Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

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Barnsley_Chronicle_all_editions_-_p._13_-_Give_our_kids_a_sport.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael, a former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has called on the Government to improve its strategy for sports participation among young people as Team GB’s Olympic heroes return home from Rio.

As the country celebrates the remarkable achievements of our Olympic athletes, sports participation among children in England is falling.

Research published by Sports England has shown that sports participation in sport has fallen in nearly every region of England between 2011/12 and 2014/15. Last year sports participation among 5-15 year olds stood only at 87 per cent – a drop of 3 per cent from the survey results in 2008/09. And fewer than one in five children within this age group participated in competitive sport outside school in 2014/15 – only 19.2 per cent.

Michael calls for boost in children’s sports to build on Team GB Olympic success

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael, a former Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has called on the Government to improve its strategy for... Read more

WW1_tours.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has written to local secondary schools in his constituency to invite them to participate in a free educational programme that will allow a teacher and two students to visit the Western Front.

The ‘First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours’ programme, which is offered by the UCL institute of Education and funded by the Government, will allow students from local schools to get a unique insight into the first World War through a four-day tour. Each tour is guided by a serving soldier in the British Army.

As a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS), which gives MPs a chance to gain experience with the Armed Forces, Michael believes it is vital that young people learn about Britain’s military history.

Michael recently visited Serre in France on the centenary of the Somme to commemorate the Barnsley Pals. The Barnsley Pals, a group consisting entirely of volunteers from Barnsley, lost 297 of its men while fighting in Serre during the first day of the Battle of the Somme alone.

On his trip to Serre, Michael was struck by the personal experiences and the tragic losses suffered by many in Barnsley during the First World War.

This educational programme will allow pupils from Barnsley to get a real sense of what happened on the battlefields during the War. The programme includes teaching materials that will encourage other students to interact with the visit, and to learn from their classmates’ experiences in Ypres and the Somme.

Over 1,300 schools nationally have participated in this programme so far.

Michael Dugher MP invites local schools to visit the WW1 battlefields with free educational programme

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has written to local secondary schools in his constituency to invite them to participate in a free educational programme that will... Read more

page_16_all_editions.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his call on the Government to change the rules of the Blue Badge scheme. This scheme allows less mobile people to park closer to their destinations in special parking bays.

Michael is calling for the scheme to be opened up fully to dementia patients - something that is supported by Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS), of which Michael is a patron, as well as by the Alzheimer's Society.

You can read Michael's column in full here.

Bid to open up scheme to dementia sufferers

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his call on the Government to change the rules of the Blue Badge scheme. This scheme allows less...

Michael has written in the Yorkshire Post about the need to put passengers first when local bus routes are planned.

Yorkshire_Post_Logo.jpgSouth Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) recently closed a consultation on planned changes to Barnsley’s bus network, which would see some routes cut and others left with reduced services.

Michael campaigned against the cuts and made a submission to the consultation which you can seehere.

You can read Michael’s piece in the Yorkshire Post here.

Passenger power over profit is the route for buses

Michael has written in the Yorkshire Post about the need to put passengers first when local bus routes are planned. South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) recently closed a consultation on planned...

Police_cuts_chronicle.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has urged the Government to protect frontline police funding as figures show police recorded crime (excluding fraud) has risen by 17 per cent across Yorkshire and the Humber. 

According to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), police recorded crime excluding fraud in the year ending in March 2016 went up by 17 per cent compared to 2015. Violent crime against the person in the region went up by a staggering 48 per cent.

Nationally, total police recorded crime excluding fraud saw a rise of 9 per cent and violent crime against the person went up by 27 per cent.

Whilst in government, Labour set up 3,600 Neighbourhood Policing teams – one for every area of England. Labour’s policies on policing helped bring the crime rate down by 42 per cent nationally between 1997 and 2010.

But under the current Conservative Government, policing has been cut drastically. 18,000 police officers and 5,000 PCSOs have already lost their jobs since 2010 because of Government cuts.

SouthYorkshire Police alone has lost 415 police officers and 58 PCSOs since 2010.
These figures form the latest evidence of the Tories’ failing policy on policing and safety.

Commenting, Michael said:

“The latest shocking figures show that crime is going up markedly on the Government’s watch, at the same time as police numbers continue to fall.

“These latest figures demonstrate that the Government is failing to stand up for safer communities. 

“As Home Secretary, Theresa May promised real-terms protection. It didn’t happen. Now that she is Prime Minister, the responsibility is entirely hers to make good on her promise and protect frontline policing.”

Michael calls on Government to protect frontline police funding as police recorded crime rises across Yorkshire and Humber

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has urged the Government to protect frontline police funding as figures show police recorded crime (excluding fraud) has risen by 17...

SYT_-_p._13_-_MPs_appeal_for_applicants.jpgAs reported by the South Yorkshire Times,Barnsley News and Sport, the Star and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed a campaign launched by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to encourage grant applications from small community groups in Yorkshire that work on natural heritage projects for its “Yorkshire’s Back Garden” campaign. 

