Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2014

The Sunday Mirror has highlighted new figures which show that the number of new apprenticeships has slumped by 10,000.

Last month, the Prime Minister promised to tackle youth unemployment by vowing to use £1million in welfare spending cuts to fund three million new apprenticeships.  But the latest figures show that the total number of apprentices employed by firms in England plunged last year by 10,400 from 520,600 to 510,200.

Michael, quoted in the article, said: “Tory promises on apprenticeships are a complete sham. Like everywhere else, their record is one of failure and broken promises.”

You can read the full article here.

Sunday Mirror: ‘David Cameron has let young people down with broken promises on apprenticeships’

The Sunday Mirror has highlighted new figures which show that the number of new apprenticeships has slumped by 10,000. Last month, the Prime Minister promised to tackle youth unemployment by vowing to...

Birkwood-visit.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today, Michael has congratulated Birkwood Primary School in Cudworth on their recent Ofsted report, where the school was classified as ‘Outstanding’.

As well as receiving the 'outstanding' grade overall, the school received this grade in all five categories assessed: leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision. In his report, Ofsted lead inspector Alan Lemon concluded ‘something special and something of excellence takes place at Birkwood’

Michael congratulates an outstanding school

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today, Michael has congratulated Birkwood Primary School in Cudworth on their recent Ofsted report, where the school was classified as ‘Outstanding’. As well as... Read more

ambulanceresponse.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today and We Are Barnsley, Michael has written to the CEO of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust following the news that a Barnsley dad and his family had to wait over an hour for an ambulance to arrive whilst he suffered a major stroke.

Michael’s letter asks for clarification over how this was allowed to happen in the first place, what safeguards Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust plan to put in place following this incident and how they plan to address comparatively poor response performance in relation to the 8-minute measure for Red 1 and 2 calls.

Ambulance service response times raise local MP’s concerns

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today and We Are Barnsley, Michael has written to the CEO of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust following the news that a Barnsley dad and... Read more

Michael led a historic debate in Parliament yesterday as part of the “Justice for the Coalfields” campaign.

The motion, which was unopposed by the Government, called on Members of Parliament to:

Michael leads historic debate in the House of Commons as part of the “Justice for the Coalfields” campaign

Michael led a historic debate in Parliament yesterday as part of the “Justice for the Coalfields” campaign. The motion, which was unopposed by the Government, called on Members of Parliament... Read more

As reported in the Sheffield Star, the Northern Echo, the Sheffield Telegraph and the Yorkshire Post, Michael will lead an Opposition Day Debate today and call for a vote in the House of Commons as part of the “Justice for the Coalfields” campaign.

The motion to be debated will call on Members of Parliament to:

  • acknowledge that the recent release of the 1984 Cabinet papers showed that the government at the time misled the public about the extent of its pit closure plans and sought to influence police tactics;
  • recognise the economic legacy of the pit closure programme in coalfield communities across the UK;
  • and back continued regeneration and much needed support for coalfield communities as part of a wider programme to boost growth in Britain’s regions.

Michael leads historic vote in the House of Commons as part of the “Justice for the Coalfields” campaign

As reported in the Sheffield Star, the Northern Echo, the Sheffield Telegraph and the Yorkshire Post, Michael will lead an Opposition Day Debate today and call for a vote in the House of Commons as... Read more

Michael has written an article for the South Yorkshire Times about his admiration for the difficult work that the men and women of the police service do, whilst at the same time having to cope with big Government cuts.

You can read the article in full by clicking here.

South Yorkshire Times: ‘Time for a change at the top’

Michael has written an article for the South Yorkshire Times about his admiration for the difficult work that the men and women of the police service do, whilst at the...

RBL_launchmontage.jpgOn Saturday 25 October Michael welcomed Vernon Coaker MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence to Barnsley to help launch the annual Poppy Appeal with The Hoyland and District Branch of the Royal British Legion at the new Tesco superstore in Hoyland.  Joining him was Labour's PCC candidate Canon Dr Alan Billings. At the launch Vernon had an opportunity to meet with Branch President and Arctic Convoy veteran Ken Burkinshaw and Chairman Robert Hill.

