Warrington Guardian Column – Prorogation

Next week, the Conservative Prime Minister has announced that Parliament will be shut down for five weeks. This would constitute the longest suspension of the British legislature since 1945. Most importantly, it comes at a time when the role of parliament could not be more critical in

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Warrington Guardian Column – The NHS

When the NHS first came into being 71 years ago, the government sent a leaflet to every household in the country with the simple message: “It will relieve your money worries in time of illness.” The birth of the NHS completely transformed people’s lives, providing universal healthcare for all

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Warrington Guardian Column | The importance of Trade Unions

The first meeting of the Trade Union Congress took place back in 1868, just up the road in Manchester, then the engine of the industrial revolution. Those who met that day formed a national and united voice to defend trade unions and fight for the rights of every worker – creating the first

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Warrington Guardian Column | Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and it is happening at a terrifying pace. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has made clear that we need to act urgently on climate change over the next 12 years or forever miss the opportunity to do anything

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Warrington Guardian Column | Housing Crisis

Across the country, we are facing an affordability crisis in housing that is hitting young people and families on low to middle incomes hardest. Many are struggling to afford to rent or to buy a decent home. This is leading to overcrowding, evictions, rent arrears and homelessness.

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Warrington Guardian Column | International Trade Deals

International Trade deals can sometimes feel abstract and remote, far removed from our everyday lives. Ironically, nothing could be further from the truth. Trading relationships determine our living standards, jobs and access to resources. Britain’s prosperity has always been tied to how we do

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Warrington Guardian Column | Mental Illness

Mental illness does not discriminate – it can affect anyone regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. One in four adults and one in eight 5 to 19-year olds experience mental illness. Those are stark statistics. Whether brought on by pressure in the workplace, money worries, family

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Warrington Guardian Column | The Challenges for 2019

The New Year brings a good opportunity to look back on the last 12 months and ahead towards the challenges that 2019 will bring. Over the last year, I have been working hard to keep my commitment to be an accessible MP, holding surgeries, meetings, coffee mornings, street and roving surgeries

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Warrington Guardian Column | Loneliness

For many, Christmas is a joyful time spent with family and friends, but for others, the festive season brings a sense of isolation, anxiety or financial hardship. Loneliness and social isolation are two of the biggest downsides of modern life. For a growing number of people, particularly those

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