Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2014

Following Michael’s recent visit to America, he has written a blog for the New Statesman about the lessons Labour can learn from the US on campaign communications.

You can read the blog in full here.

New Statesman: 'The lessons for Labour from America'

Following Michael’s recent visit to America, he has written a blog for the New Statesman about the lessons Labour can learn from the US on campaign communications. You can read...

Michael and Labour are holding a day of action today to highlight the Liberal Democrats’ record of broken promises. The day of action will hold Nick Clegg to account for propping up the Tory-led government.

Labour has also launched a Party Election Broadcast, the ‘Un-credible Shrinking Man’, exposing Nick Clegg’s claims to have stood up to David Cameron in government and highlighting his capitulation on key promises made in the Lib Dem 2010 manifesto. You can watch it in full below.

 

Michael has also written a blog for PoliticsHome about the LibDems, you can read it in full here.

Commenting, Michael said:

“Former Lib Dem voters feel let down by Nick Clegg’s record. The Lib Dems’ record in Government has made one thing clear, Cameron and Clegg are ‘two peas in a pod’. Scratch the surface and Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats have a record of broken promises and propping up the Tory-led Government.

“The Lib Dems’ promised to scrap tuition fees and then trebled them; they promised not to increase VAT but then voted through a VAT rise on hardworking families; they promised a fair tax system with the wealthiest paying more but have cut taxes for millionaires, paid for by millions of hardworking families.

“People across Britain are all being let down by Clegg selling out to Cameron.”

 

Michael vows to hold the Lib Dems and Nick Clegg to account

Michael and Labour are holding a day of action today to highlight the Liberal Democrats’ record of broken promises. The day of action will hold Nick Clegg to account for...

Following the release of a survey that has shown zero hour contracts are much more widespread than first though, Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent.

You can read the column in full by clicking here.

Dugher's column: 'Working conditions that are a throwback to Victorian times'

Following the release of a survey that has shown zero hour contracts are much more widespread than first though, Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Independent. You can...

Michael has called for the introduction of a primary childcare guarantee to help tackle Cameron’s Childcare Crisis.

Childcare is one of the most expensive costs for working parents with families in Yorkshire paying up to 13 per cent more for childcare. For some families paying for childcare can be as much as having a second mortgage and childcare costs can be a major barrier to getting into work and making ends meet.  

Michael backs plan to tackle childcare cost-of-living crisis for working families

Michael has called for the introduction of a primary childcare guarantee to help tackle Cameron’s Childcare Crisis. Childcare is one of the most expensive costs for working parents with families... Read more

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle. On Sunday 4 May Michael unveiled a memorial plaque and clock at Houghton Main club house dedicated to the memory of the men of Houghton Main Colliery who worked during 1914 – 1918 and those served with the 13th/14th Battalions’ of York & Lancaster Regiment - "The Barnsley Pals".

Michael said "This memorial to those miners who worked and also served in the Barnsley Pals and elsewhere in the forces during the First World War was especially poignant and moving. “

Michael unveils memorial to miners and servicemen

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle. On Sunday 4 May Michael unveiled a memorial plaque and clock at Houghton Main club house dedicated to the memory of the men of...

Cake_Sale_BC_9_May_2014.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael opened the “colossal” cake sale at Worsbrough Mill on Saturday 3 May in aid of the forces charity “Help for Hero’s”.


The event, organised by the Friends of Worsbrough Mill included a performance by Worsbrough Brass Band, of which Michael is also patron.

Commenting Michael said:

“The Friends of Worsbrough Mill do a fantastic job by giving up their free time to ensure that Worsbrough Mill remains a great place to visit for all of us in Barnsley”.

Michael opens 'Colossal' cake sale in aid of Help for Hero's

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael opened the “colossal” cake sale at Worsbrough Mill on Saturday 3 May in aid of the forces charity “Help for Hero’s”. The event,...

Following the launch of the Liberal Democrats' local and European election campaign, Michael has written a blog for PoliticsHome about how Nick Clegg should be held to account for his broken promises over the past four years.

You can read the blog in full by clicking here.

PoliticsHome: 'Nick Clegg campaigned as an insurgent but has governed as an accomplice'

Following the launch of the Liberal Democrats' local and European election campaign, Michael has written a blog for PoliticsHome about how Nick Clegg should be held to account for his...

Houghton_main_-_Goddard_family.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and Sheffield Star, Michael has unveiled the memorial plaque and clock at Houghton Main club house.

The plaque and clock are dedicated to the memory of the men of Houghton Main Colliery who worked during 1914 – 1918 and those served with the 13th/14th Battalions’ of York & Lancaster Regiment - "The Barnsley Pals".

