Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2015

As reported in Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated students in Barnsley as they collect their test scores on A-level results day.

The results come as a record  number of students are expected to go through UCAS’s last-minute university application scheme known as ‘clearing’ because a cap on further education places has been lifted.

Michael congratulates Barnsley students on A-level results day

As reported in Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated students in Barnsley as they collect their test scores on A-level results day. The results come as a record  number of... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, following the recent withdrawal of the 411 bus service, which was used by local children to travel to Penistone Grammar School, Michael has raised constituents concerns with transport and education authorities.

Michael raises constituent's 411 bus service concerns

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, following the recent withdrawal of the 411 bus service, which was used by local children to travel to Penistone Grammar School, Michael has raised constituents... Read more

The Barnsley Chronicle reports Michael's concerns following the recent sudden closure of Brierley Medical Centre. The newspaper states that local patients are being urged by the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group to take part in a consultation over the future of local surgeries in Brierley and Shafton.

Michael's continued concern over loss of local GP surgery

The Barnsley Chronicle reports Michael's concerns following the recent sudden closure of Brierley Medical Centre. The newspaper states that local patients are being urged by the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group to take... Read more

BC_070815_Front_page_Wombwell_Darfield_edition.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael met staff, parents and children at Kings Oak Children’s Centre on Thursday 30 July and backed the campaign to protect services there.

BMBC has proposed reductions to Children’s Centre services as part of funding cuts imposed on it by central Government, and many constituents have contacted Michael about the need for safeguards to the vital services provided by the Centres.

Michael visits Kings Oak Children’s Centre

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael met staff, parents and children at Kings Oak Children’s Centre on Thursday 30 July and backed the campaign to protect services there. BMBC has... Read more

Michael has written a joint Huffington Post blog with Andy Burnham calling for an end to the fragmentation of rail services that has happened as a result of privatisation.

Time to end the disaster of rail privatisation

Michael has written a joint Huffington Post blog with Andy Burnham calling for an end to the fragmentation of rail services that has happened as a result of privatisation. Read more

Elsecar_Heritage_Railway_story.jpgAs reported in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has given his support to plans to extent Elsecar Heritage Railway’s line to a coal mining memorial park in Cortonwood, following reports that the plans have been put on hold.

Michael’s support for extending Elesecar Heritage Railway line to Cortonwood

As reported in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has given his support to plans to extent Elsecar Heritage Railway’s line to a coal mining memorial park in Cortonwood, following reports that the... Read more

Yorkshire_Day_Column_WEBSITE.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has talked about the importance of celebrating Yorkshire Day and recognising the proud heritage of our county in sport, science, culture and industry.

You can read the column in full here.

‘Let’s sing our praises on Yorkshire Day…’

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has talked about the importance of celebrating Yorkshire Day and recognising the proud heritage of our county in sport, science, culture and industry....

Andy_Burnham_in_Barnsley_WEBSITE.jpgAs reported in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham visited Barnsley this week to speak to local Labour Party members at an event hosted by Michael and Dan Jarvis.

Andy Burnham visits Barnsley

As reported in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham visited Barnsley this week to speak to local Labour Party members at an event hosted by Michael and Dan Jarvis.... Read more

Cyprus_montage.jpgMichael has been showing his support for our Armed Forces during a three day visit to those serving in Cyprus. He recently joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Trust which seeks to educate politicians about our Armed Forces and is a chance for MPs to demonstrate their personal commitment to those serving in one of the armed services. 

During his visit, Michael met with a number of armed forces personnel. This included meeting a Tornado Detachment serving on active duty on operations over northern Iraq against ISIL, as well as meeting members of 84 Squadron stationed at RAF Akrotiri.  Michael participated in training and discussions with soldiers from the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, as well joining the Black Watch patrolling in the UN Buffer Zone.

Michael shows support for our Armed Forces

Michael has been showing his support for our Armed Forces during a three day visit to those serving in Cyprus. He recently joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Trust which seeks... Read more

MD_at_Darfield_Post_Office.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News & Sport, Michael has joined with Barnsley Councillors Caroline Saunders, Pauline Markham and Dorothy Coates to defend the local Post Office in Darfield.

Muralee Panchanathan, 45, Postmaster at Darfield Post Office, feels that he is coming under increasing pressure to step down from his position as part of the Post Office’s network transformation plan.

