Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2015

As first reported by LabourList, Michael has backed Andy Burnham and will run his campaign to be the next leader of the Labour Party.

Michael was interviewed on the Sky News Murnaghan programme this Sunday about why Andy Burnham is the best candidate. You can read the full interview by clicking here or watch a short section of the interviewhere.

You can also read more recent articles about Andy Burnham's campaign below:

The New Statesman: Another boost for Burnham as he wins Rachel Reeves's support

The Observer: Andy Burnham: My campaign is ‘Heart of Labour’

 

Michael backs Andy Burnham for Labour leader - Burnham asks Dugher to run the campaign

As first reported by LabourList, Michael has backed Andy Burnham and will run his campaign to be the next leader of the Labour Party. Michael was interviewed on the Sky News Murnaghan...

Following the General Election result, Michael was interviewed by the New Statesman about Labour’s campaign.

You can read the article here.

He has also been on the BBC World at One programme to talk about some of the mistakes in Labour’s election campaign.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here.

New Statesman and World at One interviews

Following the General Election result, Michael was interviewed by the New Statesman about Labour’s campaign. You can read the article here. He has also been on the BBC World at One...

electionnight.jpgMichael has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Barnsley East with 54.7 per cent of the vote and a majority of 12,034. You can see full details of the results here.

Commenting on the result, Michael said:

“I would like to thank everyone for their support. It is a huge honour to have been re-elected to serve the constituency of Barnsley East with an increased majority and more than 50 per cent of the vote.

“It is deeply humbling and I am determined to spend everyday of the next five years working hard for people in Barnsley East and to fight for that Labour government we still so desperately need for the country.

Michael re-elected with increased majority in Barnsley East

Michael has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Barnsley East with 54.7 per cent of the vote and a majority of 12,034. You can see full details of... Read more

liblaunch_1.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, on Friday 1 May Michael attended the launch event for LIVE in Barnsley, the free music festival held on Saturday 20 June in a variety of venues across the town. At the launch event, attended by press, performers and volunteers, it was announced that Michael has again agreed to become this year's patron alongside Feargal Sharkey from The Undertones.

Festival organisers, Steve Clifford and Dave Pearsall, also announced that the three chosen charities to benefit from the event this year will be Barnsley Hospice, Muscular Dystrophy and Creative Recovery. Steve and Dave also thanked Barnsley Council who has agreed to allow the festival to use Centenary Pals Square for the Creative Recovery piano stage where musicians of all ages can come along and play/sing along with the Creative Recovery team.

Also attending the launch were representatives from local brewers Geeves, Two Roses and Acorn Brewery, who have collaborated to brew a special beer on sale during the free festival called LIB Festival Ale.

Launch of LIVE in Barnsley

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, on Friday 1 May Michael attended the launch event for LIVE in Barnsley, the free music festival held on Saturday 20 June in a variety... Read more

On Friday 1 May, Michael visited The Forest Academy in Kendray to present prizes for a school art competition held during an fundraising day for Help The Heroes. Welcomed to the school by Mrs Sam Bailey (Head of School) and Dale Sturrock (Governor), Michael awarded an individual prize to Emily Land and Jayden Charlie and a collective prize to the reception class.

Commenting Michael said: "It was great to visit The Forest Academy today and to see the hard work and effort put into such brilliant art work. It was such a difficult task to choose winners and I congratulate all connected with the school in organising an event of this kind."

 

Michael visits The Forest Academy charity art event

On Friday 1 May, Michael visited The Forest Academy in Kendray to present prizes for a school art competition held during an fundraising day for Help The Heroes. Welcomed to...

buspass.jpgMichael, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, has made a number of visits this week, including to Keighley, Rothwell and Wolverhampton, to highlight Labour's pledge that the older person’s bus pass will be safe under Labour.

Over the last five years, bus fares have been allowed to rise by over 27 per cent on average and this would have a massive impact on pensioners if the bus pass become means tested. The free bus pass for pensioners leads to huge social, economic, health and well-being benefits and Labour is guaranteeing that this will not be put at risk.

