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[04/03/2020 | No comment]

Last year, the Prime Minister stood on the steps of Downing Street and promised a plan to fix the crisis in social care. So far he has done nothing – and his plan for a new immigration system could make things much worse.

According to a report by Skills for Care, we need an extra 580,000 care workers – not to improve services but just to fill existing vacancies and meet the basics of growing demand. Boris Johnson’s new points-based immigration system will exclude EU workers, and make it even harder to find the extra staff we need.

That’s why I am calling on the Prime Minister to meet with me to discuss a special migration route into social care, and avoid the current crisis getting even worse. 

[29/10/2019 | No comment]

 

Johnson’s deal won’t sort Brexit and neither will an election. The only way to do that is to be honest about the real choices we face and give the public the final say. Watch a clip from my interview on Sky News where I talk about this above.

[23/10/2019 | No comment]

Yesterday I spoke in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill. I set out why Boris Johnson’s deal won’t sort out or end Brexit, or deliver on the promises made during the referendum.

I voted against the Bill at second reading and against the timetable the Government had set to debate the Bill, which was far too short at barely three days. The Government lost the vote on the timetable and has now paused the Bill’s progress, delaying Brexit when the Prime Minister said he wanted to get it done.

You can watch my full speech here or you can read it here.

[23/10/2019 | No comment]

I recently met with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) to talk about the impact Brexit could have on the 12,000 people employed across 200 food and drink companies in Leicester and Leicestershire.

The FDF have warned that leaving the EU without a deal would risk severe delays at ports and disruption to food supplies. They have also raised serious concerns about deviations from EU trading standards which could lead to food safety risks and increased costs for both businesses and consumers. You can read more about this here.

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