Michael attends The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal launch in Hoyland

On Saturday 25 October Michael welcomed Vernon Coaker MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence to Barnsley to help launch the annual Poppy Appeal with The Hoyland and District Branch... Read more

As reported in the Sheffield Star, the Northern Echo, the Sheffield Telegraph and the Yorkshire Post, Labour will hold an Opposition Day Debate and call for a vote in the House of Commons on 28 October as part of the “Justice for the Coalfields” campaign.

The motion to be debated will call on Members of Parliament to:

  • acknowledge that the recent release of the 1984 Cabinet papers showed that the government at the time misled the public about the extent of its pit closure plans and sought to influence police tactics;
  • recognise the economic legacy of the pit closure programme in coalfield communities across the UK;
  • and back continued regeneration and much needed support for coalfield communities as part of a wider programme to boost growth in Britain’s regions.

Labour has also called for an apology from Conservative ministers for the lies by the Thatcher government at the time about the secret pit closure plan and for looking to deploy the Army (as revealed in the recently released Cabinet papers).

Labour has also previously called on Ministers to: set out all the details of the interactions between the Government and the police at the time of the strike; to release all information about government-police communications around Orgreave; and to consider initiating a swift, independent review into what happened at Orgreave if the Independent Police Complaints Commission can’t or won’t undertake a proper investigation.

Labour to push for historic vote in the House of Commons as part of the “Justice for the Coalfields” campaign

As reported in the Sheffield Star, the Northern Echo, the Sheffield Telegraph and the Yorkshire Post, Labour will hold an Opposition Day Debate and call for a vote in the House of Commons on 28... Read more

md_perform_2.jpgOn Thursday 23 October Michael attended the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards at Sheffield United FC Bramall Lane.  

Organised by Angie and Tony Russell, who also set up the Barnsley based charity, Reflections Art in Health, these prestigious national awards recognises excellence in mental health services and shines a spotlight on those services and outstanding individuals who are making a real difference - a celebration of all that is positive in mental health. Michael congratulated all those attending and took to the stage himself to entertain the audience by singing with his guitar.

Michael attends National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards

On Thursday 23 October Michael attended the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards at Sheffield United FC Bramall Lane.   Organised by Angie and Tony Russell, who also set... Read more

Wear_it_pink_-_2014.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, 'wear it pink' day.

On Friday 24 October people across the country will come together to find fun and stylish ways to wear pink in the office, at home or at school. Donations raised by this year’s fashion inspired event will go to Breast Cancer Campaign to fund lifesaving breast cancer research. 

Michael joins the fight against breast cancer and 'wears it pink'

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, 'wear it pink' day. On Friday... Read more

real_ale_2.jpgOn Thursday 23 October Michael was pleased to be invited to become patron of the Labour Friends of Real Ale group during his attendance at their first social event at The Burton Bridge Inn in Burton-upon-Trent, organised by its founding chairman Jon Wheale.

Jon is Labour’s candidate for Burton and his work within the Labour Friends of Real Ale group will be instrumental in championing real ale causes within the Labour Party, trade union and co-operative movement, and supporting the brewing and pub industries – a vital and important industry that must be protected.

Michael becomes patron of the Labour Friends of Real Ale group

On Thursday 23 October Michael was pleased to be invited to become patron of the Labour Friends of Real Ale group during his attendance at their first social event at...

Football_voice.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed plans to give football fans a voice in their boardroom and buy a significant slice of the shares when the ownership of their club changes.

The proposals would see the biggest legislative shake-up in the governance of English and Welsh football clubs since the advent of the game.  The plans, drawn up in consultation with 95 football supporters’ organisations, would require supporters to come together to form a single accredited trust, like the Barnsley FC Supporters Trust, in return for the right to:

  • appoint and remove up to a quarter and not less than two of a football club’s board of directors;
  • purchase up to 10 per cent of the shares when a club changes ownership, if they so wish.

Michael welcomes plans to put fans at the heart of football

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed plans to give football fans a voice in their boardroom and buy a significant slice of the shares when the ownership... Read more

Not many people talk about secondary breast cancer, not even in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In order to raise much needed awareness for this terrible disease, Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent.

You can read the column in full by clicking here.

Dugher's column: ‘Don’t suffer alone in Breast Cancer Awareness Month’

Not many people talk about secondary breast cancer, not even in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In order to raise much needed awareness for this terrible disease, Michael...

