Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2014

The Sunday Mirror has reported today that one of David Cameron’s top ministers has praised 80,000 job losses in the Civil Service as “good” and “popular”.

The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, made his comments as he revealed plans for further cuts of £20 billion if the Tories win the general election.

 

Sunday Mirror: Top Tory minister PRAISE 80,000 job losses as ''good'' and ''popular''

The Sunday Mirror has reported today that one of David Cameron’s top ministers has praised 80,000 job losses in the Civil Service as “good” and “popular”. The Minister for the Cabinet Office,... Read more

MD_calls_on_foodbank_action.jpgAs reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for ministers to take action to tackle the increasing use of foodbanks in Barnsley following the release of figures by the Barnsley Foodbank Partnership that showed between October 2013 and September 2014 almost 3,800 food parcels were handed out to people struggling to makes ends meet in Barnsley.

Commenting, Michael said, “The use of foodbanks in Barnsley and across the country has risen at a disturbing rate. In the last year the Barnsley Foodbank Partnership handed out just under 23 tonnes of food. It is shocking that so much of the ever increasing need for food aid we see is primarily caused by the actions of the Department for Work and Pensions. Yet ministers have done notheing to tackle the benefit delays and changes which are causing so much of the problem.”

Michael calls for action over foodbank use

As reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for ministers to take action to tackle the increasing use of foodbanks in Barnsley following the release of figures by the Barnsley Foodbank...

ken_B_medal_chron-1.jpgMichael has congratulated and paid tribute to Barnsley Royal Navy veteran Ken Burkinshaw on his award of the Ushakov Medal from The Russian Government.

The Ushakov medal recognises his heroism and service whilst escorting Russian convoys and battling the Nazis.  It was presented to Ken by the Attaché of the Russian Embassy, Elizaveta Vokorina, at a ceremony on Friday 12 December.

Michael congratulates Barnsley veteran of the Arctic Convoys

Michael has congratulated and paid tribute to Barnsley Royal Navy veteran Ken Burkinshaw on his award of the Ushakov Medal from The Russian Government. The Ushakov medal recognises his heroism... Read more

Bedroom_Tax_cutting_1912.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael voted this week to call on this Tory-led Government to scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas.

The call for action was unfortunately defeated by the Government through the support of the Lib Dems and follows a parliamentary question tabled by Michael which revealed almost 1,500 have been hit by the tax in Barnsley East alone. Each of these people have been forced to find, on average an extra £700 a year. In the wider region, over 16,500 people in South Yorkshire have been affected by the Bedroom Tax.

Scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael voted this week to call on this Tory-led Government to scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas. The call for action was unfortunately defeated by... Read more

Following the launch of Labour's Passenger Power bus campaign to give greater control over local bus services to city and county regions, Michael has written a blog for the Huffington Post.

You can read the blog in full by clicking here.

Huffington Post: 'Like With the Rip-off Energy Firms, Labour Is Determined to Take on the Bus Barons'

Following the launch of Labour's Passenger Power bus campaign to give greater control over local bus services to city and county regions, Michael has written a blog for the Huffington...

Passenger_power.jpgMichael launched Labour’s new bus campaign this week – called ‘Passenger Power’ - about putting communities and passengers in control of local bus services. Labour will hand powers back to local communities to save crucial bus routes.

Across England, over 1,300 bus routes have been cut since 2010. People living in rural areas in particular are seeing their bus services disappear. In rural areas, the number of miles of local bus service has dropped by a massive 23 per cent compared to 2010.

At the same time, bus fares are rocketing, going up by 25 per cent since 2010 - an increase five times faster than wage growth. Over the same period, operating costs for local bus services has stayed the same. The new figures reveal that bus passenger fare receipts from this year were half a billion pounds more than in 2010. And the operating revenue for the bus companies has increased by four per cent since 2010.

Bus companies have been cutting crucial routes that people rely at the same time as increasing fares to maximise their own profits. Like the energy companies, the bus market is broken.

Michael launches Labour bus campaign

Michael launched Labour’s new bus campaign this week – called ‘Passenger Power’ - about putting communities and passengers in control of local bus services. Labour will hand powers back to... Read more

Adult_sexting.jpgAs reported in today's South Yorkshire Times, Michael is backing a campaign to make it a crime for anadult to send a sexual message to a child.

