A debate on the future of the British steel industry is taking place in the Commons today, with MPs from across Yorkshire and Humber expected to contribute.
Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, commenting ahead of the debate, said:
“The steel industry is of vital strategic importance to the UK economy, but it is facing clear and present dangers which show no signs of abating.
“Urgent action from the Government is required now to address high energy prices, unfair and anti-competitive practices from some international producers, as well as additional export and procurement support.
“Steel workers and their families don’t want special treatment, but the government do have a responsibility to ensure a level playing field, and Labour is calling on the Government to convene a top-level summit to seek a meaningful and urgent solution to the crisis.”
A debate on the future of the British steel industry is taking place in the Commons today, with MPs from across Yorkshire and Humber expected to contribute. Angela Eagle MP,...
Yorkshire is once again well represented in the shadow cabinet after new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn named his top team.
Having been home to a large proportion of Ed Miliband's frontbench, Yorkshire will once again be represented in force around the shadow cabinet table with five members holding seats here.
Doncaster Central Rosie Winterton continues as Opposition Chief Whip, a position she has held since 2010.
Hilary Benn - MP for Leeds Central - will continue in his role as Shadow Foreign Secretary, a post he has held since the general election, and a position of vital importance with both the impending EU referendum and the refugee crisis at the top of the news agenda.
John Healey - MP for Wentworth and Dearne - returns to the shadow cabinet taking up the post of Shadow Housing and Planning Minister - a policy area that Jeremy Corbyn has consistently put at the top of his priority list and on which he asked his first question on his PMQs debut.
Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has moved from transport to become Shadow Culture Secretary, overseeing the arts, media and sport.
And Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett, who held shadow cabinet posts under Mr Miliband, has been appointed Shadow Communites and Local Government Secretary - a vital post with devolution negotiations currently taking place.
Yorkshire is once again well represented in the shadow cabinet after new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn named his top team. Having been home to a large proportion of Ed Miliband's...
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.”
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...
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