Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

2015

Ward_Green_Primary.jpgMichael visited Ward Green Primary in Worsbrough on 27 February, acompanied by Councillor John Clarke. Welcomed to the school by Mrs Hardwick, Assistant Headteacher, they took part in a question and answer session with year 6 pupils where they quizzed Michael on his political work and the role of both an MP and local councillor.

Commenting Michael said: "It was fantastic to visit Ward Green Primary today and I particularly enjoyed answering the challenging but fair questions the pupils asked me. I'd like to thank all those connected with the school for the opportunity to visit today and I'd like to congratulate the pupils on thier work."

 

Questions at Ward Green Primary

Michael visited Ward Green Primary in Worsbrough on 27 February, acompanied by Councillor John Clarke. Welcomed to the school by Mrs Hardwick, Assistant Headteacher, they took part in a question and...

Today Michael was interviewed by Howard Pressman for BBC Radio Sheffield where he spoke about Labour's transport policy including support for motorists and other road users. To hear the broadcast in full click here and scroll to 22 minutes.

BBC Radio Sheffield interview

Today Michael was interviewed by Howard Pressman for BBC Radio Sheffield where he spoke about Labour's transport policy including support for motorists and other road users. To hear the broadcast...

bfcfansmeeting.jpgBFC_fans.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, on Saturday 21 February Michael met members of the Barnsley FC Supporters Trust including volunteers Ben Lockwood, Ray Brammer, Derek Lindley, Paul Hicks and John Hodgkiss at Redfearns Bar at Oakwell.  During the meeting he took the opportunity to listen to Barnsley fans and discussed Labour’s proposals for improving football governance and the importance of supporting grassroots football.  Michael then went on to watch Barnsley take a valuable three points against Crewe Alexandra.

Putting fans back at the heart of football

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, on Saturday 21 February Michael met members of the Barnsley FC Supporters Trust including volunteers Ben Lockwood, Ray Brammer, Derek Lindley, Paul Hicks and John Hodgkiss... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has commented on the proposal that refurbished London Tube Trains could soon be running in Barnsley to plug a hole in the shortage of rolling stock. The Tube stock, designed in 1978, were heading for the scrap heap but are being refurbished for potential use on Northern routes including the Penistone Line that runs through Barnsley.

Commenting Michael said: "People in Barnsley pay thier taxes - the are just as entitled to have high quality rolling stock as other parts of the country. We are clear that the Pacers have long outived thier welcome on the Northern franchise and we want to see new appropriate rolling stock on our railways"

 

Concern over plans for 'scrap heap' trains

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has commented on the proposal that refurbished London Tube Trains could soon be running in Barnsley to plug a hole in the shortage of...

MD_House_mag.jpgMichael has been interviewed by The House magazine

In an interview with Paul Waugh, Michael talked about Labour’s plans to put passengers at the heart of transport policy.

Michael discussed rail, road, bus and cycling policy with Paul, including the need to give passengers a voice in the running of their services.

Michael also talked about his family history in the railways and growing up in the South Yorkshire mining village of Edlington. 

You can read the more of the interview by clicking here.

Michael’s interview with The House

Michael has been interviewed by The House magazine In an interview with Paul Waugh, Michael talked about Labour’s plans to put passengers at the heart of transport policy. Michael discussed rail, road,...

Michael has criticised UKIP following the news that UKIP MEPs voted against new rules making it easier to catch reckless foreign drivers.

Quoted in the Mail Online, Michael said about the new laws:

'They will ensure that drivers in foreign-registered vehicles will no longer be able to just flout laws on serious driving offences without facing the consequences. It is right that the UK authorities will be able to get the tools they need to identify offenders.'

'Why does UKIP want to let foreigners driving in Britain off the hook?'

You can read the full story by clicking here.

UKIP show complete disregard for road safety after EU vote

Michael has criticised UKIP following the news that UKIP MEPs voted against new rules making it easier to catch reckless foreign drivers. Quoted in the Mail Online, Michael said about the...

Barnsley_Independent_25_February_2015_Page_6_(1).jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael has called for action to tackle tax avoidance.