THe NSPCC 'Flaw in the Law' campaign calls on the Government to introduce a new offence so that it is always illegal for an adult to intentionally send a sexual message to a child.

Michael backs the 'Flaw in the Law' campaign

As reported in today's South Yorkshire Times, Michael is backing a campaign to make it a crime for anadult to send a sexual message to a child. THe NSPCC 'Flaw in... Read more

Michael has today opposed Government changes to firefighters’ pension regulations which could put firefighters’ lives at risk.

The regulations put forward by the Government are built on the assumption of a dangerously low aerobic fitness standard. The Williams Review, which the Government itself commissioned, states that the aerobic fitness measure the Government is basing their plans on means “the risk of sudden catastrophic cardiac events increases… with a risk of sudden death particularly while undergoing high levels of physical exertion”. This flawed fitness standard would put firefighters needlessly at risk and fail to protect the public.  

If a more robust fitness standard is implemented it would mean that the assumptions on which the Government’s pension regulations are based would no longer be valid. The result would be that a number of firefighters who try to maintain fitness would be unable to meet these operational standards into their late 50s through no fault of their own.

Michael votes against Government pension changes that could put firefighters’ lives at risk

Michael has today opposed Government changes to firefighters’ pension regulations which could put firefighters’ lives at risk. The regulations put forward by the Government are built on the assumption of... Read more

Michael visited five more schools on Friday to announce and hand out prizes to the school winners of his constituency-wide competition to find a Christmas card design.

All the school winners and runners up were awarded certificates and prizes of book vouchers for taking part.

It was revealed last week that Millie Cawthorn, age 10, who goes to Birdwell Primary School, was the overall winner of the competition. Her design is now on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.

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Worsbrough Common Primary School: Aneisha Hall (above left) and Eve Hatfield (above right). Lily Caddick also won a prize.

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St Michael and All Angels Catholic Primary School: Elysia Thorpe (left) and Lucas Wanless (right), who was the school winner. Immageon Taylor also won a prize.

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Hoyland Common Primary School: Heidi Almond (above left) and Madison Clare (above right) – the school winner. Izzy Sinclair also won a prize.

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Birkwood Primary School. From left to right (above): Cllr Charlie Wraith, Michael Dugher MP, Hannah Ferguson, Rhea Goose (the school winner) and Aimee Donohoe.

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Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre. From left to right (above): Libby Davies; Alaska Pancott (Winner); Michael Dugher MP; Irin Tasnuva; and Joshua Hyde.

Michael visits five more schools to announce winners of his Christmas Card Competition 2014

Michael visited five more schools on Friday to announce and hand out prizes to the school winners of his constituency-wide competition to find a Christmas card design. All the school...

PIP_-_Dec_2014.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called on for action to urgently deal with a huge backlog for Personal Independence Payment assessments affecting 560 people in Barnsley East.

According to the latest DWP figures and independent House of Commons analysis, Personal Independence Payments introduced last year to replace Disability Living Allowance is beset by delays and rising costs.

529,000 people applied for PIP, but only 206,000 received a decision about whether they qualified for help – leaving 323,000 people in limbo across the country.

Huge Personal Independence Payment assessments backlog leaves over 500 people in Barnsley in limbo

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called on for action to urgently deal with a huge backlog for Personal Independence Payment assessments affecting 560 people in Barnsley East. According... Read more

Postoffice_2014.jpgMichael visited Royal Mail’s Wombwell Delivery Office today, to see for himself how dedicated postal workers sort and deliver the post at their busiest time of year and he was introduced to the postal workers who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas.

Michael delivers Christmas Greetings to postal workers

Michael visited Royal Mail’s Wombwell Delivery Office today, to see for himself how dedicated postal workers sort and deliver the post at their busiest time of year and he was... Read more

As reported in the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times, Michael has highlighted new figures that reveal that since 2010, over 1,300 routes in England have been cut and fares have risen by 25 per cent – an increase five times faster than wage growth.

At the same time, the big bus companies have been cutting crucial routes that people rely on to maximise their own profits.  The new figures also show that top executives are cashing in on bumper bonuses.

