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[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 hereIMG_4878.

[24/03/2015 | No comment]

Cross it outWe’re making real progress in the fight against cancer – survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years. Cancer Research UK are at the forefront of this battle, raising awareness, developing new and better treatments and improving care.

I recently visited one of the charity’s pioneering research centres at the University of Leicester. I saw how the study of proteins has the potential to unlock new treatments that are much more targeted than conventional therapies. I also heard Margaret Chandler’s story. She beat cancer and is now campaigning for quicker diagnosis and better emotional and practical support for cancer sufferers.

Labour’s guarantee of cancer tests and results within one week will make a real difference. I’m also supporting Cancer Research UK’s Cross it Out Campaign to put the fight against cancer at the top of the agenda as we go into the General Election.Cancer

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[24/03/2015 | No comment]

Pledge CardLast Saturday, I joined Ed Miliband, the rest of the Shadow Cabinet and thousands of activists from across the country to launch Labour’s five pledges for the general election:

  1. A strong economic foundation: Balance the books and cut the deficit every year while securing the future of the NHS. None of our manifesto commitments require additional borrowing.
  2. Higher living standards for working families: Freeze energy bills until 2017 and give the regulator the power to cut bills this winter, ban exploitative zero-hours contracts, raise the minimum wage to £8 and provide 25 hours free childcare a week.
  3. An NHS with the time to care: 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs. We will join up services from home to hospital, guaranteeing GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.
  4. Controls on immigration: People who come here won’t be able to claim benefits for at least two years and we will introduce fair rules making it illegal for employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers.
  5. A country where the next generation can do better than the last: Tuition fees reduced to £6,000, an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades, and smaller class sizes for 5, 6 & 7 year-olds.


Caring for older people »

[24/03/2015 | No comment]

image2I recently discussed Labour’s plans for health and social care with women from across the Labour movement at Labour Women’s Network’s political day in Manchester. The last Labour Government understood that families were changing and put childcare at the top of the political agenda. The next Labour government will do the same for social care. We will support all families – men and women, young and old – who are caring for loved ones.

Safer, greener communities »

[22/03/2015 | No comment]

I recently joined forces with local residents and city wardens to lead a community clear up on Stokes Wood Park in New Parks. It followed one of my community meetings where local people told me that they were concerned about dog fouling, As an MP, you can achieve all sorts of things but sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves and get stuck right in.

We had fun but there’s a serious point. The people at my meeting are really proud of their area. They get frustrated when others fail to take responsibility, including by leaving dog mess on the park, which spoils it for every else.

The City Council are working really hard to tackle this issue but even with the best will in the world, they can’t be in every place, all of the time. That’s why I’ll support strong communities and back local residents who are prepared to play a more active role. Even small steps can make a big difference.