Issues

We are all horrified by the loss of over 200,000 lives in the Syrian civil war which has resulted in the greatest humanitarian crisis of our age.

Syria

We are all horrified by the loss of over 200,000 lives in the Syrian civil war which has resulted in the greatest humanitarian crisis of our age. Read more

I want a world in which there are no nuclear weapons and no-one wants to be in the position of having to contemplate their use. We all know from Hiroshima and Nagasaki about their terrible destructive power.

Trident

I want a world in which there are no nuclear weapons and no-one wants to be in the position of having to contemplate their use. We all know from Hiroshima... Read more

I am very concerned about the Government’s changes to tax credits that were announced in the July Budget.

Tax Credits

I am very concerned about the Government’s changes to tax credits that were announced in the July Budget. Read more

I have been a proud trade union member for 40 years and spent 22 years working for a union. I believe in the right of trade unions to represent their members – a fundamental freedom – but sadly we have a Government which wants to attack them rather than work together in a spirit of social partnership.

Trade Union Bill Second Reading

I have been a proud trade union member for 40 years and spent 22 years working for a union. I believe in the right of trade unions to represent their... Read more

A large number of my constituents contacted me about the Assisted Dying Bill. As some of you will know, the House of Commons debated the Bill on 11th September and it was defeated by 330 votes to 118.  The Hansard record is available here so you can see what was said. I did vote for the Bill, but I respect the fact that there was a clear majority against it.

Assisted Dying

A large number of my constituents contacted me about the Assisted Dying Bill. As some of you will know, the House of Commons debated the Bill on 11th September and it was defeated... Read more

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s proposal to cut support for Feed-in Tariffs (FITs).

Cuts to Solar Power

Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding the Government’s proposal to cut support for Feed-in Tariffs (FITs). Read more

A number of my constituents have contacted me about the BBC Charter review.

BBC Consultation

A number of my constituents have contacted me about the BBC Charter review. Read more

Many of you have contacted me recently regarding the BMA's 'No More Games' campaign and the six priorities they have set out for the new government.

No More Games Campaign - Securing a Healthier Future for the NHS

Many of you have contacted me recently regarding the BMA's 'No More Games' campaign and the six priorities they have set out for the new government. Read more

There has clearly been some confusion about Labour’s position on the Government’s Welfare Bill and what was actually voted on in the House of Commons on 20 July, so it might be helpful if I set out the facts.

Labour's Position on the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill

There has clearly been some confusion about Labour’s position on the Government’s Welfare Bill and what was actually voted on in the House of Commons on 20 July, so it... Read more

The loss of life we have seen in recent months among migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean has been shocking. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimate that 1,300 died in April this year alone, and there are now an estimated 550,000 displaced people in Libya hoping to move on elsewhere.

Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

The loss of life we have seen in recent months among migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean has been shocking. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimate that 1,300 died... Read more

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