Michael wrote about the need to restore public trust in the tax system after tax avoidance scandals have cost the country a fortune and showed how this Government is only prepared to stand up for a privileged few. 

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Tax avoidance is costing the country a fortune

In his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael has called for action to tackle tax avoidance. Michael wrote about the need to restore public trust in the tax system...

Michael has written a blog for theHuffington Post on the topic of MP’s second jobs.

In the blog, Michael says that the status quo is unsustainable and indefensible as well as outlining Labour plans for a strict cap on all outside earnings by MPs.

You can read the blog in full by clicking here.

Huffington Post blog on MP’s second jobs

Michael has written a blog for theHuffington Post on the topic of MP’s second jobs. In the blog, Michael says that the status quo is unsustainable and indefensible as well as...

BFC_fans_(1).jpgOn Saturday 21 February, Michael met members of the Barnsley FC Supporters Trust including volunteers Ben Lockwood, Ray Brammer, Derek Lindley, Paul Hicks and John Hodgkiss at Redfearns Bar at Oakwell.  During the meeting he took the opportunity to listen to Barnsley fans and discussed Labour’s proposals for improving football governance and the importance of supporting grassroots football.  Michael then went on to watch Barnsley take a valuable three points against Crewe Alexandra.

 

Putting fans back at the heart of football

On Saturday 21 February, Michael met members of the Barnsley FC Supporters Trust including volunteers Ben Lockwood, Ray Brammer, Derek Lindley, Paul Hicks and John Hodgkiss at Redfearns Bar at...

Apprentice_Guarantee.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has welcomed Labour’s plans to create 80,000 more high-quality apprenticeships by 2020.

Labour’s Apprenticeship Guarantee will give every school leaver who gets the grades the chance to begin an apprenticeship.

Commenting, Michael said:

“Increasing access to high-quality apprenticeships helps to equip school leavers with the skills they need to succeed in the modern economy as well as opening up new opportunities for young people.”

Michael welcomes Labour’s Apprenticeship Guarantee

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has welcomed Labour’s plans to create 80,000 more high-quality apprenticeships by 2020. Labour’s Apprenticeship Guarantee will give every school leaver who gets the...

Youth_Unemployment_January.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there were 1,000 young unemployed people in the Barnsley Local Authority area in January, up from 885 in December of last year – an increase of 11.5 per cent.

There was a particularly large increase in the number of young unemployed people in the Barnsley East constituency, where the figure rose from 315 in December to 370 in January – an increase of 14.8 per cent.

Young people have suffered considerably under this government, with their university tuition fees being trebled and their Educational Maintenance Allowance being scrapped.

Labour recognises that the country needs to invest in young people which is why Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee, funded by a tax on bank bonuses, will ensure a real, paid job for every 18 to 24 year old who has been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than a year and for every adult aged 25 and over who has been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 2 years.

 

New jobless figures show the Government is failing the next generation

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there were 1,000 young unemployed people in the Barnsley Local Authority area in January,...

Michael has been interviewed by the New Statesman on a range of topics including Labour’s plans for rail reform.

In the interview with the New Statesman’s George Eaton, Michael made the case for learning the lessons from the West Coast franchise fiasco and the successful operation of the East Coast’s Directly Operated Rail to make the case for more public control of the railways.

Michael’s comments were also reported in the GuardianThe MirrorThe Daily Mail and The Financial Times.

You can read coverage of the interview in the New Statesman here and here.

Michael’s interview with the New Statesman

Michael has been interviewed by the New Statesman on a range of topics including Labour’s plans for rail reform. In the interview with the New Statesman’s George Eaton, Michael made the case...

As reported in the Mail Online, Michael has called for so called ‘stealth’ cameras on motorways to be scrapped and for speed cameras to be painted yellow. Michael said:

“The aim of speed cameras should be to end up with safer roads by changing the behaviour of motorists – which is what happened under the previous Labour government when cameras were yellow”.

You can read more of Michael’s comments by clicking here.

