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Grammar Schools debate

Intro – pleased to speak, first opportunity since resigning as Shadow Education etc.  While I led opposition almost a year ago to government plans to open the so-called new annexe of a grammar school in Kent, I can’t quite believe that in 2016 Britain we are seriously contemplating a return to selection at 11 given all the progress we have made in education over the last 20 years.

Lucy's speech in today's Grammar Schools debate

Check against delivery www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhsAkXlOlb4 Grammar Schools debate Intro – pleased to speak, first opportunity since resigning as Shadow Education etc.  While I led opposition almost a year ago to government... Read more

hiknjio.pngLucy is delighted to have been elected as the new chair of the APPG on Nursery Schools earlier this month. This appointment comes at a crucial time, as social mobility campaigners have warned that nursery schools are facing extinction as a result of government changes to early years funding.

Nursery schools are the highest performing part of our education system, with 99 percent of them rated as outstanding or good by Ofsted. According to Pen Green Centre for Children and the Families, 1 in 4 nursery schools which responded to a call for evidence on the impact of early years funding changes on their budgets warned that their future viability is under threat.

The damage that could be done to nursery schools would also disproportionately affect poorer communities, as 65 percent of nursery schools are located in the 30 percent most deprived areas in England.  There are two nursery schools in Lucy’s constituency – Martenscroft Nursery School in Hulme and Collyhurst Nursery School. 

Lucy announced as Chair of the APPG for Nursery Schools

Lucy is delighted to have been elected as the new chair of the APPG on Nursery Schools earlier this month. This appointment comes at a crucial time, as social mobility... Read more

Hulme_bridge.jpgI welcome the news that the government has confirmed it will not be renewing its contract for Concentrix to administer tax credits on behalf of HMRC. Since taking over the contract Concentrix have made a string of mistakes and their reign of terror has resulted in a number of my constituents having their Working Tax Credits stopped incorrectly.

The Government had awarded Concentrix with a £75million contract in May last year in an attempt to save £1billion in incorrect or fraudulent tax credit payments but there have been widespread reports of failings on their part which they have been incredibly slow to put right.  I have found Concentrix to be slow in processing complaints and my constituents have found it extremely difficult to communicate with them. 

Lucy welcomes Government announcement to drop failed tax credit contractor

I welcome the news that the government has confirmed it will not be renewing its contract for Concentrix to administer tax credits on behalf of HMRC. Since taking over the... Read more

LHulme_bridge.jpgucy has today written to members in Manchester Central following recent events in the party.

Below is a copy of her letter:

 I wanted to write to you following the difficult and unprecedented events in the Labour Party this week and explain my position.

The first thing to say is that we all, whatever our views, agree that both the timing and the scale of this week’s events have not been good and have caused damage to us as a Party and let the Tories off the hook. But we are now where we are and the important issue is how we move forward.

Until Sunday, I was a committed and energetic member of Jeremy’s Shadow Cabinet. When Jeremy was elected I fully supported him. I have served as his Shadow Education Secretary since September with rigour and determination, working closely with Jeremy and supporters from across our party to oppose the Government’s terrible education policies- making them abandon forced academisation of our schools and highlighting the teacher shortage crisis they have created amongst other issues.  Throughout this time I regularly took to the airwaves in defence and support of Jeremy and his leadership.

Events in the Labour Party this week

Lucy has today written to members in Manchester Central following recent events in the party. Below is a copy of her letter:  I wanted to write to you following the difficult and unprecedented... Read more

Lucy was pleased to support Labour In for Britain with colleagues in Parliament this week.

Lucy said:

So many jobs in the North West and across the country depend on being part of the single market and a member of the EU. We benefit immeasurably from being part of Europe. Greater Manchester’s growing economy needs the trade, security and jobs which come from remaining in Europe. We can’t afford to put that at risk.

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Lucy joins colleagues in support of Labour In for Britain

Lucy was pleased to support Labour In for Britain with colleagues in Parliament this week. Lucy said: So many jobs in the North West and across the country depend on...

