The leasehold scandal has been called the PPI of the housebuilding industry
I live in Little Sutton with my wife and three children. I grew up in the constituency and became the first person in my family to go to University where I gained a Law degree. I qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and at the same time I became a Councillor, and began my career in employment law defending the rights of working people to be treated fairly and with dignity at work. I am extremely proud to have been elected as a Member of Parliament in May 2015 and again in June 2017 with an increased majority. I’ll make sure the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston are represented with energy and passion to ensure we get the very best for our constituency.
Labour will commit to over £30billion in extra funding over the next Parliament
01/05/2018 11:32 BST
Whether it’s public of private sector, for decades now management consultants have been paid a fortune to give advice on
24/01/2018 14:15 GMT
Technical questions about property ownership would normally be considered a hot political issue but that has changed in the last 12 months. Leasehold has been described as "the PPI of the house building industry" and even by the Secretary of State as a "feudal" system, and a real scandal has emerged as people have discovered they don't actually own the homes they bought.
07/11/2017 12:00 GMT
While Theresa May toured the TV studios during the General Election campaigning promising to deliver a fairer society, her Health Ministers were hard at work drawing up a new hit list of fourteen areas across the country which will face a fresh round of NHS cuts.
04/08/2017 14:07 BST
The Health Secretary who wants to deliver a 7 day NHS has also once again gone missing at a time when serious questions are being asked about his stewardship of the Department for Health.
05/04/2017 15:45 BST
The NHS is our proudest national achievement, but it is to our shame that people in England are deprived of vital drugs and treatments on the basis of financial, rather than clinical, judgements.
27/03/2017 11:59 BST
Even if the Chancellor comes up with extra funding in the budget it will only be a sticking plaster so we should not allow the public to be fooled into thinking that's job done. A long term, sustainable approach is needed and history has told us the Labour Party are the only ones who can deliver that.
03/03/2017 16:03 GMT
The uncertainty created by Brexit means that the reliance in recent years on recruitment from the EU is no longer available to shore up the numbers. Our NHS staff cannot keep giving more at the same time that we are giving them less, the Government needs to reinstate bursaries and end pay restraint - we cannot afford not to.
07/02/2017 17:22 GMT
In her first speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May spoke of building a country which works for everyone and not just the privileged few. But despite warm words from successive Prime Ministers, it remains the case that in this country, where a person is born and who they are born to is the most likely determinant of what their life chances will be.
16/01/2017 17:50 GMT
During the referendum campaign, we saw that telling someone on a zero-hours contract or in agency work that there is a risk to their job from Brexit was futile. Until we begin to address these issues and reinstate the concept of secure employment, we will stand no chance of rebuilding our fractured society.
10/01/2017 16:54 GMT
Despite the warnings about the secrecy, the impossible timetables and the financial imperatives surrounding these plans the Government seem determined to press ahead with them. When the plan for your area is released the questions outlined above might be ones you want to ask your local "STP lead" about.
02/12/2016 15:46 GMT
There has been a wealth of research and commentary into disengagement with the political process and a so-called "Westminster Bubble" effect and whilst there are undoubtedly many factors which have contributed towards this, one which is at last catching the eye of MPs is the composition of Parliament itself.
12/09/2016 15:44 BST
In the long-run, technological innovation has always delivered more employment opportunities to the economy than it has taken away. But unlike previous waves of industrial progress, the new wave of automation threatens jobs across the entire spectrum at a pace that may be impossible to keep up with.
02/09/2016 16:34 BST
Be in no doubt the Government have amassed a huge range of tools to reshape the NHS by hook or by crook but because they have passed responsibility onto the 44 STP footprint areas, you won't see Jeremy Hunt or Theresa May standing up in Parliament to announce or even to defend hospital closures or the further creeping privatisation of health services.
08/08/2016 16:48 BST
Whatever is happening in the Labour Party, we cannot lose our focus on fighting for the investment that the NHS needs and tackling any attempts to use the current financial crisis as a Trojan horse for privatisation.
31/07/2016 22:08 BST
The Jon Cruddas report on why Labour lost in 2015 raises difficult questions for us as a party which we must be prepared to answer and do so quickly as the referendum has the potential to put rocket boosters under a number of the issues that arose in that report and propel many of our voters further away, rather than closer to us.
25/05/2016 17:07 BST
Remember the 2010 election? Remember David Cameron's pledge not to have another top down reorganisation in the NHS which was soon rendered meaningless by the Health & Social Care Act? Well the Tories have learned from all the negative publicity that harmed them last time by seeking to undertake their latest reorganisation away from public scrutiny.
16/05/2016 17:01 BST
We Need to Stop Filibustering - The Politial Equivalent of a Team Taking the Ball to the Corner Flag for Ninety Minutes
If the Government of the day do not wish to see a Private Members Bill passed, then they should have the courage to say so. We owe it to the public to ensure that important matters are debated on their merits and not subjected to the parlour games that discredit us all.
14/04/2016 17:20 BST
Since being appointed as a shadow health minister in September I have been keen to spend some time on the front line to see what life is really like for hard-pressed NHS staff. So I recently spent a night shadowing an emergency medicine consultant at the Countess of Chester hospital... Until you are actually there it is difficult to comprehend just how relentless the job is. Staff were working at full tilt and the nature of the work was such that they could never catch up with the demand - even when 'it's not that bad for a Saturday night'.
27/12/2015 18:36 GMT