Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2015

Barnsley_Chronicle_30_October_2015_Page_12_all_editions_.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Darren England from Broomhill has been shortlisted for a Proud of Barnsley Award, following his nomination by Michael in the Sporting Achievement category.

Darren was born of mining stock from Little Houghton, where he played football for his local village team Houghton Main FC. He passed his first referee exam at 16 and began refereeing at 18 and iIn May this year he reached the pinnacle as an assistant referee when he ran the line at the FA Cup final.

Darren has also worked for the Barnsley FC Community Trust promoting the National Citizens Service for teenagers and has now moved on to do the same thing across the country for the Football League Trust.

Commenting on his nomination Michael said:

"It has often been said that a referee has had a good game if you don't notice him. However, I think it's about time Barnsley recognise the achievements of Darren England."

Darren England shortlisted for a Proud of Barnsley Award

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Darren England from Broomhill has been shortlisted for a Proud of Barnsley Award, following his nomination by Michael in the Sporting Achievement category. Darren was...

Phil_Hickling_nomination_30_October_2015_(1).jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and earlier this week by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has nominated local pub chef Phil Hickling from the Milton Arms in Elsecar for the inaugural Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award. The competition will be judged by an expert panel and the award will be presented in the New Year.

The Milton Arms, situated in the historic village of Elsecar, offers an extensive menu which is served throughout the week and Phil’s ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible.

Commenting on the nomination, Michael said:

“Phil and his team have created a top quality menu, often made with locally sourced ingredients, that offers a full range of classic pub food as well as Sunday roasts at great value for money.

“Phil has made the Milton Arms a fantastic place to eat and I wish him all the best of luck in the Pub Chef of the Year competition.”

Michael nominates Phil Hickling for Pub Chef of the Year award

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and earlier this week by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has nominated local pub chef Phil Hickling from the Milton Arms in Elsecar for the inaugural Parliamentary... Read more

Daily_Mirror_30_October_2015_Page_5.jpgAs reported in today's Daily Mirror and Barnsley Chronicle, with further coverage by ITV News and theSheffield Star, Michael has criticised the Government after cuts to South Yorkshire Police’s budget mean the Force will be unable to supply officers to the Hoyland and District branch of the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) Remembrance service, which is observed by hundreds from the local community.

At least three police officers are usually assigned to monitor the Hoyland branch of the RBL’s Remembrance Parade, which was due to include a march through Hoyland, finishing at the Cenotaph. Government cuts now mean that no officers will be assigned to the parade and that the march will no longer be possible due to health and safety concerns.

Michael has written to the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police to call for officers to be supplied as in previous years so that the full march and parade can go ahead.

Michael in call to support Hoyland and District Remembrance Parade

As reported in today's Daily Mirror and Barnsley Chronicle, with further coverage by ITV News and theSheffield Star, Michael has criticised the Government after cuts to South Yorkshire Police’s budget mean the Force will be... Read more

Jewish_Chronicle_30_October_2015_Page_8.jpgMichael has written a piece for the Jewish Chronicle on the need to promote dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, rather than encouraging boycotts.

 

Michael also recently joined over 150 British artists and authors, including JK Rowling, Tom Holland and Simon Schama, in backing the Culture for Coexistence initiative, an independent UK network seeking to encourage dialogue about Israel and Palestine in the wider cultural and creative community.

 

Michael writes for the Jewish Chronicle

Michael has written a piece for the Jewish Chronicle on the need to promote dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, rather than encouraging boycotts.   Michael also recently joined over 150 British artists... Read more

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has shown his support for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to investing in the future of former mining communities.

New statistics have highlighted the positive and lasting impact that the Coalfields Regeneration Trust has had on areas devastated by the pit closures over the last thirty years; reporting a direct impact on more than 2m people since the organisation was established in 1999.

Focusing on tackling deprivation, ill health and unemployment within these communities, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust has supported 25,342 people into work and has created or safeguarded a further 5,375 jobs.

Michael supports Coalfields Regeneration Trust

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has shown his support for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to investing in the future of former mining communities. New... Read more

Yesterday, Michael joined Barnsley Mayor Cllr Brian Mathers, Churchfield Royal British Legion Branch Secretary Charlie Grimshaw and Barnsley FC's Life President Barry Taylor to launch this year's Poppy Appeal at Oakwell on Saturday.

