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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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Feb 20

Save our jobcentres

Government plans to close Edge Hill and Wavertree jobcentres will leave this area with no local help for people seeking work. Please sign my petition today by clicking here. I have joined with the PCS union to back a Liverpool-wide petition. You can add your name to our joint Liverpool-wide PCS petition by clicking here. I will …

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Feb 18

Start a conversation today

I’m joining the conversation about loneliness, and encouraging you to do so too. Throughout 2017, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness will focus on the positive action we can all take to recognise it, build connections and help ourselves and others. My colleague Jo Cox had taken the first steps towards setting up the Commission …

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Feb 17

Tackling fuel poverty improves health and well-being

A baby born today and living in cold housing is more than twice as likely to experience breathing problems including asthma and bronchitis, and three times as likely to experience wheezing and respiratory illness. The baby’s chances of experiencing mental health problems are also higher. Today, around four million UK households live in a cold, …

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