Michael joins forces with local councillors to defend Darfield Post Office

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and the Barnsley News & Sport, Michael has joined with Barnsley Councillors Caroline Saunders, Pauline Markham and Dorothy Coates to defend the local Post Office... Read more

eletrification.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has launched Labour’s “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the Midland Main Line and the TransPennine route.

Just seven weeks after the election, the Government announced that it was shelving the vital electrification upgrades - projects that Ministers repeatedly promised to deliver ahead of, and throughout, the General Election campaign.

“Scrapping electrification is a bitter blow for town” – Michael launches Don’t Pull the Plug Campaign

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has launched Labour’s “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the... Read more

plaque_compi_(1).jpgMichael attended the dedication service in St Marys Gardens adjacent to St Marys Church of a memorial plaque to three local men; Captain Martin Driver (1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, Pte Matthew Thornton (4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment) and Marine David Marsh (40 Commando Royal Marines) who died whilst on active service in Afghanistan.

The plaque, commissioned by Barnsley Council’s Armed Forces Champion Cllr Joe Hayward, was unveiled by Barnsley Mayor, Councillor Brian Mathers.

Joining Michael were relatives and friends of the men, Dan Jarvis MP and Angela Smith MP, Cllr Sir Steve Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Council and other local councillors plus representatives of the Royal British Legion including Aubrey Martin-Wells

The service was conducted by Father David Nicholson.

Speaking after the unveiling Michael said: “It was an honour today to pay tribute to three brave young men from the Borough of Barnsley who gave their lives in the defence of freedom.  We will remember them”

Michael pays respects to local heroes at unveiling of Afghanistan memorial

Michael attended the dedication service in St Marys Gardens adjacent to St Marys Church of a memorial plaque to three local men; Captain Martin Driver (1st Battalion The Royal Anglian...

MD_with_BIADS_calendar_girls.jpgAs patron of Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS), Michael attended the launch of a fundraising calendar at their Dementia Support Centre on Dodworth Road.

The  calendar, inspired by the Rylstone & District WI ‘Calendar Girls’, has been created as a fun way of raising money for BIADS.  Nine carers took part along with a BIADS’ volunteer, a member of staff and a Memory Team member.  The calendar photographs were taken by keen amateur photographer Dave Oughton, who has been diagnosed with dementia, with Dave’s wife Pam raising the money for the first print run by doing a sponsored slim. 

At the same event a Just Giving campaign was launched, designed to raise £20,000 to secure a vital befriending service.

Michael attends launch of BIADS fundraising calendar

As patron of Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS), Michael attended the launch of a fundraising calendar at their Dementia Support Centre on Dodworth Road. The  calendar, inspired by... Read more

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael delivered his verdict on last week's budget, highlighting that over 5,000 working families in Barnsley East will be worse off and 300 18-21 yr. olds in Barnsley could lose out on receiving any Housing Benefit.

To read the column in full click here.

'Thousands will be worse off'

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael delivered his verdict on last week's budget, highlighting that over 5,000 working families in Barnsley East will be worse off and...

Dont_Pull_The_Plug.jpg-large.jpgAt the regular Transport Questions in the House of Commons today, Michael called on the Transport Secretary not to pull the plug on the electrification of train lines in the North and Midlands, after the Government broke its pre-election promises to do so.

Speaking from the Despatch Box, Michael demanded that the Government honours its promises to electrify the key rail lines and that they come clean on how exactly the decision to ‘pause’ these vital projects was reached. 

Michael Tells Government: “Don’t Pull The Plug”

At the regular Transport Questions in the House of Commons today, Michael called on the Transport Secretary not to pull the plug on the electrification of train lines in the... Read more

As reported in Barnsley News and Sport,Michael has praised the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit at Leeds General Infirmary after new figures show that over 500 operations a year are now carried out on site. The figures were released by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

The unit is currently under a review which will make a recommendation on its future, after a previous review was found to be based on a flawed analysis of the unit’s performance. The news that over 500 procedures are now carried out annually is a positive step which increases the likelihood that the unit will remain open.

Michael’s praise for Heart Surgery Unit

As reported in Barnsley News and Sport,Michael has praised the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit at Leeds General Infirmary after new figures show that over 500 operations a year are now carried... Read more

Michael has written in today’s Daily Mirror about the need for Labour to remember why it lost the election, and the importance of learning from these mistakes to win in 2020.