Local cadets played the National Anthem and marched onto the pitch at half time, led by veterans, to present the first 'official' poppies leading up to Remembrance Sunday. Michael was presented with his poppy by Aubrey Martin-Wells, Chairman of the Barnsley Branch.

Michael launches Barnsley's Poppy Appeal at Oakwell

Yesterday, Michael joined Barnsley Mayor Cllr Brian Mathers, Churchfield Royal British Legion Branch Secretary Charlie Grimshaw and Barnsley FC's Life President Barry Taylor to launch this year's Poppy Appeal at... Read more

MD_at_DCMS_Questions_(1).jpgMichael asked two questions from the despatch box today at DCMS Questions, during his first questions session as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Following the news that the Secretary of State, John Whittingdale, is looking at shelving a central part of the Leveson Inquiry recommendations, which would make it easier for people to bring libel and privacy cases against newspapers, Michael highlighted the fact that any backtracking on this issue could weaken the incentive for publishers to sign up to a Royal Charter-backed regulator.

If this essential part of Leveson’s recommendations is shelved, it would let down the victims of phone hacking.

DCMS Oral Questions

Michael asked two questions from the despatch box today at DCMS Questions, during his first questions session as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Following the news...

MD_at_MVT_event_1.jpgYesterday, Michael spoke at a UK Music Venue Trust panel event at the Ministry of Sound in London to call for increased support for grassroots music venues and for the Agent of Change principle to be applied to planning regulations.

The principle means that music venues will not be liable to pay for soundproofing measures in new developments that are constructed nearby.

MD_at_MVT_event_2.jpgLabour has called for this principle to be implemented as part of a package of measures which will review the possibility of direct subsidies and tax breaks being given to small music venues, consider whether should be allowed to pay reduced business rates and taking measures to boost tourism around our musical heritage.

Michael speaks at UK Music Venue Trust event

Yesterday, Michael spoke at a UK Music Venue Trust panel event at the Ministry of Sound in London to call for increased support for grassroots music venues and for the... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has criticised the Government's decision to slash subsidies for the solar industry after it emerged that thousands of jobs across Yorkshire could be lost as a result of the cuts. 

Figures from the Solar Trade Association show that there are 3,230 employees in the solar sector in Yorkshire and the Humber, 2,580 of which are now at risk because of proposed Government cuts of up to 87 per cent the feed-in tariff, which provides a subsidy to the industry and has helped it generate sustained growth in recent years.

The Government's proposed cuts will undermine the solar sector, which has helped thousands of homes and commercial premises across Yorkshire to generate clean and renewable energy from their rooftops.

Michael slams Government’s reckless cuts to solar sector

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has criticised the Government's decision to slash subsidies for the solar industry after it emerged that thousands of jobs across... Read more

Electoral_Register_hit.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News and Sport and We Are Barnsley, Michael has urged people in Barnsley to check they are registered to vote as changes to the registration process mean around one million people could lose their right to vote. Labour is also campaigning to try and get as many people as possible to register, which you can find out more about here

Under the Government's new Individual Electoral Registration system, between 3 and 5 per cent of voters who registered using the old system could be deleted from the register this December, after the Government brought forward the deadline to register by a year.

Barnsley Council is currently conducting an annual household canvass ahead of Police and Crime Commissioner elections next May to ensure that local people can have their say, and Michael is urging people to take part.

Michael urges local residents to check they are registered to vote

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport and We Are Barnsley, Michael has urged people in Barnsley to check they are registered to vote as changes to the registration process mean around one million... Read more

MD_at_EB_Scarfe.jpgOn Friday 16 October, Michael visited Experience Barnsley to view the touring exhibition of satirical political cartoons by Gerald Scarfe entitled ‘Gerald Scarfe – Milk Snatcher, The Thatcher Drawings’.
The cartoons tell the story the story of Margaret Thatcher’s days from the shadow cabinet to her leadership of the Conservative Party, her time in Number 10 and ultimately her political decline.

