Michael Dugher MP

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Sandhill_visit.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael met with Sandhill Primary School’s Year 6 last Friday for a Q&A and a discussion on parliament and various political issues including British membership for the European Union.

The pupils gave brilliant speeches. The discussion of the benefits and challenges of the European Union was followed by a Q&A session, and the pupils asked some great questions. Michael was very impressed with everyone in Year 6.

Michael discusses European Union with Sandhill Primary School’s Year 6

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael met with Sandhill Primary School’s Year 6 last Friday for a Q&A and a discussion on parliament and various political... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael was joined by Dan Jarvis MP and Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders MP as he visited Barnsley Hospital’s Maternity Services on Friday 29 May.

image_from_hospital_visit.PNGThis visit was also a great opportunity for Michael to show his support for the Tiny Hearts Appeal, the Hospital’s fundraising initiative to finance its ambitious plans for an innovative new Neonatal Unit. The new neonatal unit will be built alongside the Barnsley Birthing Centre, itself a state-of-the-art facility that was completed in 2014.

Michael joined by Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders MP & Dan Jarvis MP on visit to Barnsley Hospital’s Birthing Centre

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael was joined by Dan Jarvis MP and Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders MP as he visited Barnsley Hospital’s Maternity Services... Read more

michael_pharmacy.pngAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicleand by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael Dugher MP was joined by the Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders MP to campaign against pharmacy cuts on Friday 29 April. Michael and Justin visited Lo’s Pharmacy in Grimethorpe, where they were joined by councillor Allan Hampson and councillor Dorothy Higginbottom. Together they met with Angela Hall, Steven Lo and Paul Mason of Lo's Pharmacy Group. This visit was part of Michael’s ongoing campaign against the Government’s planned £170m community pharmacy cut.

Michael has signed a petition to call on the Government to stop their planned cut. You can sign this petition here.

Michael Dugher MP and shadow health minister Justin Madders MP campaign to protect Barnsley pharmacies

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicleand by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael Dugher MP was joined by the Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders MP to campaign against pharmacy cuts on Friday 29... Read more

Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has responded to Michael’s submission to its mental health consultation.

In November 2015, Michael welcomed the development of a draft mental health and wellbeing commissioning strategy as going a long way to meeting local mental health needs.

Michael raised a number of specific points about the strategy in his submission, which you can see here, and the CCG made a full response, which you can see here.

Michael’s submission and response on Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group mental health consultation

Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has responded to Michael’s submission to its mental health consultation. In November 2015, Michael welcomed the development of a draft mental health and wellbeing commissioning...

pharmacy_visit_grimethorpe.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has nominated Steven Lo, who is originally from Hoyland Common, and his business Lo’s Pharmacy Group for the prestigious Pharmacist Awards. The Pharmacist Awards are a national competition that celebrates forward-thinkers in the community pharmacy sector.

In 1992, Mr Lo started his very first pharmacy in Ackworth, Pontefract. Twenty-five years later, Lo’s Pharmacy Group now has branches all over South, West and North Yorkshire, dedicated to serving the local communities in which they are based. Right from the start of Mr Lo’s business in 1992, his passion for patient-focused, friendly service has shone through everything he does.

Mr Lo’s business demonstrates why community pharmacies are so indispensable for patients across the country. Not only do community pharmacies offer a unique addition to local high streets; they also relieve pressure from increasingly strained GP and A&E services. This is why Michael has been campaigning throughout Barnsley as well as in Westminster against the Government’s plans to cut the community pharmacy budget this year.

The Pharmacist Awards aim to celebrate those who are clinical leaders in the pharmacy sector, and will take place in Kensington, London later this year. Michael is proud to have nominated Steven Lo to represent Barnsley East in the category “local influence of the year”, for the work he has done with his organisation across Yorkshire to service local communities.

Michael nominates Yorkshireman Steven Lo for national Pharmacy Award

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has nominated Steven Lo, who is originally from Hoyland Common, and his business Lo’s Pharmacy Group for the prestigious Pharmacist Awards. The Pharmacist... Read more

As reported by the Sunday Mirror, Michael has written to the Prime Minister to call for the entire England 1966 World Cup team to be knighted.


This year marks the 50th anniversary of England’s famous 4-2 win over Germany in the 1966 World Cup final – the only time that England have ever won the World Cup.

To date, only Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Bobby Charlton have received knighthoods for their roles in the tournament, so Michael is calling for the rest of the team to be knighted.
You can see Michael’s letter to the Prime Minister here.

Michael calls for knighthoods for all of England’s 1966 World Cup team

As reported by the Sunday Mirror, Michael has written to the Prime Minister to call for the entire England 1966 World Cup team to be knighted. This year marks the 50th...

This weekend Michael performed at the annual Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar Heritage Railway.

