This week in Parliament, Ian has been representing Wansbeck in Westminster, championing constituents inside and outside of the debate chamber. Events in Westminster have been in the headlines, and Ian and the Labour Party have been standing up for ordinary people in Wansbeck and beyond.
Politics was dominated this week by the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. In it, Phillip Hammond repudiated George Osborne’s legacy, accepting that the Tories cannot deliver the budget surplus they campaigned on. Six years of painful austerity with the promise of better times ahead has been cruelly extended for millions of families.
Research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Resolution Foundation has demonstrated that we are facing a genuine crisis in wage growth, with estimates ranging from the worst decade since the Second World War to the worst since the 1900s. When the ‘best’ estimate is the worst decade since the Second World War, the severity of the situation really cannot be overstated.
At Prime Ministers’ Questions this week, Jeremy Corbyn asked the Prime Minister about her impractical plans to force patients to produce passports to access NHS care. It won’t save much money when the costs of implementing the programme are taken into account, and it will severely impact those who don’t have passports and the elderly. If you are struggling to get by, just about managing and have to get a passport to access basic healthcare services, this will dramatically add to the bureaucratic burden and will result in more paperwork for the public. As such, I and my colleagues on the Labour benches disagree with the policy.
Also this week, as a part of my Shadow Cabinet role, I visited business in Leeds and Doncaster to hear stories from employers and employees. This is Labour’s Workplace 2020 programme, which is designed to showcase the best of the world of work and formulate our workplace policy when we return to government. Seeing employers who work with their employees and trade unions is a heartwarming sight; it improves the experience of the employee and employer and leads to a more productive workplace.
If you have a story about the world of work that you’d like to share, please go to: http://www.workplace2020.org.uk/
On Friday I had the pleasure of visiting All Saints School in Morpeth and taking questions from the inquisitive students. It’s always a pleasure to talk to young people in Wansbeck and let them know the ins and outs of being an MP, giving them a view behind what they might see on TV cameras. From hearing what they thought about Parliament to their hopes for Christmas, the visit was an absolute pleasure.
Are you a constituent experiencing difficulty or do you have a cause you wish to raise? You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01670852494 or write to Ian Lavery MP, 7 Esther Court, Wansbeck Business Park, Ashington, NE63 8QZ