Scarfe exhibition at Experience Barnsley

On Friday 16 October, Michael visited Experience Barnsley to view the touring exhibition of satirical political cartoons by Gerald Scarfe entitled ‘Gerald Scarfe – Milk Snatcher, The Thatcher Drawings’.The cartoons... Read more

Barnsley_Chronicle_16_October_2015_P17_all_editions.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael reflects on his recent visit to Hoyland Ambulance Station and explains why he is backing Restart a Heart Day which takes place today.

Click here to read Michael's column in full and to read more about Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Restart a Heart Day click here.

'Why I'm backing Restart a Heart Day'

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael reflects on his recent visit to Hoyland Ambulance Station and explains why he is backing Restart a Heart Day which takes place...

Barnsley_Chronicle_16_October_2015_P14_all_editions.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Birkwood Primary in Cudworth, led by Headteacher Julie Allen, has been shortlisted for a Proud of Barnsley award, following their nomination by Michael in the School of the Year category. The school is rated as outstanding by Ofsted, whose inspection team last year noted 'Something special and something of excellence takes place at Birkwood'.

Birkwood Primary shortlisted for a Proud of Barnsley Award.

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Birkwood Primary in Cudworth, led by Headteacher Julie Allen, has been shortlisted for a Proud of Barnsley award, following their nomination by Michael in the... Read more

Barnsley_Chronicle_16_October_2015_Page_7_all_editions.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle today, Michael was invited to visit the Coral betting shop in Hoyland Common on Friday 9 October to meet local staff, Retail Manager Angie Cunnington, Deputy Manager Andrea Baker (pictured here) and Fiona Thorne, Director of Corporate Affairs for Gala Coral Group.

Visiting Coral in Hoyland Common

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle today, Michael was invited to visit the Coral betting shop in Hoyland Common on Friday 9 October to meet local staff, Retail Manager Angie Cunnington, Deputy... Read more

Barnsley_Chronicle_16_October_2015_P5_all_editions.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and earlier this week by Barnsley News and Sport and We Are Barnsley, Michael has accused the Government of creating a Northern Poor House after new figures have revealed that more than 1 in 5 neighbourhoods in the Barnsley Local Authority area are among the most deprived in England.

The figures, from the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation, show that of the 143 neighbourhoods across the Barnsley Local Authority area, 32 (or 22.3 per cent) are ranked in the top 10 per cent of most deprived neighbourhoods in England. Of these deprived neighbourhoods, 13 are located in the Barnsley East constituency.

The index, which measures a range of factors including access to employment, healthcare, housing and crime, shows that acute deprivation is a serious problem in Barnsley, despite the Government’s claim that it is building a ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

Michael accuses the Government of creating a Northern Poor House

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and earlier this week by Barnsley News and Sport and We Are Barnsley, Michael has accused the Government of creating a Northern Poor House after new figures have revealed... Read more

MD_Hoyland_Ambulance_Visit_091015_visit..jpgOn Friday 9 October, Michael, gained an insight into the workings of a modern ambulance service when he visited Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s (YAS) Ambulance Station in Hoyland.

Michael also gave his backing to YAS’s involvement in the annual Restart a Heart Day initiative, where ambulance staff and volunteers will visit 91 secondary schools across Yorkshire, including in Barnsley, on Friday 16 October to teach CPR (heart resuscitation) to more than 15,000 children, the biggest event of its kind ever seen in the world. 

Michael supports Restart a Heart Day

On Friday 9 October, Michael, gained an insight into the workings of a modern ambulance service when he visited Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s (YAS) Ambulance Station in Hoyland. Michael... Read more

Art_Gallery_combined_image.jpgOn Friday 9 October, Michael visited the Contemporary Gallery on the Arcade in Barnsley to view 'Strange Bedfellows - An Exhibition', a display of local art by Terry Brookes, John Ledger, Rob Nunns and Elizabeth Sinkova.

Commenting Michael said: "What a brilliant exhibition and a wonderful showcase of talent."

Exhibition at Contemporary Gallery

On Friday 9 October, Michael visited the Contemporary Gallery on the Arcade in Barnsley to view 'Strange Bedfellows - An Exhibition', a display of local art by Terry Brookes, John...

lib_october_piece.jpgLIB_Programme.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has urged people to back LIVE in Barnsley in the Festival Awards after the local festival was nominated for an award for the third year running.

