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February 27, 2015

My speech at the launch of Labour’s general election pledge for the next generation

We must invest in the talents of the next generation if we are to build a stronger and fairer economy that delivers rising living standards for all. That’s why this month Labour has been focused on education and young people: [...]

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February 23, 2015

Osborne’s bluster cannot hide his total failure to answer questions over the HSBC scandal

George Osborne's bluster cannot hide his total failure to answer questions over the HSBC scandal. Dragged to the House of Commons this afternoon he repeatedly failed to say whether he discussed allegations of tax evasion at HSBC with Lord Green before he was made a Tory Minister. What has he [...]

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February 17, 2015

My letter to George Osborne on the questions he has failed to answer about tax evasion and HSBC

Dear George, It has now been over a week since the full story about tax evasion and HSBC became public. There are a number of questions which you have failed to answer over the last eight days and which cannot continue to be brushed under the carpet: [...]

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February 15, 2015

Labour’s plan to back Britain’s small businesses

Unleashing the full potential of small businesses to create more good jobs and so raise living standards for working people will be a key part of Labour’s better plan for Britain’s prosperity which will be published tomorrow. [...]

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February 27, 2015

Cold Homes & Forced Rhubarb – my column in the Wakefield Express

the magic of our local forced rhubarb was brought to life once again last weekend at the annual Wakefield Rhubarb Festival organised by Wakefield Council. [...]

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February 25, 2015

My column in the Morley Observer

More than a million older people live in cold homes because they're unable to afford to adequately heat their homes. According to Age UK, tens of thousands die prematurely each winter. To mark the Cold Homes’ campaign I joined pensioners at Morley Elderly Action to discuss winter warmth over a [...]

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February 24, 2015

Local businesses benefiting from Start-Up Loans

On Friday at Cucina’s on Queen Street I joined an impressive array of new Morley business start-ups. From an innovative new Yorkshire Bridal Shop on Albert Drive to a furniture up-cycling business based out of Tingley, these were locally grown young entrepreneurs who were all taking the plunge and setting [...]

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