The HLF has funded a range of projects in Michael’s constituency of Barnsley East in the past. Recently, it provided a grant of £29,900 for the Barnsley Biodiversity Trust’s Biodiversity in Schools project, which has worked with schools across Barnsley to raise awareness among students of the importance of biodiversity. 

The Fund also gave a grant of £48,500 to help finance the BMBC’s “Flour Power” project at Worsbrough Mill Museum.  

Michael is happy to support this campaign and urges any community groups in Barnsley who work to protect local natural heritage to submit an application for funding with the HLF.  

 

 

 

 

Commenting, Michael said: 

HLF_Chronicle.jpg“The Heritage Lottery Fund is offering a fantastic opportunity for community groups in Barnsley to receive funding for a wide range of projects, to promote and safeguard the beautiful natural environment that we are lucky to have right on Barnsley’s doorstep. 

“It is really important that we safeguard our diverse wildlife across the country. Projects funded by HLF will be able to contribute to, and raise awareness of, the biodiversity that makes our wildlife so valuable and I would encourage local groups to apply.”

You can find out more about the campaign here.

Michael urges community groups in Barnsley to apply for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funding during ‘Yorkshire’s Back Garden’ campaign

As reported by the South Yorkshire Times,Barnsley News and Sport, the Star and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has backed a campaign launched by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to encourage grant applications from...

Michael has written in the Yorkshire Post to call on David Mowat MP, the new Minister for Community Pharmacies, to drop the Government’s planned £170 million cut to local pharmacies.

Government ministers have admitted that the £170 million cut will force up to 3,000 local chemists – a quarter of all those in the country – to close.

Across Yorkshire and Humber alone, there are 1,266 community pharmacies. If the new Minister for Community Pharmacies presses ahead with this damaging cut, it could mean around 300 local chemists closing in our region.

It’s already getting more difficult to see your GP and A&E departments across the country are under enormous pressure under this Government’s watch. Cutting community pharmacies will put more pressure on our already overstretched NHS.

This is why Michael has campaigned against the Government’s planned cut both in Westminster and in his constituency of Barnsley East. He is urging the new Minister for Community Pharmacies to drop the damaging cut.

You can read Michael’s article in full here.

Cutting local pharmacies would be a very bitter pill

Michael has written in the Yorkshire Post to call on David Mowat MP, the new Minister for Community Pharmacies, to drop the Government’s planned £170 million cut to local pharmacies....

garganeycolumn.jpgIn his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his support for the Garganey Trust, a local charity that does fantastic work to preserve local wildlife.

Michael recently visited the beautiful Broomhill Flash, in the Dearne Valley, to open a new two-storey hide for the Trust.

This hide is the result of great cooperation between the Garganey Trust and a range of partners, including GFB and Salt Architects, Greenbank, the Enivornment Agency, RSPB, Dearne Nature Improvement Area, Barnsley Council, Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, Natural England, private donors, friends and the amazing supporters of the trust.

You can read Michael's column on the work of the Garganey Trust and the new two-storey hide here.

Trust is doing fine work for our wildlife

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his support for the Garganey Trust, a local charity that does fantastic work to preserve local wildlife. Michael...

mirror.pngAs reported by the Daily Mirror, and the Yorkshire Post, Michael is calling on the Government to open up the Blue Badge parking scheme to dementia patients.

The Blue Badge parking scheme helps people park cars closer to their destination if they are disabled, which can be a real lifeline when out shopping or attending a doctor’s or hospital appointment.

Michael calls for Blue Badge parking access for dementia patients

As reported by the Daily Mirror, and the Yorkshire Post, Michael is calling on the Government to open up the Blue Badge parking scheme to dementia patients. The Blue Badge parking scheme... Read more

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has praised Barnsley Hospital as the latest official figures show A&E waiting times decreasing, but has warned that waiting times for cancer treatment are increasing under the Tory Government.

Barnsley Hospital’s A&E department has shown significant improvements during the last quarter, with the hospital treating 95 per cent of A&E patients within four hours in May – meeting a Government target that has not been met nationally for the past six months.
These latest A&E figures show that Barnsley Hospital is steadily improving and delivering high quality care to A&E patients.

Michael praises Barnsley Hospital for improving A&E figures, but warns cancer waiting times worsening on Government’s watch

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has praised Barnsley Hospital as the latest official figures show A&E waiting times decreasing, but has warned that waiting times for cancer treatment... 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

 

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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

SYPTE_bus_consultation_photo.jpgAs reported by Barnsley News and Sportand the South Yorkshire Times, Michael is calling for passengers to have a greater say on local routes and fares and for local authorities to be able to negotiate comprehensive contracts with bus operators.

A consultation on importance changes to local buses ends on Sunday 31 July. In his submission to the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) consultation, Mihcael highlighted examples of passengers losing out because of reductions to services.

Michael calls for bus cuts to be dropped as consultation is set to close

As reported by Barnsley News and Sportand the South Yorkshire Times, Michael is calling for passengers to have a greater say on local routes and fares and for local authorities to be... 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....

Labour’s fate is in our own hands

 

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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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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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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

 

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

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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 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

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