After another successful year with over 4,000 music fans turning out for the festival this summer, LIVE in Barnsley has been shortlisted for the Best Metropolitan Festival award, after previously being nominated in the Best New Festival category.

Voting is now open and the awards ceremony will take place this November. Michael is urging people in Barnsley to show their support and back the local festival by votinghere.

Michael urges people to vote for LIVE in Barnsley in industry awards

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has urged people to back LIVE in Barnsley in the Festival Awards after the local festival was nominated for an award for the third... Read more

publandlords.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle today, Phil and Vikki Hickling from the Milton Arms in Elsecar have been shortlisted for a Proud of Barnsley award, following their nomination by Michael in the Charity Fundraiser of the Year category. Phil and Vikki are one of the longest serving landlords and ladies in Barnsley, with over 29 years serving behind the bar at the Milton Arms in Elsecar. Their hard work fundraising throughout the years has raised just short of £1000,000 pounds for local good causes including £25,000 for Barnsley Hospice, £18,000 for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, £8,000 for the British Heart Foundation plus many other national and local good causes.

 

Pub landlords shortlisted for a Proud of Barnsley award

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle today, Phil and Vikki Hickling from the Milton Arms in Elsecar have been shortlisted for a Proud of Barnsley award, following their nomination by Michael in... Read more

tates_fine_story.jpgThe Barnsley Chronicle reports today that Tates Travel, a local bus operator, will face a fine of £18,000 unless it can prove it can use that amount to improve its service to local passengers. This follows Tates Travel's appearance at a Traffic Commissioner inquiry this week, after complaints over the punctuality of its services especially with service 34 and 34A that runs through Shafton.

Local bus operator has to improve service or face a fine

The Barnsley Chronicle reports today that Tates Travel, a local bus operator, will face a fine of £18,000 unless it can prove it can use that amount to improve its service to... Read more

As reported today by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has nominated Pegah Moulana for a prestigious Inspire the House award in recognition for her inspirational work representing young people in Barnsley.

Pegah, 18, from Shatfon, was recently appointed to serve a two year term as a UK Young Ambassador in Europe, working on behalf of the British Council to champion the voice of British young people in Europe.

She previously served as a Barnsley Youth Councillor and as a Member of the Youth Parliament. Her new role will allow her to build on these achievements and to represent the UK’s young people at important meetings and forums in Europe.

Michael nominates Pegah Moulana for youth award

As reported today by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has nominated Pegah Moulana for a prestigious Inspire the House award in recognition for her inspirational work representing young people in Barnsley.... Read more

2014_winning_design.jpgAs reported today by the Barnsley Chronicleand the South Yorkshire Times and last week by Barnsley News and Sport, schoolchildren in Michael’s constituency have been offered the chance to submit designs for their local MP’s Christmas card competition. Michael has written to all infant, junior and special schools in his constituency to encourage pupils to get creative with their designs and enter the competition. Last year's competition design winner, right, was won by a pupil from Birdwell school.

Michael launches annual Christmas card competition

As reported today by the Barnsley Chronicleand the South Yorkshire Times and last week by Barnsley News and Sport, schoolchildren in Michael’s constituency have been offered the chance to submit designs for their local MP’s... Read more

Tates_inquiry1.jpgThe Barnsley Chronicle reports today that Tates Travel, a local bus operator, will face a traffic commissioner's inquiry next week, following complaints over the punctuality of its services especially with service 34 and 34A that runs through Shafton.

Commenting Michael said: "I called for an investigation back in May into the unacceptable bus services people in Shafton have faced so it is good news that the traffic commissioner ordered an inquiry. Being able to get around on public transport is vital for many people and they should not have to put up with buses failing to turn up and be forced into paying for taxis to get into town"

Local bus operator faces traffic commissioner

The Barnsley Chronicle reports today that Tates Travel, a local bus operator, will face a traffic commissioner's inquiry next week, following complaints over the punctuality of its services especially with service 34...