Thousands of bus routes axed as bosses cash in with massive pay rises

As reported in the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times, Michael has highlighted new figures that reveal that since 2010, over 1,300 routes in England have been cut and fares have risen by... Read more

Guide_dogs.jpgMichael met with soon-to-be guide dog and James from Guide Dogs yesterday to hear all about their campaigning this year, particularly their campaign against pavement parking.

When pavements are obstructed by vehicles, blind and partially sighted people may have to risk their lives by walking into the road to pass by. This can also be an issue for parents with prams, wheelchair users and many others.

Guide Dogs and a coalition of other charities are seeking a change in the law to make parking on pavements illegal and help make pavements clearer.

Michael meets with Guide Dogs

Michael met with soon-to-be guide dog and James from Guide Dogs yesterday to hear all about their campaigning this year, particularly their campaign against pavement parking. When pavements are obstructed... Read more

BHF_-_Call_Push_Rescue.jpgMichael has written to secondary schools in Barnsley East encouraging them to register for one of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) free Call Push Rescue Training Kits.

It is estimated that that more than 30,000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year – 80 per cent of which occur in the home, often in front of family members and loved ones. Sadly fewer than one in ten people survive, partly because not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

BHF’s free training kit provides everything needed for a school to get up and running with CPR training. It covers how and when to perform CPR on an adult or child, put someone in the recovery position and use a public access defibrillator. Michael met with the BHF recently to see the Call Push Rescue Kits in action and refresh his CPR skills.

Michael urges secondary schools to register for free innovative CPR training kit

Michael has written to secondary schools in Barnsley East encouraging them to register for one of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) free Call Push Rescue Training Kits. It is estimated... Read more

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

At Birdwell Primary School he revealed to a special assembly that their pupil, Millie Cawthorn age 10, is the overall winner of his competition and that her design is now on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.

All the school winners and runners up were awarded certificates and prizes of book vouchers for taking part. Millie and her school were awarded special prizes in recognition of being chosen as the overall winner.

Commenting, Michael said, "The quality of designs just gets better and better every year. I always look forward to seeing the great designs the talented kids in Barnsley come up with.

"Millie's card design is fantastic and I can't wait to start sending it out to hundreds of local businesses, civic leaders, politicians and voluntary groups."

Millie’s winning design can be seen below. The runners up of the Birdwell Primary School were Amy Hindmarsh (left), age 11 and Jorja Faxon (right), age 8.

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Cllr Charlie Wraith and Michael met the winner at Cudworth Churchfield Primary School Ella Clayton (middle), age 11 and the runners up Jude Slater (right), age 10 and Charly Devonport (left), age 9

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The winner at West Meadows Primary School was Jaylen Lang (middle), age 10 and runners up were Bailey Baig-Ellis (left), age 9 and Aaron Gerstel (right), age 6

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Michael visits schools to announce winners of his Christmas Card Competition 2014

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

music_awards2.jpgOn Friday 4 December Michael attended the inaugural Barnsley Music Awards. These awards, created by Crazyflowerpot Promotions, the organisers of the annual LIVE in Barnsley urban music festival, gave local folk the opportunity to celebrate and recognise local musicians. Michael was also honoured to present the final award of the evening, 'Outstanding Contribution to Local Music', to Jason White for his dedication to local music, arts and charity work. During the evening the audience were treated to a series of live performances showcasing the strength in depth of the local music scene.

Barnsley Music Awards 2014

On Friday 4 December Michael attended the inaugural Barnsley Music Awards. These awards, created by Crazyflowerpot Promotions, the organisers of the annual LIVE in Barnsley urban music festival, gave local... Read more

Barnsley_Independent_2_December_2014.jpgMichael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent where he comments on the release of new figures that show net migration has climbed to 260,000, an increase of 78,000 on the previous year and is it is now 16,000 higher than it was when the Coalition Government was formed in 2010.

With fewer people are being stopped at our borders, more people are absconding and fewer foreign criminals are being deported, David Cameron has failed on immigration.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Labour's tough new approach to immigration - based on the British values of fairness and contribution

Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent where he comments on the release of new figures that show net migration has climbed to 260,000, an increase of 78,000 on the...

Michael has criticised the Autumn Statement today after it failed to set-out a fairer plan to deliver a recovery that works for the many and not just a few.

