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I pledge to support WASPI and to work in Parliament to find a solution for the women affected

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Mike takes the WASPI Pledge

I pledge to support WASPI and to work in Parliament to find a solution for the women affected #WASPIpledge  

Mike met with representatives from Unite the union at Manchester Airport on Thursday 27th April to talk about their priorities and concerns ahead of the General Election. #GE2017

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meeting with UNITE Reps at Manchester Airport

Mike met with representatives from Unite the union at Manchester Airport on Thursday 27th April to talk about their priorities and concerns ahead of the General Election. #GE2017

Commenting on his recent visit Mike said:  "Thank you to Amazon for showing me around their Fulfillment Centre at Airport City. It was great to walk around the site and speak to staff members - and even pack a few Amazon orders!"

"Back in 2016 I was delighted to welcome the creation of over 1,000 new permanent jobs at the site. It was good to see at first hand that promises have been kept and 100's of local workers are now employed at the Centre."

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Visit to AMAZON Fulfillment Centre

Commenting on his recent visit Mike said:  "Thank you to Amazon for showing me around their Fulfillment Centre at Airport City. It was great to walk around the site and...

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Thank you for inviting me to address your Conference today.

 

As a former Primary School teacher I was delighted to accept my appointment to the position of Shadow Minister for Schools last October.

 

I believe it should be the duty of all Governments to provide the best education for every child.

 

Yet for our current generation of young people, social mobility is reducing not increasing.  

Speech to the ATL Annual Conference

Check against delivery:  Thank you for inviting me to address your Conference today.   As a former Primary School teacher I was delighted to accept my appointment to the position... Read more

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) on securing this debate and on her impassioned speech.

 

As my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford North (Wes Streeting) said, under this Government we are seeing the largest real-term cuts for 20 years. The schools budget will not be protected in real terms and will not rise during the Parliament, and funding will be protected only in cash terms. No planning for budgets has been put in place by the Department for Education to cover the cost pressures that have been articulately pointed out by hon. Members today, such as inflation, the living wage, pension provision and the apprenticeship levy, which the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully) mentioned. There has already been a sharp rise in the proportion of secondary schools in deficit, which has risen to nearly 60% in 2014-15, according to the National Audit Office. The NAO has also confirmed that there will be a real-terms reduction in funding per pupil because of a failure to increase funding in line with inflation. That, I am afraid, is a clear breach of the Conservative party’s manifesto commitment.

Speech in the debate on school funding in London

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) on securing this debate and... Read more

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