Jon Trickett

Hemsworth Labour

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UPDATE ON HS2 INFORMATION DAY - 16TH FEBRUARY

I am pleased to announce after meeting with HS2 representatives and expressing my strong concerns about the inaccessibility of Burntwood Court Hotel for the HS2 Information Day on the 16th February, that a shuttle bus has now been arranged for residents in nearby towns and villages.

It is important that as many people as possible attend the Information Day and express their concerns about the proposals for our area. Please share this shuttle bus schedule with anyone who you think may need to use it to attend the event.

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HS2 Information Day - Shuttle Bus

UPDATE ON HS2 INFORMATION DAY - 16TH FEBRUARY I am pleased to announce after meeting with HS2 representatives and expressing my strong concerns about the inaccessibility of Burntwood Court Hotel...

This week is #heartunions week when we take the chance to thank trade unions and union volunteers for all their hard-work in fighting for better conditions for everyone in the workplace.

We can never forget that the working rights we enjoy were gained through the efforts and struggles of our trade union movement; two day weekends, paid holidays, 8 hour working days, and the minimum wage. We are all better off because of the determination of these proud organisations.

This continues today – unions are fighting against modern workplace issues like bogus self-employment, where workers are unfairly denied rights. They fight against rogue bosses, firms that pay below minimum wage and stand up for individuals’ rights at work.

Now, as this Tory Government continues to attack trade union rights, we must continue to support our unions and raise awareness of their relentless efforts to protect our working rights.

If you’re not a member of a union, do join one. They’re just as needed today as they were when they were founded.

Heart Union Week

This week is #heartunions week when we take the chance to thank trade unions and union volunteers for all their hard-work in fighting for better conditions for everyone in the workplace. We...

I believe the humane treatment of animals is the benchmark of a civilised society. I welcomed the ban on fur farming in the UK and the 2006 Animal Welfare Act which put into law the most fundamental piece of animal welfare legislation for nearly a century.

 
But the Government needs to do more at home and abroad to improve animal welfare standards. National governments have a duty to work together to fight animal cruelty across the world. Progress has been made on this front, for example, Denmark, the world’s largest mink fur producer, is currently in the process of phasing out fur farming, and the Netherlands has recently banned the farming of foxes and chinchillas, so it seems clear to me that other countries find the practice abhorrent too. I want Britain to be setting the bar internationally for the protection of animals - especially when it comes to the fur trade.
 
Beyond this, the Government has said that current arrangements for our environment will remain in place until we leave the EU. But I am concerned many environmental protections are at risk. Despite repeated questioning by Opposition MPs, the Government has failed to set out which environmental protections and regulations it will retain after Brexit. I believe the Government needs to set out whether it remains committed to the current, hard-won, animal welfare and environmental protections and what more they will do to show leadership in this area.
 
I am a long-time supporter of a number of animal welfare charities and campaign groups and I support all the fantastic work they do protecting animal welfare. I will follow this issue closely and will continue to speak out against animal cruelty.

The Government must commit to protecting wildlife to the highest standards after we leave the EU and must lead to stop the cruel and inhumane fur trade. 

The humane treatment of animals is the benchmark of a civilised society – I’m proud to support #FurFreeBritain

I believe the humane treatment of animals is the benchmark of a civilised society. I welcomed the ban on fur farming in the UK and the 2006 Animal Welfare Act...

There’s a huge lack of investment in transport in the North – and our patch is seeing the worst of it. The Government forced through savage funding cuts to local councils for subsidies previously used to provide bus services. Routes up and down the country have had to be cancelled. In our area, few buses had large subsidies, but we are also seeing essential bus services cut where not profitable.

And now we’ve heard that the number 30 bus route will be cancelled because it’s no longer profitable. It’s a huge source of concern for people in Thorpe Audlin who have very limited access to public transport.

This is the latest in a string of closures. We’ve also found out the numbers 29 and 48 are going to be closed. We’re losing services because they’re no longer bringing in money to the private companies that run them.

The removal of these services could leave many local residents stranded from local shops, services and relatives. This is typical of this Government’s approach to public transport allows providers to put profit above people.

I have already raised concerns about the bus routes with West Yorkshire Combined Authority. As a result, they are now exploring avenues to ensure the continuation of the routes in some form to protect local people – but it won’t replace these essential services in exactly the same form. I’m grateful for all their hard work. They are trying their best so we aren’t stranded.

And in parliament I will fight so areas like ours still get the services they need. We deserve these essential public services – regardless of the Government’s agenda and whether private companies can make a profit out of us or not.

Changes to Bus Services

There’s a huge lack of investment in transport in the North – and our patch is seeing the worst of it. The Government forced through savage funding cuts to local...

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After years of waiting, I am thrilled to see that the early stages of construction have begun on the new swimming baths in Minsthorpe.

Our area has campaigned tirelessly to secure a new facility since the old baths closed in 2013 and I’m positive local residents will be pleased to see the plans finally going ahead. 

As always I will continue to monitor the progress of the swimming pool closely and update you in the near future.

Minsthorpe Baths Update

After years of waiting, I am thrilled to see that the early stages of construction have begun on the new swimming baths in Minsthorpe. Our area has campaigned tirelessly to...

Welcome to the first edition of my newsletter aimed at all the residents of my constituency. I hope you will find it interesting and informative. I would be delighted to hear your views and any ideas for future editions. 

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December Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of my newsletter aimed at all the residents of my constituency. I hope you will find it interesting and informative. I would be delighted to...

US company Concentrix has unfairly stopped benefits to thousands of people over the past year. Since Labour's campaign to stop this injustice, the Government has taken all new tax credit checks in-house and announced the contract with Concentrix will not be renewed.

Despite these positive developments, this does not change the fact that many have faced poor communication and long waiting times to reinstate the payment. This caused huge stress and worry for thousands of vulnerable people.

HMRC, the Government body which organises tax, has announced they will provide compensation to some whose tax credits were stopped in error. This is different from the money paid following any appealing to the decision to cut the tax credits themselves.

HMRC has commented it will pay redress ‘where it is evident that Concentrix have made a mistake or that their actions have caused undue worry or distress’. If you were victim to an error made by Concentrix or suffered due to the stress the situation imposed on you, I would advise that you contact HMRC about possible compensation.

As always, do get in touch if you would like more information or advice on this issue.

Concentrix Update

US company Concentrix has unfairly stopped benefits to thousands of people over the past year. Since Labour's campaign to stop this injustice, the Government has taken all new tax credit...

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