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- 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.
- 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.
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