Trust on key issues like economic credibility and immigration are essential to win elections, and Michael writes that Andy Burnham is the only Labour leadership candidate who is prepared to face up to these difficult challenges.

You can read Michael’s piece in full here.

Michael writes in the Daily Mirror on Labour’s future and supporting Andy Burnham

Michael has written in today’s Daily Mirror about the need for Labour to remember why it lost the election, and the importance of learning from these mistakes to win in 2020. Trust...

Tony_Russsell.jpgMichael has congratulated Barnsley resident Tony Russell on his award as a ‘mental health champion’ as part of the prestigious Health Service Journal top 50 HSJ Patient Leaders in the country.

Mr Russell is the founder of The Positive Practice MH Collaborative, a local charity which helps to raise awareness of the importance of mental health.

Part of his nomination stated that: “With his wife Angie, Tony has put together a collaborative of 54 mental health organisations. One of those nominating him reported: ‘I truly believe that he has been instrumental in driving mental health up the political agenda.’”

Michael congratulates Mental Health Champion on national award

Michael has congratulated Barnsley resident Tony Russell on his award as a ‘mental health champion’ as part of the prestigious Health Service Journal top 50 HSJ Patient Leaders in the... Read more

As reported on We Are Barnsley and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has criticised the Tory Government’s budget as bad for Barnsley. Figures now show the extent of the damage that the budget will cause to family finances.

The Chancellor has launched a fresh crackdown on child tax credits, with working families set to lose out. There are 5,200 working families with children who claim tax credits in the Barnsley East constituency who will be affected by this. 69 per cent of families receiving tax credit in Barnsley East have children in them, which means that families with children will have less money at the end of the month and less financial security under the changes.

The budget is also damaging for aspirational young people, with grants for students from low-income families to be scrapped. Barnsley already has fewer young people that go on to university than other parts of the country, with just 23 per cent of people from Barnsley East going on to study at university.

Over 5,000 Barnsley East families hit by budget

As reported on We Are Barnsley and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has criticised the Tory Government’s budget as bad for Barnsley. Figures now show the extent of the damage that the budget... Read more

As reported on We are Barnsley, Michael has called for the redevelopment of Junction 36 on the M1 to the south of Barnsley and the construction of a slip road on the adjacent Birdwell Roundabout to boost regeneration and growth in the local area.

In a letter to the Chief Executive of Highways England, Michael highlighted the benefits that improvement will bring, including a much needed boost to the local economy and significantly aiding local regeneration, including brownfield sites within the Dearne Valley and beyond.

Michael calls for improvements to key Barnsley M1 Junction to help local regeneration

As reported on We are Barnsley, Michael has called for the redevelopment of Junction 36 on the M1 to the south of Barnsley and the construction of a slip road on... Read more

Following the publication of the Airports Commission’s report into increasing aviation capacity today, Michael has spoken in the chamber of the House of Commons to outline Labour’s position on its findings.

The Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, has recommended that a new runway be constructed at Heathrow in order to meet increasing demand for aviation capacity in the South East of England.

Michael says Labour will take a swift decision to back Davies’ Commission runway proposals if key tests are met

Following the publication of the Airports Commission’s report into increasing aviation capacity today, Michael has spoken in the chamber of the House of Commons to outline Labour’s position on its... Read more

Thaal.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News & Sport, Michael has nominated the Thaal in Darfield for the prestigious Tiffin Cup, a competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the UK.

Thaal specialises in Indian, Bangladeshi and Balti dishes and has been awarded 107 ‘excellent’ ratings on the TripAdvisor website.

Michael nominates Thaal for the Tiffin Cup

As reported by Barnsley News & Sport, Michael has nominated the Thaal in Darfield for the prestigious Tiffin Cup, a competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the UK.... Read more

AFD_Collage.jpgOn Saturday 27 June, Michael joined the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillors, veterans, cadets and local people in paying tribute to our Armed Forces during a special service held on the Barnsley Pals Centenary Square in Barnsley town centre.  Armed Forces Day, which was introduced by the last Labour government in 2006 as Veteran’s Day, gives the country an opportunity to commemorate and show support for the sacrifices of our entire armed forces community, from those serving on the front-line to their families and loved ones providing essential support at home.