Michael pledges that the older person’s free bus pass will be safe under Labour

Michael, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, has made a number of visits this week, including to Keighley, Rothwell and Wolverhampton, to highlight Labour's pledge that the older person’s bus pass will... Read more

Michael recently announced that Labour will fix the dire state of local roads through a fully funded Pothole Fund. This will mean 24 million potholes would be mended in the next five years under Labour.

Michael and the Shadow Roads Minister, Richard Burden, have written a blog post for Huffington Postabout how Labour’s better plan for our local roads will work.

Click here to read the blog.

Huffington Post blog: “Labour Has a Better Plan to Fix 'Pothole Britain' and Boost Cycling and Walking”

Michael recently announced that Labour will fix the dire state of local roads through a fully funded Pothole Fund. This will mean 24 million potholes would be mended in the...

wors_library_birthday.jpgOn Tuesday 28 April, Michael joined Worsbrough local residents in celebrating the 50th birthday of Worsbrough Library. Hosted by librarian Kate Harper, the event had a variety of archive material on display and was attended by past and present staff members.

Pictured with Michael is Worsbrough local election candidate Roya Pourali, librarian Kate Harper and local resident Barry Almond.

Worsbrough Library 50th birthday celebrations

On Tuesday 28 April, Michael joined Worsbrough local residents in celebrating the 50th birthday of Worsbrough Library. Hosted by librarian Kate Harper, the event had a variety of archive material...

wmd_collage.jpgMichael attended a special ceremony to mark Workers’ Memorial Day in Barnsley to pay his respects to those people who have lost their lives as a result of their work, whilst also raising awareness of safety issues to ensure future tragedies are avoided. Now in its eighth year, the 2015 Barnsley event was organised by Barnsley Trades Council in association with Raleys Solicitors.

In laying a wreath, Michael was joined by his colleagues Dan Jarvis and Angela Smith, representatives of unions including the National Union of Mineworkers and GMB and members of several local campaign and support groups who provide help to those affected by work-related disease. During the ceremony Michael made a speech. You can read the full speech by clicking here.

 

Workers' Memorial Day

Michael attended a special ceremony to mark Workers’ Memorial Day in Barnsley to pay his respects to those people who have lost their lives as a result of their work, whilst...

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Michael campaigning across Barnsley East - including in Worsbrough, Cudworth, Hemingfield,Stairfoot, Grimethorpe, Darfield, Cudworth, Birdwell & Wombwell

bristolcycling.jpgMichael announced on Tuesday that Labour will fix the dire state of local roads through a fully costed Pothole Fund, which will see 24 million potholes mended in the next five years.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have neglected local roads since 2010 to such an extent that there is now a massive pothole backlog, with a third of local roads in urgent need of repair. Unlike the plans from the Tories and Liberal Democrats, Labour’s extra investment will ensure that spending on local roads will increase over the course of the next Parliament and bring an end to the growing pothole crisis.

Michael announces that Labour will fix ‘Pothole Britain’ by creating a £300 million fund to mend six million more potholes – plus give extra funding for cycling and walking

Michael announced on Tuesday that Labour will fix the dire state of local roads through a fully costed Pothole Fund, which will see 24 million potholes mended in the next... Read more

This week saw the sad passing away of Lord Mason of Barnsley. Roy Mason was a former miner who represented Barnsley in parliament from 1953 to 1987. He rose to be a cabinet minister in the 1970s Labour Government.

You can read various tributes, including by Michael by clicking here and here.

Michael joins tributes to the late Lord Mason of Barnsley

This week saw the sad passing away of Lord Mason of Barnsley. Roy Mason was a former miner who represented Barnsley in parliament from 1953 to 1987. He rose to...

Michael attended the launch of theLabour Party Manifesto yesterday, where Ed Miliband outlined a plan to secure the nation's finances so that we can reward hard work, share prosperity and improve family finances.

During the launch of the Manifesto in Manchester, Ed Miliband set out the details of the new Budget Responsibility Lock by which Labour will secure the nation’s finances. This guarantees:

  • Every policy in the Manifesto is paid for without requiring any additional borrowing.
  • The first line of the Labour Government’s first Budget will be that it “cuts the deficit every year” and this will be verified by the Office for Budget Responsibility.
  • Strong, fair fiscal rules, on which any government led by Ed Miliband will not compromise, to balance the books.

