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As patron of both the LIVE in Barnsley music festival and the charity Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society (BIADS), Michael is delighted to promote their current partnership. BIADS is LIVE in Barnsley’s chosen charity for this year’s festival and also it the chosen charity for ChoirFest 2017, which this year will be part of the LIVE in Barnsley Fringe Festival. 

The aim of LIVE in Barnsley is to showcase musical talent from the town and surrounding area and this year it will take place on Saturday the 17th June and numerous venues around Barnsley Town Centre. The festival draws thousands of local music fans and visitors to venues across Barnsley and the surrounding area.

Michael is not only a patron of the festival, he has played several times at the event. Details of the line up for the festival so far can be found here.

Commenting Michael said:

“LIVE in Barnsley is a tremendous event which gets better and better every year. They have a fantastic tradition of partnering with a different charity each year and this year I am delighted that they have chosen BIADS.

BIADS does truly wonderful work supporting people with dementia and their families. I am hugely honoured to also be a patron of BIADS and I hope that festival goers later in the year will donate all they can to this organisation. 

The continuing success of LIVE in Barnsley is testament to the hard work of the organisers, Steve Clifford and Dave Pearsall and I’d like to thank them for supporting BIADS this year”

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Michael Promotes BIADS' LIVE in Barnsley Partnership

As patron of both the LIVE in Barnsley music festival and the charity Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society (BIADS), Michael is delighted to promote their current partnership. BIADS is...

On Friday 24th March, Michael joined a delegation of local MPs to visit the XPO/ASOS distribution centre in his constituency. 

Michael hosted Labour colleagues Dan Jarvis MP, Angela Smith MP, Caroline Flint MP and Louise Haigh MP.

 

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They toured the site to see the distribution centre in action and met with staff and management.  They also met staff who are members of the Community Union, the trade union that has recently been recognised by the company.

This visit followed a meeting Michael had in Westminster on the 14th March with representatives from the GMB union, including General Secretary, Tim Roache, to discuss working conditions at ASOS.

Commenting Michael said:

“The XPO/ASOS distribution centre is a massive employer in the Barnsley East constituency and they are a hugely successful global company. It was great to see their continued considerable investment in the area.

"It was also good to meet with workers at the site - without the the supervision of management - where we had a frank conversation about working conditions. The staff were frustrated and indeed angry at what they felt was some of the unfair and absurd nonsense that it is reported outside the site about alleged working conditions for employees. But they acknowledged there was room for improvement, particularly around the issue of 'flex', and I was pleased to see that there are ongoing changes and conversations to further improve things. Myself and the other local MPs are determined to see that happen."

 

Michael hosts ASOS visit

On Friday 24th March, Michael joined a delegation of local MPs to visit the XPO/ASOS distribution centre in his constituency.  Michael hosted Labour colleagues Dan Jarvis MP, Angela Smith MP,...

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called on the Government to stop energy firms ripping off millions of people over their fuel bills.

Michael made the demand after new figures revealed that more than one in ten homes in his constituency are considered “fuel poor” because they are struggling to meet the cost of soaring energy bills.

Of an estimated 39,505 households in Barnsley East, there are 4,391 ‘fuel poor’ households – 11% of the total number of homes.

People are considered to be living in fuel poverty if they cannot afford to heat their homes properly at a reasonable cost even if one member of the household is in work.

Michael warned the problem of fuel poverty was made worse because the Government had failed to tackle energy providers over their failure to move customers off expensive standard variable tariffs (SVTs) to cheaper options.

An estimated seven in ten consumers are on these SVTs and pay up to £230 a year more than those on the cheapest available tariffs.

Commenting, Michael said:

“Energy companies having been ripping off consumers in Barnsley East for far too long.

“These figures show that more than one in ten local people live in fuel poverty and cannot turn the heating on as often as they need.

“The energy market is broken and failing everyone, especially the elderly and the vulnerable. It is time for the Government to get a grip and take action to fix it.

“We need a protected tariff – a maximum price the energy companies can charge.

“Through a protected tariff, that gives a fair price to customers who don’t switch suppliers, the Government can ensure that we all pay a fairer price and fewer people live in fuel poverty.”

 

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Michael Demands Tough Action on Rip-off Fuel Bills

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called on the Government to stop energy firms ripping off millions of people over their fuel...

This week Michael signed Early Day Motion 1060, calling on the Government to give British Sign Language (BSL) full legal status as afforded to other officially recognised languages.

BSL is used by an estimated 151,000 people in the UK, 87,000 of whom are deaf. Affording BSL legal status would protect this language, and would provide opportunities to access the language.

For instance, legal status would put BSL on the national curriculum and ensure it if offered in schools, enabling BSL users to access education in their first language.

Michael was delighted to sign this motion, and recognise the campaign for BSL’s legal status led by Labour’s Dawn Butler.

You can see the full wording of the Early Day Motion here.

Michael Calls for Legal Status for British Sign Language

This week Michael signed Early Day Motion 1060, calling on the Government to give British Sign Language (BSL) full legal status as afforded to other officially recognised languages. BSL is...

This week Michael once again challenged the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in the House of Commons over the Government's handling of the NHS. 

Michael accused the Government's proposed Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) as being a 'Secret Tory Plan' to further decimate our NHS. that will change the make-up of our NHS, and further questioned the Government on their devastating cuts to local community pharmacies

You can see Michael’s question to the Health Minister here

Michael also took the Government to task again this week over their cuts to community pharmacies.

He revealed official figures from the House of Commons Library that nearly 1.3m people will have to travel further to their nearest pharmacy as a result of these cuts - including nearly 300,00 people who would have to travel between two-and-a-half and five miles. Around 70,000 people would have to travel more than five miles.