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael writes that a vital part of his role is to hold the government to account and in an overview of his constituency work, highlights how the way constituents contact their MP has changed over the years.

To read the column in full click here.

 

'People are now less interested in what we do in Parliament'

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael writes that a vital part of his role is to hold the government to account and in an overview of his constituency...

MD_screen_grab_conference_speech.jpgAs reported by the Yorkshire Post and the Western Morning News,on Monday 28 September, Michael, as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, made a speech from the platform at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.

In his speech he announced that Labour will develop a comprehensive National Plan for the publicly funded arts and culture sector and will campaign to defend the BBC.

Speech at Conference

As reported by the Yorkshire Post and the Western Morning News,on Monday 28 September, Michael, as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, made a speech from the platform at the... Read more

House_Magazine_25_September_2015_Page_62.jpgIn an article for The House magazine, published this week, Michael writes that the scale of inequality in funding across the country is stark and shocking and that much more needs to be done to rectify this unfairness so that people across the country, not just in London, can access art and culture and all the benefits that come with it.

To read the article in full, click here.

 

The House Magazine

In an article for The House magazine, published this week, Michael writes that the scale of inequality in funding across the country is stark and shocking and that much more...

Michael calls for an end to casual snobbishness in arts funding.

As reported in today’s Sunday Times, Michael has highlighted the imbalance in arts funding, with high-arts and culture often securing the bulk of public funding. Michael has also called for working class culture to be better supported and for the arts and culture to be made more accessible for all. You can read the full article (behind a paywall), here.

Beatles legend Ringo Starr should be knighted

As reported by the Daily Mirror, Michael has called for the Beatles legend Ringo Starr to be given a knighthood. All the Beatles were appointed MBEs in 1965 and Sir Paul McCartney was knighted in 1997, but Ringo Starr has not been given the honour. You can read the full article here.

Channel 4 privatisation would be an ideological fire-sale

As reported in the Guardian and the Independent, Michael has said that reports of Government plans to privatise Channel 4 would amount to an ideological fire-sale. The public broadcaster is currently run on a not-for-profit basis and has a remit to provide a certain amount of public service broadcasting, including news and current affairs programmes.

Latest Culture, Media and Sport news from Michael

Michael calls for an end to casual snobbishness in arts funding. As reported in today’s Sunday Times, Michael has highlighted the imbalance in arts funding, with high-arts and culture often securing...

Barnsley_Chronicle_25_September_2015_page_17_all_editions.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and earlier this week by We Are Barnsley, Michael has called on the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) to improve local bus services and improve rail links in Barnsley as part of a consultation on improvements.

After being contacted by parents in Barnsley who faced a summer of uncertainty over the future of the 411 bus that pupils use to travel to school, Michael called for more powers to set routes and fares to be handed over to Town Halls and local communities.

Michael demands better transport links in Barnsley

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and earlier this week by We Are Barnsley, Michael has called on the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) to improve local bus services and improve rail... Read more

Barnsley_Chronicle_25_September_2015_Page_11_All_editions.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has attacked the government for imposing cuts on Barnsley Council that has impacted on local services. This follows a meeting of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s cabinet, where it was confirmed that 100 job cuts will be made to children’s centre staff after the Government forced the local council to save £2 million.

The cuts, which will take effect from April of next year, have cast doubt on the viability of several children’s centres across Barnsley and the service that they provide to families. In addition to this, further cuts are expected to be made to local council budgets in the Government’s forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review in November.

Shameful cuts imposed by Government on our local council

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has attacked the government for imposing cuts on Barnsley Council that has impacted on local services. This follows a meeting of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough... Read more

Page_18_all_editions.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael highlights the need for more investment for the NHS and states that people in Barnsley shouldn't have to suffer because of the mismanagement of the NHS by ministers.

Click here to read the column in full.

Sick suffer as Government guilty of mismanaging NHS

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael highlights the need for more investment for the NHS and states that people in Barnsley shouldn't have to suffer because of the...

As reported by The Stage, Michael has expressed his concern that the upcoming Spending Review could be devastating for the arts, with funding expected to be slashed.

The article also reports Michael’s recent appointment to the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and his desire to open up culture and the arts to people from all walks of life.