Michael met the family of George Goddard at the celebration. George was a brave Houghton miner and Barnsley Pal who survived World War One. He is one of the courageous people that this plaque and clock commemorate.

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Memorial plaque at Houghton Main unveiled by Michael

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and Sheffield Star, Michael has unveiled the memorial plaque and clock at Houghton Main club house. The plaque and clock are dedicated to the memory... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has nominated the Barnsley based dementia charity BIADS, for whom he is Patron, for the 2014 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing.

The Bevan Prize recognises and celebrates individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of health and wellbeing in the UK and which embody the founding principles of the NHS.

Michael nominates local dementia charity for national award

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has nominated the Barnsley based dementia charity BIADS, for whom he is Patron, for the 2014 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing. The... Read more

Following Michael's speech to the IPPR, in which he announced Labour's policy to introduce regional ministers, Michael has written a column for the South Yorkshire Times.

You can read the column in full by clicking here.

South Yorkshire Times column - 'Dearne deserves real say come devolution'

Following Michael's speech to the IPPR, in which he announced Labour's policy to introduce regional ministers, Michael has written a column for the South Yorkshire Times. You can read the...

Following the launch of the Tories' election campaign today, Michael has written a blog about how the Conservatives’ economic victory lap only goes to show just how out of touch they are with hard-working people’s lives.

You can read the blog in full by clicking here.

Labour List: 'David Cameron lives in fear of UKIP and in denial of the cost of living'

Following the launch of the Tories' election campaign today, Michael has written a blog about how the Conservatives’ economic victory lap only goes to show just how out of touch...

MD__KB_and_Tom_Banham_-_Hoyland_School_(1).JPGMichael and Labour’s Shadow Education Minister, Kevin Brennan MP, visited Hoyland Common Primary School today. They were shown around the school by Tom Banham, the headmaster.

The school has a brilliant record and was deemed ‘excellent’ by Ofsted in their most recent inspection. It has also recently been granted ‘teaching status’. This status is awarded to outstanding schools who then work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff.

Michael and Labour Shadow Education Minister visit Hoyland Common Primary School

Michael and Labour’s Shadow Education Minister, Kevin Brennan MP, visited Hoyland Common Primary School today. They were shown around the school by Tom Banham, the headmaster. The school has a... Read more

Labour has launched its local and European election campaign today with Ed Miliband outlining ten steps he will take immediately as Prime Minister to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

Hardworking families in Britain are worse off under David Cameron. The Tories and Lib Dems claim they’ve fixed the economy – but the truth is wages are down £1,600 a year since the election.

Each of the ten commitments that Ed Miliband has outlined today will make a real difference to the lives of people in Barnsley and across the country, now and for the future.

Labour launches local and European election campaign

Labour has launched its local and European election campaign today with Ed Miliband outlining ten steps he will take immediately as Prime Minister to tackle the cost-of-living crisis. Hardworking families... Read more

Michael appeared on both BBC Radio 4's Today Programme and Sky News to discuss David Cameron's moves to avoid next year's TV election debates.

Ed Miliband, writing for the Radio Times, has called on David Cameron to commit to the debates next year as he continues to shy away from agreeing to them.

You can listen to Michael on the Today Programme by clicking here and scrolling to 2:34:20. You can also watch him on Sky News here.

 

Michael discusses TV election debates

Michael appeared on both BBC Radio 4's Today Programme and Sky News to discuss David Cameron's moves to avoid next year's TV election debates. Ed Miliband, writing for the Radio...

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for the introduction of a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee as figures show long-term unemployment and long-term youth unemployment remains unacceptably high.

In Barnsley East 825 people have been unemployed for over 12 months, and 130 young people have been out of work for a year or more. It is also very concerning that the number of people 25 and over claiming for over two years has increased from 350 to 405 in the last year, an increase of 16 per cent.

Michael calls for urgent action to tackle unemployment

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for the introduction of a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee as figures show long-term unemployment and long-term youth... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for the introduction of a new 10p starting tax rate, funded by a mansion tax, following new figures showing a shocking increase in demand for foodbanks.

New figures released by the Trussell Trust, the UK's largest foodbank network, show 913,138 people across Britain needed three days’ emergency food in 2013/14. This is a 163 per cent increase since 2012/13, when 346,992 people required three days’ emergency food. Shockingly, this is a 1,386 per cent increase in the number of people visiting their foodbanks since 2010/11, when 61,486 people received three days’ emergency food.

The figures also show that low income is the primary referral cause for 20.29 per cent, or one in five, of those referred.