Labour plans to ban ‘stealth’ speed cameras by requiring them to be painted yellow

As reported in the Mail Online, Michael has called for so called ‘stealth’ cameras on motorways to be scrapped and for speed cameras to be painted yellow. Michael said: “The aim...

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and yesterday's South Yorkshire Times, Michael has highlighted a growing problem of heart disease in Barnsley East following his participation in last week's British Heart Foundation (BHF) heart awareness 'Wear It Red' campaign day.

It is estimated that in his constituency there are not only around 13,700 people living with cardiovascular disease, but there are also 5,003 people who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease. In addition to these startling figures he said it was estimated that around 16,088 people in the constituency had very high blood pressure and added to that there were around 6,061 people suffering with diabetes.

Michael has previously worked closely with the British Heart Foundation and he is also the vice chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Heart Disease – a cross-party group of MPs working to raise awareness of the debilitating condition.

Campaign for Healthy Hearts

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and yesterday's South Yorkshire Times, Michael has highlighted a growing problem of heart disease in Barnsley East following his participation in last week's British Heart Foundation (BHF)... Read more

Following the publication of the Office of Rail Regulation's (ORR) report into the failings which led to the Christmas rail chaos Michael has written a blog for Politics Home.

Michaels's comments were also reported by the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail.

You can read the full blog here.

Politics Home: 'The rail regulation office spoke up for passengers – it’s time ministers did the same'

Following the publication of the Office of Rail Regulation's (ORR) report into the failings which led to the Christmas rail chaos Michael has written a blog for Politics Home. Michaels's comments...

As reported in today’s South Yorkshire Times, Michael has congratulated Acorn Brewery on attending the UK Trade and Investment’s Great British Speciality Beer and Food Exhibition in Barcelona.

Acorn Brewery, based in Wombwell in Michael’s constituency has seen previous international success with exports to Italy.

Barnsley to Barcelona for expanding Acorn

As reported in today’s South Yorkshire Times, Michael has congratulated Acorn Brewery on attending the UK Trade and Investment’s Great British Speciality Beer and Food Exhibition in Barcelona. Acorn Brewery,...

SYTRegister.jpgIn his regular column for the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has written of the importance of voter registration following recent changes to the electoral registration process. Labour Party research shows that 307 of 373 local authorities that provided data had recorded a reduction in their electoral roll. This has led to a reduction of 950,845, registered to vote in England and Wales.

You can read the full article here

Register now to be able to vote later

In his regular column for the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has written of the importance of voter registration following recent changes to the electoral registration process. Labour Party research shows that...

Rosie_Conway_Column_.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael has written about the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The NCS carries out fantastic work helping to equip young people with the skills that they need to succeed in work and life.

Michael recently met Rosie Conway, the Barnsley star of the NCS’s national poster campaign and an ambassador for the scheme, in Wombwell to discuss the organisation’s great local work with Barnsley FC.

You can read the full article here.

National Citizen Service Column in the Barnsley Independent

In his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael has written about the National Citizen Service (NCS). The NCS carries out fantastic work helping to equip young people with the skills...

As reported in the Telegraph, Michael has raised concerns about excessive charging at station car parks with the Rail Delivery Group. 

In a letter to Michael Roberts, the director General of the Rail Delivery Group, Michael pointed out that commuters often have no choice but to drive to the train station and it seems that the train operators are taking advantage of this fact.

You can read the full coverage of Michael’s letter here.

Michael highlights increase in commuter car parking charges

As reported in the Telegraph, Michael has raised concerns about excessive charging at station car parks with the Rail Delivery Group.  In a letter to Michael Roberts, the director General of...

Following warnings from the Competition and Markets Authority about the Government’s privatisation of the East Coast main line, Michael has written a blog for Labour List calling for reform of our railways.

Michael’s comments were also reported in the Guardian and theEvening Standard.

You can read the blog in full here.