Labour launches Manifesto - a plan to secure the finances of our nation and improve the finances of working families

Michael attended the launch of theLabour Party Manifesto yesterday, where Ed Miliband outlined a plan to secure the nation's finances so that we can reward hard work, share prosperity and improve... Read more

newcastlechi.jpgFollowing Michael’s visit to Newcastle last week, the Newcastle Chronicle has reported on his comments about the need for big reforms to how local bus services are run.

As quoted in the article, Michael set out why Labour’s bus reforms are so important. He said:

“We are seeing scare stories being put about by companies like Stagecoach who frankly are acting like a bunch of gangsters in this area, holding the communities here in the North East to ransom.

Newcastle Chronicle: “Shadow Transport Secretary says UK bus companies behaving like 'a bunch of gangsters'”

Following Michael’s visit to Newcastle last week, the Newcastle Chronicle has reported on his comments about the need for big reforms to how local bus services are run. As quoted in the article,... Read more

stocktonbus.jpgMichael visited Stockton and Newcastle on Friday to highlight Labour’s plans to put power over bus services back in the hands of local communities and passengers.

Bus fares have rocketed by 27 per cent since 2010 at the same time as over 2,000 routes have been cut. In the North East, there are now seven million fewer miles of bus services compared to five years ago. 

Michael visits Stockton and Newcastle and sets out Labour’s plans to hand more power to communities over local bus services

Michael visited Stockton and Newcastle on Friday to highlight Labour’s plans to put power over bus services back in the hands of local communities and passengers. Bus fares have rocketed... Read more

collage3.jpgMichael spoke at the launch of Labour’s 2015 local election campaign in Leeds on Tuesday 7 April.

Labour has given a bold devolution pledge to reverse a century of centralisation by giving back an unprecedented £30 billion of funding from Whitehall over five years.

This will enable the creation of economic powerhouses in every region, backed by new freedoms.

Labour launches local election campaign with pledge to give more powers to communities to run their local bus services

Michael spoke at the launch of Labour’s 2015 local election campaign in Leeds on Tuesday 7 April. Labour has given a bold devolution pledge to reverse a century of centralisation... Read more

JimAndrewsBEM.jpgLast Thursday, Michael was at a packed Barnsley Town Hall as Barnsley deputy leader, Cllr Jim Andrews, was honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM).

Jim Andrews, who has been a Barnsley councillor for 29 years and has also been the longstanding chair of the South Yorkshire Fire Authority, was awarded the honour is the Queen's New Year's Honours List for services to local government.

Jim was presented the BEM by the Lord Lieutenant, David Moody, who made it his last official duty before retiring from the post.

Michael congratulates Barnsley's Jim Andrews on his BEM

Last Thursday, Michael was at a packed Barnsley Town Hall as Barnsley deputy leader, Cllr Jim Andrews, was honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM). Jim Andrews, who has been... Read more

B_Q_Chronicle.jpgThe Barnsley Chronicle reports that following the announcement this week that the Barnsley branch of B&Q at Stairfoot will close, as well as a further 59 across the country, Michael has expressed his concern over the impact on local jobs and the future of the workforce.

Commenting Michael said: "I'm very sorry to hear that the B&Q store will be closing in Stairfoot. I will be seeking assurances from the company about the future employment of the workforce"

Michael seeks assurances following DIY store clousure announcement

The Barnsley Chronicle reports that following the announcement this week that the Barnsley branch of B&Q at Stairfoot will close, as well as a further 59 across the country, Michael has expressed...

As reported in the Daily Mail and the Independent, Labour is warning of a repeat of the Christmas rail chaos as hundreds of thousands of football fans face Easter travel misery.

There will be 34 Premiership and Championship matches over the long Easter weekend (Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April). But despite this large fixture list, Ministers are allowing trains not to run on large parts of the track.