Delivering what is his final Autumn Statement before the election, George Osborne spoke of how the cost-of-living crisis is over and that the economy is fixed. However, in reality this is far from the truth.

They promised living standards would rise, but people in Barnsley are £1,600 a year worse off under the Tories and the number of full-time workers having decreased by 3,400. People in Barnsley and all across the country are not feeling the benefits of the recovery.

George Osborne promised to balance the books by next year but as new figures released this week show, a combination of lower tax receipts and higher benefit spending has led to higher borrowing and the Tories breaking their promise. This means Labour would inherit a large deficit as a result.

Ed Balls made clear in his response, a Labour Autumn Statement would set out a better and fairer plan to deliver a recovery that works for the many and not just a few. Including:

  • Making work pay – raising the minimum wage and expanding free childcare for working parents
  • Transforming our National Health Service with a fully-funded long-term plan - raising an extra £2.5 billion a year to deliver 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs
  • Balancing the books in a fairer way by reversing the tax cut for millionaires
  • Tackling the housing crisis by building more homes
  • Cutting business rates for small firms.

Autumn Statement – ‘David Cameron and George Osborne have failed every test and broken every promise they made on the economy’

Michael has criticised the Autumn Statement today after it failed to set-out a fairer plan to deliver a recovery that works for the many and not just a few. Delivering... Read more

CTC.jpgIn a recent article for Local Transport Today, Michael set out Labour's vision for boosting cycling, including pledging a long-term plan with clarity about funding sources.

The website BikeBiz has now written a review of Michael’s plans. You can read the article here.

 

BikeBiz: ‘Shadow Transport Secretary promises real cycling revolution’

In a recent article for Local Transport Today, Michael set out Labour's vision for boosting cycling, including pledging a long-term plan with clarity about funding sources. The website BikeBiz has now written a...

Michael responded for Labour yesterday to a statement in the House of Commons by the Government on roads.

As reported on Politics Home, Michael highlighted the number of announcements the Government have made in this area without actually delivering on the schemes they identify. It is clear that this is not a strategic investment plan for the country’s road network, but a pre-election give away for Government MPs in marginal seats. You can read about this further by clicking here.

Michael also highlighted the rising problem with potholes across the country, with statistics showing that there has been a big increase in the number of local roads that need fixing since 2010.

You can see the statement in full by clicking here.

Dugher slams McLoughlin on ‘all talk and no delivery’ on roads

Michael responded for Labour yesterday to a statement in the House of Commons by the Government on roads. As reported on Politics Home, Michael highlighted the number of announcements the...

World_AIDS_Day_2014.jpgMichael has today shown his support for World AIDS Day, which is held each year in order to raise awareness in the fight against HIV and support those living with HIV.

HIV attacks the body’s immune system, weakening the body’s ability to fight infections and diseases. It can be passed on in a number of ways, but by far the most common is via sex without a condom - 90 per cent of people with HIV contracted the disease through sexual contact.

There are currently 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, with 25 per cent of those unaware that they have the virus.

Michael supports World AIDS Day

Michael has today shown his support for World AIDS Day, which is held each year in order to raise awareness in the fight against HIV and support those living with... Read more

Townhallcom3.jpgOn Saturday 29 November Michael attended the Barnsley Town Hall Open Day. This annual event is an opportunity for people to discover more about how the iconic building has been the heart of local democracy for over 80 years and how the council works. In the spirit of Christmas, people were also able to find out how they can get involved and make a difference in their local community. Michael was able to visit a range of stalls from local community organisations such as The Royal British Legion, Love Where You Live, Greenacre School, Barnsley Youth Council and The White Knights. During the event Michael also found time to have a chat with Santa together with his wife, Mrs Claus.

Commenting, Michael said, "It was great to meet those who volunteer and help in our community and to see the wealth of lovely handmade gifts in the craft market. This event shows Barnsley at its best."

Michael visits Barnsley Town Hall Open Day

On Saturday 29 November Michael attended the Barnsley Town Hall Open Day. This annual event is an opportunity for people to discover more about how the iconic building has been...

Hoyland_tesco_foodbank.jpgOn Saturday 29 November Michael visited the new Tesco superstore in Hoyland to show his support for the in-store collection of food items for local foodbanks in conjunction with FareShare and the Trussel Trust. We was welcomed by Deputy Store Manager Eamonn Betts and met foodbank volunteers including Amy Goldthorpe and Hilary Simmons. He was shown how staff and volunteers ask customers to buy extra food items that they can donate on the way out of the store. Tesco then tops up all donations by 30%.

