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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
For some families school holidays are not defined by trips abroad or days out, but by money worries and hunger. For some, the absence of free school meals over the school holidays can make a huge difference. Holiday hunger can have a distressing effect on a child’s mental and physical