This means that hundreds of thousands of supporters will face long delays or have to take to the roads to follow their teams. Overall, football fans travelling to 18 (over 50 per cent) of the scheduled Premiership and Championship matches will be affected by delays and disruption caused by the Government’s massive Easter rail shutdown.

Nearly a million football fans faced travel disruption on Boxing Day and then over 100,000 passengers were affected by the rail chaos in the following days. The Government was warned of the potential problems in advance, but didn’t scrutinise the planned level of maintenance work and failed to act.

Ministers are yet again set to allow large parts of the rail network to shut down over a busy holiday period and have done nothing to suggest they have learnt from their mistakes.

Football fans face Easter misery thanks to the Government’s Easter rail shut down

As reported in the Daily Mail and the Independent, Labour is warning of a repeat of the Christmas rail chaos as hundreds of thousands of football fans face Easter travel misery. There will... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley ChronicleSheffield Star and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has paid tribute to Ken Burkinshaw, a Second World War veteran who died this week aged 91.  Ken, who served in the Arctic Convoy campaign on board HMS Sheffield when he was just 16 and became a Chief Petty Officer, went on to play professional football, became a football referee and President of the Hoyland branch of the Royal British Legion.  For his service in the Second World War, Ken received not only the Arctic Star from the British government but also the Ushakov Medal from the Russians in recognition of his heroism.

Michael pays tribute to his friend, World War Two veteran and 'Barnsley hero' Ken Burkinshaw

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Sheffield Star and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has paid tribute to Ken Burkinshaw, a Second World War veteran who died this week aged 91.  Ken, who served... Read more

The Tory-led Government’s decision to allow another rail shutdown during an important public holiday is set to cause travel misery for millions of people this Easter.

As reported in the Mirror, Michael has written to the Transport Secretary, Patrick Mcloughlin, seeking assurances that there will be no repeat of the Christmas rail chaos. The Government was warned by the rail regulator and the Labour Party ahead of the Christmas rail chaos, but they failed to act and over 100,000 passengers were affected by the massive delays and disruptions.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence that Tory Ministers have learnt the lessons from the Christmas rail chaos and adequately scrutinised the scale of the planned engineering work over Easter, or ensured that there are robust contingencies in place.

The Mirror: “Get a grip of railways to avoid repeat of Christmas travel chaos this Easter, Labour tells Tories”

The Tory-led Government’s decision to allow another rail shutdown during an important public holiday is set to cause travel misery for millions of people this Easter. As reported in the Mirror,... Read more

In his regular column for the South Yorkshire Times, Michael writes that that a lot has happened since he stood up and made his first speech in the Commons and points out that because this is a recovery for only a privileged few, the government has built an economy based on low wages, part-time working and zero hours where tax revenues coming into the Exchequer have been woefully poor. He calls for a Britain that works for ordinary working people

To read the full article click here.

We need a Britain that works for ordinary working people

In his regular column for the South Yorkshire Times, Michael writes that that a lot has happened since he stood up and made his first speech in the Commons and points...

Michael has written a blog on Labour’s plans to give cyclists and pedestrians a voice in transport policy.

Labour is committed to implementing a long-term Cycling and Walking Strategy in government. As part of this, Labour will create a new, high-level and cross-government Cyclist and Pedestrians’ Advisory Board, which will put cyclists and pedestrians at the top table of transport policy for the first time.

You can read the blog in full here.

Labour plans to move cycling from the margins to the mainstream

Michael has written a blog on Labour’s plans to give cyclists and pedestrians a voice in transport policy. Labour is committed to implementing a long-term Cycling and Walking Strategy in...

firestation_chron.jpgcudworthfire.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Cudworth Fire Station on Friday 20 March to meet with James Courtney, the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Cllr Jim Andrews, the Chair of the Service.

Firefighters based at the station from Green Watch also demonstrated rescue techniques on a practice car using specialised equipment and machinery.

Commenting, Michael said: "South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue do a fantastic job serving the local community and have experienced disproportionate cuts in the North under this government."

You can find out more about South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue by following their award winning Twitter feed here.

Michael’s visit to Cudworth Fire Station

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Cudworth Fire Station on Friday 20 March to meet with James Courtney, the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Fire...