You can add your support to Labour's campaign to end the scandal of food poverty by clicking here

Michael supports Tesco Neighbourhood Food Collection

On Saturday 29 November Michael visited the new Tesco superstore in Hoyland to show his support for the in-store collection of food items for local foodbanks in conjunction with FareShare... Read more

Chronicle_lottery_story.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, following the twentieth anniversary of the first National Lottery draw, Michael has backed new plans which would force operator Camelot to reveal how many tickets are being bought in each part of the country.

There are fears that people in less well-off towns and cities are buying more tickets but getting handed far fewer grants. Studies have shown that some parts of Britain are missing out on millions of pounds of funding with former industrial areas like Barnsley East only receiving the equivalent of £86 per ahead or just 21 per cent of the national average.

The latest stats show that out of all 650 constituencies, Barnsley East has received only £42,406 from the Lottery this year – meaning it ranks fourth bottom out of all other constituencies. Closer analysis of the stats also reveals that between 2010-2014, Barnsley East received £2,334,887 placing it 46th out of 54 in the region and 547th overall.

Michael backs plans to end Lottery secrecy

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, following the twentieth anniversary of the first National Lottery draw, Michael has backed new plans which would force operator Camelot to reveal how many tickets... Read more

Hoyland_Market_-_Barnsley_Chronicle_28_November_2014_P1_Hoyland_edition.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, timescales have slipped on the redevelopment of Hoyland's Market and town centre.

It was orginally hoped that public consultation would have taken place in September and that some parts of the scheme would be completed by Christmas 2015. However, Resilienti have confirmed that the timescale on the developement had slipped.

'High time' to get on with Hoyland Market development

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, timescales have slipped on the redevelopment of Hoyland's Market and town centre. It was orginally hoped that public consultation would have taken place in September... Read more

Michael has congratulated Bert Beaumont, Head Coach of the Darfield Dunkers basketball team, on his nomination for a regional BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award. These annual awards form part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony and are given to the person who has made a substantive yet unrecognised contribution to sport. Winners from each region go forward to compete for the overall award to be presented live at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show which this year comes from Glasgow. Bert has dedicated himself over the years to coaching and promoting youth basketball in Barnsley and the success of the team, based at Netherwood ALC in Darfield, shows evidence of that drive and determination.

Commenting, Michael said: “Bert’s dedication and commitment to Barnsley basketball is very impressive, and his Unsung Hero award is a deserved recognition of that commitment.”

 

Michael congratulates a local sporting Unsung Hero

Michael has congratulated Bert Beaumont, Head Coach of the Darfield Dunkers basketball team, on his nomination for a regional BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award. These annual awards form part of the...

Following the announcement that the Government have awarded the contract to run the East Coast Mainline to Stagecoach and Virgin, Michael forced the Secretary of State to answer an Urgent Question on the issue in the House. You can read further coverage of Michael's reaction to this announcement on the BBCITVHuggington Post and Daily Mail.

You can watch the Urgent Question in full by clicking here.

Michael has also written to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Transport in order to ask him to postpone the process and to get a formal, Written Direction from the Secretary of State for Transport if he insists on proceeding. You can read the letter in full below:

East Coast Mainline franchise award

Following the announcement that the Government have awarded the contract to run the East Coast Mainline to Stagecoach and Virgin, Michael forced the Secretary of State to answer an Urgent... Read more

With the local NHS under increasing threat, Michael has today backed Clive Efford's Bill to repeal the Tories’ new competition rules that drive NHS privatisation at the expense of patient care.

David Cameron's top down reorganisation, which diverted £18 million from frontline care in Barnsley and £3 billion nationwide, has left the NHS in chaos. In the last twelve months, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust only met its target to see 95 per cent of A&E patients within four hours 25 per cent of the time. Experts are warning that hospitals are understaffed, and it is patients who are paying the price.

The Bill seeks to scrap David Cameron’s market framework for the NHS and make sure local NHS patients are always put first. It successfully passed the vote in the House and will now continue its passage through Parliament.

