TTIP and the NHS

A number of my constituents have written to me about the impact of TTIP on the NHS. Many people are rightly worried that this partnership is going to encourage the commercialisation of our shared assets.

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My views on the EU Referendum

I strongly believe that Britain is better off in Europe and I will be campaigning in favour of remaining in the EU.

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Cuts to Universal Credit

As Shadow Employment Minister, I was proud to help lead the fight against the Tories' recent proposals to cut working families' tax credits. Last October I moved an amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which would have revoked the cuts, and you can read my speech to the Bill committee here.

 

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My views on Syria

As things stand I will not vote in favour of bombing Syria.

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Tax credit cuts

Over the years I have spoken to many people about tax credits on their doorsteps, usually when they ask me the classic question of what a Labour Government ever did for them. When Gordon Brown introduced tax credits he did it so discreetly that many working families never even knew that it was a politician who made the decision to support them. But the Tories have now reminded us all that tax credits are most definitely a political decision.

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The Trade Union Bill

A large number of my constituents have contacted me recently about the Trade Union Bill which is currently progressing through Parliament. 

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Junior Doctors' Contracts

A number of constituents have contacted me about the Government’s proposed changes to junior doctors’ contracts which are set to be imposed from August 2016. 

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The Refugee Crisis

I have received hundreds of emails from my constituents about the refugee crisis over the last month and I share their concerns about this exceptionally important issue. 

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The Welfare Reform and Work Bill

I do not accept the Government’s premise that cuts to the welfare budget, on anything like the scale proposed, are necessary. As I argued in a recent article for the Huffington Post[1], the Tories are not being truthful when they say that spending on benefits is “unsustainable”, and they have also failed to tackle the root causes of people’s reliance on housing benefit, especially high rents in the private sector, as I argued in the New Statesman recently[2].

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The Assisted Dying Bill

Rob Marris MP recently announced his intention to introduce a new Assisted Dying Bill, which will receive its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 11 September 2015.

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