Theresa May should be ashamed of the NHS crisis Downing Street has created

Yesterday we learnt that January was the worst ever month for patients attending major A&E Departments.

Just 77.1% of patients were seen within 4 hours in Type 1 A&E Departments, significantly below the 95% target.

The Government has consistently failed to meet this target since July 2015- that’s an unprecedented 30 months in a row.

And the NHS top brass have told patients this crucial target won’t be hit until March 2019, breaking Jeremy Hunt’s flagship promise to meet the target this calendar year.

The underfunding of our NHS is now so severe we’re witnessing a winter crisis like never before.

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The government should extend worker's rights to all workers

Workers in vulnerable employment have been waiting for the government to deliver on rights at work. But today’s response by government to the Taylor Report is not what workers ordered.

The press release boasts “millions to benefit from enhanced rights as government responds to Taylor review of modern working practices” but all that has been announced so far is a vague menu of proposals without any clarity on what legal changes will actually be made.

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Creative solutions

Tackling regional inequality and building an economy that works for everyone will need a strong industrial strategy. Chi Onwurah outlines Labour’s approach

Britain is a nation of makers and creators. As a young girl growing up in Newcastle, the examples of Stephenson, Parsons – that’s Rachel Parsons, the pioneering engineer and founder of the Women’s Engineering Society – Armstrong and other greats of our industrial past inspired me to study electrical engineering.

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Westminster's women problem

Eight years ago I arrived in Parliament as a newly elected MP and wondered where all the women had gone. In the 900 year old Palace of Westminster you walk down corridors lined with pictures of men, into lobbies decorated by statues of men, through to a chamber that is still overwhelmingly dominated by men. Much progress has been made since some women won the right to vote 100 years ago, but Parliament remains a visible reminder that there is still a long way to go.

When I was first elected, I was stunned to hear a small handful of Tory male MPs shout “knickers” at me when I walked into the chamber wearing a skirt. 

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All workers need unions – including those in Silicon Valley

I spent 20 years in industry before entering politics, and my first job was with a Canadian company called Northern Telecom. It championed the principle of valuing employees as partners, viewing workers as “the primary source of productivity gains”.

But when it came to rights – well, it was hardly a bastion of socialism. When I asked where I should go to join a union the look on the HR woman’s face has stayed with me to this day.

Over 20 years on and hundreds of miles south of the Canadian border, it is a similar story. Much like Nortel, the tech titans of Silicon Valley like to portray themselves as fostering a positive working environment. Google’s co-founder Larry Page said it should be “like a family”, and it has been rated by CNN and Fortune as the No 1 place to work in the world.

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Government urged to rethink police funding plan after spike in recorded crime

Ahead of the vote in the House of Commons, Shadow Police Minister Louise Haigh has highlighted some of the crime figures for the region in a bid to stop the rubber-stamping of another year without increased funding from central coffers.

She said: “When the most recent crime figures were released, they revealed that recorded crime had risen at the fastest rate for an entire generation.

“In Suffolk overall crime is up 16%, while violent offences have risen 29%, including a shocking 87% rise in harassment and stalking.

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It's time to give Britain a digital bill of rights

The digital revolution is the key to unlocking the potential of Brexit Britain’s future. If we get things right, a digital nation could create new businesses, better paid jobs and be a place where we bring people closer together.

That’s why the government should set a bold goal: that Britain becomes the world’s most advanced digital society.  But that won’t happen unless the digital world is a world of trust and safety – and today trust is frankly missing.

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We don’t need more commissions on social care. There is enough thinking on this

It is a brief defined by its search for an elusive answer, so it seems fitting that Barbara Keeley should take up the reins for Labour. Keeley has spent more than two decades, in both national and local politics, looking for a solution to Britain’s social care dilemma. It has not only been her “vocation”, she says, but an issue that’s “close to my heart”.

As vice chair of Social Services at Trafford Council in the 1990s, Keeley led the UK’s then largest ever survey on carer issues, before she arrived at Westminster in 2005. Her early years in Parliament were spent fighting the sector’s corner with Labour ministers “again and again and again”, she says, before Gordon Brown put her in charge of drawing up the party’s policy on social care reform in 2007.

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Over Half Of The Children In My Constituency Live In Poverty - It's A Disgrace

My constituency Bethnal Green and Bow sits between the glittering towers of the City of London and Canary Wharf.  The financial services and the digital businesses creating wealth and opportunity are on our doorstep. Yet for more than half of the children in the area, poverty creates a barrier to them ever getting anywhere near the opportunities right on their doorstep.

New figures released this week revealed that my constituency has the highest rate of child poverty in the UK.  According to the End Child Poverty coalition, over 54% of my local children are growing up in poverty; an 11-point increase since 2015.
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Tory Dogma And Constant Cuts Puts Britain’s Future At Risk

Many families face an increasing pressures on their finances – but rather than properly funding our public services, the government remains committed to shifting the burden onto struggling households.

Just before Christmas, the government announced a plan that could see council tax rise up to £107 a year across Britain. But even then, the impact of almost eight years of cuts means that the money raised from this move will not even come close to addressing the funding gap facing our public services. Whilst the one per cent increase in council tax will bring income in line with inflation – the real cost pressures facing local government have come from the growing demand in adult social care and children’s services that continue to outpace inflation.

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