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December 20, 2014

Women to bear brunt of George Osborne’s cuts – my response to the House of Commons Library analysis

These new figures show how, once again, women will bear the brunt of David Cameron and George Osborne’s choices. This follows four years of Budgets which have taken six times more from women than men – even though women earn less than men. [...]

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December 15, 2014

My response to the publication of the Charter for Budget Responsibility

Once again, a silly political stunt by George Osborne has totally backfired. David Cameron has just given a speech attacking Labour’s target to get the current budget into surplus. But this is exactly what they are putting to a vote in this new Charter. [...]

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December 11, 2014

My letter to the Shadow Cabinet

Dear Shadow Cabinet colleague: As we discussed yesterday, the Autumn Statement confirmed that David Cameron and George Osborne have now broken all of their promises on the economy. [...]

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December 4, 2014

Labour have got a fairer way to balance the books than Tories – my response to the IFS briefing on the Autumn Statement

The continuing squeeze on living standards is the reason why George Osborne has failed to get the revenues in to balance the books. [...]

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December 22, 2014

NHS meeting in Drighlington

It was pretty cold and wet on Friday evening and so thank you to all those who braved the weather and came along to my meeting about the NHS in Drighlington. Over the last few weeks I've had a series of these meetings across the constituency. What's clear from all [...]

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December 19, 2014

Politically Speaking in the Wakefield Express

There are just a few days to go until the holiday begins and I’ve signed a small mountain of cards. This year’s card was designed by Rachael Colbeck, a year 6 pupil at Stanley St Peters. Rachael’s design was really striking with Father Christmas and a snowman against the night [...]

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December 17, 2014

My column in the Morley Observer

My diary has been full of local festive engagements over the last couple of weeks. And having signed a small mountain of Christmas cards, I am definitely getting into the festive spirit. [...]

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