Commenting, Michael said:
"It was great to play at this year's Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar Heritage Railway. I'm a proud member of Barnsley Camra and the volunteers do a fantastic job to put on a superb bank holiday weekend and raise money for charity. It was also a good excuse for me to try out some fantastic locally produced beer."

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Michael performs at the annual Barnsley Beer Festival

This weekend Michael performed at the annual Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar Heritage Railway. Commenting, Michael said:"It was great to play at this year's Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar Heritage...

Following the suspension of Ken Livingstone from the Labour Party after comments he made today, Michael has written a piece for the Mirror about the need to ensure there is no place in the Labour Party for anti-Semitism.

You can read Michael's piece in full here.

Jeremy Corbyn was right to ditch 'odious dinosaur' Ken Livingstone over 'Hitler' comments

Following the suspension of Ken Livingstone from the Labour Party after comments he made today, Michael has written a piece for the Mirror about the need to ensure there is...

dugher_vaccine_call.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News and Sport andBarnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for the Government’s leading vaccinations advisory group to think again about the age requirements for the Meningitis B national vaccination programme.

In a House of Commons debate, Michael raised the case of his constituent Mia Barton, who tragically passed away last month after contracting Meningitis B, to stress the importance of keeping medical advice to the Government under review and continually assessing the age requirements for the Meningitis vaccination programme.

Speaking in the debate on Monday 25 April, Michael urged the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) to look again at its recommendation to Government to only give the Meningitis B jab to babies between two and six months old.

Michael calls for rethink on Meningitis B following ‘heartbreaking’ Barnsley case

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport andBarnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for the Government’s leading vaccinations advisory group to think again about the age requirements for the Meningitis B national vaccination... Read more

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael and Dan Jarvis have responded to the news that Alton Towers’ parent company, Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, admitted to charges of breaching the Health and Safety Act following an incident last year in which 16 people were hurt in an incident on the Smiler rollercoaster.

Among the injured were Joe Pugh from Ardsley in Mr Dugher’s constituency and Leah Washington from Gawber in Mr Jarvis’ constituency, who both suffered life changing injuries as a result of the incident.

Commenting, Michael and Dan said in a joint statement:

“The admission from Alton Towers that breaches of the Health and Safety Act allowed the tragic incident on the Smiler rollercoaster ride to happen last year is an important moment in the legal proceedings.

“This was a terrible incident for all the individuals involved, including our constituents, who suffered life changing injuries.

“It is vital that responsibility is taken, that the victims have the justice they deserve and that lessons are learned. The highest possible safety standards must be adhered to at all times. Something like this must never be allowed to happen again.”

Michael and Dan Jarvis respond to Alton Towers’ admission of guilt over roller coaster incident

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael and Dan Jarvis have responded to the news that Alton Towers’ parent company, Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, admitted to charges of breaching the...



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As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Barnsley Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department and the hospital’s dementia ward on Friday 21 April.

Michael met with tremendously inspiring staff at the hospital and made use of the visit to discuss ongoing concerns about waiting times and finances with the Chairman of Barnsley Hospital, Stephen Wragg.

Barnsley hospital is facing increased pressure as more people are using its A&E department. Michael looks forward to visiting Barnsley Hospital again in the future.

Michael visits Barnsley Hospital A&E Department and Dementia ward

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Barnsley Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department and the hospital’s dementia ward on Friday 21 April. Michael met with tremendously inspiring staff at the... Read more

 

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As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Harrogate Army Foundation College (AFC) las week as part of his membership of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS).

He welcomed the opportunity to see the excellent facilities at Harrogate and to meet brilliant Junior Soldiers at the college.

Commenting, Michael said:

"It was an honour to visit the Army Foundation College in Harrogate this week. This visit was made as part of my membership of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme which gives MPs the opportunity to gain experience with the armed forces and to show our support for them.

"The Army Foundation College is a unique institution that brilliantly educates and trains many of the future leaders of the British Army. The permanent staff were incredibly impressive and I could not be more proud of the Junior Soldiers I met.”

Michael visits Army Foundation College in Harrogate

  As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Harrogate Army Foundation College (AFC) las week as part of his membership of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS). He welcomed the... Read more

As reported by Pharmacy Business,Barnsley News and Sport and The Sheffield Star, Michael has continued his campaign against the Government’s plan to cut £170 million from the budget for community pharmacy.

Michael met with Rob Darracott, Chief Executive of Pharmacy Voice in Parliament on Wednesday 13 April, to discuss the impact this cut will have on the community pharmacy sector, which the Government have admitted could force 3,000 pharmacies to close.

