Vote on the EU Repeal Bill

My vote last night on the EU Repeal Bill was a vote against this weakened government taking power away from our elected Parliament.

Labour respects the result of the referendum; we voted to trigger Article 50, and support a jobs-first Brexit with full access to the lucrative EU single market.

Far from bringing back control and democracy, this bill gives unaccountable power to the Government, while by-passing Parliament. It gives Tory ministers total control over the 20,000 pieces of EU law which are to become British law as we leave the EU. Freedom to change, or drop altogether, as they see fit.

Labour’s proposals are sensible, flexible, and prioritise what is best for the country, rather than for hard-line Tory backbenchers.

This is a process that we must not allow to divide us – we are united in our aim for a relationship with the EU that prioritises jobs and the economy. We are leaving the EU, but we must do so in a considered way.

My full statement is below.

Letter – Jeremy Hunt invitation to visit HRI

Following the decision referring plans to downgrade HRI to Jeremy Hunt, I have written to the minister inviting him to visit our area to see how important the hospital is to us all.

I look forward to meeting with him, alongside residents, to press upon him how unsafe and inappropriate the current proposals are.

I will share his response with you all.

Government U-turn on privatisation

Good news today, the Tories have U-turned on their plan to sell off ‘NHS Professionals’ following a widespread campaign against the short-sighted idea.

‘NHS Professionals’ supplies short-term staff to NHS trusts as an alternative to private agencies, saving the NHS over £70M a year. It has been successful since its formation in 2002 and I cannot fathom why anyone who wants our NHS to succeed would want to see it lost.

I signed an Early Day Motion in Parliament opposing these plans along with many other MP’s in July. Congratulations to #WeOwnIt for their campaign, and thank you to every one who signed the petition.

Tory plans to privatise our NHS by stealth will not go unnoticed, however much they try it on!

RCN protest outside Parliament

On the day that Theresa May dismissed public sector workers as “this, that and the other”, the hard-working and underpaid nurses of the Royal College of Nursing were protesting outside Parliament.

I spoke with them to listen to their concerns and show my support for the campaign to #ScrapTheCap.

It’s totally unacceptable for nurses to be £3000 a year worse off today, compared to 2010. We have nurses visiting foodbanks, and a government that simply does not care. Half the country voted for an end to this austerity, and it’s time for the Tories to act.

Legal Aid for unaccompanied children

Legal Aid cuts imposed by the Tories are yet another destructive and ideological attack, in the name of austerity, on the weakest and most vulnerable in our society.

Today in Parliament I urged the Secretary of State for Justice to act on the recent Children’s Society’s report “Cut off from Justice”, which shows a 56% drop in availability of legal aid among unaccompanied migrant children in Yorkshire.

Welcome Centre funding bid

The amazing Welcome Centre need your vote.

The Welcome Centre do incredible work, helping the people in our society who need a hand up during times of crisis. It’s shameful that nurses and full time workers are being referred to food banks in 21st century Britain, but until we achieve a Labour government we must support one-another through this harsh austerity.

Last year they distributed 5,335 food packs to people in crisis, supporting a total of 3,101 people, more than a quarter of which were children.

Please visit this link and vote for The Welcome Centre to win funding for their pilot scheme to end “Holiday Hunger”.…/pilot-holiday-hunger-pr…/

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