Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

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As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael was happy to officially open the Garganey Trust’s new two-storey hide at Broomhill Flash last Friday. The Garganey Trust, which does valuable work conserving natural heritage locally, has worked for over four years to make the new hide a reality.

After years of fundraising, work on the building started in autumn 2015 and was completed in spring 2016.

Michael opens Garganey Trust’s new two-storey hide at Broomhill Flash

  As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael was happy to officially open the Garganey Trust’s new two-storey hide at Broomhill Flash last Friday. The Garganey Trust, which does valuable work... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, last week BFCNCSvisit.jpgMichael visited Reds in the Community’s National Citizen Service week at Barnsley FC on Friday, where he met with some of the local students who participate in the NCS programme.

The students had been working on Barnsley FC’s ‘New Heritage’ project, which has been launched to mark the Club’s 130-year anniversary next year. This project received £74,900 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and aims to showcase the club’s history as well as the influence the Club has had on people in Barnsley, all through a series of displays in the East stand. Throughout the project different groups will be invited to work on the displays.

Michael visits students during Reds in the Community’s National Citizen Service (NCS) week at Barnsley FC

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, last week Michael visited Reds in the Community’s National Citizen Service week at Barnsley FC on Friday, where he met with some of the local... Read more

As reported by the Yorkshire Post and Pharmacy Business, Michael has called on David Mowat MP, the new Minister for Community Pharmacies, to drop the Government’s planned £170 million cut to local chemists.

Mr Mowat was appointed following the new Prime Minister Theresa May’s Ministerial reshuffle. He inherits responsibility for pushing through the 6 per cent real terms cut to the budget for community pharmacy.

Mr Mowat’s predecessor, the Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, had previously admitted that the cut could force up to 3,000 community pharmacies – a quarter of all those in the country – to close.

There are 1,266 community pharmacies across Yorkshire and the Humber that dispense an average of 9,483 prescription items to patients each month. The Government’s cut could force around 300 – one in every four in Yorkshire and the Humber - to close, according to their own estimates.

Michael has fought the Government’s planned cut as part of a cross party campaign of MPs, patients and pharmacists who delivered a petition against the plan – signed by 1.8 million people - to 10 Downing Street. The petition was the most signed of any healthcare petition in history.

Michael has campaigned against the cut by visiting pharmacies in his Barnsley East constituency and has also led a debate in the House of Commons where he highlighted the additional costs the plan would inflict on our already overstretched NHS.

Commenting, Michael said:

“Now that the dust has settled after the Government’s reshuffle, the new Minister for Community Pharmacy must urgently think again and save local chemists by dropping this damaging plan.

“By cutting community pharmacies, the Government is shutting down the first port of call for many patients with minor ailments seeking free advice and over the counter medicine.

“This can only result in more admissions to already overwhelmed A&E departments and more visits to overstretched GP surgeries – piling more pressure on our NHS and costing more in the long run.”

 

Michael calls for new Health Minister to drop cuts to community pharmacies

As reported by the Yorkshire Post and Pharmacy Business, Michael has called on David Mowat MP, the new Minister for Community Pharmacies, to drop the Government’s planned £170 million cut to local chemists....

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Yesterday, Michael was pleased to visit Wombwell Junior Football club to meet with Coach Dave Roe and the Club’s Under-6 football team. The team is also Chaired by Ian Davis.

The club aims to get young people involved in football and the Under-6 team trains twice a week.

You can find out more about Wombwell Junior Football Club on their Twitter feed here.

Michael visits Wombwell Junior Football Club

  Yesterday, Michael was pleased to visit Wombwell Junior Football club to meet with Coach Dave Roe and the Club’s Under-6 football team. The team is also Chaired by Ian...

 

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On Saturday, Michael hosted his annual summer BBQ and family day for Labour Party members and supporters in Barnsley East.

Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, was the special guest on this occasion at the West Bank House Community Association in Hoyland.

Annual summer BBQ and family day with Barnsley East Labour Party

  On Saturday, Michael hosted his annual summer BBQ and family day for Labour Party members and supporters in Barnsley East. Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, was the special... Read more

 

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In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his opposition to local bus cuts and his support for regulated bus services.