Michael meets with Pharmacy Voice to continue campaign against community pharmacy cut

As reported by Pharmacy Business,Barnsley News and Sport and The Sheffield Star, Michael has continued his campaign against the Government’s plan to cut £170 million from the budget for community pharmacy. Michael met... Read more

MD_at_Worsbrough_Bridge_FC.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael is proud to have been announced as the new patron of football club Worsbrough Bridge FC. On Tuesday 5 April, Michael met with Club Chairman Peter Schofield and Manager Ian Shirt, before watching the club’s match against Eccleshill United.

Worsbrough Bridge has been through a tumultuous year with several setbacks. After a 92-year stay at Park Road Stadium in Worsbrough, the club had to move grounds last October. They played their first game back on their home ground of Park Road Stadium on February 13th.Worsbrough_Bridget_FC_2.jpg

Michael unveiled as Worsbrough Bridge FC patron

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael is proud to have been announced as the new patron of football club Worsbrough Bridge FC. On Tuesday 5 April, Michael met with... Read more

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about Elsecar Heritage Railway’s exciting expansion plans with a new line to Cortonwood.

Michael is a proud patron of the railway and recently visited it to see Junior Soldiers from the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, who were volunteering to work on the project.

Elsecar Heritage Railway recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and puts on a range of events throughout the year, which you can find out more about here.

Railway volunteers are on the right track

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about Elsecar Heritage Railway’s exciting expansion plans with a new line to Cortonwood. Michael is a proud patron of...

Elsecar_Heritage_Railway_photos.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael was delighted to visit Junior Soldiers from the Harrogate Army Foundation College (AFC) on Saturday 9 April as they volunteered their time to work on the Elsecar Heritage Railway. The visit was organised as part of Michael's Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme membership, which gives MP's a chance to gain experience with our Armed Forces.

Michael is also a proud patron of Elsecar Heritage Railway and is keen to follow developments with the Railway’s latest project: an extension from the existing tracks up to Cortonwood.

The extension up to Cortonwood, set to be finished in 2017, is just one of the many projects the Railway has been able to launch over the next few years. Due to strong governance and exceptional financial managing, the organisation has been able to invest £70,000 in maintaining and developing new elements of the Railway.

Michael visits Elsecar Heritage Railway with Junior Soldiers

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael was delighted to visit Junior Soldiers from the Harrogate Army Foundation College (AFC) on Saturday 9 April as they volunteered their time to... Read more

Campaigning_montage.jpgMichael welcomed Lucy Powell MP, MP for Manchester Central and Shadow Secretary for Education, to the Barnsley East constituency on Friday 8 April as part of the official local elections campaign launch. A group of over sixty councillors, candidates, party members and families came together to celebrate the launch of the campaign during the Constituency social. 

Deanne Ferguson, who is a Regional Organiser for GMB, also spoke at the event. Deanne emphasised the importance of Labour working with the Unions, and spoke in particular about the issues GMB has been raising locally with regards to employees' treatment at ASOS warehouses.

Michael has also been out campaigning with several of Labour’s excellent candidates for the local elections and looks forward to knocking on many more doors with them.

Campaigning throughout Barnsley East

Michael welcomed Lucy Powell MP, MP for Manchester Central and Shadow Secretary for Education, to the Barnsley East constituency on Friday 8 April as part of the official local elections...

Community_Pharmacy.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has continued his campaign against the Government’s plan to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget.

The Government is pushing through a funding reduction from £2.8 billion to £2.63 billion for the community pharmacy sector, which the Government’s own figures show could force up to 3,000 pharmacies – a quarter of all those in the country – to close.

The cut would undermine GP services and A&E departments, which are already stretched, by reducing patients’ access to the free advice and prescription medicine that community pharmacies offer before patients see their doctor or head to hospital.

Local residents in Shafton are concerned that their local pharmacy could close as a result of the cut, and Michael has written to the Health Secretary to state his opposition to the plans and made a formal submission to Barnsley Healthwatch about the dangers of the cut, which you can see here.

Michael has also written in the Yorkshire Post about the need to protect community pharmacy, which you can see here.

Michael’s continues campaign against community pharmacy cut

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has continued his campaign against the Government’s plan to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget. The Government is pushing through a funding...

BFC_montage.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated Barnsley FC on their 3 - 2 victory over Oxford United on Sunday 3 April.

Barnsley’s win earned them the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Michael congratulates Barnsley Football Club on JPT win

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated Barnsley FC on their 3 - 2 victory over Oxford United on Sunday 3 April. Barnsley’s win earned them... Read more

Save_our_steel.jpgMichael has signed Labour’s petition calling on the Government to take urgent action to address the crisis facing the UK steel industry.

Thousands of British jobs are at risk as Tata Steel announced it would sell its UK based plants.

Labour is calling on the Government to recall Parliament and take immediate action to protect the steel industry and the core of manufacturing in Britain. 

You can add your name to Labour’s petition here.