The service was led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Pastor Philip Rawson, with music supplied by Barnsley Metropolitan Brass Band accompanying the Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Choir.  Following the event, Michael congratulated this year’s Mayor’s Cadet Sergeant Emily Rogerson, on her reading of the Armed Forces Day Poem during the service.

Michael attends Barnsley's Armed Forces Day service

On Saturday 27 June, Michael joined the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillors, veterans, cadets and local people in paying tribute to our Armed Forces during a special service held on the... Read more

tates_front_page.jpgA report in today's Barnsley Chronicle states that Tates Travel, a local bus operator that runs services throughout the borough has assued passengers that there will be a marked improvement in the punctuality of its services over the coming weeks. This follows Michael's call last month for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to conduct an investigation into the company and it's services.

Local bus operator has pledged to improve service

A report in today's Barnsley Chronicle states that Tates Travel, a local bus operator that runs services throughout the borough has assued passengers that there will be a marked improvement in the... Read more

After the Tranpsort Secretary’s admission to the House of Commons yesterday that several rail projects would be delayed or shelved after Minister’s failure to get to grips with them, Michael has written to the Prime Minister demanding answers on when the Government became aware of problems at Network Rail.

Michael’s call for answers from the Prime Minister was reported by the BBCThe GuardianThe Huffington Post, and The Yorkshire Post.

You can read the full text of Michael’s letter to the Prime Minister here.

Michael’s call for answers from the Prime Minister after rail betrayal

After the Tranpsort Secretary’s admission to the House of Commons yesterday that several rail projects would be delayed or shelved after Minister’s failure to get to grips with them, Michael...

Yesterday, Michael responded to a statement from the Secretary of State for Transport from the despatch box in the House of Commons.

The Secretary of State has been forced to announce reforms to Network Rail after reports have revealed the extent of its failure in recent months.

The Government has also revealed that vital investment projects, like the electrification the Midland Main line, that they promised to deliver, are being shelved due to their repeated failure to get a grip of Network Rail.

On top of this, the latest National Rail Passenger Survey, which was released today by Transport Focus, shows that passenger satisfaction ratings have dropped once again.

Michael responds to the Transport Secretary’s statement on Network Rail

Yesterday, Michael responded to a statement from the Secretary of State for Transport from the despatch box in the House of Commons. The Secretary of State has been forced to...

oday, Michael has submitted his views on the future of Children’s Services in Barnsley to a BMBC consultation. It has been widely reported that a planned restructuring of the provision of Children’s Services will reduce families’ access to childcare.

You can see Michael’s letter to BMBC below:

Michael’s submission to BMBC’s consultation on the future of Children’s Services

oday, Michael has submitted his views on the future of Children’s Services in Barnsley to a BMBC consultation. It has been widely reported that a planned restructuring of the provision... Read more

BC260615C2P8_Chronicle_2.jpgThe Barnsley Chronicle reports that on Saturday 20 June, Michael performed an acoustic set at the White Bear as part of LIVE in Barnsley, the free music festival held in Barnsley town centre across 14 different venues. Now in its third year, music fans were treated to a wide range of excellent musical performances from over 120 local artists. The event, assisted by a team of volunteers, is designed to give a live music platform to both new and established bands in a safe, family-friendly environment. All money raised from a charity collection on the day is to be split between Barnsley Hospice, Creative Recovery and Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Michael appears at LIVE in Barnsley

The Barnsley Chronicle reports that on Saturday 20 June, Michael performed an acoustic set at the White Bear as part of LIVE in Barnsley, the free music festival held in Barnsley town... Read more

BIADS_vandalsim.jpgThe Barnsley Chronicle reports that Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS) has suffered a setback following a recent act of vandalism at their support centre at Joseph Exley House.  Michael is a patron of the charity, formed by Barnsley people to provide support to those who have any form of dementia and their families and friends. The dedicated support centre gives support to those affected by dementia, their carers, families and friends through information, emotional support, social opportunities, meaningful activities and events.

Michael's reaction following vandalism at BIADS

The Barnsley Chronicle reports that Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS) has suffered a setback following a recent act of vandalism at their support centre at Joseph Exley House.  Michael is... Read more

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael highlights the importance of tomorrow's music event in the town.

