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Support for Rotherham victims of Child Sexual Exploitation

Responding to Sky News coverage today of Rotherham and child sexual exploitation, the Deputy Leader of the council, Cllr Emma Hoddinott said; “It’s important that all organisations work together to provide support for survivors, and the council has brought in a new member of staff to help to coordinate this in Rotherham. We would urge… More »

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Speaking about sexual exploitation

Today I spoke at an excellent conference organised by Rotherham organisation Apna Haq and the Muslim Women’s Network. The conference shared harrowing examples of grooming of Asian girls which led to an open and frank debate as to why there is under-reporting amongst the Asian community. I’m pictured with Zlakha Ahmed from Apna Haq and Shaista Gohir,… More »

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Proud to support Living Wage week

This week is Living Wage week and I met Ian, a cleaner for the council. He is one of nearly 1,500 Rotherham Council employees receiving the Living Wage for the first time this year. Despite the budget challenges faced by the Council in recent years, Councillors passed a motion in September this year to introduce… More »

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Speaking to Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson about NHS charging proposals

The right wing think tank Reform have made the news today after publishing a report (which you can read here) proposing, amongst other things, a £10 per month mandatory “membership fee” for use of the NHS. The ideas were trailed on the Conservative Home website last night. I am nervous about proposals that come from… More »

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Final year to draw up Labour’s manifesto – it’s over to you!

After the last election, our party had to take stock and look at why we lost. Over the last few years, the policy commissions of the National Policy Forum have been addressing this and rebuilding our offer to the British public. The commission I sit on, Better Politics, has had regular meetings to read through… More »

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Where the cuts at Rotherham Hospital will fall

The Rotherham Hospital Trust have published their long awaited Strategic Plan, setting out more detail about how they plan to move to put their finances on a secure footing. There’s a little more detail over on the Save Our Services campaign website. Before Christmas, the Trust gave welcome confirmation that they would not be seeking… More »

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Votes at Sixteen

The announcement by Ed Miliband that Labour would introduce votes at 16 was a significant step in setting out a different way of doing politics. As a member of the Better Politics policy commission over the last few years we have been grappling with the issues of disengagement and disillousioment that are ever present features… More »

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Rotherham Hospital campaign goes to Downing Street tomorrow

Since Rotherham Show we have been asking people to show their support for Rotherham Hospital as it faces an uncertain future by signing up to the Save Our Services campaign run jointly between Unison and Labour in Rotherham. This Thursday a group of us: health workers, UNISON campaigners and politicians will make our way to… More »

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Debating “What Does Europe do for me?” in Halifax

I was pleased to be part of a panel at Halifax CLP that debated “What Does Europe do for me?” . As a full time trade union representative on the ground, I immediately had a couple of tangible examples of where Europe has improved people’s working rights. I was joined on the panel by Linda… More »

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Talking policy with Sheffield Central CLP

It was great to be able to attend Sheffield Central CLP recently to talk about my work on the National Policy Forum and to pick up the policy ideas of members. You can see what they said, and join the debate, by clicking here to go to Labour’s new discussion website Your Britain.

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