Nigel Farage’s UKIP has allowed a far-Right Polish MEP whose Party Leader has been accused of making racist remarks and denying the Holocaust, to join the grouping of MEPS in the European Parliament set-up by UKIP.

You can read about this further and see Michael’s comments on the issue on the BBC here, the Daily Mail here and Evening Standard here.

UKIP form alliance with far-Right Polish MEP

Nigel Farage’s UKIP has allowed a far-Right Polish MEP whose Party Leader has been accused of making racist remarks and denying the Holocaust, to join the grouping of MEPS in...

Labour has unveiled plans to give football fans a voice in every boardroom and buy a significant slice of the shares when the ownership of their club changes.

The proposals would be the biggest legislative shake-up in the governance of English and Welsh football clubs since the advent of the game.

The plan, which has been drawn up in consultation with 95 football supporters’ organisations, would require supporters to come together to form a single accredited trust in return for the right to:

Putting fans at the heart of football’s future

Labour has unveiled plans to give football fans a voice in every boardroom and buy a significant slice of the shares when the ownership of their club changes. The proposals... Read more

Worsbrough-fallen-heroes.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael was recently asked by the Worsbrough Local History Society to launch their latest book ‘Worsbrough Fallen Heroes’ and open the new First World War exhibition at Worsbrough Library. 

The new exhibition and book is the culmination of much hard work by local historians and members of the community to commemorate people from Worsbrough who were killed during the First World War.  It gives a profile of each man, his family and when and where he was killed. During their extensive research they have even managed to uncover names that aren’t on the war memorial in Worsbrough. 

 

Michael open Worsbrough Library's new First World War exhibition and launches 'Worsbrough Fallen Heroes'

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael was recently asked by the Worsbrough Local History Society to launch their latest book ‘Worsbrough Fallen Heroes’ and open the new First World... Read more

Getonline.jpgAs part of the 8th National Get Online Week, taking place during 13-19th October, Michael met with representatives of Berneslai Homes, Barclays Digital Eagles and Barnsley Council at Wombwell Library to take part in a ‘Digital MOT’ session. 

The sessions will allow Berneslai Homes to offer guidance or signpost people on to additional free support sessions in Barnsley.

The annual digital inclusion campaign run by the Tinder Foundation, aims to engage 50,000 people, inspiring them to get online and do more with digital skills. Hundreds of events will take place across the country this week challenging people to see what they could do online.

Michael supports 'Get Online Week'

As part of the 8th National Get Online Week, taking place during 13-19th October, Michael met with representatives of Berneslai Homes, Barclays Digital Eagles and Barnsley Council at Wombwell Library... Read more

Cancer_research.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has met with representatives of Cancer Research UK and backed their ‘We will beat cancer sooner’ campaign.

In the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area the one-year cancer survival rate, referral to specialist wait and referral for treatment wait are similar or exceed the UK average. However, the wait for a diagnostic test does not meet the waiting time target, which states that 99% of patients should receive a diagnostic test within 6 weeks - Barnsley CCG currently falls short of this.

Michael joins the fight against cancer

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has met with representatives of Cancer Research UK and backed their ‘We will beat cancer sooner’ campaign. In the Barnsley Clinical... Read more

As reported by the Yorkshire Post, a Tory MP has told Tory Party conference that he believes that the Tories and UKIP ‘broadly the same’, urging the Conservatives to stop attacking each other and look at how they can work to help each other.

You can read Michael’s comments in reaction to this in the Yorkshire Post by clicking here.

Yorkshire Post: 'Ukip ‘broadly the same’ as us says Tory MP'

As reported by the Yorkshire Post, a Tory MP has told Tory Party conference that he believes that the Tories and UKIP ‘broadly the same’, urging the Conservatives to stop attacking...

Following the comments from David Cameron’s welfare minister that some disabled people are “not worth the full wage”, Michael has written a blog for LabourList about how Lord Freud’s comments have exposed the true face of David Camron’s Conservatives.

You can read Michael’s blog in full by clicking here.

LabourList: “David Cameron’s government: some disabled people are “not worth the full wage”

Following the comments from David Cameron’s welfare minister that some disabled people are “not worth the full wage”, Michael has written a blog for LabourList about how Lord Freud’s comments...

