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- 05 February 2015
Today is National Voter Registration Day. This is an event to raise awareness among people over the age of 18 that they need to sign up to vote in the next election. The website “Bite the Ballot” last year registered 50,000 people; their aim this year is to get 250,000 people to sign up.
- 26 January 2015
Well over 150 constituents have contacted me about Government proposals in the Infrastructure Bill to remove landowner consent for shale gas drilling and later today I will vote to stop fracking from going ahead, unless a robust regulatory framework is put into place.
- 13 January 2015
Many of my constituents are likely to have suffered at the hands of ticket touts who shamelessly cash in on peoples’ passion for theatre, music or sporting events. Many will know how difficult it is, trying to book tickets for their chosen event, only to find that it in many cases it sells out within minutes due to thousands of tickets being hovered up by botnets.
- 06 January 2015
I have, understandably, received many emails from people about the recent increase in rail fares. Average ticket prices rose nationally by an average of 2.8% on 2nd January, though this is only the most recent increase in the last few years. It is unacceptable that fares have continued to skyrocket while real wages for the majority of the country have stagnated or decreased.
- 06 January 2015
Yesterday I asked the Home Secretary, Theresa May, about how police officers are now often being used as a service of last resort in mental health cases due to the Government’s spending cuts. In her response, the Minister claimed that the Coalition has taken action on this issue, and that the number of people with mental health problems taken to a police cell as a place of safety has fallen in the last few years.
- 22 December 2014
I nearly always manage to speak in Question Times for Energy and Climate Change and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – issues which I know are of concern to many constituents, as well as priorities of mine. At the last DECC Questions of the year, I quizzed the Government about the Prime Minister’s confirmation the previous day that a future Tory government would remove subsidies for onshore wind – despite the fact it is one of the UK’s cheapest forms of green energy - and didn’t expect any more to be erected without subsidy.
- 05 December 2014
Last month, Labour held an Opposition Day debate on the economy, calling for a real focus on living standards and the actual issues affecting daily lives – not least jobs, wages, childcare, house prices and rent levels, and whether people can afford to heat their homes and put food on the table.
- 03 December 2014
The Chancellor’s Autumn statement this week confirmed what people in Bristol already know; living standards are falling and this is not only hurting households up and down the country, but also damaging the economy.
- 28 November 2014
The convictions of men from the Easton area of Bristol on charges of sexual abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls, and the long prison sentences handed out, send out a clear message, but there are also lessons to be learnt about what more we can do to protect vulnerable young women and girls.
- 21 November 2014
This afternoon I will be joining my Labour colleagues in Parliament to vote for the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill - A Private Member’s Bill introduced by my colleague Clive Efford, which will put patients back at the heart of the NHS.
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