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[02/12/2019 | No comment]

Tackling climate change is one of my top priorities. Watch my video on Labour’s plans here.

[28/11/2019 | No comment]

Under the Tories, £2.5 million will be cut in real terms from primary schools in Leicester West next year. Five schools will lose more than £250k, with cuts between £400 to £600 per-pupil.

My mum was a primary school teacher and she taught me that getting a good education is the key to a better life. But the Tories’ have cut school budgets to the bone, and parents, pupils and teachers are seeing the impact every day.

It is an absolute disgrace that the Government has left a generation of children to pay the price for austerity. 

That’s why I’m fighting to reverse these cuts and make sure our schools have the money they need. I’m also campaigning for:

  • a Sure Start Children’s Centre in every community;
  • 30 hours’ free childcare for all 2, 3 and 4 year olds;
  • a year’s paid maternity leave, up from 9 months now.
[22/11/2019 | No comment]

There are 31,000 unpaid family carers in Leicester. They are the unsung heroes and heroines of our community yet too many face a desperate daily struggle to look after their elderly or disabled loved ones. 

Carers tell me how hard it is to get all the different services working together and that they often have to take hours off work to try and sort things out. Getting a break from caring can be nigh on impossible, and carers’ own health and well-being can suffer as a result.

It is completely unacceptable that the Tories have cut £7.7bn from adult social care since 2010. We need to end these cuts, put in place a long-term funding plan for social care, and give family carers the support they need and deserve.

[15/11/2019 | No comment]
[15/11/2019 | No comment]

It is appalling that there are now 43,000 nursing vacancies in England. In Leicester, the nurse vacancy rate has increased from 10.8% in July 2017 to 13.6% in July 2019, which is higher than the national average.

The Royal College of Nursing says applications for nursing courses have plummeted by a third since the Tories scrapped the student nurse bursary and that the failure to recruit enough nurses is putting patient care at risk.

In order to fix the damage done by the Tories, Labour will bring back the NHS student nurse bursary. We will also deliver an extra 4,800 health visitors and school nurses, and legislate for safe staffing levels across the NHS.

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