Following the loss of the Clacton by-election, it is clear that under David Cameron the Tories cannot hold even their safest seats. Michael has written a blog for LabourList about how Labour has shown it is the only party that can win a majority at the next election and that we will continue to lead the argument for big changes in our economy to build a better future for working people.

You can read the blog in full by clicking here.

 

LabourList: 'There’s only one home for working people'

Following the loss of the Clacton by-election, it is clear that under David Cameron the Tories cannot hold even their safest seats. Michael has written a blog for LabourList about...

Following the by-elections in Heywood and Middleton and Clacton, Michael has written a blog for the New Statesman about how Labour’s hard fought victory in Heywood and Middleton stands in stark contrast to the Tories’ collapse in Clacton.

You can read the blog in full by clicking here.

The New Statesman: ‘The by-elections show Labour can be confident of election victory’

Following the by-elections in Heywood and Middleton and Clacton, Michael has written a blog for the New Statesman about how Labour’s hard fought victory in Heywood and Middleton stands in...

As David Cameron continues to duck and dive over the TV debates, it is becoming increasingly apparent that he is trying to avoid and sabotage them. The Prime Minister comes under increasing pressure to commit to the debates, you can see Michael’s comments reported by the Independent here and in the Sunday Mirror here.

The Independent and Sunday Mirror: ‘David Cameron accused of 'dragging his feet over a call to begin TV election debates’

As David Cameron continues to duck and dive over the TV debates, it is becoming increasingly apparent that he is trying to avoid and sabotage them. The Prime Minister comes...

Birkwood_School_Council_-_Barnsley_Chronicle.jpgAs reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael was delighted to be asked to visit Birkwood Primary School to attend their School Council meeting and assembly.

The invitation followed a visit by the school to Parliament on Thursday 2 October 2014.  He took part in a Question and Answer session with members of the School Council.  Topics covered during the meeting included ‘Why is it called Big Ben?’and ‘What colour are the seats in The House Of Commons?’ 

Michael visists Birkwood School, Cudworth

As reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael was delighted to be asked to visit Birkwood Primary School to attend their School Council meeting and assembly.... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, all primary, Junior, Infant and special schools in Barnsley East have been invited to take part in Michael’s annual Christmas Card design competition. Michael has written to all the schools in the area to encourage them to join in and take part in the competition.

As in previous years, the best design will be used as Mr Dugher’s official 2014 Christmas card, which will be sent to hundreds of politicians, local businesses, civic leaders and voluntary groups. 

The best judged card from each school will win a prize and be named “school winner”.  These school winners will then form a shortlist from which an overall winner will be selected and the designer of the overall winning card will receive a special prize.

Michael launches annual Christmas Card design competition

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, all primary, Junior, Infant and special schools in Barnsley East have been invited to take part in Michael’s annual Christmas Card design competition.... Read more

Tiny_Hearts_-_Barnsley_Chronicle.jpgLocal Barnsley East MP, Michael Dugher has backed the Tiny Hearts campaign on a visit to Barnsley Hospital on Friday 3 October. The campaign, run by Barnsley Hospital Charity, aims to raise £1 million in order to fund a new special care baby unit.

On hand to greet him and provide a tour of the facilities were Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chairman, Stephen Wragg, and Chief Executive, Diane Wake. Michael also met: Ben Dockerill (Lead Nurse), Katie Cartwright (Tiny Hearts Campaign) and Mike Smith and the In-patient pharmacy team.

Michael backs Barnsley Hospital’s Tiny Hearts campaign

Local Barnsley East MP, Michael Dugher has backed the Tiny Hearts campaign on a visit to Barnsley Hospital on Friday 3 October. The campaign, run by Barnsley Hospital Charity, aims... Read more

On the evening of by-elections in Middleton and Heywood and Clacton, Michael appeared as a special guest with presenter Andrew Neil, on an extended episode of this week.

You can watch Michael on This Week by clicking here and scrolling to 57:30.

This Week: Middleton and Heywood and Clacton by-election special

On the evening of by-elections in Middleton and Heywood and Clacton, Michael appeared as a special guest with presenter Andrew Neil, on an extended episode of this week. You can...

Following the announcement by Ed Miliband that a future Labour government will increase the National Minimum Wage to £8 per hour by 2020 Michael have written a piece for the Barnsley Independent to show how important this will be for the lowest paid workers in Barnsley.