Labour List: ‘Warnings about privatisation of the East Coast show that it’s high time to reform our railways’

Following warnings from the Competition and Markets Authority about the Government’s privatisation of the East Coast main line, Michael has written a blog for Labour List calling for reform of our railways....

netherwood_1.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Netherwood ALC in Darfield on Friday 30 January to witness the Rugby Football Union's latest schools campaign in action. Called All Schools, this programme is designed to take rugby to state schools as part of the build-up for the 2015 Rugby World Cup hosted in England and as a result increase the amount of rugby in schools, and to encourage new players to join local clubs.

All Schools rugby at Netherwood

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Netherwood ALC in Darfield on Friday 30 January to witness the Rugby Football Union's latest schools campaign in action. Called All Schools, this... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed calls from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for the government to support local pubs and brewers. Signng the CAMRA manifesto, Michael acknowledged the econmic impact the beer and pub sector has on the Barnsley community. There are currently 71 pubs and two breweries in his Barnslet East constituency and according to recent figures from the British Beer and Pub Association they employ 357 people.

Michael backs the CAMRA manifesto

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed calls from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for the government to support local pubs and brewers. Signng the CAMRA manifesto, Michael... Read more

ASLEF_cover.jpgMichael has been interviewed by the ASLEF Journal about Labour’s plans for Britain’s railways.

In an interview with ASLEF’s Keith Richmond in the railway town of Doncaster, Michael discussed HS2, the Government’s fiasco over privatising the East Coast main line and his family connection to the railways.

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Michael's interview with ASLEF

Michael has been interviewed by the ASLEF Journal about Labour’s plans for Britain’s railways. In an interview with ASLEF’s Keith Richmond in the railway town of Doncaster, Michael discussed HS2, the Government’s...

fitred1.jpgAs reported in today's South Yorkshire Times and in theBarnsley Chronicle on 23 January, Michael is proud to annouce that he has nominated local heath education programme Fit Reds for a Public Health Hero award, 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.

Michael nominates Fit Reds

As reported in today's South Yorkshire Times and in theBarnsley Chronicle on 23 January, Michael is proud to annouce that he has nominated local heath education programme Fit Reds for a Public Health... Read more

Michael has written an article for the Yorkshire Post on Labour’s plans to give cities and county regions greater control over local bus services. 

Independent research carried out by the Campaign for Better Transport show that more than 2,000 bus routes have been cut since 2010 and things are getting worse quickly, with nearly 500 bus services being altered or withdrawn last year alone.

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

Yorkshire Post article: Time to tackle power of the bus barons

Michael has written an article for the Yorkshire Post on Labour’s plans to give cities and county regions greater control over local bus services.  Independent research carried out by the Campaign for...

Drivers being fleeced by up to 13p a LITRE at motorway service stations

As reported in today’s Sunday Mirror, Michael has highlighted the high cost of fuel at motorway service stations. Commenting, Michael said:

“Motorists are fed up of being fleeced. Service stations must do more to show they’re not keeping prices artificially high. David Cameron is in denial about the cost-of-living crisis. Families shouldn’t be getting ripped off at the pumps.”

Latest transport news from Michael

Drivers being fleeced by up to 13p a LITRE at motorway service stations As reported in today’s Sunday Mirror, Michael has highlighted the high cost of fuel at motorway service stations.... Read more

rosieposter.jpgToday Michael met Rosie Conway, the Barnsley star of a national poster campaign by the National Citizen Service (NCS). Rosie is one of just 22 young people to take part in a national campaign for National Citizen Service (NCS), the country’s flagship youth programme in conjunction with the Football League Trust and supported by the Community Sports & Education Trust of Barnsley Football Club.

Joining Rosie at the poster site on Park Street in Wombwell were Hannah Philips from Barnsley Football Club Community Trust, Barnsley Football Club squad members Peter Ramage and Ben Pearson and Councillor Richard Wraith.

Michael supports National Citizen Service campaign

Today Michael met Rosie Conway, the Barnsley star of a national poster campaign by the National Citizen Service (NCS). Rosie is one of just 22 young people to take part... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has raised concerns about the performance of Barnsley's secondary schools. Official figures show the number of pupils achieving five good GCSEs, including English and maths has fallen compared to last year.

