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Oct 08

Transport Secretary must take charge

The unsurprising conclusion of the recently published interim report into the #RailFail chaos that hit many constituents this summer is that ‘nobody took charge’ even when it became clear that passengers were going to be badly let down by the shambolic introduction of a new timetable. Of course, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling should have been …

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Oct 06

Ask twice

World Mental Health Day on October 10 is just a few days away so it is welcome that Time to Change has launched its latest campaign this week – Ask Twice. The witty video plays on the fact that all too often we answer ‘Fine, thanks’ when anyone asks how we are, even when we …

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Oct 05

Making our pavements safe for all

Pavement parking forces people to walk out into the road, which is particularly dangerous for people with sight loss, wheelchair users and pushchairs. Outside of London – where pavement parking has been illegal since 1974 except in designated areas – local councils struggle to tackle the problem with existing Traffic Regulation Orders. I know from …

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Oct 05

Supporting shopworkers

Shopworkers union Usdaw’s survey of over 10,000 workers highlights the growing stress of low pay, short and zero hours contracts and insecure work. I’m backing the union’s Time for Better Pay campaign so that retail staff across Liverpool Wavertree get the pay and respect they deserve. Usdaw’s Time for Better Pay campaign tackles the causes …

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Oct 05

I’m standing shoulder to shoulder with our NHS staff

At the recent Labour Party conference here in Liverpool I backed an appeal from Cancer Research UK for more NHS staff to deliver the life-saving cancer tests and treatments people need. Its Shoulder to Shoulder Against Cancer campaign calls for everyone to stand with the NHS, and urges the government to tackle the chronic shortage …

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Oct 04

Celebrating National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day and as patron of the Liverpool Wavertree based The Reader charity’s North West programme, I would like to share a poem from its collection on change that I found particularly moving. The Reader, based in Calderstones Park, has over the last 10 years pioneered the use of Shared Reading to …

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Sep 22

I’m backing the campaign to end period poverty

I am supporting the Communication Workers Union campaign to bring forward the day when no one has to rely on charity to tend to their period needs. Basic period products will cost around £5,000 over a woman’s lifetime. Many people who cannot afford them are reliant on charity or resort to using unhygienic alternatives. A …

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Sep 21

Universal Credit rollout will increase poverty

Government must rethink the roll out of Universal Credit (UC) to Liverpool, before more people are plunged into debt. I’m backing the call from Liverpool Council Mayor Joe Anderson and community leaders for Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey to act. Last year Liverpool City Council made more than 13,000 crisis payments to assist people …

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Sep 20

Protecting our shopworkers

Carrying out an attack on a shop worker should be a specific offence to help protect those working in our retail industries.  That is why I am sponsoring a new clause to the Offensive Weapons Bill that will be debated in Parliament next month. The new clause has the backing of shopworkers’ union Usdaw and …

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Sep 20

Gambling plans to aid mental health

I’m delighted that Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson has pledged to clampdown on addictive online gambling. He and Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth have promised to give people the power to block gambling transactions through their bank or card provider.  Money and Mental Health, the charity committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty …

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