Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2014

dysonyouth.jpgMichael, accompanied by Councillor Karen Dyson, visited the Barnsley Youth Service outreach bus yesterday on the Aldham estate in Stairfoot.

The bus is designed to be a flexible drop-in centre for youngsters in the area, providing a useful hub for support workers to engage with young people.

Commenting, Michael said:

"It was great to see the valuable work performed by the Barnsley Youth Service and I enjoyed talking to local youngsters about many different topics, ranging from music to votes for 16 year olds".

 

Michael visits the Barnsley Youth Service

Michael, accompanied by Councillor Karen Dyson, visited the Barnsley Youth Service outreach bus yesterday on the Aldham estate in Stairfoot. The bus is designed to be a flexible drop-in centre...

Fareshare_Foodbank_warehouse.jpgMichael visited the Fareshare distribution warehouse in Stairfoot today, where he was shown by the Project Co-ordinator for the Barnsley Foodbank Partnership, Alan Rouane, how donated food is collected, packaged into parcels and distributed.

Michael then visited Kendary Foodbank at the Elim Pentecostal Church, where he met volunteers and heard about the lifeline support they provide to the local community.

In its first nine months of operation, Fareshare in Barnsley has fed 2192 people and has given out a total of 18 tonnes of food - all of which has been collected via voluntary donations.

Michael visits Fareshare Foodbank hub and Kendray Foodbank

Michael visited the Fareshare distribution warehouse in Stairfoot today, where he was shown by the Project Co-ordinator for the Barnsley Foodbank Partnership, Alan Rouane, how donated food is collected, packaged into... Read more

This month Michael has proudly supported Macmillan’s ‘lives depend on it’ campaign in order to guarantee that cancer care is a top priority for government. He has written a piece for the South Yorkshire Times about the importance of good cancer care for those whose lives have been touched by cancer. You can read Michael's column in full by clicking here.

South Yorkshire Times: 'Cancer care must be top priority for all'

This month Michael has proudly supported Macmillan’s ‘lives depend on it’ campaign in order to guarantee that cancer care is a top priority for government. He has written a piece...

Happy_Kids_visit.jpgMichael visited Happy Kids children’s nursery in Cudworth today, where he met Steve Scott Managing Director, staff and children.

The nursery looks after up to 23 children aged 2 to 4, providing essential pre-school education.  They have also been named as finalists for two national awards by the trade magazine, Nursery World, one for their work with disadvantaged children and another for their business model, working within areas of high deprivation.

Michael visits Happy Kids

Michael visited Happy Kids children’s nursery in Cudworth today, where he met Steve Scott Managing Director, staff and children. The nursery looks after up to 23 children aged 2 to... Read more

ukaid.jpgMichael voted today to enshrine the UK commitment to spend 0.7% of its national income on international aid into law. 

The Bill will now go through to the next stage . 

Michael has written a blog post about the issue, saying that there can be no more excuses on the development pledge.

You can read the full blog post here.

Blog: “No more excuses on development pledge”

Michael voted today to enshrine the UK commitment to spend 0.7% of its national income on international aid into law.  The Bill will now go through to the next stage...

Following the release of official figures that show less well off parts of the country like Barnsley have been hit harder than wealthier areas in the south, Michael has written a piece for the Barnsley Independent. You can read the column in full by clicking here.

Dugher's column: 'We're all in this together? I don't think so'

Following the release of official figures that show less well off parts of the country like Barnsley have been hit harder than wealthier areas in the south, Michael has written...

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, rail users in Barnsley are set to be hit with inflation busting stealth train fare increases of up to 26 per cent. Northern Rail is being forced by the Government to introduce evening peak ticket restrictions on local rail services as part of their franchise extension.

Since Monday 8 September, off-peak tickets are no longer be valid on some train services which depart between 4.01pm and 6.29pm on weekdays.

Michael hits out at inflation busting stealth train fare increases

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, rail users in Barnsley are set to be hit with inflation busting stealth train fare increases of up to 26... Read more

As reported by the South Yorkshire TimesSheffield StarWe Are Barnsely and Barnsley News and Sport, the abolition of the hated Bedroom Tax moved a step closer last week, as the Government suffered a humiliating defeat in the House of Commons. Local MP, Michael Dugher joined other Labour MPs to inflict the defeat by voting against the hated Bedroom Tax during a debate in parliament.

The Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, costing low-income families an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers. In Barnsley alone, 3,224 people have been affected and in the wider region, over 47,535 people have been hit in Yorkshire and The Humber – forcing many into debt and having to rely on food banks.

Michael votes against the hated Bedroom Tax

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Sheffield Star, We Are Barnsely and Barnsley News and Sport, the abolition of the hated Bedroom Tax moved a step closer last week, as the Government suffered a... Read more

Michael made a speech today announcing that Labour will back continued Civil Service reform.   

In a speech to the Institute for Government, Michael said that the British Civil Service is amongst the best in the world, but that it’s now time to take it to the next level. 

He acknowledged some improvements that have been made under this Government and committed to building on these in 2015. 

Labour backs Civil Service reform

Michael made a speech today announcing that Labour will back continued Civil Service reform.    In a speech to the Institute for Government, Michael said that the British Civil Service...

Michael has this week revealed the four nominations that he has put forward for recognition at this year’s Proud of Barnsley Awards.

The local people and organisations that Michael has chosen and the categories in which they have been put forward are:

  • Community Group - Steve Clifford, Dave Pearsall and John Backhouse for ‘Live In Barnsley’
  • Charity Fundraiser of the Year - Allan and Carolyn Cooper from BIADS
  • Triumph over Adversity - Angie and Tony Russell for Reflections Art in Health
  • Volunteer of the Year - Mike Bretton

Michael reveals his nominations for the Proud of Barnsley awards

Michael has this week revealed the four nominations that he has put forward for recognition at this year’s Proud of Barnsley Awards. The local people and organisations that Michael has... Read more

Michael was a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ yesterday along with Anna Soubry MP, Roger Helmer MEP and Caroline Lucas MP.

Click here to listen to the show on iplayer.

 

BBC Radio 4 ‘Any Questions?’

Michael was a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ yesterday along with Anna Soubry MP, Roger Helmer MEP and Caroline Lucas MP. Click here to listen to the show on iplayer.  

Michael voted today to support Andrew George’s anti-Bedroom Tax Bill in Parliament. The Government were successfully defeated by 306 votes to 231 and the Bill will now proceed to its second reading. This is despite the best efforts of the Government, who tried to delay the Bill by sending it to committee.  

Although the Bill falls short of the full abolition that Labour wants to see, Labour will now seek to amend and strengthen the Bill in order to abolish the Bedroom Tax altogether.

Since its introduction low-income households have been forced to find on average an extra £720 a year. It is of great concern that according to the National Housing Federation two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax cannot find the money to pay their rents and one in seven are at risk of eviction.

In Yorkshire and Humberside there is an estimated 47,535 people paying the Bedroom Tax. It tells you all you need to know about how out of touch David Cameron is, he hits the most vulnerable in our community whilst refusing to rule out further tax cuts for those earning over £150,000.

Michael votes against the hated Bedroom Tax

Michael voted today to support Andrew George’s anti-Bedroom Tax Bill in Parliament. The Government were successfully defeated by 306 votes to 231 and the Bill will now proceed to its... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, patients in Barnsley face an alarming postcode lottery in mental health services as local data shows that Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spent 11.35 per cent of its budget on mental health services last year, despite 15.3 per cent of the local population having a mental health condition.

Out of all 211 CCGs, Barnsley is ranked 107th in the country in terms of mental health need and 15.3 per cent of the population is estimated to have a common mental health disorder.

It is the first time the local Clinical Commissioning Group, formed last year, has disclosed levels of spending on mental health services and the figures demonstrate how the Government is failing to achieve parity between mental and physical healthcare.

Michael warns on mental health postcode

As reported by the Barnsley News and Sport, patients in Barnsley face an alarming postcode lottery in mental health services as local data shows that Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spent... Read more

Class_sizes_-_05.09.14_-_Page_4_all_editions.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Young children in Barnsley face ever increasing class sizes, as local figures show that the number of infant school children being taught in classes of over 30 pupils, has increased by 553 per cent since 2010.

The figures have been highlighted by Michael, who has called for an end to David Cameron’s Free School programme and funding for new schools to be prioritised in areas of greatest need.

In 2012 the rules relating to infant class sizes were relaxed, despite David Cameron pledging in their 2010 manifesto to create "small schools with smaller class sizes". Now, the number of infants taught in large classes of over-30 nationally has spiralled by 200 per cent since 2010 – to over 93,000 children.

Based on the Government’s current forecasting there will be 1,970,897 infants in state funded schools by 2020. This means that if the increase in large classes continues at the current rate, around one-in-four infants could be in large classes of over 30 by 2020.