Worry over exam results

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has raised concerns about the performance of Barnsley's secondary schools. Official figures show the number of pupils achieving five good GCSEs, including English and... Read more

book.jpgAs reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael marked Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.

 

Michael signs the Book of Commitment

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael marked Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.   Read more

indyholo.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael writes about the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, this memorial day is a reminder to all of us of the importance of commemorating the millions who were affected by the Holocaust and gives us an opportunity to remember, mourn and reflect on what happened in the Holocaust and in all genocides since.  As the events of the Holocaust sadly move from living memory to history, the lessons of what happened remain as powerful as ever.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Lessons of the Holocaust 70 years on

In his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael writes about the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day. Organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust, this memorial day is a reminder to all...

Michael voted in the Commons this evening for stronger regulation on fracking. The Government was forced to accept Labour's proposals for a stronger framework of environmental protection in New Clause 19 of the Infrastructure Bill.

In a response to constituents who had written with concerns, Michael said:

Thank you for writing to me recently regarding the issue of shale gas extraction and the changes being made to the Infrastructure Bill.

I voted in the House of Commons on 26 January for Labour amendments to the Infrastructure Bill. Specifically, I voted to prohibit shale gas extraction in groundwater protection zones, to require baseline assessments for methane gas in groundwater and to place an obligation on operators to monitor and report fugitive emissions.

Labour wins key vote on shale gas extraction

Michael voted in the Commons this evening for stronger regulation on fracking. The Government was forced to accept Labour's proposals for a stronger framework of environmental protection in New Clause... Read more

LIVE_in_Barnsley_-_Patron.jpgrockandroll1.jpgAs reported in yesterday's South Yorkshire Times and last week's Barnsley ChronicleSheffield Star andBarnsley News and Sport, Michael has become a patron of prominent local music festival LIVE in Barnsley.

The festival is an annual free metropolitan music event which is spread across a number of venues in Barnsley town centre.

Michael has been a strong supporter of the event since its creation, performing at both the 2013 and 2014 festival.

Michael becomes patron of LIVE in Barnsley

As reported in yesterday's South Yorkshire Times and last week's Barnsley Chronicle, Sheffield Star andBarnsley News and Sport, Michael has become a patron of prominent local music festival LIVE in Barnsley. The festival is an... Read more

Ticket_touts_SYT.jpgTouts_-_Consumer_rights_Bill.jpgAs reported in yesterday'sSouth Yorkshire Times and last week's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has this week called on the Government to stop ticket touts ripping off people in Barnsley and across the country.

Many fans of popular sports and music events are forced to pay extortionate prices for tickets on the secondary market as a result of ticket touting – often at several times the face value of tickets. Recent examples include One Direction’s UK tour, whose sold out October dates at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena were originally sold at face value from £43.45 - £71.50, but are now available for purchase on secondary ticket marketing websites from £125.00 - £142.00.

Michael calls on Government to tackle ticket touts

As reported in yesterday'sSouth Yorkshire Times and last week's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has this week called on the Government to stop ticket touts ripping off people in Barnsley and across the country.... Read more

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is proud to annouce that he has nominated local heath education programme Fit Reds for a Public Health Hero award, 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.

Michael nominates Fit Reds

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is proud to annouce that he has nominated local heath education programme Fit Reds for a Public Health Hero award, organsied by the Department... Read more

As reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has raised concern over the government's health policy as latest figures show that Barnsley Hospital failed to meet the government's target of seeing 95 per cent of A and E patients with four hours in the last quarter.

Commenting Michael said: " Barnsley Hospital's A and E department is facing real pressures this winter on this government's watch. This A and E crisis stems from cuts to social care and GP access, which cost Barnsley £18 million alone."

 

Winter crisis in casualty

As reported by today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has raised concern over the government's health policy as latest figures show that Barnsley Hospital failed to meet the government's target of seeing 95 per...