To read the column in full you can click here.

Dughers column: 'People who do a fair day's work should be entitled to a fair day’s pay'

Following the announcement by Ed Miliband that a future Labour government will increase the National Minimum Wage to £8 per hour by 2020 Michael have written a piece for the...

As reported by the Sheffield Star, Michael, a supporter of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), has highlighted the help available for people who want to look after their hearts, as new figures reveal 13,700 people in Barnsley East suffer from Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) and many more are at risk of developing it.

Cardiovascular disease causes 161,000 deaths in the UK every year and includes heart attacks, angina, heart failure, congenital heart disease and stroke. Michael backing the BHF’s is Heart Matters, a free service offered by the BHF to help people reduce their risk of heart disease and live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Local MP joins the fight against heart disease in Barnsley

As reported by the Sheffield Star, Michael, a supporter of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), has highlighted the help available for people who want to look after their hearts, as new... Read more

NHS_montage.jpgMichael has backed the Tiny Hearts campaign on a visit to Barnsley Hospital. The campaign, run by Barnsley Hospital Charity, aims to raise £1 million in order to fund a new special care baby unit.

Michael backs Tiny Hearts on visit to Barnsley Hospital

Michael has backed the Tiny Hearts campaign on a visit to Barnsley Hospital. The campaign, run by Barnsley Hospital Charity, aims to raise £1 million in order to fund a... Read more

As reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, recent Labour market statistics have shown that the number of full-time workers in Barnsley East has decreased by 3,400 since 2010, a fall equivalent to 11.4 per cent. At the same time the number of part-time workers has increased by only 1,100, or a 14.1 per cent increase.

The figures have been highlighted by Barnsley East MP, Michael Dugher, who is concerned about the availability of working hours in the area and argues that the figures indicate that too many new jobs in the area are part-time.

Figures show Barnsley residents struggle for hours

As reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, recent Labour market statistics have shown that the number of full-time workers in Barnsley East has decreased by 3,400 since 2010,... Read more

Following David Cameron's Tory conference speech and the defection of Boris Johnson's former Deputy Mayor to UKIP, the Daily Mirror are reporting Michael's comments on the defection.

You can read more about Cameron's last ditch attempt to save his party and Michael's comments on the latest Tory defection by clicking here.

 

Daily Mirror: David Cameron's last ditch attempt to save his party

Following David Cameron's Tory conference speech and the defection of Boris Johnson's former Deputy Mayor to UKIP, the Daily Mirror are reporting Michael's comments on the defection. You can read...

As reported in this week's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has given his backing to Barnsley’s Mental Health Week (6-11 October), which will see a number of events being held throughout the week to promote mental wellbeing. The awareness week is being held in the run up to World Mental Health Day on Friday 10 October, the focus of which is schizophrenia this year.

Michael is keen to support and promote mental health and wellbeing and recently nominated Angie and Tony Russell, founders of Reflections Art in Health, for a Proud of Barnsley award.

Michael backs Barnsley’s Mental Health Week

As reported in this week's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has given his backing to Barnsley’s Mental Health Week (6-11 October), which will see a number of events being... Read more

Following David Cameron's speech to Tory conference, Michael has written a post for LabourList about the 20 things he forgot to mention in his speech. Shockingly, we're still waiting to hear how David Cameron will fund his pledges.

You can read the blog post in full by clicking here.

LabourList: 20 things Cameron forgot in his conference speech

Following David Cameron's speech to Tory conference, Michael has written a post for LabourList about the 20 things he forgot to mention in his speech. Shockingly, we're still waiting to...

Acorn_brewery_logo.jpgMichael has congratulated Wombwell based Acorn Brewery on securing its first international export order, shipping  3,500 pints of Acorn’s most popular brews including Barnsley Bitter, Barnsley Gold, Yorkshire Pride, Old Moor Porter and Gorlovka to Italy.

Michael, keen to support and promote local businesses, was also pleased to hear that Acorn have also secured a new contract to supply 75 Morrisons stores across the north with its Old Moor Porter.  This deal means the brewery now counts all five established UK supermarkets – Asda, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons - amongst its customers.