Michael calls for new schools funding to be prioritised as figures show a dramatic increase in the number of infants in large classes

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Young children in Barnsley face ever increasing class sizes, as local figures show that the number of infant school... Read more

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Michael met with constituent and Unison National Probation Committee Chair, Neil Richardson at Napo’s probation Parliamentary rally today. The rally was being held to highlight opposition to the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling’s, rushed and reckless reforms of the probation service.

Michael meets with constituent and Unison National Probation Committee Chair at Parliamentary rally

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Michael met with constituent and Unison National Probation Committee Chair, Neil Richardson at Napo’s probation Parliamentary rally today. The rally was being held to... Read more

Following Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP from the Tory party, Michael has written a blog for LabourList. You can read the article in full by clicking here.

LabourList blog: David Cameron only has himself to blame for his problems with UKIP

Following Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP from the Tory party, Michael has written a blog for LabourList. You can read the article in full by clicking here.

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, the South Yorkshire Times and the Star, Michael is calling for constituents to get involved with comparethemarket.com’s latest Great British Switch campaign.

This provides the chance to nominate a local charity to be awarded a £50,000 donation. The funds will be offered in recognition of a cause which brings local people and communities together.

Any regional registered charity from England, Scotland and Wales, can be nominated for the award. Members of the public, and charities, are invited to submit their nomination by tweeting the name of their favoured charity, and why they should win the award, using the #greatbritishswitch hashtag. Nominations can also be made by visiting www.metro.co.uk/greatbritishswitch.

Nominations close at midday on Tuesday 2 September, at which point a panel of judges will select six charities to be revealed on 9 September. The public will then be able to show support for any one of the six charities during the Great British Switch, whilst getting a quote to see how much could be saved on home insurance.  

Michael invites constituents to help secure £50,000 for a charity

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, the South Yorkshire Times and the Star, Michael is calling for constituents to get involved with comparethemarket.com’s latest Great British Switch campaign. This provides the chance to nominate... Read more

cancer_support.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is backing the child cancer awareness month to help break down some of the barriers faced by thousands of children each year diagnosed with cancer.

The campaign, which is being co-ordinated by the charity CLIC Sargent, will try to help the 10 children every day in the UK who are diagnosed with cancer.

Michael backs child cancer awareness month

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is backing the child cancer awareness month to help break down some of the barriers faced by thousands of children each year diagnosed with... Read more

Douglas Carswell, a Tory MP, has defected to Ukip and triggered a by-election.  Commenting on behalf of the Labour Party, and quoted in the Mirror, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters UK, Michael said: 

"Confidence in David Cameron is collapsing inside a Conservative party which is divided and running scared of UKIP. 

"David Cameron's weak leadership has seen him abandon the centre ground, repeatedly trying to pander to his own right-wing backbenchers rather than concentrate on the needs of the country. Now even his own side are abandoning him. 

Michael calls Douglas Carswell’s defection a hammer blow to David Cameron

Douglas Carswell, a Tory MP, has defected to Ukip and triggered a by-election.  Commenting on behalf of the Labour Party, and quoted in the Mirror, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters UK, Michael said: ... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, the Sheffield Star, theSouth Yorkshire Times and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has warned that millions of people up and down the country are at risk of falling off the electoral register after recent changes to the registration process. Under the new rules, heads of each household are no longer entitled to register everyone at that address to vote. Instead, individuals will be automatically registered after cross references are made to government databases, but those whose information is not stored are at risk of falling off the register altogether.

Individuals should receive instructions from the local authority in the coming weeks telling residents whether they need to register or not. The process takes around 3 minutes to complete.

Michael is raising awareness in support of the #NoVoteNoVoice campaign, which aims to encourage more people, especially young people, to engage in politics. The campaign, which is being run by the Daily Mirror, Mass1, the Unite union, Bite the Ballot, and Hope not Hate aims to persuade an extra 1 million people to register to vote by next year’s General Election in May.

Michael warns millions could lose their vote

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, the Sheffield Star, theSouth Yorkshire Times and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has warned that millions of people up and down the country are at risk of... Read more

As reported in Today's Barnsley Chronicle, We Are Barnsely and and the Barnsley News and Sport, shock new figures from an official NHS survey have revealed that more than 30,000 people in Barnsley have had to wait more than a week to see a GP in the past year.