When Tates Travel collapsed with just 24 hours’ notice earlier this year, my postbag was rightly full of bus passengers complaining they had potentially been left high and dry. People were understandably frustrated and angry.

People left ‘high and dry’ by Tates Travel

  In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his opposition to local bus cuts and his support for regulated bus services. When Tates Travel collapsed... Read more

 

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As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed Barnsley Council’s local plan and called on residents in Barnsley to submit their views to Barnsley Council’s local plan consultation, which is currently open to the public.

Last week news emerged that the Council has decided to extend the deadline of the consultation by two weeks, now giving residents until Friday 19 August to express their opinion on the Council’s proposals. The local plan that is currently up for consultation provides a plan for the borough through to 2033.

Michael backs Barnsley Council's local plan and urges residents to have their say

  As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed Barnsley Council’s local plan and called on residents in Barnsley to submit their views to Barnsley Council’s local plan consultation,... Read more

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated the Barnsley Ladies’ Rugby team on being shortlisted for the National Rugby Award for Female Rugby Team of the Year.

This prestigious award celebrates amateur female rugby teams that excel on or off the field. Last season, Barnsley Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC)’s Ladies’ team finished first in the league, and was promoted to the Women’s NC North 1 league.

The team is set to play their first game in the new league on 11 September against Ormskirk. The winners of the National Rugby Awards will be announced on 1 September at Twickenham Stadium.

Commenting, Michael said:

“This is a brilliant achievement from the Barnsley RUFC’s Ladies’ team. Following their great work last season, this recognition in the prestigious National Rugby Awards is very well deserved. I look forward to seeing the team take up their place in the NC North 1 league in September.”

Michael congratulates Barnsley Ladies’ Rugby team on national award nomination

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated the Barnsley Ladies’ Rugby team on being shortlisted for the National Rugby Award for Female Rugby Team of the Year. This...

 

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As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, theSouth Yorkshire TimesSheffield Telegraph, the Yorkshire Evening Post and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has welcomed news that Leeds General Infirmary will retain its Children’s Heart Unit as part of an NHS review into cardiology services. The review found that services at Leeds would meet new standards for children’s heart services and its future would be safeguarded.

Michael, who is a Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Heart Disease, has campaigned with the Leeds Save Our Surgery campaign to retain these vital services in Leeds, which mean that children with complex heart conditions in Barnsley and the surrounding areas are able to access a dedicated unit within travelling distance.

Michael supported the group’s successful legal battle to overturn an earlier decision to close the Leeds unit, which resulted in that plan being declared “unfair and unlawful” at the High Court.

The British Heart Foundation were involved in the review process following this decision, helping to guide it to ensure that the service gives users a great patient experience across England, including access and support for families, who often have to be away from home during a child’s surgery.

Michael welcomes safeguarding of children’s heart services in Yorkshire

    As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, theSouth Yorkshire Times, Sheffield Telegraph, the Yorkshire Evening Post and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has welcomed news that Leeds General Infirmary will retain its Children’s Heart Unit... Read more

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In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his visit to Serre in France to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the Barnsley Pals.

The memorial to the Barnsley Pals at Serre now includes a special new plinth which was unveiled last week and will provide an improved and fitting monument to those who fought and died.

'Serre service was wonderful'

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his visit to Serre in France to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and to pay... Read more

 

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As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, theSheffield Star and the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has urged Barnsley Council to use new enforcement powers against the borough’s fly-tipping problem after new rules came into force this May.

Michael is concerned that fly-tipping is a growing problem across the borough. Over the last five years, recorded incidents of fly-tipping in Barnsley have soared from 1654 in 2010-2011 to 3057 in 2014-2015 – meaning fly-tipping has nearly doubled, compared with a rise of only 10 per cent nationally.

Michael urges Council to make full use of new fly-tipping powers

  As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, theSheffield Star and the South Yorkshire Times, Michael has urged Barnsley Council to use new enforcement powers against the borough’s fly-tipping problem after new rules... Read more

 

dale.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has backed local businessman Steve Lo’s ambitious plan for a new state-of-the-art pharmacy in Worsbrough Dale.