Save Our Steel

Michael has signed Labour’s petition calling on the Government to take urgent action to address the crisis facing the UK steel industry. Thousands of British jobs are at risk as...

Michael has paid tribute to Barry Hines, following the sad news of his passing:

"Barry Hines never forgot where he came from or the people he grew up with. Later in life, he moved back to where he was born in Hoyland Common. Asked about portraying local people in his books, he once said: 'The main thing for me is to feel that I have represented them well.' He certainly did that. 

"Barry Hines captured brilliantly the beauty, the sadness and the humour of our people and our communities. His literature is not just great writing, it is great history too - recording those times in an authentic, powerful and sensitive way. 

"He did so much to put Barnsley on the cultural map. His legacy will be his brilliant books that have captivated and inspired millions. 

"My thoughts are with his loved ones at this sad time". 

You can see further coverage of some of the tributes paid to Barry Hinesherehere and here.

Michael pays tribute to Barry Hines

Michael has paid tribute to Barry Hines, following the sad news of his passing: "Barry Hines never forgot where he came from or the people he grew up with. Later...

Labour_in_for_Britain_infographic.jpgLabour in for Britain, Labour’s campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union (EU), is holding a national campaign day today, Saturday 19 March.

Britain’s membership of the EU secures millions of UK jobs and £26.5 billion is invested in Britain by EU countries every year.

British workers also benefit from EU agreements on workers’ rights, including the right to holiday pay, paid maternity and paternity leave, anti-discrimination laws, equal pay and protection for agency workers.

You can find out more about the Labour in for Britain campaign here.

Labour in for Britain national campaign day

Labour in for Britain, Labour’s campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union (EU), is holding a national campaign day today, Saturday 19 March. Britain’s membership of the EU...

Police_cuts.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has criticised the Government for presiding over a culture of cuts in regional and neighbourhood policing, as a new report shows improvements are required at South Yorkshire Police.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the independent inspector of standards in police forces across the country, found that the overall effectiveness and efficiency of South Yorkshire Police ‘requires improvement’.

HMIC’s report provides the most comprehensive and up to date assessment of forces’ performance across a wide range of areas.

Police forces are being forced to operate with reduced budgets and less staff - South Yorkshire Police has lost 415 police officers since 2010. A recent Freedom of Information request by Michael also revealed that South Yorkshire Police will have to cut more than 1,500 police officer and staff roles by 2020 to cope with its reduced budget.

Following these findings, Michael has questioned the Government’s decision to cut police budgets and officer numbers.

Michael hits out at Government police cuts

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has criticised the Government for presiding over a culture of cuts in regional and neighbourhood policing, as a new report shows improvements are required... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has hit out at Government funding plans for local authorities which will cut more from Barnsley Council than the local councils of many Government Ministers.

Figures show that, between 2011/12 – 2016/17, Barnsley Council will have seen its spending power cut by 26.1 per cent, but this is a significantly higher cut than the local councils of several Government Ministers.

Specifically, the cut to Barnsley Council is higher than cuts over the same period to:

  • The Prime Minister David Cameron’s local authority, Oxfordshire, with a cut of10.6 per cent.
  • The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s local authorities, Cheshire East, with a cut of9.1 per cent and Cheshire West and Chester, with a cut of 16.6 per cent.
  • The Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark’s local authority, Kent, with a cut of14.1 per cent.

Michael has criticised the unfair differences in funding, which will force poorer local authorities like Barnsley to make further cutbacks to public services, which could hit libraries and children’s services.

Michael highlights unfair cuts to Barnsley

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has hit out at Government funding plans for local authorities which will cut more from Barnsley Council than the local councils... Read more

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has taken the Government to task for failing to deliver for Barnsley and Yorkshire and the Humber after George Osborne delivered his Budget to the House of Commons.

The Budget on Wednesday 16 March was The Chancellor’s eighth Budget, which saw Osborne announce £3.5 billion in additional spending cuts.

Responding to the Budget in the House of Commons, Michael highlighted figures which showed jobs, pay and living standards in Barnsley are all being hit on this Government’s watch.

Michael responds to George Osborne’s budget in the House of Commons

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has taken the Government to task for failing to deliver for Barnsley and Yorkshire and the Humber after George Osborne delivered his Budget... Read more

National_Campaign_Day.jpgToday, the Labour Party is holding a national campaign day of action, #StandingUp for an economy for all.

Across the country, Labour volunteers are campaigning and talking to people about the Government’s mishandling of the economy ahead of the Budget, which will be delivered on Wednesday 16 March.

Michael joined local councillors and volunteers in Darfield to talk to voters ahead of the national campaign day. You can find out more about Labour’s campaign day here.

 

Labour national campaign day

Today, the Labour Party is holding a national campaign day of action, #StandingUp for an economy for all. Across the country, Labour volunteers are campaigning and talking to people about...