Across the area covered by Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, around one in seven people said they were forced to wait at least seven days when they phoned for an appointment in the last year according to a NHS England CCG Report.

Thousands in Barnsley face a struggle to see GP

As reported in Today's Barnsley Chronicle, We Are Barnsely and and the Barnsley News and Sport, shock new figures from an official NHS survey have revealed that more than 30,000 people in... Read more

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Labour has launched its battle to win key General Election seats in the area through the recruitment of an army of new volunteers and members.

As is always the case, the Tories, backed by a few multi-millionaires, will have large funds readily available. Labour, however, will look to take the battle to the Tories on the ground by signing up new volunteers in local communities to take the fight to the Tories on the ground.

You can read about this further and see Michael’s comments by clicking here.

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Yorkshire Post: ‘Labour seeks help for key seats’

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Labour has launched its battle to win key General Election seats in the area through the recruitment of an army of new volunteers and...

As reported by the Telegraph this weekend, many Conservative party members are quitting in Cabinet ministers’ own constituencies in protest against Government policies.

You can read about this further and Michael’s comments by clicking here.

The Telegraph: ‘Conservative party members quit Cabinet ministers' seats in protest over Government policies’

As reported by the Telegraph this weekend, many Conservative party members are quitting in Cabinet ministers’ own constituencies in protest against Government policies. You can read about this further and Michael’s comments...

The Observer has this weekend reported that Tory strategist and big tobacco lobbyist Lynton Crosby, is hoping to keep David Cameron out of any TC debates in the lead up to the general election.

Reports suggest that Lynton Crosby hopes to complicate negotiations between parties and the broadcasters in an attempt to avoid the debates altogether.

Michael, who is leading pre-debate negotiations for the Labour Party, has made it clear that Labour are happy to sit down before party conferences to discuss a way forward.

You can read about this further by clicking here.

The Observer: Lynton Crosby hopes to avoid TV debates

The Observer has this weekend reported that Tory strategist and big tobacco lobbyist Lynton Crosby, is hoping to keep David Cameron out of any TC debates in the lead up to...

ANT_-_Chron.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, the Sheffield Star and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called upon 16-30 year olds in Barnsley to help save a life and join Anthony Nolan Trust's donor register. As a supporter of the Trust, Michael has also written to the Secretary of State for Health to raise their ‘Roadmap for Recovery’ campaign.

Anthony Nolan Trust’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ campaign aims to better support those who have had bone marrow transplants (BMT). According to a report by the Trust, access to post-treatment care for patients that have had bone marrow transplants is shockingly hard to receive.

Michael backs the Anthony Nolan Trust and calls on people to help save a life

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, the Sheffield Star and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called upon 16-30 year olds in Barnsley to help save a life and join Anthony Nolan Trust's... Read more

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has pledged his support to a campaign by the leading cancer charity MacMillan Cancer Support. The charity launched the ‘Lives Depend On It’ campaign to call on all political parties to prioritise cancer care and improve cancer outcomes.

According to the charity, around 6,500 people across Barnsley are receiving cancer support, but a recent study by the charity found that UK survival rates are amongst the worst in Europe.

Michael Supports leading cancer charity

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has pledged his support to a campaign by the leading cancer charity MacMillan Cancer Support. The charity launched the ‘Lives... Read more

Indy_-_more_and_better_jobs.jpgFollowing the launch of Michael's 'More and better jobs' summer survey, he has written a column for the Barnsley Independent about the importance of providing more and better jobs, listening to what people have to say, as well as facing up to tough issues like immigration.

You can read Michael's column in full by clicking here.

Dugher's column: 'Have your say - More and better jobs'

Following the launch of Michael's 'More and better jobs' summer survey, he has written a column for the Barnsley Independent about the importance of providing more and better jobs, listening...

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael's has launched his online summer survey inviting constituents of Barnsley East to have their say on a number of serious issues facing the UK job market.

Growth is finally returning to our economy, but it is not feeding through to working people’s living standards. Wages after inflation are down over £1,600 a year since 2010 and some of the biggest concerns people have are about jobs, immigration, youth unemployment, job security and low pay. 80% of the jobs created since 2010 have been in London and we have seen record numbers of people working part-time because they can’t get the hours, the proliferation of exploitative zero-hours contracts and a minimum wage that has been run down. This is David Cameron’s race to the bottom.