Michael calls for 10p starting tax rate as figures show a dramatic increase in demand for foodbanks

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for the introduction of a new 10p starting tax rate, funded by a mansion tax, following new figures showing a shocking... Read more

MD_at_IoP_Chicago.jpgDuring his visit to America, Michael has spoken to students of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics. During the session Michael discussed political campaigning and strategy in the UK.

Michael speaks at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics

During his visit to America, Michael has spoken to students of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics. During the session Michael discussed political campaigning and strategy in the UK.

As reported in the Independent and Daily Mirror today, Michael has held detailed discussions with David Axelrod, the senior Obama strategist who Labour hired last week, and other key Obama strategists to discuss Labour’s online battle plan for the next General Election.

Michael meets with key Obama strategists to discuss Labour's planned election "attack unit"

As reported in the Independent and Daily Mirror today, Michael has held detailed discussions with David Axelrod, the senior Obama strategist who Labour hired last week, and other key Obama strategists to discuss Labour’s... Read more

Following the publication of the Council's plans to promote economic growth in the Borough over the next 20 years, I have written a column for the Barnsley Independent.

You can read the column in full here.

Dugher's column: 'Let's give the Council credit where credit is due'

Following the publication of the Council's plans to promote economic growth in the Borough over the next 20 years, I have written a column for the Barnsley Independent. You can...

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael met recently with the Peel Environmental Ltd, the developers of a proposed Houghton Main Renewable Energy Park.

The developers have set out plans to invest £80 million in the construction of an anaerobic digestive plant at the former Houghton Main Colliery Site. The plant would provide 200 jobs for the area during its construction and would provide 30 further permanent jobs during its operation.

Michael meets with developers of proposed renewable energy plant

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today and the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael met recently with the Peel Environmental Ltd, the developers of a proposed Houghton Main Renewable Energy Park.... Read more

barnsleyscarf.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Barnsley MPs Michael Dugher and Dan Jarvis donated a Barnsley FC scarf which was displayed on the pitch at Anfield on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

On Tuesday 15 April, the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives at Hillsborough were remembered with Anfield laying hundreds of scarves on the pitch in the shape of the number ’96′.

Commenting, Michael Dugher said: “My Dad was at the match at Hillsborough 25 years ago. Fortunately he was in the Forest end, but we didn’t know that at the time, and I remember how worried we were for his safety watching the scenes on television that dreadful day.

“On behalf of Barnsley residents and fans, I wanted to send a Barnsley FC scarf as an act of remembrance to all those who lost their lives and to once again demand justice for them and their families”.

Dan Jarvis added: “As a lifelong football fan I join with my parliamentary neighbour Michael Dugher in paying our respects to those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

“I know that all Barnsley FC fans will similarly want to pay their respects to all those who tragically lost their lives at Hillsborough.

“The 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy provides an important opportunity to remember those who died and pay tribute to the work their families and others have done in securing justice for them.”

Michael Dugher and Dan Jarvis donate Barnsley FC scarf to commemorate 25th anniversary of Hillsborough disaster

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Barnsley MPs Michael Dugher and Dan Jarvis donated a Barnsley FC scarf which was displayed on the pitch at Anfield...

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Barnsley News and Sport andWe Are Barnsley, on the one year anniversary of the Bedroom Tax, Michael, has pledged a Labour government will scrap the Bedroom Tax which has hit 3,224 of people in Barnsley, nearly 50,000 across Yorkshire and the Humber and almost 500,000 across the country.

Since the introduction of the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find on average an extra £720 a year. 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.

Latest DWP figures show 3,224 people are hit by the Bedroom Tax in Barnsley

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Barnsley News and Sport andWe Are Barnsley, on the one year anniversary of the Bedroom Tax, Michael, has pledged a Labour government will scrap the... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has expressed serious concerns following the announcement from Monitor that they have launched an investigation into Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Michael and Dan Jarvis met with representatives of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust today to discuss their situation. Michael and Dan were able to raise their concerns and seek assurances over patient safety at this troubling time.

Michael meets with Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to expresses concern over the recently launched investigation

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has expressed serious concerns following the announcement from Monitor that they have launched an investigation into Barnsley Hospital... Read more

Michael attended the Barnsley Development Agency’s (BDA) annual lunch and roundtable discussion today to discuss important issues effecting Barnsley and its economy.

The BDA works with local businesses to encourage more growth and investment in the area.  They offer advice and guidance in a number of areas such as how to secure finance, expanding marketing ideas and techniques, and leadership and management training. Their work is vitally important to many local businesses and the people they employ.

Michael attends the Barnsley Development Agency’s roundtable

Michael attended the Barnsley Development Agency’s (BDA) annual lunch and roundtable discussion today to discuss important issues effecting Barnsley and its economy. The BDA works with local businesses to encourage... Read more

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