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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.

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At Bolton Train station - Winter 2013 - Lobbying Northern and Transpennine Express to end overcrowding

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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

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In 2013 it took 4 months to find 10,000 people who would sign my petition calling for the Premier League to put more money into grass roots football.

My new petition has today passed that mark, less than two months after it was launched. - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66835

I’m very pleased to see the campaign continue to grow and become a part of the national conversation about football. Now that we’ve reached 10,000 the Government will have to respond and I will be looking at their response closely to see if there’s any movement in their position.

Of course we don’t stop there. If we reach 100,000 signatures then the issue will be considered for a full debate in the House of Commons chamber.

Please keep signing and sharing the petition, keep the conversation going. The more people that get involved the more pressure we can put on the politicians and those at the top of football to take real action to help save grass roots football for children across England.

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