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- 10 July 2014
I am pleased to support National Transplant Week and its “Spell it Out” campaign to increase organ registration and consent rates. This year’s campaign is focusing in particular on encouraging people to discuss their wishes with their friends and family so that, when faced with the decision at such a traumatic time, it is easier to give their consent and help to save another person’s life.
- 12 June 2014
The Queen’s Speech is always an important occasion, but this year it was also an opportunity for the Government to tackle the huge challenges Britain faces and to address the depths of discontent with the direction of our country which people increasingly feel does not work for them.
- 04 June 2014
The Government also voted down an amendment which would have taken action on ticket touting. I’m the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Music Group and All-Party Group on Ticket Abuse, which campaigns to stop fans being ripped off by ticket touts.
- 30 May 2014
Ed Miliband announced last month that a future Labour Government would take measures to guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours for those who want one and an appointment on the same day for those who feel it’s necessary. Patients will also have the right to consult a doctor or nurse at their local GP surgery on the same day.
- 29 May 2014
One of my main concerns about this Bill is the inclusion of Clause 119 – the Hospital Closure Clause – which was introduced by the Government after the High Court rejected its proposal to downgrade Lewisham Hospital. The clause will grant the Secretary of State sweeping powers to close hospitals without proper consultation and clinical support.
- 15 May 2014
The consumer rights bill returned to Parliament on the 13th of May. I supported an amendment to the Bill that would have banned letting agents charging fees to tenants. These fees – which average £355 every time a renter moves house - are extortionate and put additional pressure on renters at a time when rents have risen on average by more than £1,000 since 2010.
- 15 May 2014
A Labour amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill, which would see letting agent fees scrapped was defeated in Parliament on Tuesday. The Government ordered its troops to vote against Labour’s amendment, which was backed by students at both Bristol universities.
- 14 May 2014
Shortly after my last newsletter I held a debate to highlight the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis in Parliament in April. It’s an issue that is important not just to me and to my family, but to constituents who have families or friends with cystic fibrosis and have written to me recently in support of the Cystic Fibrosis campaign.
- 13 May 2014
The Shadow Education Secretary asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on the 12th May about the allocation of funding for the Government’s free schools programme.
- 13 May 2014
New legislation affecting all dog owners in England comes into force today. The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act will clamp down on those who allow their dog to be dangerously out of control or a nuisance in their communities and will close loophole in the law which excludes dog attacks in people’s homes.
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