Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

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On 5th May there are important elections for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across the country – including here in South Yorkshire.

Labour in government had a proud record of investing in neighbourhood policing. We set up 3,600 Neighbourhood Policing teams – one for every area of England – achieving a record number of police officers.

Decisions on policing that Labour took in government helped to bring the crime rate down by 42 per cent between 1997 and 2010. It’s vital that we continue this work by making sure the police have the resources they need to fight crime and protect communities.

But since 2010, things have gone backwards with the Tories cutting police budgets and taking police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) off the streets.

Across the country, 18,000 police officers and 5,000 PCSOs have already been lost since 2010 because of the cuts. South Yorkshire Police alone has lost 415 police officers and 58 PCSOs in the same period.

Labour’s Police and Crime action day

On 5th May there are important elections for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across the country – including here in South Yorkshire. Labour in government had a proud record of... Read more

The following column appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle on Friday 18 March.

Last week I was at Barnsley College when former Education Secretary (now Lord) David Blunkett officially opened ‘The Cube’, a fantastic new construction centre where many of their students are on apprenticeships.

Barnsley College is officially an ‘outstanding’ college, but did you know that it is rated as highest in the UK for apprentice success rate?

In fact, last year in Barnsley, over 3,000 young people started an apprenticeship – working in everything from manufacturing and engineering, to business administration and IT.  Recent figures show that Barnsley has the second highest number of apprenticeship starts in the country per head of working age population.

Other local organisations like the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT), based in Wombwell, also do great work to promote quality apprenticeships. I recently hosted a big event in Parliament to celebrate the work of the CRT where their private sector partner, Ladbrokes, announced at least 300 new apprenticeships throughout the country for this year.

It’s quality – not quantity – that matters

The following column appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle on Friday 18 March. Last week I was at Barnsley College when former Education Secretary (now Lord) David Blunkett officially opened ‘The... Read more

The following column appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle published 4 March:

 

According to the 2011 census, just over 13,000 people in Barnsley over the age of 65 live alone.

Shockingly, a recent report by Age UK, the national charity for older people, revealed that over one million older people haven’t spoken to a friend, neighbour or family member for at least a month.

And nearly half of older people say that the television or their pets are their main form of company.

Loneliness not only makes life miserable, it can have a serious impact on physical and mental health too. That means more pressure on the NHS and social care services that are already overstretched and suffering due to Central Government cuts.

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

No one should have noboby to turn to

The following column appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle published 4 March:   According to the 2011 census, just over 13,000 people in Barnsley over the age of 65 live alone.... Read more

 

Michael has written a joint piece in the Jewish News with Rachel Reeves about the importance of tackling anti-Semitism after allegations of anti-Semitism at Oxford University Labour Club.

Michael and Rachel use the piece to call for the full publication of a Labour Students report into the allegations in the interests of transparency and to demonstrate how seriously the Labour Party takes these allegations.

This is particularly important because research has shown that some young Jews are staying away from leading universities because of a hostile atmosphere.

You can read the piece in full here.

Michael writes for Jewish News about importance of tackling anti-Semitism

  Michael has written a joint piece in the Jewish News with Rachel Reeves about the importance of tackling anti-Semitism after allegations of anti-Semitism at Oxford University Labour Club. Michael...

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

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