You can read the full article here.

Michael’s concern for arts and culture in forthcoming Spending Review

As reported by The Stage, Michael has expressed his concern that the upcoming Spending Review could be devastating for the arts, with funding expected to be slashed. The article also reports...

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has been made the new Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

He leaves his old post as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport to take up the new role.

Commenting on his new role as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Michael said: 

“I'm delighted to have been appointed to the new role of Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

“I have always been passionate about music and sport in particular and have supported the creative industries and cultural events locally.  I’m proud to be a longstanding patron of fantastic organisations like the Wombwell Operatic Society, Worsbrough Brass Band, Elsecar Heritage Railway and the hugely successful LIVE in Barnsley festival, which I perform at every year.

Michael appointed to new role in the Shadow Cabinet

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has been made the new Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. He leaves his old post as... Read more

Michael has revealed his nominations for the Proud of Barnsley Awards, choosing to put seven individuals and organisations up for the prestigious annual award.

Commenting, Michael said:

“The Proud of Barnsley awards highlight the achievements of the best and brightest across our borough and those who really make a difference in their local communities.

“My nominations this year reflect all of the hard work and dedication shown by local volunteers, community organisations and businesses to making Barnsley a great place to live.”
Michael made the following nominations for each category:

Michael’s nominations for Proud of Barnsley

Michael has revealed his nominations for the Proud of Barnsley Awards, choosing to put seven individuals and organisations up for the prestigious annual award. Commenting, Michael said: “The Proud of... Read more

Yesterday, Michael voted against the Government’s Trade Union Bill, which will undermine the rights of workers and trade unions.

The Bill will deliver a serious and damaging blow to industrial relations and it could actually result in more cases of industrial action by making it more difficult for employees and management to resolve disputes. This is bad for workers’ rights, bad for employee morale and bad for business.

Labour has called on the Government to ditch the Bill, and more than a quarter of a million people have joined Labour in signing a petition to stand up for rights and freedom at work.

You can join Labour in taking this Government to task and add your name here.

Michael votes against Tory Trade Union Bill

Yesterday, Michael voted against the Government’s Trade Union Bill, which will undermine the rights of workers and trade unions. The Bill will deliver a serious and damaging blow to industrial...

Atrial__fibrillation_chronicle.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has signed a pledge from the Atrial Fibrillation Association that calls for increased awareness and more early diagnoses of Atrial Fibrillation (AF), the UK’s most common heart disorder. The condition affects over 1,800 people in Barnsley East and thousands more across the country.

AF is becoming increasingly common and the number of individuals that are affected is increasing. The condition can cause an irregular heartbeat and increase the risk of stroke. Some patients also suffer from other conditions such as Coronary Heart Disease, and there are 5,000 suffering from this in Michael’s Barnsley East constituency.

Michael calls for increased awareness and early diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has signed a pledge from the Atrial Fibrillation Association that calls for increased awareness and more early diagnoses of Atrial Fibrillation (AF), the UK’s most... Read more

Macmillan_cancer_reception.jpgMichael has shown his support for Macmillan, the cancer support charity, at a reception to raise awareness of their work in Westminster.

Every year, Macmillan invites people affected by cancer into parliament to talk directly to Members of Parliament about their experiences and to share the issues that matter most to them.

Macmillan is one of the largest charities in the country and it works to support victims of cancer and their families as well as raising awareness of the condition.

You can find out more about Macmillan and get involved with their fundraising here.

 

Michael supports Macmillan at Cancer Voices reception

Michael has shown his support for Macmillan, the cancer support charity, at a reception to raise awareness of their work in Westminster. Every year, Macmillan invites people affected by cancer...

Elsecar-Park-481x320.jpgMichael has nominated Elsecar Park and Nature Reserve for the prestigious ‘nation’s favourite park’ award after the park won a Green Flag Award for the ninth time, meaning the nature reserve provides the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

The park, located near the picturesque village of Elsecar and next to the famous Elsecar Heritage Centre, boasts a range of facilities including a café, bandstand, children’s play area and even crazy golf. It is also a centre for the local community, often playing hosts to galas and fun fairs.

