Last week Lucy visited the headquarters of EDM.
Based in Newton Heath, the company are one of the world’s leading providers of civil aviation and defence simulators. Lucy enjoyed a tour of the facility and the chance to view a selection of EDM’s civil aviation training equipment, including the Cabin Service Trainers used by Singapore and Ethiopian Airlines.
Lucy also saw demonstrations of some of EDM’s training equipment for the defence market, such as a Crew Escape and Safety Systems Trainer and Ejection Seat Trainer.
Speaking of the visit, Lucy said:Read more
The Tories have repeatedly refused to rule out cutting tax credits for working families. Labour will protect tax credits and cut taxes for 24 million working families.
The Tories will cut tax credits to pay for their massive spending black hole and working families will pay the price. This election is a clear choice between the Tories' failing plan and Labour's better plan for working families.
Yesterday the Labour party launched its 2015 General Election Manifesto in Manchester and Lucy spoke to Granada News about what's in it for the North.
You can watch the interview online here or if you'd like to read Labour's manifesto, you can download it here.
As part of plans to devolve power to the North, Labour have pledged to transfer £30 billion to local cities and counties, giving local bodies the power to transform housing and transport systems, and giving local authorities more control over their services.
Today Labour have shown that we are the only party able to properly represent and deliver for the North. This Tory-led coalition have done so much damage to northern England with unfair policies and savage cuts, and cities like Manchester and Liverpool have as usual been hit the hardest.
Labour have a plan to deliver for Manchester and the North by giving power back to cities, regions, counties and local councils, giving resident more control over their local services like housing, transport and the local economy.
'Britain does well when working people do well’
New broadcast on Labour’s plan for Britain’s prosperity
The Labour Party has launched a new Party Political Broadcast in England which shows how a Labour government will make different choices, making sure that everyday families benefit from the recovery.
Narrated by David Morrissey, the video sets out what Labour will do for families, education, and healthcare.
Lucy Powell MP for Manchester Central, said:Read more
Last week I visited Heineken Manchester with local councillors, Sameem Ali and Nigel Murphy. We met with recent local graduate recruit to the Brewery, Charlotte Wilde, and heard about the impact of last year's investment on facilities and local recruitment.Read more
One of Lucy's constituents, Mr Joe Jennings of New Moston, was recently featured in a Manchester Evening News article about zero-hour contracts. Mr Jennings was forced to leave a job with a zero-hours contract because of the lack of guaranteed hours.
“It’s outrageous that people like my constituent can spend eight hours out of the house working, but only get paid for as little as a couple of hours.
“I have been worried about a race to the bottom in employment standards in social care and cases like this show us how worrying the problem really is.
“Not only is it is bad for carers, but it also puts quality care under threat. It is not enough for the government to say that people should be paid the minimum wage, they have a responsibility to make sure that people are paid properly for the work that they do.”Read more
Yet again Greater Manchester is leading the way. Our proud conurbation, the birthplace of the industrial revolution and the prosperity that flowed from it is now showing how modern cities can be the engines of growth in a new Britain.
More devolution of powers and funds to city regions is the best way for Britain to prosper in the future. If we’re to grow our economy in a fair way and allow others to grow like London and the South East then we must be ambitious for all our cities.Read more
Lucy today voiced her concerns over the hiking up of rail fares and the impact on her constituents in Manchester.
One of the consequences of this increase in rail prices is that some could be forced for pay an extra £35 more per year to simply commute into Manchester city centre. This is largely due to a 3.5 per cent rise in regulated rail fares from January onwards, following the release of July’s inflation figures.
Fares may very well soar by up to a quarter over the next four years if the Tories’ continue with the current “inflation-busting” price rises.
New statistics revealed by Labour's shadow Minister for Childcare and Children Lucy Powell MP show that Labour’s plans to extend free childcare provision for working parents with three and four year olds would help 18,000 mums to get back to work or work the extra hours they want.
Families facing a cost-of-living crisis have seen childcare costs increase soar 30% under David Cameron. Whilst early-years childcare places have fallen by 8,173 from September 2009 till September 2013.
As a working mum with three kids, I know first hand how tough juggling work and family life can be. It doesn’t help that we’re living through a cost-of-living crisis, where our wages no longer cover essential daily costs such as paying the electricity bills or putting food on the table.
David Cameron doesn’t seem to be trying to make life easier for working parents. The cost of childcare is up by 30 per cent and there are now 35,000 fewer childcare places since 2010. It’s plain to see that life for many families is getting harder under this government.