Michael campaigning across Barnsley East - including in Cudworth, Darfield, Elsecar, Birdwell, Kendray, Wombwell and Middlecliffe
Michael campaigning for a Labour government across the country
Sunday Times: Labour will call time on flawed rail franchising
19 April 2015
As reported in the Sunday Times today, Michael has said Labour will call time on the failed Tory franchising system and launch a speedy review in the first hundred days the new Parliament.
You can read the article here.
A better future for young people
18 April 2015
To find out what a Labour government will do for young people, click here.
Michael and Karen Dyson seek assurances from Barnsley Council about temporary traveller site
17 April 2015
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael and Cllr Karen Dyson have said that with regards to the extended occupation of the temporary traveller site by Grange Lane, the voice of local residents must be heard by the council.
Michael and Karen have been in contact with Barnsley Council to seek assurances that this kind extended stay can never happened again.
Campaigning for Labour in Barnsley East
Labour launches Manifesto - a plan to secure the finances of our nation and improve the finances of working families
14 April 2015
Michael attended the launch of the Labour Party Manifesto yesterday, where Ed Miliband outlined a plan to secure the nation's finances so that we can reward hard work, share prosperity and improve family finances.
During the launch of the Manifesto in Manchester, Ed Miliband set out the details of the new Budget Responsibility Lock by which Labour will secure the nation’s finances. This guarantees:
- Every policy in the Manifesto is paid for without requiring any additional borrowing.
- The first line of the Labour Government’s first Budget will be that it “cuts the deficit every year” and this will be verified by the Office for Budget Responsibility.
- Strong, fair fiscal rules, on which any government led by Ed Miliband will not compromise, to balance the books.
Ed Miliband also contrasted Labour’s responsible approach with the Conservative Party, which has been spraying around unfunded, unfair, and unbelievable spending promises while also promising to make deeper cuts than in the last five years.
Instead, Labour has set out a series of affordable and fully-funded new policies, which shows how we will improve families’ finances, reward hard work and share prosperity. These include:
- Raising the minimum wage to more than £8 by October 2019 – accelerating increases to guarantee they reach this level before the end of the next Parliament
- Helping train passengers and commuters with a fully-funded fare freeze
- Supporting the squeezed middle with a firm commitment not to raise the basic or higher rate of income tax, National Insurance or VAT.
- Protecting tax credits in the next parliament, to back working families
- Introducing a new National Primary Childcare Service to help working parents.
Newcastle Chronicle: “Shadow Transport Secretary says UK bus companies behaving like 'a bunch of gangsters'”
14 April 2015
Following Michael’s visit to Newcastle last week, the Newcastle Chronicle has reported on his comments about the need for big reforms to how local bus services are run.
As quoted in the article, Michael set out why Labour’s bus reforms are so important. He said:
“We are seeing scare stories being put about by companies like Stagecoach who frankly are acting like a bunch of gangsters in this area, holding the communities here in the North East to ransom.
“The bus companies get big subsidies and they are making profits.
Their top executives are making millions of pounds and big bonuses.
“I can see why they don’t want change but we can’t afford no change here in Newcastle, because across the North East we have seven million fewer miles of bus routes now compared with 2010.
“There are 2,000 bus routes that have been cut across the country and at the same time bus fares have gone up on average 27 per cent since 2010.
“We have got a crisis in terms of buses. Labour is absolutely determined to do something about it.”
Michael visits Stockton and Newcastle and sets out Labour’s plans to hand more power to communities over local bus services
13 April 2015
Michael visited Stockton and Newcastle on Friday to highlight Labour’s plans to put power over bus services back in the hands of local communities and passengers.
Bus fares have rocketed by 27 per cent since 2010 at the same time as over 2,000 routes have been cut. In the North East, there are now seven million fewer miles of bus services compared to five years ago.
Labour wants to put communities and passengers in control of local bus services. We will hand powers back to local communities in the North East to save crucial bus routes, especially in rural areas where people are seeing their bus routes cut or removed.
Campaigning for Labour in Barnsley East
9 April 2015
And campaigning for Labour across the country.
Labour launches local election campaign with pledge to give more powers to communities to run their local bus services
08 April 2015
Michael spoke at the launch of Labour’s 2015 local election campaign in Leeds on Tuesday 7 April.
Labour has given a bold devolution pledge to reverse a century of centralisation by giving back an unprecedented £30 billion of funding from Whitehall over five years.
This will enable the creation of economic powerhouses in every region, backed by new freedoms.
Labour’s better plan for English devolution includes giving city and county regions more powers over how their local bus services are run.
You can read Michael’s full speech here and see media reports of the launch below:
Yorkshire Post - Labour weights into broken bus market
Sheffield Star - New plan needed to end bus fare rip-off says Labour
LocalGov - Labour unveils sweeping devolution pledge
Halifax Courier - Labour vows to end bus deregulation
BBC Look North – click here and scroll to 10:44
BBC Radio Leeds – interview with Michael, click here and scroll to 1:11:00
Michael congratulates Barnsley's Jim Andrews on his BEM
06 April 2015
Last Thursday, Michael was at a packed Barnsley Town Hall as Barnsley deputy leader, Cllr Jim Andrews, was honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM).
Jim Andrews, who has been a Barnsley councillor for 29 years and has also been the longstanding chair of the South Yorkshire Fire Authority, was awarded the honour is the Queen's New Year's Honours List for services to local government.
Jim was presented the BEM by the Lord Lieutenant, David Moody, who made it his last official duty before retiring from the post.
Commenting, Michael said:
"It was a great occasion not just for Jim and his family, but for the whole of Barnsley.
"Jim has worked incredibly hard over so many years, his honour is thoroughly well-deserved."