Today I am calling on the House of Lords to defend 970 of my most vulnerable constituents; people with cancer, learning disabilities, mental health problems, and degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s. They are all at risk of having their income reduced cut from £102.15 to £73.10 per week as the Conservatives attempt to reduce the support available to those with long term illness and disabilities.
The people that are being affected want to work, they want to contribute to society, and they don’t want to be stuck at home. What they need from a government is help. Help in developing skills, help applying for jobs, and financial support that means they are not living in poverty.
However our current government does not understand this. They can only distinguish between those in work and those not in work. They think if you don’t work it’s your fault, even if you’re ill or disabled. Their only way to get people back into work is to punish unemployment with poverty.
Half a million people across the country now face an uncertain future. Every day they face challenges because of their illness. They then have the stress of trying to find work. Now they have to deal with fear of a life in poverty.
These cuts were previously rejected by the Lords, criticised by national charities and even opposed by backbench Conservative MPs. Everyone apart from the Government knows that this policy is simply inhumane.
Make no mistake the next Labour Government will cut the benefits bill by making sure everybody who works gets the living wage and by fairer rents. We will also ensure that the vulnerable and those who need help getting back to work have a decent income as well.
Today I am calling on the House of Lords to defend 970 of my most vulnerable constituents; people with cancer, learning disabilities, mental health problems, and degenerative diseases, such as...
I want to say a massive thanks to every person that volunteers for their trade union.
I think it’s amazing that people give up time every week to support other members of staff who have grievances or to improve conditions in the workplace or to campaign for better wages or fairer contracts.
Union volunteers go out of their way because they want a better working life for themselves and their colleagues.
When we talk about the labour movement being a grass-roots movement it’s because we are made up of people like this. That is why I am proud to represent a party that was founded by trade unions and it's why I am proud to serve a constituency with a strong trade union history.
The Conservatives have it got it so wrong in attacking trade union rights. It’s not just workers but society as a whole that needs trade unions. Some of the most equal and most developed societies in the world are those countries with a strong trade union presence. We should never forget that some of the things that many of us now take for granted; two day weekends, paid holidays, 8 hour working days and the minimum wage all started as trade union campaigns.
In the past one of the roles of trade unions had been to encourage members to become politically active, people like John Prescott, Alan Johnson and Nye Bevan. In the future they have a key role in making sure that there are MPs elected to Westminster who are from a diverse range of backgrounds including shop floors, hospitals and call centres. Trade unions should aim to give people the skills to represent themselves right through to the highest level of politics.
I want to say a massive thanks to every person that volunteers for their trade union. I think it’s amazing that people give up time every week to support other...
Last Friday I was honoured to be part of a celebration for Sgt Percy Boffey and LAC Albert Robilliard who have recently been awarded the Legion d’honneur by the French Government for their valiant service in the Second World War.
I would like to thank these men who went above and beyond the call of duty to protect our freedom and democracy and that of future generations to come.
Unfortunately, Sgt Percy Boffey was unable to attend the event due to ill-health. A member of his family came to the celebration on his behalf and I would like to wish him a swift recovery.
I would, also, like to mention Lance Corporal Colin Lockwood who sadly passed away before he could receive his Legion d’honneur medal. We should remember the role he paid in fighting to defend the world against fascism and tyranny and thank him for his selfless service.
Last Friday I was honoured to be part of a celebration for Sgt Percy Boffey and LAC Albert Robilliard who have recently been awarded the Legion d’honneur by the French...