Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

Blog Archive 2013

This week I voted for a motion in the House of Commons that called on the Government to initiate a full consultation and formal call for evidence on the use of zero-hours contracts and on proposals to prevent abuses. Unfortunately the Government defeated the motion by 54 votes.

A recent survey of employers by YouGov found that there could be as many as one million people on zero-hours contracts. It also found that almost one in five employers say that they employ at least one person on zero-hours contracts. Worryingly, these figures show that zero-hours contracts are much more widespread than initially thought.

Zero-hours contracts mean insecurity and stress for too many families in Barnsley and across the country. Those on them are not contracted to work a set number of hours and they are only paid for the number of hours that they actually work. There is no doubt that many of those who are employed on zero-hours contracts struggle.

Many people have found that they have had to sacrifice time with their kids in order to be available whenever their employer requires them to be, even if there is no work. Others are required to work exclusively for one employer with no guarantee that they will get enough hours to pay the bills. Some are employed on zero-hours contracts even though in practice they work regular hours.

Blog: "Zero-hours contracts - a race to the bottom"

This week I voted for a motion in the House of Commons that called on the Government to initiate a full consultation and formal call for evidence on the use... Read more

As the Tories meet this week for their annual conference in Manchester, Michael has written a blog for LabourUncut giving his latest assessment of what Cameron’s Government has really achieved since 2010. 

Labour Uncut: "For hard working people? Come off it Cameron. Here’s the “Top 40″of Tory failures

As the Tories meet this week for their annual conference in Manchester, Michael has written a blog for LabourUncut giving his latest assessment of what Cameron’s Government has really achieved... Read more

Last Friday I went to see the new foodbank opened at Cudworth Library.  It was a day of mixed emotions. On the one hand, I had huge admiration for the volunteers behind the foodbank - people like Reverend David Nicholson. These are the heroes of our community - the glue that holds us together. But I also felt a deep sense of shame that in the seventh richest economy on the planet, it was necessary to organise food parcels just to help people feed their families. 

Country's need for foodbanks is "shameful"

Last Friday I went to see the new foodbank opened at Cudworth Library.  It was a day of mixed emotions. On the one hand, I had huge admiration for the... Read more

Michael has written a piece for the Yorkshire Post today about the need to support Ed Miliband's One Nation Labour Party reforms.

You can read the full article here.

Yorkshire Post Article: "Miliband’s Labour will stand for the many – not just the few"

Michael has written a piece for the Yorkshire Post today about the need to support Ed Miliband's One Nation Labour Party reforms. You can read the full article here.

Michael has written a piece for Labour Uncut today following Nick Clegg's list of 'heartless' Tory policies he claims to have stopped.

Click here to read the blog.

Labour Uncut article: "16 government policies the Lib Dems didn’t stop"

Michael has written a piece for Labour Uncut today following Nick Clegg's list of 'heartless' Tory policies he claims to have stopped. Click here to read the blog.

Michael has spoken to Labour List today discussing the news that the senior Tory who referred to Ed Miliband as a f**king c**t and a copper-bottomed s**t was William Hague's PPS Keith Simpson.

You can see the full article and Michael's reaction here.

Michael hits out at behaviour which "demeans the Prime Minsister's Office"

Michael has spoken to Labour List today discussing the news that the senior Tory who referred to Ed Miliband as a f**king c**t and a copper-bottomed s**t was William Hague's...

Michael has written a blog post today about the Government's Lobbying Bill, one of the worst bits of legislation to come to the House of Commons in some time - and that’s saying something.

Click here to read the blog.

Blog Post: Only this Government could come up with a Lobbying Bill which lets Cameron's favourite fags man Lynton Crosby off the hook, but at the same time gags cancer charities

Michael has written a blog post today about the Government's Lobbying Bill, one of the worst bits of legislation to come to the House of Commons in some time - and that’s...

Michael has written a blog post today arguing that it is time for Cameron to stand up to the big energy companies and stop them from ripping off families and pensioners.

Click here to read the blog.

Blog Post: It's time Cameron acted to stop energy firms from ripping everybody off

Michael has written a blog post today arguing that it is time for Cameron to stand up to the big energy companies and stop them from ripping off families and pensioners. Click here to...

I have written a blog for the Huffington Post about how David Cameron's gung-ho, cavalier and reckless leadership last week over Syria is not the kind this country needs. You can read the full blog by clicking, here.

Blog: Cameron lost the vote last Thursday because of a failure of his leadership

I have written a blog for the Huffington Post about how David Cameron's gung-ho, cavalier and reckless leadership last week over Syria is not the kind this country needs. You...

When he’s under pressure at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron famously often goes red.  We know he has a short fuse and we know that Dave doesn’t do detail – that’s why we often see what is known in the House of Commons as “the crimson tide”.  But after four summer holidays already this year, it’s to be hoped the Prime Minister has been caking on the Ambre Solaire Factor 50, otherwise at the fist PMQs in September, he’s going to be redder than a beetroot.

Blog post: As David Cameron wears out another pair of flip flops, Labour has been 100 per cent focused on the big issues

When he’s under pressure at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron famously often goes red.  We know he has a short fuse and we know that Dave doesn’t do detail –... Read more

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