Joint Statement from the Members of Parliament for the Borough of Oldham

Oldham’s three MPs have released the following statement in response to the publication of the Oldham Independent Assurance Review:   “This is one of the most comprehensive safeguarding reviews undertaken and we welcome the recognition of the progress that was made in Oldham in shining a light on, disrupting and tackling child sexual exploitation and […]

There is Much More to be Done on the Online Safety Bill

I welcome the Government’s acceptance of 66 recommendations made by the Joint Committee working on the draft Online Safety Bill of which I am a member, which will go part of the way to making the internet a safer place for UK citizens, but significant gaps still remain in reducing harmful content online. Following months […]

Review into ‘remand for own protection’ must abolish this power

I have welcomed a commitment by the Justice Secretary to conduct a review into powers which allow the courts to remand an adult into prison for their own protection without them having been convicted or sentenced, but has called on Ministers to abolish this power. As the co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on […]

Debbie Abrahams MP’s update on Dovestone

Last summer I convened a meeting with the owners of the site, United Utilities (UU), the site’s leaseholder, the RSPB, other partners and concerned residents to discuss the antisocial and frankly dangerous behaviour of visitors to Dovestone. UU and the partners agreed to draft proposals for a new visitors’ strategy to address these issues and […]

Statement on Child Sexual Exploitation

The findings from the recent independent review of Operation Augusta are shocking. The review revealed what happens when statutory agencies don’t listen and take action on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Historical CSE cases in Manchester going back to the early 2000s were examined, finding fundamental flaws in how multiple agencies operated, including their cultural attitudes […]

Liane Singleton Petition

I am backing a public petition to the House of Commons which is demanding that Paul Stowers, who murdered Oldham teenager Liane Singleton in 1998, should be refused parole. The petition was presented to the House of Commons yesterday by Jim McMahon MP. We’re all really grateful to Jim for stepping in and helping us […]

Government cuts will detrimentally impact the police

The Government have repeatedly insisted they have protected police budgets since 2015 but new research shows that Greater Manchester Police has lost 2,072 officers since 2010 and over £4m during 2016 and 2017. The continuation of these real-terms funding cuts will detrimentally impact the police following the budget. The Chancellor found no new Government funding for the police, […]

Update: Incident in Shaw

The incident in Shaw came to a safe conclusion at around 5.00am this morning (26/07/2017). The hostage is safe and the suspect in custody. A cordon remains in place around the properties whilst a search of the property takes place. The job for today will be returning people home and working with partners and the […]

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