The Government must help realise a new vision for Greater Manchester’s transport system

YESTERDAY I led an Adjournment Debate in Parliament calling for a renewed vision for Greater Manchester’s public transport system. I called on the Government to support the work of Transport for Greater Manchester, local councils and the Mayor Andy Burnham by giving the city region the resource to, in particular, extend the current Metrolink system.

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Annie Kenney House – Oasis Academy

LAST WEEK I was delighted to attend the launch of Annie Kenney House at the Oasis Academy School within my constituency. I met with the inspiring youngsters who had named their House after Annie Kenney after undertaking a study of her life in their history class.

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Votes at 16: Our democracy has always evolved and a moment comes when the mood for change is undeniable

IT DOESN’T seem too long ago that we had the commons debate in Parliament, 3rd November to be exact. But despite our frustrations on the day it is clear that a fire has been well and truly lit under the votes at 16 issue. It can’t and won’t be ignored. And now it seems there are whispers of support all across the Tory camp.

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International Women’s Day 2018

IN FEBRUARY we marked 100 years since women were first given the vote, and this week we celebrate International Women’s Day.

We marked the day by inviting sculptor Denise Dutton to Oldham to see the site of Annie Kenney statue in Oldham town centre. Annie was a key figure in the suffragette movement, and prior to that lived and worked in Oldham. She was the only working class woman to hold a senior position in the ‘Women’s Social and Political Union’ (WSPU), which spearheaded the campaign for universal suffrage under the banner ‘Votes for Women.’

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National Apprenticeship Week

NATIONAL apprenticeships week is a time to celebrate this excellent opportunity for young people, and the work businesses do to help. I myself started my career as an apprentice, and I owe a lot to the opportunities I was given. But it is also a time for the government to reflect on how this career path can be significantly improved. 

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