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.Read more
I'll be launching a project to improve recreational spaces along the River Colne in HuddersfieldRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
You'd be surprised what a mess some people leave behind at Castle Hill.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more