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Jun 23

The Tories are failing the country – again

The Tories’ Queen’s Speech shows that the Conservatives are unable to put together a proper programme for government. The Tories are incapable of taking the decisions needed to build a better Britain. Flagship Tory promises from their manifesto have been dropped and they have proved incapable of negotiating a deal with the DUP to keep …

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Jun 17

Let’s get together to remember Jo Cox

Today’s Great Mersey Get Together is part of a national network of events to remember and honour my former colleague Jo Cox. Jo, the MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered on the way to meet her constituents a year ago. Her family has organised The Great Get Together to mark the first anniversary with …

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Jun 16

Thank you for all your support

It is such an honour and a privilege to be returned as the Labour and Co-operative MP for the third time – and on an increased majority. Thank you for the wonderful support I received during the General Election. I will keep the promise I made during the campaign to work tirelessly to fight with …

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Mar 08

We need an International Women’s Day Budget for all

The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day today is the Changing World of Work. It seems doubly inappropriate then that the Tory government’s Budget today is likely to include more cuts to the services women, in particular, rely on to get and keep well-paid, stable jobs. The underfunding of health and social care hurts …

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Mar 06

We are moving, but staying close

The Liverpool Wavertree constituency office is moving today. The move follows the merger of construction union UCATT, in whose building the constituency office was based, with Unite. UCATT will be joining Unite at its offices in Jack Jones House in the city centre, which is outside the Liverpool Wavertree constituency. Obviously, it is vital that …

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Mar 03

Let’s make every daffodil count

Despite the torrential rain and winds of the last few days, March is, as always, seeing a profusion of daffodils poking through in our gardens to remind us that spring is just around the corner. It is a great time to be reminded of Marie Curie’s annual daffodil appeal. This year, the cancer support charity’s …

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Feb 27

We need to properly fund and integrate health and social care

The future funding of health and social is a vital issue. The failure of the Tory government to properly fund our NHS and the decision to deprive councils of the resources needed to properly fund social care has created a crisis. I stood at the 2015 General Election on a manifesto that pledged to properly …

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Feb 27

Police face a new round of cuts

Merseyside police face another year of Tory cuts after the government forced through a Police Grant Settlement confirming that our police are going to be denied the resources they need to do the best possible job. New threats are emerging from cybercrime and an increase in hate crime following the Brexit vote, while the reductions …

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Feb 25

Save Our Jobcentres – please sign today

Today, I am joining staff and users of the last two jobcentres in Liverpool Wavertree to highlight the vital role they play in supporting people to get back to work. The government plans to close the jobcentre in Wavertree and in Edge Hill – and that is after closing the jobcentre in Old Swan in …

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Feb 24

We need to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK

This week, I showed my support for a mass lobby of Parliament organised by the3million.org.uk, UNISON and New Europeans in support of EU citizens’ right to stay in the country after Brexit. I signed a pledge to call on Prime Minister Theresa May to guarantee unilaterally the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. I …

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