Why I plan to vote against air strikes in Syria

I am just about old enough to remember the intensive bombing in Britain during the Second World War, and I can still recall being told by my family that I must stay in our air raid shelter following the bombing and destruction of our neighbours’ home.  

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The Real X-Factor: voting past, present and future

With Parliament Week coming up,, and the annual run of TV talent shows, on 12 November the University of Huddersfield are hosting an event about the future of voting.

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I ♥ Huddersfield

The wonderful children of Fixby Infants School drew these excellent 'heart' pictures expressing what they love - subjects ranged from their family and friends to Minecraft! 

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The Dangers of Shrinking Childhood

In a debate about lowering the voting age to 16, I made some remarks in the House of Commons about the dangers of shrinking childhood which attracted some controversy.

My main motivation for entering politics was to improve the welfare and life chances of children, and I have poured more energy into this issue than any other since being elected as an MP.

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The River Colne runs through it

I'll be launching a project to improve recreational spaces along the River Colne in Huddersfield

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Thank you

I just wanted to write a brief note of thanks.

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Saving our A&E in Huddersfield

Since David Cameron came to power our local NHS Trust has his crisis point and the regulator has been called in to sort out its finances. To cut costs it has been reported that hospital chiefs plan to close one of Huddersfield or Halifax A&E.

I have recently spoken to a very senior whistlewblower at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust and they told me that the situation is even worse than is being reported. I was told that unless a new Government takes radical action to save our local A&E services, it won’t be one of Huddersfield or Halifax which sees its A&E close: both Huddersfield and Calderdale will lose their A&Es.

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Our cancer test guarantee

We all know someone who's been affected by cancer, and around half of us will experience it ourselves. That's why Labour's new pledge on cancer testing is so important. 

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Litter picking on Castle Hill

You'd be surprised what a mess some people leave behind at Castle Hill.

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Campaign Diary - Castle Hill

I spent part of yesterday on Huddersfield’s iconic landmark Castle Hill, a great place to visit and take stock of our wonderful Town with a panoramic view of its beautiful countryside. 

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