Last weekend, Michael spoke at the We Believe in Israel Conference. You can see the speech in full below.

Michael’s speech at the We Believe in Israel Conference

Last weekend, Michael spoke at the We Believe in Israel Conference. You can see the speech in full below. Read more

MD_at_Birkwood_school_WEBSITE_VERSION.jpgsustranschron.jpgAs reported byBarnsley News and Sport, Michael visited Birkwood Primary School in Cudworth on Friday 20 March to answer questions from pupils as part of Sustrans’ #BigPedal campaign to promote safe cycling to school.

Michael’s visit to Birkwood Primary School

As reported byBarnsley News and Sport, Michael visited Birkwood Primary School in Cudworth on Friday 20 March to answer questions from pupils as part of Sustrans’ #BigPedal campaign to promote... Read more

car_crash.jpgAs reported again in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for action to address the dangerous stretch of road near Wentworth Station.

The A6135 Sheffield Road close to the hamlet of Wentworth Station has seen a long history of accidents with four serious collisions in the last five years.

Accident blackspot concern

As reported again in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for action to address the dangerous stretch of road near Wentworth Station. The A6135 Sheffield Road close to the hamlet... Read more

indymarch.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael writes that after watching Osborne’s smug and self-congratulatory Budget last week he is convinced more than ever we need Labour’s better plan which will put ordinary working families first – and save our NHS.

To read the full article click here.

Never had it so good? Not here…

In his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael writes that after watching Osborne’s smug and self-congratulatory Budget last week he is convinced more than ever we need Labour’s better...

fitredschronreport.jpgFit_Reds_more_coverage.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle on 20 March and 6 March, Michael has congratulated the local Barnsley heath education programme Fit Reds on winning a Public Health Hero award at a ceremony held in Parliament on 3 March, organsied by the Department of Heath.

Targeted at men aged over 35, Fit Reds, part of Barnsley FC’s Community Sports & Education Trust, has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to tackle the high levels of cardiovascular disease in Barnsley. Barnsley life expectancies are below the national average, with the average Barnsley male lifespan standing at 76 years – 2 years shorter than the national average of 78. Since September 2012 over 340 men have benefited from the programme which has improved waistlines, blood pressure readings and weight levels.

Congratulations to Fit Reds

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle on 20 March and 6 March, Michael has congratulated the local Barnsley heath education programme Fit Reds on winning a Public Health Hero award at a... Read more

voter_reg_deadline_1_month.jpgAs reported in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has urged people to ensure they are registered to vote as today marks one month until the voter registration deadline on Monday 20 April.

Recent figures from the Electoral Commission showed that around 30 per cent of 18 – 24 year olds are currently not registered to vote, which raises the worrying prospect that almost a third of young people will be unable to vote at the general election.

That is why it is so crucial to register to vote ahead of the deadline. Registering is easy and can be done in around five minutes by clickinghere and following the instructions. 

One month to go until voter registration deadline

As reported in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has urged people to ensure they are registered to vote as today marks one month until the voter registration deadline on Monday 20... Read more

As reported on Politics HomeThe Guardian and The Telegraph, the Government has made a U-Turn on its policy not to give tax relief to brass bands, just a day after the measure was released in the budget.

The Treasury confirmed today that tax relief that was initially only designed for complete orchestras will now be extended to include brass bands and pipe bands.

Following the initial news that the tax relief measures would only cover orchestras, Michael said:

“Buried away in the small print of his Budget is a betrayal of brass bands – not to mention steel and bagpipe bands and all the other groups who won’t get the benefit of this tax break because they aren’t considered worth. Snobby Osborne is showing his true colours. He’s completely out of touch.”

Government U-Turn on Trumpet Tax

As reported on Politics Home, The Guardian and The Telegraph, the Government has made a U-Turn on its policy not to give tax relief to brass bands, just a day after the measure was...

Budget_2015_1_(1).jpgBudget_2015_2.jpgMichael has criticised the Government’s last budget of this parliament for failing to address the cost-of-living crisis or to stand up for working families.