MD_Blunkett_college.jpgOn Friday 11 March Michael attended the official opening ceremony of Barnsley College's new Construction Centre by Lord David Blunkett.

Welcomed to the building by Barnsley College Principal Chris Webb, Michael was joined at the ceremony by Dan Jarvis MP and Councillor Brian Mathers, Mayor of Barnsley.

The new £10.8 million building, which opened to students in September 2015, is based at the college’s Honeywell campus and includes specialist equipment, machinery and workshops for courses in bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, dry lining, painting and decorating, plastering and wall and floor tiling.

Official opening of Barnsley College's new Construction Centre

On Friday 11 March Michael attended the official opening ceremony of Barnsley College's new Construction Centre by Lord David Blunkett. Welcomed to the building by Barnsley College Principal Chris Webb,...

NHS_Campaign_collage_WEBSITE.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has continued his campaign against the Government’s plans to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget by raising serious concerns with Healthwatch Barnsley.

The cut could mean up to 3,000 community pharmacies – a quarter of all those in the country – could be forced to close.

In his submission to the local Healthwatch, the independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public, Michael questioned the cut at a time when Barnsley has more patients per GP than the national average and local Accident and Emergency waiting times do not meet the Government’s own target.

NHS Barnsley is ‘under-doctored’, with 1,757 patients per GP compared to the regional average of 1,550 and the English average of 1,577. Barnsley Hospital’s A&E department is also struggling to cope with demand, with the proportion of people being seen in four hours or less standing at 92.8 per cent in December 2015 – below the national target of 95 per cent.

Michael has stressed that cutting the budget for community pharmacy would put extra pressure on these already strained services. You can see his submission to Healthwatch Barnsley here.

Michael continues fight against community pharmacy cut

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has continued his campaign against the Government’s plans to cut £170 million from the community pharmacy budget by raising serious concerns... Read more

Today, Michael voted against the Government’s plans to extend opening hours on Sundays. The Government was defeated by 317 votes to 286.

Ministers had planned to give the 353 councils in England and 22 in Wales the freedom to determine opening hours for large shops in their area, but the plans were voted down after opposition in Parliament and campaigning by unions like USDAW, the shopworkers’ union.

The defeat in the Commons is the Tory Government’s second defeat since it was elected last year.

You can find out more about USDAW’s campaign to #KeepSundaySpecial here.

 

Michael votes to keep Sunday special as Government defeated on Enterprise Bill

Today, Michael voted against the Government’s plans to extend opening hours on Sundays. The Government was defeated by 317 votes to 286. Ministers had planned to give the 353 councils...

Michael has supported leading charity Anthony Nolan to raise awareness of the stem cell donor register.

The charity matches individuals who are willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants.

Anthony Nolan also works to educate young people about the difference they can make by joining the register and they offer support, advice and information to people with blood cancer and their families.

To find out more about the stem cell donor register, and to see if you are eligible to join, click here.

Michael backs Anthony Nolan to raise awareness of donor register

Michael has supported leading charity Anthony Nolan to raise awareness of the stem cell donor register. The charity matches individuals who are willing to donate their blood stem cells or...

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, on Tuesday Michael spoke at an event in Parliament promoting the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT).

At the event, Michael commended the CRT for helping to address issues like chronic job shortages and widespread I'll health in former coalfield communities since the closure of deep coal mines.

The CRT also used the event to celebrate its partnership with Ladbrokes, which announced that it will be hiring 300 new apprentices.

 

You can find out more about the CRT and the work that it does in former coalfield communities here.CRT_reception_1.jpg

Michael speaks at Coalfields Regeneration Trust event in Parliament

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, on Tuesday Michael spoke at an event in Parliament promoting the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT). At the event, Michael...

Chemist_and_Druggist.jpgMichael has been interviewed by Chemist and Druggist about his campaign against the Government’s plans to cut £170 million from the budget for community pharmacy.

The cut, which could see up to 3,000 local chemists – a quarter of all those in the country – forced to close, is also opposed by the pharmacy sector.

In the interview, Michael describes the cut as illogical because it will come at a time when there is a crisis in Accident and Emergency waiting times and a crisis in GP access.

You can read the full report of the interview here.

Michael’s interview with Chemist and Druggist

Michael has been interviewed by Chemist and Druggist about his campaign against the Government’s plans to cut £170 million from the budget for community pharmacy. The cut, which could see...

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As reported by the Barnsley ChronicleBarnsley Gazette andBarnsley News and Sport, Michael has raised concerns after new figures show unemployment has increased across the borough of Barnsley.

There were 3,017 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Barnsley in January, up 219 or 7.8 per cent on December’s total. This represents 2 per cent of the population – higher than the 1.5 per cent of the population claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance across the country.