Michael has been leading the campaign against the Government's cuts to community pharmacies in recent months and you can read his full comments in the Telegraph, the Mirror and the Barnsley News and Sport.

 

Michael Challenges Government Again on the NHS

This week Michael once again challenged the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in the House of Commons over the Government's handling of the NHS.  Michael accused the Government's proposed Sustainability and...

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport and Barnsley Gazette, Michael called on the Government to end the uncertainty faced by residents and businesses in Barnsley over the proposed HS2 high-speed rail link.

Michael has written to HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to outline his support for the project and the boost it will give to the local economy.

But he said the Government must now formally withdraw a proposed “Meadowhall route” which would cut through a large part of the borough of Barnsley.

In a joint letter with Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis to Mr Thurston, Michael wrote:

“We remain committed to HS2 infrastructure improvements and believe that high speed rail improvements will make a significant impact on the region’s economy and future prospects for growth. 

“It is increasingly evident that the Meadowhall option proposed in 2013 is not realistic and is not a location we would support.  There must be no backtracking from the Government on the route.

“The ‘Meadowhall route’ cut through a large part of the Borough and many residents and businesses within Barnsley have endured four years of unwelcome uncertainty. 

“It is time to take away the blight of uncertainty on our communities by formally withdrawing the Meadowhall option and focus on the opportunities and challenges of the new route”

Michael has also stated that he supports proposals for a new parkway station along the new eastern leg route for all the main HS2 services which – combined with improvements to the Dearne Valley line – would make a “huge difference to the area and would offer real benefits to the City Region”.

You can read Michael’s full comments on HS2 here.

Michael Calls for End to HS2 Uncertainty

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport and Barnsley Gazette, Michael called on the Government to end the uncertainty faced by residents and businesses in Barnsley over the proposed HS2...

Michael has used his column in the Barnsley Chronicle to attack the Government over its recent Budget, saying it does nothing for Scan0055.jpgthe people of Barnsley. 

The Budget included a tax cut for the wealthiest, in the form of a tax breaks on inheritance and for big business, while the Chancellor attempted to hit 5,300 self-employed people in Barnsley East with an increase in National Insurance Contributions. You can read the column in full here

Budgets: The Devil is in the detail

Michael has used his column in the Barnsley Chronicle to attack the Government over its recent Budget, saying it does nothing for the people of Barnsley.  The Budget included a...

chron_cot1.jpgAs reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, the Barnsley Gazette and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is calling for greater awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) after new figures showed a rise in the number of tragedies in Yorkshire and Humberside.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, while the overall SIDS rates for England and Wales showed a 17% decline since 2013, the rates in Yorkshire and the Humber have increased by 38% and are higher than the national average.

Michael joined the baby charity in urging local authorities to ensure health professionals in Barnsley and across Yorkshire receive the training and support they need to deliver safer sleep messages to all families.

As part of the Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week, the charity commissioned a survey that found over 53% of parents in Yorkshire and the Humber were unsure of one of the most fundamental steps to reduce the risk of SIDS: putting a baby on its back for every sleep. Evidence shows that babies who are slept on their back for every sleep are six times less likely to die from SIDS than those who sleep on their front or side.

Commenting, Michael said:

 “The results of this survey by the Lullaby Trust show we still need to do more to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and make sure parents get good advice.

“We should recognise the important role of health professionals and family workers who offer advice on how to sleep their baby safely and the need to ensure they get training and support to continue their vital work.”

You can read Michael's full comments on SIDS and the Lullaby Trust's Sleep Safer Week here.

 

 

Michael calls for Greater Awareness of SIDS

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, the Barnsley Gazette and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is calling for greater awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) after new figures showed...

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, on Tuesday 14th Michael attacked the Government for failing to tackle the NHS crisis as Barnsley Hospital again missed its target time for dealing with A&E patients.

The latest figures for January showed that Barnsley Hospital’s A&E unit saw only 87.1% of patients within four hours – well below the 95% target figure set by the Government.

However, the latest figure is an improvement on the 83.5% of patients seen at the A&E unit in December and is testament to the hard work of staff at Barnsley Hospital.

Nationally, A&E units endured the worst month on record with just 85.1% of patients seen within four hours.

Commenting, Mr Dugher said:

“This is further evidence of Theresa May and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s neglect and mismanagement of the NHS.

“The Chancellor also had the perfect opportunity with the Budget to get the health service back on track with a major cash injection, but he failed to do so.

“Thanks to the hard work of the dedicated staff at Barnsley Hospital, January’s figures for A&E waiting times have improved and are heading in the right direction.

“But almost 900 patients had to wait more than four hours in A&E in Barnsley.   The Government needs to get a grip and do far more to stop these unacceptably long waits.

“People are finding it harder and harder to get a timely appointment with a GC, social care is in crisis, pharmacies are under threat and people are understandably turning up at hospital. This is a crisis made by Ministers”.

You can read Michael's full comments here.

Michael Attacks Government for A&E Crisis

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, on Tuesday 14th Michael attacked the Government for failing to tackle the NHS crisis as Barnsley Hospital again missed its target time...

This week Michael took part in a cross party delegation of MPs from the British America Parliamentary Group (BAPG) to Washington
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Michael met with a variety of people including congressmen, representatives of important congressional committees responsible for foreign affairs, business leaders investing in the UK, plus think tanks and others. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the relationship between the UK and the US, particularly on trade, defence and security, post-Brexit. 

 

Michael joins UK delegation to Washington

This week Michael took part in a cross party delegation of MPs from the British America Parliamentary Group (BAPG) to Washington DC. Michael met with a variety of people including...


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