The competition, organised by the Green Flag Award, is open to the public and votes can be cast until Wednesday 30 September. The winner will be announced in October and named as the winner of the Green Flag People’s Choice Award for the nation’s favourite park.

Michael nominates Elsecar Park as nation’s favourite

Michael has nominated Elsecar Park and Nature Reserve for the prestigious ‘nation’s favourite park’ award after the park won a Green Flag Award for the ninth time, meaning the nature... Read more

Edlington_compilation.jpgToday Michael went to Edlington to speak at the Yorkshire Main Heritage Trust Banner Event.

Joining Michael at the event, held within the Edlington Miners Memorial Garden, were event organiser Frank Arrowsmith, Tosh McDonald, President of ASLEF, Chris Skidmore, Yorkshire Area NUM Chairman, and Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones.

Yorkshire Main Heritage Trust Banner Event

Today Michael went to Edlington to speak at the Yorkshire Main Heritage Trust Banner Event. Joining Michael at the event, held within the Edlington Miners Memorial Garden, were event organiser... Read more

Michael has signed a petition calling on the Government to help more refugees who are fleeing war and violence in their countries.

The United Nations have estimated that 2,500 people have died or gone missing while trying to cross the Mediterranean and many more have fled their homes to make the crossing. From Syria alone, there have been around 4 million refugees - one sixth of the population - since the country's brutal civil war began in 2011.  

To sign the petition, click here.

 

Michael signs petition calling on Government to accept more refugees

Michael has signed a petition calling on the Government to help more refugees who are fleeing war and violence in their countries. The United Nations have estimated that 2,500 people have died...

Cyprus_Collumn.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael reports on his recent visit to British forces serving in Cyprus, as part of his membership of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.

To read the article in full click here.

'It was my opportunity to thank our brave Armed Forces...'

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael reports on his recent visit to British forces serving in Cyprus, as part of his membership of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme....

mental_health_broken_pledge.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has accused the Government in failing to honour its promise to ensure that local mental health spending increases across the country this year.

Following cuts in mental health spending, the Government stated that it was their clear ‘expectation’ that CCGs should increase spending on mental health in 2015/16 at least in line with each CCG’s overall allocation growth.

However data, obtained in a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, reveals that more than a third of CCGs are planning to reduce the proportion of their budget they spend on mental health in 2015/16.  Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group CCG is one of them.

In 2015/16 CCGs are planning to allocate just 10 per cent of their budgets to mental health, compared to 11 per cent in 2014/15. This is despite research which indicates mental health accounts for 23 per cent of the burden of disease.

Michael accuses Government of breaking promises on local mental health

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has accused the Government in failing to honour its promise to ensure that local mental health spending increases across the country this year. Following... Read more

Michael has written a column in the Yorkshire Post outlining the case against fracking following the Government’s decision to award private companies 27 controversial fracking exploration licences.

In total, these licences cover over 1,000 square miles of land in the North and North Midlands, including one block which covers a third of Michael’s Barnsley East constituency.

You can read the column in full here.

Michael’s Yorkshire Post column on the case against fracking

Michael has written a column in the Yorkshire Post outlining the case against fracking following the Government’s decision to award private companies 27 controversial fracking exploration licences. In total, these licences cover...

fuelpoverty.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has slammed the Government’s energy policy as figures reveal 3,693 households are estimated to live in fuel poverty in his Barnsley East constituency – nearly 1 in 10 of all households.

The energy market is dominated by the ‘Bix Six’ gas and electricity providers and consumers often find themselves paying over the odds for energy or being stuck on tariffs that do not accurately reflect how much energy they use.

There have also been no significant reductions in household bills despite wholesale costs being at record lows.

Just last month, the Competition and Markets Authority found that energy companies had overcharged customers a staggering £1.2 billion and that dual fuel customers could save an average of £160 per year by switching to a cheaper deal.

Michael slams Government failure on energy policy as figures show thousands live in fuel poverty in Barnsley East

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has slammed the Government’s energy policy as figures reveal 3,693 households are estimated to live in fuel poverty in his Barnsley East constituency... Read more

fracking.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle andBarnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for fracking to be put on hold in his constituency and across the country following increased concerns over potential environment damage, including contaminated water polluting ecosystems and drinking water supplies.

