson's Awareness Week

  This week is Parkinson’s Awareness Week, an opportunity for us to #UniteForParkinsons and to promote a greater understanding of the condition, and find out how best to support research into how we can provide greater care to those affected.    Continue reading

Sainsbury's project in Colwick confirmed

     I am delighted to hear that the plans to build a Sainsbury's on the Colwick Industrial Estate have finally been approved, after continuous efforts from Gedling County Council.  Continue reading

Tories taking away specialised vehicles from the disabled

  Is there no end to the cruel Tory cuts that affect the most vulnerable on our society? One of their latest cuts sees tens of thousands of disabled people in the UK having their specialised cars and scoters taken away from them, at a rate of around 900 a week. Not only are people losing their independence to get around, but the PIP retraction is seeing thousands losing their jobs as a consequence. Continue reading

Breathe Easy Gedling Launch

  I had a wonderful time yesterday, Tuesday 11th April, at The British Lung Foundation’s latest launch of Breathe Easy, which is a fantastic platform of information and support for people with lung disease and respiratory problems. 1 in 5 people in the UK are affected by lung disease, and the BLF are the only UK charity working to support those affected. Continue reading

Focusing on grammar schools will not improve social mobility

    The Tories love to drive forward a campaign that us backed by little evidence (just think back to that £350 million pounds a week for the NHS Brexit bus, or Theresa May’s recent ‘no-deal is better than a bad deal’ statement.) The government’s push towards the development of grammar schools is no different.  Continue reading

Weekend Campaigning in Gedling

Local elections are just around the corner, and I had another great weekend back in Gedling helping constituents and campaigning hard for Labour.  Continue reading

Tory Mp's are ignoring Brexit Committee

  Tory MP’s are refusing to accept findings by the cross-party select committee on #Brexit. Pro-Brexit Tories are blinded by their goal of proving that know what they are doing when it comes to deal negotiations. The main finding of the committee was that #TheresaMay’s claim that no deal was better than a bad deal, was not supported by any evidence.  Continue reading

Tory welfare cuts

   There are a number of Tory welfare cuts that are planned to be set in motion this week, that will leave the poorest and most vulnerable of our communities suffering. According to the Resolution Foundation Think Tank, 80% of tax giveaways in the next year will go to the better-off half of households.The poorest third, meanwhile, will shoulder 67% of the benefit cuts. Continue reading

School Capital Funding to leave schools underfunded

  As a former teacher, the #education of our children is of upmost importance to me as an MP. The Department of Education made an announcement today regarding the school capital funding. AngelaRayner has pointed out that this Tory recycling of old money, and I agree with her. The £2.4bn that they are planing to spend on education as a whole, comes from the £23.2bn that was allocated in 2015 by George Osbourne. Continue reading

Tory welfare 'shake-up' to cause child poverty

   The government are carrying out their plan to ‘shake up’ the welfare system. Parts of this plan include crunching child benefits for the third child in a family, as well as slashing benefits for bereaved families. The Conservative’s always seem to point their budget slashing fingers at the most vulnerable in our society. I completely agree with Debbie Abrahams that this is a new low for the government, and that Theresa May’s statement to focus on helping the ‘just about managing’ was clearly a lie. Continue reading