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Join the Parliament Week Thunderclap for democracy

I had a great reception from local students when I told them on Friday about Parliament Week taking place all this week and how every voter in the land is a powerful voice for democracy. Tomorrow at noon, people on social media can use Thunderclap to start a conversation with Parliament that resonates across the …

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General Election is just six months away

Every door we knock on and every conversation we have brings Labour closer to winning the election in May 2015. My Down Your Street visits, school gate meetings, regular surgeries and campaigning across the constituency give me one consistent message – people are hurting and want change. People want the chance to improve their lives, …

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Backing Keep Your Cool campaign

The law is failing to protect shopworkers from abuse and assault. That is why I am backing the Keep Your Cool at Christmas campaign launched this week by shopworkers’ union Usdaw. The campaign points to rising tension levels in stores during the Christmas shopping period and reinforces the message that abuse is not part of …

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Deadline looms for competition entries

Local musicians and film-makers have just a few weeks left to get their entries in for Rock the House and Film the House. Rock the House and Film the House link up with local MPs to search out talent and offer winners national exposure and backing to take the first steps to success. The competitions are looking for …

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Remembrance Sunday, a poignant reminder of sacrifice

I will be laying a wreath today at the city’s annual Service of Remembrance and I will be joining the service of the Liverpool Scottish Regiment. This year’s commemorations are particularly poignant because they mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, in 1914. As we reflect on the loss of …

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Getting buses back on the right road

People need better public transport. The next Labour government will make sure that local authorities have the powers they need to integrate services and make bus services run in the interests of passengers and the local economy. Councils like Liverpool will be able to set the right bus routes and have fairer fares to help …

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Pay gap widens for women workers

This year women are working three days extra for free because of the Tory-led government’s failure on Equal Pay. After years of falling under Labour, the pay gap is back on the rise under the Tories and Lib Dems. Equal Pay Day is marked each year as the day women start working for free because …

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Stay warm and healthy this winter

The city council’s Healthy Homes initiative is working with organisations like Age UK and housing associations to provide free information, advice and practical help about how to keep warm and safe during the winter months ahead. It is also giving away winter warmth items at a series of public events in the run up to …

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A real honour to receive Anthony Nolan award

I was deeply moved to be awarded the Anthony Nolan Trust Political Supporter of the Year award last week. The charity is celebrating its 40th anniversary campaigning for more people to join the bone marrow transplant register to help people overcome forms of blood cancer. I joined the register as soon as I could when I …

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Tackling the causes of air pollution

Air pollution is stunting the growth of children’s lungs in ways which will affect them for the rest of their lives. Long-term exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths each year in the UK. It is a problem demanding government action, yet in the past four years progress has stalled or …

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