Have your say: More and better jobs

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael's has launched his online summer survey inviting constituents of Barnsley East to have their say on a number of serious issues facing the... Read more

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has paid tribute to Barnsley Soldier, Rifleman Dale Harris, who sadly lost his life in a car crash at the weekend. Michael said:

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of Rifleman Dale Harris from 2nd Battalion The Rifles. All of Barnsley is immensely proud of this brave young man who died whilst serving his country. We have lost one of our finest and he will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time".

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Michael pays tribute to Rifleman Dale Harris

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has paid tribute to Barnsley Soldier, Rifleman Dale Harris, who sadly lost his life in a car crash at the weekend. Michael...

As reported by the Sheffield Star, following the massively successful Live in Barnsley 2014, local filmmaker, Giannis Kipreos of GKS Videography, has produced a fantastic documentary about this year’s festival.

The documentary features interviews with the organisers, music legend and Live in Barnsley Patron Feargal Sharkey, Michael and many more. It is a offers a fantastic behind-the-scenes at how the festival is organised and run.

LIVE in Barnsley 2014: the documentary

As reported by the Sheffield Star, following the massively successful Live in Barnsley 2014, local filmmaker, Giannis Kipreos of GKS Videography, has produced a fantastic documentary about this year’s festival. The...

As reported by the Daily Mirror, following her resignation from the Foreign Office, Baroness Warsi has launched a scathing attack on David Cameron and his government.

The former Senior Minister of State claims that Tories dismissed her as a “brown, working-class women from the North”.

You can read the full report of this and Michael’s comments in full here.

Daily Mirror: Baroness Warsi - 'Posh Tories dismiss me as a brown working class northern woman'

As reported by the Daily Mirror, following her resignation from the Foreign Office, Baroness Warsi has launched a scathing attack on David Cameron and his government. The former Senior Minister of...

As reported in The Mirror, Michael has uncovered that the government department charged with ending Whitehall waste has spent £54million on consultants and agency staff.

Official figures show that Cabinet Office spending on consultants increased by 363 per cent between 2013 and 2014 from £5million to nearly £24million.

And overall, the total spend on consultancy and agency staff at the Cabinet Office has increased from under £14 million in 2009/10 to over £54 million last year.

Click here to read the full story in The Mirror.

The Mirror: ‘Government department tasked with ending Whitehall waste spends £54m on consultants and agency staff’

As reported in The Mirror, Michael has uncovered that the government department charged with ending Whitehall waste has spent £54million on consultants and agency staff. Official figures show that Cabinet Office...

SYFR_Sprinklers.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed the South Yorkshire Fire Authority campaign to get businsesses to fit sprinklers. Following the fire at ASOS in June Michael met with South Yorkshire Fire Authority and the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), along with other Barnsley MPs, to discuss ways in which businesses can prevent fires and the damage they cause to their commercial activities.

Michael backs South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue's sprinkler campaign

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed the South Yorkshire Fire Authority campaign to get businsesses to fit sprinklers. Following the fire at ASOS in June Michael met... Read more

After receiving concerning complaints regarding delays to the processing of constituents’ Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims, Michael has written to the Secretary of State Iain Duncan Smith to raise the issue with him directly. This has been reported by the Barnsley News and Sport.

One constituent, who contacted Michael’s office for assistance in May this year, had been waiting since July 2013 for their case to be decided. Another, who had already been waiting months was told that no timescale could be given for when they would receive a decision. 

PIP was introduced by Iain Duncan Smith to replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA). However, new claims for PIP are reportedly taking upwards of six months, three times as long as it did through the old DLA process.

Michael takes constituents’ complaints over Personal Independence Payment delays to the Secretary of State

After receiving concerning complaints regarding delays to the processing of constituents’ Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims, Michael has written to the Secretary of State Iain Duncan Smith to raise the... Read more

As we mark the centenary of of the outbreak of the First World War, Michael talks about the importance of remembrance in his latest column for the Barnsley Independent. You can read the column in full by clicking here.

You can also read a piece Michael wrote for the Yorkshire Post back in 2011 about the Barnsley Pals and the First World War by clicking here.

Dugher's column: 'We will remember them'

As we mark the centenary of of the outbreak of the First World War, Michael talks about the importance of remembrance in his latest column for the Barnsley Independent. You...

As reported by the Guardian, Tory MP Chris Grayling has defended his partyauctioning off a tennis match with David Cameron and Boris Johnson to the wife of a former member of Vladimir Putin's government for £160,000.

