Protecting Public Services
Everybody benefits from public services in one way or another. They are at the heart of our communities and our society, they are evidence that when we pool our resources we can do more than we ever could if everyone were just out for themselves.
I am extremely worried that many of those public services are now at risk. The Conservative plan to eliminate the deficit before the end of this Parliament will have a huge cost, and many people will see this as our services begin to disappear.
From the police who protect our streets to the National Health Service which keeps us well, and the Sure Start centres that help parents through their child's early years to the schools where children discover the world around them, the Conservatives' agenda for cuts and reforms will inpact on all of these services and so many more.
Bolton deserves the best public services that we can offer and I will always fight to defend them.
Save Our Royal Mail
I am backing the campaign to Save Our Royal Mail. The Conservative rush to privatisation flies in the face of public opposition in aid of a one off cash boost. Royal Mail is a public service and this great British institution should not be abandoned. Show your support at http://saveourroyalmail.org
NHS Under Threat
The changes are unnecessary. They are forcing through the biggest NHS reorganisation in its history at a time when finances are squeezed and all efforts should be dedicated to making sound efficiencies and improving services. The plan is high-cost and high-risk. Patients want their doctors to be doctors, not accountants.
David Cameron has broken his promises on the NHS:
David Cameron is railroading the Bill through Parliament, and MPs are being denied their constitutional role to properly scrutinise his plans for the NHS. I will continue to oppose these changes for the good of patients here in Bolton and around the country.
Every Child Deserves A Sure Start
Tory plans, announced before the election, to cut £200 million from the Sure Start budget could lead to Children's Centres being closed here in Bolton and around the country.
Sure Start Children's Centres, introduced by the last Labour Government, aim to deliver the best start in life for every child by bringing together early education, childcare, health and family support.
But now they are under threat.
The Government have tried to hide the extent of the cuts. They have combined Sure Start funding with a series of other grants that local authorities receive, forcing them to choose between Children's Centres and other vital services for vulnerable children, young people and families. The Tories should come clean and tell the people of Bolton which Children's Centres they want to close.
We have already seen centres start to close around the country as a direct result of their cuts.
The people of Bolton deserve to be told the truth about Tory cuts. Every community deserves a Sure Start centre and that is what I will work to protect.
Cut Crime Not Police
Greater Manchester Police have seen their funding cut by a massive 23%. This means that almost 1400 police officers will lose their job.