Latest Stories

On Tuesday Ed Miliband announced Labour’s long term goal to provide Britain’s young workforce with the skills they need to succeed and to have as many people go into apprenticeships as go into university.

I have always believed that this is vitally important as we have too many young people who seem to be forgotten about, with no real clear path for their career if they choose not to continue down the academic route after 16.

I was very pleased this week to be invited to Bolton College’s Jobs Fair which brought educators and employers together with young people who are looking for those alternative routes.

DSC00995.JPG

I met students from the STEM department (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) who are getting real hands on experience and developing workplace skills that will not just be useful but they really enjoy. I look forward to visiting the new STEM building in the near future.

DSC00985.JPGDSC00990.JPG

I talked to companies like First Group who are exploring apprenticeships for the first time and seeing real value in developing new talent, and I met a young man from GTA construction who started as an apprentice and now sees real opportunities to further his career.

What inspired me most was seeing that so many young people are interested in developing their own skills and exploring new areas. We have so much untapped potential here in Bolton and I want to see more skilled work available and more training opportunities.

DSC01004.JPG

I am grateful to Bolton College for letting me be a part of their event and for highlighting some of the opportunities that are available right now. I promise to keep working to make sure that there are many more opportunities available and that everyone in this town has a real chance to succeed.


Labour's commitment to young people
Labour's long term plan

Skills, Apprentices and Opportunities

On Tuesday Ed Miliband announced Labour’s long term goal to provide Britain’s young workforce with the skills they need to succeed and to have as many people go into apprenticeships...


Trains_pricing_change.jpg

Northern Rail have just introduced new peak time prices in an evening, leading to huge price rises for some travellers. The most extreme example I’ve heard is a Wigan to Manchester Piccadilly return ticket jumping from £4.20 to £9.10 (that’s up 117 per cent!)

The new peak time runs from 16:01 to 18:29 Monday to Friday and affects all journeys within Greater Manchester, plus routes to Alderly Edge, Burscough bridge, Buxton, New Mills Central and Warrington.

Just weeks ago passengers were worrying about a 4% rise for the coming year, to have this change now will be absolutely devastating to some. I’ve heard from people who are worried about being stranded in town centres around the region waiting for peak time to end so they can afford to go home, and others have told me they simply won’t use the train any more.

The Government are talking about this as some sort of victory in the fight against overcrowding, but forcing people off the trains is simply disgraceful. We want better trains and more carriages, we want fewer people on the roads and more people using public transport.

I will be taking this up with the Government and with Northern Rail. How have you been impacted by the change? What difference will it make to you? Please get in touch and share your story, help me fight back.

700_trains.jpg
At Bolton Train station - Winter 2013 - Lobbying Northern and Transpennine Express to end overcrowding

Did your train journey double in price today?

Northern Rail have just introduced new peak time prices in an evening, leading to huge price rises for some travellers. The most extreme example I’ve heard is a Wigan to...

Bedroom_Tax.jpg 

The Bedroom Tax is cruel, unfair and it isn’t working. That’s why Labour is committed to scrapping the Bedroom Tax if we win the election next year.

I have had many letters and emails recently about Andrew George’s Private Members Bill, which will be debated in the House of Commons today. This Bill seeks to exempt certain categories of household from the Bedroom Tax. It is not the full abolition that I want to see, but I feel that any relief we can offer to people now is worthwhile. That is why I will be staying in Westminster today to support the Bill.

No matter what the outcome is today, I will remain committed to scrapping the Bedroom Tax and it seems clear that only a Labour Government can follow this through.

Find out more about my campaign against the Bedroom Tax here

Help us deliver a Labour Government to scrap the Bedroom Tax

Bedroom Tax Vote Today

  The Bedroom Tax is cruel, unfair and it isn’t working. That’s why Labour is committed to scrapping the Bedroom Tax if we win the election next year. I have...

More Stories >

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.