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Apr 20

Investing in all our futures

I’m delighted my colleague shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth has announced that Labour will introduce an additional health visit for new born babies at 12-16 weeks to offer mothers crucial additional support. The pledge is part of Labour’s commitment in government to making Britain’s children the healthiest in the world and to tackling health inequalities …

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Apr 13

Vote for Sure Start

Sure Start children’s centres are vital in supporting families and helping children get the best start in life. It was the previous Labour government that recognised the importance of investing in the under-fives and aimed to establish 3,500 centres by 2010, one for every community in England. One-third have been lost across the country since …

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Apr 13

Tory mortgage changes threaten more debt

This week, the Tories once again showed they are not supporting homeowners. From April 6, with too little warning and next to no publicity, the government changed the rules for those out of work and needing support with their mortgage interest payments. After 70 years, the benefit has been scrapped. Now people have to apply …

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Apr 12

Make sure you are registered to vote

Local elections on Thursday May 3 are a chance to have your say about eight years of Conservative cuts to our public services and falling living standards. To have your voice heard, you must be registered to vote by Tuesday April 17. You can check if you are registered to vote by telephoning 0151 233 …

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Mar 29

Developing an autism friendly world

It can take years of worry and effort for many children to receive a diagnosis of autism, despite the government saying it should take only 12 weeks. One constituent wrote to me recently to say how, as a parent, she had ‘experienced first-hand ignorance, lack of education and sheer disregard of autism. We have experienced …

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Mar 21

Tory cuts force up council tax

Liverpool City Council has to make further savage cuts of £90.3 million between 2017 and 2020 due the Tory government slashing its funding. By 2020, the council will have faced cuts of £444 million since 2010. When adjusted for inflation, that equates to a cut of 64 per cent of the council’s overall budget over …

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Mar 16

Celebrating the best of our NHS

Our National Health Service turns 70 on July 5 this year, and despite determined efforts by some to see it retired, Labour’s proudest achievement is still going strong. Thanks to its staff and the taxpayers who fund it, the NHS protects us all every day. There have been amazing advances in science, technology, information and …

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Mar 16

Britain’s first functioning mosque recognised

The historical value of Britain’s first functioning mosque has now been recognised by Historic England the public body that champions and protects England’s historic places. I’m pleased that the mosque, at 8 Brougham Terrace, L6 1AE, has now been upgraded to Grade II* providing it with greater protection and recognising its role in establishing a Muslim community …

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Mar 15

Teaching Parliament

If you are a local teacher and ever wondered what Parliament has got to do with you or the students you teach, there is a great opportunity to find out coming up. The UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Programme is hosting a residential Teachers’ Institute on July 2-4. Teachers will experience Parliament first hand, and then …

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Mar 12

A great chance to widen horizons

Would you like to go abroad to study, work, volunteer, teach or train? If the answer is Yes, then here is some good news – a record amount of Erasmus+  funding is available for organisations in Liverpool, Wavertree this year. Every year, Erasmus+ funds around 16,000 UK higher education students to benefit from a study …

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