Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

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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

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

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...

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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As reported by the Yorkshire Post, Barnsley Gazette and theDearne Valley Weekender, Michael has sent his condolences to the family of former Member of the European Parliament and Barnsley councillor Brian Key, who sadly passed away on Wednesday 20 January.

Brian served as a Labour Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire South from July 1979  until July 1984 and he later served as a Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council councillor for Darfield ward between 2011 until his retirement in 2015

Michael sends his condolences following the death of Brian Key

As reported by the Yorkshire Post, Barnsley Gazette and theDearne Valley Weekender, Michael has sent his condolences to the family of former Member of the European Parliament and Barnsley councillor Brian Key,... Read more

Michael has joined fellow Barnsley MPs, Dan Jarvis and Angela Smith in calling for the HS2 rail project to include a South Yorkshire hub station at Sheffield Meadowhall.

The proposed station, which would build on existing facilities at Sheffield Meadowhall, would mean better connectivity for passengers, a boost for businesses in the region and improved links across the Sheffield City Region, the Leeds City Region and the North East.

With Barnsley just 15 minutes by train and 25 minutes by car from Meadowhall, a new hub station will benefit local businesses and passengers with reduced journey times as well as providing an opportunity for borough-wide growth and development.

The MPs have written to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin in support of the hub.


Commenting Michael said:

“We need to make sure that HS2 delivers the biggest possible benefits to Barnsley and the wider region.

“Building a South Yorkshire hub station at Sheffield Meadowhall will speed up journey times, increase connectivity and boost local jobs and growth.

“We have called on the Government to act so that Barnsley and the Sheffield City Region as a whole does not miss out on this opportunity.”

 

Michael calls for HS2 South Yorkshire hub to boost jobs and growth

Michael has joined fellow Barnsley MPs, Dan Jarvis and Angela Smith in calling for the HS2 rail project to include a South Yorkshire hub station at Sheffield Meadowhall. The proposed...

Michael has left his position this week as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This followed the decision of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn to make changes to his Opposition front bench team.

Michael was only appointed last September, but he has been a member of the Shadow Cabinet since October 2011, holding a variety of positions including Shadow Transport Secretary and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office. He first joined the front bench in 2010, only a few months after his election to Parliament, and was a Shadow Defence Minister.

Michael obviously continues to serve as Member of Parliament for Barnsley East, following his re-election in May 2015. Michael has made it clear that he will continue to work hard as the local MP, both in the constituency and in Westminster, and that this has always been his first priority.

You can watch Michael being interviewed about his move on BBC NewsSky NewsChannel 4 Newsand ITV News, listen to his interviews on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Sheffield (1:08:40) and see some of the reports and commentary herehere and here.

Michael leaves the Shadow Cabinet

Michael has left his position this week as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This followed the decision of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn to make changes to...

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has slammed the Government for presiding over a 25 percent rail fare hike since 2010, which has seen the price of a Barnsley to Leeds 12 month season ticket increase by £372.

The increase is in line with fare hikes across the country since 2010, which have forced passengers to pay a quarter more for their train tickets.

Michael is supporting Labour’s plan to bring the railways back into public ownership, including high speed rail, and to introduce fairer fares and give passengers a stronger voice in the running of the railway.

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Michael hits out at Tory 25 per cent rail fare hike and calls for a publicly owned railway

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has slammed the Government for presiding over a 25 percent rail fare hike since 2010, which has seen the price of a... Read more

Pienaars_politics.jpgThis morning Michael was interviewed by John Pienaar, Chief Political Correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live, for Pienaar's Politics.

During the interview, Michael called for Labour to work together and get after the Tories rather than concenrate on "revenge reshuffles".

To hear the programme in full click here.

Pienaar's Politics

This morning Michael was interviewed by John Pienaar, Chief Political Correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live, for Pienaar's Politics. During the interview, Michael called for Labour to work together and...

MPs-speak-up-for-Barnsley-junior-doctors.jpgAs reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has joined with other Barnsley MPs Dan Jarvis, Angela Smith and John Healey to express solidarity with junior doctors, who recently had a contract imposed upon them by the Department of Health.

In a joint message, the MPs said:

“We agree with junior doctors that the Government are wrong to impose a contract on them without their agreement. We want to see an agreed settlement between junior doctors and the Department of Health that settles this dispute.

“Imposing this contract without agreement is provocative, damaging and bad for morale at a time when the NHS is facing a crisis because of the actions of this Government. We will continue to highlight this in Parliament on behalf of everyone in Barnsley who cares about the future of NHS.”

Michael joins with Barnsley MPs in supporting junior doctors

As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has joined with other Barnsley MPs Dan Jarvis, Angela Smith and John Healey to express solidarity with junior doctors, who recently...

Michael has written a blog on the Government’s plans to cut the Work Allowance of Universal Credit.
The planned cuts could see 2.6 million working families being £1,600 a year worse off.

In Michael’s Barnsley East constituency alone, 12,000 people will be claiming Universal Credit by 2020.

You can read the blog in full here.

Michael’s blog on Universal Credit

Michael has written a blog on the Government’s plans to cut the Work Allowance of Universal Credit.The planned cuts could see 2.6 million working families being £1,600 a year worse...

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