More than 5,000 music fans are expected to attend this year's LIVE in Barnsley free festival. There will be live music from 126 bands in 14 venues with 500 musicians entertaining the crowds. Thanks to the festival organisers Dave Pearsall and Steve Clifford, the generosity of venues and sponsors and the hard work of festival volunteers, the day is sure to be one to remember.

To read the column in full click here.

Annual music festival will bring Barnsley alive

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael highlights the importance of tomorrow's music event in the town. More than 5,000 music fans are expected to attend this year's LIVE in...

MD_at_MND_reception.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and We Are Barnsley, Michael met Geoff Bland, from Worsbrough, and Dave Brooker on 16 June to highlight the importance of diagnosing Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at an early stage at a MND Association reception in Westminster.

Some 30 per cent of people diagnosed with MND die within 12 months of a diagnosis and it is vital that GPs spot the symptoms early on so that rapid access to appropriate healthcare, social care, housing and benefits can be arranged.

Michael calls for GPs to use the 'Red Flag' system to assist in the diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and We Are Barnsley, Michael met Geoff Bland, from Worsbrough, and Dave Brooker on 16 June to highlight the importance of diagnosing Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at... Read more

Wombwell_children's_centre_.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has contacted Barnsley Council's Family Information Service on behalf of constituents worried over proposed changes to local Children's Centres.

Commenting Michael said: "Several constituents have contacted me about the importance of Children's Centre services in Barnsley and it is vital that these voices are heard in any decision in their future"

Members of the public can engage with the public consultation by completing the survey on Barnsley Council’s website by clicking here.

Michael's advice to constituents over Children's Centre concerns

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has contacted Barnsley Council's Family Information Service on behalf of constituents worried over proposed changes to local Children's Centres. Commenting Michael said: "Several constituents have...

cudworth_housing_concerns.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called on Barratt Homes to deliver a proper consultation process so constituents concerns regarding a proposed housing development in Cudworth are taken into account.

Commenting Michael said: "Many local residents have contacted me with concerns about the proposed housing development near Carrs Lane and I think we need a proper consultation process so that people's views can be heard. The proposed development is still at a very early stage and a formal planning application has not yet been submitted to Barnsley Council. However, once an application is formally given, residents will have the opportunity to raise thier objections and I would be happy to submit any comments on behalf of constituents"

 

Michael urges housing developer to listen to concerns

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called on Barratt Homes to deliver a proper consultation process so constituents concerns regarding a proposed housing development in Cudworth are taken into...

MD_with_Frank_Parnham.jpgMichael met with Frank Parnham, from Worsbrough, to highlight the importance of addressing climate change, particularly at an important United Nations summit on the issue later this year.

Countries from around the world will meet in Paris in December to hammer out a plan to tackle climate change and address the issues that arise from it, such as rising sea levels. A massive part of this approach means taking action to prevent the problem in the first place, by switching to more renewable sources of energy and increasing energy efficiency at home and in the workplace.

Michael meets Frank Parnham to highlight importance of addressing climate change

Michael met with Frank Parnham, from Worsbrough, to highlight the importance of addressing climate change, particularly at an important United Nations summit on the issue later this year. Countries from... Read more

LIBadvance_compilation2_no_MD_.jpgLIB_FS_MD__Lads.jpgThis weekend sees the return of the free music festival LIVE in Barnsley.  Now in its third year, this annual event has become an essential fixture in the Barnsley calendar.  Music royalty will again be supporting the event, as former Undertones singer and number one selling artist Feargal Sharkey – the man who gave the world ‘Teenage Kicks’ - returns once again to join Michael as patron. 

Final preparations for LIVE in Barnsley

This weekend sees the return of the free music festival LIVE in Barnsley.  Now in its third year, this annual event has become an essential fixture in the Barnsley calendar. ... Read more

The Sheffield Star today reports Michael's reaction after Sainsbury's announcement that they have dropped plans to redevelop the B&Q store site at Stairfoot Business Park. This would have created 400 new jobs.

Sainsbury’s have said that the decision to drop plans for the store was because 'shopping patterns had changed considerably' since the proposals were announced last year and after an internal review it was considered 'no longer viable'.

Commenting Michael said: "The new Sainsbury's would have provided opportunities for many people and it's a shame these jobs will now not be created."

Jobs blow as plans for new supermarket are dropped

The Sheffield Star today reports Michael's reaction after Sainsbury's announcement that they have dropped plans to redevelop the B&Q store site at Stairfoot Business Park. This would have created 400 new jobs....

