Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2011

As reported in the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror, a Government study ordered by David Cameron to discover whether we are happy has cost £2 million and concluded that most people are fairly happy. 

Michael, quoted in the articles, said the exercise was a “complete waste of money”.  He added that “in a week when David Cameron and George Osborne cut tax credits for thousands, people will think it is ridiculous to spend £2million on a survey into happiness.”

The Government spends £2 million on “happiness” survey

As reported in the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror, a Government study ordered by David Cameron to discover whether we are happy has cost £2 million and concluded that most people are...

Wybone, a family run business based in Barnsley, has been told that it is based too “far away” from London to be eligible to win a contract on the London Olympics park. 

Michael has now written to the Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Lord Sebastian Coe, to raise his concerns about the “CompeteFor” process and how it seems to be stopping companies outside London from being able to win contracts. 

Barnsley company told that it is based too “far away” from the London Olympic park to win a contract

Wybone, a family run business based in Barnsley, has been told that it is based too “far away” from London to be eligible to win a contract on the London... Read more

Michael visited four more schools in Barnsley today to announce and hand out prizes to the school winners of his constituency-wide competition to find a Christmas card design.

The winner of the overall competition was also announced at a special assembly at Hoyland Common Primary School.

Michael announces the overall winner of his Christmas Card Competition

Michael visited four more schools in Barnsley today to announce and hand out prizes to the school winners of his constituency-wide competition to find a Christmas card design. The winner...

George Osborne has been forced to acknowledge a grim picture of declining growth and rising unemployment for the UK over the coming years.  The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts, announced in the Autumn Statement today, put growth at 0.9% for this year and 0.7% for 2012 - sharply downgraded from 1.7% and 2.5% from the March Budget.

Speaking after George Osborne’s statement in the House of Commons, Michael Dugher, the Shadow Minister without Portfolio, said:

The Government must change course on the economy

George Osborne has been forced to acknowledge a grim picture of declining growth and rising unemployment for the UK over the coming years.  The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts,... Read more

s reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and the Sheffield Star, Michael Dugher has launched a petition in Barnsley calling for the Government to re-think the scale of its police cuts in the forthcoming police funding review. The proposed 20% frontloaded cuts are taking an irresponsible gamble with policing and public safety in Barnsley.

Michael launches petition calling for Government to rethink its police cuts in Barnsley

s reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and the Sheffield Star, Michael Dugher has launched a petition in Barnsley calling for the Government to re-think the scale of its police cuts in the... Read more

Michael was a panellist on John Pienarr’s BBC Radio 5 Live showyesterday discussing the economy and the planned public sector strikes.

The other panellists on the show included Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt and Conservative MP David Ruffley.

To listen to the show, click here and scroll to 44:30.

Pienaar's Politics – BBC Radio 5 Live

Michael was a panellist on John Pienarr’s BBC Radio 5 Live showyesterday discussing the economy and the planned public sector strikes. The other panellists on the show included Lib Dem MP...

Michael attended the funeral for Private Matthew Thornton today at the All Saints Church in Darton.  

The Territorial Army soldier, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was killed by a bomb blast in Afghanistan on 9 November, two days before Remembrance Day.   

Michael attends funeral for Private Matthew Thornton

Michael attended the funeral for Private Matthew Thornton today at the All Saints Church in Darton.   The Territorial Army soldier, from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was killed by a... Read more

Michael Dugher visited three schools in Barnsley last Friday (18 November) to announce and hand out prizes to the school winners of his constituency-wide competition to find a Christmas card design.  The schools were: Cherry Dale Primary School, Cudworth Churchfield Primary School and Birkwood Primary School. 

Michael visits three schools in Barnsley to announce winners of his Christmas Card Competition

Michael Dugher visited three schools in Barnsley last Friday (18 November) to announce and hand out prizes to the school winners of his constituency-wide competition to find a Christmas card... Read more

David Cameron has been accused of deliberately provoking the unions into strike action next week.  TheDaily Mirror article reported that the Prime Minister is said to be “privately delighted” the unions have rejected the Government’s latest public pensions offer.

Daily Mirror: David Cameron accused of spoiling for a fight with the unions

David Cameron has been accused of deliberately provoking the unions into strike action next week.  TheDaily Mirror article reported that the Prime Minister is said to be “privately delighted” the unions... Read more

Michael has said that the troublesome properties in Welland Crescent are now expected to be taken over by Barnsley Council.  As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael recently wrote to the Leader of the council to say progress had been frustratingly slow for local residents and that "enough is enough". See the full article below.

Barnsley Chronicle: Council may buy derelict properties in Welland Crescent

Michael has said that the troublesome properties in Welland Crescent are now expected to be taken over by Barnsley Council.  As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael recently wrote to...

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