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Michael has written a column for Tribune Magazine, where he argues that Labour must address its declining support from the working class.

Michael cites figures from Ipsos MORI, which show that 50 per cent of C2 voters and 59 per cent of D-E voters supported Labour at the 1997 general election, but by 2015, this had dropped to 32 per cent of C2 voters and 41 per cent of D-E voters.

 You can read the piece in full here and see coverage of the column on the Politics Home website here.

What about the workers?

Michael has written a column for Tribune Magazine, where he argues that Labour must address its declining support from the working class. Michael cites figures from Ipsos MORI, which show that...

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael writes about the recent collapse of Tates Travel, and why this shows we need to put more power in the hands of passengers.

Passengers were left without key local bus routes when Tates collapsed earlier this month.
You can read the column in full here.

We need to put more power in the hands of passengers

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael writes about the recent collapse of Tates Travel, and why this shows we need to put more power in the hands...

Michael has written for the Brighter Barnsley Business supplement of the Barnsley Chronicle about why Barnsley is such a great place to do business, which you can see below.

Brighter Barnsley Business

Michael has written for the Brighter Barnsley Business supplement of the Barnsley Chronicle about why Barnsley is such a great place to do business, which you can see below.

The following tribute to Brian Key was published in today’s Barnsley Chronicle:

 

In January the news has been full of the sad passing away of some of Britain’s national treasures: Terry Wogan, Frank Finlay, Alan Rickman, David Bowie. Somebody tweeted: “It is as if God is having a clear out of the good ones”.

Well we in Barnsley also lost one of our real treasures last month in Brian Key.

I first met Brian in 2010.  He was incredibly warm and supportive to me as a prospective MP.

Brian had himself served with distinction as a talented Labour Member of the European Parliament for the old Yorkshire South constituency from 1979 until 1984.

Years later, Brian was elected to Barnsley Council for the Darfield ward from 2011 until his retirement in 2015.

‘Brian was one of the good ones – a treasure’

The following tribute to Brian Key was published in today’s Barnsley Chronicle:   In January the news has been full of the sad passing away of some of Britain’s national... Read more

The following column was published by the Yorkshire Post on Wednesday 3 February 2016.

 

Did you know that nearly a billion items were dispensed by community pharmacies across England in the last financial year? Or that the number of prescription items has increased by nearly 50 per cent over the last ten years?

Community pharmacies are a vital part of our healthcare system and play an important role protecting our public health.

Whether it is picking up a prescription, providing free advice on minor ailments or getting your flu jab, local pharmacies prevent as well as treat illness and crucially they reduce the burden on GPs and Accident and Emergency at a time when our NHS is stretched.

But did you also know that the Government plans to slash the budget for community pharmacy by £170 million this year – a cut in cash terms of six per cent?

Our local chemists, operating on high streets in towns and big villages across Yorkshire, need central government to support their important work.

Cuts are wrong remedy for chemists – and the NHS

The following column was published by the Yorkshire Post on Wednesday 3 February 2016.   Did you know that nearly a billion items were dispensed by community pharmacies across England in... Read more

The following column appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle published 22 January:

 

Last year the Proud of Barnsley Exceptional Achievement Award went to Dr Selina Wray. The super-talented Barnsley lass Selina now works at University College London. Her award was in recognition of her ground-breaking research into new dementia treatments.

Today there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. This will rise to one million by 2025 and 1.7 million by 2051. Once over 65, one in three of us will develop dementia. Dementia is also one of the main causes of disability later in life – ahead of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

But people like Selina are working incredibly hard to fight the disease.  As the proud patron of the Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS) charity, I went to see Selina recently at her research lab in London.

She explained how she is working to find ways to slow or prevent the onset of this dreadful condition and how we might best treat it.

Talented people make me proud of Barnsley

The following column appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle published 22 January:   Last year the Proud of Barnsley Exceptional Achievement Award went to Dr Selina Wray. The super-talented Barnsley lass... Read more

In Michael's latest column for the Barnsley Chronicle, reflecting on the recent flooding in Yorkshire, he states much more could have been done by ministers to build up flood defences and save homes from being flooded in the first place.

He calls for an end to the 'cut now, worry later' approach and for ministers to start making long-term planning and funding on flood defences a priority.

 

 

To read the column in full click here.

 

Barnsley Chronicle column: 'Don't let this happen again'

In Michael's latest column for the Barnsley Chronicle, reflecting on the recent flooding in Yorkshire, he states much more could have been done by ministers to build up flood defences and...

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