Mr Lo, who is from Hoyland Common, owns pharmacies across Yorkshire, including two pharmacies in Mr Dugher’s constituency. He is now working to move his pharmacy in Worsbrough Dale, closer to the Worsbrough LIFT centre, in order to provide better access for patients, and is currently in the process of obtaining planning permission.

In addition to the relocation of the Lo’s Pharmacy branch in Worsbrough Dale leading to better access for patients, customers would also benefit from the new pharmacy’s purpose-built facilities, all designed with patients’ needs in mind.

Michael has been campaigning against the Government’s plans to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget, which could see up to 3,000 local chemists – a quarter of all those in the country – forced to close. This would result in more patients visiting already overstretched A&E departments and GP services.

Michael backs new state-of-the-art Worsbrough Dale pharmacy

  As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has backed local businessman Steve Lo’s ambitious plan for a new state-of-the-art pharmacy in Worsbrough Dale. Mr Lo, who is... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael was in Serre on Friday 1 July to remember the Barnsley Pals on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. He attended the unveiling of a new memorial plinth to the Barnsley Pals together with the leader of the Council Sir Steve Houghton, the Mayor of Barnsley Linda Burgess and many others.Somme_Montage.jpg

Michael attends Somme commemorations in Serre

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael was in Serre on Friday 1 July to remember the Barnsley Pals on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. He attended the... Read more

This week a motion of no confidence in our leader Jeremy Corbyn was proposed at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Under party rules, the ballot that followed was a secret one. But I wanted to explain how and why I voted.

Why I voted no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn

This week a motion of no confidence in our leader Jeremy Corbyn was proposed at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Under party rules, the ballot that followed was... Read more

Michael has asked a question during the Prime Minister’s statement on the result of the recent EU referendum.

Michael’s question during Prime Minister’s statement on the EU referendum

Michael has asked a question during the Prime Minister’s statement on the result of the recent EU referendum. Read more

Michael has raised his recent visit to Burma Company, 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, during Defence Questions in the House of Commons.

Michael praises Barnsley Reserves at Defence Questions

Michael has raised his recent visit to Burma Company, 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, during Defence Questions in the House of Commons. Read more

Today is Armed Forces Day. Michael has written a blog in support of our Armed Forces and our veterans, which you can read here.

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Michael marks Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day. Michael has written a blog in support of our Armed Forces and our veterans, which you can read here. Read more

Today Michael visited Community Places, a specialist care home in Great Houghton, with Cllr Allan Hampson and Cllr Dorothy Higginbottom from Barnsley’s North East ward.

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Michael visits Community Places care home in Great Houghton with local councillors

Today Michael visited Community Places, a specialist care home in Great Houghton, with Cllr Allan Hampson and Cllr Dorothy Higginbottom from Barnsley’s North East ward. Read more

Today Michael held a Q&A with Year 6 students from Upperwood Academy in Darfield on politics. It was great to see so many young students engage with politics and democracy.Upperwood_academy.jpg

 

Q&A with Year 6 at Upperwood Academy in Darfield

Today Michael held a Q&A with Year 6 students from Upperwood Academy in Darfield on politics. It was great to see so many young students engage with politics and democracy.... Read more

Michael placed a charity bet on the Euros today at William Hill in Wombwell.

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Michael places charity bet on Euros match for charity in Wombwell

Michael placed a charity bet on the Euros today at William Hill in Wombwell. Read more

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, theBarnsley Chronicle, the Sheffield Star and We are Barnsley, Michael has warned that plans to change Barnsley’s bus routes will leave passengers with fewer bus services, with the 8 and 8a from Barnsley to Worsbrough Dale set to be axed and only partially replaced.

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Michael warns Barnsley bus services under threat – and urges residents to register their opposition to cuts

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, theBarnsley Chronicle, the Sheffield Star and We are Barnsley, Michael has warned that plans to change Barnsley’s bus routes will leave passengers with fewer bus services, with... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has urged young people in Barnsley East to Join the Anthony Nolan stem cell and blood donor register.

