Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2011

Labour will today launch a last-ditch appeal to stop bereaved service families waiting months for inquests into fallen soldiers.

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, will urge Ken Clarke to reverse his decision not to appoint a chief coroner. 

Honouring the commitment to create the office of Chief Coroner is the first test of the new Military Covenant

Labour will today launch a last-ditch appeal to stop bereaved service families waiting months for inquests into fallen soldiers.Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, will urge Ken Clarke... Read more

The Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday Mirror are reporting today that the Government is poised to make a u-turn on scrapping the role of Chief Coroner following a campaign by the Labour Party and charities such as the Royal British Legion.

Government under pressure to think again about scrapping the role of Chief Coroner

The Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday Mirror are reporting today that the Government is poised to make a u-turn on scrapping the role of Chief Coroner following a campaign by the Labour Party and... Read more

Britain currently faces tough economic challenges, with high inflation, rising unemployment and stagnant growth. In the last nine months the UK economy has not grown at all.  Over the last year only Japan has grown more slowly in the G7, and only Greece, Portugal, Denmark and Hungary have grown more slowly in the EU.   One in five young people are out of work and there are now more women unemployed than any time since 1988.

 

Parliament to vote on EU referendum motion

Britain currently faces tough economic challenges, with high inflation, rising unemployment and stagnant growth. In the last nine months the UK economy has not grown at all.  Over the last... Read more

As reported in The Star, Michael Dugher visited a Tesco store in Barnsley today to present some fantastic new sports, art and computer equipment to teachers and pupils from two local schools.

Michael Dugher presents Tesco equipment to local schools in Barnsley

As reported in The Star, Michael Dugher visited a Tesco store in Barnsley today to present some fantastic new sports, art and computer equipment to teachers and pupils from two local... Read more

The Barnsley Chronicle is reporting today on Michael’s warning that youth unemployment in Barnsley is now at 'crisis levels' . Click here to read the full article. 

Barnsley Chronicle: Crisis as youth unemployment soars

The Barnsley Chronicle is reporting today on Michael’s warning that youth unemployment in Barnsley is now at 'crisis levels' . Click here to read the full article. 

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, has written to Sir Gus O’Donnell following revelations that Oliver Letwin has been dumping private and sensitive correspondence in park waste bins.

Click here to see the letter or read the full text below:

Sir Gus O'Donnell
Cabinet Secretary
Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2AS

14 October 2011

Dear Sir Gus O’Donnell,

I was alarmed to see reports today that the Minister for Government Policy at the Cabinet Office, Mr Oliver Letwin, has been seen repeatedly discarding official government documents – some said to deal with intelligence and counter-terrorism – in a bin in a central London park.

I was also somewhat surprised and concerned to hear the rather complacent response from the Minister about this important issue. A spokeswomen has said this morning that: “Oliver Letwin does some of his parliamentary and constituency correspondence in the park before going to work and sometimes disposes of copies of letters there. They are not documents of a sensitive nature.”

Can you ensure that the Cabinet Office will begin an investigation, as a matter of urgency, to ascertain the classification of the discarded documents, how many have been discarded in this manner and whether the strict procedures for the disposal of government documents has been breached. 

I am sure you will agree that Ministers have a duty to follow proper procedures and lead by example. This has clearly not happened in the case of Mr Letwin. As you are aware, Civil Servants are subject to disciplinary procedures if the proper processes are not adhered to. It cannot be that there is one rule for Ministers and another for everyone else. 

I would be grateful if you could investigate these matters as soon as possible and I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,



Michael Dugher MP
Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

Michael's letter to Sir Gus O'Donnell

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, has written to Sir Gus O’Donnell following revelations that Oliver Letwin has been dumping private and sensitive correspondence in park waste bins....

Michael visited Road Tankers Northern today, a successful road tanker manufacturing company based in Hoyland, Barnsley.

Michael met with the tank production manager, Don McKelvy, and was given a tour of the business.

The company employs 85 people, including half a dozen apprentices, and is the largest road tanker manufacturer in the UK. 

 

Michael visits Road Tankers Northern in Barnsley

Michael visited Road Tankers Northern today, a successful road tanker manufacturing company based in Hoyland, Barnsley. Michael met with the tank production manager, Don McKelvy, and was given a tour... Read more

Michael was on the Daily Politics programme today talking about the revelations that Oliver Letwin has been dumping private and sensitive correspondence in park waste bins.  Click hereto watch the interview.

The Cabinet Office is now going to investigate the matter and the Office of the Information Commissioner has also said that it will be contacting Mr Letwin, The Mirror and Whitehall officials to find out what happened, stressing that it regarded breaches of data protection very seriously.

BBC One O'Clock News - Michael was also on the BBC One O’clock news today talking about the same issue - click here to watch this interview.   

The Daily Politics show

Michael was on the Daily Politics programme today talking about the revelations that Oliver Letwin has been dumping private and sensitive correspondence in park waste bins.  Click hereto watch the interview....

Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, and Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, have launched Labour’s campaign for jobs and growth to boost Britain’s economy.

They have set out a clear five-point plan for jobs, to help struggling families and support small businesses:

Labour launches campaign for jobs and growth

Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, and Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, have launched Labour’s campaign for jobs and growth to boost Britain’s economy. They have set out... Read more

Following Michael’s letter to Sir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet Office and the Office of the Information Commissioner have both confirmed that they will be questioning Oliver Letwin after he was caught dumping government documents in a park rubbish bin.

The story has garnered widespread coverage today. For more information, see: The Daily MailThe MirrorThe IndependentThe GuardianFinanical TimesBBC NewsThe SunReutersNew StatesmanSky NewsThe Evening Standard, and The Yorkshire Post.

Oliver Letwin faces investigation after disposing of documents in park bin

Following Michael’s letter to Sir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet Office and the Office of the Information Commissioner have both confirmed that they will be questioning Oliver Letwin after he was caught...

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