Michael congratulates local brewery on their ‘Italian Job’

Michael has congratulated Wombwell based Acorn Brewery on securing its first international export order, shipping  3,500 pints of Acorn’s most popular brews including Barnsley Bitter, Barnsley Gold, Yorkshire Pride, Old... Read more

Following David Cameron's speech in which he claimed William Hague was the greatest living Yorkshire man, Michael and Dickie Bird joined Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics to discuss who the greatest living Yorkshire man or women really is.

Daily Politics: Greatest living Yorkshire man

Following David Cameron's speech in which he claimed William Hague was the greatest living Yorkshire man, Michael and Dickie Bird joined Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics to discuss who...

Michael has written a blog post today on the Labour Party website, asking how David Cameron can effectively lead the country when he can’t even get a grip on his imploding party. 

Click here to read the blog. 

Blog post: “Not an ideal start” to the Tory conference - but for the country, the news is even worse

Michael has written a blog post today on the Labour Party website, asking how David Cameron can effectively lead the country when he can’t even get a grip on his imploding...

On the eve of the Conservative Party conference, Mark Reckless became the second Tory MP in two months to defect to UKIP. 

As reported in the Independent, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal, Michael said:

“This is a hammer blow to David Cameron's already weakened authority.

“On the eve of his conference we again see that Conservatives' confidence in Cameron is plummeting. David Cameron has always pandered to his right, and even they are now deserting him.

“This also underlines that UKIP are a party of Tory people, Tory policies and Tory money.

“It is clearer than ever that only Labour has a plan to make every day working people across the country better off.”

Mark Reckless’ defection to UKIP is a “hammer blow to David Cameron”

On the eve of the Conservative Party conference, Mark Reckless became the second Tory MP in two months to defect to UKIP.  As reported in the Independent, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and the Wall...

Labour has used UKIP’s conference to take on their claim to stand up for working people and show the truth that UKIP are in fact more Tory than the Tories. 

Michael has written a blog for LabourList about exposing UKIP for what they are.  You can read the full blog post here

LabourList blog: ‘Exposing UKIP for what they are’

Labour has used UKIP’s conference to take on their claim to stand up for working people and show the truth that UKIP are in fact more Tory than the Tories. ...

As reported in the Independent and the Mirror, the Conservative Party has reportedly solicited donations from wealthy donors based on a promise to oppose a mansion tax.

Michael has written to the Chairman of the Conservative Party, Grant Shapps, urging him to end the Tories’ opposition to the tax and highlighting that there is a suspicion the Conservative Party’s policy on the mansion tax is influenced by those they are courting to fund their election campaign.

The Independent: “Tory Donors are likely to pay millions under labour’s mansion tax”

As reported in the Independent and the Mirror, the Conservative Party has reportedly solicited donations from wealthy donors based on a promise to oppose a mansion tax. Michael has written to the Chairman... Read more

Foodbank_Chronicle_-_Sept_2014.jpgAs reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited the Fareshare distribution warehouse in Stairfoot on Friday (19 September). Michael was shown how donated food is collected, packaged into parcels and distributed by the Project Co-ordinator for the Barnsley Foodbank Partnership, Alan Rouane.

He met with Gareth Batty, Chief Executive of FairShare and Reverend Mick Neale chairman of The Barnsley Food Bank Partnership during the visit to discuss the concerning increase in the use of foodbanks in the area.

Michael visits Fareshare Foodbank hub and Kendray Foodbank

As reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited the Fareshare distribution warehouse in Stairfoot on Friday (19 September). Michael was shown how donated food is collected, packaged into parcels and... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to be raised to £8.00 an hour by 2020, giving a pay rise to 8 per cent of Barnsley’s lowest paid workers.

There are currently 5,400 people in Barnsley employed in a job paying the NMW, the equivalent of eight per cent of the total jobs in the area. This is higher than the wider Yorkshire region and the rest of England, where six and five per cent of jobs are paid the NMW.

The planned increase would take the NMW from £6.50 in October this year to £8 by 2020 – a rise of £1.50 an hour for Britain’s lowest paid workers worth £60 a week or £3,000 a year.

