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Apply to take part in MP’s annual Summer School!

  Apply to take part in the 11th year of the popular two-week programme, including a free trip to Parliament! I have opened applications for my eleventh annual Working for your community summer school for 18-24 year olds, which will take place between 15th-26th July 2024. As an MP I often receive requests for some experience […]

My Bill Could Clean-up Politics

Within politics, we are witnessing a crisis in principles, professionalism, and practice. This has created a culture of distrust with four out of five people reporting to Compassion in Politics, that they had no respect for politicians. This figure is unsurprising in light of widespread reports of members breaching the Ministerial Code without consequence, and […]

Kind Fest: Compassion in Politics?

It’s a pleasure to be speaking with you today as the co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Compassionate Politics. For those of you not familiar with our Parliamentary system, APPGs consist of members from different parties and from both Houses. We aim to work collaboratively together to address specific issues; in this case we […]

Debbie Abrahams on Compassionate Conservatism – Independent Comment Piece

Everyone, it seems, is talking about it. In recent weeks the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, his Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, and Ministers including Michael Gove, have all mentioned the need for “compassion” in politics and an era of “compassionate Conservatism”. As Co-Chair of the All-Party Group for Compassionate Politics, this is, of course, something I welcome. […]

Oldham MP speaks out about NHS reorganisation plans

I have spoken out against the Government’s plans to pass a new bill to reorganise the NHS in England. As a long-time campaigner against NHS privatisation, previously resigning as Chair of Rochdale Primary Care Trust over concerns of the increase in use of private healthcare companies in the NHS, I am speaking out this time […]

September/October E-Newsletter

This edition contains  an update on Covid-19 and my activities across the constituency and in Parliament. Read the full edition here.

Debbie Abrahams MP makes case for Oldham ahead of Budget

Ahead of the Chancellor’s presenting the Budget and Spending Review to the Commons next week, I have written to him to make the case for Oldham. The letter can be read in full below.   Dear Chancellor AUTUMN BUDGET 2021 I am writing to you to make the case for Oldham in your forthcoming Budget. […]

Oldham MPs call on Minister for “Levelling Up” to deliver on tackling inequality

During the Conservative Party Conference in Greater Manchester last week, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities referred to Oldham and “levelling up”  in his speech. I, along with Jim McMahon MP and Angela Rayner MP, have written to the Secretary Michael Gove MP to remind him of the innumerable occasions Oldham’s […]

Statement on Afghanistan

Many constituents have contacted me about the appalling and deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, after the Taliban took control of the capital city of Kabul on Sunday, August 15. I share your profound concern and distress about the impact this will have on the lives of Afghan people, particularly women and those who have been working […]

Government plan to cut £20 off Universal Credit is ‘shameful’

‘Shameful’ is the word I would use to describe the Government’s plan to scrap the £20 per week boost to Universal Credit (UC) which was introduced to help people on low incomes during the pandemic. As the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Universal Credit, I believe the Government’s plans to cut […]

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