The Chancellor spoke about things getting better but people in Barnsley are not benefiting from the recovery because this Government only stands up for a privileged few.

Unemployment figures released this morning show that both unemployment and youth unemployment are up in Barnsley on last month, with youth unemployment in Michael’s Barnsley East constituency rising by 14.8 per cent since January.

Another bad budget for Barnsley

Michael has criticised the Government’s last budget of this parliament for failing to address the cost-of-living crisis or to stand up for working families. The Chancellor spoke about things getting... Read more

Michael was interviewed today by BBC Radio Sheffield on various topics ahead of the general election.

In the interview with BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson, Michael spoke about Labour’s plans to address the cost of living crisis which has left working people on average £1,600 worse off under thisGovernment.

You can listen to the interview in full by clicking here and scrolling to 32:00.

Interview with BBC Radio Sheffield

Michael was interviewed today by BBC Radio Sheffield on various topics ahead of the general election. In the interview with BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson, Michael spoke about Labour’s plans...

montage_campaign.jpgAhead of the forthcoming general election, Michael spent the last week again campaigning across the country to promote Labour's alternative to this failed Tory-Lib Dem government. Over the last week Michael was in Cambridge, Norwich, Walsall, Loughborough, Leicester, Birmingham and - of course - Barnsley! See photo montage below.

Campaigning

Ahead of the forthcoming general election, Michael spent the last week again campaigning across the country to promote Labour's alternative to this failed Tory-Lib Dem government. Over the last week...

TSSA_Journal_-_Michael_Dugher_interview-FINAL.jpgMichael has been interviewed by the TSSA Journal.

In an interview with the TSSA’s Ben Soffa, Michael spoke about Labour’s plans for railway reform including the creation of a public sector operator able to take on and challenge the private train companies as well as giving passengers a strong voice in the running of the railways.

Michael also talked about his family links to the sector; both of his father’s grandfathers had long careers on the railways.

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Michael’s interview with the TSSA Journal

Michael has been interviewed by the TSSA Journal. In an interview with the TSSA’s Ben Soffa, Michael spoke about Labour’s plans for railway reform including the creation of a public...

5_pledges.jpgLabour has unveiled its pledge card ahead of the general election, complete with five pledges which set out a better plan for Britain’s future.

Speaking at Labour’s spring conference in Birmingham on Saturday 14 March, Ed Miliband set out Labour’s plans to balance the books fairly during the next parliament, to raise living standards for working families, to rescue our NHS and give it time to care, to build an immigration system with the proper controls and to ensure that the next generation can do better than the last.

You can find out more about Labour’s election pledges here and see Ed Miliband’s speech in full here.

Labour’s five pledges for a better future

Labour has unveiled its pledge card ahead of the general election, complete with five pledges which set out a better plan for Britain’s future. Speaking at Labour’s spring conference in...

Barnsley_Academy.jpgimpressed_by_students.jpgAs reported in today'sBarnsley Chronicle, on 27 February, Michael visited 6th Form students at Barnsley Academy in Kendray. Welcomed to the school by Jayne Whitehead, acting head of the 6th form, Michael spoke to the students about his background and political career, voter registration, the use of social media in politics and importance of voting in an election, especially for younger voters. He then took part in a question and answer session with the students covering everything from tuition fees to Jeremy Clarkson.

Commenting Michael said: "The enthusiasm shown by the students at Barnsley Academy today was infectious. It remined me of my time as an A level student and I'm sure those I met today will have a great future ahead of them."

 

Meeting 6th form students

As reported in today'sBarnsley Chronicle, on 27 February, Michael visited 6th Form students at Barnsley Academy in Kendray. Welcomed to the school by Jayne Whitehead, acting head of the 6th...

Michael made a speech on 10 March about Labour’s plans to deliver big changes to transport policy after the election.

Speaking at a Campaign for Better Transport event, Michael spoke about how Labour will put passengers at the heart of transport policy and how integrated transport planning will give local communities a better deal.

Campaign for Better Transport speech

Michael made a speech on 10 March about Labour’s plans to deliver big changes to transport policy after the election. Speaking at a Campaign for Better Transport event, Michael spoke... Read more

colourofbus.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael writes, in the wake of International Women's Day, of the contribution that women have made throughout the country despite government cuts and sets out Labour's suppport for women and working mums.

