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- 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.
- 19 November 2014
Yesterday I attended the launch of a new report by the League Against Cruel Sports and GREY2K USA Worldwide in Parliament. It is shocking that so many greyhounds die every year through injury or being deemed surplus to requirements by the industry, and many more live in inhumane conditions throughout their racing life. Major change is needed to protect these dogs from harm, which is why I am delighted to support the League Against Cruel Sport’s important campaign.
- 13 October 2014
Parliament returns on October 13th after the conference season recess. On Monday MPs will be voting on a motion to recognise Palestinian statehood, which I will be supporting. There will also be debates this week on devolution, the minimum wage, the NHS, cycling and the national pollinator strategy, as well as questions to the Home Office, the Deputy Prime Minister, DCMS and the Prime Minister, where I am second on the Order Paper.
- 19 September 2014
I am delighted that Scotland has voted to remain in the United Kingdom to stay with us as we fight for the NHS and against poverty and inequality - we are much stronger united than divided.
- 14 August 2014
The Home Secretary has set up two inquiries into historic allegations of child abuse. One will look into how the Home Office, police and prosecutors handled information given to them about alleged child abuse, and another wider, independent inquiry will look into whether public bodies and institutions fulfilled their duty of care to protect children.
- 12 August 2014
I agree with those who say it is vital that the public has the right to hold their MPs to account between elections. The expenses scandal led to recall pledges being included in all three main parties’ manifestos but the Coalition's draft bill was hopelessly inadequate and amounted to little more than further self-regulation by MPs.
- 11 August 2014
Kerry has welcomed the UK Government’s efforts to provide humanitarian assistance but supports calls for the UK to take an international lead in the face of such atrocities and the deliberate targeting of religious groups. Labour’s shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has also supported President Obama’s limited use of air strikes.
- 08 August 2014
I know that many local people share my concern that under the current Government it is getting harder to get see a GP, that more people are waiting longer in A&E and that the Government is failing to hit waiting targets for vital treatments such as cancer care.
- 06 August 2014
I’ve been contacted by dozens of constituents over the past two months regarding their passport applications. It’s frankly unacceptable that families in Bristol East who applied in good time for their passports have had to endure protracted delays, a frustrating lack of response from the Passport Office, and then had to pay another £55 per passport to fast track their applications so that they receive them in time for their holidays.
- 30 July 2014
Under this Government house building has fallen to its lowest peacetime level since the 1920s. Rents are rising faster than wages in Bristol and across the country there are longer housing waiting lists, and fewer low and middle income earners able to buy a home.
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