Michael backs plans to give a pay rise to Barnsley’s lowest paid workers

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to be raised to £8.00 an hour by 2020, giving a pay rise to... Read more

Michael has today voted to support UK air strikes by UK armed forces against ISIL in Iraq. Please see below for the full text of the motion laid before the House and supported by MPs:

Michael votes to support UK armed forces action against ISIL in Iraq

Michael has today voted to support UK air strikes by UK armed forces against ISIL in Iraq. Please see below for the full text of the motion laid before the... Read more

Earlier this month the Government forced Northern Rail to introduce evening peak ticket restrictions on local rail services, pushing some fares up in Barnsley by as much as 26 per cent. Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent about these stealth fare increases and how it is Barnsley commuters who are paying the price.

You can read the article in full by clicking here.

 

Dugher's column: 'Barnsley Commuters are the ones paying the price'

Earlier this month the Government forced Northern Rail to introduce evening peak ticket restrictions on local rail services, pushing some fares up in Barnsley by as much as 26 per...

As UKIP prepare for their conference the Labour Party has written a blog about how UKIP are more Tory than the Tories. Michael has also commented on this in the Guardian, Daily Express, Dailoy Mirror and LabourList.

You can read the blog in full by clicking here and see further coverage and Michael's comments in the Guardian here, the Daily Express here, Daily Mirror here and LabourList here.

More Tory Than The Tories: UKIP’s Tax Policies

As UKIP prepare for their conference the Labour Party has written a blog about how UKIP are more Tory than the Tories. Michael has also commented on this in the...

Conference_2014.JPGAs has been reported by the BBCSky News and the Manchester Evening News, Michael gave a speech to the Labour Party Conference this week.

Michael’s speech set out the choice people have at the next election highlighting this Tory Government’s failures, as well as accusing Cameron of bottling it over the TV debates.

You can watch Michael’s speech in full by clicking here and scrolling to 1:01:30. Alternatively, you can read a transcript of the speech by clickinghere.

You can read further coverage hereand here.

Michael gives speech to Labour Party Conference

As has been reported by the BBC, Sky News and the Manchester Evening News, Michael gave a speech to the Labour Party Conference this week. Michael’s speech set out the choice people have at...

As Michael highlighted in his speech to conference, Tory Party membership has halved under David Cameron - from 253,000 when he was elected to around 134,000 now.

Click here to see a Buzzfeed post Michael has written, about ten endangered species that are more common than the Tories.

Buzzfeed: Ten Endangered Species That Are More Common Than Tories

As Michael highlighted in his speech to conference, Tory Party membership has halved under David Cameron - from 253,000 when he was elected to around 134,000 now. Click here to see a...

Michael visited a number of stalls at the Labour Party Conference this week to hear about the work they do and their latest campaigns. Michael's tour of the stands included: British Heart Foundation, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Anthony Nolan Trust, Campaign for Real Ale, Cancer Research UK, Charity Retail Association, Falkland Islands Government, Senet Group, Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar, Labour Friends of the Forces, The Coalfield Regeneration Trust, PCS and Prostate Cancer UK.

Conference_stall_montage_-_2014.jpg

Michael visits charities and organisations at Labour Party Conference

Michael visited a number of stalls at the Labour Party Conference this week to hear about the work they do and their latest campaigns. Michael's tour of the stands included:...

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport and We Are Barnsley, Michael has backed a campaign to help encourage people to quit smoking, as recent statistics show that Barnsley has one of the highest levels of adult smoking in the country.

Nearly a quarter of all adults in Barnsley local authority smoke (23.6 per cent), this is the 46th highest average of all 324 local authorities. This is also higher than the average for the Yorkshire and the Humber region (22.7 per cent), which has the highest prevalence of smoking for any region in the country.

Michael backs campaign to help kick the habit

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport and We Are Barnsley, Michael has backed a campaign to help encourage people to quit smoking, as recent statistics show that Barnsley... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, figures released today show that pay excluding bonuses today is the lowest on record, despite a fall in unemployment. Wages after inflation have already fallen by £1,600 a year since 2010 and by next year working people will have seen the biggest fall in wages in any Parliament since 1874.

Unemployment in Barnsley local authority and Barnsley East has fallen, but youth unemployment in Barnsley remains high and unmoved at 1,090. In Barnsley East long-term unemployment remains 31 per cent higher than in 2011.

Michael: ‘we are living through the biggest wages crisis since Victorian times’

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, figures released today show that pay excluding bonuses today is the lowest on record, despite a fall in unemployment. Wages after inflation have... Read more

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