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Michael urges young people to join him on the Anthony Nolan stem cell and blood donor register

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has urged young people in Barnsley East to Join the Anthony Nolan stem cell and blood donor register. Read more

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Michael has played at the annual LIVE in Barnsley festival. Michael, who is a proud patron of the festival, played an afternoon set at the Old No. 7 Bar in Barnsley.

Michael plays at LIVE in Barnsley 2016

Michael has played at the annual LIVE in Barnsley festival. Michael, who is a proud patron of the festival, played an afternoon set at the Old No. 7 Bar in... Read more

There will be many fine tributes made today and in the coming days about Jo Cox. Here is my own:

Michael's tribute to Jo Cox

There will be many fine tributes made today and in the coming days about Jo Cox. Here is my own: Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael is very happy to have accepted the role of patron with Hallam FM’s charity ‘Cash For Kids’. ‘Cash For Kids’ works to support disadvantaged children across South Yorkshire.

Michael becomes patron of 'Cash for Kids' as charity launches new campaign

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael is very happy to have accepted the role of patron with Hallam FM’s charity ‘Cash For Kids’. ‘Cash For Kids’ works... Read more

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As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, theSheffield Star and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has backed a campaign by the Royal British Legion (RBL) to include a question on the next census about previous military service, so that authorities can be better informed about where veterans live and how best to support them.

Michael supports Royal British Legion Count Them In campaign

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, theSheffield Star and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has backed a campaign by the Royal British Legion (RBL) to include a question on the next census about... Read more

As reported by the Mirror, Michael has expressed his disappointment over the decision not to knight any of the surviving 1966 World Cup football heroes in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.

England’s 1966 World Cup football heroes snubbed again in honours list

As reported by the Mirror, Michael has expressed his disappointment over the decision not to knight any of the surviving 1966 World Cup football heroes in the Queen’s Birthday Honours... Read more

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Earlier today Michael hosted a ‘Labour IN for Britain’ phone bank with Barnsley East activists to make the positive case for Britain’s membership of the European Union in Barnsley.

'Labour IN for Britain' phone bank

Earlier today Michael hosted a ‘Labour IN for Britain’ phone bank with Barnsley East activists to make the positive case for Britain’s membership of the European Union in Barnsley. Read more

 

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, today Michael visited Pharmacy Wise in Shafton where he met with staff and patients.

Visit to Pharmacy Wise in Shafton

  As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, today Michael visited Pharmacy Wise in Shafton where he met with staff and patients. Read more

As reported by the Mirror, Michael has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, urging him to delay the Government’s planned £170m cut to community pharmacies.

The Government has admitted that up to a quarter of the country’s 12,000 chemists could be at risk of closure following the cut to community pharmacy funding.

Michael writes to Jeremy Hunt urging him to delay Government’s £170m cut to community pharmacies

As reported by the Mirror, Michael has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, urging him to delay the Government’s planned £170m cut to community pharmacies. The Government... Read more

Michael has congratulated Barnsley FC on securing a well-deserved promotion through its 3-1 win against Millwall in the play-off at Wembley on Sunday (29 May).

Commenting on the club’s win and the promotion to the Championship, Michael said:

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“What a fantastic achievement for Barnsley football club. I felt so privileged to be at Wembley, the home of English football, to be with the supporters and witness that performance and that result. 

“It was the perfect and well-deserved end to a superb season. I think this Barnsley team can go on to do really well next season in the Championship.

“Full credit to all the players and to Paul Heckingbottom and his coaching staff. But credit too to the the owner Patrick Cryne for his continued incredible support, plus we must acknowledge the sometimes overlooked contribution made by the directors Ben Mansford, Barry Taylor and Maurice Watkins.

