Category: General

NHS five-year view endorses Labour’s plan

A major NHS review shows that Tory spending plans for the NHS would leave a large funding gap and would not be enough to prevent an NHS crisis in the next Parliament. Labour has made a commitment to raise an extra £2.5 billion a year for the NHS through a Mansion Tax on the highest-value …

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Bringing jobs and growth to Liverpool

I recently pressed the deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg about why Liverpool is not represented on his Northern Futures initiative which is supposed to bring together ideas to ‘create a vibrant Northern hub so it can compete with the biggest cities around the world.’ His offer of a government email address as an alternative to …

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Putting local people back in charge

The vote by the people of Scotland to stay within the UK has underlined why we are better together and why we need to give careful consideration to how we make sure everyone is able to express their voice for change. I believe that we need further devolution of power within England, we need reform …

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Grants to help communities tackle crime

If you are part of a community group with a great idea to help cut crime and increase community safety, you can now apply to Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy for a grant of up to £5,000 to make it happen. The deadline to apply is October 10, and the Commissioner is particularly …

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Don’t be fooled by pie-in-the-sky Tories

David Cameron’s speech to the Tory Party conference showed no recognition that working people are £1,600 a year worse off under the Tories nor that the NHS is going backwards on their watch. Instead, he tried to pull the wool over people’s eyes. People won’t be fooled by pie-in-the-sky promises of tax cuts in six …

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Becoming a guide dog friend

I’m delighted to have become a guide dog friend. Guide Dogs changes lives and is striving for a world in which people who are blind or partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. Guide Dogs has around 4,700 guide dog partnerships across the UK and also offers My Guide and …

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Bringing together mental health, physical health and social care

It was great to hear Labour Leader Ed Miliband put an integrated health service that brings together mental health, physical health and social care at the heart of our plans for government. With 3,000 more midwives, 5,000 more care workers, 8,000 more GPs, and 20,000 more nurses we will be able to reverse the Tory …

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Keeping online debate free from hate

The rise in digital technologies, social networking and media convergence has meant that more and more people are viewing content online. A rise in the reporting of internet trolls, spamming and online hate crime has meant that media sites have found themselves forced to take a tighter control of what users publish on their websites. …

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Stepping out for health and wellbeing

We live in a beautiful, vibrant city, and I was lucky enough to be reminded of that yet again when I joined a Walk for Health session organised by the city council and Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust. The proven health benefits of building some gentle regular physical exercise like walking into a daily routine …

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I am heading back Down Your Street

Politicians are out of step with people’s real concerns – right? I say wrong. I have begun the latest round in my bid to meet as many people as possible face-to-face across the Wavertree constituency. I write to residents in advance and people can put a poster in the window inviting me to knock on their …

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