The Tory-led government has forced hospitals to open themselves up to a privatisation agenda which prioritises spending on competition lawyers and tendering exercises instead of on patient care.

Michael calls for reversal of NHS privatisation

With the local NHS under increasing threat, Michael has today backed Clive Efford's Bill to repeal the Tories’ new competition rules that drive NHS privatisation at the expense of patient... Read more

Shafton_parliament_week_election.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley ChronicleMichael visited Shafton ALC school on Friday 14 November with Councillors Joe Hayward and Charlie Wraith as part of Parliament Week

The aim of Parliament Week, which takes place from 14-20 November, is to inspire, engage and connect people across the UK with parliamentary democracy.

During his visit, Michael had the opportunity to speak to students and meet the candidates running for the role of “Student Voice President”.  Michael also served as the Returning Officer for the final vote and congratulated Lewis Wallis for winning the election for the position.

Michael visits Shafton ALC school as part of Parliament Week

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Shafton ALC school on Friday 14 November with Councillors Joe Hayward and Charlie Wraith as part of Parliament Week.  The aim of Parliament Week, which takes place... Read more

BChron_Athersley_emma_R.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle Michael visited the Athersley Business Centre on Friday 14 November with Emma Reynolds MP, the Shadow Housing Minister, Melvyn Lunn, the Chair of the Board at Berneslai Homes, and Helen Jagger, the Chief Executive of Berneslai Homes, to officially open the Athersley Community Refurbishment Scheme. The scheme, run in partnership with Berneslai Homes, Barnsley Community Build and Barnsley College employs ten young apprentices in construction at any one time, with an average of 40 being employed each year.

Michael and Emma Reynolds MP visit Athersley Business Centre for official opening of the Athersley Community Refurbishment Scheme

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle Michael visited the Athersley Business Centre on Friday 14 November with Emma Reynolds MP, the Shadow Housing Minister, Melvyn Lunn, the Chair of the Board at Berneslai Homes,... Read more

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As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has announced the school winners of this year’s Christmas Card Competition. These school winners will now form a shortlist from which an overall winner will be selected. These school winners and runners up from each school will all receive a prize, as does the school for entering.  The designer of the overall winning card will receive a special prize and so will their school. All these prizes are possible thanks to the generous support of the card’s sponsors.

 

School winners of this year's Christmas Card competition announced

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has announced the school winners of this year’s Christmas Card Competition. These school winners will now form a shortlist from which an overall winner will... Read more

after_school_worsbrough_interview.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley ChronicleMichael visited the After School Club at Worsbrough Libraryon Friday 14 November, where local  children have been working on a 6 week course to design their own local newspaper in partnership with First News, the national newspaper for children. Organsied by Library and Information Officer Kate Harper, they invited several local personalities, including Michael, to be interviewed about their work. Michael was joined by Councillor John Clarke, Barnsley Chronicle photographer Wes Hobson and Manchester United’s sports scientist David Kelly.

Michael was quizzed by the children on a variety of topics and the questions ranged from ‘Why did you want to be an MP?’ to ‘What’s your favourite football team?’ and ‘What’s your favourite food?’.

Michael quizzed by Worsbrough junior reporters

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited the After School Club at Worsbrough Libraryon Friday 14 November, where local  children have been working on a 6 week course to design their own... Read more

Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent where he comments on John Redwoods outrageous statement that 'jealous Northerners' should go and find work in London - the 'mighty capital' - to boost their incomes.

You can read the full article here.

Economic ‘recovery’ seems to be benefitting a privileged few

Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent where he comments on John Redwoods outrageous statement that 'jealous Northerners' should go and find work in London - the 'mighty capital' -...

Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent where he comments on John Redwoods outrageous statement that 'jealous Northerners' should go and find work in London - the 'mighty capital' - to boost thier incomes.

You can read the full article here.

Barnsley Independent: Economic 'recovery' seems to be benefitting a privileged few

Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent where he comments on John Redwoods outrageous statement that 'jealous Northerners' should go and find work in London - the 'mighty capital' -...

Road_Safety_2014.jpgRoad_Safety_Week.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is supporting national Road Safety Week, 17-23 November, by calling on the Government and people in Barnsley to ‘look out for each other.’