You can read more about the story and Michael's response by clicking here.

Guardian: 'PM's tennis match with wife of former Putin minister will go ahead'

As reported by the Guardian, Tory MP Chris Grayling has defended his partyauctioning off a tennis match with David Cameron and Boris Johnson to the wife of a former member of...

NCS_cutting.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and the Football League, Michael today visited teenagers, aged 16 and 17, to learn about projects they have been involved in as part of an initiative run by the National Citizen Service (NCS).

Teenagers from across the borough taking part in the programme have been on a week’s residential to Wales, where they took part in team-work and relationship building exercises, as well as working with groups of people outside their usual social circle.

Michael visits young citizens at Oakwell

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and the Football League, Michael today visited teenagers, aged 16 and 17, to learn about projects they have been involved in as part of an initiative... Read more

Michael was interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield, Tees, Oxford, Coventry & Warwickshire, Berkshire and Leicester this morning regarding Ed Miliband's public question time idea & opening up politics to the public.

You can listen to Michael's interview in full by clickinghere and scrolling to 2:30:10.

 

BBC Radio Sheffield: public question time

Michael was interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield, Tees, Oxford, Coventry & Warwickshire, Berkshire and Leicester this morning regarding Ed Miliband's public question time idea & opening up politics to the...


Michael has been out and about in the constituency this weekend. On Saturday he visited Tankersley Fire Station to see the brilliant work that South Yorkshire Fire and rescue do. Earlier he went along to the Darfield Community Gala and met a number of local organisations with Darfield councillor, Caroline Saunders. And on Friday, Michael did a 'walkabout' listening to residents on the Aldham House Estate, alongside local Stairfoot Councillor, Karen Dyson.

On Friday, Michael also had meetings with Berneslai Homes,Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust and attended the regular MPs meeting with the Leader and CEO of barnsley Council.

On Friday night Michael was pleased to support this year's Mayor's Charity Ball for Cllr Tim Shepherd in Doworth, raising money for the White Knights Emergency Service and Creative Recovery.

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Out and about in the constituency

Michael has been out and about in the constituency this weekend. On Saturday he visited Tankersley Fire Station to see the brilliant work that South Yorkshire Fire and rescue do....

As we enter the last summer before the general election, Michael has written a blog for the New Statesman about how our country is at a crossroads and the importance of making sure people know the Choice they have to make in 2015.

You can read the article in full by clicking here.

New Statesman: ‘Labour will show that people really do have a choice in 2015’

As we enter the last summer before the general election, Michael has written a blog for the New Statesman about how our country is at a crossroads and the importance...

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Wombwell Cemetery on Friday to pay tribute to servicemen killed during the First World War as part of an initiative organised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

Wombwell Cemetery has one of the highest number of war graves across Barnsley with a total of 32 soldier’s, sailor’s and airmen’s graves from conflicts including the First and Second World Wars. Michael met Steven Stapleton, regional supervisor at the CWGC, for a tour of some of the graves and to pay tribute to some of the men who fell in conflicts from the last century in the service of the United Kingdom. Many of the men buried there were brought back to the UK after being injured and subsequently died as a result.

Michael visits Wombwell War Graves

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Wombwell Cemetery on Friday to pay tribute to servicemen killed during the First World War as part of an initiative organised by... Read more

Following comments from leading Tory moderniser, Lord Finkelstein, that make it clear that David Cameron’s Tory modernisation project is now lying flat on its back, Michael has written an op-ed for The Independent.

In a speech to the Bright Blue think tank Lord Finkelstein warned that continuing to chase UKIP could end the Tories hopes of winning future elections. He went on to say that the Tory’s problems are that they don’t have enough young people, ethnic minorities or people from prosperous rising cities.

As reported in The Independent, Michael said:

“Tory modernisation failed under David Cameron because he doesn’t believe in it. This lurch to the right is the culmination of Cameron’s long-term capitulation to that wing of his party.”

You can read Michael’s article in full by clicking here and further comments here.

The Independent: 'Tory modernisation has failed under David Cameron'

Following comments from leading Tory moderniser, Lord Finkelstein, that make it clear that David Cameron’s Tory modernisation project is now lying flat on its back, Michael has written an op-ed...

As reported by the Sheffield Star and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has backed calls for a new law to improve our justice system so it works better for witnesses and victims of crime.

This new law would transform the way our criminal justice system treats victims and witnesses, guaranteeing victims of crime the ability to hold those responsible to account, and ensuring greater compassion and support in the system.