You can read the article in full by clicking here.

A long way to go still to help women

In his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael writes, in the wake of International Women's Day, of the contribution that women have made throughout the country despite government cuts...

ASLEF_Reception.jpgMichael has attended and addressed the ASLEF parliamentary reception in Westminster. He is pictured here with ASLEF's Mick Whelan and Tosh McDonald.

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has over 19,000 members that work across passenger rail, rail freight, London Underground and some Light Rapid Transport.

Michael was also recently interviewed by the ASLEF Journal, the union’s monthly magazine, about Labour’s plans for rail reform. You can see the copy in full here.

ASLEF Parliamentary Reception

Michael has attended and addressed the ASLEF parliamentary reception in Westminster. He is pictured here with ASLEF's Mick Whelan and Tosh McDonald. ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has over 19,000...

CamNorwichMont.jpgOn Monday 9 March, Michael was campaigning on #PassengerPower in Cambridge and Norwich.

Michael's visit to Cambridge was reported byCambridge News. You can read their coverage by clicking here.

Earlier in the day he was interviewed by Chris Mann for the Dotty McLeod Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. You can listen to the interview by clicking here and scrolling to 02:07:28.

#PassengerPower in East Anglia

On Monday 9 March, Michael was campaigning on #PassengerPower in Cambridge and Norwich. Michael's visit to Cambridge was reported byCambridge News. You can read their coverage by clicking here. Earlier in... Read more

ladbrokeshoyland.jpgOn Saturday 7 March, Michael visited Ladbrokes in Hoyland to visit local staff and to support a local charity.

Michael was met by Regional Manager Nigel Chamberlain and Area Manager Samantha Woffindin.  Michael also spoke with shop manager Glenn Johnson and customer service assistant Terri Burgin.

During the visit, Ladbrokes donated a free £50 charity bet with Michael nominating the winnings (or the losing £50!) to Reflections Art in Health, a national mental health charity based in Barnsley.

Charity bet at Ladbrokes

On Saturday 7 March, Michael visited Ladbrokes in Hoyland to visit local staff and to support a local charity. Michael was met by Regional Manager Nigel Chamberlain and Area Manager Samantha Woffindin. ... Read more

As reported in The Independent, and theLiverpool Echo, Michael has set out Labour’s plans to introduce a 10-year age limit on tyres used on public service vehicles. 

Department for Transport figures show that almost 200 people were injured on average every week and almost 90 people killed every month on buses between 2008 and 2012.

Introducing a 10-year age limit would reduce the number of unsafe tyres on the roads and therefore reduce the risk of accidents occurring.

You can read Michael’s comments in full here.

Labour proposes 10-year age limit on public service transport tyres

As reported in The Independent, and theLiverpool Echo, Michael has set out Labour’s plans to introduce a 10-year age limit on tyres used on public service vehicles.  Department for Transport figures...

2nd_jobs.jpgAs reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has backed the Labour policy that calls for new rules and new limits on MP's outside earnings and has called for second jobs for MP's involving consultancies and paid directorships to be banned.

Michael calls for ban on second jobs

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has backed the Labour policy that calls for new rules and new limits on MP's outside earnings and has called for second jobs... Read more

Michael asked a question from the dispatch box today during Transport Questions. Michael asked:

“This week, following the Government’s privatisation of East Coast, Stagecoach released a trading update announcing that the privatisation would “significantly enhance” its profits. We know that the chief executive of Stagecoach, Martin Griffiths, is scraping by on £2.2 million a year—which, by the way, makes him eligible for the Government’s tax cut for millionaires, so his week is getting better and better. 

Transport Questions – 5 March 2015

Michael asked a question from the dispatch box today during Transport Questions. Michael asked: “This week, following the Government’s privatisation of East Coast, Stagecoach released a trading update announcing that... Read more

Michael has backed Harvey’s Law, a campaign to ensure that dogs that are sadly killed on motorways can be scanned and logged by the Highways Agency.