After years of consistent progress in reducing deaths and serious injuries, sharp increases in the past two quarters in 2014 have alarmed road safety experts and campaigners. Government figures released in October showed that deaths and serious injuries on the roads rose by 4% in the first quarter of the year, compared to 2013. Cyclist casualties rose by 18% in comparison with last spring.

Michael urges people in Barnsley to look out for each other

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is supporting national Road Safety Week, 17-23 November, by calling on the Government and people in Barnsley to ‘look out for each other.’... Read more

Following Labour's recent announcement to introduce plans to put fans back at the heart of football, Michael has written an article for the latest issue of the Barnsley FC Fanzine, West Stand Bogs, about the current state of football and the importance of Labour’s proposals for fans.

You can read the article in full by clicking here.

To take part in a survey about Labour's proposed plans by clicking here.

West Stand Bogs: 'Putting fans back at the heart of football'

Following Labour's recent announcement to introduce plans to put fans back at the heart of football, Michael has written an article for the latest issue of the Barnsley FC Fanzine, West...

PofB_2014.jpgMichael attended the Proud of Barnsley awards dinner on Friday 14 November. The ceremony, hosted by former Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd and Barnsleys own Stephanie Hirst, recognises and rewards the hard work and dedication of local people and groups in 13 categories. The Proud of Barnsley awards were launched by the Barnsley Chronicle two years ago to inspire all generations to contribute to the good of the town and its people and and and in his introductory speech Michael paid tribute to Barnsley's unsung heroes.

Proud of Barnsley Awards

Michael attended the Proud of Barnsley awards dinner on Friday 14 November. The ceremony, hosted by former Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd and Barnsleys own Stephanie Hirst, recognises and rewards... Read more

Cold_homes_scandal_-_SYT.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and South Yorkshire Times, Michael has supported plans to help end the scandal of people having to live in cold homes. 

Recent statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that over 10,000 households in Barnsley Local Authority live in fuel poverty, with nearly 4,000 of the households in Barnsley East.

One-in-ten households in Barnsley now live in fuel poverty

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and South Yorkshire Times, Michael has supported plans to help end the scandal of people having to live in cold homes.  Recent statistics published by the... Read more

50p_tax_SYT.jpgAs reported by the South Yorkshire Times and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called on the Government to reverse the £3 billion tax cut for the top one per cent of earners.

Michael voted against the Government’s top rate tax cut, which is worth an average of £100,000 for those earning more than £1 million. At the same time families will be on average almost £1,000 a year worse off by next year as a result of tax and benefit changes since 2010.

Labour has pledged to overturn the £3 billion a year tax cut for people earning over £150,000 as part of its plan to balance the books in a fairer way in the next Parliament.

Michael calls on the Government to overturn tax cut for millionaires

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called on the Government to reverse the £3 billion tax cut for the top one per cent of... Read more

worsbrough-construction-site.jpgMichael visited the Persimmon Homes construction site in Worsbrough today along with the Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds MP. 

Wentworth Grange is a prime development of three and four bedroom homes in Barnsley.  The houses are being built on the site of a former bus depot and will provide 145 new family homes for the area.

Michael visits Persimmon Homes construction site in Worsbrough with Shadow Housing Minister

Michael visited the Persimmon Homes construction site in Worsbrough today along with the Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds MP.  Wentworth Grange is a prime development of three and four bedroom homes in... Read more

On Friday 21 November, Labour MP Clive Effrod will present a bill to save our NHS. With support from the Labour Party, this Bill will call on those who support the NHS to:

  • stop the Privatisation of the NHS,
  • restore the legal duty of the Secretary of State for Health to provide National Health Services,
  • amend the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to remove the competition requirements, 
  • amend the ability to provide private health services,
  • amend the provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 relating to Monitor,
  • repeal Section 75 Regulations.

Stop the privatisation of the NHS - back the Bill

On Friday 21 November, Labour MP Clive Effrod will present a bill to save our NHS. With support from the Labour Party, this Bill will call on those who support... Read more

Remembrance14_1.jpgMichael attended Remembrance Day parade in Grimethorpe on Sunday 9 November, remembering those who have fallen serving their country with honour and distinction.

Accompanied by his family, he joined a march from the ex-Servicemens Club to St Lukes Church, led by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, to a church service and parade organised by the Royal British Legion.