A Victims’ Taskforce has been established and will lead work to establish a Victims’ Law, and advise on further improvements in the way victims and witnesses are treated by the criminal justice system. 

Michael calls for new rights for victims of crime

As reported by the Sheffield Star and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has backed calls for a new law to improve our justice system so it works better for witnesses and victims... Read more

In a speech to the National Trade Union Committee, Michael announced that Labour would set new targets for the percentage of women and black and minority ethnic (BME) employees in the Senior Civil Service.  You can read more about the announcementhere and in reports from the Independent, the Daily Mail and LabourList.

Michael set out the approach that Labour would take to bring a “new culture of respect” between ministers and the permanent Civil Service.  You can read more about this in the Financial Times.

Labour will boost the number of women and ethnic minority employees in the Senior Civil Service and will bring a new “culture of respect” to the relationship with the Civil Service

In a speech to the National Trade Union Committee, Michael announced that Labour would set new targets for the percentage of women and black and minority ethnic (BME) employees in the...

wombwellg.jpgMichael visited Wombwell Cemetery this morning as part of a tour by the War Graves Commission.

Wombwell Cemetery, which is looked after by an award winning team of volunteers, has the most war graves in Barnsley East, with 32 graves of fallen soldiers.

Michael visits Wombwell Cemetery

Michael visited Wombwell Cemetery this morning as part of a tour by the War Graves Commission. Wombwell Cemetery, which is looked after by an award winning team of volunteers, has... Read more

Barnsley Council have approved plans to convert the Stairfoot B&Q into a Sainsbury’s, creating 400 jobs in the process.  As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today, Michael said:

“The 400 jobs this Sainsbury’s is set to create are much needed in the area and very welcome. This has been the slowest recovery for over 100 years and real wages are down by an average of £1,600 for working people.

“In the Yorkshire coalfield areas, like Barnsley, there are 12 per cent fewer jobs per 100 people than the average across the country.

"It is clear the government needs to wake up to the need for more jobs and opportunities across Barnsley and South Yorkshire.”

Michael welcomes Stairfoot jobs boost

Barnsley Council have approved plans to convert the Stairfoot B&Q into a Sainsbury’s, creating 400 jobs in the process.  As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today, Michael said: “The 400...

foodbankinflation.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, official figures have week revealed a sharp rise in inflation in June, with the largest increases coming in clothing, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

The Office for National Statistics announced on Tuesday that the Consumer Prices Index grew by 1.9 per cent in the year to June 2014, up from 1.5 per cent in May.

The worrying rise in inflation comes in the same week that two new foodbanks are set to open in Barnsley, which will aim to help the rising number of people in the town being pushed into food poverty by the cost-of-living crisis.

Worrying jump in inflation as Barnsley opens two new food banks

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, official figures have week revealed a sharp rise in inflation in June, with the largest increases coming in clothing,... Read more

As reported by the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror, Laura Sandys has slammed David Cameron’s so called recovery and makes it clear the Tories are running scared of UKIP.

The Thanet South MP, who is standing down at the next election said that it is a ‘different world’ for those living outside of London and that the Tories are failing to address this.

Tory MP Laura Sandys slams Cameron's so-called recovery and shows Tories are running scared of UKIP

As reported by the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror, Laura Sandys has slammed David Cameron’s so called recovery and makes it clear the Tories are running scared of UKIP. The Thanet South MP,... Read more

As reported by the Daily Mail, David Cameron has been hit with a storm following reports that he has bought off two of his ousted ministers from this week's reshuffle with knighthoods.

It is reported that Alan Duncan, who left his post as international development minister, and Hugh Robertson, a Foreign Office minister and former Olympics minister, are in line for knighthoods.

Cameron hit by a storm as he buys off sacked ministers with knighthoods

As reported by the Daily Mail, David Cameron has been hit with a storm following reports that he has bought off two of his ousted ministers from this week's reshuffle with... Read more

BIADS_Bevan_Prize.jpgStaff and volunteers of the Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS), travelled to Parliament on Tuesday to be presented with their award as finalists of the Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing. 

The charity, who were nominated for the prize by Michael, who is their Patron, were one of five finalists presented with an award and narrowly missed out as winners.

Local dementia charity travel to Westminster to collect award

Staff and volunteers of the Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS), travelled to Parliament on Tuesday to be presented with their award as finalists of the Bevan Prize for... Read more

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