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

"Last week the “Buses in crisis” report from the Campaign for Better Transport revealed that since 2010 more than 2,000 bus routes have been cut and bus fares have risen by 25% on average—five times faster than the rise in average wages—while bus companies continue to make big profits and big bonuses for people at the top.

Why will not the Government back Labour’s proposals to legislate to give London-style powers to city and county regions in England, which would give passengers the power to control fares, set routes and integrate services?

If it is okay for Boris, then why not the same powers for Bristol, Birmingham, Bedford, Brighton, Burnley, Bradford, Burton, Blackpool and Barnsley?"

Transport Questions - 22 January 2015

Michael asked a question from the dispatch box today during Transport Questions. Michael asked: "Last week the “Buses in crisis” report from the Campaign for Better Transport revealed that since...

ken_tribute.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael pays tribute to local hero and role model Ken Burkinshaw.

Ken, a veteran of the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War, continues to act as an excellent example to others in our community, demonstrating selfless service and dedication.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Ken is a real local role model

In his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael pays tribute to local hero and role model Ken Burkinshaw. Ken, a veteran of the Arctic Convoys during the Second World...

Following Ed Miliband's big speech last week and rail fares increasing by more than 20 per cent, Michael has written a blog for Labour List about how Labour plan to win the election street by street and station by station too.

You can read the blog in full by clicking here.

Labour Uncut: 'Winning the election street by street – and station by station too'

Following Ed Miliband's big speech last week and rail fares increasing by more than 20 per cent, Michael has written a blog for Labour List about how Labour plan to...

As reported today by the Barnsley Chronicle and theSouth Yorkshire Times, train season tickets for people living in Barnsley have gone up by as much as 24 per cent since 2010. A season ticket from Barnsley to Leeds has gone up by 24 per cent from £1,508 to £1,864, an increase of £356 and a season ticket from either Wombwell or Elsecar to Meadowhall have both increased by 20 per cent. Labour will campaign for a better deal for passengers and taxpayers by reforming the railways, simplifying the ticketing system and enforcing a strict cap on fares on every route.

Commenting Michael said “Out-of-touch Ministers talk about 'fair fares for comfortable commuting', but this is a world away from the reality for millions of hard-up commuters living in Barnsley."

Price hike not fair

As reported today by the Barnsley Chronicle and theSouth Yorkshire Times, train season tickets for people living in Barnsley have gone up by as much as 24 per cent since 2010. A...

Following the travel chaos over the festive period, I put down an Urgent Question to the Transport Secretary, which forced the Government to make a statement to the House.

The Government allowed almost the entire rail network to be shut down on Boxing Day, resulting in days of disruption and ensuing chaos for the travelling public.

You can see the Urgent Question in full below by scrolling to 15:33:30. If you are on your mobile or tablet, you can watch it by clicking here.

Urgent Question: Christmas travel chaos

Following the travel chaos over the festive period, I put down an Urgent Question to the Transport Secretary, which forced the Government to make a statement to the House. The...

Rail_fare_infographic.jpgAs reported today by the Independentand Yorkshire Post, rail fares have increased today by a further 2 per cent. Michael was interviewed on the BBC Today ProgrammeBBC Radio LondonBBC Radio Sheffield and theGuardian to discuss the fare rises.

Michael also took the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin to task over his comments over rail fare rises suggesting passengers should 'like it or lump it'. You can read the full coverage of this story in the Daily Mail by clickinghere.

Rail fares up 20 per cent since David Cameron became Prime Minister

As reported today by the Independentand Yorkshire Post, rail fares have increased today by a further 2 per cent. Michael was interviewed on the BBC Today Programme, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Sheffield and theGuardian to discuss... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and the Sheffield Star, Michael has expressed concern after Shafton Medical centre closed suddenly on 1 July, with many local patients having to travel to Brierley for medical appointments instead.

Commenting Michael said:"Any switch in practices must be temporary and plans need to be drawn up swiftly for a permanent facility in Shafton"

 

Michaels's concern after a local medical centre closes

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and the Sheffield Star, Michael has expressed concern after Shafton Medical centre closed suddenly on 1 July, with many local patients having to travel to Brierley for...

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