Remembrance Sunday

Michael attended Remembrance Day parade in Grimethorpe on Sunday 9 November, remembering those who have fallen serving their country with honour and distinction. Accompanied by his family, he joined a... Read more

As reported by the Indpendent on Sunday, rail passengers are experiencing more train delays than at any time in almost a decade. The news was revealled after the publication of Network Rail's board meeting minutes.

You can read about the story further and see Michael's comments by clicking here.

Sunday Independent: Train delays worse for almost a decade

As reported by the Indpendent on Sunday, rail passengers are experiencing more train delays than at any time in almost a decade. The news was revealled after the publication of...

Chronicle_Coalfields_7_11.jpgFollowing the 'Justice for the Coalfields' debate in Parliament last week, the South Yorkshire Times and Barnsley Chronicle report on the campaign for justice and Michael calling for the Government to force a swift inquiry into Orgreave if the IPCC does not urgently publish its findings.

Justice for the Coalfields

Following the 'Justice for the Coalfields' debate in Parliament last week, the South Yorkshire Times and Barnsley Chronicle report on the campaign for justice and Michael calling for the Government to force a swift... Read more

Michael was interviewed by BBC Sheffield following Nick Clegg's speech today, which made a number of promises regarding transport in the North.

You can listen to the interview in full by clicking hereand scrolling to 1:10:30.

BBC Sheffield: Transport links in the North

Michael was interviewed by BBC Sheffield following Nick Clegg's speech today, which made a number of promises regarding transport in the North. You can listen to the interview in full by clicking hereand...

Barnsley_Ind_5_Nov.jpgMichael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent where he reports on the historic debate in Parliament and the impact of Labour's 'Justice for the Coalfields' campaign. In the article he highlights that as well as ensuring justice for the past, it is vital we work to secure a better future for former coalfield communities too.

You can read the full article here.

Barnsley Independent: Justice for the Coalfields

Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent where he reports on the historic debate in Parliament and the impact of Labour's 'Justice for the Coalfields' campaign. In the article he...

Michael was interviewed by ITV Calendar to discuss his concerns over ambulance response times in Yorkshire. This follows the news that a Barnsley dad, Kenny Bailey, had to wait over an hour for an ambulance to arrive whilst he suffered a major stroke.

You can watch ITV Calander's coverage on this by clicking here.

ITV Calendar: Michael raises concerns over ambulance response times

Michael was interviewed by ITV Calendar to discuss his concerns over ambulance response times in Yorkshire. This follows the news that a Barnsley dad, Kenny Bailey, had to wait over...

As reported by the Daily Mirror and BBC, Ed Miliband has appointed Michael as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. The move sees Michael move from the Cabinet Office to Transport, with Mary Creagh moving to fill the role left vacant by Jim Murphy, and Lucy Powell taking over as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Ed Miliband appoints Michael as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

As reported by the Daily Mirror and BBC, Ed Miliband has appointed Michael as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. The move sees Michael move from the Cabinet Office to Transport, with Mary... Read more

Michael has announced his nominations for the 2014 ‘Barnsley Music Awards’.

Sponsored by Walkabout & Yorkshire Gig Guide and organised by LIVE in Barnsley, the people that organised the popular town centre music festival, the Barnsley Music Awards 2014 recognise local musical talent and the winners will be announced at an awards evening at Walkabout in Barnsley on 5 December 2014.

Michael reveals his nominations for the Barnsley Music Awards

Michael has announced his nominations for the 2014 ‘Barnsley Music Awards’. Sponsored by Walkabout & Yorkshire Gig Guide and organised by LIVE in Barnsley, the people that organised the popular... Read more

The Daily Mirror has reported today that John Redwood, a leading Tory, has been recorded as saying that “jealous Northerners” should work in London and that “good professionals” could boost their income by working in the “mighty capital”. 

Quoted in the article, Michael said: “Same old Tories.   They’re a bunch of latter-day Norman Tebbits, telling people to get on their bikes.”

You can read the full article here.

Daily Mirror: 'Jealous Northerners should work in London': Tory John Redwood slammed over ''mighty capital'' comments

The Daily Mirror has reported today that John Redwood, a leading Tory, has been recorded as saying that “jealous Northerners” should work in London and that “good professionals” could boost their income...

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