Michael has written to the Secretary of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change calling for an immediate halt in the process in Barnsley and for a moratorium nationally.

This follows the announcement that the Government has awarded energy companies new licences to explore for oil and gas including one that covers part of his constituency.

You can listen here to an interview with Michael on BBC Radio Sheffield about his call for the Government to halt proposals for fracking – scroll to 01:09.

Michael calls for Government to halt fracking in Barnsley

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle andBarnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for fracking to be put on hold in his constituency and across the country following increased concerns... Read more

agency_nurse_Page_4_all_editions.jpgAs reported in this week's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has raised concern over figures that reveal Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is paying for more agency nurses to fill staffing gaps. This follows the release of figures, obtained following a Freedom of Information request, that show Barnsley Hospital employed 246 agency nurses at a cost of £497,417 in 2014-15, compared to just 65 at a cost of £67,383 in 2010-11.

Michael expresses concern over increased use of agency nurses

As reported in this week's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has raised concern over figures that reveal Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is paying for more agency nurses to fill staffing gaps. This... Read more

Speed_Page_12_all_editions.jpgThe Barnsley Chronicle reports that Michael has written to the Department for Culture Media and Sport to highlight the need to ensure that South Yorkshire is able to offer the best possible broadband connectivity to support business growth, expansion and to drive inward investment.

Michael calls for greater superfast broadband coverage in Barnsley

The Barnsley Chronicle reports that Michael has written to the Department for Culture Media and Sport to highlight the need to ensure that South Yorkshire is able to offer the... Read more

As pupils across Barnsley pick up their GCSE results from exams sat earlier this year, Michael has congratulated them on their personal achievement.  

Barnsley's overall GCSE attainment has risen and the percentage of students achieving top grades A* and A has increased, bucking national trends.

The proportion of students attaining five or more A* - C grades, including maths and English, has increased in Barnsley by 1 per cent on last year’s results.

The increase in top grades achieved and the progress made in English attainment highlights that in some aspects Barnsley is performing better than the national picture however GCSE pass rates at A* - C within the Yorkshire and Humber region remain below the national average.

Michael congratulates Barnsley schools on GCSE results but warns of regional divide

As pupils across Barnsley pick up their GCSE results from exams sat earlier this year, Michael has congratulated them on their personal achievement.   Barnsley's overall GCSE attainment has risen and... Read more

The announcement this week that rail fares will rise again in January 2016 means that passengers in Barnsley East have been hit by a cost increase of 25 per cent since 2010.

The new fare rises will come into effect on January 2nd 2016. Figures released this week show that the cost of an annual season ticket from Elsecar to Chesterfield has risen by £324 or 25% since 2010.

Earlier this year, David Cameron said that higher rail fares were necessary to fund improvement projects, which were promised in the Conservative manifesto. Key rail investment projects were then put on hold just weeks after the general election.

Overall passenger satisfaction has declined since 2010 and in some areas commuters have faced ‘stealth fare rises’ of up to 162 per cent.

Passengers hit by rail fare rises of 25 per cent in Barnsley East

The announcement this week that rail fares will rise again in January 2016 means that passengers in Barnsley East have been hit by a cost increase of 25 per cent... Read more

Barnsley_Chronicle_14_August_21015_Page_13_all_editions.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael reveals that more that 300 constituentes wrote to him to keep the fox hunting ban and that the recent death of Cecil the lion in Africa has clearly put hunting for 'sport' and animal welfare in the limelight.

You can read the column in full here.

'Killing Cecil highlights hunting for sport'

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael reveals that more that 300 constituentes wrote to him to keep the fox hunting ban and that the recent death of...

Acorn_brewery_logo.jpgAs reported in today'sBarnsley Chronicle, and on Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated Acorn Brewery of Wombwell, Barnsley, on achieving a silver medal for its classic Barnsley Bitter at the Great British Beer Festival Champion Beer of Britain Awards.

Michael congratulates Acorn Brewery on silver medal success

As reported in today'sBarnsley Chronicle, and on Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated Acorn Brewery of Wombwell, Barnsley, on achieving a silver medal for its classic Barnsley Bitter at the... Read more

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