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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Ale Trail update

The behaviour of a minority of people on the “Ale Trail” has been causing issues for a number of residents in Marsden and Slaithwaite.

In recent weeks I have met with the Chief Superintendent, spoken to many residents, and met with representatives from both Northern Rail and Transpennine Express. I am hopeful that together we can come up with a solution to this on-going problem.

Right now – the best thing you can do is please report every incident of illegal or anti-social behaviour to the police by calling 101.

Please share this post to increase awareness and tell everyone you know to report report report! Police response is directly linked to the number of complaints they are made aware of.

Letter to Chris Grayling regarding transport in the north

Following the Transport Secretary’s outrageous comments yesterday – saying that the north has responsibility for it’s own transport, while omitting that the government control the budget – we have sent a joint letter to express our anger.

Investment is required, as with so many of our public services.

Spending per head on public transport is SIX TIMES higher in London than around the country. This is unacceptable and I am fighting for much needed improvements here in Colne Valley.