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[12/04/2015 | No comment]

image2On Saturday 11 April I launched Labour’s health and care manifesto alongside Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham in Pudsey.


Labour’s plan will promote good health and help to prevent ill health. We will join up health and care services to help people to stay living independently in their own homes, which is better for families and better value for taxpayers’ money. We will give people more control over the services they use and new rights, such as the right to see a GP within 48 hours, the guarantee of a maximum one week wait for cancer tests, one-to-one care from a midwife for every woman during labour and childbirth and a new right to talking therapies. We will truly put mental health on a par with physical health, and we will help people to help themselves through bold action on public health. These changes will be underpinned the investment of an additional £2.5 billion in the NHS each year to pay for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more homecare workers and 3,000 more midwives.


You can read the manifesto here and you can read what I said at the event here.image3

[06/04/2015 | No comment]

On 6 April Liam Byrne, shadow minister for universities, science and skills, and I guest-edited LabourList on the topic of technology. We looked at how we can make the most of advances in technology, using it to bring about profound social and economic change. It’s vital that everyone has the skills they need to benefit from the digital age, that we use technology to create more and better jobs spread across all regions, and that we use it to give people more power over their public services. You can read mine and Liam’s article here and take a look at the other contributions here.

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[27/03/2015 | No comment]

Lisa Nandy, shadow civil society minister, and I have written a chapter for Compass’ latest pamphlet, ‘Finding our Voice – Making the 21st Century State’. We argue that it’s important for politicians to trust people, giving them more power to shape the public services they use, so that services can better meet their needs. We need to reclaim liberty as a defining ideal of left of centre politics in England. You can read the pamphlet here.

Caring for older people »

[25/03/2015 | No comment]

image1On 24 March I represented Labour at the Citizens UK election rally in Nottingham, where I outlined Labour’s plans for social care. A Labour government will be on the side of care workers, calling time on 15 minute care visits, ensuring they are paid for travel time, ensuring proper training and a clear path for career progression, and championing the living wage. Citizens UK has been doing fantastic work on this. We need a Labour government that will stand up for care workers too.

Caring for older people » Speeches »

[25/03/2015 | No comment]

This week, I was honoured to speak at Age UK’s general election rally. I argued that making Great Britain a great place to grow old is one of the biggest challenges we face, and that if Labour is elected on May 7th we will lead a national endeavour to secure the changes we need in all parts of our society and country. You can read my speech here.