Commenting, (quoted in the Telegraph), Michael said:

“Scanning and logging dogs who have sadly been killed on our motorways is a simple procedure for the Highways Agency to undertake, but it makes such a big difference to people.

Britain is a nation of dog lovers and ensuring the Highways Agency continues to implement these procedures will save untold heartache. Labour will act to ensure that ID checks are always done so that families can be informed if their dog is found dead.”

You can read Michael’s comments here.

Michael backs Harvey’s Law

Michael has backed Harvey’s Law, a campaign to ensure that dogs that are sadly killed on motorways can be scanned and logged by the Highways Agency. Commenting, (quoted in the Telegraph),...

The 28 February was the last day before the Government’s privatiastion of the East Coast Main Line.

Commenting, (quoted in the GuardianBBC News and ITV News), Michael said:

“The end of East Coast Trains will be a hammer blow for passengers, taxpayers and employees alike.

"David Cameron’s ideological sell off has ended a public sector service, which has delivered over £1bn to the Treasury, kept fares down, had record passenger satisfaction and engaged the workforce with unparalleled success.

“It is clear that when it comes to transport, people have a straight choice – the status quo or Labour’s better plan. Labour will start the process of legislating in the first 100 days of a new Parliament to allow a public sector operator to be able to take on lines and challenge the private sector on a genuinely level playing field.

“Labour will also hold a speedy review of rail franchising to replace it with a system fit for purpose and create a strong passenger voice within a new strategic body for running the railways.”

 

'End of East Coast will be a hammer blow for passengers, taxpayers and employees alike'

The 28 February was the last day before the Government’s privatiastion of the East Coast Main Line. Commenting, (quoted in the Guardian, BBC News and ITV News), Michael said: “The end of East Coast...

passengerpowerspeech_(1).jpgMichael made a speech about passenger power on 28 February at the Labour Party Regional Conference in Leeds.

The speech outlined how Labour will deliver the biggest changes to both buses and rail we’ve seen for a generation.

Michael also announced during the speech that Labour will start legislating in the first 100 days of a new Parliament to enable a public sector operator to take on and challenge for rail lines on a level playing field.

To read the full speech, click here.

Passenger Power speech

Michael made a speech about passenger power on 28 February at the Labour Party Regional Conference in Leeds. The speech outlined how Labour will deliver the biggest changes to both buses and...

campaigncompilation.jpgMichael has been out and about campaigning in recent days in Barnsley, Pudsey and Leeds North West.

He has been:

- knocking on doors and talking to residents in Barnsley.

- campaigning against the inflation busting rail fare rises under this Government at both New Pudsey railway station (with local Labour candidate Jamie Hanley) and Burley station (with local Labour candidate Alex Sobel); and

- promoting Labour’s Passenger Power campaign at Pudsey bus station and talking to people about local transport issues in Leeds North West.

Michael out and about campaigning in Barnsley, Pudsey and Leeds North West

Michael has been out and about campaigning in recent days in Barnsley, Pudsey and Leeds North West. He has been: - knocking on doors and talking to residents in Barnsley....

The Yorkshire Post reports that members of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign fear an announcement on whether the police watchdog will launch a full investigation into the 1984 ‘battle of Orgreave’ is in danger of being pushed back until after the General Election. The IPCC says it has made a decision on whether to launch a full Hillsborough-style probe into the clashes between police and striking miners, but is taking “legal advice about the publication of that decision”. The pre-election purdah period, during which civil servants are severely restricted on making long-term commitments or major policy decisions, starts on March 30 ahead of the General Election on May 7.

Commenting Michael said: "“It is time to get on with this. If the IPCC either can’t or won’t look at this then Labour has made it clear we will have the investigation to deliver justice for all those who were affected by Orgreave. We should not be in this position where we are worried about purdah. The IPCC shoudld have made a decision months and months ago. It is one excuse after another.”

To read article in full click here

Fears ‘purdah’ could delay Orgreave probe

The Yorkshire Post reports that members of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign fear an announcement on whether the police watchdog will launch a full investigation into the 1984 ‘battle of Orgreave’...

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