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Michael nominates Thaal for the Tiffin Cup

30 June 2015

As reported by Barnsley News & Sport, Michael has nominated the Thaal in Darfield for the prestigious Tiffin Cup, a competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the UK.

Thaal specialises in Indian, Bangladeshi and Balti dishes and has been awarded 107 ‘excellent’ ratings on the TripAdvisor website.

Now in its seventh year, the Tiffin Cup will receive submissions from across the country in the search for the very best South Asian cuisine, and Michael has nominated the Thaal to represent the Barnsley East constituency.

Once all the nominations have been received, 10 of the best entrants will be shortlisted and invited to the House of Commons to showcase their culinary skills in a cook-off where the winner will be selected.

All proceeds from the competition will be donated to World Vision, which raises money to transform the lives of the poorest people in the developing world.  


Michael attends Barnsley's Armed Forces Day service

27 June 2015

On Saturday 27 June, Michael joined the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillors, veterans, cadets and local people in paying tribute to our Armed Forces during a special service held on the Barnsley Pals Centenary Square in Barnsley town centre.  Armed Forces Day, which was introduced by the last Labour government in 2006 as Veteran’s Day, gives the country an opportunity to commemorate and show support for the sacrifices of our entire armed forces community, from those serving on the front-line to their families and loved ones providing essential support at home.

The service was led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Pastor Philip Rawson, with music supplied by Barnsley Metropolitan Brass Band accompanying the Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Choir.  Following the event, Michael congratulated this year’s Mayor’s Cadet Sergeant Emily Rogerson, on her reading of the Armed Forces Day Poem during the service.


Commenting, Michael said: “Armed Forces Day is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the brilliant contribution that our Armed Forces personnel make to our country, both at home and overseas. The men and women who serve our country show the utmost dedication and professionalism and it is right that we celebrate this.

“It’s so important to remember and honour the bravery of all those personnel who have served overseas. We also need to ensure that there is a proper support network for our Armed Forces community at home and it’s crucial that we continue to uphold the values of the Military Covenant.”



Michael’s call for answers from the Prime Minister after rail betrayal

26 June 2015

After the Tranpsort Secretary’s admission to the House of Commons yesterday that several rail projects would be delayed or shelved after Minister’s failure to get to grips with them, Michael has written to the Prime Minister demanding answers on when the Government became aware of problems at Network Rail.

Michael’s call for answers from the Prime Minister was reported by the BBC, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Yorkshire Post.

You can read the full text of Michael’s letter to the Prime Minister here.


Michael responds to the Transport Secretary’s statement on Network Rail

26 June 2015

Yesterday, Michael responded to a statement from the Secretary of State for Transport from the despatch box in the House of Commons.

The Secretary of State has been forced to announce reforms to Network Rail after reports have revealed the extent of its failure in recent months.

The Government has also revealed that vital investment projects, like the electrification the Midland Main line, that they promised to deliver, are being shelved due to their repeated failure to get a grip of Network Rail.

On top of this, the latest National Rail Passenger Survey, which was released today by Transport Focus, shows that passenger satisfaction ratings have dropped once again.

You can see Michael’s response in full below by scrolling to 12:16:43.


Michael’s submission to BMBC’s consultation on the future of Children’s Services

26 June 2015

Today, Michael has submitted his views on the future of Children’s Services in Barnsley to a BMBC consultation. It has been widely reported that a planned restructuring of the provision of Children’s Services will reduce families’ access to childcare.

You can see Michael’s letter to BMBC below:

Families Information Service
Early Start and Family Services
Directorate for People
PO Box 634
S70 9GG

26 June 2015

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing on behalf of several of my constituents who have contacted me recently about the proposed changes to Children's Centre services throughout Barnsley, but in particular my constituency of Barnsley East.

I have encouraged them to make submissions to the consultation to ensure their voices are heard before any decision is made in the future.  However, I also wish to formally register my views on the matter.

One of the concerns that has been repeatedly raised with me is that BMBC’s plans would involve converting Children’s Centres into outreach sites with no nursery provision and those nursery services are offered on a planned and timetabled basis.  Parents searching for a nursery place have advised me that they have contacted other local children’s centres and some have been told that there are no nursery spaces during normal school hours.

This is understandably causing a great deal of worry and anxiety amongst parents, especially those who have to juggle their childcare around work and those without access to transport.

In light of this, could you advise me of any alternative childcare provision, including locations and numbers of places available, so that I can advise my constituents.

I understand that once the consultation closes today, you will be analysing the submissions with a view to making your final recommendations to Cabinet in September.  I would be grateful if you could advise me how you think the changes to children centres in my constituency will impact on local parents prior to your final recommendations being made.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Dugher MP

Member of Parliament for Barnsley East



Michael's reaction following vandalism at BIADS

26 June 2015

The Barnsley Chronicle reports that Barnsley Independent Alzheimer's and Dementia Support (BIADS) has suffered a setback following a recent act of vandalism at their support centre at Joseph Exley House.  Michael is a patron of the charity, formed by Barnsley people to provide support to those who have any form of dementia and their families and friends. The dedicated support centre gives support to those affected by dementia, their carers, families and friends through information, emotional support, social opportunities, meaningful activities and events.

Commenting Michael said: "BIADS is a fantastic local charity that I'm proud to be a patron of and it’s absolutely shocking that they were victims of such mindless vandalism.”


Local bus operator has pledged to improve service

26 June 2015

A report in today's Barnsley Chronicle states that Tates Travel, a local bus operator that runs services throughout the borough has assured passengers that there will be a marked improvement in the punctuality of it's services over the coming weeks. This follows Michael's call last month for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to conduct an investigation into the company and it's services.

Commenting, Michael said:

“Being able to get around on public transport is vital for so many people in my constituency and across Barnsley and it is unacceptable to hear of my constituents being left stranded when local bus services fail to turn up.

"Local residents deserve a better deal and with the national picture for bus services looking increasingly uncertain as funding continues to plummet, it is more important than ever to ensure that remaining services are reliable and provide the best service for passengers


Michael appears at LIVE in Barnsley

26 June 2015

The Barnsley Chronicle reports that on Saturday 20 June, Michael performed an acoustic set at the White Bear as part of LIVE in Barnsley, the free music festival held in Barnsley town centre across 14 different venues. Now in its third year, music fans were treated to a wide range of excellent musical performances from over 120 local artists. The event, assisted by a team of volunteers, is designed to give a live music platform to both new and established bands in a safe, family-friendly environment. All money raised from a charity collection on the day is to be split between Barnsley Hospice, Creative Recovery and Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Commenting Michael said: "Yet again LIVE in Barnsley has not disappointed. Live music events like this are so important and I want to pay a huge tribute to the organisers Dave Pearsall and Steve Clifford for all their hard work and dedication in organising the day. I'd also like to thank the venues, sponsors and the wonderful team of festival volunteers who make it such a brilliant day. A special mention should also go to South Yorkshire Police for their help and assistance in ensuring the day was enjoyable for all. LIVE in Barnsley is a brilliant showcase for local musical talent, brings a boost to the town centre economy and really does show Barnsley at its best."


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