Michael congratulates Reds on Wembley win and promotion

Michael has congratulated Barnsley FC on securing a well-deserved promotion through its 3-1 win against Millwall in the play-off at Wembley on Sunday (29 May). Commenting on the club’s win... Read more

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As reported by today’s Sunday Express, Michael has continued his campaign against the Government’s plan to cut £170 million 

Research from the National Pharmacy Association shows that one million extra GP appointments will be sought by patients each month if the cut to community pharmacies goes ahead, which will make the GP access crisis even worse.from the budget for community pharmacy by highlighting the extra pressure that GP surgeries would face.

Michael continues campaign against Government cut to community pharmacies

As reported by today’s Sunday Express, Michael has continued his campaign against the Government’s plan to cut £170 million  Research from the National Pharmacy Association shows that one million extra GP... Read more

 

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As reported by the Daily MirrorChemist + Druggist the Barnsley Chronicle and theYorkshire Post,  Michael joined with a cross party delegation of MPs, patients and pharmacists on Tuesday 24 May to deliver a petition signed by more than 1.8 million people to 10 Downing Street against Government plans to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget.

Michael hands in petition to No 10 and leads Commons debate against Government cuts to community pharmacies

  As reported by the Daily Mirror, Chemist + Druggist the Barnsley Chronicle and theYorkshire Post,  Michael joined with a cross party delegation of MPs, patients and pharmacists on Tuesday 24 May to... Read more


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Today, pupils from Ladywood Primary school visited the Houses of Parliament for a tour and to learn about politics in Westminster.The pupils were shown around the Palace of Westminster and took part in a workshop on the importance of the suffragette movement and equal rights in Parliament’s new Education Centre.

Ladywood Primary School visit to Parliament

Today, pupils from Ladywood Primary school visited the Houses of Parliament for a tour and to learn about politics in Westminster.The pupils were shown around the Palace of Westminster and... Read more

 

As reported by the Mirror, the Hufington Post and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael’s constituent Kenny Bailey, who is waiting to have a metal plate inserted to reshape his skull and protect his brain, had his benefits slashed by the Department for Work and Pensions earlier this month.

The DWP cut his employment support allowance (ESA) after it declared Mr Bailey ‘fit for work’, despite the fact that he has been left paralysed down one side and is suffering from severe memory problems following a stroke in 2014.

Michael welcomes DWP decision reversal for constituent Kenny bailey, but warns of a wider problem

  As reported by the Mirror, the Hufington Post and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael’s constituent Kenny Bailey, who is waiting to have a metal plate inserted to reshape his skull and protect his brain, had... Read more

As reported by Pharmacy Business and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has warned Government plans to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget are unravelling, as his parliamentary question reveals they are clueless as to how many local chemists will be forced to close.

In response to a written Parliamentary Question tabled by Michael, which you can see in full here, the Government was forced to admit they “are not able to assess which pharmacies may close or what the effect on high street vacancy rates might be because we do not know the financial viability of individual businesses or the extent to which they derive income from services commissioned locally by the NHS or local authorities or have non-NHS related income.”

Michael says Ministers are “clueless” over cuts to community pharmacies, as Government admits it cannot say how many chemists or where vital local chemists will close

As reported by Pharmacy Business and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has warned Government plans to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget are unravelling, as his parliamentary question reveals they are... Read more

As reported by today’s Sunday Express, Michael has spoken out against the Government’s plan to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget.

Michael continues campaign against Government’s community pharmacy cut

As reported by today’s Sunday Express, Michael has spoken out against the Government’s plan to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget. Read more

 

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On Friday, Michael welcomed colleagues from the Labour In for Britain team to Barnsley to make the positive case for our European Union membership together.

The occasion was a chance for party members and supporters to meet with their local MPs and to discuss our EU membership with regional MEPs Linda McAvan and Richard Corbett, as well as Dan Jarvis MP, Mary Creagh MP and Labour’s Deputy Leader Tom Watson MP.

Three million British jobs are linked to our EU membership and leaving the EU could end free trade between Britain and Europe.

Labour IN for Britain campaign visit to Barnsley

  On Friday, Michael welcomed colleagues from the Labour In for Britain team to Barnsley to make the positive case for our European Union membership together. The occasion was a... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has accused the Government of letting down Barnsley residents and making the wrong choices for the borough in the Queen’s Speech, which was delivered yesterday (Wednesday 18 May).

