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

'Dying to Work' TUC Campaign

    On Monday 20th March I attended a Parliamentary cross-party reception to support the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign. Dying to Work was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year- old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. I completely agree with the TUC Deputy General Secretary Paul Nowak when he said serious illness is tough enough without having to put up with extra hassle at work.  Not only does this lack of protection result in economic insecurity, but also experience discrimination and loss of dignity.  Continue reading

Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

          A new study released by the Jo Cox Commission on loneliness has revealed that 3/4 of older people in the UK are lonely. Loneliness as a health problem as well as a social one. A lack of social connections is a risk factor for early death, which can be compared to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is worse for the elderly than obesity and physical inactivity.     In the Borough of Gedling there are clear areas where people are at high risk of loneliness which you can find here  This month the Jo Cox Commission is turning the spotlight on loneliness along with Age UK, Alzheimer's Society, British Red Cross, Co-op Food, Refugee Action, Independent Age, The Silver Line and many others.   Continue reading

A Weekend of Local Campaigning

    I had a fantastic weekend back in the constituency, and had the opportunity to visit a range of projects and events. It was an action-packed weekend full of community projects, educational trips, school visits and local labour campaigning Continue reading

Budget U-Turn

  First a break in a manifesto pledge, and now a budget retraction, it’s all getting a bit chaotic for the #Tories. Exactly a week after the budget announcement, Phillip Hammond has announced that "In light of what has emerged as a clear view among colleagues and a significant section of the public, (he has) decided not to proceed with the Class 4 NIC measures set out in the Budget.” Continue reading