As reported in the South Yorkshire Times published on 11 June, Michael has written to the Chief Executive of Merlin Entertainment, which owns Alton Towers, to call for an urgent investigation into the terrible incident at Alton Towers last week which left a Barnsley couple with serious injuries.

Teenage couple Leah Washington, 17, from Gawber, and Joe Pugh, 18, from Ardsley in Michael’s Barnsley East constituency, were both hospitalised after suffering serious injuries in the crash. Miss Washington has since had her leg amputated and Mr Pugh has suffered two knee fractures and extensive hand injuries.

Michael demands answers from Alton Towers after Barnsley couple are seriously injured in last week’s incident

As reported in the South Yorkshire Times published on 11 June, Michael has written to the Chief Executive of Merlin Entertainment, which owns Alton Towers, to call for an urgent investigation into... Read more

Michael has responded to a report by the Office of Rail and Road that shows Rail punctuality and investment targets have been missed, overall passenger satisfaction is declining and Network Rail has overspent its budget by over £200 million.

Commenting on the report, Michael said:

“Passengers have understandably had enough of the current flawed system, facing inflation busting fair rises of over 20 per cent since 2010 whilst services have been getting worse.

“This week, the Government once again failed to deny that they were looking at breaking up and selling off parts of Network Rail, but the last thing we need now is yet more fragmentation and more privatisation. What we need is a new strategic body to improve co-ordination, a real passenger voice in how our railways are run and more public control, not less.” 

Michael responds to reports of Network Rail’s poor performance

Michael has responded to a report by the Office of Rail and Road that shows Rail punctuality and investment targets have been missed, overall passenger satisfaction is declining and Network...

Supporting_Votes_at_16.jpgMichael has backed calls by Votes at 16 to include 16 and 17 year olds in the upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

The Government recently ruled out lowering the voting age for the historic referendum, despite calls from many young people whose futures will be affected by the vote.

Votes at 16 is a campaigning wing of the British Youth Council, which has been calling for an expansion of the franchise since 1998. You can find out more about themhere.

Michael supports Votes at 16’s call for 16 and 17 year olds to be able to vote in EU referendum

Michael has backed calls by Votes at 16 to include 16 and 17 year olds in the upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. The Government recently ruled...

Biads_compilation.jpgOn Saturday 6 June, Michael attended a Summer Fayre with a seaside theme held by Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS) as part of their 5th Birthday celebrations at the support centre based at Joseph Exley House on Dean Street in Barnsley. Michael, who is a patron of BIADS, was welcomed to the event by Chief Officer Linda Pattison and Chair Jean Blackburn. Among the attractions was a raffle, cake stall and plenty of seaside themed games including a human fruit machine!

Michael attends BIADS Summer Fayre

On Saturday 6 June, Michael attended a Summer Fayre with a seaside theme held by Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS) as part of their 5th Birthday celebrations at... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has commented on the recent changes to neighbourhood policing to be introduced by South Yorkshire Police. The changes will see a reshuffle of the existing Royston and Cudworth Safer Neighbourhood Teams to create a new Barnsley East Local Policing Team.

Commenting Michael said: "It is vitally important that local residents feel protected in their communities and a visible neighbourhood police force is a massive part of that. Local police are often first responders to crimes such as anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse and Labour has set out a plan to safeguard 10,000 police officers to give communities the protection they need."

Michael supports visible neighbourhood policing

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has commented on the recent changes to neighbourhood policing to be introduced by South Yorkshire Police. The changes will see a reshuffle of the...

Lord_Mason_tribute.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael pays tribute to the late Lord Mason of Barnsley.

Roy Mason represented his home town for 30 years at Westminster and was also appointed Northern Ireland Secretary in the 70s. He was created a life peer in 1987 and died in April this year. His Memorial Service takes place in the town today.

You can read the article in full by clicking here.

Michael pays tribute to the late Lord Mason of Barnsley

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael pays tribute to the late Lord Mason of Barnsley. Roy Mason represented his home town for 30 years at Westminster and was also...

29_May_bus_media_SYT.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has called for the investigation into poor bus services affecting Barnsley residents to be carried out swiftly.

Problems with some services, including infrequency and gaps in timetables have often left residents stranded at bus stops and have forced some to use taxis to get into town.