In Michael’s Barnsley East constituency, the total number of jobseekers was 1,213, up 97 or 8.6 per cent on the previous month.

The number of young people (aged 18 – 24) out of work has also increased, with the total number across Barnsley standing at 525, up 2.9 per cent on December, and the total in Barnsley East increasing by 7.8 per cent to 205.

Michael raises concern as unemployment figures head in wrong direction

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Barnsley Gazette andBarnsley News and Sport, Michael has raised concerns after new figures show unemployment has increased across the borough of Barnsley. There were 3,017 people claiming... Read more

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has met with fracking firm INEOS to re-state his continued opposition to fracking plans in the borough. 

Michael also recently met with Cuadrilla to set out his concerns about the possible negative impacts of fracking. Both firms have been awarded exploratory licenses to look for shale oil and gas in areas covering Michael's Barnsley East constituency and other parts of the borough.

Michael's meeting with Tom Crotty, Head of Operations at INEOS, saw him set out the case for a moratorium on all fracking until safety concerns are properly mitigated against.

Michael also called for a full programme of consultation with local residents so that their voices are fully heard. 

Michael meets with second fracking firm to express opposition

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has met with fracking firm INEOS to re-state his continued opposition to fracking plans in the borough.  Michael also recently met... Read more

 

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As reported by the Yorkshire Post and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has criticised the Government for mismanagement of ambulance services after new figures have revealed that Yorkshire Ambulance Service failed to meet its emergency response targets in South Yorkshire for three out of the last four years.

National targets for all ambulance services require them to respond to the most serious emergencies within eight minutes, 75 per cent of the time.

But data obtained by Michael in a Freedom of Information request shows that Yorkshire Ambulance Service was unable to meet the target for ‘Red 1’ callouts – including heart attacks and respiratory failures – across all of South Yorkshire in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

The service was also unable to meet its target for ‘Red 2’ callouts – which include all other life-threatening emergencies – for South Yorkshire in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Michael has campaigned against the Government’s cuts to the NHS, and is warning that a failure to meet targets is just the latest example of an NHS in crisis.

Michael’s concern after his FOI shows Yorkshire Ambulance Service misses targets in three out of last four years

  As reported by the Yorkshire Post and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has criticised the Government for mismanagement of ambulance services after new figures have revealed that Yorkshire Ambulance Service failed to meet... Read more

NHS_Campaign_collage_WEBSITE_(1).jpgAs reported by theBarnsley Chronicleand Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has criticised the Government's decision to press ahead with a £170 million cut from the budget for community pharmacy and vowed to fight for a fairer deal for chemists.

After Michael raised serious concerns about the planned cut, which the Government's own figures show could force 3,000 community pharmacies - a quarter of all those in the country - to close, the Government confirmed they would still reduce the budget.

The budget for community pharmacy will be cut from £2.8 billion in 2015/16 to £2.63 billion in 2016/17 - a real terms decrease of 6 per cent.

Michael has campaigned against the cut, writing to the Secretary of State for Health and visiting community pharmacies in Barnsley to hear from chemists about the impact the cut will have on their services.

Michael is now taking the matter up with Healthwatch, the consumer champion for health and social care.

Michael vows to continue campaign to save community pharmacies as Minister confirms £170 million budget cut

As reported by theBarnsley Chronicleand Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has criticised the Government's decision to press ahead with a £170 million cut from the budget for community pharmacy and vowed... Read more

As reported by the Sheffield Star, the South Yorkshire Times and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has nominated the Barnsley Youth Jazz Orchestra for a prestigious national award in recognition of their work getting young people in Barnsley involved in music.Barnsley_Youth_Jazz.jpg

Michael has put the group forward for the Jazz Education Award in the Parliamentary JazzAwards 2016, which recognises organisations that raise the standard of jazz education in the UK.

The Orchestra, which is based at Netherwood Advanced Learning Centre, is a not-for-profit service that provides young people with music tuition at a significantly discounted rate and even loans its students musical instruments and helps them to achieve formally recognised music qualifications.

The awards ceremony will take place in Westminster in May and will celebrate the contribution that jazz singers, musicians and teaching organisations make to British music.

Michael puts Barnsley jazz group up for national award

As reported by the Sheffield Star, the South Yorkshire Times and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has nominated the Barnsley Youth Jazz Orchestra for a prestigious national award in recognition of their work getting young people... Read more

 

As reported byBarnsley News and Sport, Barnsley Chronicle and theSheffield Star,, Michael has highlighted unacceptable unfairness in local government funding, with the country’s poorest councils set to lose £198 more per head than the average English local authority.

Michael has written to the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark, to raise research by the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA), which shows that, between 2010/11 and 2017/18, these authorities will see an estimated loss of funding of £685 per head, compared to the English average of £487.

In Barnsley alone, the local council will see its spending power reduced by £61 per household just in 2016/17, compared to the average English reduction of £52.

