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May Elections

On Thursday 5 May, there will be important elections for local councillors and for Police and Crime Commissioners. Michael has been out campaigning with Labour’s excellent candidates. Here’s the full list of who is standing in each ward of the Barnsley East constituency:

Cudworth - Steve Houghton
Darfield - Caroline Saunders
Hoyland Milton - Mick Stowe
North East - Jeff Ennis
Rockingham - Emma Dures
Stairfoot - Wayne Johnson
Wombwell - Daniel Griffin
Worsbrough - Jake Lodge

Dr Alan Billings is also standing as Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire, and you can find out more about his record in office here.

If you would like to campaign with Michael or support Labour in Barnsley East, please contact Daniel Griffin on danielgriffinbarnsley@gmail.com or on 07730 595500.

Michael has called for a moratorium on fracking in Barnsley. You can see his Yorkshire Post piece here and his letter to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change here.

Labour is calling on the Government to act urgently to save our steel industry, after Tata Steel announced that it would sell its UK plants. Labour has a four point plan to #SaveOurSteel, which you can see here.

Everyone should pay their fair share of tax, yet Google will pay just £130 million to cover a period of over a decade – despite making around £1bn in UK profits in 2014 alone. Labour is calling on the Government to come clean and publish its tax deal with Google. Sign the petition here.

Michael has called on the Government to stop planned cuts to community pharmacies which are vital for public health and save the NHS money. You can sign the petition here.

David Cameron is on a power grab, with new laws taking power from the people. Join Labour's campaign and sign your name against the Tory power grab here.

Say you're with Labour

If you would like to get in touch about a campaign, please e-mail michael.dugher.mp@parliament.uk

Tiny Hearts campaign: see Sir Michael Parkinson introduce the Tiny Hearts Campaign video below.

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Michael nominates Yorkshireman Steven Lo for national Pharmacy Award

3 May 2016

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has nominated Stephen Lo, who is originally from Hoyland Common, and his business Lo’s Pharmacy Group for the prestigious Pharmacist Awards. The Pharmacist Awards are a national competition that celebrates forward-thinkers in the community pharmacy sector.

In 1992, Mr Lo started his very first pharmacy in Ackworth, Pontefract. Twenty-five years later, Lo’s Pharmacy Group now has branches all over South, West and North Yorkshire, dedicated to serving the local communities in which they are based. Right from the start of Mr Lo’s business in 1992, his passion for patient-focused, friendly service has shone through everything he does.

Mr Lo’s business demonstrates why community pharmacies are so indispensable for patients across the country. Not only do community pharmacies offer a unique addition to local high streets; they also relieve pressure from increasingly strained GP and A&E services. This is why Michael has been campaigning throughout Barnsley as well as in Westminster against the Government’s plans to cut the community pharmacy budget this year.

The Pharmacist Awards aim to celebrate those who are clinical leaders in the pharmacy sector, and will take place in Kensington, London later this year. Michael is proud to have nominated Stephen Lo to represent Barnsley East in the category “local influence of the year”, for the work he has done with his organisation across Yorkshire to service local communities.

Commenting, Michael said:

Ever since he opened his first pharmacy in 1992, Steven Lo has worked tirelessly to provide friendly, innovative services to patients. His business has grown over the years to help and support communities across Yorkshire, including many in Barnsley and South Yorkshire. I am proud to put him forward for a Pharmacist Award for the brilliant influence he has had on our local communities.

“These awards are a way to recognise the brilliant work pharmacies like Mr Lo’s do for our communities throughout the UK. At a time when we risk losing up to 3,000 pharmacies to the Government’s planned cut to the community pharmacy budget, it is now more important than ever to highlight the value of local pharmacies to the communities they serve.”


Michael performs at the annual Barnsley Beer Festival

1 May 2016

This weekend Michael performed at the annual Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar Heritage Railway.

Commenting, Michael said:
"It was great to play at this year's Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar Heritage Railway. I'm a proud member of Barnsley Camra and the volunteers do a fantastic job to put on a superb bank holiday weekend and raise money for charity. It was also a good excuse for me to try out some fantastic locally produced beer.


