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Labour plans to move cycling from the margins to the mainstream

27 March 2015

Michael has written a blog on Labour’s plans to give cyclists and pedestrians a voice in transport policy.

Labour is committed to implementing a long-term Cycling and Walking Strategy in government. As part of this, Labour will create a new, high-level and cross-government Cyclist and Pedestrians’ Advisory Board, which will put cyclists and pedestrians at the top table of transport policy for the first time.

You can read the blog in full here.


Michael’s speech at the We Believe in Israel Conference

27 March 2015

Last weekend, Michael spoke at the We Believe in Israel Conference. You can see the speech in full below.



Never had it so good? Not here…

27 March 2015

In his regular column for the Barnsley Independent, Michael writes that after watching Osborne’s smug and self-congratulatory Budget last week he is convinced more than ever we need Labour’s better plan which will put ordinary working families first – and save our NHS.

To read the full article click here





imageAccident blackspot concern

27 March 2015

As reported again in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has called for action to address the dangerous stretch of road near Wentworth Station.

imageThe A6135 Sheffield Road close to the hamlet of Wentworth Station has seen a long history of accidents with four serious collisions in the last five years.

Commenting Michael said:

"I have heard first hand from constituents the long history of road traffic accidents on the A6135 near Wentworth Station. It is very concerning that so many accidents occur at this spot and I have raised this issue with Barnsley Council's traffic management team to discuss what action can be taken to increase road safety.


Michael’s visit to Birkwood Primary School

27 March 2015

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle and yesterday by Barnsley News and Sport, Michael visited Birkwood Primary School in Cudworth on Friday 20 March to answer questions from pupils as part of Sustrans’ #BigPedal campaign to promote safe cycling to school.

Michael talked about the importance of cycling and walking as a positive contribution to public health, the environment as well as reducing congestion on the roads. He also spoke about the importance of drivers following speed limits around schools to better enable children to walk and cycle safely to school.

As part of the visit, Michael also spoke with Headteacher Julie Allen, Barnsley Council’s Stephen Croft, David Atherton and Claire Francis from Sustrans about the importance of walking and cycling.

Commenting Michael said: "You can't fail but to be impressed by the pupil's enthusiasm for this brilliant initiative. Anything that encourages safe cycling and walking amongst the young is to be applauded."


Michael’s visit to Cudworth Fire Station

27 March 2015

As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael visited Cudworth Fire Station on Friday 20 March to meet with James Courtney, the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Cllr Jim Andrews, the Chair of the Service.

Firefighters based at the station from Green Watch also demonstrated rescue techniques on a practice car using specialised equipment and machinery.

Commenting, Michael said: "South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue do a fantastic job serving the local community and have experienced disproportionate cuts in the North under this government."

You can find out more about South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue by following their award winning Twitter feed here.



One month to go until voter registration deadline

20 March 2015

As reported in today’s Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has urged people to ensure they are registered to vote as today marks one month until the voter registration deadline on Monday 20 April.

Recent figures from the Electoral Commission showed that around 30 per cent of 18 – 24 year olds are currently not registered to vote, which raises the worrying prospect that almost a third of young people will be unable to vote at the general election.

That is why it is so crucial to register to vote ahead of the deadline. Registering is easy and can be done in around five minutes by clicking here and following the instructions.

Alternatively, Barnsley residents can phone the Council helpline on 01226 773070 to find out if they are already registered to vote.

Commenting, Michael said:

“It is absolutely vital that people register to vote so that they can make their voice heard on polling day, and the deadline for registering is fast approaching.

"Labour is determined to engage voters and give young people a voice in our politics, which is why we are committed to giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote. That’s the biggest expansion of the right to vote in almost a century – to over 1.5 million people.”


Congratulations to Fit Reds

20 March 2015

31As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle on 20 March and 6 March, Michael has congratulated the local Barnsley heath education programme Fit Reds on winning a Public Health Hero award at a ceremony held in Parliament on 3 March, organsied by the Department of Heath.

Targeted at men aged over 35, Fit Reds, part of Barnsley FC’s Community Sports & Education Trust, has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to tackle the high levels of cardiovascular disease in Barnsley. Barnsley life expectancies are below the national average, with the average Barnsley male lifespan standing at 76 years – 2 years shorter than the national average of 78. Since September 2012 over 340 men have benefited from the programme which has improved waistlines, blood pressure readings and weight levels.

The decision to nominate Fit Reds came as Labour announced a string of new public health policies, including a commitment to promote physical activity and the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging. For more information about the Fit Reds programme click here.

Pictured below with Michael are Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health Jane Ellison MP, The British Heart Foundation’s Yorkshire and Humber Area Manager Steph Dilnot, Fit Reds’ Lee Thompson and Fit Reds’ Scott Copeland.


Commenting, Michael said:

“I am very pleased to see Fit Reds win their Public Health Hero award. They perform 2excellent work in the community in Barnsley and their outreach work has been truly phenomenal and deserves wider public recognition. Life expectancies in Barnsley are below the national average which is a problem of great concern. Fit Reds are addressing this very important public health issue and I am sure that the people of Barnsley will want to join me in congratulating them on thier success.”


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