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November 25, 2014

Let us all share fairly in the recovery and save our stricken NHS – my article in the Evening Standard

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Back in 2010, George Osborne wanted his final Autumn Statement before the general election to be set against a backdrop of rising living standards, a deficit eliminated and the Tories’ reputation on the NHS detoxified. [...]

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November 22, 2014

George Osborne should use £1 billion from the forex fines for an immediate boost to health and care

In a speech to the Labour Party’s East of England regional conference today ahead of the Autumn Statement, Ed Balls said: “This latest banking scandal shows why we still need big reform and cultural change in our banks. But the fines levied on banks for foreign exchange manipulation should now be [...]

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November 20, 2014

This is a humiliating climbdown by George Osborne

Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on George Osborne’s announcement that he is abandoning his legal challenge to the EU cap on bank bonuses, said: “This is a humiliating climbdown by George Osborne, which he has tried to sneak out under the cover of the Rochester and Strood by-election. “The Chancellor [...]

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November 17, 2014

The Government’s failure on social security spending – my article on Politics Home with Rachel Reeves

George Osborne promised to balance the books in this Parliament, but it’s now clear he will totally fail. As the OBR has said stagnant wages and too many low-paid jobs has led to shortfall in tax receipts and more borrowing. [...]

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November 21, 2014

Politically Speaking in the Wakefield Express – my digital safety campaign

Keeping our kids safe is the most important job a parent has to do. And when it comes to crossing the road or learning to ride a bike, it’s usually parents who are the experts. We all remember learning the Green Cross Code when we were young. And we feel [...]

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November 19, 2014

They will not be forgotten – my Morley Observer Column

In Morley Cemetery on Bruntcliffe Lane, scattered among the family headstones, are 62 graves for members of the armed forces from the First and Second World War. These members of our armed forces weren’t killed in action, but after serving overseas, had returned home and then sadly died either from [...]

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November 12, 2014

From Hill Top to the Houses of Parliament

What a treat it was to have Hill Top Pupils join me in Parliament last week as part of their school trip to London. [...]

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