Michael has criticised the unfair differences in funding in the Local Government Finance Settlement, which will force poorer local authorities to make further cutbacks to public services, which could hit libraries and children’s services.

Michael takes Minister to task over unfair local government funding

  As reported byBarnsley News and Sport, Barnsley Chronicle and theSheffield Star,, Michael has highlighted unacceptable unfairness in local government funding, with the country’s poorest councils set to lose £198 more per... Read more

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As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust after figures from the Alzheimer’s Society show that the hospital is performing above the national average for dementia care.

Dementia patients admitted to Barnsley Hospital stayed for an average of seven days in 2014-15, compared to the national average stay of eleven days. This is beneficial for patients in Barnsley as extended stays can cause stress and confusion, with a 2015 poll finding that 90 per cent of carers felt the dementia patient they care for became more confused while in hospital.

Michael congratulates Barnsley Hospital on excellence in dementia care

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has congratulated Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust after figures from the Alzheimer’s Society show that the hospital is performing above the national average... Read more

Today, Michael visited a number of local chemists in Barnsley East to campaign against the Government’s plan to cut the budget for community pharmacy by £170 million.

The cut could see up to 3,000 pharmacies – a quarter of all those in the country – forced to close.

You can sign the petition against the cut and support pharmacy services that save the NHS moneyhere. Michael has also written a piece for the Yorkshire Post on why cutting the budget for community pharmacy will undermine public health, which you can read here.

The image below shows Michael campaigning in Worsbrough, Wombwell, Kendray, Darfield, Cudworth and Hoyland.

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Campaigning against cuts to community pharmacies

Today, Michael visited a number of local chemists in Barnsley East to campaign against the Government’s plan to cut the budget for community pharmacy by £170 million. The cut could...

Biads_logo.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael, as patron of Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS), has welcomed the award of a Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) grant, after campaigning to secure funding for the charity.

BIADS had faced an uncertain future, missing out on a key contract with Barnsley Council to provide befriending services in the borough and losing its Barnsley CCG grant this year. Michael wrote to the Council and to Barnsley CCG about the importance of funding BIADS’ vital work.

BIADS will now receive a one year funding grant from Barnsley CCG worth £35,416.

After his campaigning on behalf of BIADS, Michael welcomed the funding as going a long way to helping the charity continue the excellent work it does in Barnsley. While this is a welcome boost, Michael hopes that Barnsley CCG will continue to fund this vital service well into the future.

Michael welcomes Clinical Commissioning Group funding boost for dementia charity as a victory for local campaigners

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael, as patron of Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS), has welcomed the award of a Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)... Read more

Tates_Travel_1121_YX12_TAT.jpgFollowing the news that Tates Travel will cease to provide bus services as of Monday 8 February, Michael has demanded that the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) step in and ensure passengers aren’t left high and dry. Coverage of Michael’s call has been reported by Barnsley News and SportITV Calendar, BBC NewsYorkshire Post,Barnsley Chronicle and BBC Radio Sheffield. (To hear Michael's interview with Howard Pressman from BBC Radio Sheffield click here and scroll to 01:15:51)

Michael demands bus passengers aren’t left high and dry after shock collapse of Tates Travel

Following the news that Tates Travel will cease to provide bus services as of Monday 8 February, Michael has demanded that the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) step in... Read more

Michael has backed the Alzheimer’s Society’s campaign to Fix Dementia Care, which aims to ensure that people with dementia receive the highest standards of care wherever they are: in hospital, in a care home, or in the home.

Joining with Actor David Whately, Michael signed a letter to Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, to ask the NHS to back the campaign.

Michael signs up to Fix Dementia Care

Michael has backed the Alzheimer’s Society’s campaign to Fix Dementia Care, which aims to ensure that people with dementia receive the highest standards of care wherever they are: in hospital,... Read more

Michael has written for the New Statesman about the importance fighting against anti-Semitism.
A report from the Community Security Trust (CST) this week shows that 2015 saw the third-highest number of anti-Semitic incidents ever recorded in Britain. 

Of the 924 recorded cases, 354 involved an attack or abuse against Jewish people going about their business in public. Eighty five incidents were aimed at Jewish schools, schoolchildren or teachers. And there were 50 incidents against synagogues.

You can read the article in full here.

We all have to take a stand against rising anti-Semitism

Michael has written for the New Statesman about the importance fighting against anti-Semitism.A report from the Community Security Trust (CST) this week shows that 2015 saw the third-highest number of anti-Semitic incidents...

As reported by the Barnsley ChronicleBarnsley News and Sport, Michael has accused the Government of denying Barnsley voters a voice after new figures show thousands have disappeared from the electoral register.

The news comes during National Voter Registration Week (1 – 7 February), when people are encouraged to register to vote and have their say – even by the Government.