CLAYTON_(14).jpgTo celebrate the opening of the new look Clayton Post Office, Lucy ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony last week, where she met with Postmaster Imran Arif and had a look round the new site.

Lucy said:

I welcomed the news that Clayton Post Office was to be modernised and am delighted to be here today to congratulate Imran on all of his hard work and to formally declare the new look branch open.

The Post Office is vital to our community and I'm sure the new improved office and great local service will be warmly welcomed by all people.

The new post office is located at 627 Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 4RX, and is open from 8:30am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5:30pm on Saturday. 

Lucy opens Clayton's new Post Office

To celebrate the opening of the new look Clayton Post Office, Lucy ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony last week, where she met with Postmaster Imran Arif and had... Read more

As offers for secondary school places go out in the post today, parents of 10- and 11-year-olds will be bracing themselves. They will
be hoping they will not be like one of the 84,000 families that did not get their preferred choice secondary school last year – a figure that could well rise again this year given forecasts are starting to show the growth in pupil numbers is now hitting the secondary phase. All in all, projections suggest there will be more than 300,000 additional secondary school pupils in the system by 2020, whilst one in six secondary schools are already full or over capacity. Parents in some parts of the country already experiencing pressure on places, such as in London and the South East, will be feeling this acutely. In some local areas up to half of secondary schools currently have more pupils than they have space for.

We Must Devolve To Tackle The Tories’ School Places Crisis

As offers for secondary school places go out in the post today, parents of 10- and 11-year-olds will be bracing themselves. They will be hoping they will not be like... Read more

Lamin_and_John__Canada_St_05_02_2016.pngToday Lucy visited Canada Street for the first time since veterans and their families moved into their new homes. The street in Newton Heath was transformed last year by DIY SOS, as part of a huge renovation project to create new homes for veterans, and Lucy visited the site in September while the work was underway.

The project was supported by Manchester City Council, Haig Housing and veterans’ charity, Walking with the Wounded, and today Lucy was able to see the completed homes and meet with the families who’ve moved into them.

Lucy visits Canada Street Veterans' Village

Today Lucy visited Canada Street for the first time since veterans and their families moved into their new homes. The street in Newton Heath was transformed last year by DIY... Read more

yhuj.jpgLucy has co-written a blog on child mental health, together with Labour's Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger.

First published in the Huffington Post on 8th February 2016

 

It is said that school days are the best days of our life. Adults looking back on their life often feel nostalgic for the simple joy of being young, the sense of wonder that accompanies learning about the world in which we live, spending the best part of the day with friends, and without having to worry about earning money or paying bills.

The reality today is that young people are growing up in a fast-paced world that is constantly changing around them. Pressures that didn't exist fifty, thirty or even ten years ago now form a huge part of their everyday lives. 

Parents are increasingly worried their children are coming home from school stressed due to the constant pressure of exams and assessment. Issues at home with family relationships, challenges with adolescence and growing up, not to mention the additional difficulties LGBT young people can face at home and school, mean that children and young people can often feel worried and isolated. 

Blog: The Next Generation Shouldn't Have to Cope on Their Own - It's Time for Ministers to Act

Lucy has co-written a blog on child mental health, together with Labour's Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger. First published in the Huffington Post on 8th February 2016  ... Read more

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First published in Jewish News on January 27, 2016

‘DON’T STAND BY’ is a powerful theme and a harrowing reminder for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016. Nazi persecution, the Holocaust and subsequent genocides were all facilitated by those who stood on the side-lines, cowed by hate, and allowed their fear or indifference to seal the fate of innocents.

That’s why, for me, the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust is so vitally important. Late last year, I was honoured to join students from across Greater Manchester on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

 

Lucy: Nothing can compare to seeing Auschwitz with your own eyes (Article)

First published in Jewish News on January 27, 2016 ‘DON’T STAND BY’ is a powerful theme and a harrowing reminder for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016. Nazi persecution, the Holocaust and... Read more

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