Michael calls for knighthoods for all of England’s 1966 World Cup team

1 May 2016

As reported by the Sunday Mirror, Michael has written to the Prime Minister to call for the entire England 1966 World Cup team to be knighted.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of England’s famous 4-2 win over Germany in the 1966 World Cup final – the only time that England have ever won the World Cup.

To date, only Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Bobby Charlton have received knighthoods for their roles in the tournament, so Michael is calling for the rest of the team to be knighted.
You can see Michael’s letter to the Prime Minister here.


Michael joined by Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders MP & Dan Jarvis MP on visit to Barnsley Hospital’s Birthing Centre

29 April 2016

Michael was joined by Dan Jarvis MP and Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders MP as he visited Barnsley Hospital’s Maternity Services today.

This visit was also a great opportunity for Michael to show his support for the Tiny Hearts Appeal, the Hospital’s fundraising initiative to finance its ambitious plans for an innovative new Neonatal Unit. The new neonatal unit will be built alongside the Barnsley Birthing Centre, itself a state-of-the-art facility that was completed in 2014.

The Hospital's current Neonatal Unit already showcases the staff's commitment to making this area a warm, safe environment for babies and their families, with dedicated living room spaces and overnight facilities where parents and their children can unwind in comfort.

The new Neonatal Unit will be built entirely around the needs of babies and their families. The new Unit will be situated on the same floor as the Barnsley Birthing Centre, which means babies will no longer have to be taken into an elevator or be exposed to different environments when being brought onto the Unit. In addition to this, the new unit will ensure that parents have the space they need to bond with their babies. Capacity will be expanded and parents will be consulted throughout the designing and decorating process.

With over 90,000 babies born prematurely in the UK each year, excellent neonatal care is invaluable for babies and their families. Michael looks forward to seeing these important plans take shape.

Commenting, Michael said:
"It is always a pleasure to meet with brilliant staff in the NHS who work tirelessly. The Hospital has invested a lot of resources and energy in its maternity ward recently, with the brand new Barnsley Birthing Centre having opened in 2014. Barnsley Hospital's maternity services are regularly shortlisted and nominated for national awards - and deservedly so. “The development of the new Neonatal Unit will contribute greatly to the terrific work staff at the maternity ward do on a day to day basis. I was impressed to see how the new facilities are starting to take shape and will look forward to seeing the project completed.”


Michael Dugher MP and shadow health minister Justin Madders MP campaign to protect Barnsley pharmacies

29 April 2016

As reported by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael Dugher MP was joined by the Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders MP to campaign against pharmacy cuts today. Michael and Justin visited Lo’s Pharmacy in Grimethorpe, where they were joined by councillor Allan Hampson and councillor Dorothy Higginbottom. Together they met with Angela Hall, Steven Lo and Paul Mason of Lo's Pharmacy Group. This visit was part of Michael’s ongoing campaign against the Government’s planned £170m community pharmacy cut.

Michael has signed a petition to call on the Government to stop their planned cut. You can sign this petition here.

Commenting, Michael said:
"It's great to have the shadow health minister Justin Madders in Barnsley to step up our campaign against the threat to Barnsley community pharmacies because of Government cuts. People in communities across Barnsley have rightly expressed concerns over the impact the cuts will have on local chemists, with many pharmacies now facing the risk of imminent closure. It's bad for local communities and bad for the NHS too as it will further drive people to GP surgeries and the Hospital at a time when they are already under strain. I will continue to take this Government to task on these planned cuts and work with local pharmacy staff and residents to fight them every step of the way.”


False economy of pharmacy cutbacks...

29 April 2016

In his regular column for the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has written about his campaign against the Government’s plan to cut the community pharmacy budget by £170m this year.

Michael has been campaigning across Barnsley East against these cuts. He has met with staff and customers at Vantage Pharmacy in Worsbrough, Akram’s Pharmacy in Wombwell, the Oaks Park Primary Care Centre in Kendray and Well Pharmacies in Hoyland, Cudworth and Darfield.

This weekend Michael has invited Labour’s shadow health minister, Justin Madders MP, to Barnsley to meet residents and staff at Lo’s pharmacy in Grimethorpe. He will keep fighting the planned cut to community pharmacies every step of the way.

You can read Michael's piece in full here.


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