But because of Government changes to Individual Voter Registration, the number of registered voters across the Barnsley Local Authority area decreased by 11,995 or 6.57 per cent and in Michael's Barnsley East constituency, the number dropped by 2,381 or 3.56 per cent.

Michael is supporting Labour’s Missing Million campaign, which criticised the reforms as damaging to our democracy.

Michael condemns Government as thousands of voters lose their vote in Barnsley

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has accused the Government of denying Barnsley voters a voice after new figures show thousands have disappeared from the electoral register.... Read more

A_E_hit_5_feb.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley ChronicleBarnsley News and Sportand the Sheffield Star, Michael has warned that a proposed Accident and Emergency department closure in Huddersfield could force patients from the surrounding area to be diverted to Barnsley.

NHS proposals to reconfigure Accident and Emergency provision mean that more patients would be diverted to Barnsley’s A&E department, raising fears that the quality of services could drop.

NHS Primary Care and A&E services are already struggling to cope with demand, with the proportion of people seen in four hours or less at Barnsley Hospital dropping from 95.4 per cent in August last year to 92.9 per cent in November, the latest month for which figures are available.

Michael has written to Diane Wake, Chief Executive of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to raise the issue. Click here to read his letter.

Michael warns of more pressures on Barnsley A & E

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Barnsley News and Sportand the Sheffield Star, Michael has warned that a proposed Accident and Emergency department closure in Huddersfield could force patients from the surrounding area... Read more

 

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As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has met with fracking company Cuadrilla to express his opposition to plans for shale gas exploration in Barnsley.

The meeting was attended by Cuadrilla’s Chief Executive, Francis Egan, and gave Michael the chance to set out his concerns about the safety impacts and environmental problems thatfracking could cause.

Cuadrilla has been granted an exploration license to look for shale gas in a hundred square kilometre area which covers large parts of the Barnsley East constituency, but Michael is in favour of a moratorium on all exploration until safety concerns are properly mitigated against and a full and proper consultation with local residents has taken place.

Michael meets fracking firm to restate his opposition to plans in Barnsley

  As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has met with fracking company Cuadrilla to express his opposition to plans for shale gas exploration in Barnsley. The meeting was attended... Read more

Housing_Hit_5_Feb.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has accused the Government of failing to deliver affordable housing for Barnsley families as dozens of new build homes are put on hold across the borough.

The Housing and Planning Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, is meant to provide more affordable housing but plans to strip councils of their high value homes when they become vacant will prevent re-investment in new housebuilding.

Barnsley’s Berneslai Homes has a programme to construct up to 200 new build homes, but 60 homes have already had to be put on hold because of changes to housebuilding rules in the Bill.

Michael has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to raise the issue, click here to read the letter.

Michael slams Government for putting Barnsley homes on hold

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has accused the Government of failing to deliver affordable housing for Barnsley families as dozens of new build homes are put... Read more

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Independent, Michael has called on the Government to stop a planned cut of £170 million from community pharmacies.

The cut, which will take effect this year, will see the budget for community pharmacies cut from £2.8 billion in 2015/16 to £2.63 billion in 2016/17, which amounts to a real terms cut of 6 per cent.

The budget cut will mean that pharmacies are less able to help patients at a time when the Government is asking them to do more to prevent of ill-health and promote healthy living.

The reduction in funding also comes as NHS primary care and Accident and Emergency services are struggling to cope with demand, with the proportion of people seen in four hours or less at Barnsley hospital dropping from 95.4 per cent in August last year to 90.9 per cent in October.

Michael raised this important issue with Barnsley CCG during a meeting on Friday 22nd January and asked that they look into his concerns as well.

Michael has signed a petition against the cuts, and is urging others to do the same here.

 

Michael calls on Government to stop cuts to community pharmacies

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Independent, Michael has called on the Government to stop a planned cut of £170 million from community pharmacies. The cut, which will take... Read more

 

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As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, On Friday 22 January, Michael visited the Elsecar Heritage Railway, the only preserved railway in South Yorkshire. Michael, a patron of the charitable trust since 2013, held a meeting to discuss the exciting plans for the future of the railway with Chairman Andy Earl and Commercial Director Andrew Littlewood.

The volunteer run historic railway is located on the southern part of the former South Yorkshire Railway freight-only branch which ran from Elsecar Junction.

The popular local tourist destination will be celebrating their 20th anniversary on Saturday 26 March this year and Michael was briefed both the celebration and the group's progress in extending the railway to Cortonwood.

For more information about Elsecar Heritage Railway, click here.

Barnsley's proud industrial heritage at Elsecar Heritage Railway

  As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, On Friday 22 January, Michael visited the Elsecar Heritage Railway, the only preserved railway in South Yorkshire. Michael, a patron of the charitable trust... Read more

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