Deighton And Brackenhall Initiative

I recently took time out of my election campaign to join in the celebrations at the Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative, as they were hosting a magical firework display to mark the centre closing its doors after a successful eighteen years of working within the community. 

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Campaign Diary - Tory privatisation

Today the Conservatives released Lynton Crosby’s manifesto and as expected there were some last minute surprises, most notably the extension of Right to Buy to housing association homes. It is no exaggeration to say that this policy will be a catastrophe.

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Campaign Diary - Manifesto & HS2

Labour released our manifesto today and I am very proud of the plan we set out for the country. We will balance the books—each and every one of our policies is fully costed—whilst reforming society so that it works for all working people, not just the privileged few at the top. 

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Campaign Diary - Indefensible on defence

My morning began listening to Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon make a desperate and personal attack on Ed Miliband, accusing him of undermining national security by getting rid of trident.

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Campaign Diary - Gove's Gimmicks

Michael Gove was on Newsnight last night, and it was almost pleasant to be reminded what a smarmy politician he is. Gove had to defend various Tory policies including opposition to Labour’s plans to abolish non-dom tax status, and he was like a hammy actor delivering lines he knew to be untrue. As I tweeted this morning, he clearly represents the bilious, nasty true DNA of the Tory party!

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800 more GPs for Yorkshire

As new figures today show that under this Tory-led government 600 fewer GPs are open at evenings and the weekend, making healthcare less accessible, I'm proud Labour will fund 800 new GPs in our region and help surgeries stay open later.

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Campaign Diary – Zero Hours contracts

Ed Miliband has been in Huddersfield today speaking at David Brown Gears about the epidemic of zero-hours contracts that has swept the country under the Conservative-led Government.

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Campaign Diary - Growing Huddersfield's Economy

It’s Day 2 of the General Election campaign, and Labour has been emphasising our pro-business credentials. We need healthy businesses and wealth creation to support a decent society with a full range of well-funded public services.

Huddersfield has a rich heritage of successful entrepreneurs and thriving businesses. It was the cradle of the industrial revolution, producing manufacturers and technologies that changed the world. 

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Campaign Diary - the Crisis facing Policing

Over the campaign I'll be video blogging regularly to keep you updated with what I'm doing, and what my priorities are for Huddersfield.

I met with a representative of the local police today, deeply concerned about the impact of the cuts made by this Tory-led government and how they'll affect officers in Huddersfield and change how they can do their job.

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Budget: unfair for Huddersfield

Osborne's rhetoric about a sunny economy and prosperity for all shows this Tory-Lib Dem government is out of touch with reality.

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