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Paula Sherriff, MP for the Dewsbury constituency, has criticised retailers operating in hospitals who are charging up to 90% more for various items than in their high street stores.

It has been revealed that high street traders such as Marks & Spencer and WH Smith, who have stores in hospitals all over the country, are ripping off patients and hospital visitors. Recent research showed that items such as bottled water, sandwiches and stationary are considerably more expensive in hospital stores in comparison to the same items on the High Street. For example a 750ml bottle of water costing £1.00 in a WH Smith store in Leeds City Centre is marked at £1.89 at Pinderfields Hospital.

Paula who has recently launched a campaign for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to drop proposals to charge Blue Badge holders for parking said:

“I will be raising this issue in parliament when I return after recess. It’s a case of the most vulnerable being exploited once again. Nobody chooses to be in hospital, either as a patient or visiting a loved one, and these retailers are taking advantage of a captive audience.”

The Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospital Trust commented to the BBC that pricing policy was a commercial decision by WH Smith.

Paula said “I am not accepting that the Trust should wash its hands of this issue. Whilst the retailers are a private entity the Trust should take responsibility when issuing contracts on how these companies operate.”

Dewsbury MP Criticises Hospital Retailers over Exploitative Pricing Policy

Paula Sherriff, MP for the Dewsbury constituency, has criticised retailers operating in hospitals who are charging up to 90% more for various items than in their high street stores. It...

police_blue_light_650.jpgLabour has slammed the Home Secretary’s plans to slash West Yorkshire police officer numbers further as new figures showed violent crime in the area is up by almost a quarter compared to last year.

West Yorkshire already has 1,011 fewer police officers than it did in 2010, with the Force being warned to expect further significant budget cuts by the Tory government.

Figures released yesterday showed that violent crime in West Yorkshire rose by 24 per cent.

Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Policing Minister said:

 

“New figures show police recorded crime has now gone up across the country and some of the most serious crimes have soared to the highest levels in years. Knife crime has risen for the first time in four years, sexual offences have risen by 37 per and fraud is up by 17 per cent.

“In West Yorkshire, recorded violent crime has gone up by 24 per cent. To make matters worse, the police force has lost over 1,000 police officers in the past five years, with more set to go.

“Theresa May is failing to recognise the true picture of crime in the UK. She plans to scrap another 17,000 police officers nationally on top of the 17,000 that have already gone. This comes at the worst possible time. Our depleted police forces are facing increasingly complex demands to tackle current and historic child exploitation and abuse, a serious and growing threat of terrorism and sexual and violent crime.

“By failing to heed the warning signals, the Home Secretary is taking a reckless gamble with public safety and security.”

 

Violent Crime climbs steeply in West Yorkshire

Labour has slammed the Home Secretary’s plans to slash West Yorkshire police officer numbers further as new figures showed violent crime in the area is up by almost a quarter...

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Labour has launched today the “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the TransPennine route.

Just seven weeks after the election, the Government announced that it was shelving the vital electrification upgrades - projects that Ministers repeatedly promised to deliver ahead of, and throughout, the General Election campaign.

Labour is demanding a real commitment from the Government that it will deliver these projects within a clear and published timetable.

 

As part of the campaign, Labour has launched an online petition to put pressure on the Government to live up to its promises: www.labour.org.uk/dont-pull-the-plug

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

 

“David Cameron has broken his election promise to electrify key rail lines in the Midlands and the North.   After five years of fare rises, which Ministers claimed would fund investment, two of the country’s most important rail projects have effectively been cancelled.

“The Tories said they would deliver a Northern Powerhouse, but they have inflicted a Northern power cut instead.

“The Government should now live up to their election promises, reinstate the work on electrification and not pull the plug on these vital upgrades for the North and the Midlands.

 “It is also becoming increasingly apparent that Ministers knew all along that they were going to shelve these projects, but continued to con the public before the election.  So we are also calling on the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, to come clean and tell everyone exactly what they knew, and when.”

Labour launches 'Don't pull the plug' campaign

  Labour has launched today the “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the TransPennine route. Just seven...

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