Issues

I condemn in the strongest terms, the decision of the Saudi government to execute Sheikh al Nimr and three young Shi’a men whose only alleged offences appear to have involved taking part in political protests and demonstrations against the Government.  As you may know, the Labour Party opposes the use of the death penalty in every circumstance.

Sheikh Nimr

I condemn in the strongest terms, the decision of the Saudi government to execute Sheikh al Nimr and three young Shi’a men whose only alleged offences appear to have involved... Read more

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the related campaign by the Campaign for Freedom of Information and 38 Degrees.

Protect Freedom of Information

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the related campaign by the Campaign for Freedom of Information and 38 Degrees. Read more

ISIL/Daesh poses a threat both regionally in its main area of military operations and internationally through terrorism.

Labour agrees that we must act to end the threat from ISIL/Daesh to the region and internationally and that it is a vital national interest to defeat ISIL/Daesh. The tragic events in Paris have emphasized just how important this is to us all.

Syrian Airstrikes

ISIL/Daesh poses a threat both regionally in its main area of military operations and internationally through terrorism. Labour agrees that we must act to end the threat from ISIL/Daesh to... Read more

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently about the Government’s Trade Union Bill.

I’m strongly opposed to this Bill because it undermines the basic protections that trade unions provide for people at work.   Trade unions are an important part of an open, democratic society.  I am very concerned, therefore, that the Government’s Bill seeks simply to weaken trade unions rather than to work with them in order to help boost economic efficiency and tackle Britain’s major economic challenges including our worrying productivity gap and skills shortages.

The Trade Union Bill

Lots of constituents have contacted me recently about the Government’s Trade Union Bill. I’m strongly opposed to this Bill because it undermines the basic protections that trade unions provide for people... Read more

I am only too aware of how strongly junior doctors feel about the proposed changes to their contracts, including a number who are my constituents.  The Government’s approach has been completely wrong and ministers should work with the BMA and junior doctors to find a fair agreement that avoids the threat of industrial action.  Junior doctors are vital to the future of the NHS and it is clear that, if we want to move toward a seven-day NHS and improved patient care, we need to ensure that the staff we rely on are supported and valued.

Junior Doctor Contracts

I am only too aware of how strongly junior doctors feel about the proposed changes to their contracts, including a number who are my constituents.  The Government’s approach has been... Read more

A lot of constituents have contacted me recently regarding protests outside abortion clinics and the related ‘Back Off’ Campaign from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).

This is an extremely sensitive and emotive issue that engenders passionate views on both sides. I think it’s important that anyone considering an abortion receives impartial, non-directive and clinical information on pregnancy in order to make an informed choice.

The Back Off Campaign to protect women outside British abortion clinics

A lot of constituents have contacted me recently regarding protests outside abortion clinics and the related ‘Back Off’ Campaign from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). This is an extremely sensitive... Read more

A number of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s regulations on fracking.

As you may be aware, the Government’s weakened regulations would allow fracking in drinking water protection zones and important wildlife sites, as well as under the ground below protected areas such as national parks and areas of outstanding national beauty. I share the concerns about these regulations, which I believe are totally inadequate.

Fracking underneath National Parks

A number of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s regulations on fracking. As you may be aware, the Government’s weakened regulations would allow fracking in drinking water protection zones and... Read more

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Last week Jeremy Corbyn and I attended a voter registration event at Leeds University to support the Missing Million campaign.

Nationally, about one million people are at risk of being taken off the register in December if the Government go ahead with their plans to end the transition period to individual electoral registration a year earlier than previously proposed. In Leeds there are 40,000 properties with no-one registered and of those over 16,000 are in Leeds Central alone. It is also alarming that certain groups of voters – students, those living in private rented accommodation and those in sheltered housing – may be particularly likely to be disenfranchised by this timetable.

The Missing Million

  Last week Jeremy Corbyn and I attended a voter registration event at Leeds University to support the Missing Million campaign. Nationally, about one million people are at risk of... Read more

A lot of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s regulations on fracking.

As you may be aware, the Government’s weakened regulations would allow fracking in drinking water protection zones and important wildlife sites, as well as under the ground below protected areas such as national parks and areas of outstanding national beauty. I share your concern about these regulations, which I believe are totally inadequate.

Fracking in National Parks

A lot of constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s regulations on fracking. As you may be aware, the Government’s weakened regulations would allow fracking in drinking water protection... Read more

During the general election the Prime Minister told the country the Conservatives would not cut tax credits. However in July the Chancellor announced the changes which will come into effect next April.

Tax Credit Cuts

During the general election the Prime Minister told the country the Conservatives would not cut tax credits. However in July the Chancellor announced the changes which will come into effect... Read more

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