Standing with Ukraine

Last weekend marked the second anniversary of Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, showing frank disregard for international law and causing immense suffering to the Ukrainian people. This anniversary gives us chance to reflect on the immense sacrifices made by the...

A New Deal for Working People

After 14 years of Conservative government, there is one key question we should be asking ourselves ahead of the general election. Are we better off than we were in 2010? For working people here in Tameside, the answer is an emphatic no. This government has failed...

Supporting Our Trade Unions

This week is #HeartUnions week, and in our part of the world, we have plenty to be thankful to our trade unions for. Greater Manchester has a proud tradition of trade unionism, from Peterloo, to the Chartists, to the founding of the Trade Union Congress, we have...

Fighting Another Tory Tax Rise

At its core, council tax is a fundamentally unfair, regressive tax, based on outdated housing valuations from over three decades ago, and does not accurately reflect the situation we have today. This means that, in addition to the multitude of Tory tax rises we have...

We Need Long-Term Clarity On A Local Plan

Local plans make a real difference to communities; they are statutory for a reason. They help lay out the framework for the needs of an area, and a roadmap for what positive, constructive development will look like for residents. There is also a significant role for...

Taking Inspiration From Tameside’s Volunteers

Here in Tameside, we have always prided ourselves on the strength of our community spirit. Always looking out for each other, taking pride in our local area, and not being shy to muck in when there’s something that needs fixing. It is these ideals that drove me into...

Getting Tameside’s Kids Into The Classroom

Last week, Labour published a long-term plan to tackle persistent school absence and drive high and rising standards in education, an issue I raised in this week’s Education Questions in Parliament. Levels of persistent school absence in Tameside have almost doubled...

Denton Carnival Needs You

  Denton Carnival Steering Committee has called for the local community’s support ahead of the group’s AGM next week. Several people have come forward with offers of help following the steering group’s initial meeting earlier this month, but more needs to be done to...

Rwanda: A Tory Gimmick

Last week we yet again saw the government fall into disarray over their attempts to get the Rwanda Bill through the Commons. Make no mistake, this Bill doesn’t stop the boats, doesn’t save lives, and doesn’t deliver value for British taxpayers, it simply does not...

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