Michael calls for swift investigation into poor bus services

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has called for the investigation into poor bus services affecting Barnsley residents to be carried out swiftly. Problems with... Read more

Organised by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.  NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. They connect, represent and support voluntary organisations throughout the country.

Michael supports Volunteer Week

Organised by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.  NCVO champions the voluntary... Read more

MD___Brian_Mathers.jpgOn Friday 22 May, Michael attended the Mayoral Dinner following the annual Mayor Making ceremony held in Barnsley Town Hall. There he congratulated the new Mayor and Mayoress of Barnsley, Councillor Brian Mathers and Mrs. Mary Mathers on their appointment this year.

Commenting Michael said: "I send my best wishes to our new mayor Councillor Brian Mathers and passed on my thanks to Councillor Tim and Julie Shepherd for all their incredible hard work over the past year"

 

Michael congratulates new Mayor of Barnsley

On Friday 22 May, Michael attended the Mayoral Dinner following the annual Mayor Making ceremony held in Barnsley Town Hall. There he congratulated the new Mayor and Mayoress of Barnsley,...

Michael has criticised the Tory Government’s first Queen’s Speech for failing to stand up to working people in Barnsley and across the country. The Labour Party supports efforts to get people back into work, to achieve full employment and to get the welfare bill under control. But while the Tories say that this is a Queens Speech for working people, their plans to freeze tax credits will hit the budgets of working families hardest. As the Party of Opposition in the House of Commons, Labour will work hard to hold the Government to account and to stand up for fairness. Labour's Interim Leader, Harriet Harman (pictured above), responded to the Queen's Speech in the Chamber of the House of Commons.

Michael responds to the Government’s first Queen’s Speech

Michael has criticised the Tory Government’s first Queen’s Speech for failing to stand up to working people in Barnsley and across the country. The Labour Party supports efforts to get... Read more

Every year, the new Mayor of Barnsley choses a charity or charities that are personally important to them to lend support to whilst they are Mayor. This year the Mayor has chosen to support only one charity - Ward 30, the Surgical Admissions Unit at Barnsley Hospital. To find out more about Ward 30 and the work that they do in the community, click here.

The Mayor's Charity

Every year, the new Mayor of Barnsley choses a charity or charities that are personally important to them to lend support to whilst they are Mayor. This year the Mayor...

Barnsley_Chronicle_22.05.2015_Page_12_all_editions.jpgAs reported in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed Andy Burnham for the Labour leadership and will run his campaign to be the next leader of the Labour Party.


Commenting Michael said: “We have got to reach out and reconnect with millions of people who just don’t see Labour as their party anymore; we don’t sound like them or feel like them about some issues and I think Andy has the widest reach.  I think he is capable of reconnecting with every corner of the country.  He’s someone who is a decent guy, he’s a very bright man and I think he is someone who is rooted in his community and constituency.  He is someone who is capable of speaking with people from different backgrounds and walks of life.   We’ve got to make this leadership election for the public and give them a big say in all this.  Andy is absolutely about building trust.  He understands the scale of the challenge and knows Labour need to rebuild that trust.  I think it was significant that his first envisions were about building trust over the economy and over immigration.  They are probably the most challenging issues for Labour and I think it is a strong sign of leadership that he is prepared to face up to this from the outset.”

 

Michael pledges his support for Andy Burnham

As reported in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed Andy Burnham for the Labour leadership and will run his campaign to be the next leader of the Labour Party. Commenting...

In the first of a new series of columns for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael reflects on the disappointment of election night and the challenges ahead.

To read the full article click here.

'The hard work starts here...'

In the first of a new series of columns for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael reflects on the disappointment of election night and the challenges ahead. To read the full article click here....

BIADS.jpgMichael has backed Dementia Awareness Week, which is a chance to highlight the devastating impact that dementia can have on families but also to recognise that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. Dementia Awareness Week 2015 is running from 17 – 23 May.

Figures from the Alzheimer’s Society show that there are 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK and there are around 3,000 dementia sufferers in Barnsley alone. Further to this, Department of Health research has shown that 4 in 10 cases of dementia are undiagnosed – all the more reason why it is so important to raise awareness of the condition.

Michael Supports Dementia Awareness Week 2015

Michael has backed Dementia Awareness Week, which is a chance to highlight the devastating impact that dementia can have on families but also to recognise that life doesn’t end when... Read more

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