In November the report from the expert working group into the hormone pregnancy test Primodos was published. I made clear my reservations about the report from the outset, and when it was published it was clearly a whitewash. To say I was extremely disappointed is an understatement.
On Wednesday I asked the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, to look again at this scandal and the report produced. He must accept that it was a whitewash to restore trust between those affected by Primidos and the Government.
Sadly his answer shows that he does not want to question the report despite the complaints from victims which is extremely concerning for everyone involved. Click below to watch my question and the answer
In November the report from the expert working group into the hormone pregnancy test Primodos was published. I made clear my reservations about the report from the outset, and when...
On Friday I met with the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and representatives from Merseyflow who run the toll system. I wanted to get answers to the questions many of my constituents have been asking about the fines that drivers are receiving.
They told me that their contract punishes them if they give out too many fines. Overall 270,000 penalty charge notices have been sent out, this is far too many even if that represents just 3.7% of all drivers using the bridge. As contractors Merseyflow must do what their contract specifies, including giving out fines.
It is clear that the blame for the tolls and the fines lies with the Tory Government and the then chancellor George Osborne. It was the Tories that decided the bridge would only be built if it was tolled. It was the Tories who decided only Halton residents would get a reduced toll. And it is the Tories who are still refusing to fund further discounts or the removal of the tolls altogether.
I will continue to raise this matter in Parliament, the Government must now see sense and give the funding needed to make our bridges free.
On Friday I met with the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and representatives from Merseyflow who run the toll system. I wanted to get answers to the questions many of my...
Tuesday marked 100 years since the Representation of the People Act (1918) was passed and women were first given the vote in national elections.
But even then, only women over thirty who were married or property owners were given this right. It took another 10 years before all women were given an equal vote to men at the age of 21.
Since then, the Labour Party has taken the lead in getting more women into politics and making sure women are better represented in the House of Commons. As a party, we now have 119 women MPs who make up 45% of the Parliamentary Labour Party, far ahead of the Tories and other political parties.
During the statement in the Commons on the centenary of women’s suffrage, I called on the Government to recognise the vital role that our trade unions have played in supporting women into politics. Watch the video of my question below.
There is still a long way to go in the UK - we've yet to see a Parliament where 50% of MPs are women, a goal that is easily achieved. So whilst Tuesday was a day for much celebration, the fight for women's political empowerment must carry on.