Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

Blog Archive 2012

Today, police officers from South Yorkshire and across the country are gathering in Westminster under their campaign '20 per cent police cuts are criminal' to highlight the huge cuts to police numbers and the risk this poses to crime and public safety.

It was a great privilege to meet with PC Paul Davies, PC Craig Sumpter and PCSS Alan Fowler in Parliament earlier, who have all travelled down from Barnsley for the march.  I assured them that they have my support for their campaign.

The Government’s decision to cut police budgets too far and too fast means that 16,000 officers from across the country are going.  In South Yorkshire alone, over 14 per cent of our police officers are set to go.  Since the election, we have already seen nearly 50 officers cut from 999 response units in the region - contrary to the Prime Minister's claim that the front line would be protected.

Blog post: 'The Government should be acting to cut crime, not the police'

Today, police officers from South Yorkshire and across the country are gathering in Westminster under their campaign '20 per cent police cuts are criminal' to highlight the huge cuts to... Read more

Michael has written an article for the Yorkshire Post today about how David Cameron and Nick Clegg have a chance in today's Queen's Speech to begin taking responsibility for getting Britain back to growth and for easing the squeeze on middle and lower income people.

Click here to read the article or see below to read the article.

Yorkshire Post: "If this coalition fails us again, we will all pay the price"

Many Conservatives blame the Lib Dems for their drubbing in the local elections while many Lib Dems blame the Conservatives for their reverses. 

George Osborne, on the other hand, simply blames the “presentation” of the Budget (as if tax cuts for millionaires paid for by tax rises for millions of ordinary families and hard-pressed pensioners could have been “spun” any better).

However David Cameron and Nick Clegg have a chance in today’s Queen’s Speech to stop allocating blame for last week’s electoral defeat.

Instead, they have an opportunity to begin taking responsibility for getting Britain back to growth and for easing the squeeze on middle and lower income people.  The Government’s economic failure – incompetence combined with unfairness – was central to the verdict given by the public last week.  Writing in the Yorkshire Post in October 2010, I highlighted warnings that by cutting too deep and too fast, the Government risked killing Britain’s economic recovery (“Coalition runs the risk of triggering double-dip recession”). 

Many others at the time argued that without jobs and growth, tax revenues to the Exchequer would drop, the Treasury would have to pay more in unemployment benefit, and the vital work of paying down the deficit would be much, much harder.

Sadly, these warnings went unheeded.  Economic growth in 2010 was 2.1 per cent.  Since then, the Government has choked off recovery and we are now in recession. 

"If this coalition fails us again, we will all pay the price"

Michael has written an article for the Yorkshire Post today about how David Cameron and Nick Clegg have a chance in today's Queen's Speech to begin taking responsibility for getting Britain back... Read more

Last week I was really proud to officially open Barnsley Academy in Kendray.  In January this year, the school was named as the most improved school in Yorkshire.  That’s in no small part thanks to the brilliant efforts of staff and students.  What was really impressive, though, was their determination to be even better.

To give you an idea of the transformation of the school, just look at the figures: in 2011, 55 per cent of Barnsley Academy students achieved five good GCSE’s including Maths and English.  The year before the school became an academy in 2006, this was just six per cent.  Food for thought as other schools weigh up whether to go down the academy route.

Michael’s column for the Barnsley Chronicle: “No mucking about, kids deserve best”

Last week I was really proud to officially open Barnsley Academy in Kendray.  In January this year, the school was named as the most improved school in Yorkshire.  That’s in... Read more

Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Chronicle about his experiences volunteering at a local hospice in Barnsley.  Read the full article below:

Michael’s column for Barnsley Chronicle: Don’t give up your day job

Michael has written a column for the Barnsley Chronicle about his experiences volunteering at a local hospice in Barnsley.  Read the full article below: Read more

Blog post by Michael Dugher:

Here's a quiz question for you for the New Year: Where can you find the statement "we will stop top-down reorganisations of the NHS that have got in the way of patient care"? The Labour Party website? Wrong. Try again. An article by Andy Burnham? Nope. Answer? This is the pledge that the Conservatives and Lib Dems signed up to when they drew up the coalition agreement last year. Yet the Government continues to push forward with its plans to impose changes to the NHS from above, ignoring the concerns of doctors, nurses and patient groups, at a cost of over £3 billion. And, as is so often the case with this Tory-led Government, the changes will disproportionately hit the places that are most in need.

Government changes are bad for the NHS - and bad for Barnsley, says Michael Dugher

Blog post by Michael Dugher: Here's a quiz question for you for the New Year: Where can you find the statement "we will stop top-down reorganisations of the NHS that... Read more

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New figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics revealed that unemployment in Barnsley has risen to over 7,500 – a 12 per cent increase in the last year.   There are now over 12 people on JSA chasing every job vacancy in Barnsley, compared to just four a year ago.  And the figures for youth unemployment are even more depressing.  The number of 18-24 year olds in Barnsley who have been out of work for more than 12 months has risen by a massive 142 per cent in just the last 12 months.   

This week told us everything we need to know about the Government’s priorities - and it’s bad news for Barnsley

Blog post by Michael Dugher:  New figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics revealed that unemployment in Barnsley has risen to over 7,500 – a 12 per... Read more

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