Issues

The revelations in the Panama papers are extremely serious and many people feel very strongly about the injustice uncovered.  That’s why there needs to be decisive action against global tax avoidance.

Panama Papers and Tax Havens

The revelations in the Panama papers are extremely serious and many people feel very strongly about the injustice uncovered.  That’s why there needs to be decisive action against global tax... Read more

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about the Government's intention to force all local authority maintained schools to convert to academies.

I will oppose the Government's plan, as will all Labour MPs. It is badly thought out, unnecessary and a distraction from the real challenges facing our schools

Why I will oppose the Government’s plan to force all schools to become academies

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me expressing concern about the Government's intention to force all local authority maintained schools to convert to academies. I will oppose the... Read more

The introduction of the New State Pension in April 2016 by the Government unfairly affects women born in the 1950s, and I fully share the concerns many people have about the new legislation. A debate was held on Monday 1st February about the issue, prompted by an online petition signed by thousands of people calling for fair transitional state pension arrangements. Women Against State Pension Inequality believe that there has been too little notice of the government’s changes to pensions, and that these changes happened faster than promised, leaving little time for women to plan for retirement.

State Pension Equalisation for Women

The introduction of the New State Pension in April 2016 by the Government unfairly affects women born in the 1950s, and I fully share the concerns many people have about the... Read more

I strongly support extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year olds. Scotland has given us a glimpse of what enfranchising 16 and 17-year-olds can mean. Over 80% registered to vote in the referendum in 2014 and they brought energy and vitality to the debate. And all of us who already have the right to vote and who value the opportunity it gives us to decide how we are governed should be hugely proud that young Scots voters showed that they had thought long and hard about the world they want to inherit.

Votes at 16

I strongly support extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year olds. Scotland has given us a glimpse of what enfranchising 16 and 17-year-olds can mean. Over 80% registered to vote... Read more

I have been contacted by many constituents recently about the need for the UK to welcome more refugees. 

Concerns have been raised over the current family reunion criteria for refugees and those with humanitarian protection status in the UK, and about whether these criteria may be keeping families apart.  As you may be aware, the Government's Immigration Bill returned to the House of Commons on 1st December for its Report Stage and Third Reading, and I know that organisations such as Refugee Council called for the Bill to be amended to extend the refugee family reunion criteria.

Welcome more refugees

I have been contacted by many constituents recently about the need for the UK to welcome more refugees.  Concerns have been raised over the current family reunion criteria for refugees and... Read more

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's proposed cuts to financial support for new claimants in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

I sympathise profoundly with anyone who is affected by cancer, and I appreciate how devastating this can be. I also recognise that those recovering from or being treated for cancer need additional support at this very difficult time and share the concerns about the Government's proposed changes to WRAG, which would see the level of support for new claimants in WRAG cut by around £30 a week from April 2017. I oppose this unfair and unjust measure, as it will hurt vulnerable people who through no fault of their own are suffering from serious illnesses and are in and out of work intermittently. It also risks creating a perverse incentive for people with health problems to be placed in the more expensive Support Group of ESA, thereby making is less likely they will receive help and support to return to work and potentially increase social security costs.

Don't Push Disabled People into Poverty

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's proposed cuts to financial support for new claimants in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). I sympathise... Read more

I know from the large number of letters and e-mails I’ve received on the issue of tax affairs of multinational companies that many local people are concerned at the deal between Google and HMRC, first reported in the media on the 22nd January.

Google Need to Pay their Way

I know from the large number of letters and e-mails I’ve received on the issue of tax affairs of multinational companies that many local people are concerned at the deal between... Read more

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's decision to end student bursaries for nurses and Allied Health Professionals and the related campaign by the Royal College of Nurses (RCN).

Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals work long hours, often in difficult circumstances, and frequently take a direct role in caring for patients when they are at their most vulnerable. They deserve our respect, admiration and support. It is absolutely crucial that the Government does not put people off pursuing a career in these professions.

Bursaries for Nursing Students

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government's decision to end student bursaries for nurses and Allied Health Professionals and the related campaign by the Royal College of Nurses (RCN).... Read more

I share the concerns of passengers who once again face increases on their rail fares. The announcement that fares have risen by an average of 1.1% from January 2016, confirms that fares will have risen by a quarter since 2010, and the cost of some season tickets will have risen by as much as nearly 40 per cent - leaving passengers paying thousands of pounds more in some cases than just five years ago.

Rail Fare Increases and Rail Privatisation

I share the concerns of passengers who once again face increases on their rail fares. The announcement that fares have risen by an average of 1.1% from January 2016, confirms... Read more

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Hilary campaigning to save student maintenance grants

Many constituents have contacted me about student maintenance grants.

The Government is wholly wrong to be abolishing them. The grants are vital for students from low income backgrounds and it will be very damaging if they go.  We are fighting this as the Labour opposition as hard as we can, and I am appalled that the Government has used a statutory instrument – which minimises scrutiny – to push this through.

Student maintenance grants

Hilary campaigning to save student maintenance grants Many constituents have contacted me about student maintenance grants. The Government is wholly wrong to be abolishing them. The grants are vital for... Read more

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