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has claimed that the Government is delivering a “One Nation” agenda, but Michael has highlighted the Tories’ record in Barnsley as one of failure which has let down his constituents.

Under this Government, gross weekly pay for full time workers in Michael’s Barnsley East constituency has fallen from £456 in 2010 to £432 in 2015 – a cut in gross income of 5 per cent.

Whilst unemployment has decreased in recent years, the number of unemployed people in Barnsley East has remained stubbornly high, with the latest figures showing 3,000 people are classed as unemployed in Barnsley East – which is 6.8 per cent of the local population, higher than the rate for Yorkshire and the Humber of 6 per cent and the national rate of 5.2 per cent.

Michael blasts Government for making “wrong choices” for Barnsley

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has accused the Government of letting down Barnsley residents and making the wrong choices for the borough in the Queen’s... Read more

 

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As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for the head of the Department for Work and Pensions to reverse a decision declaring a Barnsley stroke victim “fit for work” and removing his benefits – despite him having severe skull damage and suffering from partial paralysis.

Mr Kenny Bailey, a constituent of Michael’s, was left with serious neurological and physical health problems after suffering a major stroke in 2014. He has very serious mobility difficulties, including partial paralysis on his left side and a severe limp. He is also currently waiting for an operation to have a metal plate fitted to reshape his skull.

However, the Department for Work and Pensions ruled that Mr Bailey is “fit to work” and that he should lose his Employment and Support Allowance – which will mean Mr Bailey is £156 per fortnight worse off and only has his Personal Independent Payment to cover food and bills.

Mr Bailey is appealing the shocking decision and Michael is taking the matter up on his behalf.

In a letter to the head of the Department, Michael called for the Secretary of State, Stephen Crabb, to “intervene personally on [Mr Bailey’s] behalf during this process to overturn the decision and restore Mr Bailey’s ESA.”

Michael calls on Government to drop outrageous “fit for work” ruling of Barnsley man with severe skull damage

  As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has called for the head of the Department for Work and Pensions to reverse a decision declaring a Barnsley... Read more

 

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Yesterday, Michael spoke at a Young United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) event in Central London.

The UJIA invests in the young Jewish community and supports engagement between Israel and the UK. You can find out more about their work here.

You can see coverage of Michael’s speech onLabourListPolitics Home,The Telegraph and The Mirror.

Michael speaks at Young UJIA event

  Yesterday, Michael spoke at a Young United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) event in Central London. The UJIA invests in the young Jewish community and supports engagement between Israel and...

golden_ticket.PNGToday Michael attended a Parliamentary Reception in support of Team Margot, a charity which campaigns for people to join the worldwide registers as potential bone marrow or stem cell donors.

The campaign focuses particularly on getting more people from ethnic minorities or with mixed heritage to sign up with the register.

Team Margot was set up in 2013 by the Martini family, in honour of Margot, who at 14 months old was diagnosed with blood cancer. Margot’s mixed heritage and ethnicity proved to be a difficulty in finding Margot a suitable donor match.

Michael shows his support for Team Margot

Today Michael attended a Parliamentary Reception in support of Team Margot, a charity which campaigns for people to join the worldwide registers as potential bone marrow or stem cell donors.... Read more

Ahead of the Queen’s Speech this week, when the Government will set out its legislative priorities for the forthcoming year, Michael has written about the importance of fully funding and equipping the NHS.

Recent statistics show the NHS is facing a crisis in A&E waiting times, GP access and ambulance response times.

The Government is also planning to cut £170 million from the budget for community pharmacy, which could force up to 3,000 local chemists – or a quarter of all those in the country – to close.

You can read Michael’s blog in full here.

Michael’s blog: there is no bigger priority than our NHS

Ahead of the Queen’s Speech this week, when the Government will set out its legislative priorities for the forthcoming year, Michael has written about the importance of fully funding and...

 

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Michael has backed World NF Awareness Day today to support a constituent in Barnsley East, who suffers from Neurofibromatosis. Neurofibromatosis is a rare genetic disorder that affects over 25,000 people in the UK.

