Today I met with cleaners Marice Hall, Karen McGee and Lesley Locke who are on strike from Kinsley Primary Academy after having their pay cut and terms and conditions changed.
I support them for standing up for their rights and call on their employer to get around the table to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement.
This is part of a much bigger problem. Many people are working in precarious jobs with employers who don’t seem to have high regard for the staff that work for them. It is completely unacceptable
Today I met with cleaners Marice Hall, Karen McGee and Lesley Locke who are on strike from Kinsley Primary Academy after having their pay cut and terms and conditions changed....
Last week HS2 came to see me just hours before publicly announcing a new route that goes right through the heart of our area. I made it clear to them that I am deeply unhappy with their plans, and that I will vote against them in Parliament if necessary.
Our community now has two sets of proposals hanging over our heads. If either go ahead, they will blight our area for years, creating noise and disruption, and putting the security of our homes in question. Yet HS2 promises to bring little benefit to our community, and does nothing to provide much-needed improvements to local transport links.
As your Member of Parliament, I oppose these recommendations and plan to actively campaign against HS2 in this area which I believe will have dire consequences for our people and our communities.
Last week HS2 came to see me just hours before publicly announcing a new route that goes right through the heart of our area. I made it clear to them...
I regret to inform you following recent events, which resulted in the tragic death of my colleague Jo Cox Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, that my office now will be closed for public access until further notice.
This does not mean that I stop working on your behalf or that I and my staff will not be available to you for help and assistance. It simply means that in order to implement new security measures, my office will be closed for public access.
You can still contact me if you require my assistance on 01977 655695 - or alternatively, you can email me at: email@example.com
This is not a measure I feel happy about, I have enjoyed being able to offer all my constituents full access to my office for over 20 years but I have a duty to you, my staff and myself to ensure that I take reasonable precautions to keep everyone safe.
Thank you for your understanding.
Jon Trickett MP
I regret to inform you following recent events, which resulted in the tragic death of my colleague Jo Cox Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, that my office now...
This Tuesday The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) launched a shocking new report on dog fighting in the UK. I spoke to them in Parliament about their findings. Dog fighting is a serious animal welfare issue and also a gateway for other criminal activities. I know it is something that my constituents are particularly concerned about.
The LACS’s report – Project Bloodline –assessed the scale of the problem. The evidence was stark. I was shocked and saddened to learn that when dogs are trained to fight, owners will punch and hit the dog’s head against a wall to toughen them up. Investigators found the bodies of dead fighting dogs dumped near farmland. Both dogs and cats are used as ‘bait’.
Dog fighting is supported by criminal networks. The LACS’s undercover investigators were offered dogs that could be trained to fight, including banned breeds like Pit Bulls. There are clear problems with how dangerous dogs are identified. Prohibited breeds will often be cross-bred with other breeds. But banning breeds alone will not solve the issue – last year, just 5% of dogs seized by 13 police forces in relation to responsible dog ownership were prohibited types.
This cruel sport, which is on the rise across the UK, needs to end. There is still a serious lack of information and inconsistency of approaches in dealing with dog fighting. Moreover, action needs to be taken to tackle the problem at its source – irresponsible and criminal owners.
This Tuesday The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) launched a shocking new report on dog fighting in the UK. I spoke to them in Parliament about their findings. Dog fighting...
Labour stands for a bottom up approach to the devolution of power. This is not what is on offer from the Tory government.
The government’s decision to impose Metro Mayors on local areas and combined authorities as a precondition of devolution is wrong.
Labour stands for a bottom up approach to the devolution of power. This is not what is on offer from the Tory government. The government’s decision to impose Metro... Read more
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...
Last Saturday I was invited to meet with Unite members from Yorkshire and the North East to discuss the cuts to local government and devolution.
Local councils are being forced to make cuts because of Tory government policy and I spoke about the damage these cuts are having in the North of England. Labour is strongly opposing these cuts. Labour councils are also working very hard to try to protect the people they represent and we all should commend them in this difficult task.
The reality on the ground is that councillors now find themselves in a horrible position whereby they are being forced to cut the services that they were elected to protect.
Some people have advocated the setting of illegal budgets. Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and I released a letter on this topic before Christmas. In it we said that under the 1992 Local Government Act councils have to set legal budgets. If a council fails to set a legal budget, senior council officers have a legal duty to make cuts regardless of the position of elected councillors. We feel that this would be a far worse outcome than Labour councillors deciding the priorities difficult though this is.
I believe that what Labour and unions such as Unite should be doing is highlighting and challenging the impact that these cuts are having on people. I’m pleased that I left Saturday’s meeting with an agreement to continue to work with local unions to build a wide movement against austerity and more cuts.
The union members I spoke to argued strongly that George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse was not real devolution. If we are not careful it will just delegate cuts rather than the devolution of meaningful power. Labour council leaders have a difficult job to do in negotiating what concessions they can get from government. Labour Groups have to decide on whether or not to sign up to devolution deals. Weighing up carefully whether or not it’s in the interests of local people to do so.
Ultimately George Osborne's Devolution settlement will not endure. Our responsibility as a Party is to come up with a better plan which will devolve real power to the North and unlock the region’s economic, social and cultural potential.
I enjoyed the meeting on Saturday. I believe in the work that unions carry out so it’s always a great honour to be invited to speak at such an event. As representatives of workers, trade unions see the impact this government’s policies are having on a daily basis. I will try and do my best to represent those concerns in parliament.
Last Saturday I was invited to meet with Unite members from Yorkshire and the North East to discuss the cuts to local government and devolution. Local councils are being forced...
On Friday I met residents of Havercroft and Ryhill to discuss the problems they are having with bus services in the area, along with Councillors Maureen Cummings, Faith Heptinstall and assistance from Albert Manifield. I was informed that Arriva have readjusted their 193, 194, 195 and 196 routes from Havercroft and Ryhill missing out Cow Lane which has left workers, shoppers and schoolchildren stranded.
I was told of one elderly man who has fallen twice in the middle of the road because he’s been forced to walk all the way to the end of the village to catch the bus. This is unacceptable and shows the desperate need for a replacement route through the villages.
We discussed the residents’ concerns with a representative from Metro who agreed that, while Arriva maintain the route is not commercially viable, there is a social need for a replacement route and would look into putting out a contract for such a service.
It is clear that this issue is affecting the everyday lives of many people in the area; our residents rely on bus services with an average of 65 journeys per head per year in the Yorkshire area.
Whether it be workers having to walk an hour down country lanes to get to work or elderly residents being forced to walk to the other end of the village, the reduction of bus subsides by 27% since 2010 is clearly undermining the social and economic activity of this area.
It is yet another example of how Government policy is making life more and more difficult for our communities.
On Friday I met residents of Havercroft and Ryhill to discuss the problems they are having with bus services in the area, along with Councillors Maureen Cummings, Faith Heptinstall and...