Deeply concerning figures have been released by the Trussell Trust which show over a million people in the UK are now relying on food banks. I believe that in reality the number is likely to be much higher as the Trussell Trust has not included figures from community or church led food banks.
In my constituency, far too many people are struggling. Despite the Tories claiming that employment is up and the economy is recovering – no one I speak to is feeling any better off. Under the Tories, over five million people are now in low-paid jobs, earning less than the Living Wage, there are 1.8 million zero-hours contracts and people are £1,600 per year worse off.
One food bank in my constituency got 1,861 referrals alone from 2013-14 and I know they have already had 340 referrals from January to March this year. One volunteer said it is like going ‘back to the bad old days’ and that she had not seen anything like it since the closure of the mines in the Thatcher years.
Whilst it is inspiring to see the community come together and I have nothing but admiration for the volunteers, it is a tragedy of our times that people have to rely on food aid.
Labour will build an economy that works for everyone, not just the few at the top. We will start by scrapping the bedroom tax, freezing energy bills, banning exploitative zero-hours contracts and promoting the Living Wage.
Deeply concerning figures have been released by the Trussell Trust which show over a million people in the UK are now relying on food banks. I believe that in reality...
Yesterday I went into Wakefield to meet the Election officials,
It is a little known fact that once the election is called, there are no longer any MPs. So I have not been an MP now for more than week.
But equally, you are not officially a candidate until the election officials accept that all the paper work is in order. So I went along with my brilliant election agent David Bond. We had one heart stopping moment when the officials were not sure that my papers were in order. But after a few minutes, it was confirmed that everything is in order.
So there you are. No longer an MP. But proud as anything to be a Labour Candidate. Now it's over to the wonderful Yorkshire people of our area to decide if I am their choice to serve them again for another term in the House of Commons.
Yesterday I went into Wakefield to meet the Election officials, It is a little known fact that once the election is called, there are no longer any MPs. So I...
On Monday I went to the 20th anniversary of Warde Aldham becoming a centre of care for the elderly.
I must say that it is a very impressive and happy place. The staff turnover is low which means that they must be generally content with their work. I gave a bunch of flowers to Sue who had worked there for the full 20 years.
A number of volunteers and relatives were there and one of the points that was made by a number of people was that it is so much better that the care home is run by a charity - the Methodist Homes Association - rather than by a private company motivated by the need for profits.