The disorder creates serious health risks and can lead to blindness, mobility and speech problems and malformation of elbows and knees. In severe cases, individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis may have to have amputations.

Michael felt he needed to act after a case came to light in his Barnsley East constituency. He has since been working with the Neurofoundation, a small but national charity that focuses on fundraising and raising awareness of Neurofibromatosis.

In addition to a social media campaign to spread the word about Neurofibromatosis, the Neurofoundation has also participated in the worldwide “Shine A Light on NF” campaign for the second year in a row.

Michael backs World NF Awareness Day to support constituent with rare genetic disorder

  Michael has backed World NF Awareness Day today to support a constituent in Barnsley East, who suffers from Neurofibromatosis. Neurofibromatosis is a rare genetic disorder that affects over 25,000... Read more

 

michael_pharmacy.pngJustin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, has written a guest blog for Michael’s website following his recent visit to Barnsley.

On Friday 28 April, Michael and Justin visited Lo’s Pharmacy in Grimethorpe to meet staff and campaign against the Government's plan to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget.

Later, they visited Barnsley Hospital alongside Dan Jarvis MP to show support for the Tiny Hearts appeal and to visit the Barnsley Birthing Centre.

You can read Justin’s blog in full here.

Justin Madders MP guest blog on his visit to Barnsley

  Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, has written a guest blog for Michael’s website following his recent visit to Barnsley. On Friday 28 April, Michael and Justin visited...

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, has criticised the Government’s mismanagement of NHS emergency care after official figures show reveal Barnsley Hospital’s Accident and Emergency waiting times are increasing and Yorkshire paramedics are struggling to attend emergencies on time.

Over the last four months, patients at Barnsley A&E have faced longer waiting times, with the number of people seen in four hours or less standing at just 86.7 per cent for March 2016 – missing the Government’s own target of 95 per cent. The latest figures show the increasing pressure that A&E is facing under this Government.

Previous data showed 87.2 per cent of people being seen within four hours during the month of February, 89 per cent in January and 92.8 per cent in December of last year. Seeing 95 per cent of patients within four hours or less is a key Government target for A&E departments, but the national average for March was 87.3 per cent. The latest figures show that Barnsley Hospital is both missing the target and falling below the national average – with its figure of 86.7 per cent.

Michael Dugher MP says NHS crisis deepening on the Government’s watch as latest figures show local A&E waits and ambulance response times getting worse

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, has criticised the Government’s mismanagement of NHS emergency care after official figures show reveal Barnsley Hospital’s Accident and... Read more

 

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Last Friday Michael visited the Barnsley Churches Drop-In Project, where he met with the project’s coordinator Caroline Hyde.

The Drop-In Project is a small voluntary charity that supports people who are homeless or struggle with substance abuse. The charity has created a place on John Street where individuals can come for a warm meal, food parcels, beverages, as well as advice and guidance on the services that are available in Barnsley.

On an average day, 120 people visit the Charity during its lunch time opening hours. If you want to know more about the Charity and the services they provide, please click here.

Visit to Churches Drop-in Project

  Last Friday Michael visited the Barnsley Churches Drop-In Project, where he met with the project’s coordinator Caroline Hyde. The Drop-In Project is a small voluntary charity that supports people...

 Michael has appeared as a guest of the day on the BBC Daily Politics programme, presented by Jo Coburn and alongside Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.

They discussed several issues including the forthcoming EU referendum and elections that were held across the country last Thursday.

You can see the programme in full on the BBC iPlayer website here.

Michael appears on BBC Daily Politics

 Michael has appeared as a guest of the day on the BBC Daily Politics programme, presented by Jo Coburn and alongside Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. They discussed several issues including... Read more

Labour should learn lessons from Sadiq’s energetic, principled and dignified campaign in London. Following last week’s elections Michael has written a blog for LabourList. You can read it in full here.

Lessons from London - Sadiq's triumph should give Labour hope

Labour should learn lessons from Sadiq’s energetic, principled and dignified campaign in London. Following last week’s elections Michael has written a blog for LabourList. You can read it in full here....

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